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January 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

India appears to be seeking to extend its influence on the Indian Ocean region by increasing its parternships with regional countries. Therefore, India is to renew its offer of procuring the Maldives Coastal Surveillance Radar Systems (CSRS).

The Indian Navy, in association with the Indian Coast Guard, have taken a series of exercises on the Indian coasts to increase its security response to terrorism. This took place ten years after a terrific terror attack, launched by Pakistani terrorists, in which 166 people died.

The main base of the Northern fleet submarines, Gadzhievo garrison in Murmansk region held a gala ceremony to open the first multirole training facility for divers, rescuers, mountain and assault missions, the fleet said. "Submarine fleet Commander Rear Admiral Arkady Romanov and representative of the design bureau Vladislav Zanin participated in the ceremony," it said.

From 2018, Italy had discussed its Special and Diving Operations - Submarine Rescue Ship (SDO-SuRS) programme for which an amount of € 424 million ($US 480 million) has been unblocked. This year, this acquisition programme is to be launched by the Naval Armament Directorate of the Italian MoD.

L3 ASV announced the completion of a series of demonstrations at the Australian Defence Showcase, Autonomous Warrior 18, in Jervis Bay, Australia. In support of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), L3 ASV operated a 9-metre (30ft) vessel outfitted with advanced autonomous navigation capability for reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks.

According to Thales, at the end of 2018, the first ship from the Mexican Navy’s new POLA (Patrullera Oceanica de Largo Alcance) class, ARM Reformador, was launched at the ASTIMAR-20 shipyard in Salina Cruz, Mexico. Thales joins with the Mexican Navy in celebrating this key milestone and is proud to support the Mexican Navy in its ambition to safeguard Mexican territorial waters.

The newest minesweeper Ivan Antonov of project 12700 (Aleksandrit) has finished state trials. The ship’s crew is getting ready for a ceremony of hoisting the St. Andrew’s flag of the Russian Navy scheduled for January 26. All the acceptance documents on the completion of state trials were signed earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The US Navy plans to change the way their fleet have been developing since the Cold War. Their actual objective is to construct smaller ships that are cheaper to maintain and to upgrade, and unmanned ships could be the key. An other option could be the conversion of civil ships into missile ships.

As reported on its website, Saab is pleased to announce the launch of its laser warning system portfolio in the U.S., which includes mature technologies for both land and naval domains, and is ready to meet the specific needs and requirements of the U.S. Armed Forces. Multiple technology demonstrations are planned in 2019.

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