Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Airbus Defense and Space Delivers More Naval Radars to US Navy LCS Program Under Contract to Lockheed Martin

TRS-3D (AN SPS-75) Radar Provides Information Superiority in Maritime Security

Herndon VA October 27, 2014 - Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. has installed and put into operation the third TRS-3D naval radar for the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program through its agreement with LCS prime contractor, Lockheed Martin. The radar has been integrated on the third Freedom variant of the new Littoral Combat Ships, Milwaukee (LCS 5). In total, eight TRS-3D radars, designated AN/SPS-75 by the U.S. Navy, have passed their equipment acceptance tests, each now in varying stages of installation within the USS Freedom variant ships. Performance testing with the LCS Combat System continues and plans to upgrade the ships radar to the TRS-4D are in development.
"The TRS-3D is the choice for ships with multi-mode radar requirements, as evidenced by it being a global market leader in its class," explains Aaron Johnson, Director of Sales and Marketing at Airbus Defense and Space Inc.'s Communications, Intelligence, Security & Electronics division. "We're proud to support Lockheed Martin and the LCS program with our products."
The TRS-3D is a three-dimensional, multimode naval radar for surveillance, self-defense, gunfire support, and helicopter control. It is used to automatically locate and track all types of air and sea targets.
Among the ships equipped with TRS-3D are the National Security Cutters of the U.S. Coast Guard, and outside the U.S., the K130 corvettes of the German Navy, the "Squadron 2000" patrol boats of the Finnish Navy and the Norwegian Coast Guard "Nordkapp" and "Svalbard" icebreakers.
Littoral combat ships are fast, agile surface combatants optimized for operating in the highly trafficked near-shore regions of the world against asymmetric "anti-access" threats. Through its innovative design, LCS can be reconfigured for surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and mine countermeasures.

Northrop Grumman-built E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Reports for Duty

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Norfolk October 27, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has declared initial operational capability (IOC) for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC). It is the newest and most technologically advanced variant of the venerable E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning command and control (AEW&C) platform.
"This significant milestone is a result of the strong partnership between the fleet, the acquisition community and our industry partner," said Capt. Drew Basden, commander, Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing. "By achieving IOC, we can effectively deploy the E-2D for operational missions and continue our successful transition from the E-2C Hawkeye."
Developed and produced by Northrop Grumman, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the world's only aircraft specifically designed as a carrier-based AEW&C system. The E-2D's structurally distinctive design – which includes a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configuration – provides unprecedented, 360-degree surveillance to the warfighter.
"Since the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye delivery in 2007, every aircraft has been, and continues to be, delivered on cost and on schedule," said Capt. John S. Lemmon, program manager, E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office (PMA-231). "The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye represents a revolutionary jump in capabilities. I'm confident that the E-2D will continue to be ready, relevant and capable for decades to come and continue serving the Navy Carrier Strike Group with distinction."
As the only DoD-designed, tested and in-production AEW&C platform, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has undergone a significant transformation from previous E-2 models, resulting in revolutionary capabilities. This includes the new, more powerful AN/APY-9 radar system, exclusive to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, which represents a two-generational leap in radar technology and allows the warfighter to "see" a greater number of targets at much greater distances – as well as new avionics and a glass cockpit.
"This is a significant milestone that the entire Navy, Northrop Grumman, and industry team can be proud of," said Bart LaGrone, vice president, E-2/C-2 Programs, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "We are proud of the pivotal role the E-2 Hawkeye has played, and continues to play, in military and humanitarian operations around the globe with the Navy as well as our international operators - the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the French Navy, and the air forces of Taiwan and Egypt."
The Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program of record is for 75 aircraft, of which Northrop Grumman has already delivered 15 production aircraft.

DDG 1000 Shipbuilding Program Continues to Make Impressive Strides

By Capt. Jim Downey
DDG 1000 Program Manager


The Navy’s DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer program continues to make significant progress, achieving key shipbuilding milestones, and moving steadily to provide the next generation surface combatant to the Fleet.
The Zumwalt class destroyer program is currently under construction at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Bath, Maine.  The future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), named for former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt, launched Oct. 28, 2013 and was Christened April 12, 2014.  The future Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), named for Medal of Honor recipient Petty Officer Michael Monsoor, had its keel laid May 23, 2013, and the future Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), named for the former U.S. president, started fabrication April 4, 2012.
The first of class ship, DDG 1000 (PCU Zumwalt) is 92 percent complete and currently in test and activation phase of construction. The ship is successfully activating its fuel systems, advanced induction motors (AIM) and generators, with fuel onload and AIM light-off completed in July, and generator light-off achieved Sept. 23, 2014. 
Completion of generator light-off represents the latest electrical system milestone in an effort that began years ago with early prototype testing at the Land Based Test Site in Philadelphia, PA, aimed at risk reduction, crew familiarization, and eventual shipboard activation.  Lessons learned from this effort helped lead to recent successful activation events onboard DDG 1000 including energizing the high voltage power system, lighting off of the port AIM utilizing shore power to demonstrate operation of the propulsion motor system, and continual and incremental testing of the engineering control system responsible for the automated control of the engineering plant.  Most recently, successful testing of the fuel oil service and transfer system allowed for the onload of fuel to be utilized in the light-off of the first gas turbine generator which will be used to generate the power necessary for dockside and sea trials.


