Monthly Archives: January 2016

Rolls Picks up Contracts to Tune of $153M | LM Outlook Positive with 1.2% 2015 Sales Increase | NATO Data: Cuts to Defense Spending Lowest in Four…

Americas Rolls-Royce Corp has been awarded two contracts by the DoD for a combined total of $153 million. The first will see the company supply twenty-four engines for Saudi Arabia’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in a foreign military sale worth $77 million. The engines will be delivered by the end of this year. Rolls will also supply C-130J propulsion system sustainment to the USAF in a deal worth $76 million. Due to be completed by this time next year, they will provide logistics support, program management support, engineering services, spares, and technical data for the system.Lockheed Martin has reported a positive financial outlook with a net increase of 1.2% in sales for 2015. …

Budget Cuts Under Fire for Helo Crashes | Kuwait Tires of Waiting for F-18s; Moving to Eurofighter Typhoons | Polish Govt May Cancel Airbus Caracel…

Americas Northrop Grumman and Raytheon look set to be awarded sole-source contracts by the USAF for further development of their competing active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars as part of the Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS recapitalization effort. Foreign proposals for the radar development were ruled out by the government, but they are accepting foreign airframes for the plane’s replacement. …

Canadian Procurement System Criticized | Chairman of IAI Under Fire | EU to Lead Green Energy Initiative

Americas Despite recent successful testing of missiles on the F-35, a DoD weapons expert has expressed concerns over the fighter’s software development. A recently reported December memo from Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, expresses worry that plans to finish work on the F-35’s Block 3F software by July 2017 are unrealistic. Rushing the testing schedule for the software could result in a failure for the crucial IOC testing before the decison is made to put the jet into full production. The Joint Program Office, however, has dismissed the concerns, maintaining that the program is on track and that IOC dates for the Navy and Army will be met. …

Bulgaria Reviewing Options for MiG Modernization

SPRP MiG-29(click to view full) Like Poland, Bulgaria bought its MiG-29s back when it was a strategic buffer on the side of the Soviets. Which makes hardware upgrades a bit awkward today. Sending the old fighters off to Russia for refurbishment is awkward at a time when NATO is attempting to roust the impression of additional asset rotations through Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, where a dozen U.S…

Raytheon Awarded $14M for Next Gen Air-Launched Tactical Missiles | KC-46 Successful in F-16 Mid-air Refuel | China’s Growing Hypersonic Glider…

Americas Raytheon has been awarded a $14 million DoD contract to carry out research on two concepts for next-generation, air-launched, tactical missiles. The Small Advanced Capability Missile (SACM) concept will support affordable, lethal, small size and weight ordnance with advanced air frame design, and is similar to the CUDA program currently under way by Lockheed Martin which will double the number air-to-air missiles carried by the company’s two stealth fighters using a shorter missile. Both companies are part of the Miniature Self-Defense Munition (MSDM) program which aims to give fighters a self-defense capability against incoming missiles by destroying it with a direct hit using the munition. An investigation into a “mishap” involving a Minuteman III ICBM causing $1.8 million worth of damage has been released. …

“Minuteman Propulsion Replacement Program”

LGM-30G Minuteman III(click to view full) Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems of Clearfield, UT received a contract modification for $176.2 million, exercising the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Propulsion Replacement Program’s (PRP) final full rate production (year 7) option. NGC tends to sub-contract large portions of this work to ATK Thiokol; the Minuteman III PRP began in 1998 as a Joint Venture between ATK and Pratt & Whitney, but all work content was transitioned to ATK in the 2003-2004 timeframe following a contract restructure. DID has covered related contracts in November 2006 ($222.5 million), March 2006 ($541 million) and January 2006 ($225.2 million)…

USAF Conducts Successful AIM-9X Tests | Kuwait & Qatar Await FMS Approvals | SK’s KF-X Fighter Program Moves Ahead

Americas The USAF has successfully tested the AIM-9X missile on the F-35 fighter for the first time. The test of the heat-seeking missile took place on January 12 at the Pacific Sea Test range. The F-35 will eventually carry two AIM-9X missiles on its wings, and four of the the radar-guided AIM-120 missiles internally…

Blackjack UAV Achieves IOC | Iraqi Gov Submits Request for $1.95B in FMS | France & Australia Considering Collaboration on NH90 Variant

Americas The USMC has declared that the RQ-21A Blackjack UAV has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with deployment of the system to commence this summer. Formerly known as the Integrator, the Blackjack has been developed by Boeing as part of a low rate production of a small tactical unmanned air system (STUAS) for the US Navy, and uses the same same launcher and recovery system as the Scan Eagle system. One hundred systems of five vehicles each are planned for the USMC by 2017. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James has dismissed ideas that production of F-22 Raptor would restart after a cap of 187 was made in 2011…

Canadian Gov Stands by LAV Sale to Saudis | UK Upgrading Challenger 2 Tank | France to get 2nd MQ-9 Reaper UAV in 2017

Americas Despite recent protests arising from recent Saudi Arabian executions, the Canadian government will stand by a multi-billion dollar vehicle deal. The executions, alongside a variety of other human rights issues including alleged war crimes committed in Yemen, have sparked renewed calls for governments to cease their arms sales to the Saudis. For Canada, this involves a $10.4 billion sale of an undisclosed number of light armored vehicles (LAVs), the largest export contract in Canadian history. …

Gen Dyn gets $75.3M to Design 30mm Cannon | F-35A to Begin Laser-Guided Bomb Tests | Saudi Arabia Considering Big Spend with Russia

Americas General Dynamic Land Systems will design and develop a 30mm cannon to be mounted on an unmanned, stabilized turret onto the Stryker infantry carrier vehicle along with eight prototypes. The $75.3 million contract was awarded last week, and completion of the process is expected for January 2021. The development of the new unmanned cannon is part of efforts to increase the fire power capabilities of the vehicle and give infantrymen greater fire superiority in fire fights…