NAVAL NEWS October 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

According to information published by Global Times on September 29, 2021, China will reveal new progress on its next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet this year, the maker of the aircraft said at the ongoing Airshow China 2021 in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province.

According to information released on October 6, 2021, Thales Australia welcomes the announcement by Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price to award a $20m contract to maintain the Royal Australian Navy’s MU90 Light Weight torpedo, demonstrating Thales’s established capability in Australia to sustain guided munitions and weapons systems.

According to information published by Austal Limited, the company is pleased to announce Austal USA has been awarded its first steel vessel construction contract by the United States Navy, a US$145 million (~A$198.5 million) build of two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships (T-ATS 11 and 12).

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on September 30, 2021, Rolls Royce Marine North America, Walpole, Massachusetts, is awarded a $9,280,229 fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract action for Virginia-class submarine propulsors. This contract shall provide a maximum of seven Virginia-class propulsor rotor assemblies, scoop bar sets, and associated engineering support services.

According to information published by Yonhap on September 28, 2021, the Republic of Korea Navy was set to launch the new 3,000-ton-class homegrown submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, Dosan Ahn Changho class submarine Shin Chae-ho, the third of its kind designed to boost underwater defense capabilities.

According to a press release published by Ultra, the firm has been awarded a $23,151,045 fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-6405 to exercise options for the production of MK54 MOD 0 lightweight torpedo (LWT) array kits, associated production support material, spares, and engineering and hardware support services.

According to information published by U.S. Navy on October 4, 2021, Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) helped test the capabilities of the BQM-177A, the Navy's next-generation Sub-Sonic Aerial Target (SSAT) while operating in the Western Pacific.

According to a press release published by Serco on September 23, 2021, Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced that its Voyager team has successfully completed Phase 1A Concept Design of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) No Manning Required, Ship (NOMARS) X-Ship program and has been down-selected for Phase 1B Preliminary Design.

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