Raytheon Tapped For GPNTS Support | South Korea Inks Technology Transfer Deal With Oman | Babcock Awarded New Type 31 Frigate Deal
Rolls-Royce won a $67.1 million requirements contract for supplies related to the upgrade of the T-56 engine from series 3.0 to series 3.5. The Rolls-Royce T56 is a single-shaft turboprop engine with a 14-stage axial flow compressor driven by a four-stage turbine. The gearbox has two stages of gear reduction and features a propeller brake. The gearbox is connected to the power section by a torque meter assembly. Other engine modules are the can-annular type combustor and the accessory drive housing. The Series 3.5 upgrade, allows T56 engines to operate at greatly reduced temperatures, extending parts life and improving reliability by 22 percent. The upgrades also provide improved “hot and high” performance. The Series 3.5 package can be installed on T56 engines on either C-130 or P-3 legacy aircraft. Work will take place in Indiana and performance completion date is September 30, 2024.
Raytheon won a $61.5 million delivery contract for Global Positioning System-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Services (GPNTS) software support. GPNTS is used to receive, process and distribute three-dimensional position, velocity, acceleration, attitude, time and frequency in the formats required by shipboard user systems. The software support will include development, integration and test of improvements, correction of deficiencies, preparation and delivery of engineering interim/final software builds and inputs for the GPNTS software requirements and configuration baseline. The delivery contract includes a base ordering period of five years, with a subsequent three-year option and a final two-year option for a total of 10 years should all options be exercised. Raytheon will perform work in San Diego, California and is expected to be finished by November, 2024.
Middle East & Africa
South Korean ammunition manufacturer CNO Tech signed a technology transfer agreement on November 14 with the Public Authority for Privatization and Partnership (PAPP), which manages offset programs in Oman. Under the agreement, CNO Tech will transfer production-line technologies to the Oman Munition Production Company (OMPC), which was established with French company Manurhin in 2014 as an indigenous supplier to the Omani Armed Forces and security services. OMPC manufactures NATO-standard 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, and 9 mm caliber ammunition.
The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed a deal awarded to Babcock for the design and build of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 general-purpose frigate. Signed on November 15, the deal covers the delivery of five ships at an average production cost of approximately $323 million each. The frigates will be assembled at Babcock’s Rosyth facility and involve supply chains throughout the UK in line with the UK’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the company said in a regulatory announcement to the London stock exchange. Babcock-led Team 31, which also includes Thales, OMT and BMT, was confirmed as preferred supplier for the Type 31 program back in September. The team had proposed the Arrowhead 140 design, which is based on the Iver Huitfeldt Class platform already in service with the Royal Danish Navy.
The Indian Navy lost a two-seat MiG-29KUB on November 16 after the jet took off from INS Hansa Air Base and had a bird strike. The aircraft’s left engine flamed out and the right engine was on fire. Forcing both pilots to eject. Both the pilots, who are trainees, have ejected safely and a search and rescue operation is on. A flock of bird caused a MiG 29K fighter jet of the Indian Navy, which was on a training mission, to flameout and crash shortly after taking off in Goa on Saturday, local media reports.
Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) J-15 fighters equipped with what appear to be the KD-88 air-to-surface missile and either the YJ-91 anti-radiation or YJ-91A anti-ship-missile, Jane’s reports. This is an indication that China has enhanced the multirole capabilities of this carrier-borne fighter. Since the J-15s shown in the image feature three-digit serial numbers – unlike the latest ones displayed during the October 1 parade in Beijing that feature two-digit serials – it is possible that the video was taken some time ago, meaning that the fighters may have been fitted with this armament several months ago. The J-15, which has an estimated maximum weapon load of 6,500 kg, had been previously spotted fitted with the YJ-83K anti-ship missile but the CCTV report marks the first time images of the fighter armed with the KD-88 and the YJ-91 missiles have been released.
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