2019 top news stories

6 January 2020 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2020 16:00)

US approves $2.15bn sale of Aegis weapon systems to Japanese Navy and Leonardo and ADSB to create CMS naval integration laboratory. Naval-technology.com wraps up key headlines from 2019.

2019 top news stories
A Japanese Atago-class guided missile destroyer equipped with Aegis system. Credit: Hunini.

US approves $2.15bn sale of Aegis weapon systems to Japanese Navy

The US State Department approved the sale of two Aegis Weapon Systems (AWS) and associated equipment to the Japanese Navy in a deal valued at $2.15bn.

Japan will also receive two multi-mission signal processors (MMSP) and two command and control processor (C2P) refreshes, radio navigation equipment, naval ordnance, two identification friend or foe systems, global command and control system-maritime hardware, and two inertial navigation systems.

Other equipment included in the sale are technical, engineering and logistics support services, installation support material, training, construction services for six vertical launch system launcher module enclosures.


Leonardo and ADSB to create CMS naval integration laboratory

Leonardo signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to jointly work on the development of a Combat Management System (CMS) naval integration laboratory.

The MoU was signed at the IDEX International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

The CMS naval integration laboratory is expected to enhance the collaboration between Leonardo and ADSB in the naval sector.


Indian Navy launches third Project 15B guided-missile destroyer

The Indian Navy launched the third Project 15B Visakhapatnam-class stealth guided-missile destroyer, the future INS Imphal.

The domestically designed vessel was unveiled by Indian Chief of the Naval Staff admiral Sunil Lanba during a launch ceremony at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited’s (MDL) facility in Mumbai.

MDL is under contract to build four warships under Project 15B for the Indian Navy.


Royal Marines test new technology for UK future commando force

British Royal Marines from the 40 Commando unit experimented with new technology during the Commando Warrior Two exercise, as the UK pushes towards a future commando force.

The central theme of the UK future commando force is to experiment with how Royal Marines will operate on the battlefields of the future, while learning from the past.

Commando Warrior Two is part of a series of exercises planned to take place this year with a focus on the evolution of the Royal Marines and the kit they use.


Northrop wins USMC contract to supply 30 G/ATOR radar systems

Northrop Grumman received a $958m contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) to provide an additional 30 gallium nitride-based (GaN) AN/TPS-80 ground/air task-oriented radar (G/ATOR) systems.

The contract for Lot 6 full-rate production of G/ATOR radar systems also includes spares parts and retrofit kits.

Radar systems are being procured under a plan managed by Program Executive Officer Land Systems.


Leak halts HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier sea trials

The British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was forced to return to Portsmouth after a leak was discovered.

HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth in June for five weeks of sea trials and was originally due to return next week for planned maintenance. The ship, the lead in the Queen Elizabeth class, was live-fire testing its General Dynamics Phalanx close-in weapons systems.

The £3.1bn aircraft carrier did not suffer any damage to the hull but water was discovered inside an internal compartment that had to be pumped out.


Rheinmetall and MBDA to build HELWS demonstrator for German corvette

Rheinmetall and MBDA reached an agreement to collaborate on building a high-energy laser effector for the German Navy’s K130 corvette.

As part of the partnership, the companies will construct, integrate and test a laser demonstrator for the K130.

In defence applications, laser technology can be used to engage targets at the speed of light with extreme precision and minimal collateral damage.


India’s LCA Tejas naval variant performs arrested landing

India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas conducted an arrested landing, an essential capability that will eventually enable the naval variant to operate from an aircraft carrier.

The flight test was carried out at INS Hansa Goa, the shore-based test facility of the Indian navy.

A twin-seater variant was used for the test, although only one pilot, Commodore JA Maolankar, flew the sortie.


USMC selects Northrop Grumman to build prototype NGHTS systems

The US Marine Corps (USMC) chose Northrop Grumman to develop advanced targeting systems with the aim of delivering improved capability.

Northrop Grumman will build prototype Next Generation Handheld Targeting Systems (NGHTS) that will help forward-deployed observers in the rapid acquisition of targets with greater precision.

The USMC is looking for a compact, rugged, lightweight, man-portable system that will enable marines to quickly acquire targets and perform guidance.


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.