Raytheon Wins Delivery Order In Support of APG-79 | Finland Received Torpedo System 45 | Pakistan Procured 60 CM-400AKG in 2017-18Oct 11, 2019 05:00 UTC
Raytheon won an $11.9 million delivery order for the procurement of 101 spare part units across nine assemblies used in support of the F-18 APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar system. The AN/APG-79 AESA radar is an airborne radar made for F/A-18 E/F aircrafts. It is comprised of numerous solid-state transmit and receive modules to practically eliminate the possibility of mechanical breakdown. With a range of 150 km, the AN/APG-79 provides instantaneous track updates and multi-target tracking capabilities. Its X-band radar allows for higher resolution imaging, helping with target identification and discrimination. The AN/APG-79 is the replacement radar for the AN/APG-73. Work will take place in Forest, Mississippi. Estimated completion date will be by December 2022.
The US Air Force reactivated the 420th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base for flight and ground testing of the next-generation bomber, the B-21 Raider. The squadron was organized under the 412th Test Wing at the base, and a ceremony marking the occasion was held on October 4, the Air Force announced on Wednesday. The first B-21 Raider bomber, the next-generation replacement for the B-1 and B-2 aircraft, is under development at Lockheed Martin facilities in nearby Palmdale, California. The B-21 is expected to enter service by 2025, and will replace the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit over time.
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Spartan Air Academy Iraq won a $24.8 million contract for contractor logistics support services. The deal provides for CLS services and material support for 15 T-6A aircraft. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engine turboprop aircraft. In 1996, the US Navy and Air Force awarded Raytheon Aircraft Company, now Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC), the contract for the joint primary aircraft training system (JPATS). The aircraft was subsequently named the T-6A Texan II. The aircraft uses a Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine which provides a flat rated 1,100hp. The range of the aircraft is more than 1,667km. Work under the new contract will take place at Balad Air Base, Iraq and has an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020.
Finland has received Torpedo System 45 lightweight torpedo assets on loan from Sweden for installation on board the Hamina Class strike craft FNS Tornio, Jane’s reports. The Hamina Class fast attack craft were built by Aker Finnyards in Rauma, Finland for the Finnish Navy. Previously known as Rauma 2000, fast attack craft regularly patrol the Finnish coastline. Four vessels home-ported at Upinniemi are operated under Squadron 2000. A loan arrangement forms part of a wider bilateral co-operation, formalized by Sweden’s Defense Materiel Administration and the Finnish Defense Forces Logistic Command in early 2018, that also covers the new Torpedo System 47. As well as co-operative development and procurement of the Torpedo System 47, the bilateral arrangement also includes the loan of existing Torpedo System 45 assets to establish an interim capability.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense Production (MoDP) revealed that it procured 60 CM-400AKG missiles in its 2017-2018 annual year book. According to MoDP’s latest yearbook, which was released in September, Pakistan ordered 60 additional Chinese-made CM-400AKG air-launched anti-ship missiles for the Air Force for $100 million. The document also states that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADSs) during that period.
38 North has done a technical evaluation of North Korea’s new short-range missiles that were tested recently. It concluded that the KN-23, -24, and -25 missiles are likely to be more accurate than the Scud-variants that North Korea had been using earlier. The KN-23 is a North Korean short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) first tested in May 2019. The missile flies on a quasi-ballistic trajectory and has a maximum range of 690 km. North Korea first flight tested the missile on May 4, 2019. Due to its visual similarity to Russia’s Iskander-M SRBM, analysts dispute whether the missile was constructed with foreign assistance.
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