Monday, October 5, 2015

US Navy, Raytheon demonstrate network-enabled Tomahawk cruise missiles in flight

US Navy

San Nicolas Island CA October 5, 2015 - A Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile successfully showed it can take a reconnaissance photo and follow orders to re-target in mid-flight during a test conducted by the U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company.
During the test, a missile launched from the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) used its onboard camera to capture battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters via its two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then entered a loiter pattern to await further instructions.
Meanwhile, strike controllers at the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain retargeted the missile to a new aim point on the Navy's range at San Nicolas Island, off the coast of southern California. The missile performed a vertical dive and struck the designated target.
"We have once again proven the flexibility and utility of the Tomahawk Block IV missile, which has an unprecedented record of reliability and combat success." said Dave Adams, Raytheon Tomahawk senior program director.
The test was designed to show that the missile's strike controllers, located at multiple fleet headquarters, can control and redirect multiple missiles simultaneously. To reduce testing costs, only one of the large salvo of missiles was a live launch. The rest were flown via computer simulation through various missions directed by forward deployed strike controllers.
"Tomahawk continues to be the weapon of choice for combatant commanders requiring very long range, precision strike, with the flexibility to loiter and re-direct after launch," said Adams. "No other weapon has this capability."

Calspan Aerospace to Provide Variable Stability System for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Helicopter


Buffalo NY September 29, 2015 - Calspan Aerospace has won a $1.57M contract with the U.S. Navy to provide a next-generation Variable Stability System (VSS) for a U.S. Naval Test Pilot School UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter. The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) trains engineering test pilots, flight test officers, and flight test engineers to conduct test and evaluation at the Aircraft Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center. Graduating students use this expertise to work on aircraft and weapons systems, conduct flight tests and manage the introduction of new assets to the fleet. 
The project involves the design, fabrication, and installation of a sensor suite, fly-by-wire VSS computer system, pilot and aircraft interfaces, safety trip and data recording systems on the UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopter. The modified aircraft will be used to expose students at the school to a myriad of helicopter handling quality characteristics, bringing classroom academics to life using a single airframe.  The project is set to be conducted over the next six months at the Calspan Aerospace headquarters in Niagara Falls, NY.   
The helicopter will become the third-generation variable stability H-60 to be used in the school's training programs and the latest in a long line of variable stability fixed and rotary wing aircraft that Calspan has modified and operated over the last 70 years.  "We are excited to begin this next project with USNTPS, who Calspan has had a long-standing relationship with, and to help create the best learning environment for future Test Pilot School graduates," said Calspan CEO and Test Pilot, Lou Knotts.
Calspan Aerospace operates its flight research and testing business at the Niagara Falls International Airport, in an 80,000 sq. ft. facility, which the company built in 2005.  Calspan operates a fleet of 8 airborne testbeds which are utilized for research, development, test and evaluation work as well as test pilot school training.  Customers include both domestic and international government and commercial companies. 

Final Cape Class Christened at Austal Henderson

Cape Class Patrol Boat at sea

Henderson WA October 2, 2015 - Austal Limited is pleased to announce the eighth and final Cape Class Patrol Boat has been officially named Cape York during a ceremony held at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia today.
Cape York is the last of eight Cape-class patrol boats built by Austal for the Australian Border Force (ABF) under an AUD$330million design, construct and in-service support contract. The vessel was launched at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in September 2015 and has since undergone final fit out and sea trials, with final crew familiarizHendation to be completed prior to delivery to ABF in the next few weeks.
The naming ceremony was attended by ABF Deputy Commissioner Michael Outram APM, Assistant Commissioner Border Force Capability, Peter Docwra, Cape York traditional owners’ representative Richie Ah Mat and naming lady, Sallyanne Atkinson AO, former Lord Mayor of the City of Brisbane. 
Named after Australia’s most northern point, Cape York in Queensland, the vessel represents the completion of the ABF’s most comprehensive border patrol capability asset program and Austal’s third major, multiple vessel contract for the Australian Government.
Davyd Thomas, Vice President of Defence remarked at the naming ceremony;
“The Cape Class Patrol Boat programme underpins Austal’s strategy to achieve the right balance between export and domestic demand as we believe that focus is the basis for the right sustainable model for the long term future of naval shipbuilding in Australia, and the capability it delivers.
Programs like the Cape Class for the Australian Government, along with our export programs - such as the two HSSV’S we are currently constructing for the Royal Navy of Oman here at Henderson - set the foundation for Austal’s future as a key enabler in delivering Australia’s indigenous naval shipbuilding capability efficiently, effectively and competitively.”
Delivering a Cape-class patrol boat every 10 weeks (on average) over 2014-15, Austal has delivered the programme on time and within budget; completing over 1.85 million man hours  and processing over 900 tonnes of aluminium in the construction of the eight vessels.

Crowley Awarded Vessel Management Contract by Military Sealift Command for ROCON Fleet

USNS SGT Matej Kocak
USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat

Jacksonville October 5, 2015 –  Crowley Maritime Corp. ’s government services group has been awarded a new technical management contract for five U.S. government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Roll-On/Roll-Off and container ships (ROCON). Under the approximately $130 million contract, Crowley will provide full turnkey operation and management of the fleet, including crewing and scheduled/unscheduled repair and drydocking services initially for one year with four, additional one-year options. The turnover phase for the ships began on October 1.

USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless

Of these five vessels, two will remain berthed in Jacksonville and three will be homeported in Norfolk – all within the service area of Crowley’s local offices. This contract will have a positive economic impact through the creation of several new jobs in both Jacksonville and Norfolk. The ships ­– USNS 1st LT Harry L. Martin, USNS LCPL Roy M. Wheat, USNS SGT Matej Kocak, USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon and the USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless ­– will be used to transport cargo throughout the world in support of the U.S. military.

USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon

“Crowley is proud to have been selected to provide technical management for this government fleet,” said Crowley’s Paul Varghese, general manager, government services. “This contract is a perfect fit for us, and would not be possible without the hard work and determination of our remarkable government team and the tremendous support we received from MSC.”

USNS 1st LT Harry L. Martin

Saab at Pacific 2015

Defence and security company Saab will have its latest technologically advanced and innovative solutions in naval systems on show at the Pacific 2015 exhibition in Sydney 6-8 October 2015.
Saab develops ground breaking ideas for existing technology and pioneering innovations and will be showcasing its full naval defence capabilities developed in Australia and from across the globe. 
Gunilla Fransson, Senior Vice President of Saab’s global defence and security business will be attending the international maritime exhibition, which draws attendees from across the globe.
“The Asia Pacific region is of strategic importance to Saab, we have a long-term investment in Australia that spans 25 years,” says Gunilla Fransson, head of Business Area Security and Defence Solutions, Saab.
“Our Australian operations support more than 300 employees developing Australia’s future combat system for the next generation frigates and new technologies in unmanned surface vessels; which will feature at Pacific 2015,” says Gunilla Fransson.
At Pacific 2015, Saab will be demonstrating the future roadmap for 9LV and its ability to meet the unique requirements of the Royal Australian Navy and the benefits of commonality across its current and future platforms. 
“As Australia’s leading combat system integrator, we will be explaining the future evolution of the 9LV combat management and anti-ship missile defence system, currently in-service with the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac class frigates and Canberra class landing helicopter docking ships,” says Gerard Ogden, Head of Marketing and Sales in Australia, Saab. 
“The battle-proven, scalable 9LV system is a completely flexible and modular capability suited to a range of platforms including frigates and offshore patrol vessels. Through successive capability upgrades, such as the anti-ship missile defence integration, 9LV has made Australia’s current Anzac class frigates the most capable in the world and the baseline for the next generation,” says Gerard Ogden.
Also on display are products from Saab’s global portfolio, including:
A26, the most modern submarine program in the world 
FlexPatrol, flexible littoral ships for combat and patrol with Genuine Holistic Stealth
Bonefish, the latest Unmanned Surface Vessel control system
Double Eagle SAROV and AUV-62 unmanned underwater vehicles for mine warfare and anti-submarine warfare training
Skeldar V-200 medium-range unmanned aerial vehicle for maritime missions
TactiCall integrated communications systems
Come and see how we are breaking the thought barrier at Pacific 2015 — let us show you our future thinking for naval defence.
Visit Saab at Pacific 2015, Stand 1B4, Hall 1 at Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island, Sydney.

Newport News Shipbuilding Converts to Natural Gas

Newport News Shipbuilding has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil to natural gas. The new system will reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent and save the shipyard about $8 million per year. Photo by Chris Oxley/HII

Newport News October 5, 2015 - Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has converted its steam-generation plant from heavy fuel oil, also known as Bunker C, to natural gas to improve safety and lower operating costs and emissions to the environment.
The plant generates low-pressure steam to heat many of the shipyard’s facilities, to provide process heat and to support hotel services—including hot water, food preparation and galley services—to the ships undergoing construction and overhaul.
“We started researching and evaluating alternative options about four years ago with the goal of implementation by 2016,” said Bill Cash-Robertson, a Newport News Shipbuilding environmental engineer. “Not only does the conversion to natural gas make good business sense, it’s more efficient, it’s cleaner, and it’s safer to operate.”
The old system, which included three 70-year-old boilers, burned about 6 million gallons of heavy fuel oil last year, costing the shipyard about $15 million. Plant Engineering Supervisor Ken Allmon, a member of the shipyard’s energy management team, said the new system will reduce greenhouse gases by 30 percent and save the shipyard several million dollars per year in lower utility costs. “The team is proud of our work to overcome technical challenges and implement a solution that is a win for everybody,” he said. 
Will Koeck, the project’s construction engineer, said one challenge was to safely remove and install large boilers in a plant that had to continue operating during the conversion. “We met the challenge with careful coordination and planning, and we had the first new boiler in place making steam in December 2014,” he said.  

Major Uk Order: Tdw To Participate In Upgrade To Heavyweight Spearfish Torpedo

© BAE Systems

October 5, 2015 - On 29 July, TDW GmbH was awarded a contract from BAE Systems for the qualification and delivery of the insensitive munition (IM) blast warhead due to be used in the upgrade of the Royal Navy’s heavyweight Spearfish torpedo. This marks the largest order in the company’s history.
Blast warheads can be used to combat both surface and underwater targets effectively. Ships in particular can be combated most effectively using a blast warhead, which generates a shock wave.
Through the initial assessment and development phases, TDW have played a leading role in the design and testing of the new Spearfish warhead. To date the testing performed on the warhead has included IM threat tests (to demonstrate insensitivity) and underwater trials (to demonstrate performance).  TDW’s experience gained through the Sting Ray warhead programme has helped to ensure that the development of the Spearfish Upgrade warhead could be carried out so effectively.
“The conclusion of Demonstration Phase 1 for the Spearfish Upgrade IM Warhead on time, cost and quality along with the proven collaboration between BAE Systems Maritime Services and TDW laid the foundation for this success. This order shows that we have mastered the complete range of warhead systems up to and including the heavyweight torpedo,” declared TDW Managing Director Ulrich Störchle. “This insensitive blast warhead will improve the safety and effectiveness of this torpedo significantly.”