Thursday, July 31, 2014

Exelis Delivers Latest Electronic Warfare Technology for US Navy F/A-18 Aircraft

Exelis photo

Clifton NJ July 30, 2014 - Exelis has successfully delivered to the U.S. Navy the first nine full rate production, next-generation electronic self-protection systems for F/A-18 fighter aircraft. The ALQ-214(V)4/5 is the latest variant of the onboard jammer subsystem in the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) suite.
Through a series of enhancements, including miniaturization and improved electronics packaging, the ALQ-214(V)4/5 can be installed on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as well as – for the first time – on F/A-18C/D Hornets. This will help ensure that both types of aircraft and their crews are protected from modern, dynamic radio frequency threats.
“With enhanced software programmability and reduced size and weight, our latest system ensures that naval aviators stay ahead of emerging electronic threats,” said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business area. “Exelis has helped advance the Navy’s electronic warfare mission for more than 16 years, and this milestone extends our record to 198 months of on-time delivery to the IDECM program.”
The ALQ-214(V)4/5 follows the ALQ-214(V)3, the final production delivery of which was made to the Navy in mid-2013. The ALQ-214 is produced at the Exelis Electronic Systems (ES) facility in Clifton, New Jersey. ES is the lead division for the company’s electronic warfare (EW) strategic growth platform, providing advanced, integrated EW solutions to protect and enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions.

F-35B Successfully Completes Wet Runway and Crosswind Testing

F-35B aircraft BF-4, piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Dan Levin, starts down the runway as part of wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards AFB, California. (Lockheed Martin photo by Tom Reynolds)

Fort Worth July 30, 2014 - In an important program milestone enabling U.S. Marines Corps Initial Operational Capability (IOC) certification, the Lockheed Martin F-35B recently completed required wet runway and crosswind testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
“This testing is absolutely critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps’ IOC,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for Conventional Take Off & Landings (CTOL), Short Take Offs (STO) and Short Landings (SL), with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful improvement over legacy 4th generational fighter aircraft.”
The testing, completed in 37 missions during a 41-day period, achieved 114 test points, including  48 of 48 wet runway test points, four of four performance STOs, 12 of 18 unique flight test conditions for STO, 19 of 23 unique flight test conditions for SLs and all directional control and anti-skid wet runway testing. All testing was performed with BF-4, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.
In other achievements, four aircraft surpassed flight hour milestones, demonstrating program maturity and reliability: F-35C aircraft CF-1 and F-35A aircraft AF-4 achieved 500 flight hours, and F-35C aircraft CF-5 achieved 100 flight hours.
The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned July 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in Aug. 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Babcock successfully trials new approach in fleet time support

RN Photo

July 28, 2014 - Babcock has successfully trialled a new system for Fleet Time maintenance activities, geared to reducing the burden on ship’s staff (particularly valuable for lean-manned ships) and ensuring optimum safety.  The five week trial was undertaken on Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland during her recent Fleet Time Support Period (FTSP), and is now being considered for wider roll-out.
The trial involved a new Safe Systems of Work control system, which saw Babcock take on elements of the role traditionally undertaken by the ship’s staff.  Because the ship is under military control during Fleet Time, maintenance carried out on a live system requires the ship’s system operators to be there to control and monitor the work.  Under the new approach, a dedicated Babcock platform safety co-ordinator and team takes the role of ‘trusted agent’ to the ship’s Commanding Officer (CO) to run mechanical and electrical system isolation, carrying out aspects such as permits to work, ship hazard safety control, and access control to the ship.  The care, protection and security of the ship remains the responsibility of the CO.
Babcock Surface Ship Support Transformation Manager Andy Correy highlights improved safety control and maintenance planning, and freeing up the crew to focus on other important activities, as key benefits of the new approach.
He explains: “Traditionally Fleet Time Support Periods are intense periods of engineering support, so dedicating a team solely to SSOW will deliver several benefits.  Babcock currently undertakes this type of role on ships in upkeep, and providing this service as an additional responsibility during Fleet Time (recognising Babcock’s first class safety service and culture), when the ship is manned, stored and fuelled, is a big step forward.  For example, it will reduce the ship’s staff workload enabling them to focus on activities such as training and regeneration of personnel.  As we move more towards increased automation and lean manning of warships, maintenance still needs to be carried out and ship’s staff are worked as hard as ever on operations, so the opportunity to reduce their workload when alongside is welcomed.”
He continues: “The collective focus on safety on board will also lead to better control of contractors and overall support planning.  Babcock’s safety team are more readily available than ship’s staff who may be busy with other work, so authorisation to start work packages can be turned round more quickly, in turn improving productivity.”
The new approach has been proven to be successful on HMS Northumberland, achieving the trial’s aims and anticipated benefits.  The Fleet Time Support Period on Northumberland became one of the largest such packages of work in recent times, and saw the SSOW team handle some 480 mechanical and electrical system isolations, and issue around 380 permits to work plus 150 access passes to third party contractors.  Feedback from the crew has been that the new approach saved them considerable time, enabling them to undertake other key activities during this maintenance period.
As expected with such a significant process and cultural change, some minor matters arose and were worked through during the trial, leading to some adjustments such as planning improvements for emergent extra activities being successfully made.  The next step will be for a full review to be undertaken to capture all lessons learnt and experience gained, and ensure that these are fully incorporated into any future roll-out.
The governance of SSOW has been developed by Babcock’s warship maintenance capability team utilising a broad stakeholder community across DE&S and Navy Command.  As part of the Surface Ship Support Alliance BAE Systems will follow the Babcock model in a trial on a Portsmouth based ship later in the year.  This is just part of a wider strategy to involve industry to help optimise existing support processes and introduce new concepts to de-risk support to future platform classes such as the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier and Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

Romeo sends Hellfire down range

By CDR Dave Frost RAN. Photos by LCDR Stephan Immerz RAN.

