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NAVAL NEWS APRIL 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information released by the Indian company HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv Mk III MR has successfully demonstrated its deck-operations capabilities that include landing on the deck, folding of blades, and storing the helicopter inside the onboard hangar of Indian Coast Guard ICGS Sujay Samarth-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).

According to the Twitter account of Mahmoud Gamal on April 30, 2021, the Egyptian Navy's first Meko A200EN frigate will be launched into the water next week, while the second & third frigates will be inaugurated before the end of this year.

According to a press release published by Babcock International on April 30, 2021, the Aerospace, Defence, and Security Company, has supported the delivery of a significant milestone for the Armada Española (Spanish Navy), with its customer Navantia unveiling the first in class S-80 submarine in Cartagena Spain.

According to information published by the Twitter account of Commander Australian Fleet on April 30, 2021, HMAS Sydney launched her first Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile during combat system trials off the USA recently. The firing is the first of many used to assess the combat capability of Australia’s newest DDG.

According to a press release published by Saab on April 29, 2021, the U.S. Navy's Shipboard Air Traffic Radar program in Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) has awarded an LRIP option for three of Saab's AN/SPN-50(V)1 radar systems. The order value for the LRIP phase two contract is USD 37.1 million, with the first delivery scheduled for 2022. Radar manufacturing, delivery, test, and integration will take place at Saab's Syracuse, New York facilities.

According to a Tweet released by Loongnaval, China will deliver this summer the first Type 054A/P Jiangkai II-class frigate to the Navy of Pakistan. According to news published in June 2018, Pakistan has signed an agreement for the purchase of two more Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided missile frigates with Chinese shipbuilder China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd. (CSTC). In 2017, Pakistan had already signed a contract with China for the purchase of two Type 54A.

According to a press release published by Babcock on April 28, 2021, Team 31 has successfully completed its Whole Ship Critical Design Review (WSCDR) which is a key indicator of the compliance, maturity and engineering risk in proceeding into production as we mature the 3D CAD model. The WSCDR was held virtually over a period of ten days and comprised of a large number of specific reviews to assess the maturity of the individual systems and equipment for the Type 31 Frigate.

According to information published by the French Ministry of Armed Forces on April 28, 2021, the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) carried out a flight test of the M51 strategic ballistic missile from the DGA Missile Testing center in Biscarrosse (South-West Coast of France).

According to information published by Info Defensa on April 28, 2021, the Spain proposal for the Greek procurement of four new frigates with an interim solution is four F-110 class frigates and two Alfa 3000 type frigate. 

According to a press release published by Thales on April 27, 2021, the firm has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin as a tier-one supplier for the delivery of up to 55 airborne anti-submarine warfare sonars. The ALFS (Airborne Low Frequency Sonar) dipping sonars will be installed on the MH-60R platform for the U.S. Navy and three additional navies. Delivery of the first 42 systems will occur over the next five years with a delivery of 13 optional systems to occur in year six.

According to a press release published by Elbit Systems Ltd. on April 26, 2021, the firm announced that it successfully completed the acceptance tests for new patrol vessels of the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). In March 2019, the Company reported that it was awarded a contract from Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA to supply combat suites and perform systems integration for the new patrol vessels of the HCG.

According to information published by U.S. Department of Defense on April 26, 2021, U.S. Navy demonstrated the successful integration of an unmanned maritime surveillance aircraft system with manned capabilities during the Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21 (UxS IBP 21) off the coast of San Diego.

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