APril 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security

On April 13, 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with the French shipbuilding company CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for a Saudi state agency, likely the Coast Guards. According to the agreement, 19 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 20 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia.

The Marine Corps’ F/A-18 squadrons recently flew with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), a highly accurate 2.75 rocket that provides air-to-ground weapon support. APKWS allows the F/A-18A-D to maintain a forward-firing, moving-target capability while increasing available ordnance per aircraft and provides a more efficient weapons match versus target sets currently seen in theater.

The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest amphibious transport dock, the USS Portland (LPD 27) on Saturday, April 21, in Portland, Oregon. This 11th San Antonio-class ship is the last one to feature stealth/RCS (radar cross section) reduction features. The next ship of this class, the future USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD 28), will feature a more basic design (making it more affordable).

Naval Group participated to the tenth edition of DEFEXPO, the Land, Naval & Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition of India. Naval Group showcased the state-of-art innovations created for modern navies at the their booth, demonstrating its capabilities in modern ship and submarine building along with high tech solutions for systems and competence as leading naval integrator. The successful efforts in building industrial partnerships with Indian shipyards and industry were showcased.

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team hosted the christening ceremony for the 17th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard today. Ship sponsor Jill Donnelly christened LCS 17, the future USS INDIANAPOLIS, in Navy tradition by breaking a champagne bottle across the ship's bow.

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