Huntington Ingalls Industries won a $290.6 million cost-plus-fixed fee modification to prepare and make ready for the refueling and complex overhaul of the USS John C. Stennis or CVN 74. The modification adds a second year to a previously awarded contract. Huntington Ingalls will obtain long-lead-time materials, perform forecasting and scheduling tasks, develop cost estimates, facilitate pre-overhaul tests and assessments, manage data acquisition efforts and conduct other advanced planning functions. The USS John C. Stennis is a Nimitz Class nuclear powered supercarrier. The Nimitz Class aircraft carriers are the largest warships ever built. With over 6,000 personnel, the carrier has a displacement of 102,000t, and a flight deck length of 332.9m. Services under the modification are part of the CVN 74 RCOH initiative for fiscal year 2019 through fiscal 2020. Naval Sea Systems Command will obligate $107.5M in FY19 incremental shipbuilding and conversion funds at the time of award. Work will take place in Newport News, Virginia through July 2020.
The Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Systems an $8.7 million fixed-fee delivery for non-recurring engineering needed to modify software to detect deficiencies identified by the Navy and Marine Corps aircrews and test community in the Navy Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures AN/AAQ-24 system. The AN/AAQ-24 system is a directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system to protect aircraft from infrared (IR) homing (“heat seeking”) man-portable missiles. DIRCM is a lightweight, compact system designed to provide mission-vulnerable aircraft with increased protection from common battlefield threats. It is more advanced than conventional infrared countermeasures. Northrop will perform work in Rolling Meadows, Illinois and estimated completion day is in May 2021.
The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of 152 MIDS-JTRS (5). The deal for the Multifunctional Information Distribution System – Joint Tactical Radio System is valued at $44 million. Canada had requested 152 MIDS-JTRS terminals with remote power supply, along with spare cables and MIDS batteries, Link-16 mobile racks, diagnostic support tools, technical documentation, and training and engineering technical support. The terminals will upgrade Canada’s CF-18 and CC-130J aircraft and Royal Canadian Air Force’s ground stations, providing modernized electronic protection, secure, jam-resistant wave forms, and Link 16 message exchange and information fidelity including support to advanced weapon employment.
Middle East & Africa
The US Navy awarded Vertex Aerospace a $9.6 million contract modification for Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast Out installs. The deal also exercises an option for organizational and intermediate depot maintenance and logistics and supply support for three KC-130J aircraft for the government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Lockheed Martin KC-130J is the latest variant of the family of extended-range tanker version of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft modified for aerial refueling. Vertex Aerospace will perform work at the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base in Kuwait and expected completion date is in August next year.
Advanced Electronics won a $57.8 million modification for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Cyber Protection System and Related Facilities program. The F-15SA multi-role fighter is a Saudi Advanced variant of the Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle. It has a modern fly-by-wire flight control system in place of the hybrid electronic/mechanical system used by previous F-15s. The variant includes the APG-63(v)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, digital electronic warfare systems (DEWS), infrared search and track (IRST) systems, and other advanced systems. It also includes a redesigned cockpit originally intended for the F-15SE. The fly-by-wire system will allow the carriage of weapons on the previously unused outer wing weapon stations. Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2022.
Lockheed Martin won a $800 million firm-fixed-price incentive contract for the production and support of 14 Slovak Republic F-16 block 70 aircraft. Slovakia wants to replace its MiG-29 fighter jets with this purchase. The country had previously been in talks to purchase Saab Gripen multirole fighter jets from Sweden, but Defense Minister Peter Gajdoš stalled those discussions and invited other bidders, with the field eventually narrowing in February 2018 to a choice between F-16 Vipers and JAS-39 C/D Gripens. Among its nearest neighbors, Hungary and the Czech Republic operate Gripen jets, while Poland has fleet of F-16s. Lockheed will perform work in Greenville, South Carolina and estimated completion dare is January 21, 2024.
Thailand wants to buy BrahMos cruise missiles. The country has been in talks with India for the purchase. The Brahmos missile systems can be used in ground attack and shore defense modes. BrahMos missiles have a range of about 300 km and weigh 2.5 tonnes. The missile was developed by India in cooperation with Russia, with a maximum speed of 3,450 km/h.-VNA. While Thailand expressed interest in the missiles some time back, discussions picked pace after the visit of Royal Thai Navy Chief Admiral Ruddit to India in December last year, the paper said. The two sides are likely to sign a sale contract next year.
Watch: THeMIS UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle used by Estonian soldiers deployed in Mali
Latest updates[?]: Advanced Electronics won a $57.8 million modification for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Cyber Protection System and Related Facilities program. The F-15SA multi-role fighter is a Saudi Advanced variant of the Boeing F-15 Strike Eagle. It has a modern fly-by-wire flight control system in place of the hybrid electronic/mechanical system used by previous F-15s. The variant includes the APG-63(v)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, digital electronic warfare systems (DEWS), infrared search and track (IRST) systems, and other advanced systems. It also includes a redesigned cockpit originally intended for the F-15SE. The fly-by-wire system will allow the carriage of weapons on the previously unused outer wing weapon stations. Work is expected to be completed by July 31, 2022.
F-15S & weapons
In October 2010, talks that Saudi Arabia was negotiating a $30-60 billion arms package with the USA were made official with a full multi-billion request that included 84 F-15 Strike Eagles to replace the Kingdom’s Tornado strike aircraft and/or F-15A-D fighters, upgrades for another 70 planes, about 132 UH-60 Black Hawk utility and AH-64 attack helicopters, and armaments to equip them.
