SEWIP naval ECM/ESM: Lockheed Martin has won a $98 million US Navy contract to produce and deliver the service's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program systems. The modification covers work for the program's Block 2 subsystems, which aim to expand upon the receiver and antenna groups necessary to support threat detection and improved system integration. Work will be completed by July 2019.
Israel's Arrow anti-ballistic missile system has been combat tested for the first time. The system came into operation in order to intercept a Syrian surface-to-air missile that was targeting Israeli warplanes returning from a raid on Syrian sites. Despite claims from Damascus that one Israeli plane had been downed, IDF officials stated that no aircraft had been lost.
Rapid Fire | Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 00:30 UTC ()
Lockheed Martin has been given a $40 million contract modification to strip and recoat F-22 coatings for the USAF’s F-22 Raptor fleet. Work on the contract will be performed at various locations in California, Georgia, Utah, and Texas, and work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. At the time of the award, the company received $6.4 million. The fifth-generation tactical stealth fighter has been in service since 2005 and designed to perform air superiority missions.
Middle East & North Africa
Israel will declare their multi-tier defense network operational from next month following the deployment of the David’s Sling interceptor system. Developed and manufactured jointly by Rafael and Raytheon, David’s Sling will be responsible for shooting down rockets fired from 100 to 200 kilometers away, such as projectiles fired by the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah. The network will include the IDF’s short-range Iron Dome and long-range Arrow missiles.
Aselsan has been contracted $125 million to develop and produce electronic warfare suites for Turkey. The partnership will see the government-controlled firm team with another state-controlled entity, defense engineering specialist STM, to deliver the suites by 2020. Speaking on the contract, industry sources said that the contract “is consistent with a Turkish policy to further nationalize its EW suites.”
Nigerian company Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited will add two more Damen FCS 3307 patrol vessels to their inventory to help conduct patrols around assets operated by oil companies, as well as occasional transfers of crew and supplies. The firm works with oil companies working in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas fields by providing engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and security services. Due to Damen’s build-for-stock policy, the first additional vessel is almost complete except for some additional items and the second will be ready within a few months, with delivery expected in the second quarter of 2017.
Mauro Moretti has vacated his post as CEO of Leonardo amid criticisms that his three-year tenure lacked experience of global markets and failed to win the firm enough orders. He will be replaced by Alessandro Profumo, a banker who was at the helm of Italian banking giant Unicredit from 1998-2010, and who steered the bank to international growth through acquisitions and oversaw a leap in staff numbers from 15,000 to over 162,000 in over 20 countries. However, Profumo’s lack of defense experience has drawn some criticism that he has only been picked by the government in order to handle the sell off of the firm, something the government denies.
Poland’s Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems has been contracted $11.38 million to work as a subcontractor in support of Poland’s Leopard 2 main battle tank modernization program. Under the agreement, Jenoptik will provide 126 17-kilowatt auxiliary power units to Polish company ZM Bumar Labedy S.A., and an additional seven units to Rheinmetall Defense. Rheinmetall will receive ten electric turret and weapon stabilization systems that will be used to replace the hydraulic systems currently used to reduce heat generation inside the tank. Warsaw began the upgrade of their 126 Leopard 2 tanks in February 2016. Elsewhere, Polish and US tank operators recently began a series of tactical maneuvering exercises in preparation for an upcoming NATO training event, aimed at improving participants’ ability to shoot, move, and communicate with one another on the battlefield.
The Taiwanese government is looking to build their own submarines with the help of US submarine technology, according to a pledge made by President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday. Speaking during a tour of a submarine in the southern naval port of Zouying, Tsai said that “strengthening underwater combat capabilities is most needed in Taiwan’s defense.” However, defense analysts point out that building the correct type of submarine may pose a challenge to Taipei, who have never built such a vessel before, and may have to rely on foreign technology to resolve issues such as integrating the hardware with various electronic systems.
In response to North Korea’s growing nuclear missile threat, the Trump administration is looking at implementing sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting Pyongyang off from the global financial system. US officials say that the sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach of increased economic and diplomatic pressure – especially on Chinese banks and firms that do the most business with North Korea – plus beefed-up defenses by the United States and their South Korean and Japanese allies, according to the administration official familiar with the deliberations. However, any future sanctions would need full cooperation from the international community, especially China, who have been so far uncooperative when dealing with issues surrounding their neighbor.
| Indian and Russian officials have signed two long-term support contracts for Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft flown by India. Companies signing the agreement include Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., United Aircraft Corporation and United Engine Corporation, and covers upgraded schedule for delivery of spares from Russia for the jets, local manufacturing of parts, and a proposed logistics hub for the fighter in Bengaluru, India, by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. A second agreement will see the provision of lifecycle support and maintenance of major Russian equipment and platforms for Mi-17 helicopters, MiG-29K aircraft, INS Vikramaditya and T-90 tanks.
| Boeing and the US Army have signed a five-year $3.4 billion contract that will see the company provide Apache helicopters to both the US Army and the government of Saudi Arabia, marking the first multi-year agreement for the helicopter's “E” variant . Under the deal, Riyadh will receive 24 brand new Apache Guardians while the Army will receive 244 remanufactured aircraft, with work expected to be completed by June 30, 2022. Saudi Arabia's procurement of Apaches is part of an effort to build a 156-strong rotary-wing force and they have so far procured 36 helicopters in the last two years.
| The Israeli Air Force is considering a procurement of advanced F-15 jets from Boeing instead of purchasing additional F-35s. Tel Aviv will evaluate and consider this advanced version, capable of carrying more missiles and potentially in line with Boeing's suggested 2040 configuration, and could order as many as 20-25 aircraft to augment its F-35 fleet. At present, the IAF has plans for a 50-strong F-35I fleet.
| The British government has been cleared by the US State department to move forward with the purchase of AGM-114R1/R2 Hellfire II Semi-Active Laser (SAL) missiles. Estimated to value around $150 million, the foreign military sales contract will involve the transfer of 1,000 rounds from existing US military stocks, as well as the provision of logistics support services and other related program support. London previously ordered 500 AGM-114s back in 2015.
| The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) has cleared the possible sale of 2,000 XM395 precision mortar rounds to the government of Singapore. Built by Orbital ATK, the value of the sale is estimated to reach $66 million and will include support equipment and services. Singapore intends to use the mortar rounds to defend against current and future threats in addition to bolstering homeland defenses.
| Denmark has placed an order with Northrop Grumman to provide additional LITENING advanced targeting pods for their F-16s. First delivered in 2013, Denmark was the first international buyer of the LITENING G4 pod, and they are now looking to expand the use of the pod within the Royal Danish Air Force. Technologies found on the fourth generation pod include digital, high definition video, 1K forward-looking infrared and charge-coupled device sensors, laser imaging sensors and advanced data links. These advances deliver more accurate target identification and location at longer ranges than previous targeting pod systems, while also reducing pilot workload. It has been integrated on the A-10, AV-8B, B-52, C-130, F-15, F-16 and F/A-18.