Lockheed Tapped For MK-41 Upgrade | Senegal To Receive Kership OPVs | Russia Expects To Receive Armata T-14s In the Next WeeksNov 22, 2019 05:00 UTC
Lockheed Martin won a $86.4 million contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of the MK-41 Vertical Launch System. MK 41 is a fixed, vertical, multi-missile storage and firing system that lets Navy vessels launch significant firepower. The capability of VLS to simultaneously prepare one missile in each half of a launcher module allows for fast reaction to multiple threats with concentrated, continuous firepower. The Vertical Launching System (VLS) Mk 41 is a canister launching system which provides a rapid-fire launch capability against hostile threats. The missile launcher consists of a single eight-cell missile module, capable of launching SEASPARROW missiles used against hostile aircraft, missiles and surface units. Primary units of the VLS are two Launch Control Units, one 8-Cell Module, one 8-Cell System Module, a Remote Launch Enable Panel and a Status Panel. Work will take place in California, Florida, Maryland, and Mexico. Estimated completion will be by November 2024.
BAE Systems won a $15.8 million modification to provide services for the US and United Kingdom Trident II D5 strategic weapon system programs, US SSGN attack weapon systems, nuclear weapon surety and future concepts. The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the US Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles. The Trident II Strategic Weapon System is deployed aboard Ohio Class submarines and consists of: the Trident II (D5) Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile; Reentry System; and supporting Shipboard Systems. It is a three-stage, solid-fuel, inertially-guided missile with a range of 4,000 nautical miles capable of carrying multiple W76-Mk4/Mk4A or W88-Mk5 reentry bodies. The missile is launched by the pressure of expanding gas within the launch tube. When the missile broaches the waterline, it enters the boost phase, expending its first, second, and third-stage rocket motors. Following third-stage motor separation, the missile deploys the reentry bodies. Expected completion date is September 30, 2020.
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According to media reports, Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership to procure three OPV 58 S Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). Kership is a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group. The contract was announced on November 17. Construction will start in early 2020, and all three OPVs are expected to be completed by mid-2023. The deal includes follow-on support in Senegal. Kership’s OPV 58 S design is based on a steel and aluminium hull with an overall length of 62 m and a displacement of 550 tonnes. It features a 360° vision bridge and an aft ramp for the rapid launch and recovery of two rigid-hull inflatable boats. Innovative features include a ‘C-Sharp’ (Combined-Speeds Hull with All-Round Performances) hull shape jointly developed by Piriou and Kership that increases the ship’s endurance and seagoing capabilities.
Russia’s Military expects to receive the first batch of 12 Armata T-14 Main Battle Tanks in the next weeks. The first 12 T-14 main battle tanks will reportedly be delivered to the Russian Army in late 2019 or early 2020. According to sources within the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), 12 T-14 MBTs and four T-16 armored recovery vehicles, also known as Armata ARV or BREM-T, are expected to be delivered to the service by the end of 2019. The construction of the assembly lines for serial production of the state-of-the-art main battle tank is now in its final stages, Sergey Chemezov, the head of the Rostec defense conglomerate announced on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday. The equipment had already been used to build the pilot batch of the T-14 tanks, which is now awaiting deployment so that the tanks could be tested in the conditions of actual military service.
Australia announced on November 20 that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force will be participation in Exercise PITCH BLACK from 2020. The Minister of Defense of Japan, Mr. Kono Taro, and Australian Minister for Defense, Senator Linda Reynolds, committed to driving bilateral defense cooperation forward during Minister Reynolds’ first official visit to Tokyo on 20 November 2019. They emphasized that as Indo-Pacific security dynamics became more challenging, the strategic logic underpinning Japan-Australia cooperation was only getting stronger. The ministers also declared that they will accelerate defense cooperation in the next years including in the fields of military exercises, personnel exchanges, space and cyber policy, defense science and technology. In a joint statement, they also announced that Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s will participate in the exercise PITCH BLACK commencing in 2020 in Australia, and the fighter exercise BUSHIDO GUARDIAN in Japan.
Leonardo has identified an opportunity to sell its M-345 basic jet trainer to the Royal Thai Air Force. The defense company believes there will be a program to replace the RTAF’s PC-9 over the next two years. The light attack role of the jet can give the Thai Air Force extra capability. The move is supported through Leonardo’s expanding profile in Thailand, demonstrated by a new contract awarded to the company to provide the RTAF with its RAT 31DL/M air- defense radar system. The company said the M-345’s ability to perform a light attack role will provide additional capability to the RTAF above those offered by a traditional basic trainer platform.
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