Members from NUSQN 725 stand alongside Aircraft 902, which will fire the first 'Hellfire'missile from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, United States of America. (From left) Petty Officer Aircrewman Glenn Watson, Lieuteneant Commander Michael Robertson and Lieutenant Joel Bury. (photo: LCDR Stephan Immerz)

NAS Jacksonville July 31, 2014 - In the space of seven short months, NUSQN 725 has leapt from receiving their first MH-60R Romeo helicopters to firing the first Royal Australian Navy AGM-114 Hellfire missiles during a live fire exercise at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (AUTEC) in the United States. 
It was smiles all round for the entire team, especially for the crew of Gauntlet 02, who carry the honour of firing the first missile. In total, six Hellfires were fired as the crews built on complex high end war-fighting scenarios throughout the deployment.
For Lieutenant Aaron Schurink, being the aircraft captain of the initial firing crew was an incredible opportunity.
"This is a major milestone for the Fleet Air Arm and a significant capability for the Royal Australian Navy.
"For me personally, it's something that I'll remember for many years to come," he said.
Commanding Officer of 725 Squadron, Commander David Frost was clearly impressed with his team's performance and commitment.

NUSQN 725 Operations Officer LCDR Nigel Rowan conducts pre-flight checks on the 'Hellfire' prior to launch from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, United States of America.

"This one's for all those people across a number of organisations. Collectively, they made this helicopter come to life. The Royal Australian Navy now possesses a very potent helicopter and we are well positioned to take full advantage of all the systems it carries.
"I couldn't be more proud of our team, they've stayed focussed, professional and highly motivated from day one." 
While the exercise has certainly been a highlight of the Romeo introduction, NUSQN 725's dance card remains full for their remaining six months in the United States. Additional missile firings and local anti-submarine exercises will keep the Squadron busy throughout 2014 while they also commence returning people, aircraft and stores later in the year.  
NUSQN 725 will be completely established on home soil at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, by December this year.

Members from NUSQN 725 fit the first 'Hellfire'missile to be fired from the MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo', in Florida, United States of America. (From left) Petty Officer Aircraft Technician Avionics (ATV) Ray Warren, Chief Petty Officer ATV Phil Copley, Able Seaman (AB) ATV Josh Beaven, ABATV Josh Miller, Leading Seaman (LS) ATV Gian Archer, LSATV Mark Goodwin.

Small Business Administration Finally Releases 2013 Contracting Data

Petaluma CA July 31, 2014 - In a statement released on July 30, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced they are finally going to release their fiscal year 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard, as confirmed by the American Small Business League. The Scorecard will report on the specific dollar volume and the percentage of federal contracts awarded to small businesses.
New SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will release the data in a press conference at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md.
A series of federal investigations and investigative reports have found the SBA continues to include billions of dollars in federal contracts to Fortune 500 firms and thousands of other large businesses in their small business contracting statistics.
Federal law requires that a minimum of 23% of the total value of all federal contracts be awarded to small businesses. In calculating the percentage of federal contracts to small businesses, for over 12 years, the SBA has significantly inflated that percentage by using a federal acquisition budget number that is much smaller than the actual federal acquisition budget required by law.
The American Small Business League (ASBL) estimates that if the SBA did not include billions of dollars in federal contracts to Fortune 500 firms and thousands of large businesses and used the actual total federal acquisition budget required by law, the percentage of federal contracts awarded to small businesses would be closer to five percent than the 22% to 23% number that will be reported in their Scorecard.
A legal opinion issued by Professor Charles Tiefer, one of the nation's leading experts on federal contracting law, agrees with the findings of the ASBL that the SBA's numbers are dramatically inflated. Professor Tiefer found no legal justification for the SBA's inclusion of contracts to large businesses in their small business contracting data. He also found that the actual total federal acquisition budget is closer to one trillion dollars versus the much smaller number used by the SBA.
According to the latest data from the Federal Procurement Data System, 175 Fortune 500 firms and their subsidiaries received federal small business contracts in fiscal year 2013.
Beginning in 2005 the SBA Inspector General referred to the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants as, "One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the entire Federal Government today..."
Every year since 2003 the SBA has claimed that the inclusion of billions of dollars in federal contracts to Fortune 500 firms and thousands of large businesses in their small business contracting data is the result of miscoding, computer glitches, anomalies and simple human error.
This consistent claim by the SBA seems improbable since fiscal year 2013 ended last September and the SBA has had 10 months to review the data to remove any anomalies or miscoding.

BAE Systems Announces Proposed Acquisition of Signal Innovations Group

Arlington July 31, 2014 - BAE Systems announces it has entered into an agreement for the proposed bolt-on acquisition of Signal Innovations Group, Inc. (SIG), a provider of imaging technologies and analytics to the U.S. intelligence and defense communities.
“Combining SIG’s technologies with our existing intelligence tools and analysis capabilities will enhance our customers’ ability to analyze tactical and strategic intelligence from around the globe”
“Combining SIG’s technologies with our existing intelligence tools and analysis capabilities will enhance our customers’ ability to analyze tactical and strategic intelligence from around the globe,” said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector. “Together, we also have the potential to leverage our capabilities and bring this technology to a number of innovative commercial applications in an affordable way.”
The proposed acquisition is conditional upon receiving certain regulatory approvals. It is anticipated the proposed acquisition will be completed during the third quarter of 2014.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boeing Resells Inmarsat-5 Satellite Bandwidth to U.S. Government

El Segundo July 29, 2014 – In a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the company, Boeing is providing a U.S. government customer with military Ka-band satellite communications service from a commercial satellite. Boeing is working with ViaSat to provide an integrated satellite service to the U.S. Government customer. The customer retains the rights to use the service on Inmarsat 5 through Sept. 30, 2015.
This satellite, which entered service earlier this year, is the first of four Inmarsat-5 spacecraft being built by Boeing and is a part of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress® system, the world’s first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. Boeing is exclusively authorized to resell Inmarsat capacity to U.S. government organizations to help address increasing demand for military communications bandwidth. 
“The government continues to have an unmet demand for military satellite communications, and we believe that commercially available space assets can play a vital role in helping to meet this demand,” said Jim Mitchell, vice president of Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS). “Our mission is to identify and facilitate the use of available commercial communications capacity on behalf of U.S. government customers and allies.”
Leveraging Boeing’s expertise in government environments and applications, BCSS works with the owners of active satellite systems to market available bandwidth to prospective customers and to include hosted payloads on future spacecraft.

