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Raytheon Tapped For AEGIS Modernization | Elbit Unveiled New Aircraft | Expansion OF RAN’s Surface Combatant Fleet

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Americas Raytheon won a $38.2 million order for the procurement of AEGIS modernization kits for Navy guided-missile destroyers and allied nations. This contract combines purchases for the US. Navy; and the governments of Japan and Australia, under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work is expected to be completed by February 2028. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington DC, is the contracting activity. An American MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed off the coast of Yemen after apparently being struck by a missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, the Pentagon said Tuesday. It is the second time an MQ-9 — which can be used for both surveillance and strikes — was lost near Yemen in recent months, with US officials confirming last year that another was downed by the Houthis. The apparent shoot-down came the same day that the rebels targeted two US-owned merchant vessels as they continue their multi-month campaign of attacks on shipping in the area. Europe Israeli firm Elbit unveiled a new propeller-driven aircraft, powered by what executives called an “over-powered” engine to give it speed, payload and the ability to loiter for a day or more. “It’s different from everything we’ve done so far,” Ziv Avni, head of marketing […]
Americas

Raytheon won a $38.2 million order for the procurement of AEGIS modernization kits for Navy guided-missile destroyers and allied nations. This contract combines purchases for the US. Navy; and the governments of Japan and Australia, under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work is expected to be completed by February 2028. Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington DC, is the contracting activity.

An American MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed off the coast of Yemen after apparently being struck by a missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, the Pentagon said Tuesday. It is the second time an MQ-9 — which can be used for both surveillance and strikes — was lost near Yemen in recent months, with US officials confirming last year that another was downed by the Houthis. The apparent shoot-down came the same day that the rebels targeted two US-owned merchant vessels as they continue their multi-month campaign of attacks on shipping in the area.

Europe

Israeli firm Elbit unveiled a new propeller-driven aircraft, powered by what executives called an “over-powered” engine to give it speed, payload and the ability to loiter for a day or more. “It’s different from everything we’ve done so far,” Ziv Avni, head of marketing and business development at the Israeli firm, said in an interview next to the Hermes 650 Spark, which was shrouded in a golden sheet ahead of its official unveiling. The Hermes family of unmanned systems is a core part of Elbit’s product line, with the company claiming last year that 85 percent of the Israeli military’s drone fleet comes from the firm.

Next-generation Royal Navy frigates could operate with fewer than one-third of present vessels’ crew, helping ease recruitment woes. Thanks to technological advances, the in-development Type 31 and next-generation Type 32 frigates will include crews of 105 and 50, Babcock’s John Howie told The Telegraph. Babcok and BAE Systems are leading the vessels’ construction, with the Type 32 joining the service in the 2030s and the Type 31 by 2030.

Asia-Pacific

The Australian government has announced a major expansion of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) surface combatant fleet. Under plans announced in response to an independent review of RAN surface combatant capability, Defense Minister Richard Marles said the RAN will more than double the size of its warship fleet to meet future strategic challenges. According to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the RAN’s future surface combatant fleet will comprise 26 major warships including nine ‘Tier 1′ surface combatants – three existing Hobart-class air warfare destroyers with upgraded air-defence and strike capabilities, and six Hunter-class frigates to be built by BAE Systems.

According to Defense News, while Russia continues its war on Ukraine, Malaysia is considering pivoting to other Asian suppliers while also attempting to build a local industry. Malaysia’s defense capabilities have historically been highly dependent on foreign suppliers, and Russia has been among Kuala Lumpur’s main dealers in the aerospace sector. This appears to be changing, as the Russian-made aircraft the country operates are now facing a number of shortcomings. In 2017, Malaysia retired from service its MiG-29 fighter aircraft and has also struggled to keep its Su-30MKM ground-attack aircraft operational.

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