Called “tugs of the future,” the new fleet of 29 marine service vessels will guide the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and eventually Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers out of Portsmouth Naval Base and other naval bases around the country.
The new Azimuth drive tugs will be able to move more quickly and pull heavier weights than the current fleet of twin-unit tractor tugs (TUTTs).
The M1070 Heavy Equipment Transport/Tractor (HET) lives up to its name, towing trailers that can carry tanks, armored vehicles or heavy construction equipment and their crews, in order to minimize wear and maximize speed.
Egypt has a substantial ongoing tank program, centered on agreements to purchase and assemble over 1,000 M1 Abrams tanks. Those tanks need HET trucks. The M1 Abrams is also famously poor on fuel economy, even for a tank. Hence recent orders for HEMTT A4 fuel trucks.
In 1998, with a global sales partnership in place for Saab’s JAS-39 Gripen fighter, BAE bought a 35% stake in Saab for 3.5 billion Swedish kronor. In March 2010, a month after BAE Systems settled bribery cases with the US and Britain over weapons sales that included Gripen fighters, Britain is divesting just over half of its remaining stake in the Swedish defense firm, for SEK 1.07 billion (about $150 million). Saab’s best-known product is its JAS-39 Gripen lightweight fighter, but the firm offers a diverse array of defense products that include radars, missiles, UUVs, and more.
BAE had already reduced its stake in Saab to 20.5% in 2005, and was not involved in recent efforts to sell the Gripen to Switzerland and Brazil. The firm reportedly intends to dispose of all Saab holdings…
Up to $32 million to Lockheed Martin for submarine satellite communication prototype. (March 5/10)
An impressive 18 companies won indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts to develop integration and management technology for radio frequency (RF) radar and communications functions on future naval platforms. The contracts are being awarded by the Office of Naval Research for its Integrated Topside (InTop) Program, which will develop a scalable family of electronic warfare, radar and communication equipment to support multiple classes of ships and other Navy platforms. Each contract has an ordering ceiling of between $50 million and $800 million.
InTop plans to reduce the number of topside equipment on Navy ships through a modular/ open RF architecture…
DJ Elliott is a retired USN Intelligence Specialist (22 years active duty) who has been analyzing and writing on Iraqi Security Forces developments since 2006. His Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle is an open-source compilation that attempts to map and detail Iraqi units and equipment, as their military branches and internal security forces grow and mature. While “good enough for government use” is not usually uttered as a compliment, US Army TRADOC has maintained permission to use the ISF OOB for their unclassified handouts since 2008.
This compilation is reproduced here with full permission. It offers a set of updates highlighting recent changes in the ISF’s composition and development, followed by the full updated ISF OOBs in PDF form.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) awarded 5 multiple-award indefinite-delivery/ indefinite quantity contracts worth up to $3 billion for development of command and control (C2) software for the US Department of Defense.
The winners will compete for task order to provide software design/ development/ modification, software integration (unit-level and system-level), related test and evaluation services, and software systems engineering. The contractors will also provide integrated logistics support, configuration management and program management.
The winners of the 5 DoD C2 software contracts are: