Boeing to supply JDAM Kits for the US | US halts Shipments of F-35 Parts to Turkey | Lockheed wins $2.5b for THAAD SystemApr 03, 2019 05:00 UTC
The US Air Force contracted Boeing $250 million for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance kit services for the Air Force, Navy and allies. The deal will have Boeing Defense Space and Security build the JMAD and supply Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition technical services, aircraft integration and sustainment. The JDAM is a guidance tail kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into accurate, adverse weather smart munitions. JDAM enables employment of accurate air-to-surface weapons against high priority fixed and relocatable targets from fighter and bomber aircraft. Boeing has manufactured more than 260,000 JDAM guidance kits at its production facility in St. Charles since 1998. The JDAM was first used during Operation Allied Force in the Balkans in 1999. Laser JDAM is operational on US Air Force F-15Es and F-16s, and US Navy F/A-18s and A/V-8Bs. The contract also includes JDAM/LJDAM-specific activities like technical services, aircraft integration, and sustainment. Work will take place in St. Louis and is expected to be complete by March 2029.
The US Navy awarded Moog Inc. $84.8 million in support of the V-22 Osprey. The deal provides repair work for three items on the V-22 aircraft. The Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multirole combat aircraft utilizing tiltrotor technology in order of combining vertical performance with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. It can take-off, land and hover like a chopper and once airborne it is able to convert into a turboprop airplane. Moog designs, manufactures, and integrates precision motion and fluid controls and systems for original equipment manufacturers and end users in the aerospace, defense, and industrial markets. The company is the supplier of the Osprey Flight Control Actuation. Moog is providing the design, manufacture and integration of 17 Primary Flight Control Actuators including the main rotor Swashplate, Flaperon and Elevator. Work, which will take place in New York and North Carolina, is expected to be finished by March 2022.
Middle East & Africa
The US has halted shipments of F-35 parts to Turkey due to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence to buy the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The S-400 Triumf is an anti-aircraft weapon system designed to threaten the world’s most advanced fighters, including the F-35. Turkey is a partner in the Joint Strike Fighter Program. The decision comes after months of warnings by the US. It’s one more step toward ending the actual aircraft sale. According to Reuters, the next shipment of training equipment, and all subsequent shipments of F-35 related material, had been canceled. Turkey plans to acquire up to 100 of the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A to replace its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.
Lockheed Martin won an additional $2.5 billion contract for the production of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors for Saudi Arabia as part of a $15 billion deal for the defensive ballistic missile systems. Lockheed is to provide interceptors and associated one-shot devices to support the US government as well as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The THAAD system is an anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short-medium, and intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their terminal phase with a hit-to-kill approach. The THAAD Weapon System is able to intercept incoming missiles both inside and just outside of the Earth’s atmosphere at a range of 200 kilometers, which mitigates the effects of weapons of mass destruction before they reach the ground. The ability to intercept both inside and outside the atmosphere makes THAAD an important part of layered missile defense concepts. Lockheed will provide 44 THAAD launchers, 360 missile interceptors, 16 THAAD Fire Control and Communications Mobile Tactical Station Group units and seven AN/TPY-2 THAAD radars for Saudi Arabia. In November, the United States and Saudi Arabia formalized terms for the sale of the THAAD launchers, missiles and related equipment. Work will take place in Texas, California, Alabama, Arkansas, and is expected to be completed on April 1, 2026.
The Strategic Systems Programs awarded Lockheed Martin Space an $18 million contract modification to provide support for the Trident II Fleet Ballistic Missile System of the UK. The modification includes engineering and technical support services, and deliverable materials. The deal is to support technical planning, direction, coordination, and control to ensure that UK Fleet Ballistic Missile Program requirements are identified and integrated to support planned milestone schedules and emergent requirements. The Trident II or Trident D5 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile carried by the US Ohio and four UK Vanguard Class Submarines. It is a three-stage rocket with each stage containing a solid-fuel rocket motor. The contract modification also provides for re-entry Systems UK resident technical support, operational support hardware, and consumable spares. According to the DoD, UK Funds in the amount of $17,976,489 will be obligated on this award. Lockheed will perform work within the US and the UK. The expected level-of-effort completion date is March 31, 2020, and the deliverable items completion date is June 30, 2021.
In other F-35-related news, the US Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $151.3 million modification for the delivery of 21 F-35 Lightning II Lot 14 low-rate initial production aircraft to the governments of Australia and Norway. 15 platforms will go to Australia and six to Norway. Australia will pay $108.2 million under a cooperative agreement. The international partner funds in the full amount will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Australia received its first F-35 in December. The contract modification also provides for long-lead items for the manufacture of the aircraft. Work will take place in the US, the UK, and Japan and is expected to be finished in December 2022.
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