HMS Vanguard returns to service

by Kate Tringham

The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) HMS Vanguard (S 28) has returned to service following the completion of its planned deep maintenance and refuelling programme.

A rededication ceremony was held at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth on 16 July.

Vanguard started what was originally intended to be a three-year Long Overhaul Period (Refuel) – (LOP[R]) – at Babcock International's Devonport facility in Plymouth in December 2015. However, the programme ended up taking almost seven years at significantly increased cost because of technical issues as well as further setbacks arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Raytheon clears Glide Phase Interceptor prototype milestone, eyeing preliminary design review

by Ashley Roque

Raytheon Missiles and Defense announced that its version of the sea-based Glide Phase Interceptor (GPI) completed the systems requirements review – prototype (SRR-P) benchmark in mid-September.

In June, the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to continue developing GPI technology to defend against hypersonic weapons. Each company received a USD41.4 million contract modification that covers work till mid-February 2023, to include the SRR-P.

Patrick Hollen, with Strategic Missile Defense Requirements and Capabilities at Raytheon Missiles and Defense, told Janes


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Tandanor completes overhaul work on Argentine naval ships

by Tim Fish

ARA Rosales (P-42) recently received an overhaul of ship systems. (Argentina Ministry of Defense)

The Argentine Espora-class corvette ARA Rosales (P-42) and the multi-purpose patrol ship ARA Ciudad de Rosario (Q-62) returned to operations this month following the completion of upgrades and overhauls at the Argentine shipyard, Tandanor, the company confirmed.

Rosales


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Safran unveils NGDS contender for UK EWCM competition

by Richard Scott

Computer render of NGDS Configuration D. (Safran)

Safran Electronics & Defense has revealed details of a new variant of its New Generation Dagaie System (NGDS) trainable decoy launcher engineered for compatibility with NATO standard 130 mm countermeasures rounds.

The system, known internally as NGDS Configuration D, is being bid for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Electronic Warfare Counter Measures (EWCM) Increment 1a requirement. EWCM forms part of the RN's overarching Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP), which is intended to recapitalise surface ship electronic surveillance, electronic warfare command-and-control, and soft-kill anti-ship missile defence.


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