Brazil orders Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft

Airbus Defence and Space

July 28, 2014 - Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft.
The three aircraft will progressively be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) from the end of this year under the terms of an agreement which also includes a five-year Full In Service Support (FISS) contract.
In Brazilian service the SAR aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total FAB C295 fleet to 15.
“We are very proud of this repeat order which demonstrates Brazil ́s high level of confidence in our light and medium aircraft family as well as confirming the C295 ́s demonstrated excellence in the SAR role”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft.
In addition to the aircraft fleet, the FAB is also using a Full Flight Simulator for the C295 at the Air Base of Manaus-Brasil (BAMN facility), that allows it complete autonomy in the training of its crew.
More than 140 C295s have now been ordered by 19 countries.

Airbus Defence and Space completes P-3 Orion modernisation programme for Brazilian Air Force

Airbus Defence and Space

July 29, 2014 - Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the last of nine P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft modernised with new systems and avionics for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The aircraft has been ferried from Seville, Spain to Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, where it will be based.
The nine aircraft were acquired by the FAB from the US Navy in 2006, along with three more to be dismantled for spares, and were upgraded at facilities in Seville and Getafe, near Madrid.
In the aircraft Airbus Defence and Space installed its Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) and a completely new suite of mission sensors, communications systems and cockpit avionics. In addition, the aircraft engines and structures were updated, extending the fleet ́s operational life for many years to come and providing Brazil with a modern and highly effective asset suitable for military and civic duties including anti-submarine, maritime patrol, search and rescue, and economic exclusion zone enforcement.
Under the terms of the contract, Brazil is benefitting from a comprehensive package of offsets including a range of industrial projects as well as training and research in the aerospace sector.
“This has been a large and complex programme and we are very proud of the work done in upgrading the Brazilian P-3 fleet. The FAB now has one of the most modern fleets in its class”, said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Military Aircraft with Airbus Defence and Space.
Airbus Defence and Space has modernised a total of 12 P-3 Orions, nine for the Brazilian Air Force and three for the Spanish Air Force.

DDG 1000 critical capabilities advance, bringing the next-generation destroyer to life

Tewksbury July 29, 2014 - The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer program continues to progress, meeting key program milestones on the path to Initial Operational Capability (IOC). As the prime mission systems integrator for the DDG 1000 ship class, Raytheon provides the multi-mission, integrated combat system capability for the program. Raytheon's recent program milestones have advanced critical mission systems of the next-generation, multi-mission destroyer, from the radar and combat system, to onboard systems integration and crew training.
"Progress on milestones continues for the three ships of the class, in labs, at test facilities and dockside at the shipyard – it's an exciting and rewarding time for the program," said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. "The collaboration between industry and the Navy has been outstanding, all moving forward with a common goal – to bring this transformational ship class to life."
Recent milestones include:
Successful Test Readiness Review of Total Ship Computing Environment software, release 7. The 550,000 software lines of code – developed, integrated, tested, and delivered – build on the TSCE baseline of more than six million lines of code, and represent the first formal delivery to the ship that includes the combat system software as well as hull, mechanical, and electrical ship control functionality.
A production AN/SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar successfully tracked air targets for the first time at Wallops Island, VA. The SPY-3 array, receiver/exciter and signal/data processor were controlled by the combat system of the Self Defense Test Ship, exercising various search and track modes, including the new volume search. The radar tracked targets of opportunity and displayed targets and data on the DDG 1000 Common Display System. 
Completion of the third session of instructor-led ship control systems training with members of the DDG 1000 pre-commissioning crew in Bath, Maine. More than 55 sailors have been trained on ship control systems to date; 85 sailors have attended TSCE operations training. Crew training continues, most recently with a session at Raytheon's Portsmouth, R.I. facility – in the company's Ship Mission Center, a realistic replica of the crew's command center.
Onsite at the shipyard, Raytheon's Ship Integration and Test team of experts continue to support ongoing installation, integration and test in-line with construction progress to meet Hull Mechanical & Electrical milestones and prepare for ship activation.
Since inception, Raytheon has delivered seven software releases totaling more than 6.5M software lines of code and containing less than 1 defect per 10,000 lines of code, well less than industry standard. This is a testament to the design and development approaches employed, which mitigate risks and mature technologies through phased and incremental testing.
The first ship, the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), is now more than 90 percent complete at the Bath Iron Works shipyard, Bath, Maine, and is supported by Raytheon's Ship Integration and Test team onsite for ongoing system integration and testing. DDG 1001 and DDG 1002, also under construction at Bath, are now 78 and 8 percent complete respectively.

