Raytheon tapped for AMRAAM System Improvement | Elbit’s BrightNite declared Operational | South Korea’s Second Dokdo Class Ship begins Sea Trials
Q.E.D. Systems won a $19.6 million contract modification in support of Navy amphibious ship classes LPD 17, LSD 41 and LSD 49. The deal provides for advanced planning services in support of Chief of Naval Operations-scheduled availabilities, continuous maintenance availabilities (CMAVs), inactivation CMAVs, sustainment availabilities, phased modernization availabilities, re-commissioning availabilities, continuous maintenance and emergent maintenance windows of opportunity. The LPD 17 USS San Antonio is the lead ship of the San Antonio Class. The San Antonio Class is the latest Class of US Navy amphibious force ships. The LSD 41 or USS Whidbey Island is part of the Whidbey Island Class and the LSD 49 or USS Harpers Ferry is part of the Harpers Ferry Class dock landing ships. Q.E.D. systems will perform work in Virginia, California, and Washington and the Pentagon expects work to be finished by May next year.
The Air Force awarded Raytheon a $24.5 million contract modification for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) System Improvement Program. The deal includes software architecture and design risk reduction efforts to counter evolving threats. AMRAAM is an active radar-guided intercept missile with inherent electronic protection capabilities for air-to-air applications against massed penetration aircraft. AMRAAM has been in service since 1991, and was designed to replace the AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile. Work will take place in Tucson, Arizona and is scheduled to be complete by September 30, 2022.
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Elbit Systems delivered its BrightNite System for Puma 330 helicopters of an Air Force of a NATO country after it was declared operational. The BrightNite system adds a multi-spectral, multi-sensor array – fusing multiple day and night thermal cameras – installed in the helicopter’s nose, to obtain a panoramic picture arc in front of the pilot. This picture is displayed in real-time to the pilots using binocular display. BrightNite utilizes unified location-based information culled from a wide Field Of View to display crystal clear images, regardless of visibility conditions. The system can present information to multiple pilots simultaneously on an intuitive multi-functional display.
According to reports, Turkey has sent the first soldiers to Moscow to start training on the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar announced that more soldiers would be sent to Russia in the coming months to learn how to operate the Russian hardware. Turkey’s planned purchase of the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system has soured relations between the US and Turkey with the US even threatening Turkey with exclusion from the F-35 program in case Turkey went through with the S-400 deal.
The British Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyer HMS Duncan carried out anti-submarine and air defense training in an exercise with eight other countries and 57 ships, helicopters and aircraft. The HMS Duncan is the sixth Type 45 Destroyer and was deployed in 2018 as the Flagship of NATO Task Group SNMG2, returning in July. The Type 45 Destroyers built for the Royal Navy are primarily designed for anti-aircraft and anti-missile warfare. For the exercise, dubbed Mare Aperto, the ship spent two weeks off the coast of Italy, where it provided air and surface defenses as the exercise moved through the Messina Straits which divide Sicily and mainland Italy. The exercise is focused on training and testing the abilities of the Commanders and Staff of the Naval Squadron, in conducting operations in areas of international crisis. Through the reproduction of a scenario characterized by a multidimensional threat and with increasing difficulty, ships and crews practice the main activities of fighting on the sea and from the sea such as anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-ship activities, fighting illicit trafficking, crisis management in environments with conventional and asymmetric threat.
South Korea’s second Dokdo Class helicopter carrier started Sea Trials, Jane’s reports. The Dokdo Class Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) ships of the Korean Navy act as a command and control platform for the maritime mobile fleet and supports three-dimensional landing operations as well as maritime air operations. The Navy launched the lead ship, the ROKS Dokdo, in July 2005 and commissioned it two years later. Dokdo is the largest vessel in the South Korean Navy. The hull is divided into four decks to accommodate helicopters, assault amphibious vehicles, landing craft air cushion, tanks and trucks. The second ship will be named ROKS Marado once commissioned. Marado is a 199 meter long LPH ship that displaces 14,500 tonnes and features a through-deck flight operations area with five landing spots. It is able to carry up to 10 UH-60 helicopters, about 700 embarked troops, and 10 main battle tanks and associated support vehicles.
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