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The USS John Finn (DDG-113) launched an SM-3 Block IIA interceptor in the FTM-45 live-fire test to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile target off the waters West of Hawaii. (Photo: Missile Defense Agency)

MDA Succeeds In Fourth SM-3 IIA Intercept After Two Failures

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the fourth Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA intercept test on Friday, called Flight Test Standard Missile-45 (FTM-45), following two failures. This latest test had a medium-range ballistic target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The Arleigh Burke-class USS John Finn (DDG-113) detected and […]

DoN Bus Operations Plan FY19-21

U.S. Navy Releases Latest Business Operations Plan, Expects To Save Money

The Department of the Navy on Wednesday released its newest business operations plan, which was designed to tie into the National Defense Strategy (NDS) and continue to reform the department. The plan, covering FY 2019-2021, is couched in terms of the NDS and the FY 2019-2022 National Defense Business Operations Plan and acts as a […]

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transits the Mediterranean Sea with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (not pictured) in December 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

France Starts Study For Next Aircraft Carrier

France’s defense minister said Tuesday the government is starting an 18-month period to study a successor to its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, announced this process for deciding on a new follow-on carrier in an opening keynote to the Euronaval 2018 conference. “The first step, which starts […]

The French Horizon-class frigate FS Chevalier Paul (D621) (foreground) and U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) (background) transit in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in February 2013. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

Fincantieri And Naval Group Sail To Naval Joint Venture

Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s Naval Group said this week they will launch an alliance to incorporate a 50-50 joint venture to compete for European naval competitions. The two companies are owned, via majority shareholders, by each country’s government. During the September 2017 Franco-Italian Summit, the French and Italian governments announced an intention to start discussions […]

The block 2 version of the Rolling Airframe Missile during testing. (Photo: Raytheon)

Raytheon Delivers RAM to Mexico, South Korea Tests SM-2

Raytheon [RTN] delivered its first Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher to Mexico this week and saw its Standard Missile-2 destroy aerial test threats in summer South Korean exercises, the company said Tuesday. The RAM delivery is the first to any Latin American country and is part of Mexico’s long-range off-shore patrol (POLA in Spanish) vessel […]

Artist graphic of the Saab and Damen Shipyards team's Walrus Submarine Replacement Program offering. (Image: Saab)

Saab And Damen Reveal Details Of Dutch Sub Offering

Sweden’s Saab and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards revealed details on Tuesday about their offering for the Netherlands Walrus Replacement Program (WRES). The Royal Netherlands Navy currently has four Walrus-class expeditionary attack submarines that first came into service in the 1990s. In 2014 the government determined it needed to procure new replacement submarines to enter into […]

Artist's concept of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.
(Image: BAE Systems)

Canada Chooses Lockheed Martin Type 26 Team For New Naval Ship

Canada selected the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-led team offering the Type 26 ship as its preferred bidder for the Royal Canadian Navy’s next naval ship, the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). Lockheed Martin partnered with BAE Systems to bid for the CSC with BAE’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS). Other team partners include Canada’s CAE, L3 Technologies [LLL], Canada’s […]

USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine, completing initial sea trials. Photo: Ashley Major/Huntington Ingalls Industries.

CBO Says Navy’s 30-Year Plan Would Cost A Third More Than Service Estimates

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on Thursday finding the Navy’s plan to increase shipbuilding to get toward 355 ships would cost a third more than the service estimates when including all costs in shipbuilding. Whereas the Navy’s plan estimated new ships would cost about $631 billion over 30 years with an average […]

Defense Watch: Five-Year Term For TSA, Biometric Advantage, Polar Star

Five-Year Term. Recent legislation signed into law by President Trump that authorizes a five-year term for the head of the Transportation Security Administration applies to the agency’s current administrator, David Pekoske, his spokesman told Defense Daily. Pekoske became administrator in August 2017, and is the agency’s seventh chief since its formation in November 2001 following […]


Navy Releases RFP For NGEN-R SMIT

The Navy released the final Service, Management, Integration and Transport (SMIT) Request for Proposals (RFP) on Thursday under the service’s Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R). SMIT is one of the two components in the NGEN-R, the follow-on to the Navy’s current enterprise-wide information technology services contract vehicle, NGEN. NGEN provides IT services to the […]