Defense Industry Daily TUE JUL 23, 2024

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Australia’s Troubled E-7A “Wedgetail” AWACS Program

Australia’s Troubled E-7A “Wedgetail” AWACS Program
July 23/24: The US Air Force and Boeing have reached an agreement regarding the planned supply of E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told reporters at an air show in England that the service finally “got a reasonable price point” for the jets after bringing in a brokering expert.

 


SM-6 Intercepts Target Using Army’s Missile Defense Radar | Thales To Supply French Army With 30 dual-band X/Ka | Seventh Air Force Conducts F-16 Super Squadron Test

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Publish Date: Jul-23-2024
Americas

Raytheon has demonstrated a simulated missile interception using the US Army’s new missile defense radar and command and control system and the US Navy’s interceptor. The Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) simulators provided threat tracking data and the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) engagement control software to the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) during a Valiant Shield 24 test. The Northrop Grumman IBCS subsequently initiated the transfer of the launch command data and guided a missile interception “successfully,” according to Raytheon.

The US Air Force and Boeing have reached an agreement regarding the planned supply of E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told reporters at an air show in England that the service finally “got a reasonable price point” for the jets after bringing in a brokering expert.

Middle East & Africa

Germany can no longer cooperate militarily with Niger because of a lack of “trust” in relations with the West African country’s military regime, German Foreign Affairs Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Tuesday. Germany already announced on July 6 that it will end operations at its airbase in Niger and pull out its remaining three-dozen troops by August 31. “It was not possible to continue because the trust that existed before was no longer there,” Baerbock said during a visit to nearby Ivory Coast.

Europe

Thales has been contracted to supply 30 dual-band X/Ka ground-based satellite communication stations to the French Army. The new Syracuse IV satcom station will be installed on the Serval light multi-role armored vehicles being developed for the Scorpion program.

Asia-Pacific

The United States Air Force (USAF) has initiated a pilot program to test the effectiveness of a larger fighter squadron in South Korea. As part of this initiative, the 36th Fighter Squadron at Osan Air Base will receive nine F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, creating a temporary “Super Squadron” with a total of 31 aircraft. This year-long experiment aims to evaluate the impact of a larger squadron on various aspects of combat readiness. The USAF will assess factors like sortie generation – the number of missions flown – maintenance efficiency, manpower utilization, and logistical requirements. Ultimately, the program seeks to identify the optimal squadron size for maximizing combat effectiveness.

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The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

The C-130J: New Hercules & Old Bottlenecks

July 22/24: Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of eight C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio as part of a project to modernize the installation’s aging military transport fleet. The plane incorporates a new configuration of aerial spray capability to secure large areas from disease-carrying insects and other pests as well as to disperse oil spills in water surf...

France’s Rafale

France’s Rafale

July 19/24: Greece is considering the potential transfer of 32 older F-16 Block 30 fighter jets to Ukraine as the war-torn nation seeks to bolster its air defense capabilities. This decision comes as Greece embarks on a significant modernization of its own air force, upgrading existing F-16s and acquiring new Rafale and potentially F-35 fighter jets. The transfer of 32 F-16 Block 30 jets would represent a significant portion of Greece’s current fighter jet fleet. With an ongoing modernization program and the acquisition of advanced fighter aircraft, the Hellenic Air Forc...

AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile

AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile

July 17/24: Raytheon won a $14 million deal for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) development lab management and maintenance program. This contract provides for the development branch of the Air Intercept Missile-120 AMRAAM that will manage the design, development, integration, and testing of hardware and software improvements to the AMRAAM. Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by February 28, 2026. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Rob...

F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program
July 17/24: Lockheed Martin won a $70 million modification, which?adds scope to provide a redesign of the synchronous dynamic random-access memory for the Technical Refresh Three integrated core processor and panoramic cockpit display in support of the F-35 aircraft diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in January 2029.?Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Mar...

Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)

Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)

July 16/24: NATO announced the official operational status of a new US ballistic missile defense site in Redzikowo, Poland. The Aegis Ashore facility strengthens NATO’s integrated missile shield designed to detect, track, and intercept ballistic missile threats. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg underscored the significance of this development, highlighting its contribution to transatlantic security and collective defense. He emphasized the growing threat posed by ballistic missiles, particularly in light of recen...

Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8” H-60 Helicopter Contract

Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8” H-60 Helicopter Contract
July 15/24: Sikorsky has received a $251.4-million contract to produce UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for Jordan and Croatia. The choppers are expected to boost the ability of both countries to conduct cargo and personnel transport, border security, counterterrorism, and search and rescue missions. Work for the contract is scheduled for completion by June 2027.

 

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