Former U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command Manager Sentenced for Receiving Bribes
Washington July 29, 2014 - Kenny E. Toy, 54, the former Afloat Programs Manager at the United States Navy Military Sealift Command, was sentenced today to serve 96 months in prison for receiving bribes.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, United States Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Mid-Atlantic Field Office, Acting Executive Assistant Director Charles T. May Jr. of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Atlantic Operations and Special Agent in Charge Royce E. Curtin of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office made the announcement today after sentencing by United States Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the Eastern District of Virginia.
On Feb. 12, 2014, Toy pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging him with one count of bribery.   According to the statement of facts filed with Toy’s plea agreement, Toy was employed as the Afloat Programs Manager in the N6 Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Systems Directorate at the Military Sealift Command, which is the leading provider of transportation for the United States Navy.  In approximately November 2004, Toy joined an extensive bribery conspiracy that spanned five years, involved multiple co-conspirators, including two different companies, and resulted in the payment of more than $265,000 in cash bribes, among other things of value, to Toy and to Scott B. Miserendino Sr., a former government contractor who performed work for the Military Sealift Command.
At his plea hearing, Toy admitted that he accepted monthly cash bribes of approximately $3,000, as well as a flat screen television and a paid vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, from co-conspirators Dwayne A. Hardman, Roderic J. Smith, Michael P. McPhail and Adam C. White, all of whom were employed at a government contracting company referred to as Company A in court documents.  Toy also admitted that he accepted a $50,000 cash bribe in May 2009 from Hardman and another co-conspirator, Timothy S. Miller, both of whom were employed at a government contracting company referred to as Company B in court documents.   In exchange for the bribes, Toy provided favorable treatment to Company A and Company B in connection with Military Sealift Command related business.
As part of his guilty plea, Toy also admitted to engaging in a scheme to conceal his criminal activity.  Toy admitted to causing more than $88,000 to be paid to Hardman in an attempt to prevent Hardman from reporting the bribery scheme to law enforcement authorities.
Toy was also ordered to serve a supervised release term of three years following his prison sentence, and ordered to forfeit $100,000.
Earlier this year, four other individuals pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme.   On Feb. 18, 2014, Hardman, the co-founder of Company A and Company B, pleaded guilty to providing bribes to Toy and Miserendino.   On Feb. 19, 2014, McPhail, a former employee at Company A, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.   On April 4, 2014, White, a former vice president at Company A, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.   On March 5, 2014, Smith, the former president of Company A, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe public officials.   On June 23, 2014, United States District Judge Henry Coke Morgan sentenced Smith to serve 48 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $175,000.
On May 23, 2014, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia indicted Miserendino and Timothy S. Miller, a businessman whose company sought contracting business from the Military Sealift Command.   The indictment charges Miserendino with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of criminal investigations and to commit tampering with a witness, and one count of obstruction of criminal investigations.   The indictment charges Miller with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery.   Trial is set for Sept. 30, 2014, before Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.
Charges contained in an indictment are merely allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case was investigated by the FBI, NCIS and DCIS.   The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Emily Rae Woods of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen W. Haynie of the Eastern District of Virginia.

MBDA Brimstone Salvo Fire Destroys Three Targets Simultaneously

MBDA's combat proven, UK developed, Brimstone missile carried out the world's first surface to surface salvo engagement of multiple Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) threats with a single button push. The success of the trial has shown Brimstone's unrivalled ability to swiftly strike numerous individual vessels without the need to laboriously designate each target, thereby demonstrating its prowess as a fire and forget maritime surface attack weapon.

Monday, July 28, 2014

DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

Washington July 28, 2014 - The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Boatswain's Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea.

Iraq Extradites Fugitive Defense Contractor to U.S. to Face Fraud Charges

Metin Atılan oğluna 2 milyon dolara daire aldı!
Washington July 28, 2014 - A Las Vegas-based former Department of Defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face fraud and conspiracy charges for attempting to bribe U.S. officials in order to secure government contracts for his companies.   
Metin Atilan, 54, is the first person extradited from Iraq to the United States pursuant to the U.S.-Iraq extradition treaty signed on June 7, 1934 and entered into force in 1936.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart of the Southern District of Ohio, Special Agent in Charge Kevin Cornelius of the FBI’s Cincinnati Office and Resident Agent in Charge Bret Flinn of the Defense Criminal Investigation Service (DCIS) made the announcement.
“This historic extradition from Iraq to the United States is an example of our cooperation with law enforcement worldwide to bring fugitives to justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “Atilan’s return to the United States, after more than six years on the run, sends a clear message to fugitives: no matter where in the world you try to hide, we will find you, and we will prosecute you.”
“This case is a tremendous example of a successfully organized and cooperative law enforcement effort put forth by the FBI, DCIS, Interpol and the Iraqi government,” said Special Agent in Charge Cornelius.  “I commend the work of the FBI’s Legal Attaché  Office and the U.S. Embassy Country Team in Iraq. They have garnered a superior level of law enforcement cooperation between the FBI and Iraqi officials. Without their support, this extradition would not have been possible.”
Atilan, a dual U.S. and Turkish citizen, is scheduled to appear today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz of the Southern District of Ohio.
Atilan was charged by indictment on June 10, 2008, with conspiracy to engage in contract fraud, conspiracy to engage in wire fraud, and wire fraud.   According to court documents, Atilan is p resident and chief executive officer of PMA Services Ltd. of Las Vegas and Kayteks Ltd. of Adna, Turkey.   In 2006 through 2008, Atilan offered bribes and kickbacks in order to secure contracts for businesses he owned in connection with services and construction associated with U.S. military operations in Iraq.   Some of the Defense Department contracting officials who Atilan is accused of trying to bribe were stationed in Dayton at the time.
Atilan was first arrested in Las Vegas on May 23, 2008.  Atilan was placed on electronic monitoring pending his formal hearing before a federal judge in Dayton, Ohio.   On June 15, 2008, Atilan allegedly violated the terms of his pretrial release by cutting off his electronic bracelet and fleeing the country.   The government sought his extradition, and Atilan arrived in Dayton, Ohio on July 27, 2014.
An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the FBI and DCIS.   The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Keller of the Southern District of Ohio with assistance from Trial Attorney Dan E. Stigall of the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and Department of Justice Attaché Ellen Endrizzi.   The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs also provided assistance.

Raytheon Anschütz launches ShipGuard at SMM

July 25, 2014 - In view of an increasing demand for security of merchant ships and maritime trade, Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based leading manufacturer of Integrated Bridge Systems, has developed ShipGuard as an efficient shipborne security solution. ShipGuard will be presented for the first time ever at SMM 2014 in Hamburg. 
ShipGuard efficiently integrates the vessels existing navigation systems such as AIS and radar with a suite of commercial surveillance cameras. ShipGuard is available as a stand-alone system to upgrade existing or bridge system installations or as a functional task on Raytheon Anschütz’ Synapsis multifunctional workstations. 
With ShipGuard, shipowners can significantly increase vessel security and maritime situational awareness onboard. In its basic configuration ShipGuard offers the crew early detection and identification of approaching contacts, intuitive classification and efficient alarm zone monitoring as well as easy monitoring of own and friendly units such as support vessels or tender boats. Built on the flexible and advanced Synapsis system architecture, ShipGuard can be easily configured and integrated with individual components to meet individual requirements best.
ShipGuard can be used onboard various ships for multiple purposes including: 

  • perimeter protection, privacy protection and tender tracking solutions onboard megayachts;   
  • oil rig and wind farm protection tasks performed by offshore or wind farm service ships; and
  • anti-piracy solutions required by cruise and cargo ships.

