Brazilian Air Force will get first E-99M in 2020 | Boeing tapped for Harpoon Block II work for Saudi Arabia | India launched INS Vela
Lockheed won an $18.5 million modification that authorizes the procurement of Diminishing Manufacturing Sources redesign activities in support of the F-35 aircraft. The F-35 is a 5th-generation multi-role stealth fighter that is is being acquired by the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps to replace and supplement much of their air fleets. Partner nations such as Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia and others are participating in the program. The program has been troubled by a long list of delays, software and hardware problems and cost overruns. It is anticipated to serve as the primary US stealth fighter platform, alongside the F-22 Raptor, for decades to come. In August Lockheed received a $171.7 million modification to support redesign of the air system on Lot 11 of the F-35 Lightning II. Work under the current modification will take place in Fort Worth, Texas and is scheduled to be finished in January 2024.
The Brazilian Air Force will likely receive its first Embraer E-99M airborne early warning and control aircraft in early 2020, Jane’s reports. The E-99 or EMB-145 AEW&C aircraft’s mission system is developed around the Ericsson ERIEYE active, phased-array pulse-Doppler radar and is integrated with an onboard command and control system. Electronic surveillance measures for monitoring communications and non-communications activities are also integrated with the system. The first AEW&C aircraft was delivered to the Brazilian Air Force in July 2002 and deliveries were completed in December 2003. In 2013, Embraer won a $144 million contract to modernize Brazil’s E-99s. The E-99 modernization includes upgrades to the aircraft’s electronic warfare and electronic support measures suites and command and control systems, as well its Saab Microwave Systems PS-890 Erieye surveillance radar system. Two E-99s are undergoing modernization to the configuration E-99M.
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The US Navy awarded Boeing a $10.9 million contract modification supporting the Harpoon Block II missiles for Saudi Arabia. The modification provides for obsolescence redesign efforts in support of production and delivery. The Harpoon all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile can be installed on the P-3 Orion, the P-8 Poseidon, the AV-8B Harrier II, the Hornet as well as the B-52H Bombers. Block II intends to to offer an expanded engagement envelope, enhanced resistance to electronic countermeasures and improved targeting. Boeing will perform work within the US. The scheduled completion date is in August this year.
Germany and the Netherlands are reportedly suspending military training operations in Iraq as the United States warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. A German official said Berlin had no indications of its own of any impending attacks on Western interests by Iran and said the training programs could resume in the coming days. Germany has 160 soldiers involved in training Iraqi forces trying to contain Islamic State militants. The Netherlands has 169 military and civilian personnel in Iraq, including about 50 in Erbil, where they are helping to train Kurdish troops. On Wednesday, the US State Department recalled non-emergency personnel from Iraq and advised US citizens against traveling to the country, saying the ongoing standoff with Iran had increased the risk of terror attacks or kidnapping. The US recently announced it would deploy a US carrier strike to the Persian Gulf, citing troubling actions by Iran.
The last three Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder Block II multirole combat aircraft are scheduled to arrive for the Pakistan Air Force by the end of June. The JF-17 Thunder is single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft utilized primarily by Pakistan for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. Pakistan’s first Thunder aircraft was rolled out in 2009. The Pakistan Air Force ordered additional 12 platforms in 2017. The JF-17s are currently on the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory final assembly line. Approximately 25 Block II variants of the JF-17 were being manufactured in Pakistan annually. Production will be terminated in favor of the upcoming JF-17 Block III. Block III production will start later this year. There is yet to be made a decision, which radar will be integrated into the aircraft.
The Indian Navy’s fourth Scorpene Class submarine, INS Vela, has launched on Monday. It is one of six Scorpene Class stealth subs built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders as part of Project 75 under a technology transfer partnership with Naval Group. As part of the technology transfer pact, Naval Group offers technical support to MDL in the field of construction, integration and tests of submarines in India. The Scorpene Class Ships can be used to perform various tasks, including anti-surface, anti-submarine warfare, long-range strikes, special operations or intelligence gathering. Prior to delivery to the Navy, the submarine will be put through trials and tests, both in harbor and at sea. After the tests, equipment and machinery on-board will be integrated.
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