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BAE receives $76M contract for Naval Air Warfare Center equipment
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017


British Royal Navy test fires Sea Ceptor missile
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017 - The British Royal Navy has conducted its first firings of the new Sea Ceptor air defense system which will help defend the country's new aircraft carriers, the English Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.

The missile, capable of destroying an enemy missile that is traveling at supersonic speed, was fired off the coast of Scotland by HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate.

"Sea Ceptor will protect our interests against threats both known and unknown," Harriett Baldwin, England's Minister for Defense Procurement, said in a press release. "It will launch from the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates as they keep our nuclear deterrent submarines and the UK's two new aircraft carriers safe on operations around the globe."

The Sea Ceptor is made by MBDA. It is the company's next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile and will replace the Sea Wolf weapon system on the Type 23 frigates. It is also slated for new Type 26 frigates.

The Ministry of Defense said HMS Argyll will conduct additional firing trials of the missile before the frigate deploys to Japan next year.

BAE Systems has been awarded a $76 million 22-month contract for the design, fabrication and maintenance for electronic and communications systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, the company announced on Tuesday.

"We perform expert, integrated engineering and sustainment support services that meet the development demands of the Navy," acting president of BAE Systems Intelligence & Security sector Mark Keeler said in a press release.

BAE will also develop and install mission systems for NAWCAD's Special Communications Mission Solutions Division. The communications equipment to be deployed is secured and is used by NAWCAD, the U.S. Army, Air Force and many other commands and federal agencies.

NAWCAD is responsible for supporting research, testing, development and evaluation of all air vehicles and trainers for the Navy and Marine Corps.

NAWCAD manages test ranges, facilities, laboratories and aircraft necessary to support the Navy's acquisition programs. They are primarily located in Patuxent River, Md., Lakehurst, N.J. and Orlando, Fla., with many smaller facilities across the United States and elsewhere.

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DRS to provide power distribution systems for Zumwalt-class destroyer
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
The U.S. Navy is issuing a $32.2 million contract to DRS Systems Inc. for the electric power distribution network of the Zumwalt-class destroyer. The work will go towards generators and power distribution nodes and is expected to be completed by September 2022. The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is a surface warfare stealth ship still under development by the U.S. Navy. It has ... read more

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