Concurrent with light-off activities, activation of DDG 1000’s computer system, Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) completed Oct. 9, 2014.  Consisting of hardware, middleware and software operating systems, the TSCE is responsible for the operation and integration of the combat systems, engineering control systems, bridge and navigation systems, and damage control systems utilizing layered open architecture which allows for network flexibility and growth for future capabilities.  With over six million lines of code, the TSCE , has been designed to maximize automation and watchstander efficiency in order to optimize crew size.  To enable the TSCE activation, the DDG 1000 team has been hard at work to energize and groom data centers, certify software releases, and incorporate required support services, like chilled water and air-conditioning systems in order to support a successful and sustained activation.  The DDG 1000 TSCE is the most advanced and complex shipboard computer operating system the Navy has produced, representing the cutting edge in future surface combatant capability.
In addition to key milestones on the lead ship, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) delivered the DDG 1001 composite deckhouse to the Navy.  The 900-plus ton deckhouse was transported from Gulfport, Miss. via barge to the BIW shipyard in Bath, Maine, and arrived Sept.5, 2014 for subsequent lift and integration on the DDG 1001 hull at the shipbuilder’s land level test facility.
Through the combined efforts of the Navy’s DDG 1000 Program Office, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Bath, BIW, HII, BAE, Raytheon, and various subcontractor teams, the DDG 1000 program has made impressive strides in managing the development, construction, and delivery of this highly complex shipbuilding program.
These highly advanced surface combatants represent a significant leap forward in naval surface warfare capability through the use of advanced technologies.  These advanced technologies include the all-electric Integrated Power System (IPS) which will provide 78 megawatts of shipboard power as well as a next generation Peripheral Vertical Launch System (PVLS) capable of  employing Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM), Standard Missiles (SMs), Vertical Launched ASROC (VLA), Tomahawk, and future missiles. Additionally, the ships boast an Advanced Gun System with a Long Range Land Attack Projectile capable of launching a guided projectile at extended ranges. With impressive technologies, significant signature reductions over all previous surface combatants; and with automated engineering, machinery, and combat systems providing a significant reduction in manning levels, Zumwalt class destroyers will provide the fleet with the capabilities required for today’s naval operations and to be resources to face the threats of tomorrow.
The DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyers will be a multi-mission surface combatant designed to fulfill volume firepower and precision strike requirements. This advanced warship will enable access in the open ocean, littoral and ashore and provide impressive forward naval presence while operating independently or as an integral part of Naval, Joint, or Combined Expeditionary Strike Forces.  Armed with an array of advanced weapons, the DDG 1000 program brings sophisticated new technologies that will deliver evolutionary capability and help shape the future of surface warfare.

Bangladesh is going to buy Russian submarines and naval aircraft

October 27, 2014 (Google Translation) - Bangladesh intends to discuss with Russia the purchase of her aircraft for naval aviation, as well as two diesel-electric submarines Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said in an exclusive interview to Tass.
"We need a ship for naval aircraft and for the needs of naval aviation, because the security of our maritime borders is now a priority, and we are not prepared to wait any longer - he stressed. - We are also considering the purchase of two diesel-electric submarines (SSK) in finished form. Russia could become a supplier of such submarines. "
According to Ina, purchases can be carried out by intergovernmental agreement and based on the results of the tender. "If the negotiations with the Russian side we will be able to agree on the price and other details, then we are ready to go on the first way", - explained the minister, refusing, however, to name the date when the relevant negotiations begin.
Inu expressed the hope that "the future of Russian-Bangladeshi military-technical cooperation will not only be to supply finished products, but also accompanied by the transfer of technology and training." "Traditional supplier of military products in Bangladesh is China, which accounted for about 50 percent of our total imports in this area. Thus, progress in this area progress with Russia will allow us to reduce our dependence on the defense industry in one country, "- said the Minister. Earlier Bangladeshi media reported that the issue of procurement of submarines also discussed with China.
In January 2013, a visit to Moscow, the Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration, the Minister of Defense and the Armed Forces of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, following which it was agreed to expand military-technical cooperation with Russia in this country. In addition, it was announced that the Russian Federation will provide Bangladesh a loan of $ 1 billion, which will go to the purchase of Russian weapons and military equipment.

MBDA presents SEA RANGER, a solution for light combat vessels


October 26, 2014 - With MBDA entering into active negotiations with various export prospects regarding CWSP (Compact Warfare System Package) systems, the company has decided to give the product a commercial name. As of now, CWSP will be included in MBDA’s portfolio of products and marketed as SEA RANGER.
SEA RANGER is a combat system based on the most recent missile additions to MBDA’s product range. It is aimed at vessels having responsibility for the safety and security of highly sensitive coastal zones or for providing logistics ships with an effective means of self defence. The system is provided as a turnkey solution by MBDA, integrating the radar and optical sensors as well as a command, control and communication system (C3S) allowing for the optimal deployment of SEA RANGER’s air defence and anti-ship missiles in complex environments.
Calling on its extensive experience in naval combat systems, MBDA is taking responsibility for the full integration of the system on board the relevant vessel and also for providing full customer support in assuring the effective carrying out of the project.
Based on a modular architecture, SEA RANGER can be configured in line with the missile systems to be integrated : for air defence, the MISTRAL system comprising one to four SIMBAD-RC automated turrets (first deliveries of SIMBAD-RC are scheduled for 2015); and for anti-surface warfare in the littoral, the short range anti-ship system, BRIMSTONE, for countering saturating attacks carried out by FIACs (Fast Inshore Attack Craft) or the medium range anti-ship system, MARTE Mk2/N, capable of dealing with intermediate sized vessels.

