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Raytheon opens new manufacturing plant in US for radar development
US-based defence contractor Raytheon has opened a $72m radar development and manufacturing facility at its campus in Andover, Massachusetts.
US Strategic Command approves expanded operational use of MUOS
The US Strategic Command has given approval for the expanded operational use of the next-generation narrowband satellite communication system, known as the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).
Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis) Destroyer
The first Arleigh Burke Class Aegis destroyer was commissioned in 1991. Contracts for the destroyers were split between the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (formerly Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding) (28 ships), based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and the General Dynamics subsidiary, Bath Iron Works, based in Maine (34 ships).
P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft
In June 2004, the US Navy announced the selection of the Boeing multimission maritime aircraft, 737 MMA, and awarded a contract to Boeing for the system development and demonstration phase of the programme for the US Navy's next-generation maritime surveillance aircraft.
Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers
The Hobart-class air warfare destroyers (AWD) are being built by AWD Alliance for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The air warfare destroyer programme, known as SEA 4000, will deliver three advanced multirole warships to replace the FFGs of the RAN.
SSK Scorpene Class Attack Submarine
The Scorpene submarine is jointly developed by French state-owned shipbuilding firm DCNS (formerly DCN) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia (formerly Bazan, then Izar).
Independence-Class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV)
The Independence-class littoral mission vessels (LMVs) are being built by Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) Benoi shipyard, for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
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