Monthly Archives: December 2015

More JDAMs Headed for Middle East | Russia’s USC Plans to Begin Aircraft Carrier Production in 2019 | Pakistan Looks to Procure F-16s Over Home…

Americas Lockheed Martin has been given an additional order to provide an undisclosed number of production lots 7 and 8 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors, one-shot weapons and related support services to the Missile Defense Agency. The $528.5 million contract modification sees an extra $144.6 million added to a pre-existing contract and will be completed by September 30 2019. The THAAD system protects the US and allied customers from short, medium and intermediate ballistic missile threats, and is operated and developed under the umbrella of the Missile Defense Agency. …

Black Sea Fleet, Corvette Plans Highlight Russian Industry Issues

The Steregushchy(click to view full) In April 2010, a RIA Novosti’s “Russia’s Black Sea Fleet may lose all warships by 2015” suggested that the fleet might be unfit for missions at sea by that date, as age takes its toll on existing ships. One solution would be to build new Project 20380 Steregushchy Class corvettes, but Russian shipyards wouldn’t be able to deliver them in time. …

LA Times Busts on MDA’s PTSS Program | LM: Multiple Contracts Provide Product and Support in Middle East | Mitsu’s ATD-X Stealth Set for Maiden…

Americas The LA Times has been investigating the huge monetary waste on the abandoned Precision Tracking Space System program conducted by the Missile Defense Agency. The program aimed at developing a satellite system capable of deterring ballistic missile threats from rogue states such as North Korea and Iran beginning in 2009. The system was abandoned by the Obama administration four years later at a cost of $231 million…

Raytheon AN/ALR-67(V)3 RWR

AN/ALR-67 V3(click to view full) Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in Goleta, CA received an $89.5 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced contract (N00019-09-C-0052) for 96 Lot 12 full-rate production AN/ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receivers (RWRs) for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. A majority of the receivers, 68, are for the US Navy, but Switzerland is getting 25 and Australia 3. Switzerland is currently engaged in a program to upgrade its F-18 fleet, which includes purchases of the AN/ALR-67v3…

NG Gets $93M for Tern UAV | Japan Defense Budget Highest Ever at $41.4B | SK’s DAPA Signing with KAI for KF-X Following Tech Txfr Approval

Americas Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $93 million military contract for the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern) Phase III program. The DARPA program will see the development of a UAV capable of being launched by US Navy destroyers and frigates. The Tern UAV will possess the ability to lift off vertically in a tail-down configuration allowing it to operate from ships without aircraft carrier type runways. The contract will focus on the design, fabrication, and testing of a prototype Tern Demonstration System…

DISA Awards $4.3B in Telecom Network Solutions | France Orders More Tigers, Plans $41.6B Budget Increase | US Intel Reveals China’s ICBM Tests

Americas Canada’s recent exit of the F-35 fighter program may not be as cut and dried as promised on the campaign trail by the Liberal Party government. During a recent interview, defense minister Harjit Sajjan sidestepped answering questions on whether the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet would be excluded from a competition to replace the CF-18 fleet. The government hopes to replace the aging CF-18 flight before they become obsolete. Recent promises by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to back out of the F-35 development program and find a replacement that was more cost effective has resulted in a new selection process. However, it was unclear whether the F-35 could come under consideration again. …

$2.35B to Raytheon for SM-3s | Australia Gets FMS Approval for $180M in Chinooks | Saab Sweetens the Deal to Sell Gripens to India

Americas Raytheon has been awarded a $2.35 billion contract to deliver 52 SM-3 Block IB missiles. The contract finalizes a preliminary one for 44 missiles valued at $541 million. The addition of 8 further missiles comes as the US military is increasing its stocks of SM-3s in the wake of increased missile threats, and orders by foreign allies of its weapons systems. …

Congress Cuts JLENS Funding by $30M | FMS Approval Backlog Results in UAE, SA Buying China’s UAVs | India to Buy Five S-400 Systems

Americas US Congress has voted to slash the funding for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) program by $30 million. This leaves just $10.5 million in funding for development of the project. Last Wednesday’s 2016 defense spending bill cited “test schedule delay” as reason for the cut in finance…

MUSIC Soothes the Savage… Missile?

DIRCM concept(click to view larger) Early deployment of a system called Flight Guard aboard civilian jet liners came following a November 2002 incident in which shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS) were launched unsuccessfully at an Arkia plane in Mombasa, Kenya. That FlightGuard system is a civilian version of IAI/Elta’s popular ELM 2160, and costs about $1 million per plane for sensors and flares. The flares were the sticking point. …

F-35 & F/A-18 Get a Holiday Buzz | LM to Provide M-TAG/PNVS to India Under $215.7B FMS Contract | France to Order New C-130Js

Americas It looks like a very merry Christmas for Lockheed Martin and Boeing, as they came out as the major winners in the announced $1.15 trillion spending bill announced on Wednesday. Funding will see eleven more F-35 Lightning IIs than requested by President Obama in February. The F-35 program will see $1.33 billion additional procurement money as production of the fighters will be ramped up. The F/A-18 production line will also be extended, with seven more EA-18G Growlers and five F/A-18E/F Super Hornets planned. …