USNS Burlington To Undergo PSA | Rheinmetall To Supply Bundeswehr With Simulation Technology | F-35B Flies At Singapore Airshow
Colonna Shipyards won a $10.5 million deal for a 75-day shipyard availability for the regular post shakedown availability of USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10). The Burlington is the tenth Spearhead Class expeditionary fast transport. EPFs are capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. Each vessel includes a flight deck to support day and night aircraft launch and recovery operations. The ships are capable of interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, as well as on/off-loading vehicles such as a fully combat-loaded Abrams Main Battle Tank. Work under the new contract will include Pump Room 1 and 2 renewal, tow modifications, Pump Room 7 and 8, ladder install, bilge preservation main engine rooms, line shaft bearing annual maintenance, freeze protection pipe heat trace instillation, freeze protection mission bay installation, perform annual stern ramp maintenance, install fuel sensors in diesel fuel service system, modify diesel fuel bunking piping, stern ramp upgrades, fire station isolation valves, adaptive force package temporary sensitive compartment information facility installations and temporary sensitive compartment information facility adaptive force package heating ventilation and an air condition upgrade install. Estimated completion date is May 15, 2020,
Boeing won a $15.3 million contract for the production of KC-135 aircraft structural component fittings. The KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft. The primary air fuel transfer method is through the tanker’s flying boom, controlled by an operator stationed at the rear of the fuselage. USAF aircraft have primarily used this boom and receptacle refueling technique. A shuttlecock drogue can be trailed behind the boom and used to refuel aircraft equipped with refueling probes. Aircraft fitted with the boom drogue cannot refuel boom and receptacle aircraft. Work will take place in Missouri and expected completion date is January 31, 2023.
Middle East & Africa
The Malian Armed Forces announced that they received the first batch of 15 Streit Cougar light armored vehicles from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Cougars are the first of 30 vehicles the UAE is donating as part of a wider agreement that also covers the sale of 100 Streit Typhoon mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles. The FAMa said on January 31 that 35 Typhoons have been delivered so far. The cougar is an MRAP and and infantry mobile vehicle. It is able to resist landmines and improvised munitions.
German company Rheinmetall announced that it will soon be supplying the German Bundeswehr with simulation technology that will enable highly realistic training of mechanized infantry units equipped with the Puma IFV. The deal is valued at $156.7 million. At the end of 2019, Rheinmetall received order to this effect from the consortium responsible for the Puma for the AGDUS duel simulator, which had in turn been awarded the contract by the Bundeswehr on December 20. Once the system is ready for full-scale serial production, an option exists for equipping 252 infantry fighting vehicles. Each AGDUS set consists of laser detectors arrayed around the vehicle as well as eye-safe lasers capable of simulating the effects of the Puma’s principal weapon systems, machinegun and MELLS antitank guided missile.
Pacific Air Force has announced that the US Marine Corps will be making flight demonstrations of the F-35B during the Singapore Airshow. An E-2D from VAW-125 will be at the show as well. The show is focused on building strong relations between the Singapore, US and the international community. The Singapore Airshow will be held between February 11 and February 16 at the Changhi Exhibition Center. It is a biennial event that started in 2008. It hosts high-level government and military delegations, as well as senior corporate executives around the world, while serving as a global event for leading aerospace companies and budding players
The Royal Malaysian Air Force will convert two CN-235s into maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) using mission systems provided by the United States. The systems will be installed at PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) later this year. The mission suite is likely to include the Merlin maritime surveillance system developed by Oregon-based Integrated Surveillance and Defense, Inc (ISD). This system has been installed on three CN-235s, two of which are in service with the Indonesian Navy, the other operated by the Indonesian Air Force. The Merlin mission equipment includes a maritime surveillance radar, an electro-optical sensor turret, and an electronic support measures system. The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) No 1 Squadron operates seven CN-235s in the transport and utility roles.
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