Lockheed Martin won a $10.9 million contract for Advanced Raptor Enhancement & Sustainment (ARES) for the F-22 Program Office. This contract vehicle provides support for the necessary supplies and services to sustain and modernize the F-22 Raptor, including modernization hardware kit procurement and services such as upgrades, enhancements and fixes, as well as performance-based logistics services. The F-22A Raptor is an advanced tactical fighter aircraft. Lockheed Martin received a $7 billion five-year contract to maintain the USAF fleet of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, in December 2019. Work under the new deal will take place in Texas. Estimated completion date is October 31, 2031.
General Dynamics Electric Boat won a $66.6 million contract action modification for lead yard support and development studies and design efforts related to Virginia class submarines. Virginia class subs are a class of nuclear-powered attack submarines. Work will take place in North Carolina, Florida and Maryland. Estimated completion will be by November 2024.
Middle East & Africa
The Nigerian Navy inked a contract with the Turkish shipyard Dearsan on November 3. The deal covers the delivery of two new 76 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The OPV’s, which have been configured in line with the Nigerian Navy requirements, will be designed and built entirely in the shipyard’s facilities and will be equipped with Turkish systems.
The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has placed an order for three “Sea Falcon” Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) manufactured by ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH for the German Navy’s K130 corvettes. One UAS consists of two Skeldar V-200 unmanned aerial vehicles, a ground control station integrated on the corvette from which the aircraft is controlled, and equipment with tools and spare parts.
Upgraded T-72B3M, ASVK-M Kord sniper rifles, Verba MANPADS are among new military equipment to arrive this month in Russia’s military base in Tajikistan in view of the instability in neighbouring Afghanistan. The base’s motorized rifle battalions were re-equipped with BTR-82A and modernized BMP-2M, and the anti-aircraft units of the base switched from portable Igla anti-aircraft missile systems to more modern and all-weather Verba complexes.
Sankei reports that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is considering the setup of a rapid deployment airport group will have help prepare airports in the Ryukyu Islands for military operations. This group will have air traffic controllers to take over the airports and personnel to arm and refuel military aircraft. They can be rapidly deployed using a cargo plane. The number is likely to be around 30 people.
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