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JULY 2019 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy.  The documents were handed over by Mr S. Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL to Commodore Vikram Menon, VSM, CSO(Air), HQNA in an event held at HAL facilities here, today. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and balance in August 2020.

Naval Forces of Saudi Arabia have taken delivery of the first two Interceptor HSI32 vessels from the French Company CMN on July 24, 2019, at the shipyard in Cherbourg, France. Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Lieutenant General Fahd bin Abdullah Al Ghafaili, has launched the first and second interceptor vessels at the headquarters of French Company CMN in Cherbourg, France, in the presence of a number of military officials from both sides.

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) are conducting the 25th edition of Exercise Eagle Indopura from 18 to 25 July. The exercise is conducted in three phases – the harbour phase in Surabaya, Indonesia; the sea phase in the Java Sea, Karimata Strait and Singapore Strait enroute to Singapore; and culminating in the post-exercise shore phase in Singapore.

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two additional Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3307 vessels configured as patrol boats to leading West African offshore services supplier Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL), just five months after the contracts were signed, Baibhav Mishra reports on Sea News.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.is awarded $33,755,229 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement in support of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. This order procures material kits and retrofit labor to incorporate the Integrated Functional Capability 4.0 configuration into retrofit aircraft and ground segments.

The future USS Oakland (LCS 24) launched July 21 at Austal USA's ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. This event marked the first time the ship floated in the water as it is prepared for delivery next year.

The Navy's newest America-class amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), successfully completed Builder's Trials July 19. The ship returned to the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)-Ingalls Shipbuilding Division's shipyard following four days underway in the Gulf of Mexico.

Upgraded Ovod-class small missile ships of project 1234 will be able to detect the adversary by the electronic trace. They will detect them by radar emission, radio signals and emissions of other onboard systems. The unique capabilities are provided by a new passive electronic intelligence station, the Izvestia daily writes.

Leonardo announced that its TH-119 helicopter received IFR supplemental type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The TH-119 is the only single engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant helicopter flight systems.

General Dynamics Missions Systems was awarded a $9.2 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N61331-11-C-0017 for engineering services in support of ongoing development, test, and production of the Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) program, also known as Knifefish.

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