Honeywell International won a $95 million deal by the US Army for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 Black Hawk starters. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of September 28, 2028.
The US Air Force tapped Raytheon with a $7.5 million modification to retrofit the F-15 fleet. Work will be performed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and Largo, Florida, and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2025. The F-15 is a type of military airplane used by the United States and other countries. It’s a powerful and fast aircraft designed for air-to-air combat, which means it’s really good at shooting down other airplanes in the sky. The F-15 has two engines, which make it go really fast, and it’s equipped with advanced radar and weapons systems to help pilots track and target enemy aircraft. It’s often called an “fighter jet” because it’s designed for fighting in the air.
Middle East and Africa
Germany inked a deal to purchase the Israeli made Arrow 3 hypersonic missile system that will become a key part of Europe’s defense against air attack. The signing of the deal was a “historic day” for both countries, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said at a press conference alongside his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant. Worth around $3.5 billion, the sale is the biggest ever deal for Israel’s military industry.
Lockheed Martin won a $52.6 million deal by the US Air Force for the Lithuania Air Force AN/TPS-77 Multi Role Radar Program. This contract provides for three radars, training, spares, and interim contractor support. Work will be performed at Liverpool, New York, and is expected to be completed by February 28, 2027. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Lithuania.
NATO said Friday it was ready to increase its peacekeeping force in Kosovo following deadly clashes. The killing of a Kosovo police officer and an ensuing gun battle at a monastery in a village close to the Serbian border on Sunday marked one of the gravest escalations in the former breakaway province in years. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that on Thursday he had “authorised additional forces to address the current situation.”
The US Air Force’s 18th Wing has conducted a no-notice agile combat employment exercise at Kadena Air Base in Japan to test the base’s ability to quickly mobilize units. Airmen from bases in North Carolina, Idaho, and Alaska were tested to see if the air base is capable of generating airpower at a moment’s notice, with F-15C/D, F-35A, and F-15E aircraft launched to dispersed locations.
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