F-35B makes first operational ship deployment

The US Marine Corps has embarked aboard ship the F-35B short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Joint Strike Fighter for its first operational employment. The six F-35Bs of Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA)121 embarked aboard the LHD USS Wasp in the East China Sea on March 5. The Wasp has been deployed to Sasebo in Japan to assume the role of flagship of the … [Read more...]

Navantia signs MoU with Century Engineering for F-5000 work

Navantia Australia has signed an MoU with Adelaide-based Century Engineering to conduct development work on the rudder arrangement and stowage locker for Navantia’s F-5000 proposal for Project SEA 5000. A March 6 release says that, in addition to the F-5000 work, Century will also support Navantia Australia for potential internal stowage locker modifications to the RAN’s … [Read more...]

Saab signs to supply updated systems for Collins subs

Saab has signed a $24.2 million contract with ASC to supply an updated Integrated Ship Control Management and Monitoring System (ISCMMS) for four of the RAN’s Collins class submarines. Saab says the ISCMMS provides manoeuvring and fully integrated ship management of propulsion, trim, power generation and ship services, and that deliverables under the contract will include … [Read more...]

Lockheed Martin to supply MK 41 VLS for Type 26

BAE Systems has selected Lockheed Martin’s MK 41 vertical launch system (VLS) to equip its Type 26 Global Combat Ship for the Royal Navy and other customers. In a March 1 statement, Lockheed Martin said the MK 41 VLS is the only system capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike-length missiles. "Lockheed Martin has a long and successful … [Read more...]

Belgium joins European MRTT program

Belgium has formally joined the European/NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) program, joining the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway and Germany. The expanded program has seen eight A330 MRTTs ordered from Airbus for the MMF, the latest on March 1, while three options remain unfulfilled. MMF is jointly funded by the five partner nations who will … [Read more...]