NGAD Could Be Most Expensive Aircraft Program Yet | Lockheed Plans To Ramp Up Javelin Production | Taiwan Considers Alternative Weapons After US Howitzer DelayMay 04, 2022 05:00 UTC
The US Air Force’s secretive Next Generation Air Dominance future fighter program could be the most expensive aircraft program in history, with each piloted, sixth-generation aircraft expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. When asked about the price tag, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall did not specify exactly how much an individual aircraft could cost, but said the service was talking about “multiple” hundreds of millions.
Huntington Ingalls won an $11 million contract modification to extend the delivery date for vessel storage and towing preparation services of the aircraft carrier ex-USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Work will take place in Virginia. Expected completion will be by September 2024.
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Mali’s ruling military has announced it is breaking its defense accords with former colonial ruler France, condemning “flagrant violations” of its national sovereignty by the French troops stationed there. The announcement was the latest sign of deteriorating relations between Mali and France.
Lockheed Martin is planning to ramp up Javelin anti-tank missile system production, expecting a surge in demand from Ukraine, chief executive James Taiclet announced. Taiclet said the company is ready to invest in further production of the Javelin, the Patriot, and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system and requested the Pentagon help provide “future contracts to make up the difference.”
The sudden elevation in intensity of top-level talks between Finland and Sweden has raised the bar on the expectation that the two unaligned Nordic states will jointly announce their decisions to join NATO by May 16. The possibility of Sweden and Finland joining NATO was discussed when the prime ministers of both countries, Magdalena Andersson and Sanna Marin, meet at Schloss Meseberg castle, near Berlin, to discuss security issues with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 3.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it was considering alternative weapons options after the United States informed it that the delivery of an artillery system would be delayed due to a “crowded” production line. The two allied nations signed an agreement last year to deliver 40 M109A6 medium self-propelled howitzers for $750 million. Taiwan had expected eight Paladin howitzers next year, and 16 each in 2024 and 2025.
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