October’s top stories: Lockheed protest against US Navy, UK axes patrol ship

31 October 2013 (Last Updated October 31st, 2013 18:30)

This month Lockheed Martin has filed a formal protest with the US Government's Accountability Office, against the US Navy's decision to award a next-generation air and missile defense radar contract to Raytheon, while the UK decided to scrap the Royal Navy's former Antarctic Ocean Survey ship.

October’s top stories: Lockheed protest against US Navy, UK axes patrol ship

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Lockheed files formal protest against US Navy's AMDR contract decision

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Lockheed Martin has filed a formal protest with the US Government's Accountability Office (GAO), against the US Navy's decision to award a next-generation air and missile defense radar (AMDR) contract to Raytheon.

Lockheed spokesman Keith Little said the protest follows careful consideration and belief that the merits of its bid had not been properly considered during the navy's evaluation process.

The protest comes after the New Jersey lawmakers argued that the contract award to Raytheon would be more expensive than the Lockheed proposal.

US NSWCCD-SSES develops new high-speed generator for vessels

Engineers from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center carderock division - ship systems engineering station (NSWCCD-SSES) have developed and successfully conducted full scale testing of a new 14MW high-speed generator (HSG) at the land based test site.

The 7,000rpm, 6,600v HSG has been designed to provide six times more power than reduced speed, conventionally cooled, similarly-sized currently available generators.

The initial operation testing validated the six-phase automatic voltage regulator prototype's ability to provide steady voltage output from the generator under various load conditions.

USMC emergency egress lighting system for assault amphibious vehicle

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The US Naval Surface Warfare Center and US Marine Corps (USMC) have developed an emergency egress lighting system for the marine corps' assault amphibious vehicle (AAV).

The emergency egress lighting system will enable USMC to escape an AAV in a submersible emergency and can turn on set of lights to guide crew members to the exit hatches.

The new system is a modified version of the emergency egress lighting systems, which are currently deployed onboard the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

Oman conducts operational test firing of MBDA's naval VL Mica missile

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has successfully conducted the first operational test firing of naval VL Mica missile from Khareef-class corvette, Al Shamikh.

During testing, conducted at the French Ministry of Defence's (MoD) test range off the coast of the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean Sea, the Al Shamikh launched the VL Mica missile to hit the target, simulating a sea skimming anti-ship missile.

Following the launch, the VL Mica missile successfully intercepted and destroyed the very low altitude target, marking the successful operational capability of the new vessel and weapon system.

UK MoD to axe ice patrol ship over high repair cost

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to scrap the Royal Navy's former Antarctic Ocean Survey ship HMS Endurance (A171) by 2015, because of its high repair cost.

HMS Endurance, also known as Red Plum, was severely damaged by flooding when seawater flooded the engine room, leaving the Endurance without power or propulsion, off the Chilean coast in 2008.

A MoD spokesman said: "Given the level of damage sustained and the subsequent deterioration of the ship, it was not considered economically viable to repair her."

Russian Navy to receive first Mistral-Class vessel late next year

France is scheduled to deliver the first Mistral-Class amphibious assault ship Vladivostok to the Russian Navy on 1 November 2014, a high-ranking defence industry official said.

RIA Novosti cited the official as saying that the ship will be equipped and followed by sea trials prior to delivery.

Being built at the DCNS shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, the Vladivostok ship is due to be floated out on 15 October.

Babcock receives SSE design contract from BAE

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BAE Systems has awarded a contract to Babcock to work on a new design for the submerged signal ejector (SSE) in support of the UK Royal Navy's future ballistic nuclear submarine (SSBN).

Under the contract, Babcock will develop a new Mk12 SSE design up to the system design phase.

Babcock defence systems technology director, Jeff Lewis, said the company will develop a design that meets the current technical specification requirements for the new submarine, as well as the affordability challenges.

HII integrates propellers on first Gerald R Ford nuclear aircraft carrier

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has successfully completed installation of four 30t propellers onboard the US Navy's Gerald R Ford-Class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), at its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division.

Scheduled to be christened on 9 November 2013, continuing work on the vessel includes the piping and electrical systems and living areas, such as the galley and mess spaces.

Designed to replace Nimitz-Class aircraft carriers for the US Navy, the Ford-Class carriers will be armed with the Raytheon evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM) to strike against high-speed, highly manoeuvrable anti-ship missiles, as well as a rolling airframe missile (RAM) close-in weapon system.

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