Clark Nexsen tapped for Navy Architect-Engineering Services | Neuron conducts flight test | Indonesia orders 17 medium-lift helos
The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support contracted McRae Industries Inc. with $9.9 million for flame-resistant combat boots. McRae Industries’ Footwear division provides quality combat boots to the US Army. During the Vietnam War McRae received a contract award from the US government to manufacture military combat boots for the US Army using the “direct molded sole” (DMS) design. The award is a firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Work will be performed in North Carolina and is scheduled to be completed by January 8, 2020.
Clark Nexsen won a potential five-year, $60 million contract from the US Navy to provide multi-discipline, architect-engineering services in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility (AOR). The Work includes designing, building, planning, repairing, altering or demolishing various Navy or government facilities. Facilities include, but are not limited, personnel housing facilities, training facilities, and industrial maintenance facilities. Projects involve architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, civil, landscape design, fire protection, commissioning and interior design. Clark Nexsen received a $528.9 initial task order to create preliminary designs and assess planning requirements for a corrosion control and paint facility. The company is scheduled to complete the task in March. Work for the contract is scheduled to be completed by January 2024.
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The Pakistan Army’s artillery corps inducted a locally developed rocket as part of its multiple rocket launchers. The A-100 is a 300 mm, 10-tube multiple rocket launcher, developed by Beijing-based China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. The A-100 rocket is 7.3 meters long, weighs 840 kg, carries a 235 kg warhead, and is stabilized by spin, thrust, and stabilizing fins. It has a range of over 100 kilometers. The Pakistan Army is surrounded by two hostile neighbors on the Eastern and Western side. The rockets will mainly be stationed towards India, which lies on the Eastern side.
The French defense procurement agency along with Dassault Aviation conducts a low visibility test campaign of the Neuron UCAV demonstrator at the agency’s flight testing facility at Istres airbase. The Neuron unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAF) demonstrator is being developed with international cooperation, led by Dassault Aviation. The current campaign is the UCAV’s fourth low observability campaign and aims to study the employment of aircraft like Neuron against airborne sensors, ground radars, and shipborne systems.
Former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Lord West questions the UK government’s commitment to buying F-35B Lightning stealth jets. In September 2018 F-35B aircraft have landed on deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. Lord West finds it necessary to purchase enough of the necessary variant for both Queen Elizabeth class-carriers and to have an operational unit for training and repair. Having fewer than 90 F-35B jets. The United Kingdom is currently holding 16 F-35B jets at RAF Marham in Norfolk and in the United States. In November 2018 the British Defense Secretary announced, the UK would order 17 more aircraft.
Indonesia ordered 17 additional medium-lift helicopters for the armed forces from the country’s primary defense contractor PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), Jane’s reports. The contract includes eight Airbus Helicopters H225Ms for the Indonesian Airforce (TNI-AU) and nine Bell 412EPIs for the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD). The H225M is a long-range tactical transport military helicopter. The twin-engined aircraft can carry up to 29 seated troops. The Bell 412EPI is a Bell Helicopter and an upgrade to the basic Bell 412EP helicopter, providing an electronically controlled PT6T-9 engine and Bell BasiX-ProTM integrated glass cockpit display system.
Chengdu Aircraft Research and Design Institute completed its turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine development phase. The Chengdu Aircraft Research and Design Institute is a Chinese design institute, which offers aircraft design and multidisciplinary research services for the aerospace industry. The TBCC engine is intended for use in hypersonic vehicles. It combines a turbine and a scramjet engine and offers an ideal single-engine solution to achieving the shift from low speed to hypersonic speed. The engine will allow an aircraft to fly five to six times faster than the speed of sound.
Two more Russian Mil Mi-17V-5 “Hip-H” medium transport helicopters were delivered to the Royal Thai Army (RTA), Jane’s reports. The Mi-17V-5, produced by Kazan Helicopters is designed to transport cargo inside the cabin and in external sling. It can be deployed in troop and arms transport, fire support, convoy escort, patrol, and search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. The RTA already operates five Mi-17V-5 platforms and ordered the current two Mil Mi-17V-5s back in September 2017 with the contract signed in December of the same year. The platforms were delivered in December 2018.
Watch: HMS Queen Elizabeth concludes fast jet trials with F-35s