GD Tapped For LCS Integrated Combat Management System | Israeli F-35s To Participate in Exercise Blue Flag | DoS Approved FMS To Croatia
November 4/19: Sustainment General Dynamics Mission Systems, won a $90.7 million contract for sustainment of the Littoral Combat Ship Integrated Combat Management System and associated combat system elements. Work includes development, integration, test and delivery of future combat system baseline upgrades for in-service ships, supporting ship integration, installation and checkout, developmental test/operational test, developing training and logistics products, support for field baselines. General Dynamics Mission Systems will develop, integrate, test and deliver baseline modifications for the LCS ICMS and support the integration of upgrades into in-service vessels. Naval Sea Systems Command will obligate $1M at the time of the award from the Navy’s fiscal 2018 other procurement funds. Work will take place in Massachusetts, California and Alabama. Estimated completion will be in October 2024.
The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Raytheon an $11.5 million modification to exercise options for DDG 1000 ship class integrated logistics support and engineering services. DDG 1000 combat systems provide offensive, distributed and precise firepower, and long ranges in support of forces ashore, while incorporating signature reduction, active and passive self-defense systems and enhanced survivability features. DDG 1000 or USS Zumwalt is a guided missile destroyer. The Zumwalt Class destroyers are designed as multi-mission stealth ships with focus on land attack. Work under the contract modification will take place in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, New Hampshire, Maine, California, and Indiana. Estimated completion is expected to be by October next year.
Middle East & Africa
Raytheon won a $22.3 million contract modification for the Qatar Air Missile Defense Operation Center or ADOC. The modification is for the procurement of the outside continental US transfer of ADOC prime mission equipment, installation of ADOC PME, integration activities, training of ADOC operators, and development of a communications cabinet. The modification is a Foreign Military Sale to Qatar. Work will take place in Massachusetts as well as Qatar. Expected completion will be by May 31, 2020.
The Israeli Air Force says its F-35 will be participating in Exercise Blue Flag from November 3 to November 14 at Uvda Air Base. Germany, Italy, Greece and the United States are participating as well. The Blue Flag exercise will have a significant impact on the Air Force, the IDF and the State of Israel as a whole. The exercise will include over a thousand air crew, technical and administrative personnel from different Air Forces. During the exercise, dozens of aircraft, both international and Israeli, will be deployed and will practice air-to-air and air-to-ground combat scenarios, dealing with advanced SAM threats as well as enemy combat scenarios.
The State Department approved a sale of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment to Croatia for an estimated cost of $115 million. “The sale of these UH-60 helicopters to Croatia will significantly increase its capability to provide troop lift, border security, counterterrorism, medical evacuation, search and rescue, re-supply/external lift, and combat support. These UH-60 helicopters will allow for interoperability with US and NATO forces in rapid response to a variety of missions and quick positioning of troops with minimal helicopter assets,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said. If the proposed sale is approved by Congress, the new helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms that will be donated by the US government in 2020. At the time the donation was announced in October 2018, the Croatian Ministry of Defense said the helicopters would be used for airborne assault, air-medical evacuation, casualty evacuation, search and rescue, surveillance, command, troop and cargo transport and, if armed, for firing weapons such as rockets.
Taiwan will be upgrading the avionics of its C-130H fleet and it is likely that the Rockwell Collins Flight2 system will form the core of the upgrade. National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology will be the project manager and Air Asia plus Canada’s Cascade will be carrying out the upgrades. Taiwan’s Republic of China Air Force has purchased 20 C-130Hs from the United States Air Force. Flight2 is built on architecture compliant with Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management Systems (CNS/ATM), supportable and sustainable to meet existing and future aviation mandate requirements.
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