For safety-sensitive markets, ShipGuard can be easily enhanced with advanced options such as Geo-Tiff maps, additional radars or sonars, a marine small target tracker, data links for ship-to-ship or ship-to-shore data exchange, integrated search light control or even integrated control of effectors such as acoustic devices, water cannons, or laser dazzlers.

Rockwell Collins sells military ground-based satellite communications portfolio

Cedar Rapids IA July 25, 2014 – Rockwell Collins, Inc. today announced it has completed the sale of its satellite communications business. The business, which designs, manufactures and services ground-based satellite communication systems primarily for military customers, will be renamed DataPath, Inc.
“This transaction is part of a strategy to reshape our Government Systems portfolio to align with the changing dynamics of the defense environment, and focus on core products that will fuel future growth for the company,” said Rockwell Collins CEO and President Kelly Ortberg.
The sale includes operations in Duluth, Georgia, and Stockholm, Sweden, and includes approximately 365 employees.

Foss Hired to Tow Carriers to Brownsville

Lauren Foss towed ex-USS Forrestal to Brownsville for scrapping. Foss photo.

Corbin Foss will be towing ex-USS Constellation from Bremerton to Brownsville via Cape Horn. Foss photo.

Vessel Name LOA (ft) Breadth (ft) Draft BHP Propulsion        Bollard Pull (Ahead)
Lauren Foss 149.8 40 19.5                         8,000 Twin Screw, Kort Nozzle 216,342 SOLAS
Corbin Foss 149.8 40 19.5                       8,000 Twin Screw, Kort Nozzle 212,900 SOLAS

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What Ships Were Used in Filming of the The Last Ship?

Have you been wondering which Arleigh Burke class destroyer were being used in the filming of this ship? USS Halsey and the USS Dewey were recruited for the shoot and became filming locations as the fictional USS Natham James (DDG 151) earlier this year while in dock in San Diego, reports the LA Times.

USS Halsey

USS Dewey


Friday, July 25, 2014

Parent Project 677 submarine will remain in the Northern Fleet - CKB "Rubin"

Parent Project 677 submarine will remain in the Northern Fleet - CDB
MOSCOW, July 25. (ARMS-TASS). Parent non-nuclear submarines of Project 677 (code "Lada") "St. Petersburg" after completion of trial operation will remain in the Northern Fleet (NF). In an interview with Itar-Tass General Director of OAO "CKB" Rubin "Igor Villeneuve. 
"Complete program pilot operation planned for this year, then head" Harmony "will go into battle fleet. As far as we know, she should stay in the Northern Fleet," - he said.
Now the first "Lada" continues testing program approved by the North and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Navy Command of the schedule.
"Pass the extra work with the complexes that could not be fully work in the shallow Baltic, required depth of the northern seas," - said Villeneuve.
Submarines series "Harmony" project 677 belong to the fourth generation of NNS. Developed of "CDB" Ruby. "Possess greater stealth and advanced systems near deep compared with third-generation submarines.
Compared with 636 submarines project (code "Varshavyanka") surface displacement "Lada" reduced almost 1.3 times - from 2300 to 1765 tons Full submerged speed increased from 19 to 21 knots. Number of crew members - 36 submariners, autonomy - up to 45 days. Boats of this type are characterized by a very low noise level and high level of automation.

Implementation of Russian-Italian project small submarine S-1000 suspended - CKB "Rubin"

Implementation of Russian-Italian project small submarine S-1000 suspended - CDB
MOSCOW, July 25. (ARMS-TASS). Jobs Russia and Italy to build a diesel-electric submarine (SSK) small displacement S-1000 indefinitely suspended. In an interview with Itar-Tass General Director of OAO "CKB" Rubin "Igor Villeneuve. 
"Unfortunately for us, because a certain political situation, this project has been suspended," - he said.
Villeneuve said that Russian and Italian experts have developed a cheaper craft project S-1000, equipped with foreign equipment, but without the Russian missile complex "Club" (Club, export analog "Calibre") and attendant electronics.
"In the first half was to be held the next meeting of the Russian-Italian working group, but at the request of Italy, it is postponed indefinitely," - said General Director of CDB "Ruby."
According to him, this fall is scheduled the next annual meeting of the Russian-Italian commission on military-technical cooperation, which must pass in the Apennines.
"If it goes through, it means that the situation is back to normal, and we look forward to continuing cooperation with Italian partners," - said Villeneuve.
Joint project to develop a small displacement diesel-electric submarine was launched by the Italian firm "Fincantieri" (Fincantieri) and CDB ME "Rubin" in 2004, S-1000 is designed for operation in tropical conditions, among the islands, mainly in shallow waters. The concept - high combat effectiveness, ease of operation and low cost. The boat crew - 16 people, plus 6 special units. Length - 56.2 m, the outer diameter of the pressure hull - 5.5 m, displacement submerged - 1,100 m, maximum depth - over 250 m, maximum speed - over 14 knots.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Andrew Weir Shipping wins contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector


Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and purchased outright in September 2013. HMS Protector’s home port is HMNB Devonport.In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking. In 2012 the vessel came to the aid of a Brazilian research station on KingGeorgeIsland in the South Shetland Islands following a fire.Andrew Weir Shipping has operated in the British maritime industry for almost 130 years. The company is involved in diverse projects, ranging from the support of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Strategic Sealift Service, the operation of the last true Royal Mail Ship, the RMS StHelena, and the management of private yachts up to 163m.In their capacity of ship and yacht managers, AWS support a wide variety of operations through technical support and the arrangement of vessel refits, purchasing of stores and services, provision and management of crew and regulatory compliance. The company operates and is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 Quality and Environmental standards.In partnership with the Ministry of Defence, AWS will support HMS Protector with the emphasis being placed on ensuring the availability of the vessel for operational deployment. AWS’ long-term experience in maintaining the continuity of service of the UK Strategic Sealift vessels and the RMS St Helena will be put to good use in ensuring the availability of HMS Protector.AWS will be responsible for delivering the availability by ensuring that maintenance is completed on schedule, the planning and supervision of refit periods and the purchase and supply of spare parts and consumable stores to the vessel. In addition, AWS will be directly involved in any design changes to the vessel and if required assist with emergency response situations in partnership with Steller Systems Ltd who will provide emergency naval architecture support. Andrew Weir Shipping Managing Director Steve Corkhill commented “Andrew Weir Shipping is proud to announce the successful bid to provide our services to the Ministry of Defence. We are looking forward to working with the Naval Authority and the crew of HMS Protector to support the UK’s presence in the Antarctic.

