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U.S. NAVY ORDERS MT7 ENGINES FOR LCAC 100
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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LCAC 100 conducts its first on-water test in April 2018

Source: Textron


LCAC 100 conducts its first on-water test in April 2018

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, has been awarded a $40.9 million U.S. Navy contract for the procurement of 20 production MT7 marine turbine engines for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 100 class craft 109 through 113. The LCAC 100 is also known as the Ship-to-Shore Connector, and is replacing the service's aging LCAC 1 fleet. Work under this contract will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed by January, 2020. The engines will be delivered to Textron Marine Systems for assembly of the craft. The Navy is obligating $16.4 million in FY17 shipbuilding funding and $24.5 million in FY18 shipbuilding funding.

The LCAC 100 program is valued at around $4.9 billion for 73 craft. Congress bolstered procurement rates the past two years. The Navy requested three craft in FY18 and five craft in FY19, and Congress ultimately provided funding for eight craft in both the FY18 and FY19 defense appropriations bills. The Navy will continue to procure eight craft per year over the coming years. The service had previously planned to buy five craft per year before the procurement rate was increased in the FY19 spending plan. The ramp-up means that procurement is now slated to end in FY26, compared to FY30 under the previous plan.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1691653/
Source Date: November 15, 2018
Author: S. McDougall, Defense Analyst 
Posted: 11/16/2018

 
 
QF-16 DELIVERED TO HURRICANE-RAVAGED TYNDALL AFB
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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QF-16

Source: Boeing


QF-16

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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Boeing delivered a QF-16 to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida on October 24. The delivery to the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron marks an important milestone on the road to recovery for the base, that suffered major damage from Hurricane Michael.

The QF-16 enables live fire weapons testing in the Joint Gulf Range Complex, which is made up of 180,000 square miles that stretches from Key West to northwest Florida, and allows for joint test and training exercises.

The 82nd ATRS currently has 18 QF-16s assigned to Tyndall AFB. Six QF-16s are unmanned, but all of them are modified to be flown remotely. The manned configuration of the aircraft can be used with a pilot in the cockpit to train the remote pilots flying from the ground station.

In addition to supporting the test community, the WEG hosts visiting fighter aircraft units from around the globe to participate in Combat Archer. During their two week stay at Tyndall AFB, units are evaluated on all phases of air-to-air combat operations including an end-to-end kill-chain evaluation of man, weapon and machine in a realistic combat environment.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Associated URL: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1691271/qf-16-delivered-to-hurricane-ravaged-tyndall-afb/
Source Date: November 15, 2018
Posted: 11/16/2018

 
 
AUSTAL DELIVERS EXPEDITIONARY FAST TRANSPORT USNS BURLINGTON (EPF 10) TO U.S. NAVY
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Expeditonary Fast Transport

Source: U.S. Navy/Thigpen Photography


Expeditonary Fast Transport

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA has delivered the Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, the USNS Burlington (EPF 10) to the United States Navy. This is the tenth ship delivered as part of a $1.9 billion contract for 12 vessels and the fourth ship Austal has delivered to the Navy in 2018.

The EPF program provides the Navy with a high-speed intra-theater transport capability. The 103 meter (338-foot long) Burlington is an aluminum catamaran capable of transporting 600 tons, 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, and is designed to operate in austere ports and waterways, too shallow and narrow for the larger ships in the surface fleet, providing added flexibility to U.S. war fighters worldwide. The ship's flight deck can also support flight operations for a wide variety of manned and unmanned aircraft, including a CH-53 Super Stallion.

Upon delivery of USNS Burlington, two additional Spearhead-class EPFs are under construction at Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard. The Puerto Rico (EPF 11) launched this week and will now prepare for sea trials and Newport (EPF 12) is being erected in final assembly. Austal also recently received instruction from the Navy to order long lead-time materials for EPF 13.

In addition to the EPF program, Austal is also under contract to build Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) for the U.S. Navy. Nine LCS have been delivered, while an additional six are in various stages of construction.

Source:  Austal
Associated URL: http://www.austal.com/news/austal-delivers-expeditionary-fast-transport-usns-burlington-epf-10-us-navy
Source Date: November 15, 2018
Posted: 11/16/2018

 

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