MBDA readies SIMBAD RC for deliveries


October 26, 2014 - The SIMBAD-RC ship self-defence system of MBDA has now entered the qualification phase. The first deliveries of series production units will occur in 2015.
The SIMBAD-RC is the “remote controlled” variant of the SIMBAD twin launcher system equipped with two ready-to-fire Mistral missiles, already in service with the French Navy and with several navies around the world.
Designed to be the main  air defence system of Fast Patrol Boats and auxiliary ships or a complementary air defence system for corvette/frigate, the SIMBAD-RC is mounted on a stabilized launcher and remotely controlled from the ship’s operations room, where a single operator can control two SIMBAD-RC launcher systems.
The SIMBAD-RC allows the warship self-protection against a wide range of threats ranging from anti-ship missile to FIAC’s.
Started in 2011, the development of the SIMBAD-RC benefits also from a 4th Generation IR thermal sight, which enables passive detection and identification of targets at long range.
Communalities with the previous SIMBAD system infrastructures should allow an easily upgrade to the SIMBAD-RC standard.

Kaman Announces Negotiations to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G Super Seasprite Aircraft for Peru


Bloomfield CT October 27, 2014 - Kaman Corporation confirmed today that it is negotiating with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft, and will provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy.
The aircraft are being transferred through a Memorandum of Understanding between, the Peruvian Ministry of National Defense and the Government of Canada’s international government-to-government contracting organization, the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). General Dynamics Canada announced today that it is under contract with the CCC to support this effort.
Negotiations regarding a potential contract between Kaman and General Dynamics Canada are in process and are confidential.

First batch of F-35B operational aircraft to be ordered

An F-35 Lightning II takes off (library image) [Picture: © 2012 Lockheed Martin Corporation]

London October 28, 2014 - Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has reached an agreement in principle on an order for the first production batch of four Lightning II stealth combat aircraft.
The aircraft will operate from both the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers and RAF land bases.
It is expected that a formal contract for the F-35B aircraft will be in place within weeks. The contract will form part of the MOD’s investment in Lightning II over the next 5 years to procure an initial 14 of these multi-role fifth generation aircraft, together with the necessary support arrangements and infrastructure.
The UK has already taken delivery of three Lightning II aircraft, with another one due to be delivered in 2016. These are being for used for testing and evaluation and are currently in the US. The UK’s first operational Squadron in the UK will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk in 2018, which will become their Main Operating Base.
The Defence Secretary said, "Today’s announcement is a major step forward. The Lightning II will equip the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force with a highly advanced multi-role stealth combat aircraft, operating from both our new Queen Elizabeth class carriers and land bases. These aircraft will form part of the first UK-based squadron of F-35s, which will take up station at RAF Marham in 2018. This programme is also bringing substantial industrial benefits to the UK, providing thousands of skilled jobs in the UK aerospace industry."

F-35B Lightning II aircraft in flight (library image) [Picture: © 2013 Lockheed Martin Corporation]

It is anticipated that the contract will be finalised in the coming weeks, which will allow deliveries of the aircraft, within the contract, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, to commence from mid 2016.
Bernard Gray, the MOD’s Chief of Defence Materiel, said, "I am delighted that this agreement prepares the way for the first batch of operational combat aircraft. It ensures the MOD remains on target for achieving both operational capability from land bases and the start of flying trials aboard the carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018.
The aircraft provide an important step on the path to rebuilding the UK’s carrier strike capability. They feature short take off and vertical landing and the latest stealth and intelligence surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance technology."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rolls-Royce Showcases MTU Propulsion and System Solutions at EURNAVAL

Marine Genset Series 1600

Friederichshafen 27 October 2014 - Under the brand MTU, Rolls-Royce will be presenting propulsion and system solutions for the naval defence and marine sectors at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris from 27 to 31 October (Hall B2, Stand F38). The focus will be on the new diesel gensets based on Series 1600 and Series 4000, advanced developments on the proven Series 1163 main propulsion unit and the Callosum automation system. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.
The MTU stand will be showcasing a full-size Series 1600 marine genset. The unit rounds off the MTU genset portfolio which now covers the full performance range from 250 to 2850 kWe. The genset is based on the versatile, robust and fuel-efficient 6-cylinder in-line Type 6R 1600 M20 engine which has demonstrated its benefits in numerous land applications and was now especially developed further as a drive unit for onboard gensets. It produces 269 kWmec at 1500 rpm (50 Hertz) and 323 kWmec at 1800 rpm (60 Hertz).

