Mar 04, 2020 05:00 UTC
Textron Aviation won a $14.3 million contract modification for the production and delivery of one King Air 350C Cargo Slick aircraft modified to a UC-12W. The UC-12W, a modified version of the King Air 350 equipped with a cargo door and military required equipment, is a modern and improved version of the UC-12. The UC-12 is used by the Navy for personnel and cargo transport, range clearance, medical evacuation, and humanitarian assistance. The Navy operates UC-12B/F/M Huron as modified variants of the King Air B200 as well as the UC-12W Huron. Work will take place in Kansas and expected completion is in March 2021.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics won a $9.6 million delivery order, which procures program management support to execute the planning, procurement and delivery of initial aircraft spares in support of the F-35 Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, non-Department of Defense participants and Foreign Military Sales customers operational aircraft. The F-35 is considered a significant driver of the Pentagon’s budget: an August DoD report said the F-35 program grew by $25 billion in 2018 and was the primary reason the Pentagon’s budget grew by four percent that year. Work will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be finished in December 2020. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Middle East & Africa
The head of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, has revealed that three JF-17s, which the country ordered, will arrive home in November this year. He made the disclosure during the Passing Out Parade of the Basic Military Training Course 40 on February 15. In March 2019, Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) announced that it had approved the sale of three JF-17s to Nigeria under a $184 million US contract. It is likely that the NAF will follow-up this contract with a follow-on order to fully replace its legacy F-7Ni and FT-7Ni fighters. Through the JF-17, Nigeria possesses one of Sub-Sahara Africa’s most well-equipped fighters.
Thales UK has been awarded contracts worth around $422.8 million to develop the sonar suite and above-water sensor systems for the new Royal Navy Dreadnought Class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). Previously known as Successor, the Dreadnought submarine program is planned to replace the RN’s four existing Vanguard Class SSBNs – one for one, from the early 2030s – to maintain a posture of continuous at-sea deterrence. Manufacture work on the first two 17,200-tonne displacement boats is under way at the BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines’ Barrow-in-Furness shipyard facility in Cumbria.
Singapore-based unmanned maritime systems developer Zycraft has produced a logistics-optimized variant of the Dolphin rescue unmanned surface vessel (USV), the company announced on its official website on March 3. According to Zycraft president James Soon, the company has developed the BacPac sea transfer module to carry payloads of up to 10 kg between ships that are unable to maneuver alongside each other due to sea conditions or security concerns. The baseline Dolphin rescue USV measures 1,150 mm long, 800 mm wide, and 250 mm tall, and has a displacement of 13 kg. It can operate for up to 30 minutes between charges and is powered by a pair of electric waterjets that propel it at speeds of up to 8 kt. The USV can be deployed off the stern or sides of a vessel and recovered using a grapnel hook or line lift, although it can also be extracted from the water by hand if conditions permit. A weight transfer device enables the sea vehicle to be lifted out of the water without excessive induced motion.
Australia took delivery of the Royal Australian Navy’s third and final Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer, the future HMAS Sydney, at the Osborne naval shipyard in Adelaide on February 28. The third Hobart-class destroyer is expected to be commissioned in Sydney on May 20 and undertake work-up activities until the end of the year in preparation for up to six months of US Navy Combat System Ship Qualification trials. These will include firings over the Pacific Test Range off San Diego of the destroyer’s RIM-66 SM-2 Block 3B and RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) air-defense missiles. First-of-class HMAS Hobart was commissioned in 2017 while the second, HMAS Brisbane , was commissioned the following year: each more than two years behind the original schedule, which itself was re-baselined three times.
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Mar 03, 2020 05:00 UTC
Northrop Grumman Systems won a $262.3 million modification for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. The modification is for the exercise of options to include 15 engineering, manufacturing and development and 90 production radars, as well as associated support equipment and spares. Northrop won $1 billion in December 2019 to work on F-16 radar systems. The contract funds development and production of up to 372 AESA radars. These radars are computer-controlled antennae in which the beam of radio waves can be steered to point in different directions without physically moving the antenna. Work will take place in Maryland and estimated completion will be by December 2022.
Lockheed Martin won a $141.7 million contract modification, which provides for the stand-up of organic level repair capabilities for the combat aircraft F-35 communications, navigation and information system. The F-35 is considered the most advanced fighter aircraft in the sky. This week Hill AFB, Utah, celebrated the recognition of its 388th and 419th Fighter Wings of F-35 fighter planes reaching Full Warfighting Capability. The Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal requests $11.4 billion for 79 Joint Strike Fighters, whose cost Lockheed said it has brought down to less than $80 million per plane.
Middle East & Africa
The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia of four AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft and related equipment. The deal is valued at $325.8 million. Supporting equipment for the package includes MAU-169 Computer Control Groups; MXU-1006/B Air Foil Groups (AFG); MK81 250 LB GP bombs; BDU-50s (MK-82 filled inert); MXU-650 C/B AFG, GBU-12; guidance section, guided bombs, MAU-209, GBU-10,12,16; MK-82 500lb bombs; FMU-152 A/B fuses; MAU-169H(D-2)/B Computer Control Groups; and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems. The AT-6 platform will support Tunisia’s ability to respond to and engage threats in multiple areas across the country. The prime contractor would be Textron Aviation Defense.
