May's top stories: IAI secures $630m deal, Raytheon wins $327.14m contract modification

IAI secures a $630m deal to supply LRSAM systems for Indian Navy vessels, and Raytheon wins a $327.14m contract modification to manufacture AN / SPY-6(V) radars. Naval-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from May 2017.


IAI secures $630m contract to supply LRSAM systems for Indian Navy vessels

The Indian Navy awarded an additional $630m contract to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the delivery of long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) defence systems for four of the navy's vessels.

The contract will be carried out with the Indian Government-run company Bharat Electronics (BEL), which will also operate as the main contractor for the project.

IAI's LRSAM air and missile system was successfully tested aboard the Indian Navy vessel as part of an operational interception trial prior to the signing of the contract.


Raytheon wins $327.14m contract modification to manufacture AN / SPY-6(V) radars

Raytheon secured a $327.14m fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification to a previously awarded contract to begin low-rate initial production of AN / SPY-6(V) air and missile defence radars (AMDRs).

The company will develop the first three AN / SPY-6(V) AMDRs for the US Navy and provide non-recurring engineering efforts in support of production under the modified arrangement.

The AMDR low-rate initial production units will be manufactured in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and are expected to be completed by October 2020.


US Navy considers UAVs to maintain visual on sailors at sea

US Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) sailors developed a new use for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to maintain a visual on personnel at sea, especially during man-overboard situations.

More than 110 sailors and marines have fallen overboard since 2006, with eight losing their lives, stated the Naval Safety Center.

Rough sea conditions and low visibility increases the risk of a crew member going overboard during operations, and also increase the difficulty of maintain a visual on the individual.


Israel requests $440m sale of 76mm naval guns and technical support from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of 13 76mm naval guns, which have been requested by the Government of Israel.

The $440m deal was granted approval by the US State Department, and also includes the provision of technical support.

It is also set to include the delivery of shipboard spares and tools to support their operation and preventive maintenance, test equipment, holding and transportation fixtures, and technical manuals, as well as various other documentation and publications.


Thornhill Research to provide field anesthesia systems to USMC

The US Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a new indefinite-quantity / indefinite-delivery (IQID) contract to Canadian company Thornhill Research for the delivery of Field Anesthesia Systems to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The arrangement will see Thornhill Research provide Field Anesthesia Systems to administer general anaesthesia to patients in need of emergency medical procedures in a field environment.

Thornhill Research president and chief executive officer Kipton Lade said: “The USMC has been a long-time partner with Thornhill Research.

“We are honoured to continue providing lifesaving technologies to this very important client.”


US Navy to commission future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) on 10 June

The US Navy's newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), departed from Mobile, Alabama, to sail to its commissioning site in Galveston, Texas.

The LCS will commence her journey towards its final homeport of San Diego following the commissioning, which is currently scheduled for 10 June.

USS Gabrielle Giffords will conduct regular scheduled equipment and systems checks, undergo training, and visit several ports as part of the sail around. It will also transit through the Panama Canal.


British Royal Navy test fires HMS Diamond's Sea Viper missile system

The British Royal Navy's HMS Diamond Type 45 destroyer successfully tested its Sea Viper missile system off the coast of Scotland, thereby proving its ability to defend itself and other nearby vessels from a range of threats.

The tests saw the Aster missile launched from the warship’s silo and accelerate to more than four times the speed of sound in order to hit and destroy the target, which had been specially designed to simulate a projectile attack on the 7,500t vessel.

HMS Diamond's Sea Viper missile manoeuvred at G-forces over the seas to close in and destroy the target, which was a Mirach drone travelling through the Outer Hebrides region at around 500mph.


BAE Systems Australia delivers final Nulka missile decoy unit

Australian Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne confirmed that the final Nulka missile decoy developed under a contract with BAE Systems Australia has been successfully delivered.

The deal saw BAE Systems design, produce and integrate the Nulka missile decoy system in the capacity of primary contractor, as well as provide various support services.

Pyne said: “Nulka is a state-of-the-art autonomous hovering rocket decoy that uses sophisticated electronic signals to ‘seduce’ anti-ship missiles away from their targets.”


Fincantieri delivers fourth Todaro-class submarine to Italian Navy

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered the new Type U212A Todaro-class submarine Romeo Romei to the Italian Navy's NAVARM naval armament unit at the company's shipyard in Muggiano, La Spezia, Italy.

The submarine is the last of the four Todaro-class twin units ordered by NAVARM. Its other twin unit, Pietro Venuti, was delivered to the navy at the Muggiano shipyard in July last year.

Romeo Romei is entirely constructed using amagnetic material and has been equipped with highly innovative technological solutions. It also uses the latest and upgraded silencing techniques to reduce its acoustic signature.


Northrop Grumman delivers first LRIP AN / TPS-80 G / ATOR radar system to USMC

Northrop Grumman delivered the first low-rate initial production (LRIP) AN / TPS-80 ground / air task-oriented radar (G / ATOR) system to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The G / ATOR system successfully completed the system acceptance test procedure ahead of schedule, effectively marking the achievement of the final milestone in the production test phase.

The light and compact AN / TPS-80 radar can be quickly installed by helicopter or vehicle, and was developed to replace five legacy systems operated by the marines.