Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Almaz Design Bureau Current Offerings

Almaz was founded October 22, 1949, when the order of the Ministry №00896 Shipbuilding Industry of the USSR at the Leningrad shipyard №5 was established Special Design Bureau on designing long-range torpedo boats. Since 1966 it is called the Central Marine Design "Diamond" bureau.

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Boeing Statement on Air Force One

December 6, 2016 - Boeing today issued the following statement regarding the Air Force One program:

"We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States. We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer."

Friday, November 25, 2016

Defence Secretary announces UK-French missile cooperation

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon speaks at the opening of the Franco-British Council in Paris.
November 17, 2016 - Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced Franco-British Centres of Excellence for missile technology in Stevenage and Bolton.
Sir Michael made the announcement, which further deepens the UK-France defence relationship, at the Franco-British Council meeting today in Paris.
The revolutionary Cross-Channel Centres of Excellence Strategy will allow Franco-British defence company MBDA to develop cutting-edge technology in the UK and France while increasing efficiency.
The creation of specialized Centres of Excellence for missile technology will support 400 skilled jobs at MBDA’s UK sites in Stevenage and Bolton.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
To keep Britain strong, it’s vital we develop mutual security through innovation and co-operation. By securing a rising defence budget, working with allies and investing in Centres of Excellence, we can keep Britain at the cutting-edge of technology.
This Franco-British defence co-operation ensures high-skilled jobs through innovation and will help keep Britain safer and more secure.
Building on recent Franco-British commitments to work more closely, the strategy seeks to extend the boundaries of traditional interstate co-operation, to the advantage of both countries, including by increasing UK and French military capability and promoting competitiveness in exports.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin added:
The UK and France are the biggest European investors in equipment, and defence projects such as these Centres of Excellence will ensure we work effectively and innovatively with industry to secure the very best deal for the tax payer.
The UK is investing £178 billion so that our Armed Forces have the equipment they need to keep Britain safe.
During his visit the Defence Secretary also praised the UK and France’s deep and enduring partnership on operations against Daesh. The British and French militaries work closely together daily. RAF Voyager tankers often refuel French Rafales, as well as RAF jets. The RAF and French air force also team up to jointly strike more difficult targets, most recently in western Iraq, where RAF Tornados carrying Stormshadow missiles, and French aircraft successfully destroyed a large group of Saddam Hussein era bunkers used by Daesh for weapons manufacture. And only last week, near Mosul, an RAF Reaper crew could guide French Rafale jets onto a Daesh mortar team, striking the terrorists and eliminating the threat they were posing to Iraqi troops.
In a further boost to innovation the visit comes shortly after the launch of the next phase of a £117 million joint Franco-British Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) program.
The MMCM program will develop cutting edge maritime mine warfare capability, which will keep the UK and France at the forefront of autonomous systems technology. The development and deployment of unmanned mine clearance vehicle will help keep our personnel safe in challenging maritime environments.

The announcement on Centres of Excellence came at the annual meeting of the Franco-British Council, an organization set up in the 1970s to foster closer UK-French ties. 2016’s conference underlined the continuing strength and progress of the Lancaster House agreement, which is a fundament part of Britain and France’s defence relationship.

U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $192 Million Contract for Work on New DDG 1000 Ships

The new guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), along with the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), will head to BAE Systems’ shipyard in San Diego for post-construction work. (Photo: U.S. Navy)   

November 21, 2016 - BAE Systems has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Navy for post-construction work aboard the guided missile destroyers USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) and USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001). The contract has an initial award of $10.3 million and a maximum value of $192.7 million for work through September 2021.
“We’re pleased with the opportunity to help prepare the Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor for initial service in the fleet,” said Bob Koerber, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. “We look forward to working with industry partners to install the state-of-the-art combat systems aboard these leading-edge combatants and to finish other hull and engineering enhancements following their construction and delivery.”
USS Zumwalt and Michael Monsoor are the first two ships of the Navy’s new class of surface combatants. The ships are 610 feet long, displace about 15,700 tons, and are comprised of steel hulls and composite structure deckhouses. The Zumwalt was commissioned in Baltimore last month and now is enroute to its homeport in San Diego. The Michael Monsoor is currently under construction in Bath, Maine, and will also be homeported in San Diego.
BAE Systems will begin work on the Zumwalt next month. Work on the Michael Monsoor will begin after the ship is delivered to the Navy. Under the new contract, the company’s San Diego shipyard will support the installation and completion of the ships’ combat systems and perform post-construction hull, mechanical, and electrical enhancements. The shipyard also will support the ships’ post-shakedown availabilities following the demonstration and certification of their combat systems and final sea trials.

