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November’s top news stories

Sikorsky won a $717m contract to support CH-53E and MH-53E helicopters, Saab and Lockheed were chosen for RAN’s Hunter-class programme, and the UK ordered 17 more F-35B Lightning II aircraft. wraps up key headlines from November 2018.

Australia’s Hunter-class programme to provide $12.33bn GDP boost

A BAE Systems Australia report has revealed that the Hunter-class future frigate programme will add a total of A$17bn ($12.33bn) to national gross domestic product (GDP) over the project’s lifetime from 2018-19 to 2047-48. 

Fincantieri lays keel on first Doha-class corvette for Qatari Navy

Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri has laid the keel for the Qatari Navy’s first Doha-class corvette at Muggiano shipyard. 

PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle UAS gets Group III IFC status from NAVAIR

PAE ISR has obtained Group III Interim Flight Clearance (IFC) for its Resolute Eagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) from the US Navy’s Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR). 

HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier starts engines for first time

The British Royal Navy’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has fired up its engines for the first time.

Leonardo DRS delivers 100th LM2500 gas turbine package to US destroyer

Leonardo DRS has delivered its 100th LM2500 gas turbine package to General Electric (GE) to be installed on the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Louis H Wilson Jr (DDG 126).

Royal Navy to extend use of three Batch 1 River-class OPVs

UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed plans to retain three of the Royal Navy’s Batch 1 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for at least another two years. 

Royal Australian Navy’s first Supply-class AOR launched by Navantia

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) first new Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship, the future HMAS Supply, has been launched in Spain. 

Boeing selects Lockheed for US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Block II IRST contract

Boeing has awarded a new contract for phase II of the US Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block II infrared search and track (IRST) programme. 

Royal Navy’s fifth Type 26-class frigate to be named HMS Sheffield

UK Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew has revealed that the Royal Navy’s fifth Type 26 City-class frigates will be named the future HMS Sheffield.