Vigor Marine Tapped For T-AKE 9 Overhaul | Russian Arms Sales To Hit $13.7B Despite Sanctions | IHI Unveils Underwater Mine-Detection System
Vigor Marine LLC won a $20 million contract for a 75-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry-docking of USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9). T-AKE 9 is a Lewis and Clark Class dry cargo ship. The USNS Lewis and Clark is the first-of-class T-AKE dry cargo and ammunition ship and is part of the more than 40 ships within the US Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force. The ships, which are not armed and are classified as non-combatant ships, are capable of operating independently for extended periods at sea while providing underway replenishment services and contribute to the US Navy’s ability to maintain a forward presence. The deal includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $20,217,869. Work will take place in Portland, Oregon and is scheduled to be complete by March 16, 2020.
Hamilton Sundstrand won a $10.1 million contract modification, which exercises an option to procure non-recurring engineering and equipment for system integration lab activities in support of the V-22 aircraft Constant Frequency Generator Control Unit design improvement effort for the Navy, Air Force and the government of Japan. The Osprey is a multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing, and short takeoff and landing capabilities. The V-22’s propulsion system consists of dual counter rotating proprotors attached to gearboxes driven by Allison AE 1107C turboshaft engines. The engines, proprotor gearboxes, tilt-axis gearboxes, proprotor controls, and infrared (IR) suppressors are all housed in the rotating nacelle on the end of each wing. An interconnecting drive shaft transfers power from each nacelle to the mid-wing gearbox. This is the heart of the tiltrotor technology. Work will take place within the US. Estimated completion date is in October 2021.
Middle East & Africa
Israel Shipyards will design the Israeli Navy’s new Reshef Class to replace its aging Saar 4.5 vessels. The class will be based on the S-72, which it described as a “proven design”, even though none have been ordered as yet, and would be able to “successfully withstand the new and evolving threats and challenges” facing the Israeli Navy. The vessels will be used to protect Israel’s exclusive economic zone, including oil and gas facilities. The news follows a November 6 announcement in which the Israeli Ministry of Defense said it had ordered a floating dock from Israel Shipyards as part of a $25.8 million agreement that also covers the design and construction of future naval vessels that were not identified.
Even though the country faces sanctions from the US, Russian arms sales are on pace to match 2018’s export revenue of about $13.7 billion, the head of Russia’s state-owned defense export company said Monday. Sergei Chemezov, chief executive officer of Rostec, said at the Dubai Air Show that Russia has confirmed sales of $11 billion so far this year, and expects to end 2019 with between $13.5 billion and $13.7 billion in defense-related exports. He acknowledged that Rosoboronexport, which is the country’s arms agency, must accelerate its work until the end of the year to meet the goal. The annual sales totals have become a key marketing point in Russia’s response to US sanctions imposed in 2017 in retaliation for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and meddling in the US elections in 2016.
Mongolia is now the newest operator of the MiG-29 with two UB two-seaters being delivered recently, local media reports. They will be officially inducted into service on November 26. “As of now, Mongolia has no military aviation but for helicopters. Now it will have two MiG-29 jets,” a spokesman said, adding that the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces had already confirmed the date of the official handover ceremony. The Ministry of Defense of Mongolia plans to purchase four to five new MiG-29 aircraft.
Japanese company IHI unveiled an autonomous underwater mine-detection system at the DSEI Japan 2019 defense exhibition in Chiba, held between November 18-20. Jane’s reports that the system, which comprises two different unmanned vehicles, is designed to acquire, process, classify, and relay information about “mine-like objects, among other things, to the mother ship. One of the elements that comprises the system is a 5 m-long autonomous underwater vehicle, which can reach a top speed of 4 kt, has an endurance of up to 24 hours, and can operate at maximum depth of 200 m, 600 m or 3,000 m, depending on the configuration. The standard configuration is equipped with a side scan sonar, a multi-beam sonar, and a digital video camera, but additional systems and sensors are also available depending on the requirement,
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