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USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Successfully Launches Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Successfully Launches Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Oct. 1 (local date) during Pacific Griffin. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies. Gabrielle Giffords’ deployment represents a milestone for the U.S. Navy and LCS lethality, and marks the first time that an NSM has sailed into the Indo-Pacific region. The successful missile shoot demonstrates value for long-range anti-ship missiles.

Gabrielle Giffords, on its maiden deployment, arrived in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility Sept. 16, for a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. This marks the first time two LCS have deployed to the Indo-Pacific region simultaneously. Gabrielle Giffords is the fifth LCS to deploy to U.S. 7th Fleet, following USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), USS Coronado (LCS 4) and the currently-deployed USS Montgomery (LCS 8). Gabrielle Giffords will conduct operations, exercises and port visits throughout the region as well as work alongside allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, key pillars of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Its unique capabilities allow it to work with a broad range of regional navies and visit ports larger ships cannot access.

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Successfully Launches Naval Strike Missile (NSM)

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that is designed to find and destroy enemy ships. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies


Littoral combat ships are fast, agile and networked surface combatants, optimized for operating in the near-shore environments. With mission packages allowing for tailored capabilities to meet specific mission needs and unique physical characteristics, LCS provides operational flexibility and access to a wider range of ports.

The NSM aboard Gabrielle Giffords is fully operational and remains lethal. The weapon was first demonstrated on littoral combat ship USS Coronado in 2014. It meets and exceeds the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon requirements for survivability against high-end threats, demonstrated lethality, easy upgrades and long-range strike capability. The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles away. The stealthy missile flies at sea-skimming altitude, has terrain-following capability and uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting in challenging conditions.

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Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army combine for US air drop

Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army combine for US air drop

Dropping heavy equipment out of a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft was no small feat for a combined Air Force and Army team.The Air Mobility Training and Development Unit (AMTDU) and the Australian Army’s 176 Air Dispatch Squadron have deployed to Exercise Mobility Guardian in the United States. The team of air dispatchers, loadmasters and engineers have been kicking goals at the mobility exercise, hosted by the United States Air Force’s 92nd Air Refuelling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington State.

Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army combine for US air drop

Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army combine for US air drop


The Australian Defence Force personnel have been working closely every day as an integrated team with their counterparts from the United States, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the New Zealand Defence Force.
Squadron Leader Rickesh Sunwar said AMTDU and 176 Squadron have successfully worked on standardising airdrop and drop zone procedures with the other nations to establish a solid foundation for seamless joint operations in future.

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility battle proven trucks is designed to have the protection and mobility to meet demanding specialist military logistic applications. This range of purpose designed vehicles offers exceptional mobility and an unprepared fording capability of 850mm, providing tactical support to military operations in the most hostile environmental conditions, from -32C to +49C. Available in 4×2, 4×4, 6×4, 6×6, 8×4 and 8×8 configurations, the range is equipped with a specially developed protected cab The High Mobility range combines military utility with a well proven, reliable driveline and outstanding flexibility of employment. The High Mobility Product Range can be readily customized to match specific user needs by virtue of its modular design, which embraces both the cab and the driveline.

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility


This product range can be readily customized to match specific user needs by virtue of its modular design, which embraces both the cab and the driveline. The different models in the range share a high degree of parts commonality, reducing the logistic foootprint and need for large spares inventories. All models boast CTIS and run flats as standard, as well as fully militarised ADR compliant 24V electrical system. Other mobility features include approach and departure angles of nearly 45 degrees an ground clearance of 430mm. Crew survivability has also been accorded a high priority: the whole range can be equipped with a new generation of appliqué armour kits providing both anti-mine and ballistic protection. To ensure that these vehicles retain their outstanding flexibility and adaptability, the appliqué armour can be readily fitted and removed in the field.
Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility

Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility


Each Iveco Iveco Defence Vehicles’ High Mobility can be readily customized to match specific user needs by virtue of its modular design, which embraces both the cab and the driveline. To deliver true modularity, each vehicle is designed from the concept stage to readily accommodate a range of cabs, driveline assemblies and engine types. This allows a dedicated project design team to develop specific solutions for each customer. By maximising commonality of components and assemblies, the logistic footprint is reduced whilst, by introducing a modular load carrying system, flexibility is improved and the utility of the fleet is greatly enhanced. Iveco has addressed both of these requirements with flair and innovation.

