The Raytheon Company has received a modernization upgrade contract from the United States Army for their Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system radars, worth a maximum of $86.2 million.

This upgrade will boost the radar’s performance while reducing the operation costs. They will be more efficient at detecting threats and increase the reliability of the systems. The Army’s entire inventory of Patriots will be upgraded due to a contract modification from nearly two months ago. The Army has been upgrading their fleet with these for over two years now.

These upgrades are made possible by the new RDP (radar digital processor). The new ones, which are being funded by Patriot partnership, will come with these upgrades:

  • Better detection and target identification
  • Enhanced surveillance capabilities
  • Less operational and maintenance costs due to fewer components—the legacy processor has more than 700 components, while the RDP just has fewer than 100
  • 40% higher reliability rate than systems with the legacy component

The upgrades will be available to all countries that use the radar. In addition to the US, Patriot is in service in Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

"When one country develops an upgrade or improvement to Patriot, that capability is made available to the entire 13-nation Partnership,"

said Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense.

"With more than 220 Patriot fire units owned by 13 countries, countries whose industrial bases participate in manufacturing Patriot have a very large potential export market."

Patriot missile systems have been used in combat situations such as the Iraq conflict in 2003. The systems were stationed in Kuwait and successfully destroyed a number of hostile surface-to-surface missiles, using the new PAC-3 and guidance enhanced missiles.

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On Wednesday February 4th, 2015 at the Navy’s Future Force Science and Technology Expo, the next generation in weapon systems was on display. Science fiction is becoming reality with General Atomics’ new Electromagnetic Railgun. Although it is still quite large, the gun has finally been engineered to a size that can be mounted onto a Navy vessel. Development of the EM Railgun began in 2005 when the goal was just to demonstrate proof-of-concept by achieving 32 mega-joule muzzle energy. Phase II of the program began in 2012 and focused efforts on demonstrating repeated fire capability by developing thermal management techniques for sustained firing.

The Railgun is expected to start sea trials aboard the USNS Millinocket in 2016. However, this will not be a permanent installation. The weapon is being considered for integration onto the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class Destroyer, DDG-1002 USS Lyndon B. Johnson. The Zumwalt-class destroyer is the obvious choice because the 155mm cannon enclosures will be able to house the new EM Railgun. In addition, the ship’s integrated power systems are capable of generating the power necessary to power the EM railgun. The ship generates 80 mega-watts of power through the use of two Rolls-Royce MT-30 gas turbine engines and two smaller RR450 Rolls-Royce engines.

The General Atomics Blitzer Electromagnetic Railgun launches a long-range projectile using electricity instead of chemical propellants. It works by storing electricity generated by the ship in the pulsed power system. Next, an electric pulse is sent to the gun which creates an electromagnetic field by sending high electrical currents between two conductive rails. The projectile is then accelerated down the rails to speeds over Mach 6 and launched. This rail gun is expected to triple the record for muzzle velocity within the next 2 years. The projectile is currently able to travel over 100 nautical miles. The goal set by the US Navy is a projectile capable of traveling over 200 nautical miles. The Railgun has twice the muzzle velocity than traditional projectiles. When the projectile fired by the Railgun reaches the horizon it is still traveling at a higher velocity than a traditional projectile’s muzzle velocity.

Because the Railgun does not use any chemical propellants or explosives, it offers greater safety when transporting and handling. In addition, it improves ship survivability, lowers the cost per kill, and offers all weather performance. With its increased velocity and extended range, the EM Railgun is a multi-mission weapon system. The system can be used to conduct precise naval surface fire support or land strikes as well as ship defense and surface warfare. All things considered, General Atomics EM Railgun is game changer in fighting wars.

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Diehl Defence, a German arms manufacturer founded in 2004 in Uberlingen by the merger of Bodenseewerke Geratetechnik and Diehl Munitionssysteme, has conducted trials of their newly developed infrared imaging system-tail/thrust vector controlled surface-launched missile system, or IRIS-T SL. The company already manufactures an air-to-air guided missile version (the IRIS-T), but the new surface-based missiles have been upgraded with an enhanced rocket motor, new aerodynamic designs for extended range, and advanced software (data link and autonomous navigation systems).

