Pentagon Selected Armed Overwatch Winner | Black Eagles Arrive in Egypt | DoS Approves S-70 Sale To Greece
Lockheed Martin Space won a $25.7 million contract modification for Trident II (D5) missile production and deployed systems support. Work will be performed in Utah,Colorado, California, Florida and various places below one percent (0.2%). Work is expected to be completed July 1, 2025. The Trident II Strategic Weapon System (SWS) is deployed aboard Ohio-class (Trident) submarines and consists of: the Trident II (D5) Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM); Reentry System; and supporting Shipboard Systems.
The Pentagon announced on August 1 that the L3Harris and Air Tractor team has won the Armed Overwatch program. Armed Overwatch will provide Special Operations Forces deployable, affordable, and sustainable crewed aircraft systems fulfilling close air support, precision strike, and armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, requirements in austere and permissive environments for use in irregular warfare operations in support of the National Defense Strategy. The contract will be a mixture of firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time and materials, and cost reimbursement no-fee for the procurement of up to 75 aircraft, training systems, mission planning systems, support equipment, spares, and logistics support, with a period of performance from July 2022 to July 2029, including all options.
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Rolls-Royce won an $854.3 million deal provides depot-level engine repair services for the AE2100 D3 engine on the C/KC-130 aircraft in support of the Marine Corps and the government of Kuwait. Work will take place in Canada, Portugal, Texas and Indiana. Expected completion will be in July 2027.
The Black Eagles have arrived in Egypt and the team is expected to give a flight demonstration. The South Korean aerobatic team arrived Monday at an Egyptian air base to take part in the Pyramids Air Show 2022. The 53rd Air Demonstration Group, nicknamed the Black Eagles, is the flight display team of the Republic of Korea Air Force based at Wonju, Gangwon Province.
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of follow-on support and sustainment of S-70 helicopters for an estimated cost of $162.07 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The requested S-70 follow-on support and sustainment includes aircraft spares, repair parts, consumables, components and accessories to support S-70B/S-70B6 aircraft, existing radar and gun mount procurement.
According to a report from Taiwan’s Up Media, the Navy has deployed its Kidd-class destroyers and Perry-class frigates to the island’s northeast corner as the country prepare for the arrival of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her delegation. The warships will provide air defense coverage with their radars and anti-air missiles. The Ministry of National Defense also announced this morning that the military will enter an “intensified combat readiness guidance period.” The order takes effect from 0800 hrs local time on Aug. 2 and will end at 1200 hrs on the 4th. During this period, Taiwan will not increase combat readiness levels or increase its combat forces. Rather, the military will strengthen the monitoring of the Taiwan Straits and be ready to deploy troops in the shortest period of time.
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