Insitu Tapped For Air Vehicle Production | Oshkosh To Produce Eitan For IDF | Korean Army Ordered LAHDec 30, 2022 05:00 UTC
Lockheed Martin won a $527.7 million contract action, which will be awarded for a sole-source, hybrid (cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee) modification (P00054) under contract HQ085121C0002. This UCA expands performance of the Aegis Weapon System to implement Integrated Air and Missile Defense capabilities into an Aegis Guam System. An initial obligation of $11,394,512 using fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation funds will occur at the time of award. The work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey, with period of performance from time of award through December 31, 2027.
Insitu won a $19 million modification, which adds scope for the production and delivery of 10 RQ-21A air vehicles, two RQ-21A turrets, support equipment, spares, tools, and training in support of RQ-21A Blackjack and ScanEagle unmanned aircraft platforms for the Navy, Marine Corps, and international partners. Work will be performed in Bingen, Washington; and various locations outside the continental US, and is expected to be completed in June 2026.
Middle East & Africa
The Israeli Ministry of Defense has contracted Oshkosh Defense to produce hundreds of “Eitan” armored personnel carrier (APC) hulls for the Israel Defense Forces. The more than $100 million US-funded contract will reportedly see 500 hulls delivered to Israel within 18 months. The hulls will be fitted with unmanned turrets and other systems and sent for operational use. More hulls are expected in the future.
The Russian Navy’s latest Admiral Gorshkov-class multi-role frigate has begun its second phase of sea trials. The testing follows a demonstration of the ship’s maneuverability, navigation capabilities, and propulsion at Severnaya Verf shipyard, Saint Petersburg in early December. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the second phase will validate the frigate’s control systems, artillery, anti-aircraft missile systems, communication, and electronic warfare equipment. All tests will be monitored by the service command control center. Results will be delivered to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.
Aerospace firm L3Harris and Israeli defense manufacturer Elta Systems will deliver advanced threat detection and response systems to the Australian military. The newly-inked teaming contract would transform Australian fighting vehicles, enabling each to immediately detect incoming live fire and launch self-defense responses, including electronic warfare measures and kinetic effects.
South Korea has awarded Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) a $235 million contract to deliver 10 Light Armed Helicopters for the army. KAI will begin delivery of the aircraft by 2024, including training, maintenance, and spares, The Korean Herald reported. The award comes after the Defense Acquisition and Program Administration approved a $4.5 billion plan to mass produce the helicopters through 2031.
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