Harris Wins TACP-M Contract | Elbit Presents Carmel AFV | UK And Rolls-Royce Sign Typhoon Engine DealAug 07, 2019 05:00 UTC
Boeing won a $32.1 million contract modification for the performance of damage tolerance analysis on the P-8A aircraft to determine damage tolerance rating. The P-8A Poseidon is designed to support maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare operations. The P-8 also conducts shipping interdiction and early warning self-protection ability which involves carrying torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys. It is also designed to operate in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Under the modification Boeing will provide non-destructive inspections for structural components on the P-8A aircraft. Work will take place in Washington, Missouri and Alabama and is scheduled to be completed in March 2023.
Harris Corp. won an $18.7 million firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement and repair of various radios and associated communications equipment for the Tactical Air Control Party – Modernization (TACP-M) program. The success of close air support also depends on the equipment and communication tools they Airmen use.TACP-Modernization, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-owned program, is the driving force responsible for acquiring and equipping battlefield Airmen with such tools. This technology has the capability to interface with ground forces, CAS aircraft, UHF satellites, remotely piloted aircraft and command and control intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms. The Harris Corp. Radios and related equipment have proven interoperability within the existing TACP-M architecture. They are hardware that provide tactical communications in a man-pack portable kit that is designed to be packed into a bag or case that can be easily carried or worn by the user. Each of the radios has unique properties. The deal supports the Air Force TACP-M program’s Air Support Operations Center Gateway Systems, Gateway Lite Systems, Stryker Systems, Mobile Communication Systems and Dismounted Systems.
Middle East & Africa
Elbit Systems announced that it has finished extensive testing and carried out a series of successful capability demonstrations of its innovative Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV), as part of the CARMEL Future Combat Vehicle project of the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The Carmel Program was launched three years ago as a multi-year program for the development of advanced technology to upgrade the IDF’s combat vehicles – producing an agile, effective, innovative, compact, easy-to-maneuver vehicle with relatively low costs. The purpose of the program was to develop the technology necessary for the “combat field of the future,” maintaining operational superiority via technological superiority. Israel’s three largest defense companies – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elbit Systems, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems – were asked to develop their own Carmel prototypes using M113 APCs. The Carmel Program will develop capabilities that will gradually be installed on the Israel Defense Forces’ Merkava Mk 4, the next-generation Barak tank, the Namer tracked armored personnel carrier (APC), and the Eitan wheeled APC. Israel’s Defense Ministry will also begin developing an AFV that incorporates the new capabilities at an unspecified time in the future.
The UK and Rolls-Royce signed a contract to provide maintenance for the engines of Typhoon fighter jets. The deal is valued at $425.9 million. The contract will provide support for the Eurojet EJ200 jet engine until 2024, Reuters reports. The company will also be required to provide modules, spares and accessories to support the Typhoon fleet. “Not only will this contract help to maintain our world-class jets, it secures 175 jobs across the UK and boosts the skills base our world-leading defense industry relies upon,” junior defense minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan was quoted by the news agency.
South Korea declared publicly that it will not allow the United States to deploy Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)-range missiles in the country. After speculations that the Asian country could be a candidate site for US missiles, after Washington pledged to deploy them in the region and elsewhere to maintain deterrence after withdrawing from an anti-missile treaty with Russia, local media reported that the Korean government had no official discussions on the possible introduction of intermediate missiles.
India conducted a test-launch of its indigenous Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRASM). The Diplomat reports that the test was held on a launch site in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. It was successful. The missile is designed for canisterized storage aboard a transporter-erector-launcher vehicle. QRASM has a range of 30 kilometers and uses solid rocket propellant. The QRASM entered testing two years ago, with its first test taking place on June 4, 2017. A test in December 2017 failed.
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