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According to the French Navy on October 17, 2023, a series of tests involving the deployment of the DriX Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) took place within the framework of the Future Hydrographic and Oceanographic Capacity (CHOF) program on the Beautemps Beaupré (BHO) hydro-oceanographic vessel. These tests were conducted with the assistance of the DGA (General Directorate of Armaments) and SHOM (French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service) to identify suitable survey methods that align with the Navy's operational requirements.

On October 17, 2023, Argentina's Ministry of Defense announced the acquisition of four P-3 Orion aircraft from the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA). Aimed at fortifying its maritime capabilities, the aircraft will primarily be used for surveillance and search and rescue operations in the South Atlantic, covering Argentina's territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

As reported on October 17, 2023, by the Acquisition Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), a part of the Japanese Ministry of Defense, Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) achieved a significant milestone with the successful sea-based test firing of its medium-caliber maritime electromagnetic railgun. Collaborating with ATLA, this marks the first documented sea-based railgun successful test.

The Russian government has unveiled an upgraded version of the Komar 3M47-03E naval missile system at the Interpolitex-2023 exhibition in Moscow. According to a representative from RATEP, the system's developer and a subsidiary of the Almaz-Antey defense concern, the modernized Komar system is designed for ships that cannot carry heavier air defense systems.

The South African Navy is in the final stages of commissioning its second multi-mission inshore patrol vessel (MMIPV) as part of Project Biro, with the commissioning expected at the end of October, Guy Martin reports in DefenceWeb. Project Biro, currently 71% complete, is a strategic initiative aimed at bolstering the naval capabilities of South Africa by acquiring three MMIPVs.

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (KAI) to provide Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) solutions and technical support for the Engineering, Manufacturing and Design (EMD) phase of the Republic of Korea’s Korean Mine Countermeasures Helicopter (KMCH) program. The EMD phase is expected to be completed in 2027.

In deep analysis, the Navy Recognition editorial team explains what are the naval capabilities of the USS Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier Strike Group deployed near Israel. The recent deployment of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier strike group off the coast of Israel marks a significant step in the assertion of American naval power. This strategic move includes not only the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier but also several other warships, each with a specific role and capabilities.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is set to deploy to Israel, initially crossing the Atlantic into the Mediterranean. This move follows an announcement by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby on October 11, 2023, during a press conference, stating that the Eisenhower and its strike group would be "available if needed" in the region. The deployment is particularly noteworthy given the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, as well as the presence of another U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, already in the Mediterranean.

On October 12, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Lockheed Martin was awarded a $379,577,128 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the production and delivery of eight Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters for the government of Spain. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%), and is expected to be completed in March 2027. Foreign Military Sales customer funds in the amount of $379,577,128 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

According to information published by the US DoD on October 12, 2023, an F-35B, piloted by a USMC Test pilot, from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23), successfully landed on the HMS Prince of Wales, a member of the U.K. Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. This event was a component of the First of Class sea trials for the F-35B test (DT-3).

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