Lockheed Martin Tapped For Aegis BMD 6.0 Work | Big Lizzie To Undertake Operational Trials | Taiwan To Buy New Reconnaissance Pod For F-16sSep 03, 2019 05:00 UTC
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems won a $327 million firm-fixed-price contract, under which it will design, develop, integrate, test and certify the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense or BMD 6.0 capability. Aegis BMD 6.0 will provide an increased BMD capability by incorporating the Air and Missile Defense Radar, now designated AN/SPY-6(V)1 , for introduction on the first DDG Flight III. Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division, DDG 125 will be the first “Flight III” ship in the Arleigh Burke Class of destroyers. The Flight III will incorporate the SPY-6, which will replace the existing SPY-1 radar installed on the previous DDG 51 ships. Raytheon’s AN/SPY-6(v)1 radar has already demonstrated its performance against an array of singular and multiple targets of increasing complexity. This includes integrated air and missile defense targets, as well as targets of opportunity, satellites and aircraft. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense is the naval component of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. Aegis BMD builds upon the Aegis Weapon System, Standard Missile, Navy and joint forces’ Command, Control and Communication systems. Lockheed will perform work in Moorestown, New Jersey. Estimated completion date is December 2025.
Peraton Inc. was awarded a $11.4 million contract modification for the continuation of support services including critical system assessment and vulnerability services and reentry systems development support services for the Trident II (D5). The Trident II D5 fleet ballistic missile is a three-stage, solid-propellant, inertial-guided ballistic missile developed by Lockheed Martin. The missile can carry multiple independently targeted reentry bodies for a maximum range of over 7,360 kilometers. The year that the Trident II D5 ballistic missile was first deployed, 1990, saw the beginning of the end of the missile’s primary mission. However, even as the Soviet Union began to implode, the D5’s performance improvements were making the Trident submarine force the new backbone of the USA’s nuclear deterrent – and of Britain’s as well. The Trident D5 Life Extension Program is intended to extend the service life of the weapon system until 2042. Work will take place in Washington DC, Florida and New Mexico. Estimated completion date is September 30, 2020.
Middle East & Africa
PAE Government won a $122.8 million modification to a Foreign Military Sale to Afghanistan. The deal is for ground vehicle support. According to the DoD, bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 Afghanistan Security Forces, Army funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of the award. Work will take place in Kabul, Afghanistan and scheduled completion date is March 1, 2020.
The US Navy awarded Kellogg Brown and Root Services a $27.7 million contract modification of the first bridge under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for base operations support services at Isa Air Base, Kingdom of Bahrain. Work provides for but is not limited to, all management, supervision, tools, materials, supplies, labor and transportation services necessary to perform galley services, bachelor quarters and laundry services, facility management, emergency service requests, urgent service, routing service, minor work I and II, facilities investment, custodial, pest control service, integrated solid waste, grounds maintenance, wastewater, operate reverse osmosis water treatment system and base support vehicles, environmental, fire emergency services and explosive safety officer services. Kellogg Brown will perform work at the Isa Air Base in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The bridge period is from September 2019 to May 2020.
The UK Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth on August 30 to undertake operational trials off the east coast of the United States. Dubbed the ‘Westlant 19,’ the deployment will see the carrier conduct operational testing with UK F-35B Lightning aircraft. ‘Westlant 19’ will also operationalize the UK Carrier Strike Group construct ahead of a first deployment planned for 2021. According to the UK Defence Journal, the deployment ‘Westlant 19’, will see HMS Queen Elizabeth and her crew conduct vital deck and warfare trials with British F-35 jets. The 617 Squadron will reportedly embark on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time for this deployment.
Taiwan plans to buy a new variant of the DB-110 reconnaissance pod for its F-16 fleet. The current pod has no night imaging capability and did not allow Taiwan to photograph Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during its night time transit over the Taiwan Strait. According to local reports, the 109th annual budget of the Ministry of National Defense was sent to the Legislative. The Air Force Command plans to purchase long-distance, full-air and day-night surveillance capabilities and real-time image transmission functions in order to meet the difficulties of logistics maintenance and the lack of nighttime surveillance capabilities.
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