India clears purchase of additional P-8I maritime aircraft for navy

India’s Government cleared a potential procurement of Boeing-built P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft as part of a wider spending plan to boost the country’s defence capabilities.

The Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) decision-making body on matters related to procurement, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), has approved the purchase of defence equipment valued as much as Rs228bn ($3.18bn).

The approval sets the stage for the Indian Navy to acquire additional P-8I aircraft that can be used for anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

RAN’s landing helicopter docks achieve final operational capability

The Australian Department of Defence announced that the Royal Australian Navy’s landing helicopter docks reached final operational capability.

The Canberra-class amphibious deployment systems are now ready to carry out operations such as amphibious warfare, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.

Australia Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said: “The Australian Defence Force’s amphibious capability is an integral part of Australia’s strategic posture and this milestone is another step in navy’s roadmap to delivering amphibious excellence.”

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FMM cuts steel on first MMSC ship for Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) cut the first steel on the first Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ship for Saudi Arabia.

The steel cutting ceremony was held on 24 October and marked the start of construction of the ship.

FMM is building the MMSC under the US Navy’s foreign military sales (FMS) programme.

Australia’s Naval Group seeks weapon discharge system for submarines

Australia’s Naval Group entered a sub-contract with British engineering services company Babcock International Group to design the weapon discharge system for the Attack-class submarines.

Babcock offers services in various segments, including marine and technology, defence and security, support services and international.

Australia Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said that the development of the weapon discharge system is a critical part of the overall design of the submarine.

Leonardo and partners begin first OCEAN2020 demonstration

Leonardo and its partners started the first operational demonstration of the European maritime awareness programme, OCEAN2020, in the Gulf of Taranto.

Open Cooperation for European mAritime awareNess (OCEAN2020) is a pan-European military research project funded by the EU’s Preparatory Action on Defence Research.

The Leonardo-led project is an initiative to strengthen technological research in the naval domain.

Microsoft demos tactical vehicle to strengthen US Navy capabilities

Microsoft has demonstrated an SUV with new technological capabilities to help the US Navy in designing innovative solutions for vessels.

The SUV, called Microsoft Tactical Vehicle, features sensors, onboard computing, and augmented and virtual reality for advanced mission planning to support the future navy and personnel.

The Microsoft Tactical Vehicle was demonstrated at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren Innovation Day earlier this month.

Royal Navy’s HMS Forth leaves for mission to safeguard the Falklands

“The British Royal Navy’s HMS Forth left the Portsmouth base for a deployment to the Falkland Islands.”

The British Royal Navy’s next-generation patrol ship HMS Forth left the Portsmouth naval base for a deployment to the Falkland Islands.

The long-term deployment of HMS Forth will see the ship act as the guardian of the Falkland Islands and Britain’s South Atlantic territories.

HMS Forth is the first in the navy’s fleet of five Batch 2 River-class next-generation patrol vessels.

Red Hat helps improve flight scheduling for US Armed Forces

The US Department of Defense (DoD) partnered with Red Hat to help the US Navy (USN), US Marine Corps (USMC), and the US Air Force (USAF) to improve squadron operations and flight training.

Red Hat and DoD worked together to help improve aircraft and pilot scheduling for the aircrews of the three military branches.

The project team worked with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to identify problems and to build a digital ‘puckboard’ application to address the scheduling challenge.

ManTech to support NAVAIR’s unmanned aircraft research efforts

ManTech received a task order to support Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s programme to research and innovate an advanced unmanned aircraft.

With a potential value of $82m, the five-year task order will involve providing analysis, research and development support for the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division.

ManTech secured the order under the US Department of Defense Information Analysis Center (DoD IAC) Multiple Award Contract (MAC) Pool I.

General Dynamics IT division wins US Navy’s Sailor 2025 contract

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) won an order to develop technology for the modernisation of the US Navy’s Sailor 2025 programme training systems.

GDIT is required to implement training curriculum to support the US Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division’s (NAWCTSD) Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) programme.

The order has a ceiling value of $57m, including all options.