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Navy contracts with Bell Helicopter for two AH-1Z Vipers

Navy contracts with Bell Helicopter for two AH-1Z Vipers

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Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Bell Helicopter Textron has been awarded a contract modification for the manufacture and delivery of two Bell AH-1Z Viper twin-engine attack helicopter to the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday.The deal is estimated to be worth more than $ 38.3 million and is classified as a fixed-price-incentive-firm contract, meaning that once performance on the contract is complete, Bell Helicopter Textron and the U.S. government will renegotiate the final cost of the deal.The Bell AH-1Z Viper is built to meet the requirements for the United States Marine Corps, and frequently is deployed as a part of a Marine Air Ground Task Force.The AH-1Z Viper is the only attack helicopter in the world with a fully-integrated air-to-air missile capability, Bell says. The Bell...
Navy deploys buoys in Arctic for climate research

Navy deploys buoys in Arctic for climate research

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Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy and several other partners have deployed climate change research buoys into the Arctic Ocean.The mission, announced Wednesday by the Navy, was a joint effort to collect oceanographic and temperature data for environmental modeling purposes. The research is designed to assist future naval operations in the Arctic."Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with numerical weather prediction, which will help to keep our and our partner forces safe," chief officer of the National Ice Center Cmdr. Ruth Lane said in a press release.The program is under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In a recent event, Hurricane Hunter...
U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for counter-IED tool

U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for counter-IED tool

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for the full-rate production of software-programmable jammers for protection from improvised explosive devices, known as JCREW.The contract carries a value of $ 57.7 million and if all contract options are exercised, the value of the award would rise to $ 505 million, Northrop Grumman said in a news release Tuesday."JCREW is a crucial capability that's urgently needed in the field to protect our warfighters," Jeannie Hilger, vice president for communications business at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, said in a statement. "The system developed by Northrop Grumman is exceedingly effective at defeating the innumerable immediate IED threats and designed for rapid updating to defeat new threats."The open architecture design ...
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate

Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate

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Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy have launched plans to obtain a new frigate to replace Type 23 frigates now in service.The project was announced Thursday by Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin and came on the heels of the ministry's announcement of a new shipbuilding strategy."A day after we launched the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking our first major step towards realizing it by launching the Type 31e program," Baldwin said in a press release."It will take the very best of British engineering, innovation and drive to achieve it and, as a nation, we have shown time and time again that we have what it takes to deliver. This program will re-energize a world-leading, vibrant and competitive British shipbuilding industry."Type 31e friga...
New LCS completes U.S. Navy acceptance trials

New LCS completes U.S. Navy acceptance trials

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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The future USS Little Rock, a fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, has successfully completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.The trials, conducted over a five-day period while in port and underway, demonstrated the performance of the ship's propulsion plant, auxiliary systems and the ship's handling.The Navy said the vessel completed a full-power run along with all associated steering and maneuvering events and also surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises."Of particular note was completion of a full-power demonstration utilizing 100 percent of available propulsion power," LCS Program Manager Capt. Michael Taylorsaid in a press release. "This mode of operation was previously restricted due to a design issue which is now resolved."Little Rock's performanc...