May 2018 news

Naval Forces, Defense Industry, Navy Technology, Maritime Security


Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) 11, the future USS SIOUX CITY, completed Acceptance Trials in the waters of Lake Michigan. LCS 11 is the sixth Freedom-variant LCS designed and built by the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team, and is slated for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer.

The Sea Ceptor missile system that will protect the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers has officially entered service, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced last week. Sea Ceptor provides a powerful shield against airborne threats, including hostile combat jets, helicopters and other missiles, and has been developed and manufactured through Ministry of Defence contracts worth around £850m.

Members of the flying control and flight deck control teams aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), flagship of the Royal Navy’s new class of aircraft carriers, visited Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland this week for their first live peek at the F-35B Lightning II, ahead of the jet’s first trials aboard the ship this fall.

The 2018-2027 state armament program does not envisage the construction of Project 955B Borei-B class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines but six more Project 955A Borei-A class submarines (NATO reporting name: Dolgorukiy-class) will be built by the Sevmash Shipyard after 2023, a source in Russia’s defense industry told TASS.

Lockheed Martin successfully fired two production representative Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B. In the event over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, a U.S. Air Force B-1B from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, released the pair of LRASMs.

Kelvin Hughes, a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, has been selected by bridge integrator OSI Maritime Systems Ltd (OSI) to supply a number of SharpEye™ solid-state naval radar sensors for installation on board Lockheed Martin's LCS 27 and four LCS-based Multi Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) vessels for Saudi Arabia.

Textron Systems’ Ship-to-Shore Connector began on-water testing last month. The Ship-to-Shore Connector is the U.S. Navy’s replacement for the Landing Craft, Air Cushion. During on-water testing, Textron Systems and the U.S. Navy are testing initial craft functionality. This will be followed by Builder’s Trials.

AHS International has recognized Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for "conducting an extraordinary international effort" to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves reached a height of six meters (20 feet) with winds up to 55 knots (100 km/hour or 63 mph).

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