June 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to the press service of the Eastern Military District and reported by LiveJournal, on June 19, 2020, the sea tugboat “Andrey Stepanov” of project 23470, built specifically for the Pacific Fleet, completed tests on the Black Sea and is preparing to move from Sevastopol to Kamchatka, where it will be part of the troop-support vessels and forces in the North-East of Russia. It is planned that the ship will arrive at the place of deployment by the Northern Sea Route.

Leonardo and Intermarine have signed a strategic research and development agreement on new technologies. It focuses on the creation of new generation products and commercial collaboration which will be aimed at pursuing business opportunities in the military and para-military naval market. The joint work in different specialist areas will strengthen the integration of the new generation and renewal programmes of the fleets of hunting vessels, fast patrol boats and hydrographic vessels.

On June 19, 2020, the Dutch Shipbuilder Damen has released a statement to announce that Damen Shipyards Group and the German Bundesamt fur Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr signed the contract for the construction of four MKS-180 frigates for the German Navy. Damen is the main contractor for this complex project which it is undertaking, together with partners Blohm+Voss and Thales, in Germany.

Royal Navy warships have wrapped up the largest military exercise of 2020 in European waters. Frigate HMS Kent and minehunter HMS Ramsey flew the flag for the Royal Navy, while RAF Typhoons stationed in Lithuania joined in the aerial element of NATO’s Baltops.

According to information released by the U.S. Defense Government website on June 18, 2020, BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is awarded an $18,771,034 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00174-17-C-0022 to exercise Option Year Three for the fiscal 2017-2020 production of the MK 38 MOD 3 machine gun system (MGS) and associated spares.

British Navy continues to complete operational sea training with F-35B, the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) version of the American-made F-35 stealth fighter aircraft from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. According to Tweet released by the HMS Queen Elizabeth, on June 19, 2020, delegated assessors of Commander Fleet Operational Sea Training have declared, "We are trained and safe to conduct Carrier Strike operations".

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of up to sixteen (16) Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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