Raytheon Missiles and Defense won a $35.7 million deal for the procurement of AEGIS modernization (AMOD) kits for Navy DDG 51 Class destroyers and for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program. The Navy’s Aegis Modernization program provides updated technology and systems for CG 47 Class Aegis guided missile cruisers and DDG 51 Class Aegis guided missile destroyers. The DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. They can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups. Work will take place in Massachusetts, Virginia and Burlington. Estimated completion will be by July 2024.
Boeing won a $25 million contract, which provides for the upgrade of the P-8A Poseidon maintenance training device suite, to include virtual maintenance trainers and related courseware and hardware in support of the P-8A aircraft platform to ensure the fleet receives training in current aircraft production baseline capabilities that align with real-life flight scenarios for the Navy and the government of Australia. The Poseidon is a maritime patrol aircraft. It is is operated by the United States Navy, the Indian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the UK Royal Air Force. Additionally, It has been ordered by the Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Republic of Korea Navy. Work under the new deal will take place in Florida, Missouri, Washington and Australia. Estimated completion is in December 2023.
Middle East & Africa
South Korea dispatched two KC-330s to Africa on July 18 after a COVID outbreak occurred onboard ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH-976). DDH-976 is on an anti-piracy mission there. According to local news, 247 sailors out of the 301 onboard the warship were tested positive. The aerial refueling tankers will bring a new crew to bring the warship home and to bring home everyone onboard the warship home for medical treatment. According to NHK, the warship had docked at a port in Africa and crew members developed flu symptoms soon after that.
According to the BBC, the Pentagon wants to build a large space tracking radar site in Britain. The 1km square site will be part of the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) being developed by the US Space and Missile Systems Center. The facility will have around 20 parabolic antennas that are 15 metres in diameters each.
Naval Group inked a deal for the operational maintenance of the French Navy’s nuclear attack submarines (SSN) which will be in force for over three years. This agreement includes the maintenance operations of Rubis and Suffren-class SSNs and all the related services: engineering, maintenance of tools and spares, management of the stock of spares, training platforms and maintenance of nuclear installations necessary for the operational maintenance (MCO) of submarines.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced that Indonesia has decided to take up a follow on order for six T-50i advanced jet trainers. The deal is worth approximately $238 million and includes a maintenance package.
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