General Dynamics won a $133.2 million deal for MK80 series general purpose tritonal bomb components. The Mark 80 series are the primary US GP bombs. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Illinois, is the contracting activity. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of December 31, 2023.
Boeing won a $30,7 million modification, which exercises an option to procure 63 Distributed Targeting Processor – Networked (DTP-N) B-kits (32 for the Navy and 31 for the government of Australia); and 56 DTP-N A1-kits (32 for the Navy and 24 for the government of Australia), as well as DTP-N cyber security support data deliveries in support of DTP-N full rate production to implement anti-surface warfare capability in the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. Work will take place in St Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in September 2024.
Middle East & Africa
Israeli developer SpearUAV is unveiling the encapsulated Ninox 103 Sub-to-Air loitering UAS, which – according the company – for the first time enables launch of sub-marine drones into the air, providing immediate beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness. Designed for undetectable, underwater launch, and focusing on existing operational needs, SpearUAV notes that the Ninox 103 sub-to-air is an autonomous AI-based system. Intuitive and easy to operate, it provides the most effective way for submarines, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and other underwater platforms to gain instant aerial capabilities, supporting various missions, including those of Special Forces, reconnaissance, and joint-force operations.
The UK Ministry of Defense has launched a Science and Technology Portfolio, supported by more than &2.5 billion worth of investment, the MoD announced on June 7. According to the MoD, the new portfolio plans to work with academia and British industry to accelerate cutting-edge research and development (R&D) of generation-after-next military capabilities.
Germany will increase its buy of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) as part of a wider increase in the national defence budget. Kommandeur Marineflieger, Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, confirmed the additional purchase in early June, which will happen in the context of Germany’s recently announced $107 billion Söndervermögen (special fund) uplift in defense spending.
According to Janes, Thailand has initiated MS20 configuration upgrades to its fleet of SAAB JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole combat fighters. A spokesperson for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) said to the news site that the “MS20 system improvement plan is currently in progress and the planned improvements are expected to be completed by 2025”.
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