Boeing Tapped For Super Hornet And Growler Support | Fighter Wing Conducts Rapid Deployment To Bulgaria | Lockheed Tapped For 281 TI-16 CDS
Lockheed Martin Space and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory were both tapped in support of the Trident II (D5). Lockheed won a $494.9 million modification for missile production and deployed systems support. CSDL won an $83.4 million deal to provide specialized technical knowledge for the guidance, navigation and control applications that will support Navy programs for the US Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapon System. Lockheed will perform work within the US and various other locations and estimated completion will be September 30, 2024. CSDL will work in Cambridge, Massachusetts with an expected completion of September 30, 2021. The Trident II is a submarine-launched ballistic missile equipped with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles.
Boeing won a $70.8 million contract modification, which exercises an option to provide F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G aircraft inspections, modifications and repairs as well as F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G inner wing panel (IWP) modifications and repairs. The remanufacturing efforts for the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers will restore aircraft and IWP service life projections to the new design specifications. The F/A-18E is a single-seat Super Hornet. The 2-seat F/A-18F sacrifices some range, carrying only 13,350 pounds of fuel – 900 fewer pounds than the F/A-18E. In exchange for this reduced range, it adds a 2nd crewman with an advanced attack station cockpit to assist in strike roles. The EA-18 is more than 90% common with the standard F/A-18F Super Hornet, sharing its airframe, AN/APG-79 AESA radar, AN/AYK-22 stores management system, and weapons options. The exception is the Super Hornet’s 20mm Vulcan gatling gun, which has been removed from the nose in favor of electrical equipment. Work under the contract modification will take place in Florida, Missouri, and California. Estimated completion will be in September 2020.
Middle East & Africa
Cubic Defense Applications won a $41.1 million contract for P5 Air Combat Training System (P5CTS) equipment delivery. The deal provides for the procurement of Air Force and Qatar P5CTS equipment. The P5CTS Internal Subsystems enables real-time, live monitoring and recorded mission data of air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air training scenarios for both real-time training and post mission analysis. Unlike the wing-mounted P5CTS the internal subsystem is placed inside the F-35. Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $31,249,695 are being obligated at the time of award. Work will take place in San Diego, California, and is scheduled to be complete by October 2021.
The 31st Fighter Wing executed a rapid deployment to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria for Exercise Rapid Buzzard on September 24. US Air Force Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing executed the rapid deployment to conduct “hot-pit” refueling and participate in the bilateral training exercise, Rapid Buzzard, with the Bulgarian Air Force, September 24 through September 27. They conducted Refueling operations with the 435th Contingency Response Squadron and three C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, which provided the fuel through rapid defuel operations from the C-130 aircraft into an R-11 fuel truck.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems won a $43.8 million delivery order for 281 Technical Insertion Sixteen (TI-16) Common Display System (CDS) Variant A water-cooled and air-cooled production consoles. CDS is a set of watch station consoles designed to support the implementation of Open Architecture in Navy combat systems. The TI-16 CDS is the next evolution in the CDS family and consists of a three-eyed horizontal display console. This delivery order combines purchases for the Navy, Coast Guard and the governments of South Korea as well as Japan. The CDS family is designed to be compatible with commercially available hardware and software; to conform to open-architecture computers and standards; and to incorporate human systems integration design principles. Work will take place in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be complete by March 2020.
The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded L3 Technologies a $17.4 million contract for an F-16 A/B Block 15 simulator. The deal provides for one F-16 A/B Block 15 simulator and involves 100 percent FMS to Thailand. Thailand’s 102 Fighter Squadron operates F-16A/B ADF and the 103 Fighter Squadron operates the F-16A/B. Foreign Military Sales funds in the full amount are being obligated at the time of award.
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