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Draper awarded $191M for Trident missile guidance system

Draper awarded $191M for Trident missile guidance system

The U.S. Navy has awarded Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. a $191 million contract for the Trident II weapons system as the Pentagon upgrades its nuclear weapons arsenal. The contract includes technical support and research into the guidance, navigation and control applications for the U.S. and British D5 MK6 systems, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Work, which is expected to be completed by July 31, 2022, will be performed at Draper’s plant in Cambridge, Mass., as well as Clearwater, Fla., Pittsfield, Mass., and McKinney, Texas. If all options on the deal are exercised, the total value of the contract would be $391.8 million and add a year onto the contracted work period.

Draper has designed and supported the guidance system for all fleet ballistic missiles since the program began in 1955. The Trident II D5, named for the three-pronged spear of mythology’s King Neptune, was developed by Lockheed Martin. The Draper Lab contract extends the life of the D5 missiles to the year 2040 by replacing obsolete components with commercial off-the-shelf hardware. The first flight test of the guidance system was in early 2012 aboard the ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee. In February 2018, Draper signed a $132.9 million contract for Trident’s failure verification, test, repair and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies and electronic modules for the U.S. and British systems.

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the submarine USS Maryland off the coast of Florida on Aug. 31, 2016.

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the submarine USS Maryland off the coast of Florida on Aug. 31, 2016.


The Trident II Weapons System is the U.S. and British’s primary submarine-launched nuclear ballistic missile fleet. They are launched from the Navy’s 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and from four British Royal Navy Vanguard-class ballistic-missile submarines. These vessels together carry about half of all U.S. strategic thermonuclear warheads. They are also planned for the Navy’s future Columbia-class submarine. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021, with the vessels expected to enter service in 2031. Draper has been obligated $189.5 million from fiscal 2019 Navy weapons procurement funds and $1.5 million in United Kingdom funds, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

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Boeing to deliver two F-18 Super Hornets to Navy for $17.8M

Boeing to deliver two F-18 Super Hornets to Navy for $17.8M

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $17.8 million for two F/A-18EF Super Hornet jets. The two Super Hornets include modifications to extend the service life of the aircraft, the Defense of Defense announced Friday. Most of the work on the contract, which is expected to be completed in October 2020, will most be performed in St. Louis, with the rest done in El Segundo, Calif. No funds are being obligated at time of award, as funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued.

Boeing to deliver two F-18 Super Hornets to Navy for $17.8M

Boeing to deliver two F-18 Super Hornets to Navy for $17.8M


The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which made its first flight in November 1995, is a low-observable aircraft that performs day and night missions with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort and close air support, according to Boeing. The E model of the aircraft is a single seat, and F model is a two-seater. The F/A-18E/F, which is 25 percent larger than the original Hornet that entered service in 1983, is operational in 10 U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wings as well as the Royal Australian Air Force.

Saab to deliver Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon System to Slovenia

Saab to Deliver Carl-Gustaf M4 to the U.S. Army

Saab and the U.S. Army have signed a multi-year framework agreement for delivery of the Carl-Gustaf® M4 weapon system (designated M3E1 in the US). The first delivery order amounts to USD 19 million (Approximately 170 MSEK) with deliveries expected in 2019. The recently signed framework contract has a duration of 3 years and gives the U.S. Army the opportunity to place orders for Carl-Gustaf M4 systems for a total value of approximately 380 MSEK. The Carl-Gustaf 84-mm recoilless rifle is a combat-proven system capable of operating in demanding environments that provides soldiers with clear overmatch capability needed to dominate in the battlespace.

The system has been regularly modernized and enhanced to meet users’ changing needs. The latest version, the Carl-Gustaf M4 (designated M3E1 in the U.S.), reduces the launcher weight from 10 kg to less than 7 kg, among several other significant improvements. Since it was introduced in 1948, the Carl-Gustaf Weapon System has been used to support dismounted infantry all over the world. The new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon is fully backwards compatible with all ammunition types and prepared to take full advantage of future ammunition, while being significantly lower weight than its M3 predecessor. This order was booked during Q4 2018.

Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon System

Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon System


“This agreement is the result of many years of great cooperation between Saab and the US Government. The order clearly demonstrates the confidence that the user has both in the capability of the Carl-Gustaf system as well as in Saab as a supplier,” says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab business area Dynamics. “The Carl-Gustaf has been a force multiplier and the support weapon of choice for U.S. Special operations forces for many years. With the system now being fielded to light infantry units in multiple theatres and now to the U.S. Marines as well, the game changing capabilities of this weapon system and the flexibility provided by the multiple munition types available to the operator will deliver even greater value to the American warfighter,” says Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA.

Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Invincible Type 218SG class submarine

Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Invincible Type 218SG class submarine


The first Type 218SG submarine, named RSS Invincible, was officially launched during a ceremony in Kiel on 18 February 2019. The Invincible class (also known as Type 218SG) is a submarine class ordered by the Republic of Singapore Navy from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. These submarines, along with the previously acquired Archer-class, will replace Singapore’s Challenger-class submarines. The initial deal for two submarines was valued at €1.6 billion, including logistics and crew training. On 16 May 2017, Singapore defence minister Ng Eng Hen announced an order of 2 more Type 218SG submarines for a total of 4. The first 2 will be delivered in 2021 and 2022, while the remaining 2 will be delivered from 2024.

Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Invincible Type 218SG class submarine

Republic of Singapore Navy RSS Invincible Type 218SG class submarine


The customised design is oceangoing and larger than the Challenger-class and Archer-class submarines operated by the Singapore Navy. The design is expected to be influenced by the export Type 214 submarine or Type 216 submarine, which have been designed for the potential needs of several other navies (Australian, Canadian and Indian). Features will include AIP and a combat system designed by both Atlas Elektronik and ST Electronics. The Invincible class also features an “X” rudder “which offers enhanced manoeuvrability in confined littoral waters, as opposed to the Type 214’s cruciform rudder arrangement.”

Wind tunnel testing moves AMRAAM-ER missile closer to production

Wind tunnel testing moves AMRAAM-ER missile closer to production

Raytheon Company successfully completed more than 1,700 rigorous wind tunnel tests on the newest, extended-range variant of the combat-proven AMRAAM air-to-air missile. Testing is a major step in the missile’s qualification for integration with the NASAMS™ surface-based system. The AMRAAM-ER missile is a ground-launched weapon that will intercept targets at longer distances and higher altitudes. The missile’s bigger rocket motor and smarter flight control algorithms give it a boost in range.

“During these tests, we put AMRAAM-ER through a full range of potential flight conditions to validate the missile’s future performance on the battlefield,” said Kim Ernzen, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. “Raytheon is developing this missile to enhance ground-based air defense for our customers worldwide.” Raytheon engineers will now analyze data from the wind tunnel test runs to verify and update the AMRAAM-ER missile’s aerodynamic models to maximize its performance.

Raytheon engineers recently completed wind tunnel testing on a new, extended-range variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air missile. Testing is a key step in qualifying the missile for the NASAMS launch system.

Raytheon engineers recently completed wind tunnel testing on a new, extended-range variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air missile. Testing is a key step in qualifying the missile for the NASAMS launch system.


The AMRAAM-Extended Range missile is a new, ground-launched solution that will intercept targets at longer distances and higher altitudes. The AMRAAM-ER missile gets its boost in range from a bigger rocket motor and smarter flight control algorithms. Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, the AMRAAM-ER missile will be integrated into the NASAMS launcher to provide increased air defense protection in the medium range air defense market. NASAMS is deployed by seven countries, and is on contract for two more, and has been integrated into the U.S.’ National Capital Region’s air defense system since 2005. The AMRAAM air-to-air missile packs unprecedented performance into a lightweight, cost-effective package. Because of the weapon’s ongoing modernization and proven performance, it continues to deliver the highest dependability and versatility.

The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS™) is a highly adaptable mid-range solution for any operational air defense requirement. The system provides the air defender with a tailorable, state-of-the-art defense system that can maximize their ability to quickly identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicle and emerging cruise missile threats. NASAMS is owned by nine countries and has been integrated into the U.S. National Capital Region’s air defense system since 2005. In addition to the U.S., Norway, Finland, Spain, The Netherlands, Oman, Lithuania, Indonesia and one undisclosed country have chosen to depend on NASAMS for homeland defense and the defense of critical assets. Together with Norwegian partner KONGSBERG Defence and Aerospace, AS, Raytheon continues to integrate new capabilities into NASAMS to develop and field highly capable and fully integrated solutions.