Kongsberg Vanguard Multipurpose Ship Design

Kongsberg Vanguard Multipurpose Ship Design

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (KONGSBERG) has introduced a new naval ship design called Vanguard, designed to meet modern threats across a range of roles. The Vanguard couples KONGSBERG’s knowledge, technology and systems together with the competence coming from the Norwegian Maritime and Offshore Industry. The Vanguard fulfils the needs of coastal nations for both military and civilian operations, such as Search & Rescue, Harbor and Assets Protection, Subsea Survey, Exercising Authority and Sovereignty, Anti-Access/Area-Denial, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Mine Clearance, and Detection and Disposal.

Kongsberg Vanguard Multipurpose Ship Design

Kongsberg Vanguard Multipurpose Ship Design


Vanguard, by design, is highly adaptable and capable of fulfilling a multitude of roles. It is designed with a multi-role hangar for air, surface and sub-surface assets. Easily interchangeable mission modules and extensive use of unmanned vehicles enables quick change of operational roles. The Vanguard is also based on an open architecture to integrate and take advantage of new technology as it becomes available. To offer extremely capable yet affordable military vessels, Vanguard is based on civilian and commercial ship design, combined with flexible military mission packs. This approach represents significant cost savings as compared to traditional military bespoke solutions.
Kongsberg Vanguard Multipurpose Ship Design

Kongsberg Vanguard Multipurpose Ship Design


Vanguard is designed with a multi-role hangar for air, surface and sub-surface assets. Easily interchangeable mission modules and extensive use of unmanned vehicles enables quick change of operational roles. The Vanguard is also based on an open architecture to integrate and take advantage of new technology as it becomes available. The vessel is based on civilian and commercial ship design, combined with flexible military mission packs. The Vanguard by KONGSBERG represents a game changer in naval operations. Combining our experience from the maritime, offshore and naval sectors, this innovative concept provides an adaptable and affordable solution to meet the operational needs of coastal nations.

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made

Rheinmetall is offering the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle to the Czech Republic as a brand-new solution and Czech-made. Rheinmetall submitted the Lynx for the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) program to replace its current BVP-2, a Czech produced version of BMP-2. In November 2017 the Czech MoD completed field tests of four tracked AFV finalists and plans to select a winning platform by mid-2018, awarding a CZK50 billion contract for a mixed batch of 210 platforms with initial deliveries to begin in 2020. The ACR were reportedly very satisfied with the Lynx. In December 2018, Lynx was shortlisted together with the Puma, ASCOD and CV90.

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made


Lynx is an armoured fighting vehicle developed by Rheinmetall Landsysteme (part of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems division). The Kettenfahrzeug 41 (KF41) variant was unveiled publicly at the Eurosatory defence exhibition on June 12, 2018. This model has a gross vehicle weight of 44 tonnes. Original outline specifications suggested a gross vehicle weight of 45 tonnes.The KF41 can carry a crew of three plus eight passengers. It is powered by an 850 kW (1,140 hp) engine and has a top speed of 70 km/h (43 mph).
Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made


The vehicle’s ballistic steel armour is designed to protect the Lynx from anti-tank weapons, medium-caliber ammunition, artillery shrapnel and bomblets. The interior is fitted with a spall liner to protect the crew, while the vehicle also features decoupled seats in addition to mine and IED protection packages that include a double floor. Additional active protection can be provided for shaped charge warhead attack using Rheinmetall’s Active Protection System AMAP-ADS. A range of passive protection and defensive aids are also available. They include a rapid obscuration system (ROSY), laser warning system and acoustic shot locator system. These are integrated in the Lance turret when it is fitted along with automatic target recognition and automatic target tracking.

