Bell-Boeing Wins $545M for MV-22s to Japan | US State Dept: Sale of $785M in Bombs to UAE a Go | MiG-35 Trials Late Summer Says UACJul 21, 2016 00:53 UTC
- Bell-Boeing has been awarded a $545 million deal to manufacture and deliver four MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. The July 19 Navy contract will see the USMC variant of the aircraft delivered to the government of Japan, adding to a number of V-22s ordered in 2014. Delivery of the systems is expected for May 2020.
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- The US State Department has approved the sale of $785 million in bombs to the United Arab Emirates. Under the proposed sale, the deal will see the provision of 7,700 GBU-10 guidance kits with 7,700 Mk-84/BLU-117 bombs; 5,940 GBU-12 guidance kits with 5,940 Mk-82/BLU-111 bombs; 500 GBU-31V1 guidance kits with 500 Mk-84/BLU- 117 bombs; 500 GBU-31V3 guidance kits with 500 BLU-109 bombs; and 14,640 FMU-152 fuzes. The sale is being sanctioned as the UAE is seen as an important Sunni Arab ally in the fight against the Islamic State.
- Last Friday’s attempted coup in Turkey may have rattled US military and defense interests, but Lockheed Martin is not afraid that the incident will affect ongoing business interests there. The coup by certain elements of the military had caused shock across the world rendering much protestation and worry from Turkey’s allies and neighbors. But while President Erdogan may now be dealing with failed plotters, LM have assured that existing deals will not be in danger.
- Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh attended their Air Force’s induction ceremony of two Harbin Y-12 transport aircraft into the service. Four Dauphin helicopters were also inspected by Guelleh, which had been acquired with help from Saudi Arabia. The delivery of the Y-12s continue the ongoing support between Chinese industry and the small African nation with the Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) delivering a MA60 transport aircraft in 2014 in support of its peacekeepers in Somalia and for VIP transport.
- Four more A400M cargo aircraft will be delivered to Germany from Airbus by the end of the year. Issues involving the aircraft’s gearbox have resulted in a reduction of unit delivery, with the company now capable of delivering a total of five in 2016 rather than the originally agreed nine. With 53 A400s ordered by Germany, the defense ministry convened a new working group on June 29 to look at the country’s transport needs, including how to bridge the capacity gap caused by delays in the A400M program.
- The MiG-35 is to be tested in trials due to commence by the end of this summer. Manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) made the disclosure to press saying that the trialing of the 4th++ generation fighter will last all year. The aircraft is a further development of the MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 combat aircraft with improved combat effectiveness and versatility, as well as improved performance.
- Japan has been cleared for the $821 million sale for SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles, equipment, and support. The deal will see Tokyo receive up to 246 Standard Missile (SM-2), Block IIIB Vertical Launching Tactical All-Up Rounds, RIM-66M-09. This request also includes MK 13 MOD 0 Vertical Launching System Canisters, operator manuals and technical documentation, US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services. Japan will use the missiles as part of their anti-air sea defense on four Kongo-class and two Atago-class destroyers which have all been fitted with the Aegis Combat system and SM-2 Block IIIA/IIIB missiles.
- Industry partners already lining up for the Japanese F-3 program include US giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The new program is set to replace the existing F-2 fighter with a next generation stealth fighter based on the X-2 Shinshin experimental aircraft. With the F-3 planned for 2027, any partners taken into the development program stand to earn from a $20 billion project.
- Israeli attempts to intercept a Syrian UAV on the Golan Heights: