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DECEMBER 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Leonardo is pleased to announce it successfully completed the initial flight test of the TH-119 IFR training helicopter on December 21, 2018. The TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters, a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US with strong local supplier base. 

China’s nuclear modernization continues with the first known test of its next-generation SLBM, as reported by Ankit Panda in The Diplomat. On November 24, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy conducted the first known flight-test of the JL-3 solid-fuel, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), U.S. government sources with knowledge of the test confirmed to The Diplomat.

BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Surveillance, Information and Observation (ASIO) solutions, has been awarded a contract with a new customer in Africa. Under the contract BIRD Aerosystems will provide a number of ASIO Cessna Citations aircraft all installed with an advanced maritime patrol sensor and integrated with BIRD’s Mission Management system (MSIS). 

The US Navy held a ceremony Dec. 14 at Naval Base Coronado to commemorate the establishment of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron.

Japan will launch its first aircraft carrier since the end of World War II. It will consist in refitting the Izumo helicopter carrier into a ship that can deploy 10 Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighters (the short take-off/vertical landing version of the “Lightning 2”). The conversion should be completed within five years. The refitting of another helicopter carrier into a second aircraft carrier would follow.

The Australian government has declared it is on track to achieve its goal of becoming a top 10 military exporter after Western Australia's Austal won two orders for U.S. Navy ships. Austal, the leading global producer of aluminum ships, on Monday announced that it would build another two combat ships for the U.S. Navy, adding to the two ships it is currently building and eight it has already delivered.

On the 13th of December, Belgium Naval & Robotics gathered its Belgian industrial and research partners as well as several elected officials to present the industrial cooperation plan that the consortium wishes to implement as part of the Belgian-Dutch mine hunter programme This plan includes 39 partnerships established with partners throughout the Belgian territory and will generate hundreds of jobs over the next 20 years.

AUSTAL is pleased to announce that the United States Department of Defence has awarded Austal USA a contract to build two additional Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the US Navy fleet. This brings the total of new LCS orders booked in calendar year 2018 to four ships.

The latest member of Patria’s Game Changers of the Battlefield – Patria Nemo Container has undergone vigorous test firings of its 120mm mortar in demanding sea conditions on board Fast Supply Vessel in Sweden. Together with the successful land tests earlier on Sisu E13TP 8x8 off-road truck, these naval tests verified that Patria Nemo Container truly opens a whole new market segment for Patria’s turreted mortar systems.

On 8 December, during a visit to an exhibition of the Iranian Navy’s achievements, Deputy Chief of the Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Sayyari unveiled the scheme for the new homegrown vessel, dubbed the “Safineh (ship) project”, a multi-hulled watercraft.

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