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made

Rheinmetall Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle – Czech-made


The Rheinmetall Group as a technology group for mobility and security is already an established partner to the Czech Republic for decades and is represented by the Rheinmetall Automotive sector at sites in Trmice and Chabarovice. Localising content in a scalable fashion is part of Rheinmetall‘s proven track record. From sharing training and technological expertise to setting up entire military vehicles centers of excellence. Rheinmetall is both prepared and capable of expanding cooperation in the realm of Czech defence as well.

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Approved To Enter Production

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Approved To Enter Production

Lockheed Martin today announced the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program achieved a Milestone C decision from the U.S. Air Force, which moves the program into low rate initial production. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services.

CRH Helicopter Proves Ready for Sacred Mission
The four instrumented test aircraft at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, demonstrated their production readiness during rigorous U.S. Air Force (USAF) performance and flight load survey testing. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team has executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights, which provided USAF the data necessary to execute a Milestone C decision. This decision allows Sikorsky to begin production of the aircraft, which is based on the venerable BLACK HAWK helicopter.

“This affirmative Milestone C decision validates the modifications to Sikorsky’s most successful BLACK HAWK helicopter, making it capable of saving downed airmen anytime, anywhere around the world,” said Greg Hames, Sikorsky program director. “This establishes the Combat Rescue Helicopter as a production program.”

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Approved To Enter Production

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Approved To Enter Production


Prepared for Production
There are five CRH aircraft in various stages of production at Sikorsky’s Stratford facility. Sikorsky employees and our nationwide supply chain are ready to begin production and support delivering this all new aircraft to the warfighter. The USAF program of record calls for 113 helicopters to replace its predecessor, the Sikorsky HH-60G PAVE HAWKs.

“We have just successfully gained approval to launch the production of a helicopter that will save the lives of our warfighters and our allies all over the world. This decision begins the transition to this more capable and reliable helicopter to fulfill the Air Force’s mission to leave no one behind. I could not be more proud of our government-contractor team for making this happen,” said Col. Dale R. White, Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces, USAF.

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Approved To Enter Production

Sikorsky Combat Rescue Helicopter Approved To Enter Production


The CRH is significantly more capable and reliable than the HH-60G PAVE HAWK. The aircraft hosts a new fuel system that nearly doubles the capacity of the internal tank on a UH-60M BLACK HAWK, giving the USAF crew extended range and more capability to rescue those injured in the battle space. The CRH specification drives more capable defensive systems and enhances the vulnerability reductions, hover performance, electrical capacity, avionics, cooling, weapons, cyber-security, environmental, and net-centric capabilities beyond the current HH-60G.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight

Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight

Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and takeoff and then flew a pre-determined route. The test validated the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations with the ground control station.

Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight

Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight


The MQ-25 will provide the Navy with a much-needed carrier-based unmanned aerial refueling capability. The Boeing-owned test asset is a predecessor to the engineering development model (EDM) aircraft and is being used for early learning and discovery to meet the goals of the U.S. Navy’s accelerated acquisition program. Boeing will produce four EDM MQ-25 air vehicles for the U.S. Navy. T1 received its experimental airworthiness certificate from the FAA in September, verifying that the air vehicle meets the agency’s requirements for safe flight.
Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight

Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight


The Boeing MQ-25 Stingray is an aerial refueling drone that resulted from the Carrier-Based Aerial-Refueling System (CBARS) program, which grew out of the earlier Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program. Boeing’s MQ-25 design is powered by one Rolls-Royce AE 3007N turbofan engine delivering 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) of thrust; it is a variant of the engine used to power the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton.[22] The aircraft is less stealthy than flying wing UAVs. However, it still features a stealthy fuselage shaping, flush inlet to shield engine blades from radar and V-tail.