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28 Jan 15. A&P Group to integrate military capabilities on UK RFA tankers. A&P Group has been awarded a £15m contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to add high-end military capabilities to four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) tankers. Called MARS, the four Tide-class tankers are being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and will replace the existing fleet of single-hulled tankers. The tankers, consisting of Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce, will deliver fuel, water, spare parts and other supplies. The first 37,000t tanker is expected to be delivered in October, with the final vessel set for delivery by April 2017. (Source: naval-technology.com)
28 Jan 15. Kongsberg to supply sonar and multibeam systems for Swedish submarines. Kongsberg’s Maritime hydroacoustic package has been selected by Saab for integration on two Swedish Navy A19 submarines. As part of the contract, Kongsberg will deliver SA9510S mine avoidance and navigation sonar, as well as its EM 2040 Dual RX multibeam echosounder. Capable of generating target warnings or alarms with required time available to execute an avoidance manoeuvre, the SA9510S sonar detect mines, obstacles and the seafloor. The sonar also delivers information to crew for bottom navigation purposes and submerged navigation, and can perform mine-seeking missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 Jan 15. The U.K. defense ministry has signed a £150m ($224m) deal to further upgrade the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of Chinook helicopters, this time with a Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS). The unannounced contract, signed back in December, builds on the defense ministry’s ongoing Project Julius that aims to bring the U.K.’s Chinook transport helicopter fleet to the same standard with new engines, and a new cockpit avionics suite based on Thales TopDeck system, eliminating the issues of having fleets within fleets, and allowing aircrews to fly any model of Chinook in service. The introduction of DAFCS on 46 Mk. 4 and Mk. 5 Chinook models will replace the analogue system currently fitted and will help to standardize the fleet even further, particularly as the U.K. is currently taking delivery of 14 new-build CH-47 Chinook Mk. 6 helicopters from Boeing. The Mk. 6 aircraft is a sub-variant of the U.S. Army’s CH-47F and is fitted with the DAFCS system as standard. The introduction of DAFCS greatly improves handling qualities and aircraft stability and increases the safety of the helicopters, particularly when flying in conditions when visual references were limited, such as over water, in dust or snow operations, defense officials have said previously. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/AvWeek)
29 Jan 15. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,581,620 modification to the previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-11-C-0083) in support of the F-35 Lightning II Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot VI for the Government of Italy. This modification provides for the F-35 Italian National Database, including a Database Generation System to support delivery of the first Italian full mission simulator. Work will be performed in Turin, Italy (80 percent) and Orlando, Florida (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2017. International Partner funds in the amount of $10,581,620 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland is the contracting activity.
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