Call for maritime history presentations, New England Regional World History Assn October 25

On October 25, the New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) will be holding a seminar on "Industrialization and World History" hosted by Middlesex Community College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The organizers recognize that industrialization transformed maritime interchanges and cultures in many ways, and I have been invited to gather a panel on Maritime Cultures and Industrialization in World History for the occasion.
There are any number of approaches one might take to this subject: mass production of merchant and naval ships in wartime; the Punic/Marsala wreck as evidence of proto-industrial shipbuilding techniques in ancient Carthage and Rome; the transformation of the shipyard from artisanal workshop to industrial factory; and so on.
This is an excellent opportunity to present your findings to some of the foremost world historians (and most congenial historians anywhere), and to build on the foundation of this past spring's NERWHA symposium on "Maritime Civilizations in World History."
For more information, see the CFP below. Please feel free to contact or symposium organizer David Kalivas if you have any questions.

Sea training gets top marks

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (second from left) arriving on board HMS Duncan [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Ben Shread, Crown copyright]

London July 24, 2014 - The Royal Navy's advanced training has been praised by the Defence Secretary following his first ship visit.
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has praised the Royal Navy’s professionalism after witnessing the advanced sea training which prepares British, allied and partner warships for operations.
Mr Fallon flew today, 24 July, to the Royal Navy’s newest Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in the English Channel near Plymouth, from where he observed the rigorous training ships’ companies go through.
The intense training simulates flood and fire emergencies, as well as air attacks from fast jets and submarine and missile engagements. It also tests each crew’s ability to deal with the pressure surrounding a series of potential setbacks.
Escorted by Rear Admiral Ben Key, Flag Officer Sea Training, Mr Fallon also witnessed ‘action messing’, the emergency distribution of meals in the ship’s mess, which was used to feed hundreds of British citizens for real during the evacuations from Libya in 2011.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon eating in the mess on board HMS Duncan [Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Ben Shread, Crown copyright]

Michael Fallon said, "It is has been deeply impressive to witness the professional and intense training that takes place here to prepare the Royal Navy for operations around the world. It has been a pleasure to see the Type 45 destroyer class in action, which along with the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers shows we have world-leading maritime capability."
His visit coincided with a milestone for Royal Navy operations. In Camp Bastion, Sea King helicopter crew members from 854 Naval Air Squadron witnessed the lowering of a White Ensign, marking the final contribution of the last fully-formed Royal Naval unit on operations in Afghanistan.
Fallon added, "I am pleased to be able to pay tribute to the contribution made by 854 Naval Air Squadron, which has played an essential role in supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan."
The squadron, along with 857 Naval Air Squadron, and supported by 849 Naval Air Squadron in the UK, played a vital role flying Sea King airborne surveillance and control (SKASaC) aircraft for more than 9,000 hours over 2,000 sorties to support troops on the ground as part of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing.

A Royal Navy Sea King helicopter being loaded onto an RAF C-17 aircraft to be sent back to the UK [Picture: Corporal Daniel Wiepen RLC, Crown copyright]

First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, said, "The contribution of the SKASaC force over 5 years has been magnificent, taking the fight to a determined enemy in a vastly unfamiliar environment. Their vital work saved many lives and proved the value of the aircraft over land."
As well as the Fleet Air Arm, thousands of members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines have previously served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick.
During Herrick 5 in 2006 and 2007 and Herrick 9 in 2008 and 2009, 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines headquarters, 42 Commando and 45 Commando were deployed. At those times Royal Navy personnel and Royal Marines made up around 40% of UK troops.
Individuals from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines will continue to serve in Afghanistan until the conclusion of combat operations by the end of the year.

Pentagon Refusing to Release Contracting Data on British Aerospace & Engineering

Petaluma CA July 24, 2014 - According to the American Small Business League, the Pentagon is refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Small Business League (ASBL) for contracting data on British Aerospace and Engineering (BAE).
The ASBL specifically requested the most recent subcontracting data submitted by British Aerospace under the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP). The Pentagon has also refused to release any data Lockheed Martin or Sikorsky have submitted as participants of the CSPTP.
The Pentagon adopted the CSPTP back in 1990 as a test program. According to the website for the CSPTP, "The purpose of the test is to determine whether comprehensive subcontracting plans will result in increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses while reducing the administrative burden on contractors."
The CSPTP has just two provisions. First, participating contractors are no longer required to submit publicly available subcontracting reports that could be used to verify a firm's compliance with federal small business contracting goals. Second, contractors are exempt from any penalties such as "liquidated damages" for non-compliance with their small business contracting goals.
In essence, under the guise of increasing subcontracting opportunities for small businesses, the CSPTP eliminated all transparency and penalties for many of the Pentagon's largest prime contractors.
After nearly a quarter of a century, the Pentagon has never released any reports or analysis of the CSPTP. Both the House and Senate versions of the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill propose extending the CSPTP into its 28th year of testing.
Section 811 of the Chairman's Mark of the 2015 National Defense Authorization bill states, "However, after nearly 24 years since the original authorization of the program, the test program has yet to provide evidence that it meets the original stated goals of the program..."
A 2004 Government Accountability Office investigation of the CSPTP also found no evidence the test program had ever increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses. A story in Gov. Exec questioned the future of the program.
The ASBL has already filed suit in Federal District Court in San Francisco against the Pentagon for their refusal to release CSPTP data on Sikorsky. They will be filing two new cases against the Pentagon for refusing to comply with their Freedom of Information Act requests for data on Lockheed Martin and British Aerospace and Engineering.
ASBL President Lloyd Chapman stated, "Think of the magnitude of the scam the Pentagon has pulled off for 25 years by removing all transparency and penalties on small business contracting goals as a test to increase opportunities for small businesses. This is one of the most blatant cases of fraud and corruption I have ever seen in government."

