Bell-Boeing To Deliver Two Ospreys For Marine Corps | Belarus Tested 9M318 | DoS Approves MK-48 FMS To Netherlands
FlightSafety won a $33.2 million not-to-exceed modification for the exercise of the KC-46 Aircrew Training System production year 5 options. The contract modification is for the exercise of option contract line item numbers for two additional weapon system trainers, two boom operator trainers, fuselage trainer, fuselage trainer sprinkler system and installation, two pilot part task trainers, boom operator part task trainer, additional learning management workstations, fuselage trainer support equipment, McGuire and Altus Site Activations, systems engineering and program management, Visual Database Airfield Models and new refresher training scenarios. The KC-46 Pegasus is a wide body, multi-role tanker. It is capable of carrying a fuel capacity of 212,000 pounds. Work will take place in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Estimated completion will be by February 2022.
Bell-Boeing won a $165.3 million modification for the manufacture and delivery of two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps and to provide funding for additional repairs in support of the Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization Program. The MV-22B Osprey is a tiltrotor V/STOL aircraft designed as the medium-lift replacement for the CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft and offers twice the speed, six times the range, and three times the payload of the CH-46E. Work will take place in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Utah. Expected completion will be by September 2023.
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General Dynamics Land Systems won a $18 million modification for Abrams systems technical support. Land Systems is a global leader in tracked and wheeled military vehicles. The Abrams main battle tank as well as the family of Stryker and LAV wheeled combat vehicles and the AJAX armored fighting vehicles are at the heart of Land Systems’ military vehicle platforms. Fiscal 2019 procurement of weapons and tracked combat vehicles, Army; 2020 operations and maintenance, Army; 2020 Foreign Military Sales to Kuwait; and 2020 Army working capital funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of the award. Work will take place in Michigan and estimated completion date is February 25, 2021.
Belarus has successfully tested the 9M318 air defense missile from February 17 to 26. The new missile is designed for the country’s Buk-MB2 and Buk-MB3 air defense missile systems. The missile as an active radar homing guidance and a range of 70km. In May 2019 the OKB TSP Scientific Production Limited Liability Company of Belarus unveiled the prototype for 9M318 surface-to-air missile (SAM) for the Buk-MB2 and Buk-MB3 medium-range SAM systems at the MILEX 2019 defense exhibition in Minsk. The 9M318 has a reported stated operational range of 3 km-70 km and can engage an aerial target flying at an altitude between 0.015 km and 25 km at a speed of up to 1,350 m/s.
The DoS approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of sixteen MK-48 Mod 7 Advanced Technology (AT) torpedo conversion kits and related equipment for an estimated cost of $85 million. The Government of the Netherlands had requested to buy sixteen MK-48 Mod 7 Advanced Technology torpedo conversion kits. Also included are spare parts, containers, associated hardware, torpedo handling equipment, and cables; US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The Netherlands desire to upgrade additional MK 48 Mod 4 torpedoes to the MK 48 Mod 7 AT model. They intend to use the MK 48 Mod 7 AT torpedo on their Walrus Class submarines. The Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works won a $7.7 million contract modification to exercise options for the accomplishment of planning yard efforts such as engineering, technical, planning, ship configuration, data and logistics efforts for DDG 1000 Class destroyers post-delivery and in-service life-cycle support. Zumwalt is the lead ship of the class of modern generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea. The DDG 1000 ship self-defense combat system, Zumwalt Combat System, consists of several programs including total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) with tracker and sensor data fusion and distribution system. DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land search and track, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface. Work will take place in Maine and California and expected completion will be in December 2020.
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