23 Mar 17. Navantia selects MAN main and GenSet engines for Australian Navy’s new support tankers. The Royal Australian Navy’s two fleet-support-tanker newbuilds are set to be powered by MAN main and GenSet engines. The engines have been chosen by Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia for the tankers, which are currently being built by the company. Both tankers will be installed with two units of MAN 18V 32 / 40 main engines and four units of MAN 7L21 / 31 GenSets. Shipset deliveries slated for this coming December and June next year. (Source: naval-technology.com)
21 Mar 17. Revision Military, the world leader in integrated head systems, has been awarded the U.S. Army’s Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II (ACH GEN II) helmet contract. This five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) helmet contract (W91CRB-17-D-0008), awarded on a full and open competition basis to Revision, has a maximum value of $98,111,803 and estimated completion date of March 6, 2022. Revision’s ACH helmet solution is up to 24 percent lighter than the legacy ACH helmet system and this contract represents the first large-scale, significant advancement in ACH technology in 15 years. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
21 Mar 17. Babcock secures US Coast Guard Cutter design support contract. Babcock International Group, as part of Team Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG), has been awarded a contract to provide platform engineering design for the design and construction phases of the United States Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) class vessels. This highlights the growing international competitiveness of Babcock’s engineering capability, and its ability to deliver design support to shipyards around the world. As the key provider of engineering support services on Team SG for the last two years, Babcock has brought a wealth of experience to the development of the OPC design, the build strategy and the electrical systems. Babcock has worked closely with ESG and will deliver a whole ship 3D model, selected systems and production support as part of the new design work, underpinning the programme with detailed modelling, production outputs and the detailed design of auxiliary systems, structure, outfit and electrical systems. Elements of the work will be subcontracted to VARD, building on a successful design relationship with Babcock to develop Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Irish Naval Service. Production of the lead Cutter is due to start in late 2018, and will be due for completion in 2021. Up to eight follow-on ships are included in this initial contract. The United States Coast Guard plans to build up to 25 OPCs. Babcock’s team of skilled and qualified designers and engineers will be using their experience and design skills built up on developing OPVs for the Irish Naval Service.
20 Mar 17. The US Navy has awarded a new $42.9m contract to BAE Systems for the upgrade of its USS Vicksburg (CG 69) Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser. The value of the competitively awarded, special selected restricted availability (SSRA) contract could reach $45.9m if all options are exercised. BAE Systems will be responsible for carrying out alternations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the US Navy vessel under the new agreement. The company would also be responsible for the replacement of the critical aluminium structures of the 567ft-long vessel. (Source: naval-technology.com)
17 Mar 17. Lockheed Martin Corp., Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded a $98,484,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-16-C-5363) to exercise options for full-rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 subsystems (AN/SLQ-32(V)6). SEWIP is an evolutionary acquisition and incremental development program to upgrade the existing AN/SLQ-32(V) electronic warfare system. SEWIP Block 2 will expand upon t