Boeing Wins F-15EX Deal Worth $22.9B | MD-530F Crashes In Kenya | Latvia Wants US Troops
Boeing won a $22.9 billion deal for the F-15EX system. The delivery order provides for design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, as well as spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support. The contract award is a big win for Boeing and gives a second life for the F-15 production line in St. Louis, Mo. After years of urging the Air Force to consider an advanced version of the F-15 as a complementary capability to Lockheed Martin’s F-35, Boeing found an ally in the Defense Department’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, which in 2019 forced the service to purchase F-15EX planes in order to build capacity. Work will take place in St. Louis, Missouri and at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Expected completion date is December 31, 2023.
Northrop Grumman Systems won an $11.3 million contract for the procurement of transitional development and sustaining engineering services for the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR), to include software support activity transition, low/slow/small capability development and ground weapons locating radar improvements. The G/ATOR program is managed within the portfolio of Program Executive Officer Land Systems, Quantico, Virginia. The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) is the US Marine Corps next generation Air Surveillance/Air Defense and Air Traffic Control Radar. In June last year, Northrop receives a deal worth $958 million to provide an additional 30 gallium nitride-based (GaN) G/ATOR systems. The contract for Lot 6 full-rate production of the systems also included spare parts and retrofit kits. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Work will take place in Linthicum, Maryland and is expected to be finished by July 2021.
Middle East & Africa
An MD-530F helicopter that was delivered to the Kenyan Army’s Joint Helicopter Command in January this year has crashed on July 13, killing two people on board. Six of these helicopters were handed over at Embakasi Barracks on January 23. The country had placed an order for 12 MD-530Fs. The mishap helicopter was on a routine mission when it crashed in Kithyoko, Masinga area around 10 a.m. local time. The helicopters were acquired from the United States through the US Foreign Military Sales program.
Latvia is prepared to house, and pay for, US troops if they leave Germany, Latvia’s defense minister told a Bookings Institution virtual conference. “We are ready, and this is an official announcement, we are ready to invest to receive a certain amount of American troops on Latvian soil,” Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Artis Pabriks said Friday. A deployment would be the first large-scale housing of US troops in the Baltic country, a part of the former Soviet Union and a NATO member since 2004. Pabriks later said he would welcome negotiations with the United States on a deployment, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a NATO force on the border between NATO countries and Russia.
Northrop Grumman won a $7.8 million hybrid contract to provide US Forces Korea with information technology, architecture and engineering, command and control networks and associated systems support services. United States Forces Korea is a sub-unified command of US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM). USFK has Title 10 authority, which means that USFK is responsible for organizing, training and equipping US forces on the Korean Peninsula so that forces are agile, adaptable and ready.
China warned it would place sanctions on Lockheed Martin on Tuesday, following US approval of a Taiwanese purchase of upgrades to Patriot III missiles for about $620 million. Beijing’s defense ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday at a press briefing the Chinese government could sanction the US defense contractor, less than a week after the United States endorsed the delivery of a package that includes tests of missile capabilities. “China is firmly opposed to U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan,” Zhao said. “The United States must abide by the One-China policy and the Three Joint Communiqués.”
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