• Navy League 2017: Future USS Ralph Johnson to head to trials, USS Paul Ignatius heads to christening

    According to Naval Sea Systems Command, Huntington Ingalls Industries- (HII-) built future Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) is 90% complete with alpha/bravo trials planned for 5 June 2017. HII-built future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) is 66%

  • Royal Thai Navy expands networked naval simulation capability with new Rheinmetall system

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has acquired a naval warfare training simulator (NWTS) from Rheinmetall. The system, which will be used to train RTN personnel for naval combat scenarios such as the prosecution of surface, aerial and underwater targets, and mine countermeasures operations, is scheduled to

  • Navy League 2017: USCG warns that years ahead for heavy icebreakers are short

    Key Points Increased security risks in the Arctic may forecast a need for greater military presence USN unsure what role Arctic ships will play in potential 355-ship fleet The need for increased security in the Arctic seas is on the rise, US Navy (USN) and US Coast Guard (USCG) officials warned

  • Navy League 2017: New Phalanx electric gun achieves first milestone as part of tech refresh

    Raytheon has successfully test-fired a new electrically powered gun for its Mk 15 Phalanx 20 mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), the company announced on 4 April. The test, which is part of a series of 'tech refresh' projects for Phalanx, served to demonstrate that the electric gun can operate

  • RoKA units testing new small tactical vehicle

    Some Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units have been operating a locally developed small tactical vehicle in field tests since January, the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in a 5 April statement. Referred to by manufacturer Kia Motors as the Light Tactical

  • Navy League 2017: USMC's Target Handoff System 2 enters IOC

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) anticipates fielding the Target Handoff System 2 in fiscal year 2018, Jane's has learnt. The system is designed to enable forward observers and joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) to digitally call for fires support with a lower risk of error. The service recently

  • Navy League 2017: USN seeks energetics 'renaissance' for naval weapons

    Key Points USN encouraging renewed focus on the health and development of EMS NSWC IHEODTD is developing a roadmap and stakeholder engagement campaign The US Navy (USN) is seeking to develop a renaissance in energetics through the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance

  • CH-53K awarded Milestone C production and deployment decision

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) has cleared the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter to begin production, the company announced on 5 April. The Milestone C decision that enables the programme to pass from engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) into production and

  • Navy League 2017: NRL eyes CICADA swarm tests

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is planning swarming tests of its Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) MK5 from a US Navy P-3 Orion aircraft. CICADA is a palm-sized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to be deployed from a sonobuoy canister and in essence is a flying

  • Navy League 2017: NRL furthers Flying Sea Glider effort

    The US Naval Research Laboratory is developing a hybrid submersible that is designed to improve the tactical availability of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The objective of the Flying Sea Glider project is to combine aircraft and underwater gliding modes into a single platform. "While

  • Thales positions Spy'Ranger UAV for army reconnaissance requirements in Asia-Pacific region

    Key Points Thales is marketing a man-portable, mini surveillance UAV system to armies in the Asia-Pacific region Product is being positioned as one that has demonstrated its capabilities for selection into the French Army Riding on its success with the French Army after being selected for the

  • Delivery of Spain's second BAM tranche brought forward

    Delivery of the first of the second tranche of Buques de Acción Marítima (BAM) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Spanish Navy, Audaz (P45), has been set for June 2018, shipbuilder Navantia said on 30 March following the vessel's launch ceremony. When the order was approved by the

  • Navy League 2017: BAE Systems, Iveco vehicle swims from Italian amphibious ship

    In late March the Italian Marines trialled an Iveco-built version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 that Iveco and BAE Systems are developing for a competitive US Marine Corps (USMC) programme. The vehicle, based on Iveco's SuperAV, is driven by a six-cylinder 700-hp FPT Industrial Cursor

  • Navy League 2017: DARPA X-Plane completes initial demos, eyes full-scale flight in 2018

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) LightningStrike vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane programme has completed an initial flight demonstration phase with a scale model. A subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) aircraft for LightningStrike completed its planned flight

  • Navy League 2017: Textron seeks to leverage Aerosonde for USCG small UAS

    Key Points Textron Systems plans to offer its Aerosonde SUAS to cover the US National Security Cutters' existing aerial surveillance gap The selected SUAS would be used to extend the 'eyes and ears' of the NSC with manned-unmanned teaming Textron Systems plans to offer its Aerosonde system to

  • Navy League 2017: USN to employ two more CUSVs for mine-hunting on LCS

    US Navy (USN) has awarded Textron Systems USD14.8 million for two additional fourth-generation Common Unmanned Surface Vehicles (CUSV) vehicles for its Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme. Delivery of the two CUSV systems is expected in 2018. CUSV is a multimission unmanned surface

  • Navy League 2017: USS Gerald R Ford heads to sea trials

    Key Points Lead-of-class Ford heads to sea trials before delivery to the USN With a larger size and greater power output, Ford represents the first new US carrier design in more than 35 years The US Navy's (USN's soon to be commissioned first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R

  • Navy League 2017: Mercury Systems adds rugged server to family

    Mercury Systems introduced its new Ensemble HDS9624 Secure Rack Server that is ruggedised and built using a fully certified design and manufacturing chain to ensure that the hardware and software have not been tampered with. Additionally, because the HDS9624 is designed to be fielded in an

  • Navy League 2017: V-22 common configuration effort expected in 2018

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) hopes in fiscal year (FY) 2018 to fund an effort for standardising its many configurations of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. V-22 Block C aircraft are now coming off the production line and these "are in much better shape" in terms of

  • Aero restarts L-159 ALCA production, touts Argentina as potential customer

    The first L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) to be built for 13 years made its public debut on 31 March. Production of the jet, at Prague-based Aero Vodochody, ceased in 2004 after the last of 72 L-159s was delivered to the Czech Air Force. In a ceremony attended by Czech prime minister

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