NAVAL NEWS October 2021

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According to information published by Leonardo on October 22, 2021, AWHero RUAS (Rotary Uncrewed Aerial System) has received basic military certification from Italy’s DAAA (Direzione degli Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità), the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness. This achievement marks the world’s first military certification for a RUAS in the 200kg class.

According to a press release published by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Bridge Systems (GDELS-Bridge Systems) on October 22, 2021, the firm announced that it has successfully completed development with an alliance of public and private partners of a new improved, modular and multinational platform known as Pontoon Boat for civil protection and disaster relief efforts.

According to information published by Bourse direct on October 21, 2021, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has qualified Thales' Sea Fire digital radar following an intensive test program at Saint-Mandrier. The radar is now ready to be integrated into the combat system to be fitted to the Defence and intervention frigate (FDI) built by Naval Group.

According to a press release published by Bollinger Shipyards on October 21, 2021, Bollinger Shipyards LLC (“Bollinger”) has delivered the newest Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (“FRC”), the USCGC John Scheuerman, to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Florida nearly one week ahead of schedule despite a three-week shutdown due to the significant damage sustained to Bollinger’s facilities during Hurricane Ida.

As part of the UK’s upcoming Carrier Strike Group tour, Rolls-Royce is all set to showcase to Indian Navy customers its capabilities to design, build and deliver customised power and propulsion solutions for India’s naval modernisation requirements. The company also expressed its keenness to explore opportunities for partnering the Navy with end-to-end solutions for electrification of India’s future warships.

According to a press release published by UMS Skeldar on October 19, 2021, SKELDAR V-200 successfully demonstrates its naval capabilities performing day and night search and rescue missions from Finnish ship Turva using fully automatic take-off and landing (ATOL) as part of the ongoing Finnish Border Guard Valvonta2 project.

According to information published by Tass on October 18, 2021, the crews of over 40 warships and vessels of the Black Sea Fleet comprising the cruiser Moskva, the frigate Admiral Grigorovich, the missile corvette Ingushetia, the Project 1241 (Tarantul-III) missile ships Naberezhniye Chelny and R-60 took part in massive force-on-force maneuvers of Russia’s Southern Military District at the Opuk training ground in Crimea.

According to information published by the U.S. Navy on October 19, 2021, two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems operated by Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 departed from Naval Air Facility Misawa, and returned to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam upon completing their first rotational deployment to Japan.

According to information published by the EU Naval Force on October 18, 2021, Operation Atalanta flagship, frigate ESPS Victoria, the Republic of Korea’s destroyer Chungmugong Yi Sun-Sin and the Maritime Security Centre of Oman conducted their first joint naval exercise in the International Recommended Transit Corridor of the Gulf of Aden in the framework of the Joint Sea exercise "Mare Liberum". The Korean frigate is part of the Combined Task Force 151 – the Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-piracy mission in Bahrain.

According to information published by KKTV on October 19, 2021, North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea in what South Korea’s military described as a weapon likely designed for submarine-based launches, which could be a Pukguksong-3 launched by a Gorae class submarine.

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