Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DTN News - Earth Day 2015 ~ To All DTN News Friends & Readers Globally

DTN News - Earth Day 2015  ~ To All DTN News Friends & Readers Globally
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 22, 2015People around the world will celebrate the 45th Earth Day,
an annual event designed to pay tribute to the environment and promote ways to protect our home planet. 


More than 1 billion people worldwide are expected to take part in Earth Day this year, with activities that include environmental rallies, tree planting and other service projects. 

Earth Day to mark the occasion, we'd like to share some of our favorite photos of this beautiful world.

God Bless You All for keeping Our Mother Earth save for coming future generations to live with dignity and respect

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Friday, April 17, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources U.S. DoD Release No: NR-133-15 Dated April 17, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 17, 2015Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis.

The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828. It spent the majority of its service patrolling the coasts of the Americas to secure interests and trade. In addition, it served as the flagship for the West Indies Squadron working to suppress piracy in the Caribbean Sea, the Antilles and the Gulf of Mexico region.

“The name St. Louis holds a strong naval legacy,” Mabus said. “In this era when our country is faced with similar challenges as our forefathers, it’s important that all who encounter this ship are reminded of the history of our Navy’s bravery and sense of duty.”

The LCS is designed to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, LCS provides war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. 

St. Louis will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

The ship will be 388 feet long, have a waterline beam length of 58 feet and make speeds in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by a Lockheed Martin industry team in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Additional information about littoral combat ships is available online at: http://www.navy.mil/local/lcsfreedom/

The Lockheed Martin Team
The U.S. Navy’s current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility for focused missions including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.


A flexible and reconfigurable seaframe, LCS derives combat capability from rapidly interchangeable mission modules and an open architecture command and control system. Modularity maximizes the flexibility of LCS and enables commanders to meet changing warfare needs, while also supporting spiral development and technology refresh.

The Lockheed Martin-led team producing the Freedom-variant LCS includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox and ship builder Marinette Marine Corporation, as well as domestic and international teammates. The team’s design, a proven semi-planing steel monohull, provides outstanding agility and high-speed maneuverability.  Its common combat system provides commonality with the U.S. Navy’s fleet and allows unprecedented interoperability, while making training more cost effective. The ship’s design also provides flexibility – its shallow draft and narrow beam allow greater access to global ports given existing infrastructure, which is essential for this ship’s missions.

The Lockheed Martin team has designed and delivered two ships for this new class, while another six ships are under construction. The first ship, USS Freedom, was delivered to the Navy in 2008 and successfully completed its first deployment in 2010, two years ahead of schedule. Then, the ship deployed to Southeast Asia in 2013, a journey to be followed by USS Fort Worth in 2014.

USS Fort Worth, the team’s second LCS, was delivered two months early and incorporates improvements from lessons learned on USS Freedom. These includedifferent air compressors, fixes to cooling systems, a 15 percent increase in fuel capacity, and cosmetic changes.

The team’s third LCS, the future USS Milwaukee, was launched and christened in 2013 into the Menominee River at Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), followed by Detroit (LCS 7) in 2014. The Freedom-variant LCS industry team continues to produce ships at MMC.

Designs provided by the Lockheed Martin industry team are based on configurations marketed to navies around the globe. These configurations, known as the Multi-Mission Combat Ship and Surface Combat Ship, are adaptable and can include proven  capabilities such as the Aegis combat system with the SPY-1F (V) radar and the MK 41 Vertical Launching System.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi ~ India’s Reformer-In-Chief

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi ~ India’s Reformer-In-Chief
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Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 16, 2015As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.


Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern—a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a “digital India.”

When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract To Raytheon Missile Systems For 300 Lot 15 AIM-9X Missiles For The Navy And Air Force

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract To Raytheon Missile Systems For 300 Lot 15 AIM-9X Missiles For The Navy And Air Force
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-056-15 Dated March 26, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 28, 2015: Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $26,000,000 ceiling-priced undefinitized contract action for critical missile subassemblies and supporting components for 300 Lot 15 AIM-9X missiles for the Navy and Air Force. 

Work will be performed in Keyser, West Virginia (42.3 percent); Santa Clarita, California (34.6 percent); and Hillsboro, Oregon (23.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. 

Fiscal 2015 missile procurement (Air Force) and weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,404,620 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C 2304(c)(1). This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($16,755,556; 64.44 percent) and Navy $9,244,444; 35.56 percent). 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

AIM-9X Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile, United States of America
The AIM-9X is the newest member in the family of AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range missiles produced by Raytheon. It is an infrared air-to-air missile primarily developed for the US Air Force and the US Navy. The AIM-9X is currently in service with over 40 countries across the world.

