SEPTEMBER 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

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.

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract.  The total value of this contract is $326,998,037.  Under this follow on contract, the contractor will design, develop, integrate, test and certify the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) 6.0 capability. 

The Russian Navy will receive the biggest in the world Albatros A-42 amphibious airplane. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. The gigantic flying boat has universal combat features. It can detect and track nuclear submarines and engage in rescue operations in a rough sea. A-42 will have the latest equipment and improved depth bombs and torpedoes, the Izvestia daily writes.

The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will begin the first ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise (AUMX) with opening ceremonies at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand Sept. 2.

After the end of World War 2, the Arctic developed into a laboratory for Polar scientists and a zone of commercial fishing. It also offers the shortest route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The situation began to change due to global warming, as the ice began to retreat 200-300 km from the shore and opened year-round navigation from Bering Strait to Murmansk. New hydrocarbon deposits were discovered in the Arctic, the Zvezda weekly writes.

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