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August 2016 Issue

MBDA Italia Award
From Qatari Navy

MBDA Italia has been awarded a contract by the Qatar Emiri Naval Force to supply operational capabilities for their new naval units: four multirole corvettes, one landing platform dock and two patrol vessels. The program will be comprehensive and include training, test stations and maintenance facilities, as well as integrated logistical support.

Journey Mechanics Graduate
To Support Fleet Maintenance

Sixteen apprentices from the Southwest Regional Apprentice Program graduated from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California, representing three commands and five trades, with 75 percent graduating with a grade point average at or above 3.5. In addition to receiving their journey worker certificates from both the U.S. Department of Navy and Department of Labor, they all earned their Certificate of Proficiency in Leadership and Supervision from Southwestern Community College. These newly minted mechanics can now fulfill their roles supporting fleet maintenance.

MUOS-5 Satellite
Launches Successfully

The U.S. Naval Spacecraft Operations Control facility was able to communicate with the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite in space after its successful launch. Built by Lockheed Martin, MUOS-5 completes the U.S. Navy’s satellite constellation that will provide a new global military cellular network offering enhanced communications capabilities for mobile forces with near-global coverage.

General Dynamics NASSCO to Design,
Construct Six Next-Gen Oilers

General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for the detailed design and construction of six ships of the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis-class (TAO-205), previously known as the TAO(X). Designed to transfer fuel to U.S. Navy surface ships operating at sea, the oilers will have the capacity to carry 156,000 barrels of oil, including the Navy’s new biofuels.

Blackhawk Ops Simulator
For Mexican Navy

Rockwell Collins will deliver one Transportable Blackhawk Operations Simulator (T-BOS) and associated services to the Mexican Navy in Veracruz, Mexico. The T-BOS simulator will train the Mexican Navy’s UH-60M Blackhawk aviators in all skill sets needed to complete their missions safely. Deliveries are scheduled to begin June 2017.

Leidos to Develop Tech
To Integrate RF Functionality

Leidos was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) to provide technical solutions for the Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare Command and Control (EMC2) program. Leidos will develop technology and prototypes to integrate RF functionality such as electronic warfare, radar, communications and information operations into a common set of open architecture systems, antennas, electronics and software.

ONR Tackles Software Bloat
To Improve Cybersecurity

Software bloat, a condition where updated software runs slower because of repetitive code, requiring more memory, leads to higher cyberattack vulnerability. To ensure the U.S. Navy’s cloud and other computing efforts run more securely and efficiently, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is supporting the work of researchers Dr. Dinghao Wu at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Harry Xu at the University of California, Irvine. Wu and his team created a tool called JRed, which can read thousands of lines of code in seconds, apply predefined rules to the code of software upgrades, and identify and remove bloated, repetitive code. Xu and his group designed an optimization technique called Library Auto-Selection to create “shadow libraries” that can update existing software by pinpointing areas of bloat and adding only the necessary code and data needed for upgrade—skipping the repetitive code.

Raytheon, Kongsberg Finalize
Plans for US Naval Strike Missile

Raytheon Co. and Kongsberg Defence Systems are finalizing plans to assemble, integrate and test the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in the U.S. The two companies also plan to produce NSM launchers in the U.S. With a range of more than 100 nm, NSM is a long-range, anti-ship missile that provides superior strike capability against land and sea targets.

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