The Navy is strengthening its IT infrastructure | The Super Tucano is grounded | Qatar adds Hawk jet trainersJul 05, 2018 05:00 UTC
- The Army is procuring fuses for its artillery shells. Action Manufacturing and Amtec Corp. are set to compete for each order of the firm-fixed-price contract worth $250,7 million. The contract provides for the manufacture, inspection, testing, packaging, and delivery of M739A1 Point Detonating and Delay fuses. The M739 series fuses are the latest improved version of the selective impact fuses. The fuse body is a one-piece design solid aluminum and has a standard 2-inch threaded base to match projectile nose and fuse cavity. The M739A1 fuse contains an Impact Delay Module (IDM) assembly. The IDM provides fuse initiation delay based upon the completion of mechanical actions caused by projectile deceleration and will function immediately after passing through the target. Function occurs when a spring-loaded firing pin is released. There are no explosive components contained within the IDM. The M739A1 is a selective super-quick auto-delay impact fuse designed for use in all standard HE artillery 4.2-inch Mortar, 105mm through 8-inch Howitzers and 175mm Guns. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 28, 2023.
- Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract valued at $116,2 million. The contract provides for sustainment support of integrated afloat and ashore tactical networks. This three-year contract includes one two-year option period which, if exercised, would bring the overall, potential value of this contract to an estimated $196,5 million. The Navy has a number of tactical networks that support its warfighting capabilities, they all depend on a well-maintained IT infrastructure. One of those systems is CANES, or the US Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program, which is designed to streamline and update shipboard networks to improve interoperability across the fleet. Work will be performed aboard Navy ships and Department of Defense installations and facilities worldwide by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Pacific and Center Atlantic. Work is expected to be completed June 27, 2021. If the option is exercised, the period of performance would extend through June 27, 2023.
- The US Air Force will prematurely end its A-29 Super Tucano experiment program. The US Air Force will not conclude the flying portion of its light-attack experiment after a June 22 aircraft crash resulted in the death of a pilot. Last month’s mishap involved the A-29 Super Tucano, made by Embraer and Sierrra Nevada Corp., that was being flown in a training mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range, which is part of the White Sands Missile Range north of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Lt. Christopher Carey Short, a naval aviator, died in the accident while a second pilot was airlifted to the hospital with minor injuries. The suspension ends a flying evaluation of the Super Tucano and the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine two weeks before a scheduled public demonstration. The Air Force plans to use data gathered from the experiment to decide whether to buy potentially hundreds of light attack aircraft. The hope is these fighters could be cheaper alternatives for certain missions to using aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Middle East & Africa
- The government of Qatar is adding several Hawk advanced jet trainers to its order of Eurofighter Typhoons. BAE Systems has announced that the emirate has amended the contract it signed in late 2017 for 24 Typhoons to include nine Hawks. The Hawk family of aircraft, manufactured by BAE Systems, has been made famous by the Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. Since entering service with the Royal Air Force in 1976, over 800 Hawk aircraft have been delivered and it has been exported to several nations. The Hawk 100 is an advanced two-seat weapons systems trainer with enhanced ground attack capability. The aircraft provides fighter lead-in training and navigator and weapons systems operator training. Hawk deliveries will commence in 2021, with the first of the Typhoons following in 2022. No financials pertaining to the details of the Hawks were disclosed.
- The Belgian Navy is testing Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 drone as part of the service’s search for new maritime-surveillance and search-and-rescue equipment. Belgium sports a relatively straight coastline measuring close to 70 kilometers, roughly equivalent in length to that between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in Florida. The European nation is joining a growing trend among navies worldwide to employ UAVs to act as the eyes and ears of military and coast guard vessels. Earlier this year, the government of Australia chose the heavy-fuel variant of the S-100 as its new maritime UAV. According to Schiebel’s spokeswoman, the S-100 has performed “thousands” of takeoffs and landings from aboard more than 30 ships by a host of international customers. Based in Vienna, Austria, Schiebel plans to focus on developing next-generation sensors to further expand its portfolio in the areas of intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance.
- China is continuing its determined naval buildup. The People’s Liberation Army Navy is now in possession of two new destroyers. The Type 055 vessels are designed long-range air defense, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. They are kind of a mix between Ticonderoga – Arleigh Burke – and Zumwalt class destroyers. The Type 055 could just as easily be classified as a cruiser than as a destroyer. It’s 590 feet long and displaces between 10,000 and 12,000 tons. That is 81 feet longer and up to nearly 2,500 tons greater than America’s latest Arleigh-Burke class destroyers. The ship is likely to be primarily armed with a sea-going version of the HQ-9 long-range surface-to-air missile, as well as the HQ-16 medium-range SAM, and possibly quad-packed DK-10As. The DK-10A is based on the PL-12 air-to-air missile and would act as an intermediate-range air defense missile roughly similar to the US Navy’s RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). The two 10,000-tonne Type 055 destroyers were launched simultaneously by the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company in a move that reflects the rapid pace at which China is building this new class of warship. The latest ships are the third and fourth to be launched, with all four entering the water in a little over a year. The recently launched vessels are equipped with multifunction phased array radars similar to the U.S. Navy’s Aegis system and could accompany future carrier battle groups as China continues to expand its carrier program.
- NASA will bring one of its F/A-18 to Galveston to test quiet sonic boom