Northrop Grumman won a $16.3 million task order under the ground subsystems sustainment contract for the Minuteman III general sustainment. The LGM-30G Minuteman III is a three-stage, solid-fueled, intercontinental-range ballistic missile. The Minuteman III is the sole land-based component of the US nuclear triad. The Minuteman III has a fast launch time, nearly 100 percent testing reliability, and backup airborne launch controllers to preserve retaliatory capabilities. The Minuteman missile program began in 1958 and the first missile in the series, Minuteman I, was test-launched in February 1961. Minuteman II, the second version in the series, was launched in 1964. Unlike its predecessor, the missile was considerably advanced to strike multiple targets with high accuracy. Work will take place in Layton, Utah and is estimated to be finished by August 31, 2021.
Lockheed Martin won a $7.6 million contract modification for the production and delivery of AEGIS weapon system MK 6 MOD 1 spares for new construction and AEGIS modernization guided missile destroyers. The AEGIS Weapon System is a centralized, automated, command-and-control (C2) and weapons control system that was designed as a total weapon system, from detection to kill. The heart of the system is the AN/SPY, an advanced, automatic detect and track, multi-function phased-array radar. This high-powered radar is able to perform search, track and missile guidance functions simultaneously, with a track capacity of more than 100 targets.
Middle East & Africa
Israel is combining the capabilities of several elite units under one roof as part of its multiyear plan to prepare the military for future warfare. Israel announced the creation of the 7th Wing under the Israeli Air Force earlier this month. The move is part of a larger reorganization effort, known as Momentum for the Israel Defense Forces. The effort foresees more combinations of units, pushing intelligence and digitization to front-line forces and using fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets, future combat vehicles and air defense capabilities. In recent years, Israel has been concentrating many of its efforts against threats from the north, including Hezbollah and Iranian entrenchment in Syria during the course of the Syrian civil war. Israel fought three conflicts in Gaza with Hamas between 2009 and 2014, but relations are less tense.
BAE Systems has awarded a further five contracts to suppliers worth more than $127.4 million, as progress on the Type 26 frigate program continues apace at the company’s shipyards in Glasgow. The new contracts will support 250 jobs, with the Type 26 program sustaining more than 4,000 jobs in total across the UK, helping to support the nation’s economic recovery by maintaining much-needed skills and capabilities. More than $1.3 billion has been invested across the program’s supply chain to date, with more than 100 suppliers globally. Designed and built by BAE Systems in Glasgow, the Type 26 frigate is an advanced anti-submarine warship, which will deliver critical protection of the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent and Carrier Strike Group.
The British, Swedish and Italian defense industries are in discussion to collaborate on air combat capability, defense contractor BAE Systems said. The framework was promoted Wednesday as a means to employ tens of thousands of skilled workers in those countries’ leading defense industry companies, a BAE statement said. The announcement mentioned Britain’s BAE, Leonardo UK, Rolls-Royce and MBDA UK; Italy’s Leonardo Italy, Elettronica, Avio Aero and MBDA Italia, and Sweden’s Saab and GKN Aerospace. The companies would reportedly also work, in part, within Britain’s Future Combat Air System project, a $24 billion plan by Britain to build the next-generation fighter plane, now known as Tempest, by 2035. While the Tempest would replace France’s Rafale and Britain’s Typhoon planes, it is expected to be an advancement over the F-35 of the United States, which is flown by several countries in Europe. European defense industry leaders were enthusiastic on Wednesday of the prospective collaboration.
India could send the Navy’s MiG-29Ks to an air force base in the northern sector, local media reports. “It is being planned to deploy the MiG-29K fighter aircraft at an IAF base in the northern sector. They might be used for carrying out operational flying in the eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control,” local media quoted government sources. The news report also added that some of those fighters could replace air force fighters at bases in western India as those are being moved to the northern sector facing China. India has 45 MiG-29Ks but lost three so far in accidents.
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