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Raytheon excel in first test of Ford class integrated combat system

Raytheon excel in first test of Ford class integrated combat system

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed the first-ever, live fire test of the latest generation of the Ship Self Defense System, or SSDS, Integrated Combat System on the Self Defense Test Ship. The test, conducted for USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first of the Navy’s newest class of aircraft carriers, successfully engaged an unmanned aerial vehicle target off the coast of California.

The CVN 78 SSDS Integrated Combat System incorporates several elements including Raytheon’s:

  • Dual Band Radar: This technology searched for, located and tracked the target. DBR then provided radar illumination to the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile to support missile guidance.
  • Cooperative Engagement Capability, or CEC: The capability validated and processed the Dual Band Radar data for SSDS. CEC is responsible for providing a single, integrated air picture, fusing data from multiple sensors to improve track accuracy.
  • Ship Self Defense System: SSDS processed the CEC data, determined the appropriate engagement ranges, passed launch commands to the missile, and scheduled Dual Band Radar support for the engagement.
  • Evolved SeaSparrow Missile: The interceptor successfully engaged and defeated the target.
    Rolling Airframe Missile: The RAM interceptor was successfully scheduled by SSDS, but not required, since the target was destroyed by the ESSM.
Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder's Sea Trials on 8 April 2017

Gerald R. Ford Underway for Builder’s Sea Trials on 8 April 2017

“The design of our Ship Self Defense System enabled seamless integration of the sensors and missiles with the CVN 78 combat system during this first-of-its-kind test, proving the ability of the system to defend our sailors,” said Mike Fabel, Raytheon’s SSDS program manager. “This integrated combat system success brings Ford [herself] one step closer to operational testing and deployment.” Further integrated combat system live fire events will take place during subsequent developmental and operational testing planned for 2019.

Proven and deployed, SSDS is an open, distributed combat management system in service on US carriers and amphibious ships, including CVN, LSD, LPD, LHA and LHD classes. SSDS MK 2 is the premier self-defense system for the U.S. Navy. SSDS is integrated with Raytheon’s Cooperative Engagement Capability for the seamless extraction and distribution of sensor-derived information. This further enhances each ship’s anti-air warfare capability through sharing of available data to all participating CEC units, improving situational awareness, increasing range, and enabling cooperative, multiple, or layered engagement strategies.

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Russian Navy Ka-27 Helix practise deck landing

Russian Navy Ka-27 Helix practise deck landing


The Russian Defence Ministry published a video of drills being conducted by the Baltic Fleet’s naval aviation, which showed the landing of a Ka-27 military helicopter in difficult meteorological conditions. The helicopter landed on the decks of Steregushchiy-class corvette and Yaroslav Mudryi patrol ship of the Baltic Fleet. It demonstrates how naval aviation works in adverse weather conditions. According to the Ministry, the crew completed more than 60 landings during the drills. The manoeuvres included landing in drift and moving during the light and dark hours of the day. The pilots also worked on methods of searching and tracking enemy submarines.

Russian Navy Ka-27 Helix practise deck landing

Russian Navy Ka-27 Helix practise deck landing


The Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name ‘Helix’) is a military helicopter developed for the Soviet Navy, and currently in service in various countries including Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, China, South Korea, and India. Variants include the Ka-29 assault transport, the Ka-28 downgraded export version, and the Ka-32 for civilian use. The Steregushchiy class (Vigilant) is the newest class of corvette in the Russian Navy. It was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The first ship was designated Project 2038.0 (or 20380) by the Russian Government; subsequent vessels were built to an improved design, Project 20381. At 2,200 tons it is large for a corvette and is designated as a frigate by NATO.
Russian Navy Ka-27 Helix practise deck landing

Russian Navy Ka-27 Helix practise deck landing

Boeing delivers first four CH-47F Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force

Boeing delivers first four CH-47F Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force

The first Indian Air Force CH-47F(I) Chinooks arrived at the Adani Group’ Mundra Port in Gujarat ahead of schedule and soon Four helicopters arrived on February 10th and after assembling will be flown to their home base in Chandigarh. Are scheduled to enter service later this year. India is the 19th nation to select the Chinook and the air force (IAF) will receive 15 helicopters ordered in September 2015 along 22 AH-64E Apaches in a $3.1 billion deal. Boeing had officially handed over the first Chinook transport helicopter to India at its facility in Philadelphia, US in the presence of Indian ambassador to US Harsh Shringla during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony.