Bell Helicopter Textron won an $8.4 million contract modification, which provides for the production and delivery of a fully assembled flight training device for an AH-1Z attack helicopter, excluding software integration, for the government of Bahrain. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $6,259,796 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Based on the Vietnam War-era AH-1 Cobra, the AH-1Z Viper is the Marine Corps’ primary rotor-wing ground attack aircraft. The AH-1Z attack helicopter provides rotary wing close air support, anti-armor, armed escort, armed/visual reconnaissance and fire support coordination capabilities under day/night and adverse weather conditions. Work will take place in Texas and is expected to be finished in December 2020.
British company Meggitt PLC has signed a contract with Bell Textron Inc for an estimated value of $73 million to supply composite deicing propeller rotor blankets, heated spinners, fairings and pendulums to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The V-22 Osprey is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. According to Meggitt, its electro-thermal ice protection components are constructed from composite material with embedded thermal technology. The company has recently also signed a six year contract with the US Defense Logistics Agency for the supply of fuel bladders. The firm is to supply fuel bladders to the F/A-18 Super Hornet, V-22 Osprey and the CH/MH-53 Super Stallion. This contract has a potential lifetime value of $130 million and deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2020.
Japan is developing a new air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM) designed for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA). The spokesperson confirmed the missile development to Jane’s.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was awarded a contract to develop the weapon system and ATLA has allocated around $85 million from fiscal years 2017 to 2021 research and development work. The missile is reportedly an improved variant of the Type-12 ground-launched ASM currently in service with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF).
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Mar 02, 2020 05:00 UTC
FlightSafety won a $33.2 million not-to-exceed modification for the exercise of the KC-46 Aircrew Training System production year 5 options. The contract modification is for the exercise of option contract line item numbers for two additional weapon system trainers, two boom operator trainers, fuselage trainer, fuselage trainer sprinkler system and installation, two pilot part task trainers, boom operator part task trainer, additional learning management workstations, fuselage trainer support equipment, McGuire and Altus Site Activations, systems engineering and program management, Visual Database Airfield Models and new refresher training scenarios. The KC-46 Pegasus is a wide body, multi-role tanker. It is capable of carrying a fuel capacity of 212,000 pounds. Work will take place in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Estimated completion will be by February 2022.
Bell-Boeing won a $165.3 million modification for the manufacture and delivery of two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps and to provide funding for additional repairs in support of the Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization Program. The MV-22B Osprey is a tiltrotor V/STOL aircraft designed as the medium-lift replacement for the CH-46E Sea Knight assault support helicopter. The Osprey can operate as a helicopter or a turboprop aircraft and offers twice the speed, six times the range, and three times the payload of the CH-46E. Work will take place in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Utah. Expected completion will be by September 2023.
Middle East & Africa
General Dynamics Land Systems won a $18 million modification for Abrams systems technical support. Land Systems is a global leader in tracked and wheeled military vehicles. The Abrams main battle tank as well as the family of Stryker and LAV wheeled combat vehicles and the AJAX armored fighting vehicles are at the heart of Land Systems’ military vehicle platforms. Fiscal 2019 procurement of weapons and tracked combat vehicles, Army; 2020 operations and maintenance, Army; 2020 Foreign Military Sales to Kuwait; and 2020 Army working capital funds in the full amount were obligated at the time of the award. Work will take place in Michigan and estimated completion date is February 25, 2021.
Belarus has successfully tested the 9M318 air defense missile from February 17 to 26. The new missile is designed for the country’s Buk-MB2 and Buk-MB3 air defense missile systems. The missile as an active radar homing guidance and a range of 70km. In May 2019 the OKB TSP Scientific Production Limited Liability Company of Belarus unveiled the prototype for 9M318 surface-to-air missile (SAM) for the Buk-MB2 and Buk-MB3 medium-range SAM systems at the MILEX 2019 defense exhibition in Minsk. The 9M318 has a reported stated operational range of 3 km-70 km and can engage an aerial target flying at an altitude between 0.015 km and 25 km at a speed of up to 1,350 m/s.
The DoS approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of sixteen MK-48 Mod 7 Advanced Technology (AT) torpedo conversion kits and related equipment for an estimated cost of $85 million. The Government of the Netherlands had requested to buy sixteen MK-48 Mod 7 Advanced Technology torpedo conversion kits. Also included are spare parts, containers, associated hardware, torpedo handling equipment, and cables; US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The Netherlands desire to upgrade additional MK 48 Mod 4 torpedoes to the MK 48 Mod 7 AT model. They intend to use the MK 48 Mod 7 AT torpedo on their Walrus Class submarines. The Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works won a $7.7 million contract modification to exercise options for the accomplishment of planning yard efforts such as engineering, technical, planning, ship configuration, data and logistics efforts for DDG 1000 Class destroyers post-delivery and in-service life-cycle support. Zumwalt is the lead ship of the class of modern generation multi-mission destroyers designed to strengthen naval power from the sea. The DDG 1000 ship self-defense combat system, Zumwalt Combat System, consists of several programs including total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) with tracker and sensor data fusion and distribution system. DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a Multi-Function Radar (MFR) capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land search and track, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface. Work will take place in Maine and California and expected completion will be in December 2020.
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