The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

The most popular tweets on naval tech in August 2021: Top five

1. SpokespersonNavy’s tweet on the Indian Navy’s bilateral interactions with Vietnam People’s Navy

SpokespersonNavy, spokesperson for the Indian Navy, shared an article on the bilateral maritime exercises conducted by the Indian Navy with the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN). The Indian Navy’s ships INS Ranvijay and INS Kora, and VPN’s VPNS Ly Thai To (HQ-012) frigate were involved in the exercises, which were aimed at strengthening the defence relations between the two nations and improving interoperability and adaptability.

The bilateral exercises included the harbour phase during which professional interactions were held between the two navies under strict Covid-19 protocols. The sea phase involved the ships of the two navies engaging in surface warfare exercises and weapon firings.

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Username: SpokespersonNavy

Twitter handle: @indiannavy

Retweets: 49

Likes: 264

2. Tyler Rogoway’s tweet on a new electronic warfare system spotted on the US Navy’s aircraft carriers

Tyler Rogoway, editor of The War Zone, an online defence magazine, shared an article on a mysterious new electronic warfare system being spotted on the US Navy’s aircraft carriers. The new system was seen on two US Navy aircraft carriers including the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Abraham Lincoln after they departed into the Pacific. The system was placed at three different locations around the boundary of the carriers.

The system appears to have the ability to spin to a certain degree and is covered with a radome enclosure. The article notes that the system may be an active electronically scanned array (AESA), which can initiate attacks on threats using radio frequency homing. The new system is a key upgrade to the aircraft carriers as it required significant modifications to the outer mold line, the article adds.

Username: Tyler Rogoway

Twitter handle: @Aviation_Intel

Retweets: 51

Likes: 153

3. Sir Humphrey’s tweet on decommissioning of the Greenhalgh – F46 frigate by the Brazilian Navy

Sir Humphrey, author of the Thin Pinstriped Line blog focused on the UK defence issues, shared an article on the decommissioning of the Greenhalgh – F46 frigate (formerly HMS Broadsword – F88) by the Brazilian Navy. The Brazilian government purchased the ship along with three other ships including F Dodsworth (F47), F Bosísio (F48), and F Rademaker (F49) for $170m from the British Ministry of Defense on 18  November 1994.

The HMS Broadsword – F88 was built in Scotland, UK, by Yarrow Shipbuilders and was the lead ship of the Batch 1 of the Type 22 class of frigates. It was discharged from the UK Royal Navy and commissioned into the Brazilian Navy on 30 June 1995.

Username: Sir Humphrey

Twitter handle: @pinstripedline

Retweets: 6

Likes: 71

4. NAVAIR’s tweet on the US Navy’s AARGM-ER programme entering production

NAVAIR, the US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command, shared an article on the US Navy’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) programme being granted Milestone C (MS-C) approval. The AARGM-ER was developed by Northrop Grumman under an engineering and manufacturing development contract awarded in 2019.

The US Navy performed live fire testing for the AARGM-ER system in July this year and also performed modelling and simulation validation. The programme can now advance to the first phase of production, with the first two low-cost missiles expected to be produced in the next few months. The first live fire flight testing for the system will be carried out in 2022, while operational capability is expected to be achieved by 2023.

Username: NAVAIR

Twitter handle: @NAVAIRNews

Retweets: 15

Likes: 70

5. Ministry of Defence’s tweet on maritime security

Ministry of Defence, the official corporate news channel for the UK Ministry of Defence on Twitter, shared Defence Secretary Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP’s speech on maritime security to the United Nations Security Council. Wallace called on members of the council to promote the rights and freedoms detailed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Wallace noted that unacceptable activities at sea including piracy, smuggling, illegal fishing, and global maritime crimes should be countered and deterred. He added that the UK is working on a new National Strategy for Maritime Security that details the country’s objectives in the maritime field up to 2025. The UK is also focussing on protecting the climate and marine environment through the $700m Blue Planet Fund, he added.

Username: Ministry of Defence

Twitter handle: @DefenceHQ

Retweets: 11

Likes: 46

Twitter round-up: SpokespersonNavy’s tweet on the Indian Navy’s bilateral interactions with Vietnam People’s Navy the most popular tweet in August 2021