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  • Surface Navy 2020: USN expects Ford weapons elevators work to be done next year

    The four operational Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) on aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) have performed 5,000 cycles and the US Navy (USN) expects work on all 11 to be done in the first half of 2021, according to Captain Ron Rutan, CVN 78 Class programme manager. “We’ll be

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN to start search for new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

    The US Navy (USN) is set to kick off a competition to acquire a new Medium Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (MUUV) designed to support both mine countermeasures and oceanographic/environmental data gathering missions. To be deployed from both surface ships and submarines, the MUUV will be the de facto

  • New Russian amphibious ship prepares for acceptance trials

    Shipbuilders and state acceptance trials for Russia’s latest amphibious ship are to be combined to speed the vessel’s entry into navy service. The Project 11711 large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov completed the first phases of its builder’s trials in the Baltic Sea in December 2019,

  • Finnish Navy receives first FAC missile boat Tornio after MLU

    The first of four Hamina-class missile fast attack craft (FAC), FRNS Tornio , has been delivered to the Finnish Navy following the completion of its Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade (SQ2000 MLU) programme. Work was carried out under a contract awarded to Patria in 2018. Under the terms of the

  • France orders eight diving tenders

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has ordered eight new diving tenders from Merré Shipyard for operation by the French Navy, the French Ministry of the Armed forces announced on 15 January. Under the terms of the contract, which was awarded to Merré

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  • Boeing flies Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade for first time

    Boeing has flown a Block 2-standard CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter for the first time with the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade (ACRB), the company announced on 16 January. The flight came some 10 months after the first Block 2 helicopter made its maiden flight with standard rotor blades. No
  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition

    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with a stand-off ASM
  • Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet

    The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 2019. The IRST is currently in its risk-reduction