1st Super Hornet To Undergo SLM At FRCSW | Paramount Sells Mwari Aircraft | US To Send More Weapons To Ukraine
Sikorsky Aircraft won a $27 million contract modification, which adds scope for the initial and final technical directive to install the data transfer unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement Phase III ARC-210 components into the CH-53K aircraft, support flight planning and testing of the components and supportability products for the US Navy. Work will take place in Connecticut, Maryland and New York. Estimated completion will be in April 2025.
F/A-18F BuNo 166460 is the first Super Hornet to undergo the Service Life Modification (SLM) at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), the US Navy has announced. The aircraft’s service life will be extended from 6,000 to 7,5000 hours. Currently, 166460 has already clocked 6,200 hours when it arrived at FRCSW. Eventually, FRCSW will carry out Block III upgrades for the Super Hornet program. Improvements under Block III include a new cockpit display and enhanced networking for the avionics.
Middle East & Africa
South African company Paramount Group has sold nine short-takeoff-and-landing Mwari aircraft to multiple air forces, the company announced Wednesday during the Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo. “Mwari addresses a key global security requirement from air forces around the world, of any size, for advanced ISR and precision strike capabilities,” the company said in a news release. “It integrates design concepts from helicopters, surveillance platforms and reconnaissance aircraft with the ability to carry multiple systems, such as surveillance radar and electro optic sensor systems.”
The US has committed another four advanced rocket systems from its own inventory to Ukraine in a $625 million arms package announced Tuesday. This is the first commitment of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from current US stock since July. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris informed Ukrainian President Zelensky of the aid in a phone call, according to a readout provided by the White House.
The United States and South Korea launched four missiles off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday morning local time, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The test was the allies’ second exercise in under 24 hours, following a provocative test-launch Tuesday morning by neighboring North Korea, which fired a ballistic missile without warning over Japan in a significant escalation of its weapons testing program.
The US Space Force and the Australian Department of Defense have announced the initial operational capability of the Space Surveillance Telescope. The achievement follows extensive tests and assessments since 2020 when the telescope was relocated from New Mexico to Australia. When fully operational, the US and Australia will obtain improved space domain awareness by providing “ground-based, broad-area search, detection and tracking of faint objects in deep space.”
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