Rolls-Royce won a $48 million delivery order for C-130J propulsion long-term sustainment. The Lockheed Martin C-130 is the US Air Force’s principal tactical cargo and personnel transport aircraft. The C-130J Hercules features a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller. The C-130J is crewed by two pilots and a loadmaster. The new glass cockpit features four L-3 systems with multifunction liquid crystal displays for flight control and navigation systems. The order provides funding for Option II. Work will take place at Robin Air Force Base in Georgia and various other locations. Completion is expected when the last engines are delivered.
The Defense Logistics Agency Aviation in Philadelphia awarded Boeing a $27 million delivery order for E-6B repair. The Boeing E-6 Mercury is a command post and communications relay aircraft manufactured by Boeing. The aircraft relays communications for ballistic missile submarine forces and provides airborne command and control for strategic forces. The E-6B features battle staff positions and an airborne launch control system equipped with land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. The aircraft is deployed in TACAMO missions. TACAMO connects the National Command Authority with naval ballistic missile forces during emergency operations. The delivery order was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 US Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Boeing will perform work in Oklahoma and estimated completion date is March 1, 2021.
Middle East & Africa
The US Air Force awarded Boeing a $500 million contract in support of Qatar’s F-15QA. The deal is for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QAEF) aircrew and maintenance training. In 2017, Qatar placed a $12 billion order for 36 of Boeing’s advanced F-15QA heavy strike fighters. These aircraft were designed as advanced derivatives of the F-15E Strike Eagle deployed by the US Air Force, which itself was derived from the F-15C air superiority fighter with a new emphasis on long range and air to ground capabilities. Boeing will perform work under the new contract in St. Louis, Missouri and will move work to Qatar in 2021. Estimated completion is in August 2026.
Dmitry Shugayev, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, told reporters on the sidelines of the MAKS 2019 that he will hold talks with Turkey with regards to the latter’s interest in the Su-35 and Su-57. The MAKS 2019 is the international Aviation and Space Salon. Turkey has been showing interest in Russian fighter jets as the former was removed from the US F-35 program. Erdo?an paid a one-day visit to Moscow to attend MAKS 2019, the annual Russian aviation and space fair, on August 27. The SU-35 are single-seat, twin-engine, super maneuverable aircraft. The SU-57 is is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine multirole fifth-generation jet fighter.
Estonia inked an agreement with six countries on the development of the Modular Unmanned Ground Systems (MUGS), financed by the European Defense Fund, local news reports. The project, led by Estonia and including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, and Spain, want to develop an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), command-and-control system, cyber defense, and integrated sensor network. Participating countries are planning to use a total of $33.8 million in funds from the EDF, to which the countries will add their co-funding. The first system prototype will be demonstrated in 2021.
The US Navy awarded Wyle Laboratories an $8.4 million contract modification, which provides program management services for the F/A-18 Foreign Military Sales program in support of the government of Australia. The Royal Australian Air Force has operated the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft since 1984. The Hornets entered service with the RAAF between 1984 and 1990, and 69 remain in operation as of 2019. The fleet has undergone a major electronic upgrade to ensure effective operations for the next 10 years. Kyle Laboratories will perform work in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia and Australia. Estimated completion date is in August next year.
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