CPI Wins T-38 Sustainment Contract | Egypt Receives 101 Mine-Resistant Military Vehicles | DoS Approves Stryker FMS To Thailand
CPI Aerostructures won a $65.7 million deal for T-38A/B/C sustainment. The contract is for structural and fastener kits. The T-38 Talon is a twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer and entered service in 1961. Since then, more than 60,000 Air Force pilots have trained on the aircraft. The T-38A is a basic supersonic trainer aircraft and the AT-38B is the lead-in fighter trainer fitted with a centerline weapons station for practice bomb dispenser. A program to upgrade the T-38A and extend the service life of the aircraft until 2020 is underway. The program includes new avionics and propulsion and new structural elements including the wings.The upgraded aircraft is the T-38C. CPI Aerostructures will perform work under the ceiling contract in Edgewood, New York and estimated completion date is July 25, 2030.
The Naval Medical Logistics Command awarded Draeger a $9.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for anesthesia recording and monitoring devices (ARMD) sustainment services. The deal is in support of the US Navy, Army, and National Capital Region Military Treatment facilities inside and outside the continental US. Anesthesia monitoring devices are type of patient monitoring devices used during surgery to track vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature of patients under sedation in the operation theater. The contract has a five-year period of performance and all work is expected to be completed by July 26, 2024.
Middle East & Africa
The US delivered the last 101 of 930 mine-resistant military vehicles to the Egyptian Armed Forces. Under the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program affiliated to United States Defense Ministry, which works to get rid of surplus military equipment and dedicates it to friendly countries and allies, Egypt received the 101 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles. Excess defense articles refer to equipment no longer in the Army’s inventory. MRAPs are light tactical vehicles that are designed specifically to withstand improvised explosive device attacks and ambushes. The MRAP program began in 2007 as a response to the increased threat of IEDs during the Iraq War, and over 12,000 MRAP vehicles were deployed to Iraq as well as Afghanistan. Egypt will use the vehicles primarily for fighting terrorism, said Security Assistance Command Country Program Manager Shawn Arrance.
UK’s Marshall Aerospace signed a contract with Boeing to start work for the E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) program. Marshall is responsible for the conversion and delivery of the new fleet. The program has Marshall turn 737 Next-Generation aircraft into E-7s, including adding the Northrop Grumman multi-role Electronically Scanned Array surveillance radar, communication and mission computer systems. The E-7 is a twin-engine airborne early warning and control aircraft. The aircraft was designed for the Royal Australian Air Force. The Wedgetail can control the tactical battle space, providing direction for fighter aircraft, surface combatants and land based elements, as well as supporting aircraft such as tankers and intelligence platforms.
Smiths Detection Inc. won a $16.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for Azerbaijan X-rays and screening equipment. The deal provides X-ray screening systems, installation, initial spares, training and extended warranty and maintenance support for Azerbaijan. The deal is for the State Customs Committee, supporting US European Command Theater Campaign Plan line of effort to counter transnational threats. The X-ray scanners can be used to inspect freight, including railway wagons as part of a customs modernization project already underway. Work will take place in Azerbaijan and estimated completion date is September 30, 2021.
The US State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale to Thailand for 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles with equipment and support. The deal is valued at $175 million. Thailand had requested to buy 60 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and 60 M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns. The Infantry Carrier Vehicle provides protected transport and, during dismounted assault, supporting fire for the infantry squad. The Stryker is a full-time four-wheel drive, selectively eight-wheel drive, armored vehicle weighing approximately 19t which carries an infantry squad with their equipment.
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