BNSF Presents $3 Million Pledge to Support USO Employment Initiatives for Troops in Transition

Fort Worth July 24, 2014 - The BNSF Railway Foundation announced a $3 million pledge to the USO that will support USO hiring initiatives for active duty men and women transitioning out of the military. Today, at a special luncheon in Colorado Springs, Colo., BNSF Railway Foundation President Zak Andersen presented a check for $3 million to the USO, which represents a three-year commitment to the USO’s mission to support our nation’s military veterans. With its pledge, BNSF becomes the primary sponsor for the USO program.
“We are honored to partner with the USO on such an important initiative that helps connect employers with military veterans and provides the tools necessary for troops to successfully transition to civilian careers”
“We are thrilled to have BNSF join us in our mission to support transitioning troops as they return to the civilian workforce,” said John I. Pray Jr., interim president and chief executive officer of the USO. “Their commitment to bettering the lives of our troops through the USO's employment initiatives is absolutely essential to building the hope and confidence that keeps military families both strong and resilient. On behalf of the entire USO family, I’d like to thank BNSF for helping us support these amazing men and women and provide them with the career opportunities they so richly deserve.”
BNSF has a strong military recruiting program with a long tradition of hiring veterans. In 2013, more than 1,200 or 26 percent of all its new employees were veterans. BNSF currently employs more than 7,500 veterans, which is nearly 17 percent of its total workforce.
“We are honored to partner with the USO on such an important initiative that helps connect employers with military veterans and provides the tools necessary for troops to successfully transition to civilian careers,” said Carl Ice, president and chief executive officer of BNSF Railway.
“Working with the USO is something we are extremely proud of and fits well with our longstanding commitment to hire military veterans. Our railroad runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some days our team is asked to operate in adverse conditions that can require quick thinking and an unwavering dedication to the mission. The men and women of the United States military know what it means to be mission-focused and bring experience and training that adds so much value to the work we do.”
When troops decide to leave the military, one of the most difficult challenges they face is translating their military work experiences into language that is relevant to potential civilian employers. The USO is dedicated to helping our troops develop the tools they need to make their individual transitions to the civilian workforce as smooth as possible. BNSF’s commitment to the USO will fund an array of programs that provide employment services to wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers. Specifically, the donation will provide support for USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshops and USO/Hire Heroes USA Career Opportunity Days. These comprehensive programs include: practice interviews; resume preparation; and networking opportunities with the goal of connecting troops with employers who understand the value of their military experience and are looking for talented men and women to join their teams.
This special luncheon was part of the USO/Hire Heroes Career Opportunity Day in Colorado Springs. During this free event employers interacted with more than 50 active duty or wounded, ill or injured service members transitioning to a civilian career, as well as their spouses and caregivers. To attend, service members completed a USO/Hire Heroes USA Transition Workshop or another employment preparation program to help prepare a resume. Employers received the resumes in advance for those that pre-registered.
The attendees were matched with employers based on their military specialty, previous experience, and geographic interest for relocation. Service members and their spouses had the opportunity to schedule interviews with employers on-site. This format provides the employer and the service members a chance to interact one-on-one, and allows time for the hiring manager to provide constructive feedback and discuss opportunities.

Latest Propaganda From North Korea

DPRK's Nuclear Armed Force for Self-Defence Will Become More Elite One: Minju Joson
Pyongyang, July 22 (KCNA) -- The U.S. suddenly let the flotilla of nuclear aircraft carrier George Washington enter Pusan Port of south Korea on July 11 under the pretext of joint military exercises with the south Korean military warmongers. On the same day it introduced the group of Aegis destroyer Kidd belonging to the U.S. Third Fleet into Tonghae Port of south Korea.Minju Joson Tuesday says in a commentary in this regard:
The U.S. introduced nuclear aircraft carrier and other war hardware into south Korea and are staging joint naval drills against the DPRK in the South and East seas of Korea, dangerous military provocations threatening peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
When there is a sign of reconciliation, the U.S. freezes it and when there is a sign of detente, it screws up the situation. This is the U.S. method for putting the situation on the Korean peninsula under its control.
The U.S. has handled the situation on the peninsula by such method for the past decades and it is trying to do so in the future, too.
Whenever it feels the need to attain its political and military purposes in its policy towards the DPRK, the U.S. is keen to frighten or threaten the army and people of the DPRK by introducing nuclear strike means.
It is the U.S. Korea strategy at present to stifle the DPRK by threatening it by force, economically blockading it and isolating it diplomatically.
The DPRK is left with no option but to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defence as long as the U.S. persists in its hostile policy towards the DPRK.
What matters is time. The DPRK's nuclear armed force for self-defence will be further bolstered up and become a more elite one with each passing day.
Time will prove that the situation will never develop as desired by the U.S.

