Report: Carrier Test of F-35B Found Half Unflyable Any Given Moment | Typhoon Upgrades to Flight Test | Boeing Washes Hands of India’s HAL on…

Americas Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft have begun receiving new Interrogator Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, as part of the fleet’s Block 40/45 upgrade program. The $60 million upgrade will see the new IFF system rolled out across the Air Force’s fleet of 31 E-3s. The AN/UPX-40 systems include Mode 5 enhancements, with the Saudis also requesting Block 40/45 upgrades in August 2014, including 20 of the new IFF systems. France has also upgraded it’s E-3 fleet with Block 40/45 enhancements. …

Saudis to Get Patriot PAC-3s Too | Turkey Air Defense Deal Not Done | Rafale in the Money with Two Anticipated Sales

Americas On Wednesday the Navy awarded a $4.34 billion IDIQ contract to Leidos Inc. for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization program, with the contract detailing a two-year initial ordering period followed by two three-year option periods, in addition to a two-year award term. $35 million is being committed initially, with Leidos beating out five other bids to win Wednesday ‘s contract…

Air Force Special Forces Retain Old Hercules for Laser Testbeds | Pentagon Exploring Laser/Sound Non-Lethal Tech | Finmec Thinks Better of Selling DRS…

Americas The Air Force has reportedly retained some aging C-130U Hercules aircraft for use as airborne laser testbed aircraft. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) plans to use the aircraft to test both offensive laser weapons and defensive lasers designed to act as less-than-lethal options. DARPA has been field testing the use of lasers against hostile projectiles, with the Air Force expecting to field airborne lasers on larger cargo aircraft models from 2021. However, the further development of these capabilities could be hamstrung by sequestration and a lack of political will…

DOJ Looks at Alleged Sikorsky Overcharging | Marines Shop Sniper Rifles | Star-Crossed ALIS System Updated in F-35s

Americas The US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into alleged overcharging of the Navy through a contract handed to a Sikorsky business unit in 2006. The contract allegedly saw Sikorsky Support Services Inc subcontract another subsidiary – Derco Aerospace – for T-34 and T-44 aircraft spare parts, adding overheads and profit in the process, from 2006 to 2012 and violating the False Claims Act. The total damages the government could claim amounts to $148 million, with Lockheed Martin reportedly aware of the issue during due diligence investigations prior to buying Sikorsky for $9 billion earlier this month. The Marine Corps is reportedly looking to evaluate various sniper rifles to replace the in-service M40A5 rifle. …

Air Force Has It in for A-10s to Allies Too | Marines to Narrow ACV Field to Two | Pakistan in Deal for Chinese Subs

Americas The Air Force has quashed Boeing’s hopes of selling refurbished A-10s to international customers, following the floating of the idea in May. With the House protecting the A-10 from comprehensive retirement for another year, the Air Force is planning to mothball outgoing A-10s, thereby saving a reported $4.2 billion in sustainment over a five year period. Lockheed Martin will upgrade US Army and international partners’ Patriot systems through the Foreign Military Sales program in a deal worth $1.5 billion. The contract will supply PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptors for Taiwan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE…

F-35’s Cannon Testing: Don’t Blink | Boeing Keeping F-18 Line Hot | BAE Resorting to Discounts on Eurofighters

Americas The F-35’s GAU-22/A 25mm cannon has been tested on the ground at Edwards Air Force Base, with the General Dynamics-designed weapon having been developed for both internal and external gun systems of the Joint Strike Fighter. The cannon is mounted on an external pod for the F-35B and C variants, with the Air Force’s F-35A variant positioning the weapon internally. …