Lockheed Martin won an $8 million order, which exercises an option to procure diminishing manufacturing sources, to include lamp module assemblies and filter packs in support of the operation of F-35 ProSim Projectors for non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom; and Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2026.
StandardAero Inc. won a $209.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, time-and-materials, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N0001918D0110). This modification exercises an option to provide P-8A Poseidon CFM56-7B27A/3 and CFM56-7B27AE engine depot-level maintenance and repair in support of the Navy, the government of Australia, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Cincinnati, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed in October 2024.
Middle East and Africa
Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, which have found themselves at odds over recent years, are indicating a rapprochement is underway as a result of negotiations over major defense projects. Following the Arab Spring — pro-democratic protests and uprisings across the region that started in 2011 — the two countries differed on several geopolitical issues. For instance, during the 2017 Qatar diplomatic crisis, when the UAE decided to cut political and economic ties with the Gulf nation, Turkey opted to support Doha.
The US has bought 60 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft systems from Jordan for Ukraine. Amman purchased the German-made systems from the Netherlands for $22 million in 2013, De Telegraaf reported, adding that the US has purchased the systems for around $110 million. The US contracted Florida-based Global Military Products to buy and deliver the systems to an unknown international customer in May.
The Romanian Minister of National Defense, Angel Tîlv?r, alongside the Netherlands’ Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren, officially opened the European F-16 Training Center at the 86 Fetesti Air Base on November 13. This center, the first of its kind in Europe, marks a significant step in enhancing Romanian-Dutch cooperation and extending allied support to Ukraine. The inauguration ceremony saw the presence of ambassadors from Denmark, the Netherlands, the United States, and Ukraine, underlining the international importance of the event. Lockheed Martin, the American aerospace company, was also represented, signifying the collaborative efforts between nations and the private sector.
The Royal Australian Navy has employed a new team to oversee critical cyber and data capabilities at sea. The Communications and Information Systems (CIS-I) workgroup is a unit developed to sustain naval fleet technologies associated with digital and transmission demands. CIS-I personnel are selected through rigorous information systems preparation in a complex, fast-paced maritime environment.
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