The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory won a $2 billion deal for technical and engineering support necessary to maintain and sustain the Trident II Strategic Weapon System Mark 6 Guidance Subsystem and support the strategic guidance, navigation, and control research and development efforts required to enable follow-on, full-scale development of the Mark 7 Guidance Subsystem, Columbia/Dreadnought ship construction integration efforts, and reentry subsystem. This contract award also benefits a foreign military sale to the United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Washington, DC; Odon, Indiana; Huntsville, Alabama; Cape Canaveral, Florida; St. Petersburg, Florida; and various other locations. Work is expected to be completed September 30, 2028.
Northrop Grumman Systems won a $150 million deal, which provides for the production and delivery of long lead parts for five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft in support of the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Syracuse, New York; Rolling Meadows, Illinois; Woodland Hills, California; Menlo Park, California; Greenlawn, New York; Aire-sur-l’Adour, France; Owego, New York; Edgewood, New York; Melbourne, Florida; Marlboro, Massachusetts; and various locations within the continental US, and is expected to be completed in February 2029.
Middle East and Africa
The Nigerian Army Headquarters Department of Army Training (DAT) embarked on a two-week training program. The primary focus of this training is to equip military personnel with essential knowledge and practical skills related to the recently acquired NA TARES Mines Protective Vehicles (MPV). The training commenced on Monday, September 25, 2023, with an official opening ceremony held at the Headquarters Guards Brigade Auditorium in Abuja.
Nexter will deliver six additional Caesar truck-mounted howitzers to Ukraine to help it drive out occupying Russian forces. Ukraine has already received 30 Ceasars since last year; 18 from France and 12 from manufacturer Nexter, the French Ministry of Defense stated on X.
Thailand’s Defense Technology Institute (DTI) has announced the successful trial of its new, 105-millimeter CS/AH2 light howitzer prototype. The test, conducted in cooperation with the Artillery Center of the Royal Thai Army, took place at the Khao Phu Lon Artillery Shooting Range in central Thailand. During the event, the artillery system fired a total of five rounds – three rounds of uphill fire at 1.5 kilometers and two rounds of lowland fire at 11.4 kilometers.
Taiwan has launched its first domestically-built submarine, marking a significant milestone in its efforts to replace an aging naval capability.
The diesel-electric attack submarine, christened the Hai Kun after a mythical sea creature in Chinese folklore, was launched at the shipyard of CSBC Shipyard in the southern city of Kaohsiung earlier on Thursday.
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