Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the new aircraft would supplement the aging fleet of 15 C-130 Hercules (according to Scramble, 13 x C-130H or stretched C-130H-30, 2 x C-130T tankers) aircraft currently in service. The C-130, he said, would continue its role until it is no longer economical to operate the aircraft. So how did EADS bring in this deal, and how does it fit into EADS’ larger strategy?
Malaysia’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2005 in the city of Langkaw has produced a flurry of announcements and cooperation agreements with European firms. The country is spending EUR 20 million ($23.2 million at current exchange) on two EADS’ TRML-3D air defense radars, with delivery slated for the beginning of 2008. The contract also includes options for eight more systems, to be decided next year. The TRML 3Ds will serve as long range air defense radars, and will complement Malaysia’s order for MBDA’s short range, air-mobile Jernas (Rapier FSC) anti-air systems, which are slated to begin delivery later this year.
Meanwhile, DID’s earlier report re: a potentialEADS Airbus A400M buy instead of their planned C-130 upgrade program has come to pass; EADS hails the offset-laden agreement as a vindication of their strong Asia-Pacific market push. In a similar vein, Thales’ sharp uptick in local business led it to open its first Malaysian Naval Service Centre in Lumut, near Malaysia’s main naval base on the west coast. The move is likely to prefigure a similar approach in other countries. Details below…
The U.S. Navy’s Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) program faces budgetary, performance, and timeline problems. The gaps are large and serious, and so it should be no surprise that political fallout has begun. US Congressional Rep. Rob Simmons [R-CT], said recently that the potential layoff of 2,000 workers at Electric Boat in Groton, CT only underscores the urgency in having the US Department of Defense rebid the U.S. Navy’s Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) program [his words].
Like the ASDS program itself, to say that the current situation at General Dynamics Electric Boat is not good is something of an understatement.
Raytheon Systems in Tucson, AZ received a $59.3 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-04-C-0006). This contract combines purchases of the U.S. Air Force ($31.7 million; 53.4%), U.S. Navy ($25 million; 42%), and also the Government of Switzerland ($2.8 million; 4.6%) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. It exercises an option for the fiscal 2006 procurement of AIM-9X Sidewinder short range air to air missiles, training missiles, and other ancillaries. The exact items and customers under this order are:
Ssangyong (USA) Inc. in Fort Lee, NJ received a maximum $100.9 million fixed price with economic price adjustment contract for F76 naval diesel fuel and JP8 jet fuefor the US Navy and Air Force. Additional locations of performance include S-Oil Corp. in Ulsan Metropolitan City, Korea. This is a base year contract with a 30-day carryover period. There were 18 proposals solicited and 11 responded. The performance completion date is January 30, 2007, and the contracting activity is the Defense Energy Support Center at Fort Belvoir, VA (SP0600-06-D-0459).
Robins Air Force Base received ten 5kW fuel cells in October 2005 as part of the Robins Micro-grid Project. The fuel cells will provide 275,000 kilowatt hours of power to the base’s power source until their departure in October 2006. New York-based manufacturer Plug Power Inc., Atlanta-based Logan Energy Corp., the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center and others are involved.
The quiet fuell cells reform propane gas and extract hydrogen to produce electricity as part of Robins’ Fuel Cell Micro-grid project, also known as the Common Core Power Production (C2P2) program. C2P2 a year-long demonstration-validation Department of Defense, Air Force program to ultimately seek alternative, environmentally-sound fuel sources for troops in deployed locations as part of BEAR (basic expeditionary airfield resources), or as backup power sources for stateside bases. So, how will this program work?