NAVAL NEWS October 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

According to information released by the Indian Ministry of Defense on October 31, 2021, Y 12704 Visakhapatnam, the lead ship of Project 15B stealth guided missile destroyers being built at Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL), was delivered to the Indian Navy on October 28, 2021. The contract for four ships of Project 15B, as the Visakhapatnam class ships are known, was signed on 28 January 2011. This project is a follow-on of the Kolkata class (Project 15A) destroyers commissioned in the last decade.

According to information published by the GDDIA on October 29, 2021, the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense General Directorate For Defense Investments And Armaments, in the margins of the NATO Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD), which was concluded on the 27th of October, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Netherlands for the possible transfer of 2 Royal Netherlands Navy M-class also called Karel Doorman-class frigates and 6 Alkmaar-class Mine Counter Measures Vessels to the Hellenic Navy.

According to information published by the Government of India on October 29, 2021, the 7th Indian Navy Frigate of P1135.6 class was launched on 28 Oct 2021 at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, Russia in presence of Shri D Bala Venkatesh Varma, Ambassador of India (Moscow) and senior dignitaries of the Russian Federation and officials of the Indian Navy. During the ceremony, the ship was formally named "Tushil" by Smt Datla Vidya Varma.

According to a press release published by Kongsberg on October 29, 2021, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS signed two contracts, valued at MNOK 1,426, with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (FMA). KONGSBERG will deliver a new batch of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to the Norwegian Navy's frigates and corvettes.

According to information published by Thales on October 28, 2021, the French firm and CS GROUP have combined their complementary expertise to offer a high-performance, resilient and cybersecure navigation system. The system comprises Thales's TopAxyz inertial navigation unit, which has delivered outstanding performance in the especially rigorous conditions of civil aviation, clocking up over 20 million hours of operation.

According to information published by European Defense Agency on October 27, 2021, the major collaborative defense research (R&T) project, launched under the European Commission’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and implemented by the European Defence Agency (EDA), came to a close end of October.

According to a press release published by BAE Systems on October 27, 2021, the firm has been awarded a five-year Systems Engineering and Integration Support Services contract, worth up to $478 million, to continue supporting the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office.

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