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  • USS Gerald Ford To begin ACT | Mali Receives Streit Typhoon MRAPs | India’s...
    by Emily Erhold on January 21, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas The USS Gerald R. Ford left port in Norfolk to begin aircraft compatibility testing off the East Coast, the Navy announced. The ACT started Thursday It is meant to continue testing of systems for aircraft to launch and land on the vessel. It started in earnest, the Navy said in a press […]

  • Airfields Afloat: The USA’s New Gerald Ford Class Super-Carriers
    by Joe Katzman on January 21, 2020 at 3:58 am

    USA’s Nimitz Class & UK’s Invincible Class (click to view full) Some nations have aircraft carriers. The USA has super-carriers. The French Charles De Gaulle Class nuclear carriers displace about 43,000t. India’s new Vikramaditya/ Admiral Gorshkov Class will have a similar […]

  • India’s IGMP Missile Programs: Export contenders?
    by Joe Katzman on January 21, 2020 at 3:56 am

    PJ-10 BrahMos (click to view full) Back in November 2005, The Hindu newspaper reported that India’s government had given the go-ahead for exporting missiles, and that India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was looking to market several of its products […]

  • Raytheon Tapped For FET Development Effort | Leonardo’s Xplorer Makes Maiden...
    by Emily Erhold on January 20, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas Raytheon won a $442.3 million deal for the force element terminal (FET) development effort. The contract provides for the design, development, testing, integration, and logistical support of a FET system that will transition the B-52 and RC-135 hardened communication terminals from the […]

  • Joint Riveting: Britain’s RC-135 Airseeker Electronic Snooping Planes
    by Joe Katzman on January 20, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Nimrod R1 & E-3D AWACS (click to view full) Land and sea surveillance, and electronic surveillance, are missions no government can ignore. To keep its capabilities, Great Britain launched a parallel set of efforts to update its Nimrod fleet. One multi-billion pound program sought to upgrade 12 […]

  • US Hellfire Missile Orders, FY 2011-2020
    by Joe Katzman on January 20, 2020 at 3:56 am

    USN MH-60S test (click to view full) Hellfire I/II missiles are the USA’s preferred aerial anti-armor missile, and are widely deployed with America’s allies. They equip America’s helicopter fleets (AH-64, AH-1, OH-58D, MH-60S/R), AH-64 and S-70 helicopters flown by its allies, and […]

  • Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape
    by Joe Katzman on January 20, 2020 at 3:54 am

    DID's FOCUS Article covering the Patriot anti-air missile system, including all development & contracts during the FY 2007 time frame...

  • Australia’s Future ASW Frigates: Warfare Down Under
    by Joe Katzman on January 20, 2020 at 3:52 am

    ANZAC-ASMD (click to view full) As Asia-Pacific nations invest in submarines, serious regional players also need to invest in anti-submarine capabilities. Aircraft like the P-8A Poseidon are great, but nothing really replaces dedicated and capable ASW ships. Their opponents’ anti-ship […]

  • Lockheed To Provide Modular Masts For Virginia Block V | Gripen Engine Serviced...
    by Emily Erhold on January 17, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Americas Lockheed Martin won a $19.4 million contract modification to exercise options for the procurement of eight multi-function modular masts for new-construction Virginia Class submarine Block V hulls. Virginia Class subs are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions, […]

  • Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow
    by Joe Katzman on January 17, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Virginia Block I-II (click for SuperSize) “GDEB Receives $148M as Virginia Class Lead Yard” described changes to the Virginia Class submarine’s design that are expected to reach 20% of the $200 million savings goal by the time orders for the versatile sea attack/ land attack/ […]

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