Monthly Archives: June 2015

More Gripin’ About Alleged Gripen Corrupt Deals | South Korea to Make Tanker Award | Kiwis Replace Mercedes and Unimog with Rheinmetall

Americas General Dynamics has completed avionics software upgrades for the USMC’s fleet of AV-8B Harrier II aircraft, to help keep the aging fleet flying and operationally capable until the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter‘s carrier and STOVL variants (the B and C models) enter service. The software package is up to Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standards, delivered as the result of a $6.1 million contract awarded in September 2013. …

Brazil to Refinance Gripen Deal It’s Investigating | Czech Republic Goes Shopping | India Plugs MiG Hole with SU-30s; Eschews Gripens

Americas With Naval Air Station Lemoore set to become the backbone of the Navy’s future strike capability, the Navy awarded a contract Friday for the construction of infrastructure to support the base’s fleet of F-35Cs. The $20.2 million task order covers the construction of new buildings to house JSF simulators, as well as classrooms and briefing rooms. …

GAO: Air Force A-10 Abandonment Divorced from Financial Reality | DoD Refiguring Satellite Control | Russia Receiving New SU-34 Fullbacks

Americas Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has announced his intention to stand-up a joint intelligence-military operations center for satellites, allowing all intelligence and military satellites to be controlled from a single location. Work is likely hoping that the co-location will enable the development of joint doctrine and closer operational liaison, with this new station designed as a back-up to the existing Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The center is scheduled to come online within six months, indicating that the announcement has likely been a long time coming. The Government Accountability Office slammed the Air Force’s body of evidence and cost projections used to make the case for retiring the A-10. A report published on Thursday claims that the Air Force did not fully quantify the economic argument for favoring more advanced multi-role aircraft over the time-tested A-10…

India Finally Receiving Kilo-Class Refit from Recalcitrant Russians | French & Saudis Sign Bevy of Deals | US Gets Lots of Advice on Financing…

Americas Modernizing the US’s nuclear arsenal, including delivery systems, would remain affordable despite a thirty-year price tag of around $1 trillion, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The cost of the improvements would peak in 2027 according to the forecast analysis, at $26 billion, before falling to current levels of $17 billion by 2039; never exceeding 5% of the projected DoD budget. Obama proposed a ten-year nuclear modernization plan back in 2010, with another think tank recently recommending that the US should invest in more small nuclear bombs. The Air Force announced a significant investment Wednesday, handing Lockheed Martin a $480 million IDIQ contract to research follow-on options for the C-130J fleet. This capability enhancement contract is set to run to 2030. …

Work: China Challenging Air Superiority | Germany Getting First Puma Deliveries | Army Invents Term, Then Conducts Manned Unmanned Exercise

Americas The Army has successfully conducted Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) involving an AH-64 Apache and a MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV. The Gray Eagle was used to designate a target for the Apache, with the latter then firing a Hellfire missile using data from the UAV. The test has allowed the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade to a href=”

F-35 Fleet Displacing Older Fighters into Secondary Market | MoD Eager for New Radios | Raytheon Working New Jammer Project

Europe The British Ministry of Defence is looking to develop a replacement for the problematic Bowman radio system. The MoD has invited academics and industry to suggest new solutions to land and littoral communications, with the project known as Morpheus. The hope is that innovative solutions will be borne from the open discussion and collaboration, with this likely to form the basis of the MoD’s procurement strategy for the UK Armed Forces’ new communications system over the next three decades. Israel has offered upgraded F-16A/Bs to Croatia, as a replacement for the country’s MIG-21s. The fighters would be in the upgraded ACE (Avionics Capability Enhancement) configuration, with the Israeli Air Force planning to drawn down the number of F-16A/Bs it operates as the F-35 comes into service over coming years. …

Despite Problems, UK Moves Ahead with $376M Bowman Radio Upgrade

Bowman radios(click to view full) The UK’s Bowman tactical communications system, which replaced the aging Clansman system, has encountered some problems with troops deployed in Afghanistan. The Bowman radios carried by the soldiers have a short battery life and are heavy. There is also a shortage of ancillary equipment, such as antennas and speakers, according to a May 14/09 report by the UK National Audit Office (NAO). …

Egypt Jumps FREMM Line, Receiving Normandie on Tuesday | Russia’s Ka-52 Gets Export Order | India Wants French Help with BrahMos Guidance

Americas Sikorsky delivered six CH-148 helicopters to the Canadian government on Friday, the first of twenty-eight to replace the current fleet of Sea King ASW helicopters, with these scheduled to enter full service by 2021. On Friday the Navy handed Northrop Grumman a $60.9 million contract to support the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator (BAMS-D) UAV, also known as the MQ-4C Triton. The company was awarded a contract last week to improve the air-to-air subsystem design of the Triton. …

US Military Adds Heavy Trucks Under FHTV-III

Latest updates: Battle for Oshkosh: Will FHTV re-bid copy FMTV mistake? THAAD on HEMTT(click to view full) In 2009, with its bridge buy of FMTV medium trucks in place, and initial awards for the potential JLTV Hummer replacement designs underway, the next order of business on the US Army’s agenda was a new Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles multi-year contract: FHTV-III. That multi-billion dollar FHTV-III contract has been awarded – not as a re-compete like FMTV, but as a single-source solicitation. Oshkosh has provided the core of this capability for over 20 yeas now. …