Bell Boeing won a $9.3 million contract modification, which exercises an option to procure 68 Conversion Area Harness (CAH) base kits, 53 CAH supplemental kits, two hardware kits and two consumable kits in support of the Marine Corps MV-22 aircraft, the Air Force CV-22 aircraft, the Navy CMV-22 aircraft, and the government of Japan V-22 aircraft. Additionally, this modification provides for electrical wiring interconnect system assessments for the CV-22 fleet aircraft. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft. 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 South Carolina, Texas and California. Estimated completion date is in January 2026.
Boeing won a $28.5 million deal for F-15 Advanced Display Core Processor II (ADCPII) interim contractor support. The ADCPII provides mission processing for new advanced capabilities such as Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), long-range infrared search and track capability (IRST), high-speed radar communications, and future software suite upgrades. Work will take place ein Missouri and the UK. Estimated completion will be by April 30, 2023.
Middle East & Africa
Egypt revealed details about first of its domestic naval vessels projects for surface combatants and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) at the EDEX 2021 exhibition in Cairo. According to Egyptian Defense Blog, the First naval vessel is a 60-meter Compact Combatant CC-60 which has a full load displacement of approximately 750 tons. The second one is a PV-43 HRM 43-meter OPV which has a displacement of 270 tons. The vessels are built by Egypt in cooperation with Germany’s Naval Vessels Lurssen (NVL) shipbuilding Group. The latter has opened recently a regional branch in Egypt under the name of NVL Egypt.
The United Arab Emirates has entered into a contract with Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 80 Rafale F4 fighters on December 3. The deal was signed in the presence of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and Sheikh Mohammed ben Zayed Al Nahyane, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Vice-Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, signed a historical contract with Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, CEO of Tawazun Economic Council.
Rheinmetall announced it is supplying new simulation technology for the German Army’s Combat Training Center. Earlier this year, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded Rheinmetall a procurement contract for 440 “Training Device, Duel Simulator (AGDUS), Passive Vehicle” systems. The contract is worth a figure in the upper single-digit million-euro range.
Media reports from India suggest India might scale down its order for the Ka-226T light utility helicopter. Instead, New Delhi will only buy a small number of rotor craft to meet urgent demands. It will instead turn to the HAL Light Utility Helicopter to fulfill its operation needs.
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