Boeing Tapped For Hornet And Growler Model Kits | Eswatini Gets UH-1H From Taiwan | Philippines Deploy S.211s For Air Patrolling in Western Command
Boeing won a $7.4 million delivery order, which procures 30 A1 G-Model kits and 66 A3 E-Model kits in support of F/A-18E/F and EA-18G modifications. The US Navy F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet is a maritime strike attack aircraft. The first low-rate initial production aircraft was delivered in December 1998, and all 12 of the first batch were delivered by November 1999. EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack aircraft, which operates from either an aircraft carrier or from land-bases. The Growler was developed as a replacement for the United States Navy EA-6B Prowler aircraft that entered service in 1971 and is approaching the end of operational life. Work will take place in California,Missouri and Texas. Estimated completion is in October 2023.
Tapestry Solutions won a $29.4 million award for the F-15 mission planning software development and maintenance. The deal provides for the F15 software development of the v6.1 Mission Planning Environment and supports the F-15 Organizational Flight Program Suite 9.1 through sustainment of the previously-fielded v5.0 Mission Planning Environment for the Air Force and foreign country specific releases for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) client nations as well as the in-test v6.0 Mission Planning Environment. The Foreign Military Sales effort allows continued support to incorporate requirements to provide country specific versions of Air Force Mission Planning Environment updates in accordance with each country specific FMS Letters of Acceptance between the US government and the foreign government. The Mission Planning Environment updates will be fielded outside the continental US to the FMS costumers with current Letters of Acceptance in place with the U.S. government. Work will take place in Missouri. Estimated completion date is July 31, 2023.
Middle East & Africa
Leidos won a $19.7 million modification to provide Class V munitions supply support for all ammunition stocks accounted for by 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) to US military/government components, Department of Defense agencies, and, as required, coalition forces in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. Work will take place in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Estimated completion date is February 28, 2021.
Taiwan formally handed over two Bell UH-1H helicopters to the Umbutfo Eswatini Defense Force Air Wing on February 21, the Taiwanese embassy in Eswatini announced. Eswatini media reported that five UEDF Air Wing pilots and five ground technicians were trained by Taiwan to operate the new helicopters. King Mswati III, Eswatini’s current ruler, was reported as saying the aircraft would provide a useful disaster-relief capability that could be used to help neighboring countries. He also said they would support the Royal Eswatini Police Service with air mobility and medical evacuation.
Meggitt has reported a 10% year-on-year increase in orders in 2019, including a 23% uptake in its defense business. The British aerospace and defense sub-system developer’s annual financial results that cover the period ending December 31, 2019 were released on February 25 and reported $3.15 billion in orders, up on the $3 billion recorded in 2018. Reported revenues, meanwhile, grew by 9% across the company, and 13% in the defense business line. This equates to the defense business accounting for 36% of the company’s revenues in 2019, with 73% of these sales for US customers, 17% for those in Europe, and 10% to the rest of the world.
The Philippine Air Force has deployed three S.211 jet trainers for maritime air patrol duties in Western Command. The jets are stationed at Antonio Bautista Air Base. The West Philippine Sea is site of territorial claims by China which had been insisting that virtually the entire South China Sea belonged to it. Beijing’s based its claims on its mythical nine-dash line which had been rejected in 2016 by an international court in a case filed by the Philippines. Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims in the area. But China has been putting its military superiority on display, building artificial islands and military outposts, deploying warships and maritime militias to the contested waterways.
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