HMAS Brisbane ready for Combat System Trials

October 12, 2019 – On the eve of her Combat System Trials, the crew of HMAS Brisbane have used the passage and time alongside San Diego to fully prepare for this important milestone, which are the culmination of a concentrated combat system preparation and training period which has been running for nearly twelve months. In the months prior to deploying, Brisbane embarked a team from the United States who have worked alongside the ship’s company to optimise the combat system and conduct operator training. During the transit, Brisbane has also…

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Japan’s Latest AEGIS Destroyer Launched

July 17, 2019 – Japan Marine United Co., Ltd. (President: Kotaro Chiba, Head Office: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) launched the 2016 warship for the Ministry of Defense in Japan today at the Yokohama Works Shishi Plant. Prior to the launch ceremony, the ship was named “Haguru,” after “Hakuoyama” in Yamagata Prefecture. The ship will be completed and delivered in March 2020. The ship is the second “Maya”-class destroyer that has improved the performance of the previous “Atago”-class, and has a ballistic missile defense (BMD) function. In addition, it is powered…

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Lockheed Martin Australia Announces Successful Aegis Combat System ‘Light Off’ For Australia

June 6, 2019 – Defence technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Australia in support of the Royal Australian Navy, is today announcing the successful ‘light off’ of the Aegis Combat System on HMAS Hobart, following her first docking at Garden Island, Sydney. The Aegis system ‘light off’ marks the transition from the production period of the Post Delivery Upgrade (PDU) to combat system testing and training for HMAS Hobart. These comprehensive tests will ensure the combat system equipment is operational and the crew are ready to commence their next mission.…

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Raytheon Awarded SPY-6 Contract

March 14, 2019 – Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is awarded a $402,658,015 fixed-price-incentive (firm target) modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-14-C-5315 to exercise options for Air and Missile Defense Radar Program (AMDR) low-rate initial production (LRIP). This modification will provide for three AMDR LRIP units. The LRIP units will be deployed on DDG 51 Flight III-class ships. Work will be performed in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $402,658,015 will be obligated…

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Australia Hopes to Install Aegis on Hunter Class Frigates

February 15, 2016 – Defence has selected Raytheon Australia to act as its Australian Aegis Systems Integration Agent. Defence has issued a Limited Request for Tender to Raytheon to establish a Deed of Standing Offer under which Raytheon Australia will provide Aegis combat system integration support for up to six years. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that the United States Navy’s proven Aegis combat management system, which is already fitted to the Hobart Class Destroyers, will be fitted to the Hunter Class Frigates as well. “Raytheon…

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Australia and United States first countries to use Cooperative Engagement Capability between Navies

November 5, 2018 – In a first for our respective navies, HMAS Hobart has successfully tested a communications capability, proving her ability to share sensor information and real-time combat system data with the United States Navy. During training and testing near Hawaii, HMAS Hobart established secure data links with the US Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS John Finn and shared tracking and fire control data across the two ships. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the trials were a significant milestone in the testing and qualifying of…

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USS John Finn Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test

October 26, 2018 – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and USS John Finn (DDG 113) successfully conducted an intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test off the west coast of Hawaii. The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the U.S. and Japan and operates as part of the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense system. On Oct. 26, 2018, the target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii. John Finn detected and…

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Spain – AEGIS Combat System

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of five (5) AEGIS Weapons Systems (AWS) for an estimated cost of $860.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Spain has requested to buy five (5) AEGIS Weapons Systems (AWS) MK7, six (6) shipsets Digital Signal Processing, five (5) shipsets AWS Computing Infrastructure MARK 1 MOD 0, five (5) shipsets Operational Readiness Test Systems (ORTS), five…

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Australia – AEGIS Combat System Equipment for Australia Surface Combatants

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to buy long lead items, engineering and development activities, establishment of engineering development sites, and commencement of development activities associated with the…

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USS Milius Departs San Diego to forward deploy to 7th Fleet

USS Milius (DDG 69), a ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable guided missile destroyer, will leave her homeport of San Diego, April 20, to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Japan. Milius will be forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan and is scheduled to arrive at the end of May. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers perform key roles in support of carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups or surface action groups. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence. These combatants operate in…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 5, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Charlottesville, Virginia, is being awarded a $30,001,484 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, performance based, cost-plus-fixed-fee, services contract with provisions for firm-fixed-price task orders (N6523618D8001). This contract is for field and marine repair services; software updates and support; engineering support for the AN/WSN-7 Inertial Navigation System, the AN/WSN-7A Ring Laser Gyro Navigation Systems, and the AN/WSN-7B Ring Laser Gyrocompass; and the repair of ancillary commercial equipment for the Navy. These systems provide full ship navigation capability as well as interface digital data such as position, velocity, velocity rates, and time information…

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Raytheon to deliver unmatched anti-air warfare defense technology to Australian Navy

Raytheon Company has completed design, development and testing of its Cooperative Engagement Capability system, which will be certified by the U.S. Navy for the system’s first international installation. Onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Hobart, CEC will expand the ship’s battlespace awareness by sharing sensor data among a network of other Australian and allied CEC-equipped ships and aircraft. CEC is a real-time ‘sensor-netting’ system that brings together radar data into a single integrated air picture from geographically dispersed ships, aircraft and ground-based units. This integrated picture improves task force effectiveness…

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Lockheed Martin and Indra Partner to Provide State-of-the-Art AESA Radar to Worldwide Anti-Air Warfare Platforms

Indra and Lockheed Martin recently signed a Heads of Agreement that extends their exclusive relationship in the development of a state-of-the-art S-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for the Spanish Navy’s F-110 program and establishes a framework for the commercialization of this solid state radar for other anti-air warfare opportunities worldwide. Navies from other countries will benefit from the on-going work performed for the F-110, a vessel with an Aegis Combat System adapted to respond to conventional and asymmetric threats in coastline operations. This AESA radar will be an…

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Lockheed Martin and Navantia Sign a Memorandum of Agreement to Renew 20-Year Partnership

In 2017, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of a successful agreement: the collaboration of Navantia and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to supply the Spanish Navy with the Aegis Combat System for the F-100 frigates. The F-100 was the first frigate to incorporate the Aegis Combat System from Lockheed Martin in a ship of less than 9,000-tons. Thanks to this collaboration, the Spanish Navy now operates state-of-the-art oceanic escorts, optimized to act as command ships in conflict scenarios, trained to provide full coverage to expeditionary forces, with high anti-air warfare capability,…

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