Ford-Class Carriers Kick Fixes Down Road to Stay in ‘Budget’ | Turkey’s Air Defense Competition Gets Stranger | China Playing with VTOL

Americas The US Navy’s Super Hornets and Growlers can’t carry additional 480-gallon fuel tanks when launched from the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) because of the stress created by the ship’s catapult, manufactured by General Atomics. The GAO has previously stated that other required improvements to the ship are being deferred by the Navy to 2016 in an effort to keep the project within the $12.9 billion cost cap. The Navy’s Super Hornets will receive six a href=”http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/580m-subcontract-puts-anapg79-radars-in-production-f18s-0775/”>AN/APG-79 AESA radars in a $16.4 million contract announced today. …

F-35 Software Pushing Out Schedule – Except for Flaw-Tolerant Marines | Turkey Throws in With China with $3.4 Billion Purchase

Americas Following yesterday’s announcement that the Air Force is to procure one MC-12W ISR aircraft, the Navy is following suit, with a $11.7 million contract announced today for one aircraft in the UC-12W variation. The Navy previously ordered six of the model in 2008 for $48.8 million. Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $21.8 million contract modification to provide support to the Space Tracking and Surveillance System, bringing the total cumulative value of the contract to around $2.39 billion. The modification will provide on-orbit operations and sustainment…

AG: Marines Audit Revoked Due to Links to Slushy Accounts | UK Mulls Falkland Air Defense as Russia Pushes Bombers for Argentina

Americas The squeaky-clean audit handed to the Marine Corps in 2013 is being revoked, with the Inspector General’s Office stating that ongoing investigations had uncovered irregularities during the FY 2014 audit, voiding the FY 2012 audit awarded in December 2013. The Treasury discovered that among the disastrously commingled chaos of its “suspense accounts,” there were unattributed Marine FY 2012 transactions. …

Missile Deals | Anti-Nuke Congressmen Eye $100 Billion Patch of Budget | 1 More HC-130J Ordered

Americas BAE Systems won a $383 million sole-source contract Monday for the support of multiple weapons platforms, while Raytheon was awarded a $109.6 million procurement contract for Standard Missile-6 and Standard Missile-2 full-rate production requirements and spares. Two companies have been awarded separate contracts for the development of interoperable C4I systems. …

Navy Hedges to Keep F-18 Line Open | IMI to Be Taken Private | India’s First Scorpene Floats

Americas As expected, the Navy included twelve Super Hornets and eight F-35s as part of list of “unfunded priorities” prepared for Congress, according to Reuters. With the manufacturing line of the F/A-18 likely to remain open past the previously-anticipated 2017 cut-off, following a recently-released study. Navy commanders are pushing for improved firepower for the Virginia-class submarines through the addition of four vertical launch tubes, representing a 76% increase in strike capability. A five-year $430 million contract was announced Friday for robotic surgical systems and associated equipment. A $29 million IDIQ professional services contract was also announced in support of the Navy’s Public Private Venture Program. …

F-35 Program Squeezes Rocks, Saves Some | China: Turkey to Buy its Anti-Air

Americas The Pentagon lowered the forecast procurement cost of the F-35 program by 2 percent today – that’s $7.5 billion in savings over a roughly $400 billion program. The fighters are slated now to cost a mere $159.2 million per copy, if the military does indeed purchase 2,457 of them. In the midst of the hubbub about what will or won’t fit inside an F-35, program leads stated that the aircraft may receive a pod-mounted cyber-attack capability, according to industry reports. Whether this developmental capability is cyber in the sense of using computer networks to attack targets – or whether it is merely an EW system – remains unclear. …