Dec 02, 2005 05:24 UTC
The Naval Air Systems Command Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, MD awarded a pair of contracts for planning, programming, and financial support. The scope is to accomplish all aspects of program life cycle management necessary, in order to meet the acquisition responsibilities of its carrier-capable E-2C Hawkeye AWACS/ C-2 Greyhound cargo aircraft.
These modifications exercise an option under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract, and combine purchases for the United States Navy and the governments of France, Taiwan, Egypt, Japan, and Singapore under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Additional FMS purchases may include the governments of the United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand and Oman.
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Dec 01, 2005 10:00 UTC
Tea party brewing?
Multi-national defense programs have gone from isolated instances to a major defense industry trend over the last two decades, and technology transfers are a critical and often-overlooked aspect of that trend. They also play a major role in fostering interoperability among allied militaries, especially those who wish to keep up with the USA and its seemingly endless stream of high-tech kit.
Britain is the USA’s single most important global defense relationship, and they were promised a waiver for the USA’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) under the Clinton administration in 2000. That waiver would enable the UK to acquire and make use of certain US military technologies without going through a tortuous license approval process. Now, with British troops fighting side-by-side with US forces in Iraq and major projects like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (and its associated CVF carriers) moving into a critical phase, British officials are becoming increasingly angry that the US had been unable to deliver.
Absent a satisfactory resolution, the risk that British defense procurement will shift explicitly toward European links and partners as a more dependable alternative is growing. If it is unfair to describe the present British state of mind as analogous to The Boston Tea Party, Thomas Jefferson’s 1774 “A Summary View of the Rights of British America” might not be very far off the mark.
This is surely a development that could carry long-term foreign policy and defense implications for both countries, with ripples that extend beyond to new US alliances like India, where unease concerning US reliability as a supplier/ partner is palpable. DID explains the current situation, the source and root of opposition in the American political system to ITAR waivers for Britain and Australia, and the prognosis for progress.
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Dec 01, 2005 03:16 UTC
Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors in Moorestown, NJ received $125.8 million to provide for AEGIS Combat System baseline upgrades. The AEGIS system on the USA’s CG-47 Ticonderoga Class cruisers and DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers (plus frigate and destroyer classes in Australia, Japan, Korea, Norway, and Spain) is both a very advanced radar, and a combat control system that integrates the ship’s array of sensors and weapons.
Services will include providing material, equipment, supplies and technical engineering required to define, design, develop, integrate, test and deliver AEGIS baseline computer programs for combat system upgrades, which may be further clarified by written technical instructions. Work on this cost-plus-award-fee modification under previously awarded contract N00024-98-C-5197 will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., and is expected to be completed by September 2007. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued this contract.