Automation System MTU Callosum

This latest unit sets new standards for overall operating costs and environmental benefits. Its common-rail injection system and electronic engine control deliver fuel consumption rates below 200 g/kWh as well as extremely low exhaust emissions. The engine meets IMO II and EPA III emissions targets and is correspondingly certificated. To ensure that the engine delivers maximum operational availability, MTU has applied its tried-and-tested preventive maintenance concept that offers longer-than-average maintenance intervals.
In addition, this engine offers a high level of versatility by complying with classification specifications for commercial applications as well as meeting demanding civilian and defence standards for acoustics, shock and magnetic signature performance. Since this engine is manufactured using the same processes employed for larger MTU marine engines it also meets the stringent demands set for Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) by navies and coast guards. MTU offers guaranteed spare parts availability for at least 25 years after delivery.
MTU’s program at the exhibition also includes a model of the advanced Series 4000-based diesel genset for submarines that produces 1,300 kW. The unit is currently under development and is scheduled to become available in 2016. This genset allows operators to make full use of the potential offered by Li-ion battery technology and makes a low indiscretion rate possible with significantly reduced charging cycles. Fuel consumption has been considerably reduced in comparison with Series 396, achieving a significant increase in travel range with the same size fuel tank. The genset can also be run in optimized emissions and acoustics mode so that IMO Tier II emissions specifications are met in surface operation.
A cross-sectional model of the latest generation of the successful Series 1163 main propulsion unit can also be viewed on the MTU stand. Available in 12V, 16V and 20V cylinder configurations, the 1163 series covers a performance range from 3,600 to 7,400 kW and is in service throughout the world in applications such as frigates and coast guard vessels. For power-to-weight and power-to-volume performance, this engine is the world champion in its class. The latest version of the engine achieves IMO Tier II  emissions targets using in-engine technology only and without exhaust aftertreatment systems. The latest common-rail injection system is one of the factors that made it possible to further improve the already high efficiency of the engine.
As a systems provider, MTU also supplies ship automation systems tailored to the propulsion system in use. Developed in-house, MTU’s own user-friendly, cutting-edge Callosum automation system monitors and provides optimum control for the entire vessel. The range of functions can be flexibly extended using tailor-made software modules for Damage Control, Onboard and Land-based Training and Maintenance Support. The Callosum automation system has been fully updated and is now entirely based on a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware platform making it more accessible and flexible than the previous generation. Since its introduction in 2008, Callosum has proved itself in demanding applications with navies and coast guards around the world.
On its stand at the exhibition, MTU will also provide information about its current IMO Tier II certificated 2000, 4000, 8000 and 396 engine series which are in operation in vessels including frigates, corvettes, coast guard ships, patrol boats, amphibian craft and other special-purpose vessels. MTU will also be showcasing a model of a vessel with an MTU-developed propulsion system that combines diesel engines and a gas turbine to achieve maximum operational efficiency and flexibility (CODAG – Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine).

MARINS M inertial navigation system (INS) at EURONAVAL 2014

iXBlue MARINS M-Series Inertial Navigation System

Marly-Le-Roi, France October. 27, 2014 - iXBlue, a global leader in naval and civil navigation and positioning systems, is unveiling its new MARINS M series INS at EURONAVAL 2014, in Paris, France . The series includes the MARINS M3, M5 and M7 systems and is designed to address the needs of the world's most advanced navies for surface-vessel and submarine operations in littoral and open-sea environments.
Accurate and reliable navigation, including missile alignment, is critical to the success of submarine and surface-vessel missions. The MARINS M series raises the bar in performance and scalability by addressing the needs of surface ship navigation under a GPS-denied environment. For submarines, MARINS M7 enables three times longer autonomous stealth navigation compared with any available system by offering drifts of less than 1 Nm/72 h.
The MARINS M series represents the state of the art in strap-down, fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology, and is combat ready against GNSS denial. The military-specification units output position, heading, roll, pitch, depth and velocities, and are perfectly silent. The systems are compatible with a wide range of aiding sensors and can be up and running within minutes.
The extended iXBlue product range, including QUADRANS, OCTANS, PHINS and MARINS M series systems, now represents even higher scalability of solutions, from attack craft to aircraft carriers and submarines.
More than 30 navies worldwide have selected the iXBlue product range, including previous generations of MARINS systems. For example, the UK Royal Navy's has adopted advanced iXBlue solutions for its Astute Class submarines. iXBlue products are consistently selected for their overall performance, reliability and through-life cost benefits. With no moving parts or critical elements that deteriorate over time, the units offer the best available total cost of ownership. Consequently, their reliability is high and they require no maintenance. They are also compact, lightweight and power efficient, and, unlike the systems generally used in submarines, are extremely easy to integrate.
With more than 30 years of experience, iXBlue is a global leader in ultimate-performance FOG navigation for naval defense applications.

Sagem : contract from DSME to supply optronic masts for South Korea’s new KSS-III submarines

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Euronaval 2014 Paris October, 27 2014 - Following an international request for proposals, Sagem (Safran) has signed a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) of South Korea, to supply the optronic surveillance masts for the country’s new submarines.
The selection of Sagem was made by a commission comprising members from the South Korean navy, DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration), ADD (Agency for Defense Development) and DSME. The decisive factors in this decision were the best world-class competitiveness and performance level offered by Sagem’s optronic masts, especially in terms of image resolution and processing, and their easy integration in the ship’s combat suite.
This latest contract emphasizes the outstanding collaboration between South Korean industry and Sagem. Sagem’s new generation of optronic masts, which do not penetrate the thick hull, feature low-observability and radar stealth. In addition to the optronic (electro-optical) sensors from Sagem, they also include a signal intelligence system, and an infrared system for discreet communications.
The future optronic surveillance mast is derived from Sagem’s Series 30 masts already in production for the Scorpène class submarines built by French naval shipyard DCNS for international markets, and for the future Suffren class nuclear attack submarines in the French navy’s Barracuda program.
Sagem develops and produces for its partners a complete family of optronic masts and attack periscopes, electronic warfare equipment and radars for submarines.
The masts will be integrated at Sagem’s plant in Dijon and the infrared imagers in Poitiers.

