Lockheed Wins $15B For C-130J Production | Netherlands Ordered Radars From Thales | Residents In Taiwan Oppose AH-64E Deployment
Raytheon Missiles and Defense won a $15.3 million contract modification to exercise options for engineering and technical services and obsolescence solution in support of Standard Missile-2/6. The designation refers to the SM-2, or RIM-166 missile, and its new and upgraded version, designated SM-6 or RIM-174. Each is a surface-to-air missile designed to intercept both hostile aircraft and high-performance anti-ship missiles. The SM-6 variant can be used against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, land attack cruise missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles. Each is vertically launched and compatible with the Aegis Weapon System. Work will take place in Tucson, Arizona. Estimates completion date will be inJune 2021.
Lockheed Martin won a $15 billion deal for C-130J development, integration, retrofit and production activities for all C-130J variants. The contract provides flexibility to accommodate the broad enterprise of activities associated with the C-130J program. The C-130J can carry tons of supplies more than 3,000 miles, according to the company, and can operate with only two pilots and a loadmaster for most missions. Military operations the aircraft is suited for include weather reconnaissance, electronic warfare, medical evacuation, search and rescue, paradrop, maritime mission, special operations, personnel support, as well as both in-flight and ground fueling. Work will take place in Marietta, Georgia and is expected to be finished on July 16, 2030.
Middle East & Africa
Israel’s RADA Electronic Industries announced it has received $8 million in accumulated new orders since June 1. To date, the aggregate amount of new orders since the beginning of 2020 has reached $49 million, compared to $31 million during the same period in 2019, the company said. Out of the new orders, 70% were for RADA’s software-defined tactical radars for counter UAV and counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) operations. The orders are a mix of follow-ons from existing customers, along with orders from new defense customers. Most of these orders are expected to be delivered during 2020. The rest of the orders were for UAV avionics as well as digital video recorders and debriefing stations for fighter aircrafts, according to RADA.
The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has ordered one NS100 radar and seven Scout Mk3 radars for its warships, Thales announced. The NS100 radar will be installed on HNLMS Johan de Witt, a Landing Platform Docks (LPD), and acceptance testing will commence in 2023. One of the Scout Mk3 surveillance radar ordered will be installed on the same ship as well. The Combat Support Ship that is presently being built for the service will get the Scout Mk3 radar as well. The other five sets of radars are for the M-class frigates operated by the RNLN and the Belgian Naval Component.
Russia’s Military Industrial Company (VPK) has developed a concept for a new family of light tactical vehicles on its own initiative. The Strela (Arrow) 4×4 multipurpose air-transportable armored platform can be configured as a command-and-control, protected transport, or patrol vehicle. It carries up to eight servicemen, including the driver, depending on the configuration. The platform uses advanced commercial-off-the-shelf components of the GAZ vehicle family, which Russian industry plans to mass produce. The Strela features a modular design and has only Russian-made subsystems.
A public hearing was organized on July 18 for local residents of Taitung County, Taiwan to discuss the possible deployment of AH-64E attack helicopters at Fengnian. The locals opposed the plan, saying that the rotorcraft will bring additional noise to the area and they are concern over the safety. The Army’s Aviation and Special Forces Command explained that the helicopters generate only 49.1 decibels, while air traffic at Fengnian averages 56.3 decibels. Residents will be compensated for the noise generated as well. However, the majority of the locals attending the hearing still are against the deployment as they have been suffering from noise pollution from Zhihang airbase nearby.
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