HMS Tamar is launched as HMS Medway gears up for maiden voyage

October 17, 2018 – The second of the Navy’s next-generation patrol ships makes her debut at sea next month – as the fourth ship entered the water for the first time. HMS Tamar became the latest second-generation River-class ship to be officially launched, lowered into the water at BAE System’s Govan yard, then towed three kilometers downstream to the firm’s Scotstoun facility, where fitting out takes place. There she joins Ship No.3 in the class, HMS Trent, and No.2, HMS Medway, which are both being fitted out. Medway is days…

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BAE Systems Develops Next-Generation Countermeasures Dispenser to Provide Advanced Threat Protection for Aircraft

October 8, 2018 – BAE Systems, a leader in optical electronic warfare systems, today unveiled its Smart D2™ system, a next-generation threat management technology named for its ability to dispense countermeasures and defend military aircraft. The system efficiently manages and deploys smart, expendable countermeasures – including multi-shot flares, active radio-frequency (RF) decoys, and kinetic interceptors – that are designed to protect aircraft and aircrews from existing and emerging threats. “The Smart D2 system combines smart inventory management with a database of proven countermeasure combinations” Traditional threat warning and countermeasure systems identify and defeat…

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First contract for Hunter Class Frigate

October 4, 2018 – In a major development for Australia’s new Hunter class frigate program, an interim contract has been struck between the Commonwealth and BAE Systems Australia. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced Defence and BAE Systems Australia have entered into an Advanced Work Arrangement (AWA). The AWA will cover ongoing work on the $35 billion program, ahead of agreeing the Head Contract. Minister Pyne said the AWA is an important first step in the process of transitioning ASC Shipbuilding into BAE Systems in preparation…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 21, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, is awarded $64,800,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2470 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026). This delivery order provides for the low rate initial production 3 initial spares operational requirement to support organizational level maintenance for the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Multi-Function Active Sensor (MFAS). The initial spares requirement consists of six antenna group assemblies, six wideband receivers/exciters, ten radar signal processors (RSP), two antenna drive electronics and two RSP external power supplies for the MFAS. Work will be performed in…

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BAE Systems Australia welcomes third ANZAC class ship to Henderson

September 10, 2018 – BAE Systems Australia has welcomed a third ANZAC class warship to its Henderson facility as part of the fleet upgrade to keep the ships in service until they are replaced by the Hunter class frigates. The Mid Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) upgrade is being undertaken at Henderson by the Warship Asset Management Agreement (WAMA) Alliance. HMAS Anzac’s docking marks a significant milestone for BAE Systems, where it joins sister ships Perth and Arunta. This will be the first time that three warships have been on…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $146.3 Million Contract to Modernize USS Gettysburg

November 23, 2018 – BAE Systems was awarded a $146.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64). The Gettysburg will undergo about 15 months of work at the company’s shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, the ship’s homeport. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $151.3 million. “Working again with the Navy and our ship repair partners, we will return the Gettysburg back to the fleet in enhanced shape with clear improvements to its operational capability and better…

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Cammell Laird Builds 2,000 Strong Supply Chain in Type 31e Bid

August 20, 2018 – Birkenhead-based shipbuilder Cammell Laird has announced it has built a network of more than 2,000 suppliers as it steps up its bid to build a cutting-edge warship. The shipyard and engineering services company says it is registering more than five new suppliers every week as it builds its Leander Frigate supply chain. Cammell Laird BAE Systems Leander Frigate. Copyright BAE Systems The business is bidding to build five Type 31e frigates for the Royal Navy after the Ministry of Defence took its first steps to reopening…

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Defence Secretary meets Australian Defence Minister Following £20bn British Warship Deal

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met with Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne today, following the country’s decision to buy a British warship design as part of a potentially record-breaking £20 billion deal. The meeting between the two ministers, and Defence Minister for procurement Guto Bebb, came just a fortnight after British firm BAE Systems was chosen as the preferred bidder for Australia’s ‘SEA 5000’ Future Frigate competition, securing the biggest international ship deal of the decade. The agreement will see nine cutting-edge British Type 26 Global Combat Ships built in…

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BAE Systems Moves Compass Call Electronic Warfare System to Modern Business Jet

BAE Systems has begun work to transition its advanced Compass Call electronic warfare (EW) system from aging EC-130H aircraft to a modern, more capable platform that will significantly improve mission effectiveness. This Cross Deck initiative, as it is commonly called, will enable the U.S. Air Force to continue disrupting enemy command and control capabilities in denied environments well into the future. “The cross-decking program enables the Air Force to maintain existing, unmatched EW mission capabilities in an economical business jet that can fly faster, higher, and farther than its predecessor,…

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Saab Australia Congratulates BAE Systems Australia on Future Frigate Selection

Saab Australia congratulates BAE Systems Australia on being selected to deliver Australia’s next generation warships under the Future Frigate program. Saab Australia and BAE Systems Australia have enjoyed a long and successful collaboration on many naval programs, including the highly successful ANZAC frigate, and we now look forward to continuing our close working relationship on this major project. It was announced in October 2017 that Saab Australia would develop and supply the tactical interface for the nine new ships being built under the Future Frigate program. “The combination of BAE…

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BAE Systems Team Wins U.S. Marine Corps’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle Competition

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $198 million contract to deliver an initial 30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV), with options for a total of 204 vehicles which could be worth up to $1.2 billion. BAE Systems, along with teammate Iveco Defence Vehicles, prevailed in the Marine Corps’ robust competition for the next generation of vehicles to get the Marines from ship to shore to engage in land combat operations. “Through this award, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps by providing a best-in-class…

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US Navy Contract Annoucements June 19, 2018

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed value of $39,566,023 to provide additional unmanned air system intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance surge support for Marine Corps Task Force Southwest operations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations (AOR) using contractor-owned/contractor-operated MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air systems. Work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona (35 percent); Poway, California (15 percent); and within the CENTCOM AOR (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2018. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance…

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US Navy Contract Announcements June 12, 2018

Hexagon Federal Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded a $60,857,149 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity supply contract for the procurement of commercial Ruggedized Marine Hardware systems to be installed on various ship classes in support of numerous modernization programs managed by the Navy Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division. All of the hardware will be delivered to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This contract award will contain a 60 month ordering period. The delivery date of the required supplies will be determined at the time of award for each…

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BAE Systems to Provide Additional Payload Tubes for New Virginia-class Subs

BAE Systems has received a contract to produce payload tubes for two of the U.S. Navy’s new Virginia-class submarines to support increased firepower on the Block V version of the attack subs. Under the contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat, a builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver two sets, each consisting of four tubes, for the Virginia Payload Modules on the SSN 804 and SSN 805. “With the VPM, the Navy is adding significant capability to the Virginia-class by increasing the firepower of these subs and tripling…

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Protecting the Fleet – Thales, BAE Systems and CGI team to offer world-class UK EW force protection to the Royal Navy

Thales, BAE Systems and CGI have announced a strategic teaming agreement that will see the three companies bring together their collective expertise and proven UK industrial capability in Electronic Warfare, in order to respond to the opportunity to partner the UK Ministry of Defence for the second phase of the UK Royal Navy’s Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP). MEWP is a significant UK Ministry of Defence procurement programme that aims to provide upgraded electronic warfare capabilities to the UK Royal Navy. State of the art equipment using cutting edge technology will be…

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