MQ-9 Carried 1st Autonomous Launch in Combat Zone | DoS Greenlights NASAMS FMS To Kuwait | Lockheed, Thales To Build Missile Production Facility in AustraliaOct 10, 2022 05:00 UTC
At a combat zone, a US Air Force MQ-9 drone has successfully perform an Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) without the need for a ground-based Launch and Recovery Element (LRE) for the first time. The feat was accomplished during Exercise Oktober Fist, a training exercise conducted by the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. “The ability to autonomously launch and recover MQ-9s from austere locations without a recovery crew is a leap in operational potential. This is essential in creating a dynamic weapon system that will out-maneuver our adversary,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Barber, 332d AEW A2/3/5 Directorate Deputy.
Lockheed Martin has opened its 85,000-square-foot All-Up Round III facility in Arkansas to boost the production capacity of the PAC-3 missile. The second expansion of Lockheed’s Camden Operations is part of a $142 million investment announced in June 2019. With the new facility, Lockheed is expecting to raise its production of PAC-3 missiles by 500 per year.
Middle East & Africa
The US government notified Congress on October 6 of a potential Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of the National Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile System (NASAMS), Medium Range Air Defense System (MRADS). Under the $3 billion package, Kuwait will be getting seven AN/MPQ-64FI Sentinel radars along with AMRAAM, AMRAAM-ER and AIM-9X missiles, each missile type getting 63 orders. The main contractor will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense and the company will send six employees to Kuwait for approximately three years to support the sale.
Embraer has release images showing Hungary’s first KC-390 in an advanced stage of assembly. The aerospace manufacturer says the transport aircraft will be ready to fly in the second half of 2023. Hungary place an order for two KC-390s in November 2020, the first aircraft will be delivered by Embraer in the second quarter of 2024.
It has been disclosed b that Romania had to ground its MiG-21 fleet because the jets were supplied with low-quality jet fuel. According to Gandul, local businessman Cristian Berendel was given a contract to supply fuel from 2018 to 2022. While the initial batches of fuel were of acceptable quality, Berendel quietly began supplying low-quality fuel from Greece and Turkey.
Lockheed Martin has inked a collaborative agreement with French group Thales to establish a new missile factory in Australia. The facility is expected to provide “highly advanced” defense manufacturing capabilities to Canberra, bolstering its ability to produce military weapons and equipment at home. The company said it had tapped the services of Australian firm Conscia to identify potential future manufacturing locations.
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