NAVAL NEWS AUGUST 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry


According to information published by the U.S. Navy on August 23, 2021, USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, conducted a bilateral fueling-at-sea (FAS) with the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender (D36) while operating with elements of the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) Carrier Strike Group (CSG-21) in the Philippine Sea.

The ZALA Aero Company integrated into the Kalashnikov Group within Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation is developing a naval version of the KUB-BLA combat unmanned aerial vehicle that will be the first Russian-made drone of the type, Company Chief for Special Projects Nikita Khamitov said at the Army 2021 forum.

According to a press release published by Hensoldt on August 24, 2021, the sensor solutions provider, together with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), is supplying new radars to the German Navy to modernise the sensor technology of the F124 air defence frigates. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and Operation (BAAINBw) has placed an order worth approximately 200 million euros for the delivery and installation of four sensor systems consisting of radar and IFF system respectively.

The newly developed Close-in AirDefense System (CIADS), LEVENT; by Roketsan represents the first stage in the development of a new system and new missile solutions aimed at meeting the close-in air defence needs of the Turkish Navy. The system follows in the footsteps of the SUNGUR System, which was developed to address the needs of land elements. After entering mass production, SUNGUR has performed well and achieved considerable successes in its land vehicle applications.

According to a press release published by Leonardo DRS on August 20, 2021, the firm has successfully completed formal interoperability testing of its Link-22 Signal Processing Controller (SPC) within the NATO Improved Link Eleven (NILE) Link-22 Network. Compliance with this standard allows Leonardo DRS to provide world-class production of the technology and full interoperability with all NATO and allied partners supporting operations and exercises in the INDOPACOM theater.

According to a tweet published by the Portuguese Navy on August 23, 2021, Tejo-class NRP Douro is in the Desertas Islands. The ship will be committed to safeguarding human life in the sea, patrolling and surveillance of maritime spaces, in particular in the activity of fishing and suppression of illicit acts, in the control of navigation, prevention, and combating maritime pollution.

According to information released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on August 20, 2021, United Kingdom (U.K.) Carrier Strike Group (CSG 21) and USS America Expeditionary Strike Group (AMA ESG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, begin multinational advanced aviation operations in support of Large Scale Global Exercise (LSGE) 21.

At IDEF, the International Defense Exhibition, Roketsan displays Orka Lightweight Torpedo, to replace the U.S.-made MK46 Lightweight Torpedo that is the backbone of the United States Navy's lightweight anti-submarine warfare torpedo inventory and is the NATO standard.

Meteksan Defence showcases a submarine sonar system at the International Defense Exhibition, IDEX 2021. The firm was assigned by the Defence Industries Presidency of the Republic of Turkey with the approach of "Turkey's Underwater Center of Excellence", transfers its sonar capabilities for surface platforms to submarine platforms.

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