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Brazil NavyBrazil to re-evaluate $6B Warships Plan

P8ANavy Awards $1.6 Billion for the Production of Six Poseidon P-8A

Naval LaserONR Team Demonstrates Source for Future 100KW FEL Laser

Naval System Report

Defense Update Naval Systems Channel - February 2011

Photo above: Lockheed Martin received funding for one additional Freedom class LCS and advanced payment for long lead materials for 10 vessels. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Brazil DestroyersBrazil to re-evaluate $6B Warships Plan

Following the delay in decision about the Brazilian Air Force future fighter, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will reevaluate a 10 billion real ($6 billion) plan to purchase 11 offshore patrol vessels for the Brazilian Navy, as she seeks to streamline government expenses, according to news agency Reuters quoting local newspaperFolha de S.Paulo, citing people familiar with the decision. (Read More...)

P-8ANavy Awards $1.6 Billion for the Production of Six Poseidon P-8A

The U.S. Navy announced awarded Boeing $1.6 billion contract for the production of six P-8A Poseidon under the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) phase of the P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft (MMA) program. This first LRIP contract also includes spares, logistics and training devices.  (Read More...)

naval laserONR Team Demonstrates Source for Future 100KW FEL Laser

The Free Electron Laser (FEL) program is undergoing Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) preliminary design review (PDR) this week, following the successful critical demonstration of an injector capable generating the electron flow for the megawatt-class FEL laser. (Read More...)

invisable submarineNew Meta-Material Could Render Submarines Invisible to Sonar Detection

A research team from the University of Illinois, led by mechanical science and engineering professor Nicholas Fang, have demonstrated a technology that renders underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves. (Read More...)

SonarU.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Continued Submarine Sonar Upgrade through ARCI Program

Lockheed Martin has won a U.S. Navy contract to continue supporting all sonar systems for U.S. submarines through the ARCI program. The current contract worth $84 million contains options bringing the total potential contract value to $2.1 billion. Under this contract the company will continue to develop, produce and support all sonar systems for U.S. submarines, through the Acoustic Rapid Commercial-off-the-Shelf Insertion, (ARCI) program which has been underway since 1998. (Read More...)

LCSU.S. Navy Awards Over $900 Million as a First Step Toward Acquisition of 20 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)

The U.S. Navy has awarded two fixed-price incentive contracts worth over US$460 million each to Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal USA, for the design and construction of a total of 20 littoral combat ships split equally between the two companies in the next five years. The new contracts give each shipbuilding team one ship to build now, with another in 2011. (Read More...)