Rolls-Royce Tapped For V-22 Engine Support | RBS 98 Test-Fired in Sweden | India Launches 11th Sankalp Class VesselNov 18, 2019 05:00 UTC
Rolls-Royce won a $1.2 billion contract, which provides sustainment support of the V-22 AE1107C engine at various V-22 aircraft production, test and operating sites. Sustainment support includes program management, integrated logistics support, sustaining engineering, maintenance, repair, reliability improvements, configuration management and site support. The V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical performance of a helicopter and speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft, including the ability to convert to a turboprop plane and accomplish high-speed, high-altitude flight. The US Navy in June 2018 exercised an option for Rolls-Royce to deliver 15 production AE1107C engines, including seven for the Marine Corps, six for the Navy and two for the Air Force, by May 2019. Work will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana and various other locations within and outside the continental US. Estimated completion is in February 2025.
The US Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a $15 million contract modification for the purchase of additional Ford CVN 78 Class shore based spares in support of the Ford Class. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the first new design for an aircraft carrier since USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The ship is equipped with two newly-designed reactors and has 250 per cent more electrical capacity than previous carriers. These features will allow the ship to load weapons and launch aircraft faster than ever before. The design and construction of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier requires highly technical and specialized knowledge of the ship’s mission, design, systems and nuclear reactor plants. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. HII-NNS is the nation’s only designer and builder of nuclear powered aircraft carriers. HII-NNS has developed a unique capability encompassing all aspects of aircraft carrier design, construction, modernization, repair and technical and engineering support which, because of its uniqueness, cannot be acquired elsewhere. Work will take place in California and Virginia and is expected to be complete by May 2022.
Middle East & Africa
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces is using the 11 m Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) made by the British company Holyhead Marine, Jane’s reports. Held on the coast of Ras al-Khaimah on November 1, the demonstration featured a wide variety of the UAE’s air and land platforms, but also a few maritime assets, including the previously unseen raiding craft and a swimmer delivery vehicle that emerged from the water to be used as a sniper platform by its two-man crew. The 11 m ORC is an enlarged version of the 9 m ORC in service with the UK’s Royal Marine Commandos. Holyhead Marine says the baseline craft can be easily reconfigured into two versions: the Troop Carrier Variant that can accommodate 12 soldiers and two crew and the Fire Support Platform with four machine gun mounts and higher armor, which protects against 7.62×39 mm bullets at 20 m.
The RBS 98 air defense missile system has been test-fired at the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration’s (FMV) test site in Vidsel on November 5. The Swedish Army is fielding a ground-launched version of the IRIS-T, designated RBS 98, to replace the RBS 70 missile system. Four missiles are carried on a special version of a BV 410 tracked armored vehicle.
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) conducted a joint maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise for the first time recently. A SLAF Bell 412 landed aboard SLNS Sindurala for first time during the exercise. Each MI 17 and Bell 412 conducted speed synchronization rounds prior to the landing and the Bell 412 made 3 successful landings while the ship was underway. After the Bell 412 landing, the ship proceeded 50 nautical miles away from the land to conduct rest of the operation with MI 17. Similarly, MI 17 also made 3 successful VERTREPs with landing a dummy man on the helideck.
India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched another 105 m improved Sankalp Class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ordered for the Indian Coast Guard, Jane’s reports. The vessel was reportedly launched on November 14 at GSL’s facilities in Goa. It will be the 11th vessel in the Sankalp Class, which is referred to in India as the Samarth Class after the program’s third ship, which features a longer beam than its predecessors. The OPV is part of a five-vessel, $275 million contract approved by the Indian government in August 2016. This contract is also referred to in country as the Samarth Class Flight II project.
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