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U.S. NAVY BERTHING BARGE APL 67 SAILS CLOSER TO OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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Auxiliary Personnel Lighter (APL) 61 Accommodations Barge

.Source: VT Halter Marine


Auxiliary Personnel Lighter (APL) 61 Accommodations Barge

Source: VT Halter Marine


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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- The United States Navy’s newest berthing barge, Auxiliary Personnel Lighter (APL) 67 sailed away from VT Halter Marine’s shipyard en route to Naval Base San Diego. APL 67 will eventually be delivered to Yokosuka, Japan.

APLs are 82 meter long barges that can berth up to 611 people - 74 officers and 537 enlisted personnel. Mess seating is available for 224 enlisted personnel and 28 officers in 20-minute intervals, allowing food service for 1,130 personnel to have three meals a day.

APLs are equipped with offices, classrooms, washrooms, laundry facilities, a medical treatment facility, a barber shop and a fitness center.

VT Halter Marine is in production on APL 68 and three other APLs.

Source:  U.S. Navy
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Author: U.S. Navy Team Ships Public Affairs 

 
INDIA'S DEFENSE MINISTRY ISSUES P-75I SUBMARINE TENDER
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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INS Karanj P75, third of Kalvari-Class, on March 10, 2021

.Source: Naval Group


INS Karanj P75, third of Kalvari-Class, on March 10, 2021

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has issued request for proposals (RFPs) for the construction of six new Project 75(India) (P-75I) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) featuring air-independent propulsion (AIP) for greater endurance and equipped with land-attack cruise missiles and capability to integrate indigenous weapons and sensors.

The project has been in the pipeline for nearly two full decades, having been cleared by the MoD in 2007 and approved by three separate committees.

Despite that approval the project failed to gain the slightest traction for 10 years until late July 2017, when Requests for Information (RFIs) were issued to six shipbuilders: Naval Group (France), TKMS (Germany), Saab (Sweden), Rubin Design Bureau (Russia), Navantia (Spain), and Mitsubishi-Kawasaki Heavy Industries (Japan).

The issuance of the RFIs to six shipyards in July 2017 began a slow process of weeding out contenders, with both Japan and Spain opting out of any prospective competition in October 2017, thus leaving four shipbuilders remaining. The offerings involved the Scorpène from Naval Group, the A26 from Saab Kockums, the Amur from Rubin Design, and the Type 214 from TKMS.

Yet it was not until January 31, 2019, that the project was cleared by the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) under the Strategic Partnership (SP) category of the Defense Procurement Procedures.

Under the SP policy, foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are selected directly by the Defense Ministry on the basis of requirements and the technology offered, after which they are tied up in a joint venture with a private Indian company that has been shortlisted for that particular sector (including aerospace, land systems, and naval).

The Indian Defense Ministry issued requests for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to local shipyards on June 20, 2019, in an attempt to move the program forward. The four shipyards included Larsen & Toubro, Mazagon Dock Limited, Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL), and a consortium involving Hindustan Shipyard Ltd and Adani Defense.

A separate, restricted EOI followed in July 2019 with five foreign OEMs receiving them: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea offering its KSS-III, Navantia of Spain with its S-80, Naval Group of France putting forth the Scorpene 2000, TKMS of Germany with the HDW Type 214, Sweden's Saab with the A26, and Russia's Rubin Design Bureau offering the Amur 1650 submarine. Saab eventually dropped out of the competition, citing the requirements related to the timeframe and the Strategic Partnership arrangement.

By January 21, 2020, the Defense Acquisition Council had announced which bids made the cut.

On the domestic shipyard front Mazagon Dock Ltd and L&T were downselected.

The same four foreign OEMs remaining in contention are Naval Group, TKMS, Navantia and the Russian defense export agency, Rosoboronexport, representing the Rubin Design Bureau.

The issuance of RFPs to Mazagon Dock Ltd and L&T kicks off the process under which each will have to set up a partnership with one of the four down-selected foreign OEMs.

The hope was for the strategic tie-ups to lead to submission of technical and financial bids by the end of 2020 or early 2021. But with this targeted period already come and gone the entire project continues to be pushed further out.

Plus, there still remains a second issuance of RFPs to the foreign OEMs by the strategic partners. A key condition for final selection involves a bid featuring a functioning AIP system that has been tested and proven on an operational submarine.

Once the partnerships are established evaluations of the bids and a down-selection will follow, with the original target of mid-2022 already untenable.

The final selection by the MoD will be based on the lowest price offered.

The matching of OEM and local industry partner is likely to take longer than what the MoD hopes (two to three years), after which begins the bidding process. Each OEM will need to provide provisions for the protection of classified information and be ready to cooperate on life-cycle support and full technology transfer requirements.

With down-selection and ensuing price negotiation and contract finalization, the lead-in submarine will not arrive for at least 10 years.

