Air Force One 17 Months Behind Schedule | US Likely To Give F-16s To Poland | Arlan 4×4 Delivered To Kazakhstan Armed ForcesMar 08, 2022 05:00 UTC
Lockheed Martin won a $869.9 million contract modification, which adds scope for integrating mission and weapon systems capability development, including flight-test hardware, through system functional review to development test complete on the F-35A, F-35B, F-35C aircraft. Work will take place in Texas, New Hampshire, Florida, Maryland, California, Missouri and Arizona. Estimated completion will be in December 2026.
The US Air Force and Boeing have concluded that delivery of the new Air Force One is now 17 months behind schedule. This means the transport will not be delivered by 2024. The delay was first reported by Breaking Defense, which says the information came from two of its sources. A Boeing spokesperson said the company is working “closely with the Air Force on a new approved schedule baseline.”
Middle East & Africa
The Finnish Ministry of Defense has named solutions by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to advance to the second and final round of negotiations for Finland’s new, enhanced, high-altitude, short-to-medium range ground-based air-defense system (GBADS) requirement.
The Pentagon is likely to supply F-16 combat jets to Poland if it hands over MiG-29s to Ukraine. NATO rejected Ukraine’s pleas to impose a no-fly zone to halt Russia’s bombing. Its chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would not intervene in the conflict over fears of a direct class with Russia that could spiral into a wider conflict.
Russia has fired 600 missiles since its invasion of Ukraine began, a senior US defense official said Sunday, and it has committed approximately 95% of its amassed combat power inside Ukraine, reports CNN. The US observed ongoing fighting in Kherson and Mykolaiv on Sunday and Russian forces are still trying to encircle Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Mariupol, according to the official.
Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), which is a joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business, Paramount Group and one of Kazakhstan’s leading defense and engineering companies, Kazpetromash, has announced its latest delivery of Arlan 4×4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in accordance with that nation’s State Defense Order. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering has for over the past four years delivered several batches of the Arlan APC to the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan, where they have since been in operation.
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