BAE Unveils Amphibious Combat Vehicle Prototype | SK’s DAPA to Begin Developing Taurus-Class Missile | Beijing Gets Early Delivery of Four Su-35sDec 16, 2016 00:58 UTC
- BAE Systems has unveiled their first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 prototype, part of a $103.7 million contract to deliver 16 prototypes to the USMC. Developed to combine open-ocean amphibious capabilities with land mobility, the vehicles will provide armored transport for infantry personnel traveling from a ship to a shore. The Marine Corps expects to begin testing the prototypes in the first quarter of 2017.
- The US Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs office has awarded BAE Systems $368 million to perform weapon system engineering services for US and UK Ohio- and Vanguard-class submarines. Tasks to be performed will include weapon system integration, engineering, and testing. BAE will also provide IT support, assist with training programs, and develop fleet documentation materials.
Middle East & North Africa
- Boeing will supply military flight training equipment and services for the government of Saudi Arabia, following the awarding of a foreign military sales contract by the Pentagon. Valued at $59.9 million, the deal will see company provide one Database Generation System, one Full Mission Trainer, and an Integrated Avionics Trainer database to Riyadh.
- UK PM Theresa May has come under increased pressure by opposition lawmakers and campaigners for her government’s continued support of the supply of munitions to Saudi Arabia. May came under pressure in the House of Commons following the decision by the US to limit the supply of certain munitions that have been used in military strikes by the Saudi Air Force in Yemen. In defense of the sales, May hailed the bilateral cooperation between both governments in their counter-terrorism initiatives saying that the information gained from Saudi Arabia over the years had saved countless lives.
- South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) will commence research on an indigenous Taurus-class cruise missile. Development work on the missile will begin in 2018, with the aim being to produce around 200 missiles for deployment on the upcoming KAI KF-X fighter jet. Costing $690 million, the new missiles will give Seoul an increased cruise missile range from 280 km to 500 km.
- Beijing received an early Christmas present this year with the advanced delivery of four Sukhoi Su-35 fighters from Russia. Initially expected for delivery in 2017, the shipment process was expedited to send the first batch before the new year. Signed last November, the $2 billion deal will see Russia provide China with 24 Su-35s alongside ground equipment and spare engines.
- Despite recent diplomatic tensions between the US and the Philippines, the US State Department has cleared the $25 million sale of two Saab AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D Air Search Radars to the archipelago’s navy. Manilla plans to install the radars on two Hamilton-class cutters acquired through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program which will aid them in monitoring their waters. The sale also aims to improve interoperability with the US Navy, allowing the two armed forces to collaborate on missions more effectively.
- US aerospace and defense firms looking to increase their presence in the Asia-Pacific region are looking to next year’s International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2017. The biennial event is organized by the Korea Aerospace Industries Association (KAIA), Korea Defense Industry Association (KDIA) and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), and will allow foreign firms to get closer to buyers and decision-makers there, particularly those involved in the modernization of South Korea’s defense forces. Kallman Worldwide will be organizing the US effort, with a 1,250 sqm US International Pavilion to act as a destination for buyers looking for an efficient way to meet a critical mass of US suppliers, an on-site business hub for US exhibitors looking to maximize their exposure and time at the event, and a forum for all to share ideas and insights.
Taxi test of the Saab Gripen E: