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february 2020 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

According to a press release published on February 7, 2020, to the Bell-Boeing official website, the U.S. Navy has received the first CMV-22B Osprey built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, and Boeing. The latest variant brings proven tiltrotor capabilities designed specifically for carrier fleet operations. The CMV-22B is the latest variant of the tiltrotor fleet, joining the MV-22 and CV-22 used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.

On February 6, 2020, American Companies Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine have delivered the future USS St. Louis, Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 19, to the U.S. Navy. LCS 19 is the tenth Freedom-variant LCS designed, built and delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team and will be commissioned in Pensacola, Florida, this summer.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is awarded a $172,424,000 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target contract (N00019-19-C-0008). This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of two MQ-4 Triton unmanned air systems for the Navy, one Navy main operating base, trade studies and associated technical and administrative data.

Thales, as part of Babcock Team 31, has been selected to deliver the digital heart of the UK’s next generation frigates. Thales will be the mission systems integrator for the Type 31 programme, delivering the combat system, communications systems and the navigation and bridge system. The T31 general purpose frigate programme will provide the UK Government with a fleet of five ships, at an average production cost of £250 million per ship.

Elbit Systems UK has been selected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct maritime demonstration flights in the UK using a number of its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) including the Hermes 900. The demonstration flights are designed to demonstrate the advantages of using long-range unmanned capabilities in civilian airspace, with the ability to utilise multiple sensors on a single platform.

Austal Limited is pleased to announce that Austal’s shipyards and service centres in Australia have been approved to bid for and provide support services, including ship repairs, maintenance and sustainment activity for United States Navy (USN) and Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships.

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