NAVAL NEWS December 2021

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According to a report published by the UK’s House of Commons Defence Committee on December 14, 2021, in 2027–28 the British Navy’s current plans are to introduce three new classes of vessels (Type 26, Type 31, and FSS Fleet Support Ship) simultaneously. The British Minister for Defence Procurement described the planned transition in which Type 23 frigates will be replaced by Type 26 and Type 31 frigates.

Dearsan Armed Unmanned Surface Vessel “AUSV” which have completed the in-house design phase. The Turkish compnay announces that it will reaching the blue waters where it belongs in a very short time.

According to information published by "The Rio Times" newspaper website on December 21, Argentina is studying the possibility to purchase submarines. The Argentine Minister of Defense, Jorge Taiana, already held talks with the French company Naval Group to sound out the possibility of purchasing a submarine to replace the loss of the ARA San Juan.

According to a report published by the UK’s House of Commons Defense Committee on December 7, 2021, the British Royal Navy is planning to introduce five Type 32 frigates, which would increase the escort fleet (frigates and destroyers) from 19 to 24.

According to information published by the U.S. Embassy in Uruguay, On December 15, 2021, Admiral Jorge Wilson, Commander of the Uruguayan Navy, signed a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) finalizing the government-to-government agreement between the United States and Uruguay, allowing Uruguay to accept three Protector-Class patrol vessels as part of a grant from the United States Coast Guard as part of the Uruguayan Navy’s Fleet Modernization plan.

On December 22, the 11th and final Advanced Weapons Elevator (AWE) aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was turned over to the Ship’s Crew. AWEs on this first-of-class aircraft carrier operate using several advanced technologies including electromagnetic motors vice more labor intensive, hydraulic systems. The advanced technology enables fewer sailors to safely move ordnance from weapons magazines to the flight deck with unparalleled speed and agility.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, was awarded a $578 million contract to produce 54 SM-2 Block IIIAZ all up round upgrades for the United States and 215 Standard Missile-2 all up rounds for seven partner nations. The contract includes the production of SM-2 Block IIIA, IIIAZ, and IIIB variants for the United States, Chile, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Spain, and Taiwan.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on December 22 that Northrop Grumman Systems, Military Aircraft Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $353,584,118 fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to a previously awarded contract (N0001918C1037) dated January 6, 2021. This modification provides for the production and delivery of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft for the government of France. The aircraft delivery to France will take place in 2028 at the latest.

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on December 21, 2021, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.321 billion.

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