The US Air Force requires 5,080 Sidewinder missiles, while the US Navy plans to buy 5,000 missiles. The AIM-9X is also being supplied to Nato member countries and other US allied nations.

In October 2012, the Netherlands requested 28 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles.

In July 2012, Morocco and the US exercised a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) for AIM-9X Block II missiles.

AIM-9X Sidewinder development
The AIM-9X was developed under a joint US Navy and UASF programme.

The AIM-9X was developed under a joint US Navy and UASF programme. The AIM-9X acquisition programme is focused on fulfilling the urgent requirements of aircraft and troops by providing a next-generation Sidewinder to replace the AIM-9M missile.

The first AIM-9X missile was successfully launched in March 1999. Between 1999-2000 13 separation and control test launches and 12 guided launches were made from the US Navy's F/A-18 and USAF F-15 aircraft.

The first low-rate initial production contract for AIM-9X was awarded in November 2000. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was accomplished in November 2003 and full-rate production was approved in May 2004.

The AIM-9X Block II completed its first test firing in November 2008. Also known as AIM-9X-2, the missile is an upgraded variant with a lock-on-after-launch feature. The AIM-9X Block II is also equipped with redesigned fuse and a unidirectional forward-quarter data-link.

Design features of AIM-9X Sidewinder
The AIM-9X incorporates an agile thrust vector controlled airframe. It uses a high-performance staring focal plane array sensor and integrates components such as rocket motor, warhead and fuse of AIM-9M. The digital design architecture of the missile can adapt enhancements for future requirements.

The missile has a length of 3m, diameter of 12.7cm, a fin span of 44.4cm and a wing span of 35.3cm. It weighs approximately 85kg. It can carry a 9.36kg annular blast fragmentation warhead to a range of more than ten miles.

The AIM-9X can be integrated with wide range of aircraft including F/A-18C/D, F-15C, F/A-18E/F, F-15E, F-16, and F-22 aircraft. The missile can be launched by the LAU-7 and LAU-12X series launchers.

Guidance and navigation
The missile has a length of 3m, a diameter of 12.7cm, a fin span of 44.4cm and a wing span of 35.3cm.

The infrared (IR) homing guidance section performs the tracking and guidance functions. The AIM-9X is a system-guided missile employing a mid-wave IR FPA seeker. The seeker, equipped with High Off-Boresight (HOBS), can be used with a helmet-mounted sight for wider attack envelope. It uses passive infrared (IR) energy for target acquisition and tracking. After the launch, the seeker follows the heat signature from the engines of the hostile aircraft.

The IR homing ensures the launch of the missile during day/night and in electronic countermeasure (ECM) environment. The missile can engage targets in the near beyond visual range (NBVR) and within visual range (WVR) areas.

Propulsion
The propulsion for the AIM-9X is provided by Mk 36 rocket motor integrating a thrust vector control package. The solid propulsion motor uses a reduced-smoke hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) propellant. The cylindrical grain form and integrated control actuation system enhance the range and manoeuvrability of the missile.

AIM-9X orders and deliveries
In March 2012, Raytheon received a $97m modification contract for the Lot 12 low rate initial production of 19 and 120 AIM-9X Block II missiles for South Korea and Saudi Arabia respectively.

As of September 2012, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman and Poland also made requests for the acquisition of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles.


In December 2004, Raytheon received a $158m contract from US Naval Air Systems Command for the production of 443 all-up-round AIM-9X missiles, 153 AIM-9X training missiles and associated equipment.

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DTN News - U.S. DOD: BAE Systems Is Being Awarded Contract $16,771,463 For USS San Diego (LPD 22) To Improve The Ship's Military And Technical Capabilities.

DTN News - U.S. DOD: BAE Systems Is Being Awarded Contract $16,771,463 For USS San Diego (LPD 22) To Improve The Ship's Military And Technical Capabilities. 
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-056-15 Dated March 26, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 28, 2015: BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $16,771,463 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee/incentive-fee contract (N00024-10-C-4407) for USS San Diego (LPD 22) fiscal 2015 selected restricted availability. 

A select restricted availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. 

This modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $18,796,615. 

Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2015. 

Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,771,463 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 


The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

*USS San Diego (LPD 22)
The future USS San Diego (LPD 22) was launched May 7, 2010 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. 

The launch of the 684-foot ship into the Gulf of Mexico marks an important milestone in the ship’s construction process. 

