ULA gets $149.4 million for NROL-68 | DOS approves Apache Sale to Qatar | Leonardo reports strong Numbers for first QuarterMay 13, 2019 05:00 UTC
United Launch Services won a $149.4 million modification in support of National Security Launch delta IV heavy launch services. The modification is for the National Reconnaissance Office mission NROL-68, the second of three missions awarded to ULA under the Launch Vehicle Production Services contract in October 2018. The deal provides for a Delta IV heavy-lift rocket variant for the US Air Force’s National Security Space Launch program. ULA was awarded three NRO missions in October— NROL-91, NROL-68, and NROL-70 — scheduled to launch in fiscal year 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively. Work under the modification will take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and company sites in Colorado and Alabama. The scheduled completion date is in December 2022.
The Navy awarded Rolls-Royce an $8.6 million contract modification in order to procure 10 MT7 marin turbine installation parts kit shipsets for the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 100 class craft. The LCAC 100 will enhance the US amphibious force’s ship-to-shore capacity with a rated load capacity per craft of 74 short tonnes. LCAC-1s have a 60-short tonne-rated payload. The landing craft was originally designated the Ship-to-Shore Connector and is intended to support the rapid movement of Marine expeditionary forces from naval vessels to shore and will be able to tactically deliver personnel and heavy equipment. The LCAC 100 craft consists of four MT7 turbines. The Rolls-Royce MT7 delivers between 4 to 5 MW and shares common core architecture with the AE1107C-Liberty aero engine. The procurement is in support of the Ship-to-Shore Connector Program. An MT7 installation parts kit is one “shipset” consisting of four engine intakes, two right-hand engine exhausts and two left-hand engine exhausts. Work will take place in Indiana and is expected to be finished by January 2021.
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Northrop Grumman won a $7.2 million modification for the procurement of up to 42 additional technical refresh mission computers for the AH-1Z aircraft in support of the government of Bahrain. In November, Bahrain confirmed an order of 12 Bell AH-1Z Vipers worth $912 million. Along with the helicopters, which will be delivered starting in late 2022, the US government also gave the go-ahead for a series of munitions to be supplied. The modification of the Foreign Military Sale includes trainer units and spare units. Northrop will perform work in Utah, Maryland, and California and is expected to finish work in December 2023.
The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The deal is worth $3 billion. The proposed sale would double Qatar’s previous procurement of AH-64Es, which are used for close air support, armed reconnaissance, and anti-tank warfare missions. Included in the sale are the 24 helicopter bodies; 52 T700-GE-701D engines; 26 AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight; 26 AN/AAQ-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors; 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; 28 M230 30mm automatic chain guns; and other equipment and training. The notification does not guarantee a final sale. Congress can still weigh in, and once cleared by Capitol Hill, negotiations between customer and supplier often lead to different prices or quantities.
Leonardo had a strong start into the 2019 financial year, according to a report published by the company on May 8. The most striking contributor to Leonardo’s improved first quarter performance was its Defence Electronics and Security division. Revenues generated in the period rose to $3.1 million, a year- on-year increase of 11.2%, while the company’s earnings before interest, tax, and amortization (EBITA) were up 6.5% at $183.1 million. In particular, defense electronics and security business secured orders worth $1.7 billion, up 56 percent year-on-year, while helicopters won contracts for $773 million, with an increase of 13 percent.
The first batch of four Korean amphibious assault vehicles (KAAVs) arrived in the Philippines. The Philippine’s Department of National Defense ordered the Hanwha Defense Systems KAAV7A1 vehicles for the Philippine Marine Corps. The vehicles that have arrived in the Asian country are part of a $46 million contract that was signed between the Philippine government and South Korean defense firm Hanwha Techwin in April 2016. The firm, which was formerly known as Samsung Techwin, confirmed the contract after it emerged as the sole bidder for Manila’s AAV procurement program. The next batch of four more KAAV7A1 is said to be delivered by August this year, and are in advanced stages of construction.
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