AIM-120 Advanced, Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM): Raytheon received a contract modification totaling $528.8 million for the production of AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, a portion of which are earmarked for Foreign Military Sales. The company recently announced that it has begun development of an extended-range variant of the missile, with tests scheduled for later this year. More »
The Navy’s Super Hornets will receive six a href=”http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/580m-subcontract-puts-anapg79-radars-in-production-f18s-0775/”>AN/APG-79 AESA radars in a $16.4 million contract announced today. Raytheon was also awarded a $26 million contract action for sub-assemblies of 300 AIM-9X missiles in the Lot 15 configuration for the both the Navy and the Air Force.
In a confusing twist in the development of Turkey’s T-LORAMIDS air defense program, defense procurement officials said that the final decision on which contractor will build the system won’t be made until after the election in June. The Chinese previous stated that they had won the competition, beating out rivals Eurosam and Raytheon/Lockheed Martin. In a further complication, the Turkish officials also reportedly hinted at the possibility of allowing the discarded Russian S-400 bid back into the competition, the same system recently procured by the Chinese at $500 million each.
Dassault is prepared to cede technology transfers to Indonesia if they purchase the Rafale. The French fighter is competing with the Russian Su-35, Eurofighter Typhoon, Swedish Gripen and modernized F-16 Block 60s to replace the Indonesian Air Force’s aging fleet of F-5 fighters. The Indonesian Air Force wants the Russian fighter, but it will be the Defense Ministry who will make the decision.
Japan launched a $272.2 million intelligence satellite into orbit today, replacing an existing optical satellite. The Japanese government said it intends to increase the capitalization of the nation’s space industry by $42 billion over a ten-year period.
| The Netherlands has been experimenting. The Royal Netherland Air Forces has been using "modifications and operational techniques" to convert their fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters from their traditional ground-attack and CAS roles to a more ISTAR-oriented platform. Details of exactly what these special changes are remain to be seen.
| The DSCA notified Congress of the potential sale of three Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks to Mexico, in a deal potentially worth $110 million. That there are only three Black Hawks in the deal is surprising, as the application appears to have gone in with five requested.
Slovakia is also poised to receive nine of the same model. More »