Michael Fabey mike.fabey@aviationweek.com

Michael Fabey mike.fabey@aviationweek.com
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ONR Awards Raytheon Futuristic Radar Contract 

Fresh from its recent win of the U.S. Navy’s coveted Air-and-Missile-Defense Radar (AMDR), Raytheon now has an $8.5 million deal from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to design the Flexible Distributed Array Radar (Flexdar).
“Migrating digital technologies closer to the front end of radars will allow for more reconfigurability and ultimately more flexible radars resulting in game-changing improvements,” says Paul Ferraro, vice president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Advanced Technology Programs.

U.S. Will Refuel Carrier Washington, Forbes Says 

The U.S. will find the money to fund the refueling and overhauling of the aircraft carrier CVN-73 USS George Washington, says U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

Speed Remains Focus For U.S. Navy Small Surface Combatant 
While the U.S. Navy searches for ways to retain the speed capability of its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's
SASC Questions U.S. Commitment To Pacific Rebalance 
WASHINGTON - The rebalance called for the percentage of ships to increase to about 60% from about half of the overall fleet, notes Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla). But thanks to sequestration and related cuts, there are fewer ships available. “It’s 60 percent of a smaller number,” he says.
U.S. Navy Emphasizes Ohio-Class Replacement Need 
The program would involve a $17 billion research and development effort that would produce a first submarine at an estimated cost of about $6.3 billion and additional subs at about $4.9 billion each for a total of 12 to be acquired between 2021 and 2035. (Ohio SSGN submarine photo: U.S. Navy)
Pacific Concerns Rise As U.S. Sub Numbers Dive 
WASHINGTON - Speaking about the Chinese submarine force at a March 25 hearing on North Korea and the Pacific, Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, told the committee, “The have a credible submarine force now. They are modernizing.”
Pacific Commanders Cite Missile Concerns 
Missile development and missile defense remain high on the list of concerns for commanders of U.S. and partner military forces in the Pacific.
Cyber Threats Worry Pacific Leaders 
Cyber defense remains a priority in the Pacific as China, North Korea and other nations bolster their cyber capabilities.
Pacom Chief Stresses Importance Of Carrier, Amphib Fleets 
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy should keep 11 aircraft carriers for global needs and build up its amphibious fleet in the Pacific, says Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of the nation’s Pacific Command.
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