Computer Systems won a $49.3 million deal to provide systems engineering, systems architecture analysis, and data analysis for the advanced requirements characterization, engineering and representation process in support of mission planning systems for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Work will take place in Virginia, and is expected to be completed in February 2028.
Rockwell Collins won a 413.5 million modification, which exercises an option to procure two modernized Very Low Frequency High Power Transmit Set production kits, 63 spares, 10 production support assets, and technical data for the E-6B Mercury aircraft. Work will be performed in Richardson, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2023.
Middle East & Africa
Expelo, a global engineering, technology and consulting service provider with expertise in the defense & aerospace, energy & utilities, automotive, transportation and banking & finance sectors, has opened its first office in Israel, based in the Yakum Green Park Business Center. From its new location, Expleo will focus on supporting Israel’s booming aerospace and defence market with its leading engineering services and solutions. The Israeli aerospace and defence industry has grown, with exports reaching $11.3 billion in 2021. As demand increases globally, businesses in Israel require advanced engineering talent to help them scale.
French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu and the Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov have signed a contract on February 1 for the delivery of a short-range air defense system, including a Ground Master 200 radar. The comprehensive air defense solution includes a command-and-control centre, a radio communications system and air target designators. Both ministers also toured the Thales site in Limours, south of Paris during the signing ceremony. Today, Thales’s Limours site is widely recognized as Europe’s premier center of excellence in the field of air defense.
Norway said Friday it will buy 54 new generation Leopard 2 tanks to replace older versions, adding it faced “one of the most difficult security situations since World War II.” Planned for several years, the order will enable Oslo to renew its fleet of 36 aging Leopard 2A4 tanks, some of which are to be donated to Ukraine. The Leopard 2A7 order with German defense manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann is part of a $1.96 billion defense allocation already adopted by parliament.
Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has sparked controversy with the start of its series of flights of its MV-22 Ospreys at Tachikawa Airfield, and the move was met with protests outside the camp. The aircraft took off from JGSDF Camp Kisarazu, located in the city of Kisarazu in the Chiba Prefecture southeast of Tokyo, on February 1 and made its way to Tachikawa Airfield in the western suburbs of Tokyo. Once it arrived at Tachikawa Airfield, the V-22 began a series of maneuvering exercises, including circular flights and landing and takeoff operations. It circled the airfield from the east to the north side, performing these operations, before repeating them on the east side of the airfield and then taking off after approximately 15 minutes.
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