Northrop Grumman Systems won an $9 million deal for the manufacture of initiating propellant used on the MK48 heavyweight torpedo. This contract includes a three-year ordering period with no options. All work will be performed in Elkton, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by November 2025. Weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,203,980 will be issued for delivery order N00104-22-F-ZN01 that will be awarded concurrently with the contract and funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. In July 2017, Northrop was awarded a $50.1 million contract to manufacture 45 torpedo transducer array and nose shell assemblies for the heavyweight torpedo.
A US Air Force T-38 assigned to Columbus Air Force Base crashed out of the airfield around 1 pm local time on November 7. The pilot ejected safely after the aircraft suffered an in-flight emergency. The T-38 Talon is a twinjet supersonic jet trainer produced by American aerospace and defence company Northrop Grumman.
Middle East & Africa
The Turkish government’s defense industrial-policy office, the Defense Industries Presidency SSB, has unveiled the MIR, an unmanned naval vehicle designed to fight submarines from the surface. Ismail Demir, head of SSB, told the press that the MIR will come in three features. It can be used autonomously, in a remote control operations or manned with a crew.
The UK Royal Air Force’s first Wedgetail E-7A airborne early warning and control aircraft has received a multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) sensor. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the MESA system will enable the E-7A to monitor its surroundings over 360 degrees in flight. The sensor will assist airmen in detecting, identifying, and tracking targets at longer ranges while maintaining continuous surveillance in an operational area.
The Polish Army has ordered 11 more Wolverine armored personnel carriers for $30.8 million, with delivery expected between 2024 and 2025. In 2018, the Polish Armed Forces received 33 Wolverine vehicles following a June 2014 deal valued at $50 million. The 8.3-meter (27 feet) Wolverine is equipped with a remote-controlled armament module and a 7.62-meter (25 feet) machine gun allowing for enhanced observation and self-defense capabilities.
Collins Aerospace and PT Dirgantra Indonesia (PTDI) have signed an agreement to support the Indonesian Air Force’s C-130 Hercules with a new digital cockpit. As part of the air force’s Phase 2 rollout plan, Collins will supply 11 C-130s with its Flight 2 Integrated Avionics System, which includes the latest AOS-7000 digital auto-pilot system. The system offers the military transport aircraft “the most cost-effective and lowest-risk communications, navigation and surveillance systems for air traffic management (CNS/ATM) upgrade solution,” according to Collins.
Naval Group and PT PAL Indonesia inked a memorandum of understanding to develop an energy research laboratory for submarines and propulsion solutions at the Indo Defence 2022 Expo and Forum in Jakarta. The joint research and development will involve potential submarine energy storage, such as embedded electrical networks, next-generation Li-Ion batteries, and hydrogen cells.
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