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24 Sep 15. Lockheed Martin Australia will open a submarine combat system laboratory in Mawson Lakes in November to support the company’s pursuit of the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Submarine project SEA 1000. Phase 1. Construction began at Mawson Lakes on July 27, 2015 and is expected to open in November. An expanded Phase 2 with a secure area is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2016.
“A submarine’s combat system is essentially the eyes, ears and sword of the boat,” said Raydon Gates, chief executive, Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand. “A submarine’s tactical effectiveness depends on a fully integrated suite of the best technologies from Australia and around the world. The ability to seamlessly integrate the best sensors, sonar, radar, navigation, imagery systems and weapons will give Australia’s future submarine the tactical advantage it needs– and that is what Lockheed Martin Australia will deliver.”
The laboratory includes a reconfigurable submarine command center to test and validate the Royal Australian Navy’s concept of operations in a simulated operational environment. The lab will feature advanced computer processing with reconfigurable hardware, and collaboration space dedicated to bringing known and proven technologies to the next generation of Australian submarines.
Establishing a submarine combat system laboratory in parallel with early stages of submarine design leverages a key lesson learned from the success of the U.S Navy’s Virginia class submarine program. “The philosophy we’ve adapted as the Navy’s submarine combat system integrator is one of an open business model based on the axiom that no one company has all the answers” says Raydon Gates. The lab will leverage Lockheed Martin’s presence and Australian industry cooperation.
22 Sep 15. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today confirmed plans to open a RPA Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. GA-ASI has signed a 10-year lease and is expecting to break ground soon. GA-ASI flight crew training will commence early next year and the company expects to welcome its first Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers shortly thereafter. Working with leading industry training experts, academia, and local North Dakota industry, the Training Academy in Grand Forks will provide state-of-the-art flight instruction to aircrews operating GA-ASI aircraft. In addition to providing increased capacity to train the company’s own aircrews, the Training Academy also will train FMS customers who are seeking to grow their aircrew numbers to meet current operational demand. Operating year-round, GA-ASI’s RPA Training Academy will offer multiple courses per year using U.S. Government-approved curricula, with the potential of training up to 60 flight crews per year. In addition to training, the Academy also may conduct RPA airspace integration systems testing.
24 Sep 15. DMO formally delivers Joint Support Ship to Dutch Navy. The Netherlands Defence Material Organisation (DMO) formally handed over the 28,000-ton Joint Logistic Support Ship (JSS) HNLMS Karel Doorman to the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) on 24 September.
The ceremony marked the successful completion of the majority of the ship’s sea acceptance test programme, a DMO spokesperson said. Karel Doorman will now start its work-up trajectory, with a view to achieving full operational readiness by mid-2016.
Built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding yard in Vlissingen under a contract signed in December 2009,