Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition
17 September 2021
by Gareth Jennings
Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )
Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.
Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.
“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.
Venezuelan shipyards maintain repair deliveries for Venezuelan naval fleet
27 October 2021
by Alejandro Sanchez
Venezuelan shipyards have fixed and returned four ships to the Venezuelan navy since late September.
The interceptor craft AB
(LI-05) and AB
(LI-03) were delivered back to the Venezuelan navy on 7 October, after undergoing maintenance at the service's Maintenance and Construction Directorate (Dirección de Mantenimiento y Construcción: DMACON).
are two of the 10 small interceptor craft that are getting maintenance work by DMACON, the navy said on 29 September. The work and other craft have not been specified or verified, although the navy released photos of AB
, assigned to the coastguard, when announcing the maintenance work.
On 25 September the coastal patrol boats AB
(PG-33) and AB
(PG-53) were also delivered. The ships underwent maintenance and repairs at the Venezuelan state-run shipyard Unidad Naval Coordinadora de los Servicios de Carenado, Reparaciones de Casco, Reparaciones y Mantenimiento de Equipos de y Sistemas de Buque (UCOCAR).
US 5th Fleet vessels operate USVs for the first time
27 October 2021
by Jeremy Binnie
A MANTAS T-12 USV operates alongside the Bahraini fast-attack craft RBNS
Abdul Rahman al-Fadel
(P 22) during Exercise ‘New Horizon' on 26 October.
(US Naval Forces Central Command)
The new task force that the US Navy's 5th Fleet set up to pioneer unmanned systems demonstrated its role during an exercise that included Bahraini naval and coastguard vessels.
The 5th Fleet announced on 26 October that the two-day Exercise ‘New Horizon' involved Task Force 59 integrating unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with manned vessels for the first time in its area of operations.
The first day of the exercise involved operators controlling MANTAS T-12 USVs from USS Firebolt, while the second day involved Bahraini navy and coastguard vessels, as well as a US Coast Guard cutter, a V-BAT vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle, and an SH-60S Seahawk helicopter.
“This is a significant milestone for our new task force as we accelerate the integration of unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into complex, cross-domain operations at sea,” said Captain Michael Brasseur, commander of Task Force 59, which was established on 9 September.
UK funds TRED-H demonstrator for organic fire support
27 October 2021
by Richard Scott
The UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has tasked aviation systems house Callen-Lenz Associates to develop, build, and flight test an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept demonstrator designed to deliver an organic fire support capability for a small team.
A GBP5 million (USD6.9 million) contract for the Tactical Remote Effects Delivery-Heavy (TRED-H) project was placed by Dstl at the end of September. However, the contract – awarded to Callen-Lenz Associates under the pre-existing RCloud framework agreement – only came to light in a transparency notice published on 26 October.
According to details contained in a heavily redacted statement of requirements released as part of the transparency notice, TRED-H is designed to provide “a responsive, cost-effective, and proportional organic fire support capability that can be controlled and tasked by the deployed team that requires it”. Fitted with a suite of engagement options, the deployed unit should be able to conduct a rapid and accurate response to emerging threats.
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