May 17, 2024

Grand Forks AFB Extended Global Hawk Operational Range | Lithuania Received Javelins | US And Japan To Develop Interceptor System

Americas Lockheed Martin won a $79 million contract. This contract procures diminishing manufacturing sources parts required for the production and sustainment in of the F-35 aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-US Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is […]
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May 16, 2024

USN Wants To Bolster Surface Forces | US Approved Sidewinder FMS To Romania | Airbus Completed Aerovel Purchase

Americas Technology company Sigma Defense Systems has signed a $4.7 million task order to build a virtual reality intelligence training ecosystem for the US Army. Under the deal, the Georgia-based firm will build, demonstrate, and deploy a next-generation training platform for the army’s Operator Maintainer Immersive Virtual Reality Environment for Intelligence Training (OMNIVORE-IT) project. The resulting […]
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May 15, 2024

AH-64E Apache Block III: Evolving Battlefield Roles

AH-64 in Afghanistan (click to view full) The AH-64 Apache will remain the US Army’s primary armed helicopter for several more decades, thanks to the collapse of the RAH-66 Comanche program, and the retirement sans replacement of the US Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH). Apaches also serve with a number of American allies, some of […]
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May 15, 2024

Lockheed To Upgrade MLRS | Arrow 3 Production Could Be Disrupted | Estonia Considers Sending Troops To Ukraine For Non-Direct Combat Roles

Americas Applied Visual Technology won a $28 million firm-fixed-price contract for Targeted Fidelity Apache Tactical Trainer simulators, the Tactical Control Centre, and the Network Simulation Environment. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida; and Kooiweg, Netherlands, with an estimated completion date of September 15, 2026. Army Contracting Command, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity. The […]
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May 14, 2024

GA-ASI Announced Upgrade To Reaper Drones | Jordan Announced "Eager Lion” Military Exercise | Chinas Fujian Finished Maiden Sea Trials

Americas The US Army is testing the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle-mounted Modular Turreted Mortar System (MTMS) prototype. Trials have been ongoing since January to ensure the expected performance from the system before an upcoming demonstration at Fort Moore, Georgia, in September. “We are diligently verifying its advertised capabilities and making sure it is safe for the […]
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May 14, 2024

MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

0 Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a hunter-killer design. Some […]
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May 13, 2024

Digital Abrams: The M1A2 SEP Program

M1A2 SEP (click to view full) America’s M1 Abrams tanks come in a number of versions. In addition to the M1A1 that is now standard, the US Army is beginning to field its M1 TUSK for urban warfare. It also operates the M1A2 System Enhancement Program (SEP), currently the most advanced standard variant. This Spotlight […]
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May 13, 2024

CAES to Support US Army’s Long Range Precision Fires | Ukraine Gets US HIMARS Boost | Safran To Design Engines For GDAT

Americas Marvin Land Systems won a $14.7 million deal for M1 Abrams tank auxiliary power units. The ordering period end date is September 19, 2024. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2023 through 2024 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan. […]
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May 10, 2024

V-22 Osprey

(click to view full) In March 2008, the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received a $10.4 billion modification that converted the previous N00019-07-C-0001 advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee, multi-year contract. The new contract rose to $10.92 billion, and was used to buy 143 MV-22 (for USMC) and 31 CV-22 (Air Force […]
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May 10, 2024

Boeing Tapped For V-22 | DoS Approved HARM FMS To UAE | Australia Further Upgrades Military Infrastructure

Americas Bell Boeing won a $14 million modification to provide continued post-production systems engineering and program management support for the V-22 Common Configuration Readiness and Modernization retrofit program for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania; and Fort Worth, Texas and is expected to be completed in September 2024. Naval Air […]
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May 9, 2024

Aging Aircraft: USAF F-15 Fleet Sees Renewed Interest

F-15C over DC (click to view full) “Array of Aging American Aircraft Attracting Attention” discusses the issues that accompany an air force whose fighters have an average age of over 23.5 years – vs. an average of 8.5 years in 1967. One of the most obvious consequences is the potential for fleet groundings due to […]
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May 9, 2024

Boeing Tapped For F-15 System | First RAF Personnel Graduate As Protector Crews | Craig Provides Armor For Australian Defense Forces

Americas Boeing won a $19 million modification for the F-15 Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $824,669,013. Work will be performed at Nashua, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2026. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air […]
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May 8, 2024

US Army Tests Future Mine Clearing Strategy | UK Navy Procures Remus Vehicles | DoS Approved Sniper Sale To Malaysia

Americas The US Army tested a remote landmine detect and diffuse system featuring a drone and a mortar-equipped land vehicle. The Ground Obstacle Breaching Lane Neutralizer (GOBLIN) concept was designed to neutralize a mine from a standoff range, reducing risk for breaching forces. It comprises a mortar-based launcher system integrated on a vehicle platform, a […]
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May 7, 2024

USAF Formed 2 New EW Squadrons | Israel Builds A Cyber Dome | Denmark To Raise Its Defense Spending

Americas The Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, recently completed restoring a retired Douglas A-4M Skyhawk to its former glory for static display. This project provided a special opportunity for FRCE’s artisans, many of whom had never worked on an A-4. The last A-4 Skyhawk was retired by […]
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May 6, 2024

NG Wins $7B Bradley Deal | New Bradley Variant Revealed | Germany Handed Over Skynex To Ukraine

Americas Northrop Grumman won a $7 billion deal for B-2 modernization and sustainment. This contract provides for B-2 enhancements, sustainment, logistics elements including sustaining engineering, software maintenance, and support equipment. Also included is programmed depot maintenance of the fleet and other interim contractor support. Work will be performed at Palmdale, California; with performance at other […]
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May 3, 2024

Thomas Instrument Tapped For B-2 Overhaul | Finland to Join NATO’s Air Shielding Mission in Romania | New Zealand Not Close To Decision On Joining AUKUS Pact

Americas Thomas Instrument won a $43.7 million deal for overhaul of the B-2 weapons bay door power drive unit. This contract provides for the overhaul of five units per year for five years. Work will be performed in Brookshire, Texas, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2029. This contract was a competitive […]
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May 2, 2024

Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape

DID's FOCUS Article covering the Patriot anti-air missile system, including all development & contracts during the FY 2007 time frame...
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May 2, 2024

EagleEye Gets Upgrade | DoS Greenlights FMS To Saudi Arabia | Hangor II Subs For Pakistan Launched

Americas General Atomics’ EagleEye multi-mode radar is being upgraded with the addition of an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antenna and associated software. The drop-in antenna will more than double the radar’s range of 80 kilometers. “The increased range and optimized multi-mode performance of the radar are perfectly tailored to provide deep sensing capability in […]
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May 1, 2024

The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

RAAF C-130J-30, flares (click to view full) The C-130 Hercules remains one of the longest-running aerospace manufacturing programs of all time. Since 1956, over 40 models and variants have served as the tactical airlift backbone for over 50 nations. The C-130J looks similar, but the number of changes almost makes it a new aircraft. Those […]
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May 1, 2024

BAE Tapped For MK 41 | Zimbabwe Gets 12 Super Mushshaks | MBDA NCMs Performed Simultaneous Firing

Americas BAE Systems Land & Armaments won an $18 million deal to exercise options for MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems Mechanical Design Agent. This modification combines purchases for the Navy, the government of Australia; the government of Japan; the government of Germany; the government of the Netherlands; and the government of Korea, under the Foreign […]
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