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JSF support MoU
Friday 18th June marked a key date for the BAE Systems
Williamtown site, as Senior Representatives from BAE Systems
and Lockheed Martin signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) that will provide Through Life Support for the F-35 ‘Lightning’
Joint Strike Fighter.
Mr. John Monaghan, Director Aerospace for BAE Systems, along
with Dr. Bob Bolz V.P Global Industrial Integration signed the MoU in
front of assembled guests and media.
Mr Monaghan said BAE Systems is ideally placed to provide
support for the F-35 Lightning through its established capabilities
at Williamtown where its 400 strong workforce already provides
maintenance and through life support to the F/A-18 Hornet and Hawk
Mr Monaghan said that the Defence Materiel Organisation’s (DMO’s)
New Air Combat Capability (NACC) project office had supported
Lockheed Martin with identification of local industry capable of
providing support. BAE have an established network of suppliers
within the Hunter region and will be working with local companies to
identify additional opportunities.
Mr. Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President for
F-35 Program Integration, spoke of the partnership that had evolved
and which will see BAE Systems established to support the RAAF’s
‘Lightning’s. The performance-based contract will allow the BAE
facility to be stood up as a regional facility with the potential for
additional MRO opportunities. Although contracts are some way
off, Mr. Burbage spoke of the natural evolution as the project gains
momentum, with decisions on repair venues for componentry being
part of the ongoing process.
The first aircraft is due to arrive in 2017 with an Entry Into Service
date of 2018. APDR
Credit: BAE Systems / P Brennan
Austal Hosts Keel Laying
Ceremony For US Army’s
“Spearhead” (JHSV 1)
Just over six months after the official opening of Austal’s new Module
Manufacturing Facility (MMF) in November 2009, Austal USA hosted a
keel-laying ceremony on July 22 at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama to
signify the erection of the first modules on the US Department of Defense’s
next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV ).
This is part of a 10-ship program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion.
“Spearhead” ( JHSV 1) will be a US Army vessel (USAV ) and its name
represents a major feature of the Regimental Insignia of the Transportation
Corps. The insignia is a gold colour metal and enamel device consisting
of a ship’s steering wheel bearing a shield charged with a winged vehicle
wheel on a rail, all gold, centered upon a brick red spearhead point up,
all standing upon a curving gold scroll spanning the lower tips of the
spearhead and inscribed, “Spearhead of Logistics,” in blue letters.
The ceremony signified the erection of the modular components
that will form part of a 103-metre aluminium catamaran capable of
transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief
efforts, operating in shallow waters, and reaching speeds in excess of 35
knots fully loaded. This is the first of a class of 10 vessels to be operated by
both the US Army and Navy.
Austal USA is the prime contractor, responsible for designing and
constructing the 103-metre high-speed catamaran. General Dynamics
Advanced Information Systems is the platform mission systems
engineering agent responsible for the design, integration and testing of the
ship’s mission systems, including internal and external communications,
electronic navigation, and aviation and armament systems.
Addressing the audience on behalf of the US Army, Brig. Gen. Brian R.
Layer, Chief of Transportation, commented: “The Joint High Speed Vessel
gives combatant commanders the flexibility to maneuver operationally
in a variety of missions, including Overseas Contingency Operations,
humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, special operations and emerging
seabasing concepts in austere port environments.” APDR
Components of the first Joint High Speed Vessel, Spearhead,
under construction Credit: Austal USA
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