Norway fired an AMRAAM®-Extended Range missile from a NASAMS™ high mobility launcher during an international flight test.

Norway fired an AMRAAM®-Extended Range missile from a NASAMS™ high mobility launcher during an international flight test.

Japan certified its Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) in joint exercise with US marines

Japan certified its Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade in joint exercise with US marines

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious assault vehicles approach the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious assault vehicles approach the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019.


The Iron Fist 2019 multilateral training event concluded earlier this month, which included the certification of Japan’s first amphibious assault force. Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with the newly minted 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade took part in the Iron Fist exercises, which included tasks in sharpshooting, amphibious reconnaissance and landing missions, and other areas. The 14th installment of Iron First also marked the first time Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers brought their own amphibious assault vehicles. Classes at Forest Light 19.2 covered material on unmanned aerial systems and improvised explosive devices
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers load a combat rubber raiding craft aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361, on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers load a combat rubber raiding craft aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion, assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 361, on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019.


Iron Fist, held in Southern California, was one of two training exercises between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force this month. The other, Forest Light 19.2, will conclude Friday in Japan’s Aibano Maneuver Area and has included roughly 400 U.S. Marines based in Okinawa, the Marine Corps said in a separate release. Making matters more difficult in Southern California, soldiers had to contend with rain during many of the exercises this year Separated by nearly 10,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, these exercises are taking place at the same time. U.S.-Japan exercises like these are vital for rapid expeditionary response to support regional security.
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious assault vehicle drives downhill during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious assault vehicle drives downhill during Exercise Iron Fist 2019.


The training builds on longstanding military ties between the two countries, which have been treaty allies for nearly 70 years. It is designed to improve the ability of the U.S. Marine Corps and Japanese Force to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force was established to protect the country, uphold security and maintain peace. Japan continues to have concerns over China’s increasing military strength and an ongoing conflict between the two countries over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. In 2012, Japan nationalized the islands, which are near rich fishing grounds and untapped natural gas.
 A Japanese amphibious assault vehicle enters the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)

A Japanese amphibious assault vehicle enters the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during Exercise Iron Fist 2019.


(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devin M. Langer)

India navy seeks to short list bidders for 111 naval utility helicopters

India navy seeks to short list bidders for 111 naval utility helicopters

The Indian Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19. These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit SAR, CASEVAC, LIMO, passenger roles and torpedo drops. 95 helicopters out of 111 will be manufactured in India by the selected Indian Strategic Partner. The case was approved by DAC on 25 Aug 18. The project is likely to provide major boost to Govt’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and fillip to manufacturing capability for helicopters in India.

The Request for EoI from Indian private companies for participating in the project has been hosted on the MoD/Indian Navy website on 12 Feb 19. However, the Request for EoI from foreign OEMs has been forwarded to companies that participated in the RFI deliberations. The OEMs have been mandated to set up dedicated manufacturing line, including design, integration and manufacturing processes for NUH in India and make Indian Manufacturing Line as a global exclusive facility for the NUH platform being offered. Whilst Indian companies have been given two months to respond to the EoI, the foreign OEMs have been given three months for responding due to the nature of inputs required. High level of indigenisation i.e about 60% of the helicopter is desired through the NUH project.

India navy seeks to short list bidders for 111 naval utility helicopters

India navy seeks to short list bidders for 111 naval utility helicopters


India invited expressions of interest for 111 helicopters to be made in the country in collaboration with foreign partners, the defence ministry said, in a deal estimated at nearly $3 billion. Lockheed Martin, Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopters are among those expected to participate in the bidding, the ministry statement said, to replace the navy’s ageing Soviet-era helicopters. The Indian companies likely to participate in the bidding are Tata Advanced Systems, Mahindra Defence, Adani Defence, L&T, Bharat Forge and Reliance Infrastructure, the defence ministry said. India has been trying to modernise its military to narrow the gap with China but defence expenditure has been largely stagnant, making for slow procurement.