S. Korean Authorities Urged to Stop All Military Cooperation with Japan
Pyongyang, July 22 (KCNA) -- The Headquarters of the Movement for Reunified Korean Nation in south (SIC) Korea made public a commentary on Monday in protest against joint military exercises with Japan.The military authorities have chosen the road of staging joint military exercises with the naval forces of Japan led by a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier, the commentary said, and went on:
This supports Japan's exercise of the "right to collective self-defense", making it hard to prevent the "Self-Defense Forces" from advancing into the Korean peninsula.
This is also an act of chilling the atmosphere of improving the inter-Korean relations.
Urging the authorities to clarify their stand of opposing the exercise of the "right to collective self-defense", the commentary demanded them stop all military cooperation with Japan as it encourages Japan in the revival of militarism.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OceanWorks International to Deliver Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression System (SEVDS) to Istanbul Shipyards

Oceanworks International

Burnaby BC July 23, 2014 - Oceanworks International is providing three Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression Systems (SEVDS) consisting of Hose, LARS and control systems to Istanbul Shipyard for installation on the three specialist vessels they are building for the Turkish Navy.The delivery of the SEVDS is slated for late 2014.
The primary role of the SEVDS is to provide fresh breathing air to survivors of a disabled submarine while extracting the CO2 generated by those survivors. The system is also capable of providing controlled decompression of the submarine.
OceanWorks has extensive experience in submarine rescue and intervention, including the supply and design of Submarine Emergency Ventilation & Decompression Systems (SEVDS).The system to be provided by OceanWorks has the notable advantage of being the deepest rated system ever built.
OceanWorks is an internationally recognized subsea technology company specializing in the design and manufacture of manned / unmanned subsea systems and specialized equipment for military, oil and gas, scientific, and other marine markets. OceanWorks has been at the cutting edge of deep submergence and diving technology, operations,and support for over 20 years.We look forward to providing subsea engineering solutions to our customers for years to come. 

Raytheon completes key Air & Missile Defense Radar reviews

Raytheon photo: Partially-populated, full-sized Air and Missile Defense Radar array
Raytheon photo: Partially-populated, full-sized Air and Missile Defense Radar array.

Tewksbury MA July 23, 2014 - Raytheon Company completed two critical program reviews for the new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the U.S. Navy's next generation integrated air and ballistic missile defense radar. Successful completion of the hardware Preliminary Design Review and the Integrated Baseline Review are both key milestones of the Navy's acquisition plan and highlight the maturity of the design, validity of the plan for execution, and keep the program on track to deliver a much needed capability to the fleet.
Customer, program and technical stakeholders from a host of Navy program offices and the Missile Defense Agency participated in both reviews, assessing the maturity of the AMDR design, its alignment to requirements, and the master plan for program execution. With many features in the advanced stages of development and a disciplined and proven process for design execution, the reviews demonstrated that AMDR's design is low risk and the program is on schedule for seamless integration onboard the DDG 51 Flight III destroyer.
"The maturity of our technologies, processes and infrastructure serves as a solid foundation for our ongoing development," said Raytheon's Kevin Peppe, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Seapower Capability Systems business area. "With the technology risks retired in the earlier Technology Development (TD) phase and cost reduction initiatives already implemented, we're now fully focused on the fabrication of the AMDR system and completion of the Engineering & Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase." 
Throughout the multiple phases of the program to date, Raytheon has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the system, the maturity of the technology, and the inherent innovation and flexibility of the design - which will pay dividends in its adaptability, affordability and ability to meet emerging threats for years to come.
For the Technology Development phase of the competition, Raytheon built a partially populated, full-sized array (see photo), including the signal and data processing back-end. Completed in 14 months, the AMDR array demonstrated the design, capability and scalability of the radar and served as the foundation for ongoing risk reduction and affordability initiatives. A 14 foot, full-size array structure was fabricated to demonstrate fit within a DDG 51 Flight III deck house, including mechanical interface, cabling, piping and maintenance elements. The array was partially populated with a small group of Radar Modular Assemblies (RMAs) containing more than 1,000 GaN transmit-receive modules, meeting TD phase requirements and representing a configuration for a smaller radar aperture. The scaled radar integrated all critical technology elements in the far-field range and rigorously exercised and tested all technologies in a relevant environment. Concurrently, Raytheon ran a series of design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA) and cost-reduction initiatives on all the array electronics to address affordability early. With the completion of TD phase, technology risks were retired, ship fit was addressed, and affordability was designed in from the onset.
Raytheon's AMDR is the U.S. Navy's first truly scalable radar. AMDR is built with radar building blocks (RMAs) that can be grouped to form any size radar aperture, either smaller or significantly larger than today's SPY-1D(V). All cooling, power, command logic and software are inherently scalable. This innate scalability allows for new instantiations, as well as back-fits, without significant development costs. Leveraging Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology to optimize power in a smaller size, taking up less space onboard, with lower power and cooling demands, AMDR provides the DDG 51 Flight III with service life allowances to support growth for adding capabilities or adapting for future threats.

Light Emitting Plasma High Mast Lighting Ideal for U.S. Navy Port

Bright Light Systems

Alpharetta GA July 23, 2014 -  Bright Light Systems, a leading manufacturer of Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) luminaires, LED luminaires and wireless lighting controls, today announced the completion of a major lighting retrofit project for the U. S. Naval Station in Everett, Washington. 
Naval Station Everett, home to the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other navy ships, is one of a few U.S. Navy ports that can accommodate an aircraft carrier. The extensive pier and wharf area of the naval station supports 74 high mast fixtures across 11 poles that are 80 feet tall. Since the opening of the port in 1993, the high mast lighting consisted of traditional 1000W high pressure sodium lamps. "It was time to provide a brighter and safer work area for our personnel, as well as take advantage of new lighting technology to save energy," says Ray Smalling, PE, Naval Station Everett Installation Energy Manager. "Our 1.2 footcandle readings were below standard, maintenance costs were rising, and we were Dark Sky non-compliant to the point where we were interfering with fish passage in the channel." 
U.S. Navy Unified Facilities Criteria calls for an average of 3 footcandles on piers and wharfs, and Smalling evaluated luminaires from three LED manufacturers, and a Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) luminaire from Bright Light Systems. The only fixture that met the illuminance criteria and coverage, as well as the required payback criteria, was the 540W BLP1000 from Bright Light Systems. 
"Our LEP high mast solution provides a brighter, better quality light for ports and marine terminal applications, and Naval Station Everett expects to save at least $16,000 per year on maintenance costs alone," said Brad Lurie, President of Bright Light Systems. "We are very pleased to have met and exceeded the U.S. Navy specifications while reducing their energy costs by 50% and total shore power consumption by 1%. LED technology is not the only cost-effective option these days, and we've proven our unique LEP technology, with a rated lamp life of 50,000 hours, offers superior performance in a variety of industrial settings."