“As the sixth ship of the class, this launch is a considerable achievement in the program.” said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 program manager for the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The ship was more than 75 percent complete prior to launch, more complete than any other ship of the class at this point in construction. We continue to work with the shipbuilders to identify production improvements and a consistent build plan that will lead to lower costs and predictable schedules. San Diego is the first ship of the LPD 17 class that started construction after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and is testament to the spirit of the Northrop Grumman workers as they and the shipyard continue their return to normalcy. 

The ship’s keel was laid May 23, 2007. Named for the city of San Diego and her future homeport, the ship’s next major milestone will be christening, scheduled for June. The future USS San Diego is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2011. 

The principal mission of LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ships is to transport and deploy the necessary combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. The ship will carry approximately 720 troops and have the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles (EFV), augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft (MV 22). These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century. 

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all major surface combatants, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Raytheon Co., Was Awarded Contract By Naval Air Systems Command To Procure AN/APG-79 Related In Support of The F/A-18 E/F Aircraft

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Raytheon Co., Was Awarded Contract By Naval Air Systems Command To Procure AN/APG-79 Related In Support of The F/A-18 E/F Aircraft
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-056-15 Dated March 26, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 27, 2015: Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is being awarded $16,380,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0062 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of six AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar systems in support of the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. 

Work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi (50 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (30 percent); and El Segundo, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2017. 

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $16,380,000 are being obligated on this award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The US Navy F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet maritime strike attack aircraft, manufactured by Boeing, flew for the first time on November 29 1995. The Super Hornet is about 25% larger than its predecessor, the F/A-18C/D, but contains 42% fewer structural parts. The single-seat F/A-18/E and the two-seat F/A-18/F fly greater ranges with heavier payloads, have more powerful engines and provide greater survivability.

F/A-18 Super Hornet orders and deliveries
The first low-rate initial production aircraft was delivered in December 1998, and all 12 of the first batch were delivered by November 1999.

In February 1999, the US Navy placed an order for 30 Super Hornets, in addition to the 12 already ordered. Following successful completion of operational evaluation, in June 2000 the USN ordered 222 fighters to be produced over five years.

The Super Hornet is a maritime strike attack aircraft.
The first full-rate production aircraft was delivered in September 2001.

A second multi-year contract was signed in January 2004 for 42 aircraft to be purchased between 2005 and 2009. Total requirement was for at least 545 aircraft. Over 500 aircraft had been delivered by April 2011.

In July 2002, the F/A-18E/F began its maiden operational deployment on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). In November 2002, the aircraft made its combat entry, striking air defence sites in Southern Iraq with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). The aircraft was also deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003.

Improvements scheduled for Block 2 aircraft include a redesigned forward fuselage which has fewer parts and changes to the aircraft's nose to accommodate the Raytheon APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The first aircraft was delivered in September 2003.

The aircraft is fitted with new mission computers, fibre-optic network, Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR targeting pod, Boeing joint helmet-mounted cueing system and Raytheon AIM-9X next generation Sidewinder air-to-air missile.

In April 2007, Boeing announced that it had been asked by the US Navy to provide an Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for the F/A-18E/F. Boeing has selected Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to supply the system. In November 2011, the US Navy awarded a $135m contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the IRST sensor system. The IRST system is expected to achieve initial operating capability by 2016.

In February 2007, Australia requested the FMS of 24 F/A-18F Block 2 aircraft. The contract was placed in May 2007. The first five aircraft were delivered in March 2010 and and rest of them were delivered by October 2011. The F/A-18F Block 2 aircraft cover the capability gap between the retirement of the F-111s in December 2010 and the delivery of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Australia in 2013.

The US Navy has approved System Development & Demonstration (SD&D) for an electronic attack version of the Super Hornet, the EA-18G, to replace the EA-6B Prowler. The EA-18G incorporates the Improved Capability III (ICAP III) suite developed for the Prowler. Two SDD aircraft were delivered. First flight of the EA-18G was in August 2006.

In May 2009, Boeing received a contract worth $48.9m for the development of Distributed Targeting (DT) system for super hornet aircraft.

In November 2011, the US Navy awarded a $48m contract to develop the Type 4 Advanced Mission Computer (AMC) for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which will replace the Type 3 AMC currently in use. It is expected to be completed by 2012.

In September 2011, Boeing and the US Navy proposed to offer F/A-18E Super Hornet Block II version aircraft to the Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF).


In September 2011, the US Navy awarded a $5.297bn contract that includes delivery of 66 Super Hornet aircraft between 2012 and 2015.

