USS Oakland To Be Armed With NSM | Mali Received Chinese VN2C | DoS Approved Two Sales To GreeceDec 13, 2021 05:00 UTC
Lockheed Martin won a $20.5 million contract modification, which adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering for the selected F-35 “Out the Window” replacement solution in support of full mission simulator production for the Air Force, Navy, and non-US Department of Defense participants. The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) is a stealthy, supersonic multirole fighter. Its advanced sensor package is designed to gather, fuse and distribute more information than any fighter in history, giving operators a decisive advantage over all adversaries. The F-35’s engine produces 43,000 lbs of thrust and consists of a three-stage fan, a six-stage compressor, an annular combustor, a single-stage high-pressure turbine, and a two-stage low-pressure turbine. Work will take place in Florida. Estimated completion is in March 2024.
The USS Oakland (LCS 24) is ready to be armed with the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), the US Navy announced in a press release on December 10. The launch module was installed at Naval Base San Diego. Besides LCS 24, USS Jackson (LCS 6), USS Charleston (LCS 18), USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10), USS Tulsa (LCS-16) are the other Independence-variant littoral combat ships (LCS) that have the NSM installed.
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According to Jane’s, the Malian Armed Forces received several Chinese-made Norinco VN2C 6×6 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) recently. The new armored and unprotected vehicles were handed over by the military in a ceremony held at the Kati military camp on December 3. The VN2C is an improved variant of the VN2, itself a derivative of Norinco’s WZ551 armored personnel carrier with increased protection against improvised explosive devices. It has a gross vehicle weight of 19 tonnes, a 402 hp diesel engine, and armour that provides STANAG 4569 Level 3a/3b protection.
The US transferred three C-130 transport aircraft to Jordan under its C-130 Ramp-to-Ramp (R2R) transfer program. The Royal Jordanian Air Force accepted two aircraft on December 9. The planes had arrived in September. The final aircraft will arrive in January. The R2R program transfers active C-130s to key partners. So far, eight aircraft have been transferred.
The US State Department Approved Two Sales to Greece’s Hellenic Navy. The Hellenic Navy could soon finalize a $6.9 billion deal for four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships besides another $2.5 billion contract for MEKO-class frigate modernization, The Government of Greece requested to buy equipment and services to repair, update, and enhance their four (4) existing Hellenic Navy (HN) MEKO Class frigates. Greece also plans to acquire four MMSC ships that are similar to the 370-plus-foot-long Littoral Combat Ships used by the US Navy; five COMBATSS-21 Combat Management Systems; five Vertical Launch Systems; 200 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and related equipment and support. The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin was the prime contractor for the ships.
Japan will proceed with the F-15JSI (Japan Super Interceptor) upgrade program by allocating funds for the program in next year’s budget. According to local media, the final price of the program is now agreed at $3.5 billion after negotiations with the Americans. Tokyo will drop the integration of the LRASM on the Japanese Eagle in order to reduce costs.
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