Boeing delivers first four CH-47F Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force

Boeing delivers first four CH-47F Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force


Chinook helicopters are expected to be formally inducted into Indian Air Force service later this year and replace the IAF’s fleet of Soviet-era Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’ heavy-lift helicopters, which entered service in the 1980s. the remaining 11 Chinooks will be similarly delivered to the IAF by March 2020. To accommodate the Chinooks the IAF has expanded its Mi-26 helicopter facility at a cost of INR1.5billion (USD20.9 million). Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with over 160 partners in India, and a JV to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters. Annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion.
Boeing delivers first four CH-47F Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force

Boeing delivers first four CH-47F Chinook helicopters for Indian Air Force


The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems). Chinook helicopters were introduced in 1962 as the CH-47 Chinook, and models A, B and C were deployed in Vietnam. As the product of a modernization program, which included refurbishing existing CH-47s, the first CH-47Ds were delivered in 1982 and were produced until 1994. A central element in the Gulf War, they continue to be the standard for the U.S. Army in the global campaign against terrorism. Since its introduction 1,179 Chinooks have been built.

Oshkosh Defense awarded $232.7M to recapitalize US Army's heavy vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense awarded $232.7M to recapitalize US Army’s heavy vehicle fleet

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced today that it has been awarded two delivery orders, totaling $235.2 million, from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize vehicles in the Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load System (PLS) fleets. The Wisconsin-based company will work onheavy expanded mobility tactical trucks, or HEMTT, and palletized load system, or PLS, trucks.

HEMTT 4 is used for cargo, refueling, load handling, recovery, light equipment transportation and transporting guided missiles.

HEMTT 4 is used for cargo, refueling, load handling, recovery, light equipment transportation and transporting guided missiles.


The recapitalization process upgrades vehicles to the latest configuration and quickly returns them to operation with the same high performance and life cycle cost advantage of a new vehicle. The recapitalization process involves stripping a vehicle to the frame rails and rebuilding it to the newest configurations, returning to the fleet a refurbished vehicle with the same technology, safety features and life cycle cost of a brand new one. Through recapitalization, vehicles come off the line in zero-mile, zero-hour condition.

Under the contract, Oshkosh will recapitalize 410 vehicles as well as manufacture 680 new PLS trailers. Deliveries of the units will begin in Fiscal Year 2019. In total, Oshkosh has recapitalized over 13,000 HEMTT and 3,000 PLS since 1995. Since 1995, Oshkosh has been performing recapitalization services on these vehicles. The HEMTTs have been in the Army’s fleet since 1981 and the PLS since 1990.

The PLS is designed to carry ammunition and other critical supplies.

The PLS is designed to carry ammunition and other critical supplies.


“As the backbone of the U.S. Army’s resupply and distribution system, the HEMTT and PLS vehicles are heavily relied on to carry munitions and other critical supplies across all types of terrains and in all types of environments,” said Pat Williams, vice President and general manager of U.S. Army and Marine Corps Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “As the original equipment manufacturer, we know these vehicles inside and out, and we are in the best position to quickly return them to field operations in like-new condition,” Williams said.

Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar


On 6 February a ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was held in Merignac facility for the delivery of the first Rafale to the Qatari Emiri Air Force, under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Geneviève Darrieussecq, French State Secretary to the Minister of Armed Forces, and in the presence of Qatar Emiri Air Force Commander, Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen.

Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar

Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar


The first Rafale delivery, on schedule, comes after the signature in May 2015 of the contract for the acquisition by the State of Qatar of 24 Rafale to equip its Air Force, and an additional 12, in December 2017, for a total of 36 aircraft to fly under the Qatari colors. In the frame of this contract, a large group of Qatari pilots as well as technicians are being trained in France both by the French Air Force and the French Industry. In the frame of this contract, a large group of Qatari pilots as well as technicians are being trained in France both by the French Air Force and the French Industry. The very high level of the guests attending that ceremony reflects the importance of the historic and strategic partnership between Qatar, France and Dassault Aviation, and the Rafale, following on from the Mirage F1, the Alpha Jet and the Mirage 2000, will carry out the tradition and will contribute to secure the sovereignty of the state of Qatar.
Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar

Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar


“For the fourth time in our long and trustful partnership with Qatar, a Dassault Aviation aircraft will serve proudly in the Qatari Emiri Air Force. This first delivery is the culmination of a relationship started more than 40 years ago and I am very pleased and grateful that once again the State of Qatar, has renewed its confidence in our dedication and confirmed not once, but twice, the choice of the Rafale to protect its land and people”, declared Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar

Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar


Dassault Aviation SA is an international French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional, and business jets, and is a subsidiary of Dassault Group. It was founded in 1929 by Marcel Bloch as Société des Avions Marcel Bloch or “MB”. After World War II, Marcel Bloch changed his name to Marcel Dassault, and the name of the company was changed to Avions Marcel Dassault on 20 January 1947. In 1971 Dassault acquired Breguet, forming Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation (AMD-BA). In 1990 the company was renamed Dassault Aviation. The Dassault Aviation Group is headed by Éric Trappier since 9 January 2013. With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. In 2017, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €4.8 billion. The company has 11,400 employees.
Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar

Dassault Aviation First Rafale delivery to the State of Qatar

BAE Systems Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS)

BAE Systems awarded $225M for APKWS laser-guided rocket

The Naval Air Systems Command in Maryland has awarded a $225 million contract to BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc for the delivery of over 9000 additional units of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II by September 2020. BAE Systems is awarded $225 million for delivery order N0001919F2701 against a previously awarded contract to procure 9,999 additional Lot 7, full-rate production units of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II, the Defense Department said.

Also added that the procurement of the additional APKWS II weapons will upgrade the current 2.75-inch rocket system to a semi-active laser guided precision weapon in support of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the governments of Nigeria and the Netherlands. Work will be performed in Hudson, New Hampshire; and Austin, Texas, and is expected to be completed in September 2020.

BAE Systems Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS)

BAE Systems Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS)


On 14 April 2014, the US signed an agreement with the Jordanian Air Force for the sale of the APKWS for use on their CN-235 gunship. On November 2014, the US approved the sale of up to 2000 APKWS rockets to Iraq, and on June 2015 a sale of six A-29 Super Tucanos to the Lebanese Air Force included 2000 APKWS rockets for use on the turboprops, totalling at $462 million. To date, the rocket has achieved over a 93% hit rate according to BAE Systems.

APKWS upgrades 2.75-inch (70 mm) rockets to a semi-active laser guided precision weapon. The system is a design conversion for Hydra 70 unguided rockets turning them into low-yield precision-guided munitions to help avoid collateral damage. The APKWS is a 2.75-inch laser-guided rocket aimed at engaging lightly armoured point targets, putting it between unguided rockets such as the Hydra 70 and anti-armour munitions such as the AGM-114 Hellfire. It is equipped with the WGU-5/B mid-body guidance unit, which features DASALS seeker optics which deploy 0.5 seconds after launch. This unit is installed between the Mk 66 Mod 4 rocket motor and warhead, which increases the rocket length by 47cm and weight by 4.1kg, in comparison to the Hydra system.

BAE Systems Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS)

BAE Systems Advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS)

General Dynamics Land Systems gets $402M contract for US Army Stryker Technical Support Services

General Dynamics Land Systems gets $402M contract for US Army Stryker Technical Support Services

The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a contract worth up to $402 million for Systems Technical Support (STS) for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT). Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, the company will provide systems technical support (STS) for the US Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) for a period of five years. Under the five-year STS contract that began in January, GD will perform a variety of work, including log, development, and support of government testing. The objective of the partnership is to maintain high operational readiness for the Soldiers who serve in the SBCT. Work will be performed with current employees at GD operations in Sterling Heights and London, Ontario.

The US Army’s Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) will carry out a range of activities such as log, development, and support of government testing. This will enable high operational readiness maintenance for the soldiers who serve in the SBCT. SBCT is an infantry-centric organisation that seeks to bridge the operational gaps between the army’s light forces and heavy forces. It provides the army with a lethal, deployable, survivable, and mobile option formed around the ten flat-bottom variants of the Stryker vehicle.

Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (M1126)

Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (M1126)


The US Army continues to modernize its Stryker fleet of vehicles through the introduction of the 30mm, up gunned Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon (ICVD), and the Double-V Hull A1 platform. The Stryker A1 eight-wheeled vehicle is built to vastly increase power, survivability and mobility, while providing extra stowage and seating for nine Soldiers, plus a 3-Soldier crew. The Stryker fleet is considered the backbone of the Army, with nearly 4,700 vehicles fielded.

Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics Land Systems provides innovative design, engineering, technology, production, fielding and full life-cycle support for land combat vehicles around the globe. The company’s extensive experience, customer-first focus and seasoned supply chain network provide unmatched capabilities to the U.S. military and its allies.

Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT)

Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT)