2018: The year’s biggest Naval Technology stories

8 January 2019 (Last Updated January 30th, 2020 12:23)

The US Navy awarded two contracts with a total value of approximately $9bn for the procurement of ten DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and Bharat Electronics secured a $1.28bn order to deliver seven long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems for use by the Indian Navy. Naval-technology.com wraps up key stories from 2018.

2018: The year’s biggest Naval Technology stories
DDG-51-class lead ship USS Arleigh Burke. Credit: US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 1st class RJ Stratchko/Released.

US Navy awards $9bn MYP contracts to buy ten DDG-51-class ships

The US Navy awarded two contracts with a total value of approximately $9bn for the procurement of ten DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

The DDG-51 fiscal year (FY) 2018 to FY 2022 multiyear procurement (MYP) contracts have been awarded to General Dynamics (GD) Bath Iron Works (BIW) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII).

Under the multiyear procurement awards, GD has secured a nearly $3.9bn fixed-price incentive firm target (FPIF) contract for the designing and development of four DDG-51-class vessels between FY 2019 and FY 2022.


BEL wins $1.28bn order to supply LRSAM systems for Indian Navy ships

Navratna Defence company Bharat Electronics (BEL) secured a Rs92bn ($1.28bn) order to deliver seven long-range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) systems for use by the Indian Navy.

The state-owned aerospace and defence company received the contract awards from two India-based shipbuilding companies, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

The latest award brings the total of BEL’s orders to more than Rs500bn ($6.97bn) for the first time since its inception.


Indian DAC grants approval for purchase of services worth $6.58bn

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) of India granted approval for the acquisition of services for a total amount of approximately Rs460bn ($6.58bn).

DAC has approved more than Rs210bn ($3bn) of the total acquisition to purchase 111 units of utility helicopters for the Indian Navy.

The acquisition is the first project under the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) strategic partnership model developed to boost the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ programme.


Australia to buy six MQ-4C Triton UAS from US Navy for $1.4bn

The Australian Government was set to purchase the first of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) via a cooperative programme with the US Navy as part of a $1.4bn investment intended to strengthen Australia’s maritime capabilities.

The Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is expected to support the surveillance activities of Australia’s P-8A Poseidon military aircraft through sustained operations at long ranges.

It will also be capable of carrying out a wide range of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) tasks in order to enhance the security of the country’s maritime borders.


Germany seeks $2.5bn sale of MQ-4C Triton UAS from US

The Government of Germany requested the sale of four MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from the US for an estimated cost of $2.5bn.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale (FMS) as part of the development, which has been approved by the State Department.

Germany has proposed the purchase of one mission control station (MCS) under the deal, which comprises a main operating base (MOB) (MD-3A) and one forward operating base (FOB) (MD-3B), as well as ten Kearfott inertial navigation system / global positioning system (INS / GPS) units and ten LN-251 INS / GPS units.


US Navy awards F/A-18 fleet upgrade contract to Boeing

The US Navy awarded a new contract, valued at up to $73m, to Boeing for the upgrade and modernisation of its entire fleet of F/A-18 multirole combat aircraft.

The latest indefinite-delivery contract is intended to extend the life of the existing Super Hornet jets.

Boeing is set to begin carrying out the initial updates to the F/A-18 aircraft under the deal, which will help convert the existing Block II Super Hornets into the latest Block III configuration.

The upgraded Block III aircraft are expected to feature improved network capability, advanced cockpit systems and conformal fuel tanks for increased range.


Lürssen wins $2.42bn contract for Australian Navy’s OPV programme

The Australian Department of Defence signed a contract worth at least A$3bn ($2.42bn) with German shipbuilding company Lürssen in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The company will be responsible for leading the design and development of 12 OPVs under the arrangement.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said: “This contract signature demonstrates the Turnbull Government’s commitment to keeping on schedule and supporting Australian industry.”


HII wins $1.43bn contract to build US Navy’s 13th San Antonio-class ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division secured a $1.43bn contract to build the San Antonio-class ship LPD 29 for the US Navy.

The company will be responsible for carrying out the detail design and construction of the 13th amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio (LPD 17) class under the fixed-price incentive contract.

Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said: “This contract is further recognition of the confidence the navy / Marine Corps team has in the great work our shipbuilders are doing in the LPD programme.”


Sikorsky wins $717m contract to support CH-53E and MH-53E helicopters

Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky secured a $717m contract to support and sustain the CH-53E Super Stallion and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters in service with the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the US Navy respectively.

Under the performance-based logistics contract, Sikorsky will be responsible for providing the navy and USMC with supply and logistics support for the entire fleet of the two H-53E variants.

H-53E has been designed as a heavy-lift aircraft that supports the two US services in a wide range of missions, both at domestically and internationally.


Korea requests $2.10bn sale of P-8A maritime patrol aircraft from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft to the Republic of Korea for an estimated cost of $2.10bn.

Under the proposed deal, Korea has requested for the acquisition of six P-8A Poseidon military surveillance aircraft, which would include nine multifunctional information distribution system joint tactical radio systems 5 (MIDS JTRS 5), 14 LN-251 with embedded global positioning systems (GPS) / inertial navigations systems (INS), and 42 AN / AAR-54 missile warning sensors.

Approved by the US State Department, the possible sale also involves the delivery of commercial engines, tactical open mission software (TOMS), electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IO) MX-20HD, AN / AAQ-2(V)1 acoustic system, AN / APY-10 radar, ALQ-240 electronic support measures, and AN / ALE-47 countermeasures dispensing system.