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VAQ-209 SUCCESSFULLY EMPLOYS FIRST AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Source: US Navy

ATLANTIC OCEAN - Lt. Cmdr Jeff "Stoli" Stodola and Cmdr. Arch "Gorch" Watkins of VAQ-209 successfully employed an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile off the coast of Virginia, as part of a multi-plane multi-missile Tactical Support Wing training event, Sept. 1.

This marked the first time in squadron history that the Star Warriors employed any air-to-air missile. This was also a career first for both aviators on board. The squadron spent weeks preparing and training for the event. Aircrew conducted simulator events and maintainers practiced with dozens of training loads and arming procedures to ensure the shoot was successful.

The small cadre of maintainers, led by Chief Warrant Officer Michael Pendleton, made the trip to Naval Air Station Oceana having just returned a week prior from Red Flag Alaska, the first large-force exercise the squadron had participated in since receiving safe-for-flight certification in the EA-18 Growler a little more than a year ago.

In the next two weeks, VAQ-209 will also live fire an AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile off the coast of Point Mugu, California. These events reflect the radical increase in capability that the EA-18G brings to the Fleet, including the ability to take on a host of mission sets in both the air-to-air and air-to-ground arenas. It also reflects that herculean effort of the Sailors and the officers of VAQ-209 to increase their own qualifications in the Navy's newest electronic attack aircraft.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Associated URL: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=90933
Source Date: September 3, 2015
Posted: 09/04/2015

 
 
U.S. NAVY APPROVES FULL-RATE PRODUCTION FOR AIM-9X BLOCK II AS AIR FORCE ACCELERATES PROCUREMENT
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Source: US Navy

TUCSON, Ariz. - The U.S. Navy has approved full-rate production of Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II infrared air-to-air missile.

A short-range, near all-aspect air-to-air missile with dogfight capability, the AIM-9X achieved IOC in November 2003. Testing of the Block II began in 2008, and the program completed operational test and evaluation earlier this year. The FY15 budget procured the first lot of full-rate production Block II missiles.

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to procure over AIM-9X 9,000 missiles overall, split between the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The Navy bought 1,289 Block I missiles, in addition to 67 Block I missiles in FY01 purchased under the AIM-9M modification program. The service plans to buy 2,684 Block II missiles. The Air Force bought 1,678 Block I missiles, in addition to 67 Block I missiles purchased in FY01 under the AIM-9M modification program. The Air Force will procure 3,352 Block II missiles.

The services accelerated acquisition of new missiles in the FY14 budget plan to shorten production by three years, and Air Fore procurement rates increased again in the FY16 budget request. The Air Force plans to buy 506 Block II missiles in FY16, compared to 350 missiles projected in the previous year's budget. Funding has been programmed for 1,900 missiles through FY20. The Navy is buying 227 Block IIs in FY16, and a total of 980 through FY20. A Block III version was planned, but funding was removed from the FY16 budget. Block III would have replaced the computer and redesigned the missile's fuze, as well have provided greater range.

Source:  Raytheon
Associated URL: http://raytheon.mediaroom.com/2015-09-03-US-Navy-approves-full-rate-production-f
Source Date: September 3, 2015
Author: S. McDougall, Defense Analyst 
Posted: 09/03/2015

 
 
HMAS BALLARAT ASMD MILESTONE
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Source: BAE Systems

HENDERSON, Western Australia - HMAS Ballarat has completed her on-dock production activities associated with the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. Ballarat has now been returned to the Material Control of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and will commence setting to work systems and sea trials.

Ballarat was undocked this morning at the BAE Systems Henderson (WA) shipyard after 56 weeks on the hardstand as part of the ASMD upgrade and vital maintenance work, involving some 600,000 hours by 250 employees and 30 local subcontractors.

Under the ASMD program, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is receiving a world leading defence capability. The combat management system is being upgraded and an infrared search and track system is being introduced as well as a phased array radar and dual navigation radar system. While the ships are on the hard stand for the ASMD upgrade, other complex engineering and structural changes are being made to the frigates. These include enclosing the quarterdeck and modifications to accommodate the MH-60 Romeo naval helicopters.

Ballarat will now be berthed at Henderson to conduct systems set to works and harbor trials. The BAE Systems Henderson facility will continue to focus on the ASMD upgrade program. Work on HMAS Parramatta will continue, and preparations to dock HMAS Toowoomba next month (the seventh ANZAC frigate to enter the ASMD program) are escalating.

The work was completed through the Anzac Ship Integrated Material Support Program Alliance comprising BAE Systems, Saab Systems and the Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). The program is on-track to be completed in 2017 and will include upgrades to a further three vessels, including HMAS Parramatta, Toowoomba and Stuart.

Source:  BAE Systems
Associated URL: http://www.baesystems.com/newsroom-rau/news/hmas-ballarat-asmd-milestone?_afrLoo
Source Date: September 2, 2015
Posted: 09/03/2015

 

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