NAVAL NEWS January 2024

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

According to information published by the French MoD on January 30, 2024, the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has taken a significant step forward in underwater warfare technology. On December 28, 2023, an agreement was formalized with Naval Group to develop a prototype for a large unmanned combat underwater vehicle (UCUV).

According to information published by the US DOS on January 27, 2024, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has addressed a letter to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, outlining a proposal for the transfer of up to four littoral combat ships to Greece under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program.

On 26 January 2024, the French Navy's FREMM DA Alsace frigate assisted a tanker attack by Houthi rebels in the Gulf of Aden. The Houthis, linked to Iran, had previously warned of retaliation following American and British strikes against their infrastructure in Yemen. In response, they targeted the container ships Maersk Detroit and Maersk Chesapeake with missiles near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The majority of these attacks were intercepted by the USS Gravely destroyer.

According to North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, on January 29, 2024, North Korea conducted two test launches of a new submarine-launched strategic cruise missile (SLCM) named 'Pulhwasal-3-31,' also known as 'Fire Arrow-3-31.' This announcement followed a series of SLCM tests conducted on January 24 and 28, 2024, about ten months after the initial SLCM launch in March 2023.

The U.S. Navy has awarded Data Link Solutions, a joint venture between BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, a contract to provide small form factor (SFF) Link 16 radios, which will be fulfilled using BAE Systems’ FireNet Link 16 tactical systems. FireNet is a scalable, secure, and open system architecture communications solution with a unified tactical network to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) operations.

The UMEX (Unmanned Systems Exhibition) and SimTEX (Simulation and Training Exhibition) 2024, held in Abu Dhabi, was a significant event in the field of unmanned systems, attracting a substantial number of attendees and exhibitors from various countries. The ARCIMS (ATLAS Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping System), developed by Atlas Elektronik UK, was among the innovative systems showcased at the event.

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