Lockheed Martin won a $17.6 million contract modification to exercise options for ship integration and test of the AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) for AWS Baselines through Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12. The deal provides for AEGIS shipboard integration engineering, AEGIS test team support, AEGIS modernization team engineering support, ballistic missile defense test team support, and AWS element assessments. The contract will cover the AWS ship integration and test efforts for five new construction DDG 51 Class ships, the major modernization of five DDG 51 Class ships, and the major modernization of six CG 47 Class ships. It will additionally cover the integrated combat system modifications and upgrades for all current ships with all AWS baselines up to and including ACB 12. The AWS is a centralized, automated, command-and-control and weapons control system that was designed as a total weapon system, from detection to kill. 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 Virginia, Washington, Mississippi, Maine and New Jersey. Work is expected to be finished by November 2021.
The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Austal USA a modification for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) industrial post-delivery availability (IPDA) support for LCS 24. This contract modification is for IPDA efforts for LCS 24. Austal USA will provide shipboard support to implement approved engineering change proposals, approved government-responsible deficiencies identified during test and trials, and crew-related activities and preventative maintenance. Austal will also provide program management support and logistics support for technical documentation affected by the work performed. LCS 24 or USS Oakland is the 12th Independence-variant LCS and the third US Navy ship to be named in honor of Oakland. The ship will be homeported in San Diego naval base. The LCS is designed to operate in near-shore environments and open-ocean. It has the capability to tackle modern coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. Work will take place in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and estimated completion will be by October, 2020.
Middle East & Africa
An Israeli Air Force CH-53 helicopter was destroyed by fire after its engine went up in flames during flight, local media reports. The aircraft made an emergency landing in northern Negev desert. All eleven Shaldag commandos aboard and two pilots were unhurt. The military is now investigating the emergency landing of the Yas’ur helicopter. The Air Force has grounded its fleet of Yas’ur helicopters. It was a “significant accident” due to a technical malfunction in the engine a senior Israel Air Force officer said Tuesday night shortly after the incident. The Yasu’r helicopter was completely destroyed in the blaze.
Airbus delivered the first two of twenty H145M helicopters to Hungary. The H145Ms of the Hungarian fleet are equipped with a fast roping system, high-performance camera, dual cargo hook, hoist, disaster management kit, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system to support the most demanding operational requirements. They are also fitted with the HForce weapon management system, developed by Airbus Helicopters, which allows Hungary to equip and operate their aircraft with a large set of ballistic or guided air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons. The H145M is a tried-and-tested light twin-engine helicopter. H145M helicopters are gaining popularity among defense forces due to their excellent price-performance ratio and the short delivery time.
Rheinmetall received an order to supply the German Army with the MELLS antitank guided missiles. Based on the Rafael Spike-LR, a total of 1,500 missiles and over a hundred integrated command and launch units will be supplied by Rheinmetall. The German company will supply the Bundeswehr together with its joint venture partners Diehl Defense and Rafael. Rheinmetall will supply key components to Eurospike, the company that manufactures the MELLS multirole lightweight guided missile system. For Rheinmetall, this represents an order intake of over $33 million without valued added tax. Delivery begins in 2020 and continues through to 2023. A framework agreement contains an option for the fabrication and delivery of around 100 additional weapon systems and a five-figure number of component sets for the MELLS guided missile during the 2024-2031 timeframe. The ordered MELLS missiles are intended for infantry operations. Rheinmetall will be supplying over a hundred integrated command and launch units, including transport and storage containers, as well as 1,500 sets with components for the long-range Spike LR missile produced by Rafael.
The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin a $29.2 million deal for additional Aegis combat system engineering, computer program maintenance, in-country support, staging support and implementation studies in support of current and future Foreign Military Sales Aegis shipbuilding programs in support of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy, Spanish Armada, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Norwegian Navy, with scope available to support other potential FMS customers. The current Aegis FMS programs supported include the Japanese Kongo and Atago Class ships, Korean KDX III Class ships, Spanish F-100 and F-110 program, Norwegian F310 Class ships and Australian Hunter and Hobart Class ships. Work will take place in New Jersey, Japan, South Korea, Norway and Australia. Expected completion will be by June 2020.
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