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NAVAL NEWS JANUARY 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information published by the British Navy on January 29, 2021, the British Royal Navy is set to receive three SWEEP world-class autonomous minesweepers to work on mine disposal operations and reduce the risk to sailors on these dangerous missions. Thanks to its cutting-edge technology, the system, known as a Combined Influence Sweep (Sweep), can defeat modern digital sea mines which can pose risks by detecting and targeting passing ships and submarines.

According to pictures released by the Chinese Ministry of Defense on January 28, 2021, the guided-missile frigate Changzhou (549) and the guided-missile destroyer Jinan (152) of the Chinese Navy attached to a destroyer flotilla of the Chinese Navy Eastern Theater Command, have conducted a maritime training exercise in waters of the East China Sea on January 20, 2021.

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense on January 28, 2021, East Coast Repair and Fabrication LLC, Portsmouth, Virginia, is awarded a $12,131,903 firm-fixed-price contract for a 50-calendar day shipyard availability. The work to be performed provides services for the mid-term availability of the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on January 29, 2021, Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $72,874,164 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00019-17-C-0081. This modification exercises an option to procure 33 production AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines; 14 for the Marine Corps and 19 for the Navy for production of MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.

The U.S. Navy recently awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics Mission Systems that includes a broad scope of work for the Columbia and Dreadnought ballistic missile submarine class to support development, production, and installation requirements. This $43.2M award is comprised of development, production, installation, and deployed-systems support exclusively for the Columbia/Dreadnaught (CLB/UKD) class of U.S. and U.K. submarine strategic weapons systems and subsystems and coincides with one of the largest manufacturing floor expansions at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts facility.

China launched on Friday, January 29, 2021 its third Type 075 amphibious assault ship, a kind of vessel often referred to as helicopter carrier with the ability to conduct amphibious landing missions. With the assistance from several tug boats, the amphibious assault ship was launched from the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. Yang Hui in Shanghai and Liu Xuanzun in Beijing report on Global Times.

Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded a consortium, or ARGE, consisting of MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH a contract to fabricate, integrate and support testing of a laser weapon demonstrator in the maritime environment. The order value is in the low double-digit million euro range.

According to information published by the French Website Zone Militaire Opex360 on January 25, 2021, the French defense industry could propose a modified version of its Belh@rra FTI (Frégates de taille intermédiaire - Intermediate Size Frigate) to Hellenic Navy armed with naval cruise missiles (MdCn) in addition to the 8 Exocet MM40B3C anti-ship missile, 16 Aster 15/30 surface-to-air missiles, MU 90 torpedoes, one 76mm naval gun and the two remotely-operated weapon station armed with 25mm automatic cannon.

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