BAE Systems to provide U.S. Navy with modernized Mk 45 guns

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $46.8 million contract option to deliver four additional Mk 45 Naval Guns.

The contract modification calls for upgrading existing guns to the Mod 4 configuration to increase the firepower and extend the range of the weapons. This modification to the initial 10-gun contract brings the full value of the award to $176.8 million for the 14 guns.

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The Mk 45 Mod 4 provides NSFS range of more than 20 nautical miles (36 km) with the Navy’s new 5-inch Cargo projectile and an improved propelling charge.

Work on the Mk 45 Mod 4 conversions will be performed at the BAE Systems’ facility in Louisville, Kentucky, with support from the company’s supplier base, and is expected to be complete by 2021.

You can read BAE Systems press release here

Lockheed Martin Awarded $22.74 million Pentagon contract to modify the LCS Design for Saudi Arabia Frigate Project

The new frigates will the centerpiece of the long-awaited Saudi Naval Expansion Program II. SNEP II is set to modernize the Royal Saudi Navy’s Eastern Fleet as part of a wide-ranging estimated $20 billion arms package.

The frigates will cost about $6 billion, the largest line item of the $20 billion SNEP-II deal. The package will also modernize the frigate’s planned homeport at the King Abdul-Aziz Naval Base on the Persian Gulf. While the Freedom-class variants are being built in Wisconsin, a final production facility has not been selected.

At about 4,000-tons, the frigate can field a crew of 100 to 130. It runs on a power plant of two Rolls Royce MT-30 gas turbines and two Colt-Pielstick diesel engines. The ship will field eight RGM-84 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles (ASM), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites, and torpedoes.


The new Saudi ships will be built around an eight-cell Mk-41 vertical launch system and a 4D air search radar. The deal also includes 532 Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM) which can be loaded four to a Mk 41 cell. With 16 cells per hull, the Saudi Freedoms will be able to potentially field 64 anti-air missiles per-ship.


Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by US Navy to support the German Navy’s P-3C Orion Mission System Refresh Programme

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract valued at roughly $158.5m by the US Navy to support the German Navy’s P-3C Orion Mission System Refresh Programme.

Lockheed is set to support the German Navy in upgrading the mission system processing suites on-board eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft until 2022 as part of the second phase of the programme.

Thales has won a contract to support, communication systems installed on-board the British Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

Thales has won a $131.27m deal to support, maintain and manage the company’s communications systems installed on-board the British Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

The company will also provide support for communications solutions on-board other platforms as part of the agreement, including systems integrated on-board Type 45 destroyers and Landing Platform Dock.

Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC (Metalshark) has been awarded a contract to design and build 50 patrol boats for US Navy

Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract worth $29.83m to design and build patrol boats for the US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command.

That will pay for engineering, design, data rights to the design, and 11 boats.

The Pentagon says options in the contract with Metal Shark could bring the total value to $90 million.

The work will be done at the Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC boatyard in Jeanerette.

According to the Pentagon’s daily list of contracts, Gravois, doing business as Metal Shark, was among seven bidders for the contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Germany & Israel signed MoU for 3 submarines

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government has signed a long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany to acquire three new Dolphin-class submarines with air-independent propulsion systems.

If the deal goes through, the estimated $1.3 billion acquisition from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems would replace by the end of the next decade three earlier-model Dolphin diesel-electric submarines, leaving Israel with a strategic underwater force of six front-line submarines, all of them built by the Kiel, Germany-based shipyard.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen at a welcoming ceremony for the new submarine ‘Rahav’ at the Israeli navy base in Haifa, on January 12, 2016. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO *** Local Caption *** ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו טקס קבלת פנים לצוללת אחי רהב בנמל חיפה

Israel currently has three Dolphin-class submarines and two Dolphin-2 class submarines (another one is expected to be delivered in 2018). The additional three Dolphin 2-class submarines, which are not expected to reach Israel for another decade, are set to replace the older Dolphins at a cost of combined price of €1.5b., a third of which will be subsidized by Berlin.


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DIO awarded a contract for new jetty at Royal Navy Devonport Naval Base

The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded a contract worth approximately £43 million to VolkerStevin to construct a new jetty at Thanckes Oil Fuel Depot which provides fuelling facilities for the Royal Navy at Devonport Naval Base.

The project will deliver a new jetty with fuel loading and fire fighting facilities; the fire fighting facilities within the depot will also be replaced. The jetty will be constructed within a Special Area of Conservation on the River Tamar and the project has to comply with stringent environmental regulations. The completed facility will service all of the Navy fuelling requirements at Devonport.

The dredging and clearing works are due to commence in January 2018 with the main piling works starting in September 2018 to avoid the annual fish migration season. The jetty is due to be in service by November 2019. The Thanckes Jetty is the first in a number of projects to modernise the Oil Fuel Depots in Devonport and Portsmouth to service the fuelling of the Naval Fleet in both ports.


Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded for complex overhaul of the CVN 73

George Washington (CVN 73). The aircraft carrier arrived at Newport News under a planning contract. USS George Washington is the sixth Nimitz-class carrier to undergo this major life-cycle milestone. More than 4,000 employees will support the execution effort. Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.]]>

Vigor wins award to build the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Support Vessel

In a highly competitive bid process, the U.S. Army has chosen the Vigor design for its new generation of landing craft. The contract represents the largest award in Vigor’s history with a total value of $979,390,000 over a ten year period and will provide sustained full time employment for roughly 200 skilled artisans.

“This award is the culmination of a five year process of research and development that first began with Kvichak prior to its merger with Vigor,” explains Frank Foti, Vigor CEO

“Phase one of the program will begin immediately and center on design refinement and prototype construction,” said Tim Kolb, general manager of Vigor Ballard who spearheaded the proposal process. “The contract calls for one prototype vessel, four vessels under low rate production, and up to thirty two additional vessels for use by Army Mariners in even the most difficult environments.”

With ten locations and more than 2,500 workers Vigor is the leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and complex fabrication in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

They build fishing boats, tugs, ferries, barges, fireboats, high performance combatant crafts and a variety of aluminum workboats.

US Navy awarded $3 billion contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries

US Navy awarded a $3-billion contract modification for the detail design and construction of LHA-8, the future amphibious assault ship Bougainville, to Huntington Ingalls Industries.

This most recent contract action, announced June 16, exercises the contract options for the detail design and construction portions of the work and releases $1.15 billion as a first increment of payment.

Ship construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the ship should deliver in 2024, according to the HII news release.

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