Lockheed Martin Space Systems will produce Trident II D5 missiles under a new $22.3 million contract for the 2019 fiscal year. Lockheed's work on the missiles, which are used by the US nuclear triad and can carry several nuclear warheads, is expected to finish in 2023.
Saab's Sea Giraffe AMB Multi Mode Radar, already in use on a Coast Guard cutter, has been selected by the US Navy for its Expeditionary Sea Base-class ship USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams. The MMR system is a "3D, electronically scanned phased array radar" that offers high power, custom wavelengths and new-age signaling technology.
Austal USA will be providing engineering and management services to support the littoral combat ship USS Tulsa under a $14.8 million order against an earlier contract. The work, which is expected to finish in 2019, will consist of four to five months of engineering and procurement efforts before official transfer to the Navy.
The two builders of US submarines are not expected to see high short-term profit from their production of the Navy's upcoming Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile subs. However, as with other vessels, there is a learning curve that eventually should lead to greater efficiency and healthier profit margins.
Huntington Ingalls Industries will be providing long-lead-time material and advance construction activities for the Navy's amphibious transport ships under a $165.5 million advance procurement contract. Funding will be used to purchase main engines, diesel generators, deck equipment, shafting, propellers and valves.
Two products of Austal USA's Mobile, Ala., shipyard, the expeditionary fast transport vessel Burlington and the littoral combat ship Charleston, have cleared acceptance trails. The Charleston will be the ninth of its type from Austal, with delivery expected by year end.
The Navy faces a "new dynamic" in the North Atlantic with Chinese and Russian military vessels present in numbers not previously seen since the Cold War, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson. "We're talking about more [activity] than we've seen in 25 years," Richardson said, with one worry focusing on the possibility that Russian subs will cut or tap undersea cables connecting the US and Europe.
A week after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Pennsylvania and New York to take responsibility for their contributions to the amount of pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay, Patrick McDonnell, Pennsylvania's secretary of environmental protection, said his state could be doing more to reduce pollution and has set a goal to improve by 2025.
Two new buoys deployed in Lake Michigan are gauging wind speed, surface current, wave height and water temperatures in real time. The data are expected to give researchers a clearer picture of factors contributing to coastal erosion along northern Illinois' lakefront.
Most work on Virginia's Mountain Valley Pipeline has been halted as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission collaborates with the state Department of Environmental Quality to ensure that erosion and sediment controls are in place. In particular, the DEQ will be inspecting the project for site stabilization; DEQ Director David Paylor says the inspection is underway.