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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Navantia signs with Australia a contract for the study of new frigates


October 23, 2014 - Navantia has signed, on 23rd. October, a contract with DMO for the RRDS (Risk Reduction Design Study) regarding the SEA 5000 program for the new frigates.
The contract has been signed at the DMO offices in Canberra, by Francisco BarĂ³n, director of Navantia Australia and Paddy Fritzpatrick, director of DMO Naval Programs. The management and coordination of the activities within this contract will take place in Navantia’s offices in Adelaide, recently opened.
The contract, that will last aproximately 9 months, intends to analyze the impact of the installation of CEA Australian aerial radar and SAAB command and control system on Navantia’s F-105 frigate, as well as the accomplish of specific Australian requirements.
This is the first step of the program of acquisition of future frigates for the Royal Australian Navy, which includes the building of 8 units in Australia.
The Australian Government will build the ships in Adelaide, where the AWD are being built, with the support of Navantia in the design, based on the F-100 frigates, and transfer of technology.  It is very important to highlight the communality of systems and equipments with other ships of the Royal Australian Navy, being this fact a great added value for Navantia when bidding in other programs.
This is a clue program for Navantia, for its complexity and volume and means an important support from the Australian Government to Navantia’s capabilities. It will provide Navantia a significant level of activity, as well as the opportunity to develop other internationally attractive designs based on the F-100 frigates.

CAE awarded contracts to support New Zealand Defence Force SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite synthetic training devices


Wellington October 21, 2014 - Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has been awarded contracts by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support its SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices.
Under terms of the contracts, CAE will perform updates to an existing SH-2G(I) Full Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS) and SH-2G(I) Part Task Trainer (PTT) that the NZDF is acquiring as part of a comprehensive acquisition of ten SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Corporation. Following delivery of the SH-2G(I) synthetic training devices to Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland in Whenuapai, CAE will provide through-life support and maintenance services for 15 years.
"We are pleased to extend our relationship with the New Zealand Defence Force following contracts earlier this year in support of New Zealand's T-6C Pilot Training program and the establishment of CAE New Zealand Pty Ltd," said Peter Redman, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Oceania. "The entire CAE team is committed to the on-time delivery of world-class ground-based training systems and support services as we strive to become the partner of choice in New Zealand for simulation and training."
CAE will immediately commence major updates and obsolescence management to the existing SH-2G(I) FMFS and PTT being acquired by the NZDF from Kaman.  In addition to updates to the host computer, sensor systems, tactical environment and the instructor operator station, the simulator update will include the addition of the latest generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and the common database (CDB) architecture. The SH-2G(I) synthetic training devices will be delivered to RNZAF Base Auckland in 2015, at which time CAE New Zealand Pty Ltd will commence delivery of on-site training support and maintenance services through 2030.


BAE Systems Awarded $50M Nulka Contract

Engineer checking Nulka decoy missile part, South Australia

Richmond, Australia - BAE Systems has secured a 16th successive annual contract to produce additional rounds for the Nulka active missile decoy.
Valued at approximately $50 million, the latest follow-on order will involve making decoy rounds for the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy, bringing the total number of rounds supplied by BAE Systems to more than 1,400.
Nulka is a rocket propelled active decoy system designed to lure anti-ship missiles away from their intended target. It is deployed on more than 140 surface combat ships in the US, Canadian and Australian navies and is Australia's largest and most successful regular defence export.
The Nulka system relies on a strong Australian supply chain and supports high-tech manufacturing in regional centres through the involvement of suppliers including Milspec Engineering, Thales Australia and Varley.
BAE Systems Director Aerospace Steve Drury said: “This contract continues our provision of the world’s most advanced soft kill anti-ship missile defence system to the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy. I’m looking forward to continuing our long-term and strategically aligned partnership with both navies.”

General Dynamics Receives $19 Million Contract for Submarine Planning Services

The former Lafayette Class SSBNs Daniel Webster Sam Rayburn, currently in service at NPTU Charleston, are to be replaced by Los Angeles Class USS La Jolla (pictured) and USS San Francisco. US Navy photo.
Groton October 23, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $18.9 million contract modification to perform reactor-plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines and support-yard services for moored training ships. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Initially awarded in November 2011, the contract has a potential value of $121.2 million through 2016 if all options are exercised. Most of the work will be performed in Groton, with the remainder taking place in Charleston, S.C., where the moored training ships are based.
This work will engage Electric Boat's engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,400 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.

Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout Prepares for Shipboard Testing

A MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter lands on a slanted platform to simulate what it's like to land on a ship at sea during tests at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, California. Known as “sloped” landings, this effort will prepare Fire Scout for future at-sea tests.

Point Mugu October 23, 2014 - Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed precision sloped landing tests Aug. 27 with the MQ-8C Fire Scout at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, in preparation for at-sea testing.
MQ-8C Fire Scout has been undergoing rigorous flight testing and validation, which will culminate in the actual takeoff and landing on the deck of a Navy vessel at-sea. The MQ-8C is the company's latest variant of its successful Fire Scout unmanned aerial system, which performs intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the U.S. Navy.
"The sloped takeoff and landing tests are designed to be as real as it gets to actually operating on a Navy ship," said Capt. Patrick Smith, Fire Scout program manager at Naval Air Systems Command. "The autonomous MQ-8C Fire Scout system is able to precisely track and understand the roll and pitch of the surface which resembles at-sea conditions."
The sloped landing platform was previously used to test and certify the MQ-8B Fire Scout for ship-based operations and is now being used for the more capable MQ-8C. The MQ-8C is utilizing the same proven autonomous system for takeoff and landings as the current MQ-8B model.

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"The MQ-8C Fire Scout system is performing as predicted and as previously demonstrated during Fire-X testing back in 2011," said George Vardoulakis, vice president for Medium Range Tactical Systems, Northrop Grumman. "These tests enable a validation of our autonomous system and clear the way for dynamic interface testing onboard the ship."

Since its first flight Oct. 31, 2013, the MQ-8C Fire Scout has flown 219 flights and 287 hours. The most recent tests on the MQ-8C have consisted of electromagnetic testing, which assured compatibility with ship-based emitters (like radar) and an initial phase of dynamic interface testing, which looked at deck handling and communications networks. The MQ-8C's first ship-based series of flights are planned for later this year.

Royal Thai Navy and Air Force acquire five EC645 T2 and two EC725 rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters

Marignane, France October 22, 2014 - The airborne capabilities of Thailand’s navy and air force will be significantly enhanced with the acquisition of two mission-ready Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft types: the light-utility EC645 T2 and the 11-ton-class EC725.
The Royal Thai Navy signed for five EC645 T2s to be deployed on transport duties and other missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016. Its purchase represents the first export order of this militarized version of the EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family.
In the Royal Thai Air Force’s reorder of Airbus Helicopters’ EC725, the military service is obtaining two of the tactical transport rotorcraft for SAR/CSAR (search and rescue/combat search and rescue) missions, operating from Wing 2 at Lop Buri Air Base in Thailand’s Lop Buri Province. These aircraft will be provided in 2017, joining the four previously-ordered EC725s booked in 2012 for deliveries from 2015.

©Airbus Helicopters, Thierry Rostang
“By acquiring both the EC645 T2 and EC725, Thailand will be operating two of the most capable helicopters in their categories, delivering high levels of mission flexibility with their modern avionics and rugged airframes,” said Philippe Monteux, Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Region South East Asia & Pacific.
The EC645 T2 features a modern digital cockpit and a 4-axis autopilot. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tons, the helicopter is powered by Turbomeca Arriel 2E powerplants equipped with dual-channel full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). Operational safety is enhanced by Airbus Helicopters’ Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, particularly for landings and takeoffs in confined landing sites, as well as during loading/unloading on the ground while the rotor is turning.

©Airbus Helicopters, Anthony Pecchi

The EC725 is a highly capable twin-engine helicopter with a digital 4-axis autopilot and five-blade composite main rotor. It can perform multiple missions that range from combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport and aeromedical transport to logistic support and naval duties.
Currently operated by the military forces of France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand and soon in Indonesia as well, the EC725’s reliability and durability has been confirmed in such crisis areas as Lebanon, Afghanistan and Mali, while also supporting French troops during NATO-led operations in Libya.