Huntington Ingalls won an $11.5 million contract to accomplish 12 months of execution planning for the repair and alteration requirements for USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78 – aircraft carrier/nuclear propulsion) planned incremental availability. The contracted requirements include the advance planning, design, documentation, engineering, procurement, ship checks, fabrication and preliminary shipyard or support facility work. USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) was delivered to the US Navy in May 2017. CVN 78 will replace USS Enterprise (CVN 65), which entered service in 1961 and decommissioned in 2017. Work will take place in Virginia and is expected to be finished by September 2020.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tapped BAE Systems to develop software that will enable semi-autonomous multi-domain mission planning. The technology will be designed for military operators to leverage battlespace resources from across various domains, such as space, air, land, and sea, for more effective, efficient missions. Military operators currently use manual processes to assess availability and coordinate use of sensors, communications, weapons, and other assets across domains. DARPA’s Adapting Cross-Domain Kill-Webs program will seek to help operators adapt to dynamic situations with software technology that automatically identifies the best options. BAE Systems will create software called Multi-domain Adaptive Request Service (MARS).
Middle East & Africa
The Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) affiliate Wahaj confirmed that it is working with French aircraft equipment company Rafaut to establish local production facilities in Saudi Arabia, with knowledge and technology transfer. Jane’s reports that during the Dubai Air Show last month the two companies signed a co-operation agreement. Wahaj General Manager Ayman Al-Hazmi said the localization deal reflects its development strategy to become a “global supplier of aviation components”. Rafaut designs and develops auxiliary equipment and non-structural components for military aircraft.
Saab received an order from the Latvian Armed Forces for deliveries of the shoulder-launched disposable AT4 weapon system. Deliveries will take place in 2021. The order is the third placed within the framework agreement signed in 2017 between Saab and the Latvian Armed Forces. The framework agreement allows the Latvian Armed Forces to place orders for AT4 systems. Saab’s single shot AT4 weapon system is combat proven and provides the capabilities required for mission success, including night and confined space capabilities. Since the introduction in the mid 1980’s, the AT4 has been exported to more than 15 countries worldwide.
The city of Kolkata, India might get an Indian Navy Sea Harrier for display. The city is currently preparing to have a museum displaying a retired Tu-142 and the Sea Harrier might join it. The West Bengal government is setting up a museum featuring the ‘Albatross’ and it is likely to be thrown open to the public by mid-2020, Naval Officer-in-charge, Bengal Area, Commodore Suprobho De told reporters. The Navy is also considering to offer a decommissioned Sea Harrier plane to the city during future talks with the state government, he said.
India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) test launched a short-range nuclear capable ballistic missiles at night as part of its annual training cycle to validate the combat readiness of the Indian Army’s missile forces. The Prithvi-II tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missiles was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on Dr. Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha at nighttime on December 3. It was the second test firing of a Prithvi-II ballistic missile at night in less than two weeks.
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