BAE Systems to Provide IFF for US Navy E-2D Hawkeyes

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems, Inc. a $26 million contract for Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) spares for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide Beamforming Networks (BFNs), an integral part of antenna control for the AN/APX-122A IFF Interrogator system, onboard the carrier-capable tactical aircraft. “These sets will provide situational awareness and early warning for…

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Ninth Project 12700 Keel Laid at Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard

At the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), the laying ceremony of the mine defense ship (PMO) of project 12700 took place September 9, 2021. The ceremony was attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolay Evmenov, General Director of JSC SNSZ Vladimir Seredokho, First Deputy General Director of JSC USC Andrei Buzinov, Chief Adviser to…

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Five Kewatec Patrol 1850 Boats Delivered to Rotterdam From Kokkola

September 8, 2021 – Kewatec has manufactured 5 high-speed Patrol 1850 boats for the Romanian Border Police. The boats are 18.5 meters long, 4.7 meters wide and are designed for safe working in comfortable interiors. The boats are equipped with twin engines and waterjets and are intended for patrol and border guard operations. The boats were driven from Kokkola to…

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China Cries Foul as USS Benfold Demonstrates FONOP in Spratley Islands

On Sept. 8, USS Benfold (DDG 65) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Spratly Islands, consistent with international law. This freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea. USS Benfold demonstrated that Mischief Reef, a low-tide elevation in its natural state, is not entitled to a territorial sea under international law. The…

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Exercise Hones Maritime Warfighting Skills

Ships deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21) took part in the biennial maritime Malaysia-Australia Exercise (MASTEX) while transiting through Southeast Asia. Conducted between the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Australian Navy in early September, the exercise enhanced the interoperability and relationship between the navies across the full spectrum of maritime operations and warfighting competencies. The exercise included boat drills,…

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NATO Adds 400 Bureaucrats

On 8 September 2021, Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) declared Full Operational Capability (FOC) and marked the occasion with a ceremony presided over by its Commander, Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe. Distinguished guests included the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, the German State Secretary, Thomas Silberhorn, and the Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, Lieutenant General…

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HMS Prince of Wales Prepares for Fleet Operations

September 6, 2021 – Britain’s newest aircraft carrier has sailed from Portsmouth ahead a hectic autumn as she works her way to becoming fully operational. HMS Prince of Wales shifts up a few gears with her first period of concerted training with fifth-generation F-35 Lightning stealth fighters – and her first participation in the largest military exercise in the UK,…

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