The Boeing won a $19.4 million modification, which exercises an option to procure two P-8A Increment 3 retrofit A-Kits in support of anti-submarine warfare capabilities upgrades for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida; St. Louis, Missouri; and Mesa, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in June 2026. RAAF Cooperative Funds in the amount of $19,386,687 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing won an $87.9 million contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the engine transmission assembly for the CH-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of February 1, 2028. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Middle East & Africa
Three new ships and an unmanned surface vessel (USV) joined the Turkish Navy’s inventory during a commissioning ceremony held at Sefine Shipyard in Yalova on 19 January, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense(MND) confirmed the same day. TCG Istanbul (F 515), the lead frigate in its class, was commissioned into service alongside the navy’s new fleet replenishment ship (Dimdeg) TCG Derya (A 1590), logistic support ship TCG Üste?men Arif Ekmekçi (A 575), and Marlin armed USV.
The US Department of State has approved a potential sale of Lockheed Martin AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles to the Netherlands, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on February 2. According to the DSCA, the approval covers a possible sale of a total of 386 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles, along with related equipment and support services. The value of the future contract is estimated at $150 million.
France’s Defence Procurement Agency ordered more than $1.2 billion of self-propelled howitzers, armored vehicles and helicopters as part of the country’s plan to modernize its armed forces through to 2030. The agency is buying 109 new-generation Caesar truck-mounted howitzers from Nexter Systems, a unit of KNDS, for about €350 million, the agency, known as DGA, said in a statement late Thursday. The orders placed in December also include Serval armored troop carriers from KNDS and Texelis and eight additional NH90 helicopters for the French special forces.
India has secured a potential $3.99 billion deal for 31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian armed drones and a comprehensive support package. The State Department officially approved the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) on Feb. 1st, paving the way for negotiations with prime contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The deal marks a significant acquisition for India, equipping its armed forces with advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of extended-range intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, particularly over its vast sea lanes. The package includes 31 MQ-9B Sky Guardian drones, known for their endurance and payload capacity, along with 170 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, 310 GBU-39B/B Laser Small Diameter Bombs (LSDBs), and various sensors and communication systems.