Sagem’s SIGMA 40 navigation system chosen by Royal Norwegian Navy


Le Bourget October 27, 2014 - Sagem (Safran) has won a contract from the Royal Norwegian Navy in competitive bidding for the navigation system on its future ocean support vessel(1) and polar research ship, the RV Kronprins Haakon.
Both of these ships will be equipped with Sagem’s SIGMA 40 laser-gyro navigation system.
Developed and produced by Sagem, the SIGMA 40 is an inertial navigation system based on laser gyros and designed for harsh military environments. The Sigma 40 is a high-precision, autonomous navigation system that contributes to the effectiveness of naval weapon systems and mission success.
Sigma laser gyro navigation systems are used on some of the latest and most prestigious combat vessels, including the European FREMM and Horizon frigates, the Mistral BPC class amphibious assault ship, and South Korea’s amphibious helicopter carrier, the LPX Dokdo. The Sigma 40XP version of the system was chosen for the Scorpène class conventional submarines built by French naval shipyard DCNS, for the modernization of navigation systems on Améthyste class nuclear attack submarines, and for the future Barracuda class submarines.
Sagem’s military navigation systems are used on more than 450 surface vessels and 60 submarines (14 different classes).
Sagem understands and applies all inertial technologies (mechanical, laser, fiber-optic, vibrating), and has built up its expertise over more than 60 years of supplying civil and military navigation systems worldwide.
(1) This ship will be built by the Korean shipyard DSME under a contract signed in July 2013 with the Norwegian defense logistics organization. The 26,000 metric ton vessel was designed by a British firm, BMT.

Newest Virginia-class submarine commissioned bears several systems from UTC Aerospace Systems

North Dakota infographic

Charlotte October 27, 2014 - The USS North Dakota (SSN 784), the first of the Virginia-class Block III boats, which contains several systems built by UTC Aerospace Systems, was successfully commissioned Saturday, October 25. The submarine was built by General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTX).
"As a member of the supplier team for the Virginia-class submarine program, it is satisfying to see the delivery of these boats to the Navy fleet," said Jim Dalberg, Director, Navy Programs for UTC Aerospace Systems. "We continue to support the shipbuilders' efforts to exceed U.S. Navy expectations on cost, schedule and performance for these ships."
Among the systems that UTC Aerospace Systems supplies is the central atmosphere monitoring system (CAMS). This system allows submarine crews to reliably monitor the air aboard their boats. UTC Aerospace Systems also supplies oxygen generation through its Integrated Low Pressure Electrolyzer (ILPE) unit, composite covers and fairings, RHOCOR® sonar windows, and rubber and urethane acoustic coatings.
UTC Aerospace Systems teams supporting today's commissioning include the Engineered Polymer Products business in Jacksonville, Florida and the ISR & Space Systems businesses in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and Pomona, California.
The Virginia-class submarines are the first U.S. Navy combatant designed for the post-Cold War era. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, Virginia-class submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe, providing the U.S. Navy and the nation with continued dominance in coastal waters and the open ocean. As the 11th delivered Virginia-class submarine and first Block III boat, the USS North Dakota features a revised bow with a Large Aperture Bow (LAB) sonar array and two large vertical tubes to expand payload flexibility.
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Raytheon and Thales to upgrade UK MOD Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe capability

London October 24, 2014 - The U.K. Ministry of Defence selected the Raytheon U.K., Thales U.K. team to conduct a one-year study into upgrading existing Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems to Mode 5, which will address NATO's requirement for a new standard of IFF across all platforms.
The two companies are offering the Thales Bluegate products covering the majority of naval and land system Mode 5 Interrogator applications, as well as, Raytheon UK's IFF4810 Mode 5 upgrade solution for most air and naval Mode 5 transponder uses. Raytheon and Thales' IFF Mode 5 subsystems use a common US-sourced KIV-77 Mode 4/5 cryptographic computer, which is more secure, deception resistant and already in service with U.S. armed forces.
The Raytheon Thales Team is uniquely positioned, being the IFF incumbents on more than 97% of the platforms involved in the Mode 5 upgrade.  The low risk approach builds on prior Authority and company investment in SIFF and Mode 5 while benefiting from the lessons learnt during the successful delivery of the SIFF capability.
"The Raytheon and Thales collaboration combines our technical knowledge, proven equipment and long collaborative experience with the MoD," said Richard Daniel, Raytheon U.K. chief executive. "We are set to provide the fastest and most cost efficient solution which will exploit our SIFF installed base and provide proven low risk upgrades to the UK legacy platforms."
"By bringing together best-in-class capability and extensive knowledge of UK platforms from both companies, we will deliver a low risk and cost effective solution to this important U.K. program," said Victor Chavez, Thales U.K. CEO. "Our respective companies have already delivered Mode 5 IFF to a number of NATO forces and this programme gives us the opportunity to extend this critical upgrade to UK platforms to maintain their interoperability in future NATO coalition forces."
Raytheon's established SIFF support infrastructure aided the fleet-wide introduction of Mode S upgrades in recent years, establishing a proven model for delivery of the Mode 5 upgrade.

