Raytheon Tapped For AIM-9X Missile Production | European Interested in Israeli Drones | F-15 Japan Super Interceptor Program
Raytheon won an $80.3 million modification, which adds scope to provide non-recurring tooling, equipment, and associated support required to increase the annual AIM-9X missile production capacity for the Navy. Work will be performed in St. Albans, Vermont; Simsbury, Connecticut; Keyser, West Virginia; Tucson, Arizona; Murrieta, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; Midland, Ontario, Canada; Anniston, Alabama ; Vancouver, Washington; El Cajon, California; Niles, Illinois; Heilbronn, Germany; Goleta, California; Logan, Utah; Anaheim, California; Lexington, Kentucky; and various locations within the continental US and is expected to be completed in June 2026.
General Atomics won a $10.6 million order, which is for the production and delivery of six SkyTower I pods, four air vehicle installation kits, four ground control station installation kits, and product support materials in support of the MQ-9 program for the Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Poway, California; Yuma, Arizona; and Patuxent River, Maryland and is expected to be completed in January 2025. Fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $186,577l; and fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,394,246, will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Middle East and Africa
Russia’s use of drones to target both civilian and military targets in Ukraine is boosting European interest in an intelligence analysis system made by Israel Aerospace Industries that could help predict such attacks, according to company officials. Gideon Fostick, the director for marketing and business development for the intelligence, communications and electronic-warfare division of IAI’s offshoot Elta Systems, told Defense News the ongoing war is a key factor driving the interest in the contractor’s Starlight cloud-based, multi-intelligence analysis system.
Lockheed Martin’s UK subsidiary unveiled a local industry team, capped by aircraft assembly lead StandardAero, to support its
Australian firms Black Sky Aerospace and Funnel Web Systems unveiled an armed ground robot with Ukraine as a potential customer. Called the Funnel Web, the remotely-operated portable unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) allows a soldier to launch a missile without exposing themself to counter-battery fire. “People think of robots as sensor platforms, load carriers, and for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance tasks: but we give them fangs,” AUManufacturing quoted Black Sky chief executive officer Blake Nikolic as saying.
Boeing has clinched a significant contract worth $474.5 million from the Pentagon, marking a major development in the defense industry. This contract, awarded to Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facility, is set to bolster the capabilities of Japan’s F-15 Japan Super Interceptor program. The core objective of this contract is to enhance the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) capabilities through the integration of the Eagle Passive Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) on its F-15J fleet. This Foreign Military Sales (FMS) initiative signifies a robust collaboration between the United States and Japan in ensuring regional security.
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