NOVEMBER 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to information published on November 19, 2020, the European OCCAR organization (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) manages the Logistic Support Ship (LSS) Programme for Italy and France. The LSS Programme comprises the Development and Production of five ships, along with In Service Support. The ships have been designed from the outset with enhanced “dual use” features for military operations and civilian rescue operations.

According to information published on November 20, 2020,  NATO Allies Canada and Romania and NATO partner Australia joined the Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative on 20 November 2020. The Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative aims to strengthen the ability of navies to operate in a multinational context above, on, and under the water, in an increasingly complex maritime domain.

According to a statement published by the French Ministry of Defense on November 20, 2020, the French Minister of Defense Florence Parly has confirmed the order for three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye American-made all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft. This twin-turboprop aircraft was designed and developed by the company Northrop Grumman.

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on November 17, 2020, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair (BAE Systems), Norfolk, Virginia, was awarded a $76,251,735 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of the USS Stout (DDG 55) Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer fiscal 2021 docking selected restricted availability (DSRA). This is a Chief of Naval Operations scheduled DSRA. The purpose is to maintain, modernize and repair the USS Stout (DDG 55).

According to a press release published on November 18, 2020, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding from Netherlands and French Company Thales signed on November 17, 2020, the contract for the delivery and full integration of Thales’s Mission and Combat System for the four MKS 180 class frigates contracted by the German Navy. The system will be designed by Damen and completely built by German shipyards, under Damen’s project management.

According to information published by the U.S. Navy on November 17, 2020, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and U.S. Navy USS John Finn (DDG-113) Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System-equipped ship, intercepted and destroyed a threat-representative Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, November 16, 2020.

Leonardo and Lacroix have signed a strategic agreement which will see the partners working together to develop and integrate solutions in the naval countermeasures sector. The collaboration, which will look towards new technologies as well as new business opportunities, initially provides for the creation of the Sylena Mk2/MJTE solution. This will see Lacroix's Sylena MK2 DLS (Decoy Launching System) integrated with Leonardo's MJTE (Mobile Jammer Target Emulator) anti-torpedo countermeasures.

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