KnightShield underwater security system unveiled | RN Tomahawks will be upgraded
South-east Welding & Manufacturing has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract for complex repair, maintenance and modernization requirements for Navy Surface Combatant-class (CG, DDG and AMPHIB) non-nuclear vessels based or visiting homeport of San Diego, California. These efforts consist of scheduled docking and undocking by the Chief of Naval Operations; ongoing maintenance; and the emerging maintenance availabilities of Surface Combatant-class ships to perform in the Port of San Diego, California. Delivery orders will be awarded competitively under these contracts, which are to be performed in San Diego, California. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, is the contracting activity.
FEW Inc. was awarded a $49.2 million contract for the fabrication, production, inspection, storage, staging and shipping of mortar systems. Bids were solicited via the Internet and four were received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 28, 2027.
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Israeli company DSIT Solutions unveiled its KnightShield underwater security system, during the UDT 2022 exhibition in the Netherlands. The system supports task force underwater protection, simultaneously protecting multiple vessels anchored in ports, harbor entrances and designated areas of harbor basins against swimmers, UAVs, SDVs and sabotage attempts. According to DSIT, based on the sophisticated technology implemented in PointShield, the company’s advanced diver detection sonar systems (DDS), KnightShield covers medium ranges in ports, delivering exceptional reliability and accuracy.
The Royal Navy’s current stock of Tomahawk cruise missiles will be upgraded to Block V standard. The weapon will arm the Royal Navy’s Astute-class submarines, enabling them to strike targets at a range of up to at 1,000 miles. The $333 million Foreign Military Sales contract will begin in July and BAE Systems, Babcock International and Lockheed Martin will provide technical and maintenance support. The contract includes spare parts, operational flight testing, software, hardware and training provisions. The first Block V missile will be ready in 2024.
The United States and Germany pledged on Wednesday to equip Ukraine with some of the cutting-edge weapons it has long wanted to shoot down planes and knock out artillery, as Russian forces move closer to capturing a key city in the east. Germany said it would supply Ukraine with state-of-the-art anti-aircraft missiles and radar systems, while the United States said it would supply four sophisticated medium-range rocket systems and ammunition.
The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration contracted Saab to conduct studies related to the development of future fighter aircraft technologies. The aircraft manufacturer announced the $25. million euros on June 1, saying the study will be “preparatory in nature, and its objective is to broaden the work on how future combat air capabilities can be developed and achieved”
Two Indian private sector defense companies have announced that they will cooperate in the research and development of a submarine-launched unmanned aerial system (UAS). According to an industry source, the UAS will include the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) plus a specialized underwater launch canister.
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