The 3rd Airlift Squadron (AS) of the 436th Airlift Wing has successfully concluded trials of a novel C-17 Globemaster III combat offload procedure dubbed “Method C,” marking a potential leap forward in cargo delivery efficiency and safety. This innovative technique eliminates the need for traditional forklifts or other ground vehicles, utilizing a system of rollers and conveyor belts to safely transfer palletized cargo from the aircraft directly to the ground. Prioritizing safety, Method C significantly reduces the drop height of cargo pallets compared to the standard offload method. This minimizes the risk of damage to sensitive equipment or supplies, a crucial concern for military operations. Additionally, the system enhances safety for ground personnel by eliminating the need for them to operate near the aft ramp during offload, a potential hazard zone.
Systems Engineering & Assessment (SEA) Canada has been awarded a $19 million contract to produce lightweight Torpedo Launch Systems (TLS) for the Royal Canadian Navy. The TLS capabilities will be integrated into an undisclosed major naval vessel program. SEA’s launchers will be delivered by its Canadian subsidiary, supported by a team at SEA in the UK. Work for the contract is scheduled for completion in 2030.
Middle East & Africa
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed the sale of 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Nigeria. A $7.7-million contract was also awarded to Northrop Grumman in December to provide 32 mission computers for the Bell helicopters. The contract is expected to be completed in June 2024. Following the contract award, the US State Department stated in January that Nigeria had paid the first installment.
Lockheed Martin has inked an agreement with the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) to deliver MK 41 Vertical Launch Systems for three Polish Navy frigates. The deal also includes the purchase of Extensible Launch System modules for the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile family of weapons. Equipment received from the Direct Commercial Sale will be fitted onto Poland’s upcoming MIECZNIK-class frigates, which are expected to enter service by 2029.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has launched a new military campus in Rokantišk?s to boost its military presence in the Vilnius district. The 17.7-hectare (177,000 square-meter) campus incorporates administrative and special purpose facilities to establish a military arm in the area, as Rokantišk?s has only been relying on coordination between local units and national military management. It includes barracks, headquarters, medical hubs, indoor and outdoor fitness gyms, a club area with a chapel, and technical buildings.
The upcoming Singapore Airshow, scheduled for February 20-25, will see Saab, the Swedish defense and security leader, showcase its comprehensive portfolio of advanced solutions catering to the Indo-Pacific region’s security needs. From the renowned Gripen fighter jet to cutting-edge radar technologies and ground-based air defence missile system, Saab aims to demonstrate its commitment to regional partnerships and tailored defense capabilities. The iconic Gripen fighter jet will take center stage at Saab’s exhibit. Positioned as a “smart fighter” for modern air combat, the Gripen will showcase its prowess in countering advanced threats and its suitability for sustained, deployed operations. Saab will highlight the jet’s advanced sensor fusion, and diverse weaponry, emphasizing its ability to address the region’s unique operational requirements.