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Naval Group to Produce an Autonomous Subsurface Drone for France

On December 28, 2023, DGA awarded Naval Group a framework agreement  for the design, production and testing of an Unmanned Combat Underwater  Vehicle (UCUV) demonstrator. A first follow-on contract was also signed for  the design and development of Naval Group’s Autonomous Decision-Making  Process (ADMP) and secure autonomous navigation.  

France Orders 109 CAESAR MkII Art Guns

The DGA announced the order for 109 CAESAR 6x6 MkII, a new version currently under development. Thanks to this order planned in the 2024-2030 defence programming law (LPM), the CAESAR 6x6 MkII will first replace the AUF1 self-propelled howitzer at the end of its operational service and gradually phase out the CAESAR 6x6 MkI of the army. The French artillery will thus have an unprecedented capability since the introduction of the CAESAR 6x6 system in 2008. This order also includes support for the CAESAR MkII during their first two years of use.

Naval Group's Workshop at Karwar Inaugurated

Naval Group India’s technical workshop at Karwar industrial area was inaugurated  on September 13th, 2023 by the hands of Rear Admiral KM Ramakrishnan, VSM,  Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area (FOK), in presence of Mr Vincent  Martinot-Lagarde, EVP Services of Naval Group, Mr Laurent Videau, Country &  Managing Director of Naval Group India, and other senior dignitaries.  

IIT-Kanpur & PSU, USA to Host Indo-US Defence Workshop

India and the United States have collaboratively taken a significant step towards enhancing defence excellence and collaboration by convening the INDUS-X (India-United States Defence Acceleration Ecosystem) workshop on August 29, 2023. The event, co-facilitated by IIT Kanpur, Pennsylvania State University, Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX), the Ministry of Defence, India; and the US Department of Defence (DoD), was supported by the US-India Business Council (USIBC).

India calls for Increased Israeli Investment

Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh met with an Israeli delegation, led by Foreign Minister Mr Eli Cohen, in New Delhi on May 09, 2023. During the meeting, the Raksha Mantri underlined Government of India’s priority towards indigenisation in accordance with the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Policy’. He acknowledged the cooperation being extended by Israeli companies and encouraged them for more investments in India and for forging joint ventures with Indian partners to manufacture defence equipment in India.

Boeing to Upgrade USAF KC-46A

Boeing will enhance the KC-46A advanced communications capabilities through a Block 1 upgrade under a $184 million contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force.

Upgrades include line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight communications technologies with antijamming and encryption features. These capabilities will further enhance the data and communications connectivity the KC-46A provides to joint and allied forces for battlespace situational awareness.

Navantia's S-81 submarine First Dive

The S-81 'Isaac Peral' submarine carried out its first static dive this Thursday as part of the test schedule agreed between Navantia, the Navy and the Ministry of Defence. The dive took place in the waters of the La Algameca naval station, opposite the Navy's Diving Centre. It forms part of the safety milestones in the construction and testing of the S-80 submarine programme and is carried out after surface navigation and prior to the dive.

First Belgium-Dutch Anti-Mine Vessel Launched

On 29 March 2023, the first of the twelve mine countermeasure vessels of the Belgian-Dutch rMCM programme, the M940 Oostende intended for the Belgian Navy, was floated out in Concarneau. The launching ceremony took place in the presence of Ludivine Dedonder, Belgian Minister of Defence, Kajsa Ollongren, Dutch Minister of Defence, and Patricia Mirallès, French Secretary of State for Veterans and Memory. During this day, Naval Group also laid the keel for the third of the twelve vessels, the M941 Tournai, intended for the Belgian Navy.