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L3Harris Technologies has secured a $34-million contract to upgrade the US Air Force B-52H bomber cockpit. It is part of the air force’s Global Strike Command B-52 Quad Crew Program to consolidate the functions of the electronic warfare officer and navigator. The aircraft’s five-person crew comprises two pilots, two navigators, and an electronic warfare officer.
Raytheon won a $38 million modification to previously awarded contract for an option exercise and the award of a technical refresh of DDG-1000 Class Total Ship Computing Environment Hardware in support of Zumwalt Test Facility Ship Mission Center, peripherals and spares hardware. Work will be performed in Manchester, New Hampshire; Nashua, New Hampshire; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; and San Diego, California, and expected to complete by May 2027. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DS, is the contracting activity.

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L3Harris Technologies has secured a $34-million contract to upgrade the US Air Force B-52H bomber cockpit. It is part of the air force’s Global Strike Command B-52 Quad Crew Program to consolidate the functions of the electronic warfare officer and navigator. The aircraft’s five-person crew comprises two pilots, two navigators, and an electronic warfare officer.

The US Army has begun awarding contracts to AM General to build its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) previously manufactured by Oshkosh Defense. The firm recently received $11.6 million to manufacture and deliver an undisclosed number of JLTVs. According to a Pentagon announcement, the work will be performed in South Bend, Indiana, with an estimated completion date of February 2033.

Middle East & Africa

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has fielded the Roem/Sigma self-propelled howitzer following a series of tests. Touted as the world’s first fully automatic artillery, the 155mm/52 caliber Elbit Systems gun is intended to be a replacement for hundreds of M109s in the Israeli Artillery Corps. “The relevance and dominance of artillery fire are evident in warfare,” IDF’s chief artillery officer Brig, Gen. Yair Natans said.

Europe

Saab has unveiled a significant upgrade to its Giraffe 1X radar system with the introduction of the Compact Radar Module. This innovative addition transforms the Giraffe 1X into a highly mobile, all-in-one deployable radar solution, ideal for rapid response scenarios. The Giraffe 1X has established itself as a valuable asset for air defense applications. Renowned for its lightweight design and continuous software upgrades, the radar provides critical data for air defense operations. This includes high-quality target data for traditional air threats, drone detection for counter-unmanned aerial systems (counter-UAS), and real-time “sense and warn” capabilities for incoming rockets, artillery, and mortars.

Asia-Pacific

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is gearing up for a critical decision as it prepares to select its next generation of fighter jets. This month, a selection committee will be formed to evaluate proposals from two frontrunners: the Saab Gripen E/F and the Lockheed Martin F-16. This procurement plan valued at approximately $530 million aims to bolster the RTAF’s capabilities with a squadron of four new aircraft. Air Force Chief ACM Phanphakdee Phatthanakul emphasizes a thorough selection process. While initial talks and workshops have been held with both Saab and Lockheed Martin, ACM Phanphakdee assures all official documents will be reviewed by the committee. This focus on a transparent process underscores the importance of securing the best possible deal for Thailand.

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Lockheed Martin won a $97 million contract procures aircraft armament equipment such as internal adapters and weapon umbilical cables required to employ long-range strike weapons, which allows for internal carriage and employment of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range weapon for F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-US Department of Defense (DOD) program participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2028. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems has secured a $95 million contract from the U.S. Navy to develop and produce electronic warfare (EW) pods for the P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft. These pods will provide critical defensive capabilities for the Poseidon, enhancing its survivability in contested environments. The new EW pods are designed to detect and counter a variety of threats, including air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles. This will significantly improve the protection of the P-8A Poseidon and its crew, allowing them to operate more safely in potentially hostile airspace. Furthermore, the pods will expand the operational range of the Poseidon by enabling it to venture into areas previously considered too risky.
Finland has deployed seven F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets to Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania, marking their first participation in NATO’s Air Shielding mission. This two-month deployment signifies a crucial step towards Finland’s deeper integration with NATO’s airpower capabilities. The Finnish detachment, led by Lieutenant Colonel Rami Lindström, will train and conduct real-world missions alongside Royal Air Force Typhoon jets and Romanian F-16s. They will participate in Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) duties, patrol flights, and joint exercises. This collaboration strengthens regional air defense and bolsters NATO’s collective deterrence posture.
The Taiwanese Air Force has unveiled plans to spend billions of New Taiwan dollars in modernizing its fleet of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Starting next year, 19 of the Lockheed Martin-manufactured planes will have new integrated cockpit interfaces, as well as enhanced global positioning and collision avoidance systems. There will also be upgrades to the aircraft’s chassis to ensure it can fully support a variety of military missions.
Northrop Grumman won a $119 million long-term, requirements contract for the repair of 17 weapon replaceable assemblies and shop replaceable assemblies in support of the E-2 aircrafts. Work will take place in Syracuse, New York; Duluth, Georgia; Woodland Hills, California (4%); Burnsville, Minnesota; and Ronkonkoma, New York. No funds will be obligated at time of award and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Appropriate fiscal year working capital funds (Navy) will be used as delivery orders are issued. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Martin won a sole-source, firm-fixed-price contract modification under Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon systems contract HQ085121C0002. The total value of this contract modification is $8 million. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, with an expected delivery date of June 1, 2025. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

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