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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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