In addition to the shipyard’s work, BAE Systems’ Weapon Systems business will work on the ships’ gun systems, which will can deliver ordnance against a wide variety of targets. The business also will install the ships’ Mk 57 vertical launch systems, which will provide the capability and flexibility of deploying existing and new missiles without costly, complex reconfiguration or maintenance.

BAE Systems Awarded $86 Million U.S. Navy Contract to Support and Integrate Combat Systems

BAE Systems received a new contract to assist with the integration of U.S. Navy equipment, programs, and combat systems to enhance mission planning, research, and training. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)   

November 21, 2016 - The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract worth up to $86 million to provide management, engineering, maintenance, and IT support services for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at Wallops Island, Virginia.
BAE Systems experts will integrate various mission equipment, combat systems, and computer programs to help NAVSEA’s Surface Combat Systems Center meet current and future operational requirements. The high-fidelity systems are used by sailors for mission planning, testing and evaluation, research, and training.

“We are ensuring the interoperability of deployed systems and integrating next-generation technologies for use in testing and exercises at sea,” said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector. “This is critical work that is supporting the Navy’s strategy to provide the fleet with the advanced capabilities it needs in an increasingly complex maritime environment.”

L-3 to Provide Power Distribution and Switchgear Equipment for the U.S. Navy’s Stealthiest Submarine Program

November 18, 2016 - L-3 Communications announced today that it has been awarded a contract to deliver switchgear equipment in support of the power distribution and protection system for the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine, which will replace the existing Ohio-class platform. This competitively awarded contract includes the detail design and qualification of the switchgear, along with the delivery of select units to the first submarine. Follow-on deliveries will extend to 2035 if the U.S. Navy builds all boats in the current plan of record.
“This is an important contract for L-3 because it demonstrates our ability to meet evolving naval requirements with optimal reliability and performance,” said Michael T. Strianese, L-3’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“Our expertise is in electrical protection and distribution equipment that is designed for harsh and rugged environments,” added Christine Montalvo, President of L-3 SPD Electrical Systems (L-3 SPDES), which will complete the work. “We’ve spent two years investing in conceptual designs and improving upon key elements, including electrical performance, weight and reduced cost, and are excited to have won this rigorous competition.”

L-3 SPDES is part of the Power & Propulsion Systems sector within the Electronic Systems business segment. The division currently manufactures switchgear and Air Circuit Breakers (ACBs) for the Virginia-class fast attack submarine.

Navy put into service a new logistic support vessel in Cartagena

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November 24, 2016 - Military ceremony will be held tomorrow at 5 pm at the Naval ARC "Bolívar" Base, chaired by Mr. Admiral Leonardo Santamaria Gaitan, Commander of the Navy, with Mr. General del Aire (RA) Jose Javier Perez Mejia, Deputy Minister of Defense for Corporate Social Group and GSED, and Welfare, and the naval command, will serve the Navy's new ship Logistics Support ARC name "Gulf of Morrosquillo".
This is the fourth ship of its kind built in Colombia by the Corporation of Science and Technology for Development of Shipbuilding, Maritime and Fluvial - COTECMAR response to the need for the Navy to strengthen its naval fleet units’ shallow draft that can reach inaccessible areas, to increase state presence and to provide care to the most remote populations.
The ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" will become part of the Flotilla of Surface Caribbean under operational command of the Naval Force of the Caribbean, to develop maritime and riverine operations security and defense missions, humanitarian assistance operations for disaster control, military operations area control, logistical support and amphibious landing, among others. its ability to transport vehicles and heavy machinery stands and containers, refrigerated cargo, ro-ro cargo and liquid cargo (water and fuel).
As the first commander of the ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" he was appointed Lieutenant Commander Carlos Alvarado Fabian Carvajal, who will lead a crew of 13 people between officers and NCOs. Godmother of the new ship is Mrs. Elisa Beltrán de Santamaría, wife of Commander of the Navy.
The ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo", named after one of the most important geographical features of the Colombian Caribbean, located between the departments of Sucre and Cordoba, with attractions like Punta Mestizos, Cispatá Bay and Boca de Tinajones. It is the second ship with this name in the Navy.
The ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" has a length (L) of 49 meters, a beam (width) of 11 meters, a maximum speed of 9 knots, an average draft of 1.50 meters, accommodation capacity of 15 crew, transport up to 36 people; It has doctor's office and hospital ward to serve four people; It can carry more than 20,000 gallons of water, 21 gallons of fuel and 240 tons on deck. Has a ramp on the bow that allows loading and unloading of equipment and heavy machinery in places of difficult access and a hydraulic crane with lifting capacity up to 15 tons, so that the burden of large containers is possible.

With the entry of the vessel ARC "Gulf of Morrosquillo" to the naval fleet in the Caribbean, the Navy increased its capabilities and reaffirms its commitment to safeguard human life at sea, to exercise military control of the area, providing logistical support, lead missions disaster management and humanitarian assistance, among others.