The P-75I submarine project - estimated at over $5.5 billion - is the first acquisition undertaken by India through its Strategic Partnership procurement model.

If all goes according to plan the project will provide India's navy with advanced submarines and its naval shipbuilding sector with cutting-edge technology, while potentially making India a global hub for submarine design and production (per the optimistic statement issued by the Indian MoD).

Should the expected bumps in the road appear the project will merely represent another winding, late-to-arrive Indian military procurement costing more and providing less than the rosy projections of the MoD. And if the Strategic Partnership model fails to deliver then Project 75I will serve as a cautionary tale regarding ambitious Make in India procedures and initiatives.

Source:  The Economic Times
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Author: D. Darling, Asia Analyst 

 
HOUSE BILL BOOSTS AIRCRAFT FUNDING, ADDS A SECOND DESTROYER
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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The House bill adds a second destroyer

.Source: U.S. Navy


The House bill adds a second destroyer

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WASHINGTON -- The House version of the FY22 defense appropriations bill provides $706.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Defense, which is $258.2 million less than the requested amount. A tradeoff is made in the acquisition accounts, with a $1.7 billion increase for procurement being partially offset by a $1.6 billion cut for RDT&E. The bill also adds $696.2 million for operation & maintenance, while cutting $479 million for personnel.

The procurement plus-up primarily favors aircraft for all three services, as well as the Navy's shipbuilding account. Overall, the Air Force gains $653.7 million for procurement, the Navy gains $193.9 million, and the Army receives a small $34.2 million boost. In traditional fashion, the bill adds $950 million for National Guard and Reserve equipment.

The bill adds nine HH-60M helicopters for the Army National Guard, as well as five CH-47F Block II helicopters. The Army hasn't funded the Block II upgrade for active duty CH-47F in its last two budget requests. The committee wishes to extend Super Hornet production for the Navy, and the bill adds 12 F/A-18E/Fs. The legislation also adds two CH-53K helicopters and two MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for the Marine Corps, as well as one MQ-4C for the Navy. Funding for Navy aircraft modifications is also increased by $321.3 million. Major aircraft additions for the Air Force are four C-130Js for the Reserve and four MQ-9 Reapers. The bill also adds $282 million for Air Force aircraft modifications. The legislation doesn't include any additional F-35 aircraft.

The committee adds $1.5 billion for a second DDG 51 class destroyer that was removed from the Navy's budget request. However the bill eliminates one of two Towing, Salvage, and Rescue ships (T-ATS), reflecting a cut of $97 million.

Army gains seven Paladins and $100 million for HMMWVs for the National Guard, but loses $41.7 million for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and $49 million for Stryker upgrades. The bill also cuts $215.5 million for the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), citing the funding as ahead of need.

The Navy once again didn't request any Tomahawk cruise missiles in FY22, but the bill adds 10 Tomahawks. However, the legislation cuts all 25 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM), as well as some funding for the SM-6, Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), and the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM). Lawmakers recommend cutting $44 million for initial production of hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapons (ARRW) due to the risk of concurrency at this stage in the program. This reduction reflects a cut of four missiles.

Within the RDT&E account, legislation cuts $1.9 billion for the Navy but nearly $1 billion of that cut reflects funding for the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) software development program that was transferred outside of the RDT&E account. The service loses $42 million for Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles and $87.3 million for unmanned surface vehicle enabling capabilities, as well as $74.6 million for DDG(X) development. The service requested $5.2 million in development funding for the nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM-N), which is zeroed out in the House markup. Navy budget guidance for the future FY23 request has already hinted at scrapping the SLCM-N program. The bill also cuts $97 million for the hypersonic Conventional Prompt Strike program, which is being developed in coordination with the Army. Air Force funding is reduced by $614 million. Notable cuts in the service's research and development account include $28 million for the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon, $35.8 million for the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, $61.6 million for the VC-25B due to program delays, and $55 million for the B-52 engine replacement effort due to a contract delay. However, the service gains $55 million for materials applied research, $112.9 million for manufacturing technology, and $57 million for the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP). The Army receives a $581.8 million boost in the House markup. The plus-up includes, but is not limited to, $169.5 million for ground technology programs, $113.1 million for Next Generation Combat Vehicle development, $25 million for the extended-range hypervelocity projectile, $25 million for the Indirect Fire Protection Capability High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL), and $65 million for the Abrams tank.

An extra $381.6 million is also provided for Defense-Wide agencies. The bill adds $75 million for the Homeland Defense Radar - Hawaii (HDR-H), for which the Pentagon has not requested funding in its past two budgets. The stability and security of the microelectronics supply chain has become a critical issue for the DoD, so it comes as no surprise that the House bill adds $86.5 million for trusted and assured microelectronics.

Complete details of the House Appropriations Committee's markup of the FY22 defense spending bill can be viewed on Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast. Product information is available using the link below.

Source:  Forecast International - International Military Markets
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Author: s. McDougall, Defense Analyst 

 

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