Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer announced that it has been selected to supply South Korea’s new military transport aircraft. The company will deliver an undisclosed number of C-390 Millennium planes specially configured to meet Republic of Korea Air Force requirements. It will also provide associated support services and equipment, including training and spare parts.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems won a $389 million deal by the US Army for the purchase of MQ-1C-25M Gray Eagle Modernized Extended Range systems. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of November 29, 2024.

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Kratos won a $23 million modification, which adds scope to provide continued non-recurring engineering in support for the XQ-58A Unmanned Aerial Systems mission systems and subsystems integration for the Marine Corps. Additionally, this modification provides for flight test and demonstration events, associated spares, materials, and repairs. Work will be performed in Sacramento, California; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be completed in September 2024.

Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer announced that it has been selected to supply South Korea’s new military transport aircraft. The company will deliver an undisclosed number of C-390 Millennium planes specially configured to meet Republic of Korea Air Force requirements. It will also provide associated support services and equipment, including training and spare parts.

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Saab Inc. won a $15.9 million deal for the construction of underwater unmanned vehicles and associated storage containers, training naval mines, spare parts, training documentation, training and transportation. The contract involves Foreign Military Sales to the State of Kuwait. Work will be performed in Cranston, Rhode Island; and Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed by September 2025.


Elbit Systems has announced a partnership with Romanian state-owned Romarm for the creation of an artillery production facility in the country. The collaboration will facilitate technological transfer to Bucharest, specifically in the production, assembly, and integration of 155-millimeter ATMOS advanced mobile howitzers. It will also boost sovereign artillery production, generate employment opportunities, and position Romania as a regional artillery hub.

The Spanish Navy’s first new S-80 Plus-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has been commissioned into service following the completion of sea acceptance trials. First-of-class Isaac Peral (S-81) was formally commissioned during a ceremony held at the Spanish Navy’s naval base in Cartagena on 30 November.


Japan has attained official observer status on the Eurodrone project, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) announced on November 30. The letter of approval was presented in Berlin by OCCAR Executive Administration Director Joachim Sucker to the Japanese Ambassador to Germany, Hidenao Yanagi.

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Mercury Mission Systems won a $16.8 million modification, which exercises an option to procure 48 data transfer units and 121 high-definition video recorders for retrofit on F/A-18C-F Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircrafts in support of Small Business Innovation Research Phase III topic N102-0129 titled, “Automatic Real-Time, Reconfigurable Interface Generalization Hardware Multiprotocol Data Recorder”. Work will be performed in Torrance, California, and is expected to be completed in June 2026.
Canada has solidified a government-to-government agreement with the United States for the procurement of up to 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Valued at an estimated $7.7 billion, this strategic move is designed to replace Canada’s aging CP-140 Aurora fleet, which has faithfully served for over four decades. In March this year, the Canadian government announced that the Boeing P-8A Poseidon was selected as the preferred candidate to replace its aging CP-140 Aurora fleet. The decision was made after a thorough process that included engagement with industry and Canada’s closest allies.
Raytheon won a $702 million modification, which exercises options to provide continued recurring sustainment, program management (financial and administrative), propulsion integration, engineering, material management, configuration management, software sustainment, security management, equipment management, product management support activities, and spare replenishments. Additionally, this modification provides for continued joint technical data updates, training, and depot level maintenance and repair for all fielded propulsion systems at the F-35 production sites and operational locations for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, non-US Department of Defense (DOD) partners, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.
Boeing has received a $2.3-billion deal to build 15 more KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft for the US Air Force. Announced Tuesday, the agreement would allow the service to bolster its aerial refueling and cargo transport capacities. According to company vice president Lynn Fox, the new order reflects the air force’s trust in the capability of the tanker aircraft.
Northrop Grumman won a modification, which provides for sustaining engineering and logistics support services for the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program, including engineering changes, contractor logistics support, depot lifecycle support, software support activity support, diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages support, technical refresh, studies and analyses, services for the retrofit of six fielded Gallium Arsenide G/ATOR Low Rate Initial Production systems with Gallium Nitride technology, operational spares buys, software development for current and future radar systems, and the 5G America’s Mid-band Initiative Spectrum accommodation. Work locations will be determined by individual task orders and is expected to be complete by September 28, 2025.
The Canadian military’s acquisition of medium altitude armed drones is being delayed to allow for more development work to enable the aircraft to operate in the Arctic region. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System project was to deliver a fleet of drones for the Royal Canadian Air Force that would be operational by 2025. That date has now shifted and the delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2028. Ottawa is focused on acquiring the General Atomics MQ-9B Reaper in a project budgeted with as much as $3.6 billion. It’s hoping to have a contract in place by the end of this year or early next year.

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