Austal won an $8 million deal to provide advance planning, material procurement, and accomplishment of work for emergent availabilities in support of the littoral combat ship USS Kingsville (LCS 36). This effort is to develop and provide planning, engineering support, planning and logistics technical documentation, funds and man-hour expenditure data, projected costs, cost estimates, material and labor for the accomplishment of post-delivery work items during emergent availabilities and to accomplish all testing required. Work will take place in National City, California, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2025.
aerial refueling of f 35 lightning ii joint strike fighters at eglin afb, fla.
Lockheed Martin won a $79 million contract. This contract procures diminishing manufacturing sources parts required for the production and sustainment in of the F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-US Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2024. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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Canada Commissioned HMCS William Hall | US Withdraws Forces From Niger | China Showed Off "Military Robot Dogs"


The Royal Canadian Navy has commissioned its fourth Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and offshore patrol vessel, the HMCS William Hall, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Hall was built under Ottawa’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy to amplify the country’s naval forces against evolving threats in North America.

The US Army is collecting feedback from its soldiers regarding the integration of a 50-kilowatt laser weapon on the Stryker armored vehicle, and responses so far have not been positive. The service’s acquisition head Doug Bush recently told the Senate that soldiers who tested the Directed Energy Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) are having difficulty with the system at different power levels.

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The US has begun withdrawing its forces from Niger. The two countries announced their decision in a joint statement on Sunday, after almost a week of military talks. The deadline is September 15. America has relied on the west African country as a counter-terrorism hub for more than a decade. Until recently, more than 1,000 US personnel have operated there, most working from an airbase near Agadez, which cost more than $100 million and sits in the country’s center.


The Department of State has approved a request by the government of Ukraine to acquire equipment and services that would help sustain vehicles and weapon systems provided by the US Army. The acquisition aims to address Ukraine’s need to strengthen local sustainment capabilities and thereby maintain high operational rates and battlefield effectiveness of materiel from the US, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Thursday. The potential foreign military sale, which utilizes blanket orders, cooperative logistics supply support arrangements, the Simplified Non-Standard Acquisition Program and other logistics and program support elements, is estimated to cost $100 million.


China’s military showed off its machine gun-equipped robot battle “dogs” Thursday at the start of its biggest-ever drills with Cambodian forces, as the United States frets about Beijing’s growing influence in the Southeast Asian country. Cambodia has long been a staunch ally of China, receiving billions of dollars in investments, and Washington is growing increasingly concerned Beijing will use a Cambodian naval base it is upgrading on the Gulf of Thailand to expand its influence in the region.

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Global Hawk
The 348th Reconnaissance Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB) has successfully extended the operational range of the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft, achieving a record-breaking flight time of 34.8 hours. This accomplishment surpasses both the previous unit record of 34.4 hours and the manufacturer’s record of 30 hours and 24 minutes. This accomplishment wasn’t the result of a new aircraft or advanced technology. Instead, credit goes to innovative tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) developed by Maj. Ryan Blakeney and his team. Over six months, they meticulously analyzed data to understand how factors like weather patterns, wind currents, and even the paint on the aircraft affected fuel consumption.
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The US State Department has approved the sale of 300 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Missiles and related equipment to Romania. Bucharest requested the short-range air-to-air missiles to increase the capabilities of its F-16 fleet, acquired from Norway in 2023. The Raytheon missile has an estimated range of over 10 miles (16 kilometers) and features thrust vectoring maneuverability and an advanced imaging infrared seeker. The estimated $340.8-million sale includes 40 AIM-9X block II tactical missile guidance units, 40 AIM-9X block II captive air training missiles, and 20 AIM-9X block II CATM guidance units.
Applied Visual Technology won a $28 million firm-fixed-price contract for Targeted Fidelity Apache Tactical Trainer simulators, the Tactical Control Centre, and the Network Simulation Environment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida; and Kooiweg, Netherlands, with an estimated completion date of September 15, 2026. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has announced two major upgrades to its MQ-9A Reaper drones for cyber and anti-aircraft missile threats. The company disclosed last week that it had tapped the services of US cybersecurity startup Shift5 to integrate its onboard cyber anomaly detection and predictive maintenance solutions into the remotely piloted aircraft. These capabilities will help defeat malicious code that could disable the drone or steal valuable intelligence data, ensuring cyber survivability and enhanced mission readiness.
Marvin Land Systems won a $14.7 million deal for M1 Abrams tank auxiliary power units. The ordering period end date is September 19, 2024. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2023 through 2024 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan.
Bell Boeing won a $14 million modification to provide continued post-production systems engineering and program management support for the V-22 Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization retrofit program for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania; and Fort Worth, Texas and is expected to be completed in September 2024. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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