Fourth Astute class submarine completes first dive

The fourth Astute class submarine, Audacious, which is being built by BAE Systems for the Royal Navy, has achieved a significant milestone by completing her first ever dive. The trim and basin dive took place over two days in Devonshire Dock, at the Company’s site in Barrow-in-Furness last week. The operation, which saw Audacious submerge fully under water for the first time, tested many of her on-board systems, and proved the safety and stability of the 7,400-tonne, 97 metre-long attack submarine. Employees from BAE Systems worked alongside Audacious’ crew, including…

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U.S. Navy awards BAE Systems $41 million contract to modernize USS Oscar Austin

BAE Systems has received a $41.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79). The Oscar Austin will undergo 12 months of extensive 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 $117.1 million. Under the depot maintenance period (DMP) contract, BAE Systems will dry-dock the 509-foot-long Oscar Austin. The shipyard’s employees and subcontractors will then upgrade the ship’s Aegis Combat System and will perform alterations…

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U.S. Navy awards BAE Systems $47 million contract to modernize USS Howard

BAE Systems has received a $47.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83). The Howard will undergo 15 months of extensive work at the company’s shipyard in San Diego, the ship’s homeport. The depot maintenance period (DMP) availability contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $66.5 million. The USS Howard was commissioned in October 2001. The ship is the first West Coast-based destroyer to undergo the Navy’s extensive DMP repair and upgrade program. BAE Systems will perform…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $45 Million Contract to Modernize Cruiser USS Anzio

BAE Systems has received a $45.3 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68). The Anzio will undergo six 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 $53.1 million. BAE Systems will perform ship alterations and miscellaneous repairs aboard the 567-foot-long Anzio, including the replacement of critical aluminium structures. The work is expected to begin in February and be completed in August 2018. The…

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Seven year contract awarded to provide mission-critical combat systems support across Royal Navy fleet

BAE Systems has been contracted by the Ministry of Defense’s (MOD) Maritime Combat Systems (MCS) team to ensure the combat management systems, tactical networks and shared infrastructures aboard 38 Royal Navy platforms will remain available, coherent, safe and secure. The Joint Support Solution 2 (JSS 2) program will maintain high levels of equipment availability, overcome obsolescence, and improve combat systems reliability and flexibility, building on the success of the original Joint Support Solution (JSS) contract signed in 2010. JSS supported essential combat systems through a dedicated ship support team providing…

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Defence Minister returns to Chelmsford to announce £18m contract to support Royal Navy radar systems

Visiting BAE Systems’ Great Baddow site today, Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin announced a new £18 million contract to support the Royal Navy’s air defense fleet and sustain Chelmsford jobs. The contract will ensure the continued availability of the battle-winning Long Range Radar (LRR) equipment on the UK’s six Type 45 Destroyers, including maintenance and repairs. The work will sustain 11 highly-skilled jobs with BAE Systems in Chelmsford, as well as four in Portsmouth. The announcement was particularly personal to the Defence Minister, who had her first ever work experience placement…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $139 Million Contract to Upgrade USS Tortuga

BAE Systems has received a $139.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy to modernize the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). The Tortuga will undergo 16 months of restorative 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 $183.7 million. BAE Systems will begin working aboard the 610-foot-long Whidbey Island-class ship in January 2018 and will perform a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair. The availability is expected to be completed in May 2019…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 14, 2017

BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Virginia, is being awarded a $139,818,901 firm-fixed-price contract for the execution of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) fiscal 2018 modernization period Chief of Naval Operations availability. This availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Tortuga. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $183,794,039. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by May 2019. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy)…

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BAE Systems Helps DARPA Test Space Technologies to Protect Against Emerging Threats

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation, and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that are moving at extreme velocities must be tracked and managed. This information must be fused with land, air,…

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Testing milestone for F-35 Jets

The A variant of the F-35 strike fighter has completed its rigorous airframe test – during which it ‘flew’ the equivalent of 24,000 hours. The B variant, which will provide the aerial punch for HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales, has so far completed 16,000 flying hours of testing, along with the C variant. Scientists at BAE Systems’ site in Brough, East Yorkshire, have been testing the airframes in a special 350-tonne rig, putting the aircraft through the range of loads it will experience in actual flight. The durability…

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US Navy Contract Announcements November 6, 2017

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marietta, Georgia, is being awarded $260,000,000 for undefinitized contract modification P00008 under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N68335-16-C-0125).  This modification provides for the modernization and upgrade of four P-3B aircraft in support of structural mid-life upgrades, tailored phased depot maintenance, a country-specific designed mission integration and management system, and new avionics in support of the government of Greece.  The mid-life upgrade will provide a service life extension of 15,000 flight hours per aircraft.  Work will be performed in Marietta, Georgia (38 percent); Schimatari, Greece (25 percent); Argyroupoli,…

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BAE Systems Australia welcomes $200 million Nulka upgrade

BAE Systems Australia has welcomed today’s visit to the Company’s Henderson facility in Western Australia by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, following the announcement of a $200 million upgrade to the Nulka active missile decoy. The 20 year program will include a new launch system and supporting technology to enhance Nulka’s effectiveness and will ensure that it continues protecting Australian and allied fleets well into the future. It will also include installation of new launch systems on the Anzac frigates which are being upgraded at Henderson as part of the…

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Australian Defence Companies Win Global Contracts

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne MP has congratulated two Australian companies for winning work on the Type 26 Global Combat Ship being built by BAE Systems in the United Kingdom. These contracts were won under the Defence Global Supply Chain (GSC) program which is managed by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability. Minister Pyne said the program would provide export opportunities for Australian small-to-medium sized companies in the supply chains of prime defense contractors. “I am delighted Tasmanian-based Liferaft Systems Australia will provide the ship’s Marine Evacuation System, while…

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Long range anti-ship missile sensor production begins

BAE Systems has begun production of its sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following a $40 million order from prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The sensor enables the missile to seek and attack specific high-threat maritime targets within groups of ships, including those protected by sophisticated anti-aircraft systems. The missile’s range, survivability, and lethality capabilities are designed to help warfighters more effectively conduct missions in denied environments from beyond the reach of return fire ― meeting a pressing need for both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force….

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US Navy Contract Announcements October 27, 2017

Raytheon Co., Keyport, Washington, is being awarded a $15,132,006 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N61331-17-D-0001) to exercise an option for maintenance and support for the AN/AQS-20 sonar mine detecting set to maintain and improve system sustainability. The AN/AQS-20 is a towed, mine hunting and identification system for Program Executive Office, Littoral Combat Ships. This option for continuing support includes, but not limited to repair; overhauls and other scheduled maintenance; hardware and software maintenance; tracking and resolution of obsolescence issues; technology improvements; reliability and maintainability improvements; development and incorporation…

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