Sikorsky won a $280.4 million modification, which exercises an option to procure long lead items in support of full rate production Lot 8, CH-53K aircraft. CH-53K King Stallion is a next-generation heavy-lift cargo helicopter. Work will take place in Connecticut. Expected completion will be in December 2023.
General Electric won a $1 billion requirements contract for repair, replacement, and program support of 784 F414 engine components in support of F/A-18 aircraft. This contract includes a five-year base with no options. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support is the contracting activity. Work will take place in various continental US contractor locations that cannot be determined at this time, and in Florida. Work is expected to be completed by October 2027.
Middle East & Africa
The shooting training center of the Special Forces Command (KSK) of the German army in the town of Calw has been using training system components from the Israeli company Trango Systems. According to German website Soldat & Technik, in a report on the visit of the German Minister of Defense to the German Army’s Special Forces Command, photos were publicly revealed for the first time indicating that the command is using modern means in the shooting training center, including system components from Trango Systems.
The Turkish government will assist the country’s maiden unmanned helicopter project, the Alpin, its manufacturer Titra reported. Ankara has put the project on its “regional priority investment list,” ensuring subsidies and incentives, the Ankara-based firm added. The government has promised to buy the dual-use platform following field trials, and could export it to friendly countries once it is battle-proven.
Norway, a NATO member that shares a border with Russia in the Arctic, will raise its military readiness, its prime minister said on Monday, stressing however that no direct threat had been detected. “The military will as of tomorrow raise its preparedness in Norway,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store told reporters.
The Royal Australian Air Force will continue to stick with the C-130J as the platform for its medium air mobility fleet. The Australian government announced on November 1 that Project AIR 7404 Phase 1 has chosen the C-130J. The project’s aim was to replace and expand the current fleet of 12 C-130J with a new aircraft. The defense ministry determined that the C-130J was the only option that meets the requirements for low risk, being certified in all roles, that is proven, mature and affordable.
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