US Navy Department releases proposed $194.1bn budget for FY19

The US Navy Department has issued its proposed Base and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2019, which is valued at $194.1bn.

The navy budget forms part of the $716bn Base and OCO defence budget that has been submitted to Congress.

It is primarily focused on enhancing the readiness, capability and capacity of the US Navy and the US Marine Corps (USMC) with the aim of developing a more lethal, resilient and agile force.

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

The Australian Department of Defence has 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).

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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.

“The vessels will be delivered by Australian workers, in Australian shipyards using Australian steel.”

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

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has 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.”

Finland requests $734.7m sale of Harpoon and ESSM missiles from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two possible foreign military sales (FMS) of Harpoon Block II missiles and evolved seasparrow missiles (ESSM) to Finland.

The sale has a total estimated value of $734.7m and was requested by the Government of Finland before being approved by the US State Department.

Finland will possibly procure 100 units of RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon block II+ extended range (ER) Grade B surface-launched missiles and 12 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon block II Grade B surface-launched missiles as part of a deal valued at approximately $622m.

BWXT secures $492m contract for naval nuclear reactor components

BWX Technologies (BWXT) subsidiary BWXT Nuclear Operations Group has received a contract worth approximately $492m to produce naval nuclear reactor components for the US Navy.

The company is set to carry out a wide range of manufacturing and material procurement activities under the new contract options, which have been exercised by the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

The contracts will primarily support the construction of the US Navy’s Virginia-class submarines.

Kuwait requests $100m sale of fast patrol boats from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of fast patrol boats to Kuwait.

The probable FMS to the Government of Kuwait has an estimated value of $100m and been approved by the US State Department.

It is slated to cover the sale of 15 fast patrol boats integrated with 36 units of 0.50-calibre machine guns, as well as a further two guns to be installed on-board every vessel and six spares.

Canada and Poland join multinational effort to develop new maritime aircraft

Canada and Poland have agreed to join six other Nato nations in a project that aims to develop a latest and advanced maritime multi-mission aircraft.

The six nations that are already participating in the multinational effort, known as the ‘Cooperation on Multinational Maritime Multi Mission Aircraft Capabilities’, include France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

Canada and Poland are set to develop new follow-on solutions for old and ageing maritime anti-submarine, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft under the initiative.

Babcock to open new South Korea base to support submarine programme

UK-based engineering company Babcock International is set to open new office facility in the port city of Busan, South Korea.

The new base is intended to help support the Republic of Korea Navy’s first indigenous Jangbogo III submarine programme, as well as open opportunities for new business within the wider defence industry.

The South Korean base is set to be opened within the next few months.

Thales to design sonar system for France’s future SSBN

The French defence procurement agency Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has awarded a new contract to Thales to conduct a series of studies and technological developments for advanced sonar systems.

Once completed, the sonar systems will be integrated on-board the French Navy’s future third-generation, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), the SNLE 3G.

The 42-month study and development contract takes into consideration the need for a technologically advanced underwater defence capability, which was originally highlighted as part of France’s strategic review of defence and national security last year.

DSCT to deliver three IPVs for South African Navy’s Project Biro

Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) has secured a new order for the delivery of three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs), which are to be supplied as part of the South African Navy’s Project Biro.

The contract was awarded by the South African Department of Defence’s acquisition agency, Armscor.

It is intended to enhance South Africa’s maritime security capability, allowing the country to respond effectively and cost-efficiently to a variety of threats such as illegal trafficking and fishing.