Lockheed Martin won a $80 million modification, which adds scope to procure additional initial spares in support of F-35 Lightning II Lot 17 deliveries for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales customers, and non-US Department of Defense participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2029.
The US Navy has awarded Raytheon a $234-million contract to produce and deliver the Over-the-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS). The work will be performed in Norway and various US locations through March 2027. The navy declared a team of Raytheon and Kongsberg the winner of the OTH-WS program in 2018 consisting of contract options worth up to $847.61 million.
Middle East & Africa
BIRD Aerosystems, an Israeli company which provides global innovative defense technology and solutions that protect fleets, armored vehicles, and ground assets of governments and related agencies, announced last week that it has delivered a Falcon 7X aircraft installed with its AMPS Airborne Missile Protection System and Aeroshield-M (Mini) POD to an undisclosed customer. The aircraft has completed a series of flight tests and certifications and will enter operational use by the customer.
Turkish firm Robit Technology unveiled the Azab kamikaze drone this week, a long-range loitering munition. “We have done all the flight tests. We move on to ammunition tests. We will carry out ammunition tests in the coming months,” Anadolu Agency quoted company product director Selcuk Firat as saying.
German tech provider Rohde & Schwarz has been awarded a contract to supply high-frequency (HF) liquid-cooled transmitters for the Royal Norwegian Navy. The HF transmitters maintain ship-to-shore connectivity “between any two points on the planet,” retaining a beyond line of sight (BLOS) network communication for warfighters.
British jet developer Aeralis has partnered with Japanese firm ShinMaywa to implement digital engineering processes for aircraft design and manufacturing. Work is scheduled to begin this month to establish how digital engineering can enhance the companies’ businesses. Company experts will be embedded in the processes for knowledge sharing.
Turkey Introduces Kamikaze Drone AZAB Rival to Iran’s SHAHED 136 Drone