Mishap Report Of USAF Accidental F-16 Bomb Drop | Elbit Releases Business Update Amid COVID-19 | DoS Approves Sales To IndiaApr 15, 2020 05:00 UTC
Raytheon Missile Systems won a $30.3 million delivery order to procure 32 Tomahawk Mid-Body Range Safety Subsystems and 32 Flight Test Kits. Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile in service with the surface ships and submarines of the US and the UK’s Royal Navy. Originally produced by General Dynamics, Tomahawk is currently manufactured by Raytheon. The Tomahawk can strike high-value or heavily defended land targets. The Block II TLAM-A missile achieved initial operating capability in 1984. The missile was first deployed in combat during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Work under the delivery order will take place in Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, California, Florida, Missouri and various locations within the continental US. Completion is expected by March 2023.
Last year, a US Air Force F-16 assigned to the 14th Fighter Squadron accidentally dropped an inert GBU-12 bomb outside the range in Japan. Pacific Air Force has now released the mishap report. The Accident Investigation Board found that pilot error was the cause. The investigators have found that “that a failure of communication during an assisted weapons deployment procedure caused the mishap pilot to fail to confirm that the Sensor Point of Interest he had selected was the target to which the other formation was guiding the weapon. Substantially contributing factors include channelized attention, changing weather, and targeting technical error.”
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Elbit Systems announced its business update amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company has implemented a number of safety measures across all its sites, including increasing the number of manufacturing line shifts to enhance social distancing. Where feasible, employees are working from home. Elbit has also initiated business continuity plans to meet customer needs. Where necessary the company is working on finding alternative solutions for delivering products to customers, including chartering dedicated cargo aircraft to meet delivery schedules. Additionally, the company is working to leverage its portfolio of leading technologies to fight the pandemic.
The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency awarded Saab a contract to supply Sweden with firefighting capabilities. The order is for the capability to fight fires with two firefighting aircraft, from April 1 to September 30, through to 2023. Under the contract there is also the opportunity to trigger an option for two more aircraft, beginning with the 2021 fire season. This resource will be available for Sweden and for EU. Saab established aerial firefighting capabilities, using the Air Tractor AT-802 F firefighting aircraft, with the associated pilot and technician skills, as well as the specific permits for their operation. The AT-802 F is a water-bombing aircraft that in the event of a forest fire can release 35,000-50,000 liters of water per hour. The firefighting aircraft will be based in Nyköping, where Saab already has aviation operations for, among other things, aerial target towing and support for the Swedish Coast Guard’s aircraft.
The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of 15 Mk 54 lightweight torpedoes to India. The potential $63 million sale includes 16 Mk 54 All Up Round Lightweight Torpedoes, three Mk 54 Exercise Torpedoes, and related equipment. The Mark 54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo is a standard anti-submarine warfare torpedo developed by Raytheon and introduced in 2004. It combines the homing section of the Mk 50, and the warhead and propulsion of the Mk 46 improved for better performance in littoral waters.
The US State Department approved the potential foreign military sale of ten AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and related equipment to the Government of India for $92 million. The deal also includes containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, Specialized Assignment Airlift Missions (SAAM). The Harpoon missile system can perform anti-surface warfare missions to defend critical sea lanes when integrated into the P-8I aircraft.
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