Navy Harvests Decommissioned Frigates' Weapon Systems for Coast Guard Use

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Philadelphia October 23, 2014 - Engineers at Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division are harvesting weapon system components from decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates (FFGs) for re-use on Coast Guard cutters.
The harvesting of components from four decommissioned frigates will result in more than $24 million in cost avoidance, with more expected from a fifth ship. The Navy's leveraging of decommissioned ships' assets shows a judicious use of resources and collaboration between services.
"The Navy's FFGs will all be decommissioned by the end of fiscal year 2015, but the Coast Guard cutters have the same gun weapons systems," said Abe Boughner, with Auxiliary Ships/Acquisition Support Branch at NAVSSES.
The equipment includes MK 75, 76mm/62 caliber gun mounts, as well as gun control panels, barrels, launchers, junction boxes and other components. The Coast Guard can use all of this equipment on cutters during the course of the ships' expected service life, which spans into the 2030s.
The harvesting effort began in December 2012 when Roger Raber of Naval Sea System Command's Surface Warfare Readiness Directorate proposed a plan to harvest equipment from five decommissioned FFGs docked at the Navy's inactive ship maintenance facility in Philadelphia. Raber coordinated with NAVSSES engineers E. Alan Karpovitch, the Navy's propulsion program manager, and Ashley Ferguson, mechanical engineer, to oversee the daily operations of removing items from the frigates. The Coast Guard also provided a team to assist with removal of components from the FFGs.
"If I get a request for a part and it's feasible for me to pull it off a ship, I will," said Karpovitch. "Many of the pieces of hardware on these ships are still serviceable and can be recycled."
Timothy Wallace, equipment specialist with the Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC), provided a logistics asset request for the gun mounts in early fiscal year 2013. The gun mounts were deemed serviceable and a plan was enacted to remove them from the frigates. The SFLC worked in conjunction with Stephen Remsey, the Navy's MK 75 In-Service Engineering Agent, to coordinate the transportation of the gun mounts to U.S. Coast Guard's Curtis Bay Yard in Baltimore, Maryland.
"From the Coast Guard's standpoint the FFG harvesting has been a complete success," said Wallace. "The final cost avoidance figure will not be known until harvesting of the fifth FFG is complete."
Some of the MK 75 mounts will be placed into the overhaul cycle at the Coast Guard Yard Ordnance Shop and returned to service onboard Famous Class cutters. One mount is slated to support the Coast Guard's sustainment program for parts no longer manufactured or in short supply. Other components will also be placed in the overhaul cycle for later return to service.
"This is the right thing to do," said Raber. "I sleep well knowing that we are outfitting the cutters with reliable equipment that is vital to their mission."
The Surface Warfare Directorate maintains more than 50 inactive ships for future disposal, donation, or transfer. It also provides follow-on technical support to more than 150 active ships in more than 50 partner navies and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia is a major component of Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. It is the Navy's principal test and evaluation station and in-service engineering agent for all hull, mechanical and electrical ship systems and equipment and has the capability to test and engineer the full range of shipboard systems and equipment from full-scale propulsion systems to digital controls and electric power systems.

Kremlin Threatens to Sue France Over Possible Mistral Contract Breach

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Sochi October 23, 2014 - Russia will sue France if Paris refuses to honor a contract on construction of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers for the Russian Navy, Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday.
"We will file a lawsuit and demand compensation [if the contract is not fulfilled], as it's commonly done in a civilized world," Ivanov told reporters. "It's up to Paris to decide whether to honor the contract or not," he said.
"We share long-running history of Russian-French relations, and we would not want to see these relations being sacrificed for the sake of fleeting [political] trends, Ivanov added.
Russia and France signed a 1.2 billion euro ($1.5 billion at the current exchange rate) deal for two Mistral-class ships in June 2011. The first carrier, the Vladivostok, is expected in Russia by the end of 2014. The second ship, the Sevastopol, is supposed to arrive in 2015.
The completion of the deal has been at risk since the West started implementing targeted economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.
In September, French President Francois Hollande threatened to suspend the ships' delivery over Russia's alleged involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.
Hollande later stated he would make a decision on the ships' delivery in late October. The French president said that the delivery of the ships would be dependent on two conditions: an observed ceasefire in Ukraine and a political settlement of the conflict.
On September 30, deputy director general at Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Igor Sevastyanov said Russia and France could sign the act on delivering the first Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia in late October or early November.

