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January 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

During a ceremony in Mina Salman at Royal Bahrain Navy Head Quarter, Leonardo delivered the Al Manama naval vessel ahead of schedule, following a deal signed in 2015 with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force. The deal calls for the upgrade of 6 vessels in total. The upgrade includes a new weapon control system, training services and logistics.

The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force team brings the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B one step closer to initial operational test and evaluation as they wrap up testing of the F-35B STOVL envelope with sloped surface vertical landing tests January and February at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field (MCALF) Bogue, N.C.

Russian scientists succeeded to manage technologies that would arm the troops with electromagnetic rail guns. The United Institute of High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences found a way to increase the power of the electromagnetic gun six times. The electromagnetic field accelerates the projectiles to close to space speed. Even a small object carries high destructive power. Experts believe the research of the institute can be used to create weapons in future, the Izvestia daily reported.

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $46.8 million contract option to deliver four additional Mk 45 Naval Guns. The contract modification calls for upgrading existing guns to the Mod 4 configuration to increase the firepower and extend the range of the weapons. This modification to the initial 10-gun contract brings the full value of the award to $176.8 million for the 14 guns.

The main Russian Navy command decided to upgrade antisubmarine amphibious Be-12 aircraft. They will be able to take off and land both on ground airfields and on water. The modernization will give Be-12 a completely new targeting system and modern arms. Be-12 are the oldest aircraft operational in the Russian armed forces, the Izvestia daily reported.

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned the new Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Wuhai (hull number 540) during a ceremony in a North Sea Fleet naval base on Haiyang island (near Dalian where the PLAN 2nd aircraft carrier is at fitting out stage). Wuhai is the thirty-ninth Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet and the seventeenth Type 056A variant specialized in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

France has started meeting with Greek officials this week about vessel procurement, including the new Belharra frigate, according to our source in Greece. We reported on Monday that negotiations on both FREMM frigates and Gowind corvettes would start soon according to local media.

Leonardo was awarded the most important project related to the first European Defence Found’s initiative, OCEAN2020, to boost Europe's defence capabilities, issued by the European Union under the ‘Preparatory Action on Defence Research’ programme. The competitive selection was conducted by the European Defence Agency and will be contracted in the coming weeks.

On January 13 and 14, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) and the company Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) transferred the first of three sections of the S40 "Riachuelo" submarine to the final assembly line, on Madeira Island, in the Itaguaí Naval Complex. S40 Riachuelo is Brazil's first Scorpene type submarine of the Submarine Development Program (PROgrama de SUBmarinos PROSUB) .

Russia’s Defense Ministry and the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) have come to an agreement that the Northern Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia will start the construction of landing helicopter docks in 2020, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS.

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