DECEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

Turkey reveals the path to boost defence and aerospace exports by $ 10.2B in 2023," according to the Turkish government document "Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 years" Turkey plans to increase its defence and aerospace exports of up to $ 10.2 billion by 2023, with $ 2 billion achieved in 2018.

HMS Prince of Wales (R09) is the second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier and was officially commissioned into the Royal Navy Fleet on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at Victory Jetty, HMNB Portsmouth. This is the largest warship ever built for the nation.

In a major development that could change the power dynamics in Southeast Asia, the Philippines Army has indicated that it is going ahead with the purchase of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile, an India-Russia joint development that is considered the world’s deadliest missile and can hit the target at around Mach 3 speed.

On Monday, 2 December 2019, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, the Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General (HAF) Christos Christodoulou, and the Chief of Hellenic Navy General Staff, Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis HN, attended the ceremony for the naming and induction to the Hellenic Navy of General Support Ship "ATLAS-1", which took place in Salamis Naval Base.

Turkey's newest armed drone successfully completed its first test flight, manufacturer Baykar announced Friday. Turkey's latest armed drone Akıncı successfully passes maiden test flight, manufacturer Baykar says. The test was held at an airdrome in Çorlu in northwestern Tekirdağ province. The drone also passed its first engine test back in September.

The U.S. Navy and Air Force are teaming up to rapidly develop a battle network that can link together Air Force and Navy assets. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said the U.S. Navy intends to deploy a distributed network of sensors and weapons in an effort to fortify defences against Chinese threats.

Damen Shipyards Group and its partner PT PAL have completed the installation of combat systems to the first of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s series of SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigates, the KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata. The combat systems installation project’s successful conclusion was marked by a small handover ceremony on the 4th of December at Surabaya.

The US Navy USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier was christened on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division. USS John F. Kennedy is the second aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford class, built to replace United States Navy's existing Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.

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