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8/13/2020

The USS Gerald R Ford has passed the halfway point in its post-delivery tests and trials with the conclusion of its eleventh independent steaming event. Ford's combat systems department held a pre-action aim calibration fire on one of the carrier's three close-in weapons system mounts, and the operations department completed an Air Intercept Control mission.

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8/13/2020

The Missile Defense Agency will soon see if the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John Finn can supplement ground-based defense systems. The test in Hawaii will involve a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA to determine whether it can be used to stop an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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USNI News
8/13/2020

Leonardo DRS will provide launch electronics for the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System under a $62 million contract. The deal covers production and support for 118 motor control panels that allow operators to open and close launch tube hatches, plenum drain valves and deluges while interfacing with launch sequencers.

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Naval Technology
8/13/2020

BAE Systems will modernize two US destroyers this year and next under an $83.5 million Navy contract. Work on the USS Carney will include underwater hull maintenance and upgrades to shipboard systems, and the USS Winston S. Churchill will receive new steel structures onboard and upgraded electronic systems.

8/13/2020

North American vessel owners are expressing more interest in low-maintenance and low-emission electric and hybrid propulsion systems as the technologies mature. However, the systems come with high upfront capital costs and complex engineering requirements, said Will Moon, senior naval architect at Glosten.

8/13/2020

The Navy carried out a virtual commissioning for the littoral combat ship USS St. Louis. It's the seventh ship named for the Missouri city and the 22nd LCS delivered to the Navy.

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USS St. Louis
8/13/2020

South Korea's newly revealed five-year defense plan includes its navy's first aircraft carrier, a light design similar to the USS America. The LPX-II has no catapult or well deck and would field F-35B fighters that the country plans to acquire.

8/13/2020

The Navy is employing 3D printing and nanophotonics to create and test tiny models of submarines and other warships for their radar profiles. The technique is considered more efficient and accurate than computer modeling.

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Forbes
8/13/2020

An infographic by Jeffrey Winters uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to illustrate the US' struggles to bridge the gap between imports and exports. Policy solutions remain elusive, although US exports managed to register some improvement between H2 2015 and H2 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

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ASME
8/13/2020

Hyperion has released renderings of its XP-1 hydrogen supercar, which will feature articulating solar panels and carbon fiber storage systems. The chassis will feature a carbon-titanium metal-composite monocoque and the bodywork will be titanium-reinforced composite.

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New Atlas