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Raytheon To Integrate Small Diameter Bomb Onto F-35B And C | Elbit Systems To Supply Artillery Shells To IDF | Spain To Receive SiRTAP Systems

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Americas Raytheon won a $50 million deal for right-sized hardware and software integration of the Small Diameter Bomb II onto the F-35B and C platforms. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2024. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. On July 28, Aircraft 91-0308, a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, made aviation history by becoming the first F-15 assigned to RAF Lakenheath to accomplish an impressive milestone – 10,000 flight hours. Having faithfully served the 48th Fighter Wing for an astonishing 31 years, this remarkable aircraft arrived on September 17, 1992. Throughout its tenure with the Liberty Wing, it has undertaken over 4,100 sorties and has undergone more than 20 phase inspections. Middle East Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded a contract worth approximately $60 million to supply thousands of 155mm artillery shells to the Israel Defense Forces’ Artillery Corps. The contract will be performed over a period of one year. “Elbit Systems is proud to be a leading supplier to the IDF, supporting its ongoing operational requirements. The expansion and […]
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Raytheon won a $50 million deal for right-sized hardware and software integration of the Small Diameter Bomb II onto the F-35B and C platforms. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2024. No funds are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.

On July 28, Aircraft 91-0308, a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, made aviation history by becoming the first F-15 assigned to RAF Lakenheath to accomplish an impressive milestone – 10,000 flight hours. Having faithfully served the 48th Fighter Wing for an astonishing 31 years, this remarkable aircraft arrived on September 17, 1992. Throughout its tenure with the Liberty Wing, it has undertaken over 4,100 sorties and has undergone more than 20 phase inspections.

Middle East

Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded a contract worth approximately $60 million to supply thousands of 155mm artillery shells to the Israel Defense Forces’ Artillery Corps. The contract will be performed over a period of one year. “Elbit Systems is proud to be a leading supplier to the IDF, supporting its ongoing operational requirements. The expansion and the upgrade of our production infrastructure enable the provision of rapid production of a range of high-quality solutions to the Israel Ministry of Defense,” said Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land.

Europe

The Spanish Army and the Spanish Air and Space Force will receive the Airbus SiRTAP systems, each of which reportedly consists of three aircraft, a ground control station, and data reception equipment. The purchase includes simulators and initial logistical support, Infodefensa revealed. The drones will replace the army’s aging Searcher MkIIs from Israel Aerospace Industries, complementing the air force’s US-made Predators.

Lithuania has chosen the German Leopard tank to arm its armed forces over the American Abrams and the South Korean Black Panther. The country plans to sign a letter of intent for the purchase this week, Lithuanian National Radio and Television quoted defense minister Arvydas Anusauskas as saying on Monday. “The details are a matter for the future because sustainable financial sources are needed,”  he said.

Asia-Pacific

In response to a recent US military report highlighting potential mechanical issues, Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) has taken the proactive step of suspending flights of its MV-22 Osprey fleet. The report called for the replacement of certain parts to mitigate the risk of accidents, prompting the grounding of fourteen tilt-rotor transport aircraft at the GSDF’s Kisarazu camp in Chiba Prefecture since July 22.

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