Bell Boeing Tapped For V-22 Nacelle Improvements Phase I | Greece Confirms Rafale Purchase | Taiwan’s Sea Guardians To Rely On ST-2 Satellite
Bell Boeing Joint Program Office won an $8.3 millioncontract modification, which provides additional funding to continue non-recurring engineering and production tooling necessary for the V-22 Nacelle Improvements Phase I program. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell Helicopters. Boeing is responsible for the fuselage, landing gear, avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, performance and flying qualities. The aircraft operates as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. The nacelles rotate 90° forward once airborne, converting the aircraft into a turboprop aircraft. Work will take place in Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida. Estimated completion will be in May 2021.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is among numerous ships, aircraft and military personnel involved in Valiant Shield, a Pacific Ocean training exercise. The 12-day exercise of the US Indo-Pacific Command begins on Tuesday in Guam and at the Mariana Islands Range Complex. Approximately 100 aircraft and about 11,000 personnel of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines will be involved in training integration in a “blue water environment.” The amphibious assault ship USS America, amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, dock landing ship USS Germantown and other surface ships will participate. Participants will demonstrate a warfighting capabilities and flexibility of US naval fleet operations, as well as integration of joint forces, notably maritime security operations, anti-submarine and air-defense exercises, amphibious operations, and other elements of complex warfighting.
Middle East & Africa
Cubic Defense Application won a $193.3 million contract for the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) contractor logistic support. The deal contract provides continuous depot-level contractor services by replacing the previous contract that expired on July 20, 2020. Work will be performed in San Diego, and is expected to be completed September 2027. This is a mix of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and non-FMS requirements. FMS customers comprise an estimated 56% of the value of the contract and include Australia, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United Kingdom.
Northrop Grumman won a $21 million deal for the production and delivery of 831 AIM-9M MK 36 Mod 11 rocket motors; 788 motors for the government of Egypt and 43 motors for the government of Jordan. The Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9 Sidewinder is a supersonic, short-range air-to-air missile developed by the US Navy in the 1950s. Work will take place in West Virginia, Georgia, California, Utah, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Estimated completion will be in February 2023.
The Greek government has confirmed earlier reports that the country will be acquiring 18 Dassault Rafale fighters. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the fighters will replace the Mirage 2000-5 currently in service with the Hellenic Air Force. Mitsotakis also mentioned in his televised speech that new guided missiles for the air force will be acquired.
The General Atomics Sea Guardian Unmanned Air Vehicles that Taiwan intends to purchase will rely on the ST-2 telecommunications satellite for the uplink back to the ground control station. Up Media says the wiliness of the United States to allow Taiwan to use the satellite uplink for the MQ-9 was a key factor in persuading the island to use a foreign product instead of the indigenous Teng Yun drone. Two decades ago, the country had selected the MQ-1 and was negotiating to buy the unmanned aircraft. However, restrictions due to the Missile Technology Control Regime made the Americans take away the satellite uplink function of the Predator. Taiwan was also restricted from operating the MQ-1 at long distances with modified fuel tanks that have smaller capacities. Taking all these limitations into consideration, Taipei walked away from the purchase of the MQ-1. Another factor against the Teng Yun unmanned air vehicle was that it still does not have the ability to fly a pre-programed route to land back at its base if the control signal is lost or jammed.
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