Lockheed Martin To Produce Trident II D5 | French Army To Support Civilian Medical Services | India To Acquire Ka-31
Lockheed Martin Space won a $601.3 million modification for the submarine-launched ballistic missile (model) Trident II D5 production and deployed systems support. The Trident D5 or UGM-133A Trident II is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, and deployed with the American and British navies. It was first deployed in March 1990. A total of 14 US Navy submarines are armed with Trident II ballistic missiles, each carrying 24 missiles. The Trident missile has a range from 6,400 to 11,250 km. The dimensions of the Trident II missile are 1,360 cm long with a diameter of 210 cm, and the weight is 59,000 kg. The Trident II missile is deployed aboard Ohio-class submarines, each capable of carrying 24 missiles. Under the provisions of the Polaris Sales Agreement, it is also carried aboard the United Kingdom’s Vanguard-class submarines. Work will take place in Utah, California, Colorado, Florida and Virginia. Estimated completion will be in September 2024.
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems won a $98.7 million contract for sustainment of the Littoral Combat Ship Component Based Total Ship System – 21st Century -(LCS COMBATSS-21); and associated combat system elements. The 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, providing field technical support for combat systems, providing hardware engineering, equipment procurement and providing life-cycle supportability engineering and fleet support for fielded baselines. The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). It is a steel monohull design constructed by Lockheed Martin in the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation’s shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Work will take place in Virginia and Florida as well as various other locations.
Middle East & Africa
Environmental Chemical Corp. won a $9.8 million task order modification under the global contingency construction, multiple award contract for the exercise of Option One, which provides for the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of a waterside obstacle system at Mina Salman, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain. Environmental Chemical Corporation is a chemical solution manufacturer. The Company supplies industrial chemical products such as metal cleaners, drain cleaners, and polishes to commercial organization. Work will take place at Mina Salman, NSA Bahrain and estimated completion will be by August 2020.
France is taking measures to assure people are staying inside during the coronavirus-crisis. The european country is calling up helicopters and drones to boost the government’s attempts to keep people in their homes, police officials said Saturday. One helicopter was already in use on Saturday, hovering above major Paris parks to ensure that confinement rules were respected. Meanwhile the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on March 18 that the army, armed forces medical services, and air force would help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The Army’s medical regiment is preparing a military mobile intensive care unit that will be deployed in the following days in Mulhouse next to the town’s hospital. Eastern France is one of the areas of the country that has been most impacted by the virus.
The Hindu is reporting that four P-8I that India is buying will be delivered starting from May. The Indian Navy had exercise its option for the four aircraft as part of its purchase for 8 P-8Is. Delivery of the new aircraft is expected to be completed by 2022. These systems are available to India following the conclusion of the foundational agreement Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) with the US. In November 2019, the Defense Acquisition Council, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, approved the procurement of six additional P-8I aircraft. These aircraft, for which the deal is being processed, would come fitted with the encrypted systems as and when they are delivered.
India is fast-tracking negotiations to acquire 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 ‘Helix’ airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters in time for the expected commissioning in 2021 of Vikrant, the Indian Navy’s indigenously designed aircraft carrier. The Indian Navy wants to finalize the Ka-31 import, which was approved by the Ministry of Defense in May 2019 for an estimated $478.8 million, given that up to four of the AEW&C platforms are expected to be embarked on the 37,750-tonne carrier.
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