GenDyn Tapped For Arleigh Burke Support | South African Government Asked To Drop Arms Exports Inspections | Sonardyne Tapped For ASR-II Support
General Dynamics won a $145.8 million cost-plus-award-fee modification to exercise an option for Destroyer Designated Guided or Guided Missile Destroyer Planning Yard Services. The modification exercise is for the continuation of integrated planning yard services for Arleigh Burke Class ships. DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups. Work will take place in Bath, Maine, and is expected to be finished by January 2021.
For twice a year, a B-25J warbird will travel to the US Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at NAS Patuxent River to allow students to broaden their experience by flying the aircraft. Larry Kelley, owner of the B-25J nicknamed “Panchito”, has been doing it for the past 16 years and is only one of three qualified to fly the warbird as part of the school’s Qualitative Evaluation program.
Middle East & Africa
The US Air Force awarded Alliant Techsystems a $37.8 million modification for contractor logistic support for the Iraqi Air Force’s Cessna 208 and 172 fleet. The Cessna 208 is a utility aircraft. The aircraft is in operation in 70 countries worldwide and is known for its capability to use rough fields and airstrips, its economical operation and versatility for high speeds and heavy loads. The Cessna Skyhawk 172 is a high-wing, single-engine piston training aircraft. The Skyhawk 172 will be used to support CAP’s aerial reconnaissance, emergency response, disaster relief, and search and rescue (SAR) missions as well as for glider towing. CAP is a federally-supported non-profit organization and is the auxiliary of the US Air Force. Work will take place in Iraq. Estimated completion will be by December 31, 2020.
South African trade union Solidarity is asking the government to drop mandatory inspections of military exports, on the basis that these measures would damage the national defense industry. Under the National Conventional Arms Control Act (NCACA), which is administered by the government’s National Conventional Arms Control Committee, countries procuring South African-made defense equipment are required to allow inspections, to ensure that controlled items are not sold without permission to third parties. The mandatory inspections were confirmed on November 27 in a statement from the South African Parliamentary Committee on Defense.
Saab announced that it has delivered the Deployable Maintenance Facility (DAM) to the Hungarian Air Force. DAM is a mobile solution that enables enhanced maintenance capacity for aircraft and other vehicles combined with superior protection. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defense in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastructure. The official handover took place at a delivery ceremony at Pápa on December 5. The Hungarian Air Force is currently operating 14 Gripen C/D fighter aircraft on a lease-purchase agreement with the Swedish government. DAM will provide an increased level of flexibility and reduce their dependency on stationary infrastructure for maintenance and protection of their Gripen fleet, Saab said.
Sonardyne International has been awarded a contract by General Electric’s Power Conversion business to provide underwater positioning and tracking technology for the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) future 5,200-tonne auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II). In a press release the UK-based company said the ASR-II will be fitted with the Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system, which will interface aboard the vessel with GE’s Seastream Dynamic Position (DP) control system “providing accurate and fast position reference updates during critical station keeping activities”. The Ranger 2 onboard the ASR-II will also be used to simultaneously track the position of, and communicate with, Sonardyne instrumentation fitted to the new, untethered Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) that is being acquired from UK-based subsea engineering, operations, and services group JFD to operate from the ASR-II, which is expected to be delivered to the RoKN by the end of 2022.
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