Lockheed Martin won a $79.9 million contract modification to definitize the task order for the fire control components development and flight test support for Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, PATRIOT advanced capability and PAC-3 missile segment enhancement integration with lower tier air and missile defense sensor. Work will take place in Texas. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2023.
Safran has opened a second assembly line at their facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, for the Arriel 2E engine. The first assembled and tested Arriel 2E engines have been delivered to Airbus. These engines power the UH-72B delivered to the US Army as part of the newest Lakota helicopter. Also installed in the H145, the Arriel 2E was until now produced in France.
Middle East & Africa
The Israel government has reportedly approved a budget of $1.5 billion to strengthen the military against Iranian attacks, according to local media. Some $900 million from this year’s budget and $600 million from next year’s budget will be spent on military procurement and intelligence gathering.
According to The Print, Dassault hopes to bring its Rafale M carrier-borne fighter to the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa, India to prove that the jet can take off from a ski-jump. India is shopping for new fighters to equip its STOBAR carriers and so far, Boeing has demonstrated that its Super Hornet can operate from a ski-jump during tests at NAS Patuxent River last year.
China tested a domestically developed solid rocket engine, with a thrust of more than 500 tons. The test was conducted in Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, setting a world record in the field. The successful test signals significant progress in China’s solid carrier rocket technology and lays the foundation for the development of large-scale, heavy-lift launch vehicle technology.
North Korea might have tested a Submarine Launch Ballistic Missile (SLBM) from the vicinity of Sinpo. According to Reuters, the US military’s Indo-Pacific Command condemned the launch as destabilising, but judged it did not pose an immediate threat to the United States or its allies.
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