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MDA Awarded Stratolaunch Hypersonic Test Deal | Big Lizzie Returned Home | Indonesia Took Delivery Of Bell 505s

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Americas Boeing won a $366 million contract modification, which increases the ceiling to extend the service life for up to 32 F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet to the US Navy in February 2020 under the Service Life Modification (SLM) Block III conversion programme. The initial Super Hornets delivered under SLM extended the aircraft’s service life from 6,000 to 7,500 flight hours. Work under the modification will take place in Texas and Missouri. Estimated completion is in May 2024. The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded a research contract to Stratolaunch for rapid-turnaround hypersonic flight testing. The company will use its Talon-A hypersonic vehicles to act as a threat-representative and threat-replicating target. Talon-A testing will commence in 2022 and government and commercial customers can procure its services in 2023. Middle East & Africa Boeing won a $93 million contract modification for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Original Equipment Manufacturer Training Program. Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA Advanced Eagle includes Raytheon’s APG-63(V)3 AESA radar, fly-by-wire control systems and two additional underwing weapons stations. It features upgraded avionics, more powerful engines, and the BAE Systems Digital Electronic Warfare System/Common Missile Warning System (DEWS/CMWS). Work will take place in Saudi […]
Americas

Boeing won a $366 million contract modification, which increases the ceiling to extend the service life for up to 32 F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft. Boeing delivered the first Super Hornet to the US Navy in February 2020 under the Service Life Modification (SLM) Block III conversion programme. The initial Super Hornets delivered under SLM extended the aircraft’s service life from 6,000 to 7,500 flight hours. Work under the modification will take place in Texas and Missouri. Estimated completion is in May 2024.

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded a research contract to Stratolaunch for rapid-turnaround hypersonic flight testing. The company will use its Talon-A hypersonic vehicles to act as a threat-representative and threat-replicating target. Talon-A testing will commence in 2022 and government and commercial customers can procure its services in 2023.

Middle East & Africa

Boeing won a $93 million contract modification for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Original Equipment Manufacturer Training Program. Saudi Arabia’s F-15SA Advanced Eagle includes Raytheon’s APG-63(V)3 AESA radar, fly-by-wire control systems and two additional underwing weapons stations. It features upgraded avionics, more powerful engines, and the BAE Systems Digital Electronic Warfare System/Common Missile Warning System (DEWS/CMWS). Work will take place in Saudi Arabia. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2023.

USAFE-AFAFRICA delivered the second of three C-130H transport aircraft to Niger. The transfer took place at Nigerien Air Base 101 in Niamey on December 7. The first cargo plane was delivered in January and has since been involved in various humanitarian assistance operations and United Nations troop and vehicle movements. Besides providing aircraft, the US has help to refurbished a hangar and is in the process of building a second one.

Europe

The UK’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aka Big Lizzie returned home to Portsmouth after completing a massive global deployment leading her Carrier Strike Group to the Pacific and back. The carrier had been deployed to its maiden deployment in the Far East. It involved the loss of a £100 million fighter jet at sea, a stand-off with the Russian navy, and a Covid-19 outbreak.

Asia-Pacific

The Indonesian Navy took delivery of two Bell 505 helicopters today. The newly acquired helicopters will be utilized as basic helicopter trainers. This delivery brings the Indonesian Navy’s Bell fleet to five aircraft, which already includes three Bell 412 helicopters. The Bell 505 is Bell’s newest five-seat aircraft designed for safety, efficiency and reliability. With the latest Garmin avionics and dual channel FADEC-controlled engine, the Bell 505 is the most advanced short light single aircraft on the market.

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