Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), a naval aviation repair and maintenance facility based at the NAS North Island, is embarking on a significant transition in naval aviation maintenance as the Navy gradually phases out its legacy F/A-18A-D series. This shift marks the inclusion of the F-16 fighter as a major program for FRCSW’s Depot team operations. In response to the approaching retirement of the F/A-18 series, FRCSW has been gearing up to incorporate the F-16 into its maintenance repertoire. The pivotal decision came in February 2023 when the US Air Force repair capacity reached its peak. PMA-226, the F-16 Program Office, turned to FRCSW to establish a depot repair line for the F-16 C and D models. Leading this crucial task is Jacob Weintraub, the MRO-E Offsite Division Head at FRCSW, leveraging his over two decades of experience working on Hornets.
Raytheon won a $702 million modification, which exercises options to provide continued recurring sustainment, program management (financial and administrative), propulsion integration, engineering, material management, configuration management, software sustainment, security management, equipment management, product management support activities, and spare replenishments. Additionally, this modification provides for continued joint technical data updates, training, and depot level maintenance and repair for all fielded propulsion systems at the F-35 production sites and operational locations for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, non-US Department of Defense (DOD) partners, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.
Middle East & Africa
Britain announced that it was sending one of its most advanced naval vessels to the Gulf to shore up its presence in the region. The HMS Diamond, a Type 45 destroyer, will conduct operations to ensure freedom of navigation, reassure merchant vessels, and ensure the safe flow of trade, the defense ministry said.
A German parliamentary budget committee has approved equipping 15 Eurofighter Typhoons for electronic warfare. Airbus will outfit the aircraft with the Saab transmitter location and self-protection system and Northrop Grumman’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles. The combined solution will enable the aircraft to detect, locate, and disable anti-aircraft radars and improve its self-protection.
South Korea has inked a contract with Saab to provide support for the country’s Arthur weapon locating systems. As part of the $76 million deal, the company will deliver spare parts within five years. It will utilize its local support team based in South Korea to ensure a hands-on approach in fulfilling the contract.
Taiwan has begun mass production of its short-to-medium range air defense system, the Sky Sword II. It follows the air defense system clearing the second round of evaluation in July after failing to do so on the first attempt, according to Liberty Times. Six systems are planned for procurement, each comprising one CS/MYS-951 battle management center, one CS/MPQ-951 radar, and four to five missile firing units.