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SEPTEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


The Royal Canadian Navy is making a port call at Laem Chabang in the eastern province of Chon Buri to strengthen diplomatic ties with Thailand as part of its effort to deepen engagement in Asia-Pacific. HMCS Ottawa, a Halifax-class frigate under the captaincy of Commander Alexander Barlow, docked on Sunday and will remain in port until Thursday.

The Indian Navy’s frigate INS Tarkash is currently visiting Walvis Bay, Namibia, as part of its overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia. INS Tarkash arrived in Walvis Bay on 15 September for a three-day visit in what the Indian Ministry of Defence called a demonstration of India’s warm ties with Namibia and its commitment to enhance operational reach, maritime security and its solidarity with friendly nations.

Babcock Team 31 has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) as the preferred bidder to deliver its new Type 31 frigates. Led by Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, and in partnership with the Thales Group, the T31 general-purpose frigate program will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received its first production order from the U.S. Navy to manufacture the FMU-139D/B, a new all-electronic bomb fuze suitable for many general purpose bombs used by the U.S. Department of Defense and its allied nations. With the U.S. Navy’s decision this January to authorize full rate production, the improved FMU-139D/B bomb fuze creates a uniform solution for general purpose bombs that increases performance and reliability, while decreasing cost.

During the US Navy-led multinational exercise Formidable Shield 2019, Leonardo’s MFRA (Multi-Function Radar Active) system was used by the Italian Navy to successfully detect, classify and track ballistic missiles. Installed on-board the Navy’s Carlo Bergamini FREMM-class frigate, the radar system demonstrated exceptional accuracy, confirming its suitability for anti-ballistic missile defence.

CAE announced on September 5 it has recently been awarded a contract from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to upgrade and expand the capabilities of the Naval Warfare Training System (NWTS) located at the Swedish Naval Warfare Centre (NWC) in Karlskrona, Sweden.

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