OCTOBER 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) successfully completed a Live Fire with a Purpose (LFWAP) missile demonstration during Joint Warrior 20-2 by destroying a high speed maneuvering target using a Standard Missile 2 (SM-2), Oct. 14, 2020. Lt. j.g. Sarah Claudy, USS Donald Cook Public Affairs, reports.

According to a Tweet published by the Indian DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) on October 18, 2020, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired naval version of BrahMos cruise missile from the Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hit the target successfully with pinpoint accuracy.

According to an article published by the Official magazine of the Royal New Zealand Navy, in September of this year, the HMNZS TE KAHA frigate of Royal New Zealand Navy began these sea trials, focused on getting TE KAHA’s plant, including two diesel and a gas turbine engine, operating smoothly, as well as some testing and calibration of some of the new electronics systems.

According to information published on October 15, 2020, MAN Energy Solutions has announced the latest order for its MAN 175D four-stroke engine in connection with the building of four Pohjanmaa-class corvettes for the Finnish Navy. Each of the four ships will be equipped with 4 × MAN 12V175D-MEL GenSets with a total output of 7,700 kW (4 × 1920 kW) – in total, 16 GenSets.

According to a press release published on October 13, 2020, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded seven contracts for work on Phase 1 of the NOMARS (No Manning Required Ship) program, which seeks to simultaneously explore two competing objectives related to unmanned surface vessels (USV) ship design: (1) the maximization of seaframe performance when human constraints are removed; and (2) achieving sufficient vessel maintenance and logistics functionality for long endurance operations with no human crew onboard.

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