In early 2015, Diehl tested the IRIS-T SLs in three firings at the Overberg Test Range in South Africa in short-to-medium range and low-to-high altitude scenarios. All three tests successfully hit jet target drones programmed for evasive maneuvering. The first test aimed at a target 12 kilometers from the surface. The second test struck a low flying target at close range. The final firing was completed against a small and fast drone with extreme evasion maneuvers.

In 1960, one of Diehl Defence’s founding companies – Bodenseewerke Geratetechnik – was chosen as the prime contractor for producing the US Navy’s Sidewinder AIM-9B air-to-air missiles (originally manufactured by Raytheon and General Electric) for the European market. From this, the company developed the IRIS-T which is currently actively procured by the Luftwaffe and other European forces. The company’s range of guided missiles all feature vertical launching abilities and are capable of protecting a comprehensive 360-degree area. In addition to the IRIS-T and IRIS-T SL, the company manufactures the IRIS-T SLS – a surface launched short-range guided missile capable of being fired from a Unimog 5000 vehicle.

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The American industrial company Oshkosh Corporation was recently awarded a base contract plus options for work on current vehicles. With a value of over USD$77 million, the contract calls for Oshkosh to reset 800 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs). Awarded by the United States Army, this programs looks to standardize the entire M-ATV fleet configuration. In addition, the contract will guarantee that the MRAP platform is 100% mission ready, even after years of operation in theater.

Originally granted on August 6, 2014, the base contract was for the reset of 500 M-ATV vehicles. On December 12, 2014, three more contract options were awarded to Oshkosh Corporation for the reset of an additional 300 M-ATVs—grand totaling 800 M-ATV vehicles. The M-ATV reset process includes vehicle evaluation, complete repairs, missing part replacement, and several upgrade kits. All resets work toward bringing each vehicle to the existing set up for each M-ATV variants in the fleet. Additional upgrades include underbody improvement, upgraded automatic fire extinguishing systems, and various safety related improvements. Work is expected to be completed with deliveries by September 2015.

The M-ATV production contract was granted to Oshkosh in June of 2009 for lifecycles service and support of the vehicles until July 2018. Since the start of the program, Oshkosh has produced over 8,700 M-ATVs.

Oshkosh Defense is one of the world’s leading producers of tactical land vehicles. Founded in 1917 and employing over 12,300 people worldwide, the company is also one of the top defense contractors for the United States government. Oshkosh’s extensive vehicle portfolio includes heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles. In addition, the company offers innovative technologies and vehicle components such as the TAK-4 independent suspension systems, TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle solutions, and Command Zone integrated control and diagnostics systems.

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On February 4th, 2015, the American shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a new contract by the United States Navy. Valued at USD$224 million, the contract is a modification to a currently existing contract regarding advanced planning for the USS George Washington’s refueling and complex overhaul. The modification contract adds additional funds to continue work for refueling and complex overhaul, allowing Huntington Ingalls Industries to move beyond defueling and strategize all work that will be required for refueling and complex overhaul. In addition, the funds calls for Huntington Ingalls Industries to procure the necessary materials such as pumps, breakers, valves, and steel for structural unit support fabrication. Four Nimitz-class ships have already been completed which a fifth ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, being 60 percent complete. Delivery is expected to be completed at the end of 2016.

A refueling and complex overhaul is a full recapitalization of the ship when work is done to it that measures over 35 percent of all maintenance and modernization in an aircraft carrier's 50-year service life. Work that goes into this process includes refueling the ship's reactors, extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and several hundreds of distributive systems. In addition, the ship's areas and systems such as food service areas, aircraft launch and recovery systems, combat systems, and the ship's island are majorly renovated. A full refueling and complex overhaul requires approximately 3,700 shipbuilders from all different departments including engineering, planning, supply chain, the shops, and trades.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is an American shipbuilding company that was originally formed as a spin-off of Northrop Grumman. Established in 2011, the company is a merger of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Newport News. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, Huntington Ingalls Industries is the sole designer, constructor, and refueler of United States military’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two nuclear submarine constructors. The United States Navy is one of the company’s largest customers as 70% of the current active fleet have been built by Huntington Ingalls Industries.

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