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USS GERALD R. FORD BEGINS POST-SHAKEDOWN AVAILABILITY
Sunday, July 15, 2018
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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

Source: US Navy


USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) arrived at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia, July 14 to begin a yearlong maintenance and upgrade period.

The ship’s post-shakedown availability/selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA) follows the ship's successful completion of its post-delivery test and evaluation.

Operating at sea for 81 days through eight independent steaming events, USS Gerald R. Ford successfully completed fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft integration and compatibility testing, air traffic control center certification, JP-5 fuel system certification, daytime and nighttime underway replenishment capability demonstration, ship's defensive system demonstration, Dual Band Radar testing and propulsion plant operations. The ship completed nearly 750 shipboard aircraft launches and recoveries against a plan of approximately 400.

The scheduled 12-month PSA/SRA will install remaining combat systems, complete deferred work and correct remaining discrepancies identified during sea trials and shakedown. The longest sequence of events, or “critical path” for this PSA/SRA period are Advanced Weapons Elevator construction and Advanced Arresting Gear upgrades.

Following the PSA/SRA, USS Gerald R. Ford will conduct further trials and testing, including full-ship shock trials, prior to its first deployment. The ship will work up for deployment in parallel with its initial operational testing and evaluation.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Associated URL: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/Article/1575182/uss-gerald-r-ford-begins-p
Source Date: July 15, 2018
Posted: 07/16/2018

 
 
BOEING KC-46 PROGRAM COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTING REQUIRED FOR FIRST DELIVERY TO U.S. AIR FORCE
Friday, July 13, 2018
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KC-46A refuels a Super Hornet during flight testing

Source: Boeing


KC-46A refuels a Super Hornet during flight testing

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EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing and U.S Air Force teams recently achieved a major KC-46 tanker program milestone, completing all flight testing required for first delivery. This past week, the KC-46 team concluded both its Military Type Certification testing and receiver certification testing with KC-135, F-16 and C-17 aircraft.

Receiver certification, which began in April, was conducted from Boeing Field in Seattle and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As part of the testing, KC-46 and receiver aircraft flew at different airspeeds, altitudes and configurations to ensure compatibility and performance throughout the refueling envelope of each receiver.

Receiver certification testing of A-10 and KC-46 has also begun, with final certification of A-10, F/A-18, KC-46, F-15 and B-52 to be completed prior to the start of Initial Operational Test & Evaluation testing.

The KC-46 test team completed STC flight testing in April and is now working through associated paperwork prior to STC award.

The program has six aircraft that have supported various segments of STC and MTC testing. Overall they have completed 3,300 flight hours and offloaded two million pounds of fuel during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.

The KC-46, derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe, is built in the company’s Everett, Wash., facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

When in service, the KC-46 will refuel U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft using its boom and hose and drogue systems, but also must be able to take on fuel to extend its operational range. The boom allows the tanker to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute, while the hose and drogue systems, located on both the plane’s wing and centerline, enables the KC-46 to refuel smaller aircraft with up to 400 gallons of fuel per minute.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that is designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.

Source:  Boeing
Associated URL: http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-07-13-Boeing-KC-46-Program-Completes-Flight-Tes
Source Date: July 13, 2018
Posted: 07/16/2018

 
 
THIRD ROUND OF INDUSTRY INPUT SOUGHT ON USCG 47-FOOT MOTOR LIFEBOAT SERVICE LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM
Friday, July 13, 2018
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Source: US Coast Guard


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WASHINGTON - A request for information (RFI) was released by the U.S. Coast Guard on July 12 for the 47-foot motor lifeboat (MLB) service life extension program (SLEP) as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment (ISVS) program. The Coast Guard is providing industry with the latest draft of the statement of work and specification along with access to the majority of the MLB technical data - drawings and technical publications - while seeking industry comments before making a formal solicitation for the contract, which has an estimated value of over $100 million. This is the third RFI for the MLB; the first was released in September 2016 and the second in November 2017. The MLB is the Coast Guard’s primary search and rescue platform in surf and heavy weather conditions. The fleet of more than 100 MLBs is approaching the end of its planned 25-year service life, and operational availability has been limited by parts availability and obsolescence issues. The SLEP will extend the useful life of the MLB by 20 years. The original operational capabilities and characteristics of the MLB will effectively remain the same, while efforts to enhance human system integration will be made where practical.

The RFI can be found here: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=84a063d3161e487bf33cb1255ec170dc&tab=core&_cview=1

The deadline to submit responses is July 27, 2018, at 2 p.m. EST.

Source:  U.S. Coast Guard
Associated URL: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Newsroom/ISVS_061118/ISVS_071318/
Source Date: July 13, 2018
Posted: 07/16/2018

 

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