This article looks at those requests, their tie-ins, the issues that are part of these potential deals, and related follow-on requests. As is often the case with DSCA announcements, years can pass between the requests and the signed contracts, but these contracts have started to roll in, alongside other significant buys.
General Atomics Aeronautical System won a $21.7 million contract modification in support of the MG-1C Gray Eagle extended range aircraft unique initial spares and ground support equipment. The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the United States Army as an upgrade of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. Its endurance is about 30 hours and it can fly up to 280 km/h (170 mph). It has four hardpoints for four AGM-114 Hellfire missiles or four GBU-44 Viper Strike. General Atomics will perform work in Poway, California. Estimated completion date is July 21, 2021.
The US Navy tapped Boeing with $10.6 million to procure 16 P-8A A-Kits and 16 Turret Deployment Units for Lots 8 and 9 full.rate production aircraft. The P-8A is designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. Back in January it was reported that Boeing would start building add-on kits to create flying torpedoes that can attack submerged enemy submarines from long ranges and from high altitudes. The P-8A weapon system consists of a basic Boeing commercial 737-800 ERX air vehicle modified to meet Navy requirements, and numerous systems and subsystems for avionics, communications, mission, and weapon capabilities.Boeing will perform work under the contract modification in Washington, Arizona, and Canada and expects completion in August 2021.
Middle East & Africa
The US Department of State approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for various ships. The deal is valued at $554 million. Egypt had requested Follow on Technical Support that provides for material and labor services in support of Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates (FFG-7 class ships), Fast Missile Craft (FMC), Mine Hunter Coastal (MHC) ships, Coastal Mine Hunter (CMH) ships, and 25 Meter and 28 Meter Fast Patrol Craft (FPC). The prime contractor will be the Virginia-based VSE Corporation, with an estimated price tag of $554 million.
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that pilots and maintenance personnel are now in Jordan to train on operating the AH-1 attack helicopter. Jordan had donated two AH-1s to the Philippines. The crew will now begin their familiarization training on the two AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated by the Jordanian government. Jordan was the first Cobra operator to modernize the avionics of the AH-1F/S. The Cobra is a two-blade, single-engine attack helicopter. Jordan obtained 24 AH-1Fs in the late 1980s, and in 2001 obtained nine additional ex-US Army Cobras. In 2010 Jordan transferred 16 AH-1F helicopters to Pakistan, under a US-sponsored support program that provided Islamabad with 40 AH-1 refurbished helicopters. In September last year, the Department of National Defense and the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense cooperation.
A Swiss Air Force F/A-18 went supersonic during a scramble on July 29 in the afternoon. The sonic boom was heard in the city of Lausanne.The sound alarmed residents and elicited many calls to the police. Two Hornets took off from Emmen Air Base in order to check on an aircraft that lost radio contact, according to the military. The Army did not specify the location of the incident beyond the fact that it occurred in the canton of Vaud where Lausanne is located. No further details were given of the mission except that it ended without problems. The Hornet has a very short reaction time from its alert position, very good aeroplane performance and flying characteristics and is able to accelerate extremely fast, reaching sonic speed within seconds. Its extremely good maneuverability in curvilinear flight is important in aerial combat in visual flight conditions and is proven to be of the best worldwide.
The American State Department approved a possible Sale to the Republic of Korea for Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPS). The deal is worth $950 million. The contract would enable the Republic of Korea to sustain and operate its fleet of RQ-4 Block 30 remotely piloted aircraft and will significantly advance US interests in standardization with the Republic of Korea’s Armed Forces. In 2014 South Korea signed a deal to purchase Global Hawks with production starting in 2015 and delivery expected to start last year. Due to cyber security concerns, delivery was delayed. Northrop Grumman is the principal contractor on the contract.
Watch: Philippines considers Scorpene-class diesel electric submarine for submarine program
Latest updates[?]: The American State Department approved a possible Sale to the Republic of Korea for Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPS). The deal is worth $950 million. The contract would enable the Republic of Korea to sustain and operate its fleet of RQ-4 Block 30 remotely piloted aircraft and will significantly advance US interests in standardization with the Republic of Korea’s Armed Forces. In 2014 South Korea signed a deal to purchase Global Hawks with production starting in 2015 and delivery expected to start last year. Due to cyber security concerns, delivery was delayed. Northrop Grumman is the principal contractor on the contract.
Euro Hawk UAV
(clickto view full)
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAV has gone from a developmental platform to the next generation of American aerial reconnaissance. Flying at 60,000 feet, the RQ-4’s use their advanced synthetic aperture radar and other sensors to provide high-resolution images, unaffected by clouds or similar impediments. A larger RQ-4B model has been developed, and forms the backbone of current deliveries.
The transatlantic Euro Hawk project aimed to produce an RQ-4B with additional capabilities in signals intelligence collection (SIGINT), to complement its native ground surveillance capabilities. The 4-5 UAVs would provide the ability to detect and collect information from electronic intelligence (ELINT) radar emitters and communications emitters, and would be connected to ground stations that can receive and analyze the data. An MoU was signed in May 2006, followed by a firm system development contract on Jan 31/07. The Euro Hawk flew, and was performing on a technical level, but regulatory barriers killed the program in May 2013.