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Triman Tapped For AEGIS Processor | Kuwait To Get More Eurofighters In The Next Months | Latvia Bolsters Border Defense

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Americas Triman Industries won $21 million firm-fixed-price, for the procurement of five components of the multi-mission signal processor used in the AEGIS combat system. The ordering period is expected to be completed by November 2024. All work will be performed in Yonkers, New York. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity. Palantir has signed a $178-million deal to develop a next-generation ground station targeting system for the US Army. The software company will build 10 Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) stations to connect data-gathering sensors for more advanced beyond-line-of-sight targeting. The TITAN prototypes will come in Advanced and Basic variants with deep-sensing capabilities enabled by AI and machine learning. Middle East & Africa Development and deployment of directed-energy weapons would enhance defense across the Greater Middle East, where Iran-backed militants are targeting US troops with missiles and explosive drones, according to the leader of US Central Command. Army Gen. Michael Kurilla told lawmakers on March 7 that he would “love” to have the Navy deploy more directed-energy arms capable of downing drones. Having supplemental directed energy on hand, he added, would also mean expending fewer US missiles, which can cost millions of dollars a […]
Americas

Triman Industries won $21 million firm-fixed-price, for the procurement of five components of the multi-mission signal processor used in the AEGIS combat system. The ordering period is expected to be completed by November 2024. All work will be performed in Yonkers, New York. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.

Palantir has signed a $178-million deal to develop a next-generation ground station targeting system for the US Army. The software company will build 10 Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) stations to connect data-gathering sensors for more advanced beyond-line-of-sight targeting. The TITAN prototypes will come in Advanced and Basic variants with deep-sensing capabilities enabled by AI and machine learning.

Middle East & Africa

Development and deployment of directed-energy weapons would enhance defense across the Greater Middle East, where Iran-backed militants are targeting US troops with missiles and explosive drones, according to the leader of US Central Command. Army Gen. Michael Kurilla told lawmakers on March 7 that he would “love” to have the Navy deploy more directed-energy arms capable of downing drones. Having supplemental directed energy on hand, he added, would also mean expending fewer US missiles, which can cost millions of dollars a pop. Iranian drones being funneled to extremist groups can cost thousands of dollars each.

Kuwait is poised to take delivery of the remaining 13 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets within the next 18 months, further solidifying its air defense capabilities. This follows the recent successful delivery of 15 Eurofighter aircraft, marking a significant milestone in a larger procurement program that underscores the strong defense partnership between Kuwait and Italy. The Eurofighter program, initiated in 2017, signifies Kuwait’s commitment to modernizing its air force with advanced multirole combat aircraft. Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto’s recent visit to Kuwait highlighted the strong collaboration between the two nations. Discussions focused on security cooperation, with the successful execution of the Eurofighter program serving as a prime example of this deepening partnership.

Europe

Riga has approved a $331-million program to bolster the security of Latvia’s border in response to military conflict in the region. The Eastern Border Fortification Counter-Mobility Plan aligns with the Baltic Defense Line initiative launched in January to protect member states from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s illegal agenda “if it were to win in Ukraine.”

Asia-Pacific

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) revealed a significant investment plan to accelerate development and commercialization of two key projects: autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) and a single-seat variant of the FA-50 supersonic light fighter jet. KAI’s board meeting on March 8th greenlit a total investment of approximately $69.7 million. A substantial portion will be directed towards the initial phase of AAV development. This initial phase will focus on creating prototype models and implementing distributed electrical propulsion systems.

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