General Dynamics Tapped For Virginia Class Lead Yard Support | Netherlands Send C-130 To Mali | Saab Expands Finland Business
General Dynamics won a $269 million contract for lead yard support and development studies and design efforts related to Virginia Class submarines. The Virginia Class new attack submarine is an advanced stealth multimission nuclear-powered submarine for deep ocean anti-submarine warfare and shallow water operations. Work will take place in North Carolina and Virginia. Estimated completion date is October 16, 2022.
Boeing won a $14.5 million contract modification, which adds scope to provide test and engineering support necessary to complete the development of the Next Gen Jammer-Mid Band system in support of the phased replacement of the AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System currently mounted to the EA-18G aircraft. Work will take place in Maryland and Missouri. Estimated completion will be in September 2022.
Middle East & Africa
British Typhoon jets currently deployed as part of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing joined Egyptian Air Force F-16s during an exercise called Bright Star. According to the Royal Air Force that this was the first time since 2001 that the RAF have flown with the Egyptian Air Force. The Typhoons were also joined on the exercise by F-16s from the Greek Air Force and US Air Force F-15s and F-16s together with C-130 Hercules and B-52s.
The Netherlands agreed to send a C-130 transport aircraft to Mali to support the UN mission MINUSMA. The aircraft and personnel will leave the country in November and stay there for six months. They will operate from Bamako to transport people and cargo.
Saab continues to expand research and development operations in Finland, now into the fields of data-link communication technology as well as Virtual and Extended Reality (VR/XR) technology. The expansion will lead to the creation of 30-50 new jobs at Saab in Tampere and Helsinki in the near future, a press release said.
The Indian Navy took delivery of its 11th P-8I Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft manufactured by American company Boeing. The patrol aircraft is an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013. This is the third aircraft to be delivered under an option contract for four additional aircraft that the Indian Ministry of Defense awarded in 2016.
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