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Austal Launches USNS Fall River (JHSV 4)
On January 16, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4). Recently christened, this 103-meter high-speed catamaran...
USS San Diego declared ready for combat operations
The US Navy's sixth San Antonio-class amphibious landing platform dock (LPD), USS San Diego (LPD 22), has been declared ready for combat operations following the successful...
US Congress Approves Second Warship For The Philippines
The United States Congress gave its blessing for the US Coast Guard to transfer a second ship to the Philippine Navy on February 10. ...
US Navy Revisiting Feasibility Of A Sub-Launched Global Strike Weapon
With proposed defense budget reductions creating a need to reshape American military forces, the US Department of Defense is once again looking into the possibility of developing a sub-launched “Prompt Global Strike” (PGS) weapon as a means of reinforcing America’s power projection capability.
U.S. & Canada Defense Update
SDB II Tested With Production Tri-Mode Seeker | Adaptive Optics to Sharpen High Energy Laser Beams | Boeing Receives $1.7B for 7 More US Navy P-8A Poseidon Aircraft | Lockheed Martin to Maintain PTDS Aerostats
Arming the Fire Scout – U.S. to Arm the MQ-8B with...
Northrop Grumman Corporation has started work outfitting the U.S. Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) laser-guided...
F-35B Performs First Landing at Sea
The F-35B Short Take Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) fighter performs a first vertical landing on a ship deck, as part of the initial ship trials for the F-35B which started Monday October 3, 2011 and is expected to last two-weeks.
AIM-9X Block II Successful in Flight Tests
The U.S. Navy recently completed two successful live fire tests of the Raytheon AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder air/air missile. Following the recent approval for Raytheon to enter low rate initial production, AIM-9X Block II is now scheduled to enter operational testing in spring 2012.
Raytheon AIM-9X Block II Air/Air Missile
The Raytheon AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder air/air missile has passed 'Milestone C' on June 30, 2011 - clearing the program for Low Rate Initial Production. Raytheon is expected to begin production of more than 5,000 operational AIM-9X Block II rounds for U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force over the life of the program.
Saab unveils Skeldar-200 at AUVSI in Anticipation for U.S. Navy ISR...
In anticipation for the U.S. requirement for ISR services in support of combat surface ships, Saab North America has teamed with Computer Sciences to offer a larger version of the Skeldar rotary wing UAV called Skeldar 200, displayed for the first time at the AUVSI convention in Washington DC this week.
Electrically Powered Catapult Launches First T-45C, C-2A Aircraft
The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) successfully completed the first launch of a T-45C Goshawk from the NAVAIR Lakehurst, N.J. test site on June...
MH-60R Wins First International Sale with Australian Order for 24 Helicopters
The Australian Navy intends to buy 24 MH-60R multi-role naval combat helicopters to equip its new surface ships. The Royal Australian Navy is expected to take delivery of the first two helicopters in 2014. The package will be processed through U.S. Foreign Military Sales. This is the first export order for the MH-60R out of the USA.
Update: NATO Coalition Attack Hits Libyan Air Defenses
Last night the joint task force 'Odyssey Dawn', comprising U.S. Navy and Royal Navy surface ships and submarines launched a massive attack against 20 Libya air defense sites, by 112 Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missiles and Storm Shadow air launched cruise missiles fired from RAF Tornado GR4s.
Five Marine Corps F-35Cs Units to Fly Off Navy Carriers
the U.S. Marine Corps is joining the U.S. Navy in buying 80 F-35C - the carrier-based conventional takeoff and landing variant of the joint strike fighter (JSF). Until the Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35B variant is ready, the corps will deploy its fighters from U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.