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US NAVY FUNDS
AUSTAL LCS TEAM
TO BUILD TWO MORE
Austal USA announced on March 5 that their
order backlog has grown by approximately
US $681.7 million as a result of two additional
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) contract options
being exercised by the United States Navy.
The contract options fund construction of the
LCS 14 and LCS 16, the fifth and sixth ships
in the 10-ship block buy award made to an
Austal-led team in December 2010. That 10-
ship program is potentially worth over US$3.5
Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew
Bellamy said the company's U.S. Navy
programs provide revenue and workload for
years to come.
"Austal's production of these revolutionary
ships continues to expand and improve,
simultaneously delivering better program
outcomes for the Navy and improved financial
results for the company's shareholders," he
Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle, had
this to say regarding the new contract award,
"This confirms the Navy's commitment to the
LCS program and their confidence in Austal."
Perciavalle continued, "This award wouldn't be
possible without the hard work and dedication
of our employees."
Austal USA is a full-service shipyard offering
design, construction and high-speed vessel
service and repair. As Austal USA continues to
expand its service and repair capabilities, the
company is well-positioned for new business
with engineering, test and trials capabilities,
and a new waterfront facility on the Mobile Bay
Austal has been contracted by the U.S.
Navy to build ten 103-metre JHSVs under
a 10-ship, US$1.6 billion contract, one of
which has already been delivered, and eight
127-metre Independence-variant LCS class
ships (including USS Independence, delivered
to the Navy in 2009), six of which are a part of a
10-ship, US$3.5 billion contract.
USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) and
Coronado (LCS 4) have both been launched
and are preparing for sea trials later this spring.
Construction of another three JHSVs and two
LCSs is also underway in Austal's Mobile,
Alabama shipyard. Ù
USS Independence (LCS 2)
Credit: USN / Jan Shultis
RADIOS FOR NETT
Thales Communications, Inc. -- located in the
United States - announced on February 19 a
new Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract
for secure radios to support the U.S. Army's
Nett Warrior Program. This Nett Warrior Radio is
capable of providing soldiers with access to the
government's classified networks at the Secret
or Sensitive But Unclassified level.
The radio is a lightweight, body worn unit
that transmits voice and data simultaneously
utilizing the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW).
It allows self-forming, ad hoc, voice and data
networks and enables any leader at the tactical
level to track individual soldier position location
information. The radio was jointly developed
by Thales Communications, Inc. and General
Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S) under the
Handheld, Manpack, and Small Form Fit (HMS)
program, primed by GDC4S.
The award is for 2,052 Nett Warrior radios
and associated ancillaries. Half of the radios
will be produced by GDC4S, and half will
be produced by Thales Communications at
its Clarksburg, Md., headquarters facilities.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the first
quarter of calendar year 2013.
"The Nett Warrior Radio provides soldiers
with capabilities not previously available in
a body worn radio," said Michael Sheehan,
President and CEO of Thales Communications,
Inc. "It gives dismounted soldiers access to
mission-critical, classified information as well as
a much-needed situational awareness capability
that can save lives."
Thales is a world leader in defense radio
communications for land, naval, and air forces,
with experience spanning 70 years and over
800,000 radio sets sold worldwide in more than
Thales designs and integrates radio solutions
for a broad range of platforms, including
armored vehicles, dismounted infantry,
helicopters, aircraft, and naval vessels.
Thales is engaged in major soldier systems
programs in the US, UK, Canada, Malaysia,
Norway, Australia, and Germany as well as in
France. Building on this experience, Thales says
it helps its customer assess their needs and
concepts of operations and provides optimized
equipment and systems to support mounted
and dismounted operations in all environments.
Tailored to national needs, these solutions meet
operational constraints in terms of size, weight,
and power. Ù
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