Kratos won a $23 million modification, which adds scope to provide continued non-recurring engineering in support for the XQ-58A Unmanned Aerial Systems mission systems and subsystems integration for the Marine Corps. Additionally, this modification provides for flight test and demonstration events, associated spares, materials, and repairs. Work will be performed in Sacramento, California; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be completed in September 2024.
Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer announced that it has been selected to supply South Korea’s new military transport aircraft. The company will deliver an undisclosed number of C-390 Millennium planes specially configured to meet Republic of Korea Air Force requirements. It will also provide associated support services and equipment, including training and spare parts.
Middle East & Africa
Saab Inc. won a $15.9 million deal for the construction of underwater unmanned vehicles and associated storage containers, training naval mines, spare parts, training documentation, training and transportation. The contract involves Foreign Military Sales to the State of Kuwait. Work will be performed in Cranston, Rhode Island; and Syracuse, New York, and is expected to be completed by September 2025.
Elbit Systems has announced a partnership with Romanian state-owned Romarm for the creation of an artillery production facility in the country. The collaboration will facilitate technological transfer to Bucharest, specifically in the production, assembly, and integration of 155-millimeter ATMOS advanced mobile howitzers. It will also boost sovereign artillery production, generate employment opportunities, and position Romania as a regional artillery hub.
The Spanish Navy’s first new S-80 Plus-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) has been commissioned into service following the completion of sea acceptance trials. First-of-class Isaac Peral (S-81) was formally commissioned during a ceremony held at the Spanish Navy’s naval base in Cartagena on 30 November.
Japan has attained official observer status on the Eurodrone project, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) announced on November 30. The letter of approval was presented in Berlin by OCCAR Executive Administration Director Joachim Sucker to the Japanese Ambassador to Germany, Hidenao Yanagi.