Raytheon SM-6s intercept targets in 'engage on remote' tests

US Navy

Tucson October 24, 2014 - During the U.S. Navy's Combat Ship System Qualification Trials, the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) tested two Raytheon Company (RTN) Standard Missile-6 interceptors against anti-ship and cruise missile targets. As part of 'engage on remote' scenarios, the ship launched the SM-6 interceptors prior to its own radars 'seeing' the incoming threats, using targeting information from another Aegis ship in the area—the USS Sampson (DDG 102).
The first SM-6 intercepted a low-altitude, short-range supersonic target (GQM-163A), while the second intercepted a low-altitude, medium-range subsonic target (BQM-74E).
"Advanced warning and cueing from another sensor or ship allows the U.S. Navy to take full advantage of SM-6's over-the-horizon capability," said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-6 senior program director. "Now the warfighter does not have to wait until the threat is knocking at the door to take it out. Targets are destroyed much sooner and one ship can defend a much larger area."
Deployed for the first time in December 2013, SM-6 provides the U.S. Navy extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.
Raytheon has delivered more than 130 SM-6 interceptors to the U.S. Navy. The missile's final assembly takes place at Raytheon's state-of-the-art SM-6 and SM-3 all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.

Vietnam Commissions Two New TT-400TP Class

Da Nang October 28, 2014 - Naval Region 3 Command, on the morning of October 25th, held the flag-raising ceremony for two gunboats HQ-274 and HQ-275.
The two gunboats are the 3rd and the 4th TT400TP-class warships newly-built by Hong Ha Shipbuilding Company (General Department of Defense Industry). The gunboats are equipped with modern weapons and equipment, capable to operate at high speed in combat, meeting the tactical requirements in sea patrols and protection.

Addressing the ceremony, Rear Admiral Ngo Sy Quyet stressed that the assignment of the two gunboats to Brigade 172 (Naval Region 3) marks a new step of the naval region in building a regular and modern naval unit and enhancing combat readiness capabilities, meeting requirements of the national maritime sovereignty protection mission in the new context.

DOD and Lockheed Martin Announce Principle Agreement on Purchase of F-35s

Lockheed Martin

Washington October 27, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle for the production of 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft.  Officials anticipate the Low-Rate Initial Production lot 8 (LRIP 8) contract to be finalized in the coming weeks.  The contract is for fiscal year 2014 with deliveries beginning in 2016.
Cost details will be released once the contract is finalized; however, in general, the average unit price for all three variants of the airframe in LRIP 8 is approximately 3.6 percent lower than the previous contract.
"Today's agreement is representative of the program's ongoing maturation," said F-35 Program Executive Officer, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan.  "Once production of LRIP 8 aircraft is completed, more than 200 F-35s will be in operation by eight nations.  We are glad the Government and LM are completing a fair and reasonable contract for the 8th lot of aircraft."
The LRIP 8 contract procures 29 U.S. aircraft including 19 F-35As, six F-35Bs and four F-35Cs.  It also provides for the production of the first two F-35As for Israel, the first four F-35As for Japan along with two F-35As for Norway and two F-35As for Italy.  The United Kingdom will receive four F-35Bs.  The contract also funds manufacturing-support equipment as well as ancillary mission equipment.
"Affordability is a key performance parameter in today's challenging acquisition environment." said Lockheed Martin F-35 Program General Manager Lorraine Martin.  "Working together with our suppliers, we are making steady progress in reducing F-35 costs.  While there will always be room for improvement, the results of the LRIP 8 negotiations and initiatives like the Blueprint for Affordability are indicative of our shared commitment to ensuring affordability."
Launched earlier this year, Blueprint for Affordability aims to reduce the price of an F-35 5th generation fighter to the equivalent of today's 4th generation fighters by the end of the decade.  The initiative leverages upfront investments from key industry partners Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman to drive down production costs.  Cost savings from this initiative will begin in LRIP 9.
The LRIP 8 aircraft join 166 F-35s contracted under LRIPs 1-7.  As of October 24, 2014, 115 F-35s, including test aircraft, were delivered from Lockheed Martin's production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.  The U.S., eight Partner nations, and Foreign Military Sales participants have announced plans to procure more than 3,100 F-35 aircraft over the life of the program.

CAPTAS Family of Low Frequency Sonar

An excellent performance against quiet submarines to achieve any anti-submarine warfare missions including escort, area  sanitization and own force protection.




CAPTAS family
  • The only LFA VDS in service in NATO countries
    More than 30 CAPTAS systems already ordered

Selected by:
Norwegian Navy (CAPTAS-2 on NNF)
Royal Saudi Navy (CAPTAS-2 on F4000)
UK Royal Navy (CAPTAS-4 on T23)
French Navy (CAPTAS-4 on FREMM)
Italian Navy (CAPTAS-4 on FREMM)
Royal Moroccan Navy (CAPTAS-4 on FREMM)

CAPTAS-4 / S2087 selected by the US Navy for ADM contract on LCS programme


A rugged design for sea operations, which allows the ASW units to transmit and receive at the right depth to maximize the detection of extremely quiet submarines.
The system is designed to deploy the arrays at optimum depth to continuously survey 360 degrees with a well covered water column, thus, overcoming harsh propagation conditions and surface-layer problems inherent to Hull-Mounted Sonar.


