Boeing Blusters Over Tweet | US State Dept Clears $668M Stryker Sale to Peru | $619B Defense Bill May Send MANPADS to Syria

Americas President-elect Donald Trump proved a tweet can be worth a billion dollars, with $1 billion being temporarily wiped off Boeing’s stock market value, after Trump deemed the company’s new Air Force One offering too expensive and called for it to be dropped. Boeing maintained that it has so far only received a $170 million contract for capability exploration work, far from the $4 billion price tag Trump was claiming. While $2.87 has been officially budgeted for the Air Force One replacement program from 2015 through to 2021, production contracts have yet to be awarded. The US State Department has cleared the sale of 178 reconditioned Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles to the government of Peru…

ULA Receives $269M Contract Mod for Delta IV | EU & UN Train Somaliland Coastguard | Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmerman Form Joint Venture RDZS

Americas President-elect Donald Trump has urged for the cancellation of the new Air Force One. Believing that manufacturer Boeing “is trying to do a little number,” Trump took to Twitter saying “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. …

Sikorsky Gets $93.8M for Work on H-60 Variants | Gen Atom Contracted by UK Gov for New UAVs | India Policy Change to Allow Private Co to Supply Ammo

Americas Sikorsky has been tapped to provide technical and logistics services for variants of the H-60 helicopter operated by the US Army. Valued at $93.8 million, work carried out by the company includes the provision of engineering services in addition to other weapon system supplies. Helicopters included in the deal include the UH-60 Black Hawk. John Richardson, the US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations Admiral, has spoken of American shipyards capabilities to boost warship production, as hopes of more orders soar under a Trump presidency…

Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8” H-60 Helicopter Contract

US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain…

LM-KAI T-50 Collaboration Begins Flight Ops | Qinetiq Snares $1.26B Contract from UK MoD | HAL’s LCA Deemed Too Heavy; India to Import For Now

Americas Officials from Lockheed Martin have announced that the T-50A trainer has commenced flight operations in order to test the plane’s capabilities. A joint effort between LM and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), the T-50A is based off the legacy T-50 and is being offered to the USAF’s T-X program. For combat training, the aircraft incorporates air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, an avionics suite with electronic warfare capabilities, and a multi-mode radar. The US Navy plans to invest in more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as a means of stopping a shortfall in capabilities. …

Building a Better LANTIRN

F-16 with twin LANTIRNs(click to view full) Targeting pods are a very affordable way to upgrade existing aircraft with precision strike and surveillance capabilities. As such, their popularity in the modern age is likely to remain very strong for the foreseeable future. At present, the top offerings on the market include the Northrop-Grumman/ RAFAEL LITENING series (vid…