CFM International won a $47.8 million modification, which exercises options to procure three CFM56-7B27AE spare engines, two for the Navy and one for the government of Germany, in support of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A Poseidon is a military aircraft used for maritime patrol and reconnaissance. It’s often used for tasks like searching for submarines, monitoring ship activities, and conducting surveillance over large bodies of water. The P-8A Poseidon is a versatile aircraft used by various countries for maritime security and defense purposes.
Boeing won a $36 million modification, which adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering for the preliminary design review of six sub-systems to mitigate component obsolescence in support of MQ-25 Stingray low-rate initial production for the Navy. The MQ-25 Stingray is an unmanned aircraft designed for aerial refueling. The MQ-25 Stingray is developed to support and enhance the capabilities of military aviation, allowing aircraft to operate for longer durations and cover larger distances without needing to land for refueling. Work will be performed in Endicott, New York; Saint Louis, Missouri; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Clearwater, Florida, San Diego, California; and Melbourne, Florida and is expected to be completed in April 2024.
Middle East & Africa
Bell Textron has announced the delivery of the first five of 10 Bell 505 Ranger X helicopters to the Royal Jordanian Air Force as part of an agreement inked in July 2022. A military trainer, the Bell 505 chopper is equipped with advanced technologies and an avionics suite for reduced pilot workload and improved performance.
The US will provide Israel with 75 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) manufactured by American Oshkosh Defense. The American website Bloomberg reports that these vehicles will be provided as part of the large military aid package to Israel initiated by the Biden administration. The armor for these vehicles is made by Israeli company Plasan, through its subsidiary, Plasan North America. The deal’s value is about $30 million, based on a price of about 400,000 dollars for a single vehicle.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius arrived in Kyiv on Tuesday and announced more military aid for Ukraine. “I have the honor to announce a new package,” Pistorius said during a press conference in Kyiv. It includes another four systems of IRIS-T medium-range missiles, 155-millimeter ammunition, and Panzer anti-tank defense mines, he clarified. So far, Berlin has pledged to supply Kyiv with eight IRIS-T systems, three of which have been delivered. Ukraine uses them mainly to guard against Russian missile attacks. The support package will also comprise 20,000 155mm artillery shells as well as anti-tank mines, Pistorius told reporters, speaking alongside his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov.
North Korea has fired what it claims is a military spy satellite southwards, Seoul’s armed forces said Tuesday, hours after Japan confirmed that Pyongyang had warned it of an imminent launch. A rocket carrying the satellite blasted off Tuesday night from North Phyongan province, flew along its designated path and “accurately put the reconnaissance satellite ‘Malligyong-1’ on its orbit,” state-run news agency KCNA reported. North Korea’s previous efforts to put a spy satellite into orbit in May and August both failed. Seoul, Tokyo and Washington had repeatedly warned Pyongyang not to proceed with another launch, which would violate successive rounds of UN resolutions.