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FEBRuary 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $15 million contract to mature its Freedom-variant Frigate design as a part of the Navy's FFG(X) competition. Lockheed Martin submitted its Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) parent design in response to the U.S. Navy's FFG(X) conceptual design solicitation with Fincantieri Marinette Marine as its shipbuilder and Gibbs & Cox as its naval architect.

ECA Group is part of a winning consortium OCEAN2020, a project related to the first European Defence Found’s initiative to boost Europe's defence capabilities, issued by the European Union under the ‘Preparatory Action on Defence Research’ programme. The competitive selection was conducted by the European Defence Agency.

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), announced on Feb. 13 that it has signed a contract valued at approximately CA$8 million with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) to provide Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MMUAS).

The main propulsion diesel engine of the Admiral Gorshkov guided missile lead frigate of project 22350 broke down during acceptance trials, a Navy source told FlotProm online publication. The warship returned to Severnaya verf shipyard with one operational engine after the breakdown on December 23, 2017. The source did not provide any details.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) is proud to announce its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the U.S. Navy in collaboration with a range of highly regarded industry partners that represent the best in American aerospace. The MQ-25 Stingray unmanned carrier aviation air system (UCAAS), formerly the Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System (CBARS), is a planned unmanned aerial system designed to conduct aerial refueling missions with a secondary ISR role.

BAE Systems has received a $9.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). The ship will undergo 10 months of work at the company’s Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard and at nearby Naval Station Mayport. This docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to approximately $72 million.

The steel cutting ceremony for the first Saar 6 (Sa'ar 6) corvette ordered by Israel at the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) shipyard in Kiel, Germany on February 7, 2018. The low key ceremony (no media representatives were admitted) took place in presence of the chief of the Israeli Navy, Admiral Eli Sharvit, and German Navy inspector Vice-admiral Andreas Krause.

The Russian Defense Ministry traditionally held the single arms acceptance day under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to report on supplied military products and built infrastructure of the armed forces. The results showed that the renewal of the Russian Navy is progressing at a low pace, the Independent Military Review said.

For the first time ever a giant RAF Chinook helicopter has been stowed in the hangar of a British aircraft carrier. With the nose protruding over the edge of one of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s two mighty aircraft lifts, the 99ft-long helicopter from RAF 7 Squadron was moved from the flight to the hangar deck.

The latest and future Russian distant sea zone frigates of projects 22350 and 22350M will be equipped with unmanned surface and underwater craft for reconnaissance and inspection of vessels, operations on the seabed and studies of sea hydrology. Experts believe the craft will considerably enhance the effectiveness of frigates, the Izvestia daily writes.

Russian seaborne aircraft and helicopters will be equipped with unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and will control them from an altitude of several kilometers. The unmanned vehicles will help the aircraft and helicopters search for adversary submarines, inspect floating craft, detect mines and rescue crews in distress. Experts believe the unmanned vehicles will enhance the capabilities of Russian antisubmarine aviation, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Gibraltar today for her first overseas port visit. The 65,000-tonne future flagship will be conducting a routine logistics stop having left her home in Portsmouth last week for helicopter trials. These helicopter trials take place before the fixed wing F35 Lightning II trials later this year.

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