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Americas Northrop Grumman Systems won a $19 million modification, which provides logistics and test support for mission control and operator training systems as well as associated engineering and field service representative technical support to sustain MQ-4C Triton air vehicles, ensuring continued mission-capability for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work is expected to be completed in May 2024. Bell Textron won a $455 million contract for the production and delivery of 12 AH-1Z helicopters for the government of Nigeria, as well as provides associated engineering, program management and logistics support, and non-recurring engineering for obsolescence. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Amarillo, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2028. Foreign Military Sales customer funds in the amount of $82,345,771 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Middle East & Africa French aerospace company Safran has secured a contract to provide support for Qatar’s Rafale fighter jet engines. The agreement will cover repairs, overhauls, spares, and associated services for the M88 engines installed in 36 Rafale units. This project will also deliver on-site technical support […]
Americas

Northrop Grumman Systems won a $19 million modification, which provides logistics and test support for mission control and operator training systems as well as associated engineering and field service representative technical support to sustain MQ-4C Triton air vehicles, ensuring continued mission-capability for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work is expected to be completed in May 2024.

Bell Textron won a $455 million contract for the production and delivery of 12 AH-1Z helicopters for the government of Nigeria, as well as provides associated engineering, program management and logistics support, and non-recurring engineering for obsolescence. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Amarillo, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2028. Foreign Military Sales customer funds in the amount of $82,345,771 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Middle East & Africa

French aerospace company Safran has secured a contract to provide support for Qatar’s Rafale fighter jet engines. The agreement will cover repairs, overhauls, spares, and associated services for the M88 engines installed in 36 Rafale units. This project will also deliver on-site technical support and additional maintenance optimization for the armed forces. “We are honored to sign this Agreement with the Qatar Armed Forces, which strengthens Safran Aircraft Engines’ world-class support,” Safran Aircraft Engines Executive VP Christophe Bruneau stated.

Europe

According to Defense Post, Sweden has tested its new command and control system LSS Mark with armored battalion operations during a live attack training. LSS Mark is a digitized battle management platform developed to support ground units on the battlefield. It is equipped on land vehicles, including tanks and tracked vehicles, to maintain seamless coordination between division commanders and troops.

The United States Department of State has greenlit a trio of potential Foreign Military Sales (FMS) packages to Poland, significantly bolstering the nation’s air defense capabilities. The most substantial proposed sale involves the AGM-158B-2 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile with Extended Range (JASSM-ER). With an estimated cost of $1.77 billion, this package could see Poland acquire up to 821 of these advanced air-launched cruise missiles. JASSM-ERs offer Polish warplanes the ability to engage hostile ground targets from extended ranges, enhancing their ability to project power and address potential future threats. This acquisition further strengthens interoperability between Polish Air Force assets and those of the United States and other NATO allies. Another significant sale focuses on the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). This $1.69 billion package encompasses up to 745 AMRAAM missiles, 16 guidance sections, and 50 launchers. Equipping the Polish Air Force with these modern beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles bolsters their capacity to counter aerial adversaries. The incorporation of AMRAAMs fosters a higher degree of standardization and interoperability with U.S. and NATO air defense systems. The third proposed FMS package, valued at $219.1 million, involves the procurement of 232 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and 16 associated guidance units. These heat-seeking, short-range missiles bolster Poland’s air defense capabilities against close-in aerial threats. The additional Sidewinders allow Poland to address current and evolving operational needs, further solidifying their air defense posture.

Asia-Pacific

Taiwan is acquiring four additional MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones from the US to bolster its surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Around $250 million has been awarded to General Atomics to deliver the unmanned systems, along with two certifiable ground control stations, spare parts, and necessary support equipment. The company will work on the contract at its facility in California and will deliver the systems by 2027.

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