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December 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


According to news published by the Chinese press agency Xinhuanet on December 18, 2020, Japan government has approved the construction of two AEGIS vessels. The Aegis Combat System is an American integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA (Radio Corporation of America), and now produced by Lockheed Martin.

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on December 18, 2020, Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Mitchel Field, New York, is awarded a $9,273,205 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification to previously awarded and announced a contract for the U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.) to provide strategic weapon system Trident fleet support, Trident II SSP Shipboard Integration (SSI) Increment 8, SSI Increment 16, Columbia-class and U.K. Dreadnought-class navigation subsystem development efforts.

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense on December 18, 2020, BAE Systems Platforms & Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded an $18,000,057 fixed-price contract action for the U.S. Navy Virginia class submarine propulsors. The services under this contract include the engineering and support for the construction of fixed assemblies for the Virginia class propulsor.

According to a contract released by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) on December 18, 2020, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $145,101,510 modification (P00003) to previous contract N00019-20-C-0030. This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 90 full rate production Lot 17 Block V Tactical Tomahawk (TACTOM) All Up Round (AUR) Vertical Launch System missiles, including related hardware and services for the U.S. Navy.

According to information published on December 16, 2020, British company BAR Technologies, an innovative simulation-driven marine engineering consultancy, has announced that it has been chosen to support British advanced maritime technology business, SubSea Craft Ltd, in the design and build of subsea craft VICTA – the world’s most advanced diver delivery unit.

On December 16, 2020, General Electrics Marine announced a contract to provide Fincantieri Marinette Marine with a GE LM2500+G4 aero-derivative marine gas turbine to power the United States Navy’s Constellation class (FFG 62) frigate. GE also will provide the gas turbine auxiliary skids (electric start, fuel forwarding and water wash systems) and the gas turbine control system.

TOTE Services and Philly Shipyard today began a new era in maritime education with the cutting of steel for the new National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV) at Philly Shipyard. This is the initial major construction milestone for the first purpose-built, state-of-the-art training vessel for America’s state maritime academies. In addition to providing world-class training for America’s future mariners, the NSMV will be available to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

According to a press release published on December 16, 2020, the Swedish Company SAAB has delivered the second modernized submarine of Gotland-class to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) after a Mid-life upgrade. The delivery of HMS Uppland was conducted on December 16, 2020, at a ceremony in Karlskrona, Sweden.

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by Fleetway Inc. to deliver a range of digital solutions for on-shore support of Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) vessels. This contract will see the deployment and integration of BAE Systems’ Integrated Data Environment (IDE) to enable effective and efficient shore-side support to Halifax-Class frigates. Fleetway will benefit from access to a range of BAE Systems digital capabilities, including its expertise in configuration management, obsolescence management, and digital twinning.

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