Sweden’s Saab Group announced a SEK 450 million (WON 77.04 billion, $69 million) subcontract order from South Korea’s LIG Nex1, for more of its ARTHUR artillery tracing radars. South Korea first ordered Saab’s Arthur Mod C in 2007, and this is a follow-on order. Saab adds that “The main part of the production for this program will be done at LIG Nex1 under a localisation agreement between Saab and LIG.”
New HASC Chairman Howard McKeon criticizes Obama administration’s plans to pare $78 billion from the Pentagon’s topline budget.
US Navy orders procurement officers to stop buying computer servers or adding new data centers, the Washington Post reports.
Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay announces awards of C$55.6 million contract to Thales Canada for 2 tactical control radars (TCRs) as part of a C$80 million TCR modernization project; C$5.6 million contract to TLD America for 14 aircraft cargo loaders; and C$1.6 million contract for sewer upgrades at 17 Wing Winnipeg.
Latest updates: BAE’s PAS-13 thermal sight to be part of the fire control system.
The infantry soldier is the center of gravity in current wars, and improvements to the individual soldier’s equipment and firepower overmatch often provide most bang for the buck to militaries wishing to make a difference on the ground. They’re not high profile purchases, however, which often creates neglect and delays. 40mm grenade weapons are an obvious choice, given their area suppression abilities and versatile ammunition. Grenade Machine Guns go beyond 1-shot rifle attachments and even beyond multi-shot weapons like the M-32/MSGL, providing medium-range, area effect firepower that decisively beats other infantry weapons within its reach.
The Americans have deployed 40mm GMGs from the outset of conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, mostly General Dynamics’ Mk19. That inventory is modernizing, as the USA has begun buying General Dynamics’ new STRIKER 40, with programmed airburst features. Others have been slower. Britain addressed this gap back in 2006, when it began ordering Heckler & Koch GMG systems to equip its Royal Marines. Canada has been much slower to react, but 8 years after its troops entered Afghanistan, the Close Area Suppression Weapon (CASW) project aims to give Canadians the same options that other militaries already enjoy…
Former Northrop Grumman engineer Noshir Gowadia gets 32 years in prison for assisting China in developing a low-signature cruise missile exhaust system and providing classified information on the B-2 Spirit bomber.
RAND report [PDF] says there is no “direct benefit” to the US military’s use of alternative fuels for tactical operations. It recommends that the military stick to proven tech, and focus on efficiency rather than cutting edge commercialization.
ABI Research: Military spending and Gallium Nitride adoption is fueling demand for RF power semiconductors used in radar and military communication and electronics equipment.
In late January 2011, Raytheon announced a $475 million contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its Paveway family of precision-guided munitions. These Paveway II and Paveway III kits transform ordinary bombs into laser-guided smart bombs. The firm’s Enhanced Paveway kits add dual-mode laser/GPS guidance.
The announcement itself doesn’t specify which types have been ordered. Here’s what is known, and what is not, about the Saudi order…
Lockheed Martin agrees to pay $2 million to settle a DoJ lawsuit accusing the company, as well as partners SAIC and AES, of conspiring with former government employees Stephen Adamec and Robert Knesel to ensure the 3 companies were awarded a $115M contract in 2004 to support the Naval Oceanographic MSRC (now the Navy DSRC).
Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle author DJ Elliott offers thoughts on Iraq’s military development, ability to defend itself, and 5 most pressing weaknesses against conventional invasion.
France’s DCNS is capitalizing on its nuclear submarine knowledge to offer a “FlexBlue” self-contained mini-reactor in the 50-250 MW range, to be installed underwater off the coast. It would be shipped out for maintenance, and use seawater for cooling. Areva, EDF and the CEA R&D organization are also involved.
On Jan 21/11, Us Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, CA announced a set of 4 multiple-award contracts to install and certify Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. These systems will be delivered under a combination of cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive (firm target), firm-fixed-price, and cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery orders as “Government Furnished Equipment” (GFE), for installation on board surface ships, submarines, and shore stations located worldwide.
With the umbrella terms all set, contracts can be placed on behalf of SPAWAR, and also on behalf of other prospective U.S. Government and Foreign Military Sales customers. There’s an initial 3-year base period that runs to 2014, and a 2-year option period that would extend it to 2016. When these contracts were issued, several media outlets added them together, and reported $5+ billion in contracts. That isn’t correct. Here’s what is correct, and how the contracts work…