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MDA Tests THAAD And Patriot Interoperability

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Army jointly successfully tested a missile defense tracking exercise the week of April 1 to demonstrate the interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot missile defense systems. The April 6 test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was a simulated engagement of a live short-range […]

Greaves Sees F-35 Helping Missile Defense, Hypersonic Threat Coming From Iran And North Korea

The director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) told Congress the week of April 8 that he sees F-35 aircraft helping aid missile defense activities in the six to seven-year timeframe, albeit mostly for sensor tracking. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves said he sees deployed systems like the […]

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Raytheon Awarded $83 Million Mine Neutralizer Contract, AMDR LRIP Unit

Raytheon [RTN] was awarded an $83 million Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract on Thursday to design, test, and deploy the Barracuda mine neutralization system. The company describes the Barracuda mine neutralization system as an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle that aims to identify and neutralize three kinds of sea minds: bottom, near surface, and […]

The future USS Portland (LPD-27), sails in the Gulf of Mexico during acceptance sea trials. (Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

New Ships Commissioned and Launched

The Navy plans to commission the latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, the future USS Portland (LPD-27), on Saturday at its namesake city in Portland, Ore., while shipmakers launched and christened the latest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in Wisconsin last week. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is set to deliver the Portland ceremony’s principal […]

The USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) at the start of its journey from Bath, Maine to its homeport of San Diego, Calif. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Merz: Navy Separating DDG-1000 Gun Ammo From Ship Effort

The Deputy Chief of Naval operations for warfare systems told a Senate panel last week the Navy has separated the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class gun and overall ship efforts from each other to prevent Advanced Gun System (AGS) projectile work from dragging down deployment of the overall ship. Vice Adm. William Merz said, “what we found was […]

An MH-60 Romeo flying near the USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

Congress Puts LCS Pressure On Navy, Says Layoffs Possible At Wisconsin Yard

A bipartisan set of Congress members from Michigan and Wisconsin are putting pressure on the Navy for its FY ’18 and ’19 acquisition of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), arguing without a better strategy one quarter of the Wisconsin LCS shipyard workforce might be laid off. Lawmakers sent a letter this week to Secretary of the […]

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returns to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released.

Navy Establishes Organization To Permanently Oversee West Pacific Ship Readiness

The Navy formally established the Commander, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific (CNSG WP) in Japan to oversee surface ship maintenance and certification of forward deployed naval forces in Japan (FDNF-J), the service said on Tuesday. CNSG WP succeeds the interim Detachment, Naval Surface Group Western Pacific, established last October. It was meant to help balance […]

Rendering of the Marine Corps Ship to Shore Connector, a replacement for the landing craft air cushion (LCAC) built by Textron.

Textron Starts At-Sea Testing For First Ship-to-Shore Connector

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Textron’s [TXT] Maritime and Land Systems’ Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) hovercraft started its first at-sea on-water testing, company officials told Defense Daily during the annual Sea Air Space Expo last week. The SSC is the next-generation Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), improving over the legacy craft with more powerful engines, a fly-by-wire […]

A Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 impacts a target during a March 2016 flight test at Point Mugu Sea Test Range, Calif. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

Navy And Raytheon Integrate JSOW On F-35C

The U.S. Navy and Raytheon [RTN] finished the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C (JSOW-C) onto the F-35C, the company said Tuesday. This test occurred on the Navy’s China Lake range in California earlier this year and was the last before the missile moves to operational testing. The JSOW-C is on […]