DECEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to pictures released on Twitter, China has launched sea trials of its new armed Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) called JARI-USV developed by the State Company China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. In August 2019, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) had announced the launch of a new catamaran-hulled multirole USV.

General Dynamics' (NYSE: GD) NASSCO subsidiary has won a potential $132.2M contract to help the U.S. Navy modernize the USS Mason guided-missile destroyer for fiscal year 2020. The USS Mason (DDG-87) is the 9th ship of the upgraded (Flight IIA) Arleigh Burke Class of AEGIS Guided Missile Destroyers, making her one of the most sophisticated ships sailing the seas.

Boeing Aerospace Operations Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a not-to-exceed value of $92,280,378 undefinitized contract action. This cost-plus-fixed-fee, the indefinite-quantity contract provides engineering technical services in support of Naval Aviation weapon systems and all associated systems and equipment throughout their sustainment life-cycle, to include contractor field services in support of the AV-8B, EA-18G, F/A-18, C-40, and P-8A aircraft for the Navy and the government of Kuwait.


The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) newest and largest offshore patrol vessel (OPV) is now officially under the ownership of the country after it flew the Philippine flag for the first time on Thursday. French Shipbuilding OCEA formally turned over the vessel to the PCG in a ceremony held in Saint Nazaire on December 18.

The Russian Navy Admiral Kasatonov frigate of project 22350 sailed out from Severomorsk to the Barents Sea to continue trials, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The frigate earlier tested missile arms in the White Sea. The crew fired Kalibr cruise missile at a coastal target in Chizha range in Arkhangelsk region, as well as Kalibr and Onix missiles at sea targets.

Raytheon Company will build two additional shipsets of SPY-6 radars under a $250 million contract with the U.S. Navy. The company is now contracted to deliver a total of nine radar shipsets to DDG-51 Flight III destroyers. The SPY-6 is a family of next-generation, integrated air and missile defense radars that scale to meet the mission requirements of any ship.

Senior Bangladeshi Navy officials received two Chinese Type-053H3 frigates, Jiaxing (Hull 521) and Lianyungang (Hull 522), in Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard on December 18. The two missile frigates, purchased by the Bangladesh side in 2018, will steam to Bangladesh after the hand-over ceremony.

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