Raytheon Tapped For Dual Band Radar Support | DoS Approves MK 54 Sale To Belgium | NZ Army To Purchase Bushmaster Vehicles
Lockheed Martin won a $7.3 million contract modification to exercise an option for AEGIS Platform Systems Engineering Agent efforts for the integration and delivery of AEGIS Baseline 9 capabilities. The contract provides for the completion of the development and fielding of the AEGIS Baseline 9 AEGIS Weapon System and integrated AEGIS Combat System on the remaining AEGIS Technical Insertion (TI) 12 configured destroyers as well as TI 12 and TI 08 configured cruisers. Work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey. Work will take place in Moorestown, New Jersey. Estimated completion will be by July 2021.
Raytheon Integrated won a $9.7 million order for engineering design and component replacement parts to support the Dual Band Radar systems. According to Raytheon, the Dual Band Radar is the first radar system in the US Navy fleet capable of simultaneously operating over two frequency ranges (S-band and X-band), coordinated by a single resource manager. Work will take place in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.Expected completion date will be in November 2022.
Middle East & Africa
The Israeli Air Force inaugurated the new 7th Wing into service on July 12. The new wing puts the 669 rescue unit, Shaldag commando unit and Frontal landing unit under a unified command. An intelligence unit and a joint school for Special Forces will be added to the wing at a later stage. It is located at Palmachim air force base. “A systemic organization of Special Forces, which focuses on unique operational response to the IAF’s challenges, is a dream for the IDF’s Special Forces personnel and in general”, said Commander of the Wing, Col. E.
The US State Department has approved the possible sale of Mk54 lightweight antisubmarine torpedoes and related equipment to Belgium for an estimated cost of $33.3 million. The Government of Belgium requested to buy twenty-nine All Up Round MK 54 LWT Mod 0. Also included are two Fleet Exercise Section conversion kits, torpedo support equipment, training and publications, US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.
New Zealand’s coalition government announced that it has approved the $7.5 million procurement of 43 Thales Australia Bushmaster 4×4 Protected Mobility Vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armored Pinzgauer Light Operational Vehicles (LOVs). The new fleet of Australian-designed and-built Bushmasters will provide “better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity”, said Defense Minister Ron Mark, pointing out that the approved funding will deliver “the vehicles, along with training, a desktop simulator, support equipment and infrastructure upgrades at Linton Camp”. Delivery of the multirole vehicles is expected to start in late 2022, with the full fleet scheduled to begin operational introduction in late 2023.
The Philippine Navy intends to arm four of the Shaldag Class patrol boats that it will be acquiring from Israel with the Rafael Spike NLOS missile that has a range of 25km. Some of the Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) in service with the Philippine Navy already has the shorter-range Spike-ER missile. The new craft will replace the patrol killer medium (PKM) boats that came from South Korea in 1995. Four Shaldags will be built in Israel while the rest will be assembled locally at PN Cavite Naval Yard.
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