System features:
• For platforms > 1500T
• Can be operated from CMS Multi-Function Consoles
• A single winch to tow both the transmit Tow Body and the receive
• Bottom safety warning function
• Integrated On-Board-Training capability
• Performance prediction function for sonar optimisation
• Comprehensive Built-in Test capability

Transmit array features:
• High Source Level thanks to 2 Free Flooded Rings
• 360° bearing omni-directional transmission
• Low reverberation effect, due to its vertical directivity

Receive Triplet Array Features:
• Instantly resolves right/left ambiguity issue


  • Active Frequencies: 900 to 2100 Hz
  • Bandwidth: Wide bandwidth against reverberation effect (up to 640 Hz)
  • Range scales: Up to 144 kYds
  • Pulse lengths: 1 to 16s
  • Pulse Modes: FM, CW and COMBO
  • Operational limits: Up to sea state 6
  • Operating depth: Up to 250m
  • Detection performance: Beyond first oceanic convergence zone 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

USS North Dakota Commissioned

141025-N-AG815-045 GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 25, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert addresses the crew during the commissioning ceremony of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN 784) at Submarine Base New London. North Dakota is the 11th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet and the first of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are being built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower costs and increase missile-firing payload possibilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class William Larned/Released)

Groton October 25, 2014 - USS North Dakota (SSN 784) officially became the Navy's newest addition to the submarine force following a commissioning ceremony held Oct. 25, at Naval Submarine Base New London. 
North Dakota is the 11th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet, and the first of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are being built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower costs and increase missile-firing payload possibilities.
The 10 current Virginia-class submarines have 12 individual 21-inch diameter vertical launch tubes able to fire Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMS). The Block III submarines being built will have two-larger 87-inch diameter tubes able to house six TLAMS each.
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the 30th Chief of Naval Operations, was the ceremony's keynote speaker. He enthusiastically welcomed North Dakota to the fleet and reminded the crew of the important role they will play in protecting the nation's security while executing his standing operating orders of: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. 
"It is with great pride that I welcome USS North Dakota to the fleet," said Greenert. "May God bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail on her. I congratulate all whose hard work and dedication brought this magnificent warship to life. On behalf of the Secretary of the Navy and for the President of the United States, I hereby place USS North Dakota in commission."
Hundreds of citizens from North Dakota, including the governor and senators, attended the commissioning ceremony. 
"Today was a historic day for the people of North Dakota," said North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. "We celebrated the commissioning of this majestic submarine just days before we mark the 125th anniversary of our statehood. We are proud and honored to have this grand ship bear the name, spirit and heritage of our great state."
As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities. North Dakota will be a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare. 
"From the Arabian Sea to the Polar Ice cap, North Dakota will operate undetected in the harshest environments on the planet as her crew protects the freedom of the seas and the interests of the United States," said Vice Adm. Michael Connor, Commander, Submarine Forces. "Leaders around the world around the world continue to ask for more American submarine presence, because they realize that there are some very important things that must be done that only submarines can do. To the crew of North Dakota, you have done a fantastic job in bringing this ship to life. Now it time to shift your focus to global operations and get ready to meet your new responsibilities on patrol far from home."
The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. It will operate for 33 years without ever refueling.
Capt. Douglas Gordon is North Dakota's first commanding officer. He leads a crew of about 136 officers and enlisted personnel. While born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he refers to Carrollton, Georgia, as home. He enlisted in the Navy and attended Nuclear Power School prior to being released from active duty to attend Auburn University on an NROTC scholarship. Gordon graduated from Auburn University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. 
"The crew has been looking forward to commissioning from day one of their arrival," said Gordon. "Since we first began manning the ship in October 2011 our crew has progressed through numerous milestones which has culminated in our commissioning,' said Gordon. "For the first time the ship got underway for sea trials in August, and this sea time permitted the crew their first opportunity to finally see how their hard work and preparation had paid off,"
"I know they are all as thrilled as I am in commissioning North Dakota, joining the fleet and eventually deploying," said Gordon. "We will operate the ship at sea over the next nine months or so while conducting training, trials, certifications, and testing. Following a post-shakedown availability, the North Dakota will begin a normal operations cycle for working towards its first deployment."
Ironically the only native North Dakotan assigned to the submarine is the ship's senior enlisted advisor or chief of the boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician (Submarines/Diver) Timothy Preabt. 
He grew up in Williston, N.D., but moved to Mandan, N.D., and graduated from Mandan High School in 1989.
"As a native of North Dakota and the only member of the crew from North Dakota, it is a great honor and privilege to be part of the North Dakota," said Preabt. "The outreach of support received from the great people at home has been overwhelming. North Dakota was a great place to grow up and I have always been proud of my home state, but nothing made me more prouder to see the individual pride that the people of North Dakota have for their ship,"
"The crew of North Dakota has worked together ensuring we were ready to operate the Navy's newest Virginia-class submarine. Taking this fine warship to sea and operating it was a testament for their hard work, training and preparation during the last three years'" said Preabt. "The USS North Dakota will always be a great submarine because she started out that way - thanks to the Sailors that brought her to life!"
Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. "Jeff" Fowler, a native of Bismarck, N.D., serves as the submarine's sponsor. She broke the traditional champagne bottle against the boat's sail during the christening ceremony in November 2013. 
Virginia-class submarines are built under a unique teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., and Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Virginia. 
Construction on North Dakota began March 2009; the submarine's keel was authenticated during a ceremony on May 11, 2012; and the submarine was christened during a ceremony Nov. 2, 2013. 
North Dakota is the second Navy ship, and first submarine, to be named in honor of the people of "The Peace Garden State." The other ship was the Delaware-class battleship BB-29, which was commissioned April 11, 1910 and decommissioned Nov. 22, 1923.