Army Expands HIMARS Contract | BAE To Support New UK-Qatar Hawk Training Squadron | US Army Fires Patriot Down Under
The Navy awarded 600 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts (MACs) to businesses in multiple locations across 29 of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia for future competition of support service requirements to be solicited by Department of the Navy activities under rolling admissions of the SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort-NxG) multiple-award contract vehicle for engineering support services and program management support services in 23 functional areas. The government estimates the Navy will procure $5 billion worth of services annually through task orders issued under SeaPort-NxG. Each multiple-award contract has a base period of two and a half years and an ordering period option of five years. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in Virginia is the contracting activity and received 620 offers through a competitive solicitation for the rolling admissions.
Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control won a $160.5 million contract modification for production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems M142 launchers and support requirements. The High Mobility Artillery Rocket System is the newest member of the MLRS launcher family. HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, that fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets, Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles, the next-generation Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), and Extended-Range GMLRS rockets. In October 2020, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the US State Department’s approval of the potential sales of 11 M142 HIMARS systems to Taiwan. Taiwan’s potential acquisition will also include 64 M57 Army Tactical Missile Systems.
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BAE Systems won a six-year contract to deliver support and training to a new joint UK-Qatar Hawk squadron based at RAF Leeming, UK. The company will provide Qualified Flying Instructors as part of this contract, delivering both live and synthetic training to Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots.
Poland’s defense minister Mariusz B?aszczak announced that the country will acquire 250 Abrams tanks in the latest SEPv3 configuration. “So we are ordering the most modern tanks. Tanks available in the best equipped version, tanks that are combat proven, tanks which were constructed to counter the most modern Russian T-14 Armata tanks,” the minister was quoted as saying by Polish media.
Negotiations by India to buy 100 General Electric F404 turbofan engines for the Tejas Mk1A fighter are soon completed, new reports from India say. These will power the 83 Tejas Mk1A that the Indian Air Force recently ordered.
The US Army’s 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade will fire a Patriot missile in Australia during exercise Talisman Sabre on July 16. The firing drill at Shoalwater Bay will be the first time a Patriot missile has been fired in Australia.
Watch: Incredible Video of U.S. Marine’s Super Powerful M142 HIMARS Rockets In Action