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The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex (AAMDTC) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai, Hawaii, successfully conduct launch a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor in Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03). (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

MDA Scores SM-3 IIA Hit Using Japan Aegis Model

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Navy successfully intercepted an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor in the Pacific Ocean this week using an Aegis configuration being developed for Japan. This operational live fire flight test, called Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03), used an air-launched IRBM […]

The future Zumwalt-class destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) was launched at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine on Dec. 9. (Photo: General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works)

GD-BIW Launches Last Zumwalt-class Destroyer

General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works (BIW) launched the last Zumwalt-class destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002), on Dec. 9 at its facility in Bath, Maine. The U.S. Navy underscored the process of launching a ship takes several days to move it from a land-level facility to the dry dock, then slowly flood the […]

The future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Billings (LCS-15) conducting acceptance trials in Lake Michigan. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

LCS-15 Finishes Acceptance Trials

The future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Billings (LCS-15) finished acceptance trials in Lake Michigan, the last major milestone before ship delivery, prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Monday. LCS-15 is the eighth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and its shipbuilder partner Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin. The ship is expected to be delivered […]

BAE Systems’ proposed design for the UK Type 31e frigate competition. (Artists concept: BAE Systems)

U.K. Reveals Three Type 31e Frigate Builders Shortlist

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday announced the three competitors to build the planned Type 31e general purpose frigate for the Royal Navy. The ministry awarded contracts worth up to $6 million to teams led by BAE System, Babcock, and Atlas Elektronik UK to fund the next stage of their plans. The government […]

Artist impression of a Dreadnought-class submarine. (Image:  BAE Systems)

U.K. Invests Another $512 Million In Dreadnought SLBM Submarine

The U.K. Defense Minister announced an additional $512 million (400 million British pounds) investment in funding for the nuclear armed ballistic missile Dreadnought-class submarine program on Thursday. The Defence Ministry said this new funding release supports the building phase of the program and will “safeguard” 8,000 jobs that support the submarine program and its supply […]

The USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) sailing out of San Diego in route to Singapore. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Navy Accepts Last Part Of LCS Anti-Submarine Warfare Mission Package

The Navy accepted on Nov. 30 the last component of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package (MP), the Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) mission system, the service said on Dec. 4. DART was accepted only after finishing a “rigorous” acceptance test regime at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Fort Pierce, Fla. […]


Navy Awards $898 Million In Cyber Mission Engineering And Information Warfare Services

The Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic awarded nine companies a total of $898 million in multiple award five-year service contracts to be executed in task orders for cyber mission engineering services that help deliver information warfare capabilities through various domains. The winners of the Nov. 30 award include Grove Resource Solutions Inc., […]


Airbus, Lockheed Martin Team To Pursue Future Aerial Tanker Work

Airbus and Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Tuesday they have signed an agreement to jointly pursue U.S. defense aerial refueling opportunities. This new effort comes years after Boeing [BA] beat Airbus to win the KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the U.S. Air Force. Previously, Airbus was working with Northrop Grumman to offer its model for the tanker […]


Navy Awards $5 Billion Contract Vehicle For Sea Port Next Generation Support

The Navy awarded 1,870 multiple-award contracts for future competition of expected $5 billion annually for next generation seaport support work under the SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort-NxG) contract vehicle. Work under this contract vehicle is divided between engineering support services and program management support services, which are further divided into 23 total functional areas, including engineering, […]