Boeing won an $85 million deal for overhaul of 40 ship-sets for the F-18 landing gear system, which includes a left side and right side main landing gear and nose landing gear assembly in support of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircrafts. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the Navy’s highest priority aviation modernization program. It is replacing Navy F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft. The Growler is a derivative of the two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, the US Navy’s maritime strike aircraft. Its primary missions are are electronic attack (EA) and suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD), particularly at the start and ongoing early stages of hostilities. Work will take place in Canada, Missouri, California and Washington.
Raytheon Technologies won $447.6 million modification, which provides for the procurement of recurring sustainment support activities including maintenance of support equipment, common program activities, unique and common base recurring sustainment, repair of repairables, field service representatives, common replenishment spares, conventional take-off and landing/carrier variant F-135 unique maintenance services, and short take-off and landing F-135 unique services in support of the F-35 Lightning II F135 propulsion system for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Air National Guard, non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Estimated completion date is in May 2022.
Middle East & Africa
Israel Aerospace Industries or IAI supplied the Israeli Air Force with an innovative air combat training system that enables debriefing of flight training exercises to be completed faster than before. The unique air combat maneuvering instrumentation (ACMI)-based analysis system was upgraded ahead of the Blue Flag 2021 exercise that took place in Israel in October 2021, the largest and most advanced air exercise ever held in the country, with participation from air forces including Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Greece, India, United States and more.
Saab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nammo and Nordic Shelter to support the ongoing GLSDB (Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb) campaign. The new agreement was announced during a signing 23 November 2021 in Oslo, Norway. Nammo will contribute with its expertise in rocket motor development and production as part of the GLSDB propulsion sub-system. Nordic Shelter brings the knowledge and experience needed for the development and production of a modular GLSDB launcher, based on a purpose built 20-foot ISO-container.
The first-ever military exercise involving Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened in Indonesia. According to Tass, the ceremony was attended by Russian Ambassador to ASEAN Alexander Ivanov and Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobyeva.
Ajai Shukla from the Business Standard reports that the Philippines is keen to acquire Dhruv helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL). Manila is said to be looking at the maritime variant that is in use with the Indian Navy and Coast Guard. The information first came up in September when HAL published its annual report. In it, the aerospace firm said it had received interest from the Philippines Coast Guard for procurement of 7 ALH and 8 Do-228 aircraft through Government of India Line of Credit.
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