Elbit Garners $49.8M for HDTS for USN Seahawks | USN’s MQ-25A Stingray Competitors Pushed to Redesign | Rafale Pref Choice in Malaysia $2B+/-…

Americas Lockheed Martin has ruled the T-50A out of the USAFs upcoming light attack aircraft experiment, instead focusing on offering the plane as part of the service’s T-X trainer competition. The company stated that the T-50A, a variant of Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle, already has a light-attack version, the FA-50, hinting that a solution may come not from the fixed-wing side of the company but rather from its rotary and mission systems business. Last week’s invitation by the Air Force details plans to choose up to four companies to bring non-developmental, low-cost, multi-role aircraft to Holloman Air base for a capability assessment. Over a period of four to six weeks, each plane’s “basic aerodynamic performance” will be tested as well as weapons, sensors, and communications capability. On the success of these demonstrations, the Air Force aims to prove whether there is a business case for creating an OA-X program of record. …

LM Claims Can Meet Early IOC on T-X Trainer Program | Airspace Systems Demos Drone Disabling Craft | Germany Denies Turkish Arms Export Requests

Americas Lockheed Martin claims they can deliver the T-50A aircraft to meet the USAF’s T-X trainer program two years ahead of the service’s 2024 initial operating capability schedule. Speaking at the company’s annual media day, Rob Weiss, the executive vice president and general manager of aeronautics advanced development programs said “If there’s a desire for an earlier IOC, we will be ready,” adding that the off-the-shelf T-50A could be flying six years ahead of other firms’ proposals designed specifically to compete for the T-X contract, which he said could be delayed until 2028 or later because of additional hurdles that clean-sheet designs need to overcome. Lockheed Martin has teamed with South Korea’s KAI to offer the T-50A against a clean-sheet design by Boeing and Saab, and a variant of Leonardo’s M-346. Leonardo fears that US domestic politics may scupper their chances in the T-X trainer competition, as the Italian defense giant goes it alone without a US airframer as a partner. …

Aselsan to Develop EW Suites for Turkey in $125M Deal | Jenoptik Gets $11.38M to Support Poland’s Leopard 2 Modernization | Taiwan Plans to Build…

Americas Lockheed Martin has been given a $40 million contract modification to strip and recoat F-22 coatings for the USAF’s F-22 Raptor fleet. Work on the contract will be performed at various locations in California, Georgia, Utah, and Texas, and work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. At the time of the award, the company received $6.4 million. …

DARPA Chooses Dynetics & GA for Gremlins Project | Israel’s Arrow Sees First Combat Against Syrian SAMs | India & Russia Come Together on…

Americas The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Dynetics and General Atomics to move forward to the second phase of the Gremlins research project. The Gremlins program is an attempt to build a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Phase 2 of the project will see the maturing of the two system concepts developed by the firms to enable “aircraft carriers in the sky” using air-recoverable UASs that could carry various payloads—advances that would greatly extend the range, flexibility, and affordability of UAS operations for the US military. US Army personnel demonstrated the combat capabilities of a MEHEL laser weapon integrated on its Stryker armored vehicle. Testing was carried out on the weapon’s upgraded 2.0 version by a team of members from the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Army Forces Strategic Command, who demonstrated the weapon’s ability to defend against unmanned aircraft systems…

India Ordered, Modernized Su-30MKIs

Indra Dhanush 2007(click to view full) India’s Su-30MKI fighter-bombers are the pride of its fleet. Below them, India’s local Tejas LCA lightweight fighter program aims to fill its low-end fighter needs, and the $10+ billion M-MRCA competition is negotiating to buy France’s Rafale as an intermediate tier. India isn’t neglecting its high end SU-30s, though. Initial Su-30MK and MKI aircraft have all been upgraded to the full Su-30MKI Phase 3 standard, and the upgraded “Super 30” standard aims to keep Sukhoi’s planes on top. Meanwhile, production continues, and India is becoming a regional resource for Su-27/30 Flanker family support…

Boeing to Provide Apache’s to US Army & Saudis in $3.4B Deal | IAF Considers F-15s over F-35s | UK Cleared for $150M Hellfire FMS

Americas Patrick Shanahan, an executive at Boeing, has been tapped by US President Donald Trump to become the administration’s new deputy defense secretary. If approved by Congress, Shanahan will take over the DoD’s number two spot currently held by Obama-era secretary Robert Work, who has stayed during the transition period as the new administration looks for a replacement. Under administration rules, if confirmed, Shanahan will have to recuse himself from Boeing-related issues for the next two years. Other defense-related appoinments announced by the Pentagon include David Norquist, a partner with Kearney and Co., as under secretary of defense, comptroller; and David Joel Trachtenberg, president and CEO officer of Shortwaver Consulting, as principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy. …