USMC’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ready for combat deployment

The US Marine Corps’ (USMC) Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) achieved initial operational capability (IOC) nearly a year ahead of schedule.

In a press release, the Marine Corps Systems Command announced that the JLTV is ready to deploy and support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness around the world.

US Navy Research, Development and Acquisition assistant secretary James Geurts said: “Congratulations to the combined JLTV team for acting with a sense of urgency and reaching IOC early.

“Changing the speed in which we deliver, combined with coming in under cost and meeting all performance requirements, is a fine example of increasing Marine Corps capabilities at the speed of relevance, which enables our marines to compete and win on the modern battlefield.”

Babcock to support UK MoD’s Tomahawk land attack missile

Babcock received a contract to provide in-service support for the British Royal Navy’s Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control Systems (TTWCS) and associated auxiliaries.

The company will work in partnership with Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Solutions to deliver the contract for the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Defence Equipment and Support over a period of three and a half years.

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Under the Tomahawk land attack missile (TLAM) contract, Babcock and Lockheed Martin will handle 12 TTWCS across the remaining Trafalgar-class and Astute-class submarines, including land-based facilities.

Boeing opens V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft factory

Boeing opened a new facility outside Philadelphia to build fuselages for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and modernise the MV-22 fleet for the US Marines.

The company has invested $115m in the new 350,000ft² facility to improve safety and productivity, as well as reduce operating costs.

Boeing Vertical Lift vice-president and general manager David Koopersmith said: “Boeing’s $115m investment supports the US and international demand for the unrivalled capabilities of the V-22.

“We started this project two years ago in a mothballed building. Now, it is a state of the art manufacturing centre for the only in-service tiltrotor aircraft in the world.”

Raytheon delivers first NGJ-MB jamming pod for US Navy testing

Raytheon delivered the first of 15 next-generation jammer mid-band (NGJ-MB) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) pod to the US Navy.

The navy will soon begin ground and aircraft integration testing on the first EMD pod.

The service selected Raytheon’s NGJ-MB solution in 2013 to replace the legacy ALQ-99 systems on the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft.

Lockheed Martin wins contract for BDMS modelling and simulation

Lockheed Martin secured a contract to support the modelling and simulation framework for the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

The contract, known as ‘Modeling and Simulation Contract – Framework and Tools (MASC-F)’, is valued at $240m.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will continually assess system configurations, engagement conditions and target phenomena.

US approves possible sale of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Korea

The US State Department approved a potential sale of 12 MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters with support to the Republic of Korea.

The possible foreign military sale is expected to cost around $800m.

Subject to congressional approval, the deal will include equipment for the helicopters, such as 13 APS-153(V) multi-mode radars, 25 T-700-GE-401C engines, 12 airborne low-frequency sonar systems (ALFS) and 13 AN/AAS-44C(V) multi-spectral targeting systems.

Rheinmetall and MBDA to build HELWS demonstrator for German corvette

Rheinmetall and MBDA reached an agreement to collaborate on building a high-energy laser effector for the German Navy’s K130 corvette.

As part of the partnership, the companies will construct, integrate and test a laser demonstrator for the K130.

In defence applications, laser technology can be used to engage targets at the speed of light with extreme precision and minimal collateral damage.

Hepburn Engineering wins contract to support Canadian Navy’s JSS ships

Hepburn Engineering secured a contract to provide replenishment-at-sea (RAS) systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Joint Support Ships (JSS).

The contract has been awarded by Seaspan Shipyards and requires Hepburn to supply four replenishment stations.

The RAS systems are intended to allow the JSS to provide underway support to naval task groups, including the transfer of fuel, freshwater, and solid goods.

Australia joins US-led international maritime security mission in Gulf

Australia became the latest country to join the US-led international maritime security mission in the Gulf to enhance the safety of shipping assets passing through the region.

Maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz has become a rallying point for the US and UK in the wake of attacks on shipping assets in the region.

Tensions have escalated after a spate of incidents in recent months. In June, Iran allegedly downed a US RQ-4 Global Hawk military surveillance drone in the Gulf for breaching international aviation rules.

BAE Systems cuts first steel for Royal Navy’s second Type 26 frigate

BAE Systems started construction on the HMS Cardiff during a ceremony at its shipyard in Govan on the River Clyde.

HMS Cardiff is the British Royal Navy’s second Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

The first steel was cut at the ceremony to mark the official start of construction on the second of eight Type 26 City-class frigates for the Royal Navy.