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DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract $11.7 Million To Beechcraft Corp., For Procurement of One UC-12W Aircraft For The Navy

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract $11.7 Million To Beechcraft Corp., For Procurement of One UC-12W Aircraft For The Navy
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-055-15 Dated March 25, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 27, 2015: Beechcraft Corp., Wichita, Kansas, is being awarded an $11,703,143 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of one UC-12W aircraft for the Navy, including engineering technical services. 

Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed in July 2016. 

Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,703,143 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-2017).

*UC-12W ~ U.S. Navy version based on the King Air 350 - UC-12W  Provides Essential Airlift Capabilities For VIPs, Cargo

Like “Rudy” Ruettiger of the 1975 Notre Dame football team, the Marine Corps UC-12W aircraft is respected among large tactical aircraft in current theaters of war, despite its smaller-than-average stature. Forward-deployed in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF), the UC-12W Huron provides time-sensitive airlift of high-priority passengers and cargo.

“The UC-12W has proven to be extremely beneficial in satisfying fixed-wing assault support requirements,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Michelle Guidry, program manager, Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Aircraft Program Office (PMA-207). “The UC-12 utilizes commercial off-the-shelf designs that are cost effective and can efficiently support distributed operations in theaters of war and in support of forward-deployed Marines.”

The UC-12W, a modified version of Beechcraft Corporation’s King Air 350, is equipped with a cargo door, military required equipment, and is a modern and improved variant of the Navy’s current UC-12 Beechcraft King Air 200. A slightly larger aircraft than its predecessor, the UC-12W has 23.5 percent more engine power,  improved speed and rate of climb, added aircraft survivability equipment, enhanced avionics suite and allows more load-carrying capacity than the legacy UC-12B/F/M variants, according to Beechcraft Corporation data.

With the initial “proof of concept” deployment of the UC-12W in 2011, tactical assets in Afghanistan, such as the KC-130J Hercules, MV-22 Osprey, and CH-53 Sea Stallion, began resuming their traditional assault support missions instead of intra-theater light lift operations. After receiving a fleet request for improved cargo handling capabilities, PMA-207 teamed with industry partners to design and manufacture a lightweight cargo decking system for the UC-12W.  The first set of cargo decking delivered to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, provided Marines with the ability to remove passenger seats and quickly install cargo decking -- further increasing the mission flexibility of the UC-12W through multiple seating and cargo configurations. “Since 2011, the amount of cargo and passengers airlifted has more than doubled,” Guidry said. “Due to the success of the proof of concept deployment, UC-12W forward deployed missions will continue.”

To date, Camp Bastion-based UC-12W’s have flown 1,677 sorties and 1,822.8 flight hours, moved 4,221 Marines and 132.7 tons of cargo. “They [Operational support airlift] did a great job for us and I only wish they could have been out here more,” said Lt Col. Richard Coates, commanding officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Black Sea Rotational Force. “They filled the gap where KC-130s would have been overkill and commercial flights were expensive and/or inconvenient.”

The UC-12W’s success is not limited to Marines in Afghanistan.  Marines operating in the Asia-Pacific region have been utilizing the UC-12W’s improved cargo capacity and extended range fuel tanks, which increased operational range from 800 nautical miles to 1500 nautical miles at maximum payload to support MAGTF operations across the expansive Pacific Ocean. “The performance of the C-12W in the Western Pacific has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Lt Col. Michael Coletta, commanding officer, headquarters and headquarters squadrons, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. “Whether servicing day to day frags [fragmentary order] in support of the Marines and Sailors in Westpac, participating in theater level exercises, or executing real world missions, the C-12W has definitely earned its keep. Based on the parameters of passengers/cargo capacity, fuel burn, and range the C-12W is uniquely suited to handle the long, overwater flights that are a routine occurrence in the Western Pacific.”


Operational support airlift squadrons have been providing light-lift support in the Marine Corps Forces Central Command since 2004. (http://www.navair.navy.mil/)

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DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract $42 Million To Northrop Grumman For Maintenance And Services In Support of 44 F-5N/F Aircraft

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract $42 Million To Northrop Grumman For Maintenance And Services In Support of 44 F-5N/F Aircraft
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-055-15 Dated March 25, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 27, 2015: Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., St. Augustine, Florida, is being awarded a $42,096,911 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-14-D-0022) to provide depot level maintenance and services in support of 44 F-5N/F aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps Reserves. 

Services to be provided include aircraft inspections, repairs, overhauls, emergency repairs, modification, engineering support and procurement of structural components required to sustain continued safe, reliable, and available operations. 

Work will be performed in St. Augustine, Florida (96 percent); Springville, Utah (3 percent); and Emmen, Switzerland (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2016. 

Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy Reserve) and 2013 National Guard and Reserve equipment funds in the amount of $2,499,866 are being obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 


The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Description
The F-5N is a single seat, twin-engine, tactical fighter and attack aircraft providing simulated air-to-air combat training manufactured by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The F-5F is a dual-seat version, twin-engine, tactical fighter commonly used for training and adversary combat tactics. The aircraft serves in an aggressor-training role with simulation capability of current threat aircraft in fighter combat mode.

Features
As a tactical fighter aircraft, the F-5N accommodates a pilot only in a pressurized, heated and air conditioned cockpit and rocket-powered ejection seat while the F-5F is a two-seat combat- capable fighter. This aircraft has an upward opening canopy, which is hinged at the rear. The design places particular emphasis on maneuverability rather than high speed, notably by the incorporation of maneuvering flaps. Full-span leading-edge flaps work in conjunction with trailing-edge flaps and are operated by a control on the pilot's throttle quadrant. The F-5 also has anti-skid brakes, Initial Navigation System (INS), ALR-87 Radar Warning Receivers (RWR), AN/APQ-159 radar and ALE-40 chaff/flare capability. This aircraft carries AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on wingtip launchers.

Background
The F-5 was developed by Northrop Grumman for export through the Military Assistance Program (MAP) in February 1965. This aircraft was initially offered as a candidate for a U.S. lightweight fighter, but became extremely popular as an export finding its niche in the overseas market. In December 1970, Northrop Grumman began development and production on the F-5A-21, an aircraft design that emphasized maneuverability rather than high speed and was officially reclassified as the F-5E. The F-5N/Fs are third-generation F-5 fighter aircraft designed for replacement of the F-5A/B/E production models. These aging aircraft will be replaced by low-houred F-5N/F acquired from the Swiss Air Force surplus by United States Navy (USN).

Currently, the Swiss F-5N Replacement Program replaces the present high-time Navy F-5Es with low-time F-5Ns allowing the USN/USMC to operate the F-5N aircraft to Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The Phase Depot Maintenance (PDM) required modifications to USN configuration provides a safer, lower-flight time Adversary aircraft with increased capability for Department of Navy (DoN) pilots. These aircraft are assigned to Government facilities, namely, NAS Key West, Florida, MCAS Yuma, Arizona, and NAS Fallon, Nevada.

Service

USN, USMC, USAF and current worldwide air forces

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DTN News - U.S. DOD: Army Contracting Command Awarded Contract $48.6 Million To Northrop Grumman For Continue Logistic Services For The Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System

DTN News - U.S. DOD:  Army Contracting Command Awarded Contract $48.6 Million To Northrop Grumman For Continue Logistic Services For The Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-055-15 Dated March 25, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 27, 2015: Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Sierra Vista, Arizona, was awarded a $48,691,384 modification (P00033) to contract WR8RGZ-13-C-0010 to continue contractor logistic services for the Hunter unmanned aircraft system. 


Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $27,745,692 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 29, 2016. 

Work will be performed in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Afghanistan. 


Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Rolls Royce Corp., For Integrated logistics Support Services For KC-130J Aircraft Propulsion Systems

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. DoD Awarded Contract To Rolls Royce Corp.,  For Integrated logistics Support Services For KC-130J Aircraft Propulsion Systems 
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD CR-054-15 Dated March 24, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 25, 2015: Rolls Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $59,513,856 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for integrated logistics support services for KC-130J aircraft propulsion systems (installed and spares), including supplies. 

Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (41 percent); Winnipeg, Canada (21 percent); Oakland, California (16 percent); Sterling, Virginia (14 percent); Al Mubarak, Kuwait (2.1 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (2 percent); Cherry Point, North Carolina (1.3 percent); Miramar, California (1.3 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (1.3 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2016. 

Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy and Navy Reserve) and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $21,216,339 will be obligated at time of award, $16,252,549 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to the FAR 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the Navy ($54,981,135; 92.38 percent) and the government of Kuwait ($4,532,721; 7.62 percent). 


The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-15-C-0009).

KC-130J
The KC-130J is the global leader in aerial refueling for both tactical aircraft and helicopters, and it is also capable of conducting rapid ground refueling. The KC-130J is assigned to U.S. Marine Corps units and has more than 20,000 hours of flight in Iraq. It is battle-tested and it delivers capabilities that keep the fleet flying high. 


The KC-130J aerial refueling (AR) tanker is the latest in a long lineage of combat proven C-130 Hercules tanker technology. The new KC-130J builds on proven tanker designs while taking full advantage of tremendous technological and performance improvements inherent in the basic C-130J aircraft

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