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Navy Awards GA $1B For EMALS | Naval Iron Dome Underwent Successful Tests | Japan Awarded Kawasaki For Homegrown Tomahawk

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Americas General Atomics won a $1 billion modification, which adds scope for the production, assembly, test, and management of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) hardware with embedded software and firmware, minus Energy Storage Subsystem and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) System shipsets hardware with embedded software and firmware for the CVN 81 aircraft carrier. Additionally, this modification provides for resolution of EMALS and AAG hardware obsolescence issues, to include firmware obsolescence, as well as non-recurring engineering in support of evaluation and implementation of engineering changes to product hardware, software, technical data, and logistics products through the configuration management process associated with the EMALS and AAG System for the CVN 81 aircraft carrier. This modification also provides case study and developmental research in support of the potential future procurement of EMALS and AAG for the government of France. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (58.1%); Tupelo, Mississippi (40.2%); and Lakehurst, New Jersey (1.7%), and is expected to be completed in September 2032. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a technology used to launch aircraft from the deck of an aircraft carrier. It replaces the traditional steam catapult system that has been in use for many years. EMALS works by […]
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General Atomics won a $1 billion modification, which adds scope for the production, assembly, test, and management of Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) hardware with embedded software and firmware, minus Energy Storage Subsystem and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) System shipsets hardware with embedded software and firmware for the CVN 81 aircraft carrier. Additionally, this modification provides for resolution of EMALS and AAG hardware obsolescence issues, to include firmware obsolescence, as well as non-recurring engineering in support of evaluation and implementation of engineering changes to product hardware, software, technical data, and logistics products through the configuration management process associated with the EMALS and AAG System for the CVN 81 aircraft carrier. This modification also provides case study and developmental research in support of the potential future procurement of EMALS and AAG for the government of France. Work will be performed in San Diego, California (58.1%); Tupelo, Mississippi (40.2%); and Lakehurst, New Jersey (1.7%), and is expected to be completed in September 2032. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is a technology used to launch aircraft from the deck of an aircraft carrier. It replaces the traditional steam catapult system that has been in use for many years. EMALS works by using electromagnetic forces to accelerate the aircraft down the runway and into the air. It involves a series of powerful magnets that generate a magnetic field. When an electrical current is passed through these magnets, it creates a strong electromagnetic force. This force is used to propel the aircraft forward, allowing it to take off from the carrier. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Teledyne segment FLIR Defense has delivered its 1,000th ground drone to US defense forces. The milestone is part of an ongoing Man Transportable Robot System Increment II project, which ordered the delivery of FLIR’s Centaur medium-sized unmanned ground vehicles. Work for the initiative is being conducted at the company’s facility in Elkridge, Maryland.

Middle East & Africa

The Defense Ministry and Navy they had recently successfully carried out a new series of tests of a ship-mounted version of the Iron Dome air defense system. The test earlier this month came after the system, known as C-Dome, was declared operational on the Sa’ar 6-class corvette INS Oz in November.

Europe

The UK military has embarked on a venture to modernize its Beechcraft King Air 350ER “Avenger” training aircraft. The capability upgrade will address obsolescence issues, enabling the planes to serve for another 10 years. According to Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the Avengers will be fitted with an electronically scanned array radar and high-performance electro-optical camera.

Asia-Pacific

Germany’s ThyssenKrupp AG and India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly bid on constructing submarines for the Indian Navy. ThyssenKrupp would provide engineering, design, and consultancy for the project, while MDL would construct and deliver the submarines, said the Tribune.

Japan has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) a $243 million contract to develop a homegrown version of the Tomahawk missile. The move is part of Japan’s push for counterstrike capabilities, with both KHI and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) receiving major contracts for standoff missile development.

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