November's top stories: Rolls-Royce LiftSystem contract, BAE to close yard
Rolls-Royce has received a contract from Pratt & Whitney to develop and support LiftSystems for the US Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter, while BAE Systems has announced its plan to shutdown its Portsmouth shipyard in the UK. Naval-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from November 2013.
Rolls-Royce has received a contract from Pratt & Whitney to develop and support LiftSystems for the US Marine Corps' (USMC) F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter programme.
Under the $215m sixth production lot contract, Rolls-Royce will provide six LiftSystems to provide the Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft with the capability to conduct short take-offs and vertical landings (STOVL).
Rolls-Royce will also provide sustainment, programme management, engineering and field support as part of the contract.
Egypt has taken delivery of the first of four Ambassador III class fast missile crafts (FMC) from the US.
Launched in October 2011, the S Ezzat vessel was transferred to the Egyptian Navy at a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida, Defense News reports.
Claimed to be suitable for protecting the Suez Canal region, the S Ezzat vessels would be used for maritime security, combating the problems of illegal immigration and smuggling specifically.
The Indian Navy has commissioned the first squadron of Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL)-built Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) during a ceremony held at Kochi, India.
The first Dhruv ALH squadron will be named Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 322 and would function under administrative control of Southern Naval Command flag officer commanding-in-chief vice admiral Satish Soni.
The Dhruv (Pole Star) multirole and multimission helicopter has been designed for army, air force, navy, coastguard and civil operations, by day and night, for both utility and attack roles.
The Spanish Navy has successfully deployed the Saab-built Skeldar V-200 Maritime unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aboard the Buques de Acción Marítima (BAM)-class patrol vessel Meteoro (P-41).
Skeldar will provide surveillance capabilities for the Spanish Navy during the EU Atalanta operation off the Gulf of Aden.
Earlier this year, Saab received a contract to provide services for the Skeldar V-200 system aboard a Spanish Navy offshore patrol vessel in operation Atalanta.
BAE Systems has announced its plan to shutdown Portsmouth shipyard in the UK as part of the government's naval restructuring programme.
The historic shipyard will be closed by the end of 2015.
This move will affect almost 1,800 jobs, including 940 jobs in Portsmouth. A further 835 jobs, mostly in Glasgow, but also in Rosyth, near Dunfermline and Filton, near Bristol, will be axed.
The Royal Australian Navy's first Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship, NUSHIP Canberra (LHD 02) has successfully completed its vehicle load trial in Australia.
During the trial, conducted by the Defence Material Organisation (DMO) on schedule, the Army vehicles have driven onto the NUSHIP Canberra ship and manoeuvred within the vehicle decks of the ship.
The Australian Army had provided several vehicles including a tank, armoured personnel carrier and light vehicles for use on the LHDs.
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to begin construction of a fifth Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine in late 2014.
RIA Novosti cited Russian Navy commander-in-chief admiral Viktor Chirkov saying construction of another Borey will start within a year during a conference on prospects of military shipbuilding until 2050
The Russian Navy commissioned its first Borey-class submarine, Yury Dolgoruky, in January.
The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has received the second Khareef-class corvette, Al Rahmani, from BAE Systems, during a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth, UK.
In January 2007, the RNO awarded £400m contract to the company to design and construct three Khareef-class corvettes.
The contract also includes the training of RNO crew as well as initial logistics support for the vessels.
Last week, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel set out the Pentagon's new Arctic strategy.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings next year, experts from across the globe recently completed the largest archaeological offshore map of the D-Day beaches ever created.