U.S., Japan participate in joint deployment in East China Sea

Jan. 15 (UPI) — The United States and Japan conducted a joint two-day deployment in the South China for communication and maneuvering drills. Participating Friday and Saturday were ships assigned to the U.S. Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious transport dock ship Kunisaki, the U.S. Navy said in a news release. The Wasp ARG has ...

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Navy plans to deploy three littoral combat ships by this fall

Jan. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy plans to deploy three littoral combat ships by this fall after an overhaul of the program kept all of the small surface vessels sidelined last year. Vice Adm. Richard Brown, the commander of Naval Surface Forces, told reporters Friday that “we’re deploying LCS this year, it’s happening.” He said the USS Montgomery and ...

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Britain declares its F-35B fighters ready for combat

Jan. 11 (UPI) — Britain’s defense minister declared its new fleet of nine F-35B Lightning fighter planes combat-ready. “The incredible F-35 jets are ready for operations, a transformed Typhoon [a fighter plane about to go out of service] has the power to dominate the skies into the 2040s, and we continue to look even further into an ambitious future,” Defense ...

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Raytheon contracted for additional upgrades to AMRAAMs

Jan. 11 (UPI) — Raytheon Missile Systems received a $21 million modification of its contract for missile improvement software for the U.S. Air Force. The modification, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, covers work on the advanced medium-range air-to-air-missile [AMRAAM] system, brought the initial $50 million contract’s value up to $71 million. Work on program software architecture and design ...

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Northrop Grumman to support U.S. Army’s Starlite radar system

Jan. 11 (UPI) — Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. was awarded an $86.2 million contract by the U.S. Army in support of the Starlite radar system. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is a hybrid fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee agreement. The AN/ZPY-1 STARLite radar system is a small radar unit used on tactical aerial reconnaissance missions that include moving ...

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