General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a $5.5-million contract to sustain the US Army’s Prophet Enhanced sensor systems. The agreement, which could grow to $481.6 million, was awarded by the Army Contracting Command on behalf of the Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC). The company will provide spare parts and obsolescence risk management for the signals intelligence system.
The US Space Force has announced another successful test launch of its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The event occurred a day after North Korea paraded its indigenously-developed ICBMs, which analysts say could potentially challenge Washington’s defense systems. Equipped with a test reentry vehicle, the Minuteman III was fired from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on February 9.
Middle East & Africa
Israel hit Gaza with air strikes on Monday in response to a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave at the weekend, the army said, as unrest persisted in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian Red Crescent said one person was killed in a predawn Israeli army raid in Nablus in the northern West Bank, the scene of near-relentless violence over the past year.
According to Jane’s, Airbus will continue to operate and provide support for Germany’s military satellite communication (satcom) systems. Announced by the Bundeswehr on February 9, the company has been awarded a contract extension for the operation of the authority’s COMSATBw 1 and 2 satellites until December 31 2028. The deal is valued at $56.7 million and will ensure continued access to secure satcom and shore up Germany’s orbital position in space.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced the delivery of 36 Bofors L-70 anti-aircraft guns and ammunition to Ukraine. The weapons will help Kyiv defend its territory amid continued Russian aggression in the air. According to defense minister Arvydas Anusauskas, Vilnius has already trained 15 Ukrainian instructors to use the anti-aircraft system.
South Korea’s latest military development is a new advanced guided missile system designed to strike North Korean long-range artillery pieces. The country’s state arms procurement agency has announced that it plans to adopt a basic plan for the development of this new missile as early as next month. This new missile system is an upgrade of the Korean Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM), which is already being used as a “long-range artillery killer.” The KTSSM has been developed to counter the artillery power of North Korea and has been a crucial tool in the defense of South Korea against its northern neighbor.
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