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Navy requests proposals for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle

Navy requests proposals for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle

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Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy continues to build up its unmanned vehicle programs, issuing a request for proposals for the corvette-sized Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle. The Naval Sea Systems Command on Wednesday issued the RFP, with plans to award multiple conceptual designs for the LUSV, one of three new types of unmanned vehicle the branch is looking to develop. The RFP, first reported by USNI News, starts a move from the two-hull Ghost Fleet into an actual ship-building program. Interest in the program is strong, as an industry day earlier this year attracted about 80 companies that are considering jumping into the program. NSSC said in the request that the LUSV will be a high-endurance, reconfigurable ship to augment the Navy's surface force, and take on a variety of warfare operat...
Rheinmetall, MBDA start work oon ship-mounted laser for German navy

Rheinmetall, MBDA start work oon ship-mounted laser for German navy

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Aug. 12 (UPI) -- German defense contractors Rheinmetall and MBDA Deutschland will build a high-energy laser for installation aboard a German navy ship. While performance specifications or timetables have not yet been developed by the government Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, the announcement last week is the first time the German military has entered the arena of laser weapon development. Plans call for the two companies to construct, integrate and test a laser demonstrator aboard a K-130-class corvette. Also called the Braunschweig class of small warships, it is Germany's newest class of ocean-going corvettes, with five ships entering service to replace the German navy's Gepard-class fast attack craft. "We're going to be cooperating very closely to put the military potential o...
Navy to commission USS Billings Saturday in Key West

Navy to commission USS Billings Saturday in Key West

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Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's 17th littoral combat ship, the Freedom-class USS Billings, will be commissioned Saturday at Naval Air Station Key West. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is due to deliver the principle address, and his wife, Sharla, is sponsor of the ship for the commissioning, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Key West. The vessel is set to be homeported in Mayport, Fla., more than 500 miles north of Key West, near Jacksonville. The commissioning will be streamed live at the Navy Live blog. Work on the Billings will continue after its commissioning as Lockheed Martin on Thursday was awarded an $ 18.8 million contract for engineering and management services on the vessel's post shakedown availability. "The future USS Billings and her crew will play an important role in the defense of...
Navy identifies missing sailor after Arabian Sea overboard incident

Navy identifies missing sailor after Arabian Sea overboard incident

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July 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy identified Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana as missing on Monday after a reported overboard incident in the Arabian Sea. Saldana, assigned to a helicopter squadron aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, is listed as "Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown" by the U.S. 5th Fleet. His ship is the leader of a strike group of ships patrolling the Arabian Sea in support of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Saldana is believed to have gone overboard in the early hours, local time, on July 17. Attempts to find him on board failed, and a sea search, involving the USS Abraham Lincoln, the guided-missile cruiser Leyte Gulf, Patrol Squadrons 10 and 40 and the Spanish guided-missile frigate Méndez Nunez failed to locate him. The search was
Navy seeks proposals for unmanned surface vessel

Navy seeks proposals for unmanned surface vessel

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July 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy request for proposals calls for a new class of unmanned surface vessels. While the Navy floated performance specifications in February for a fleet of "medium unmanned surface vehicles," the request was officially announced Tuesday. It seeks developers for a craft of up to 164 feet long, to function as a sensor and communications relay in part of a family of unmanned surface systems under development. The craft would be able to carry a payload equivalent to a 40-foot shipping container, operate on its own for at least 60 days before requiring a return to port, and be capable of refueling at sea. The Navy plans to award a contract for a single MUSV prototype in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, a statement from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command said. It a...