China and Thailand Sign shipbuilding Agreement for Type 071E LPD

September 11, 2019 – China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and the Royal Thai Navy held the signing ceremony of the shipbuilding agreement on exporting Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) in Beijing on Sept 9. This is the first time for China to export abroad amphibious transport dock, or dock landing ship, and also marks a major achievement between China and Thailand in comprehensive strategic cooperation, which is of great significance for the further deepening of China-Thailand military trade cooperation and promotion of regional peace and stability. Leaders from relevant…

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US Navy Contract Announcement June 5, 2019

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Sterling Heights, Michigan, is awarded a $25,568,897 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of the MK 46 MOD 2 Gun Weapon System (GWS) for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Landing Platform Dock (LPD) programs, along with fiscal 2019 spares requirement. The 30mm MK 46 MOD 2 GWS is a remotely operated system that uses a high velocity cannon for shipboard self-defense against small, high-speed surface targets. This contract is for the procurement of two 30mm MK 46 MOD 2 GWSs for the LCS Surface Warfare…

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Raytheon’s Ship Self-Defense System First Link from Surface Ship to JSF

October 30, 2018 – For the first time ever, Raytheon Company’s Ship Self Defense System established a digital air connection between a sea-based U.S. Navy ship and an airborne U.S. Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter F-35B aircraft. The demonstrations proved the combat system’s ability to share digital tactical data from a JSF across a deployed Expeditionary Strike Group. This capability, also referred to as Link 16 Digital Air Control, or DAC, provides tactical, wireless integration between surface ships and aircraft, enhancing mission effectiveness through expanded situational awareness and interoperability. Shared data…

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China’s new landing ship useful in island dispute: expert

Another Type 071 landing ship from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy came into the limelight on Wednesday with military experts saying such ships could enhance military advantages in dealing with potential island disputes. With a maximum displacement of 29,000 tons, the 210-meter-long, 28-meter-wide Longhushan is the largest domestically designed amphibious warfare ship in China, news site thepaper.cn reported on Wednesday. Longhushan was named after a mountain in Yingtan, Jiangxi Province. The civil affairs bureau of the East China city released a notice on January 2 in an effort to…

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Future flagship Albion completes sea trials after £90m overhaul

The only way is up for Britain’s future flagship as she successfully completes her sea trials this week following a massive £90m revamp. HMS Albion is in the Channel preparing to flex her gunnery muscles as she re-masters the art of military operations after six years away from the front line. The Devonport-based assault ship completed initial sea trials in the late spring when machinery systems and sensors were tested. After summer leave for the 350 or so sailors and Royal Marines on board, trials resumed with the emphasis on…

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