Monthly Archives: November 2015

Dyncorp Gets $61M for Saudi Land Forces Aviation Prgm | New Polish Government Reconsiders Choices for Mil Upgrades | AU Senate to Vote on $17.2B (US)…

Americas The US Department of Defense has awarded a $61 million contract to Dyncorp. The contract involves the support and maintenance of the Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command aviation program. All work will take place in Saudi Arabia and is expected to be completed by January 2021…

FY2015 US Foreign Arms Sales Up 36% | Stratofortresses Get JASSM in $9.1M Deal | US Readying $1B Deal with Taiwan

Americas US arms sales abroad have increased by 36% in the 2015 fiscal year to $46.6 billion. According to the Pentagon, these projections are going to continue over the next number of years as foreign states rush to replenish stocks and upgrade equipment. The news comes as US companies have complained that the process of approving sales by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is too slow and can not keep with demand. However it has been said that this process will be streamlined to ease the backlog…

LCS Program Picks up Speed with a Launch and a Commission | UK Announces Defense Spending Increase | Indonesia Inks Deal with KAI as Part of KF-X…

Americas The US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Class (LCS) program is picking up speed with a launch and a commission in the last few days. November 20 saw the USS Omaha enter the water in Mobile, Alabama and the USS Milwaukee was commissioned the following day. There are now five LCS class ships operational and they are being completed at an average of four per year. It is hoped that by 2018, 38 of the ships will have undergone construction in only 13 years and will be operating in shallow and coastal waters throughout the world…

LCS Program Sees Two More Launches | UK Announces Defense Spending Increase | Indonesia Inks Deal with KAI as Part of KF-X Program

Americas The US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Class (LCS) program is picking up speed as two more of the ships were launched over the last few days. November 20 saw the USS Omaha enter the water in Mobile, Alabama and the USS Milwawkee was commissioned the following day by the Mayor of Milwawkee. There are now five LCS class ships operational and they are being completed at an average of four per year. It is hoped that by 2018, 38 of the ships will have undergone construction in only 13 years and will be operating in shallow and coastal waters throughout the world. Middle East North Africa Pakistan is to keep using the the Russian made RD-93 engine for its series of JF-17 fighters. …

Boeing E-3 Sees First Deployment | Denmark Expected to Confirm F-35 Order Shortly | Japan to Get RQ-4 UAVs Through FMS

Americas US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has suggested that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter will take part in Canada’s latest jet selection competition. The announcement comes after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he would not be purchasing the jet as part of Canada’s replacement of older CF-18s. Work’s comments appear contrary to the Canadian administration but seems to be coming across as part of US efforts to rescue Canadian participation in the program…

Swiss F-18s Grounded

Swiss F/A-18Cs(click to view full) Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO received a $6 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price delivery order issued under basic ordering agreement N00019-00-G-0148. This modification provides for support for the Phase II C/D fleet retrofit effort to upgrade a variety of systems for 24 F/A-18C and 6 F/A-18D Hornet aircraft for the Government of Switzerland under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work will be performed in St…

CSBA Releases US Navy/Marine Tipping Point Report | Thales Intros Spy’Ranger Mini-drone | China Signs $2B+ Contract with Russia for Su-35s

Americas The Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton UAV has reached a significant stage as it now enters the program’s Milestone C review. Operational tests will involve six test flights and if successful will lead to the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT & E) phase. Successful testing of the UAV will lead to a production contract (albeit at low levels initially) with the Navy committed to ordering three in 2016 but will increase orders to 68 in 2017. Overseas contracts potentially include seven of the Tritons being procured by Australia with Germany, India and the UK also looking at purchases. Boeing has reached an important milestone in the development of the latest Harpoon Block II+ missile after successful tests carried out by the US Navy. …

Aurora Flight AACUS Program Soars with $11M Contract | Argentina Gets US Approval for 4 Bells | LM Visits SK Re: Tech Xfer for KF-X Fighter Program

Americas The US Navy has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract worth $11 million to support flight testing of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program. The flight testing will take place as part of the governments development of the latest generation of unmanned cargo UAS which are able to land in more rugged terrain and will forgo the need for trained operators. The issue of safe resupply in remote areas has been a question for some time with the Marines requesting such a need while in Afghanistan. Argentinas updating of its air force continued today after the $80 million sale of 4 Bell 412EP Helicopters was approved by the US State Department. The sale follows the recent delay in upgrading its fighter fleet after problems concerning the quality of Kfir Block 60 fighters from Israel which were set to replace its aging Rafales…