Monthly Archives: December 2016

USAF Issues RFP for JSTARS Replacement | Raytheon Contracted With $600M for Patriot Upgrade | MBDA Submits Proposal for TLVS Development

The Defense Industry Daily team wishes you all a Happy New Year. We’ll be enjoying time with our families and will be back to you on Tuesday, 1/3. Americas A request for proposals (RFP) has been released by the USAF for the replacement of the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS). $6.9 billion has been earmarked for development and production of the new aircraft, with interested parties required not to offer used, reconditioned or remanufactured platforms. The radar system for the new platform will be a separate competition involving offers from Northrop Grumman and Raytheon…

US Navy Going Nuclear with $303M Contract to Bechtel | Israelis to Sell Retired F-16A/B Fleet | LM Gets Contract Mod to Provide PAC-3 Missiles to…

Americas MQ-4C Triton UAVs will replace EP-3E signals reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Navy. Speaking on the announcement, NAVAIR’s Triton program manager Sean Burke said that approval to kick-start an 18-month process to install a signals intelligence payload on the Triton was given back in August. It’s expected that MQ-4Cs with low- and high-band signals receivers are expected to reach initial operational capability in 2021. Bechtel Plant Machinery will deliver nuclear propulsion components in a $303 million US Navy contract. …

Gen Atomics Contracted for $359M in MQ-1 & MQ-9 Support | US State Dept Clears FMS of JDAM Tail Kits to Kuwait | India’s Nirbhay Cruise Missile…

Americas General Atomics has been contracted to perform MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper support services for the USAF. Under the $359 million contract, the company will be tasked with conducting logistics support, program and configuration management, depot repair, and additional services, with work to be completed in December, 2017. Both the Predator and its successor, the Reaper, have been used by the US and UK for intelligence gathering missions as well as targeted strike operations as part of counter-terrorism operations in the Middle East. AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters operated by the US Navy will receive Target Sight Systems provided by Lockheed Martin. Valued at $150 million, the deal also includes production orders for the government of Pakistan under the foreign military sales program. …

Textron’s AirLand Scorpion Completes Successful First Test Flight | LM to Produce $1.4B in FMS | Battleground Testing Reveals Flaws; Russian Defense…

Americas Boeing will manufacture and deliver 51 Lot 90 Harpoon weapon systems for Brazil, Egypt and South Korea. Valued at $207 million, the contract was issued by the US Navy, and also includes components and spares for the governments of Japan, Australia, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, and Taiwan. The anti-ship missile system is utilized by navies and air forces in over 30 countries. The first production conforming Textron AirLand Scorpion jet has made its maiden flight. Lasting one hour 42 minutes, the flight saw pilots perform a range of maneuvers, with the company saying that the aircraft “incorporates a number of improvements based on target customer feedback.” While the Scorpion had been seemingly dismissed as a potential offering in the USAF’s upcoming T-X trainer program, company officials said last week that they still haven’t ruled themselves out of the competition, just weeks away from the expected request for proposals (RFP)…

Boeing Assures Cap on Air Force One Costs | France & Britain to Embark on Study for FCAS Program | Japan to Increase Defense Spending 1.4% for…

The Defense Industry Daily team wishes you all a wonderful Christmas holiday. We’ll be enjoying time with our families and will be back to you on Tuesday, 12/27. Americas Guarantees have been made by Boeing that the new Air Force One will not exceed $4 billion. The assurances were given to Donald Trump by CEO Dennis Muilenburg, during an interview following a “productive” meeting with the president-elect…

Boeing-Saab’s T-X Trainer Takes to the Skies | Antonov Rolls Out First Mil Transport Plane in Kiev | US State Dept Clears P-8A Sale to Norway

Americas The Boeing-Saab T-X trainer offering has made its first successful flight. During the 55 minute flight, the team validated key aspects of the aircraft and demonstrated the performance of the low-risk design. Initial operating capability is planned for 2024 and could potentially replace the USAF’s fleet of T-38 trainers. Staff at Northrop Grumman have been getting into the Holiday spirit, with employees volunteering to help the United Service Organizations (USO) assemble more than 1,000 care packages destined for American service members stationed overseas. The drive took place on a November 9 “Salute to the Troops” event at Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport…

Poles to Get Howizters in $1.1B Deal with HSW | NATO Signs with US for Munitions to Eight Member Countries | SK’s $250M F-16 Upgrades Completed

Americas General Dynamics has been awarded an $82 million contract to convert M1A2 tanks to the M1A2S configuration for the US Army. The M1A2S is a specialized configuration for tanks operated by the government of Saudi Arabia. GD design and manufacture the vehicles in the US, which are then sold to the kingdom through foreign military sales agreements. The Pentagon’s man in charge of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has responded to recent criticisms from Donald Trump. Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan stated on Monday that if he had an opportunity to speak with the Trump transition team, he would tell them that the program is now under control after years of delays. …

E-2D Hawkeye Aces First Flight | Royal Norwegian AF Tests Diehl’s IRIS-T | Czech Republic to Replace Soviet Era Radars with IAI’s MMR Family

Americas An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye equipped with aerial refueling has made its debut flight. Work carried out by Northrop Grumman included the installation of a probe along with associative piping and electrical cabling, as well as long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. A 2013 engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) contract has tasked the company with modifying three aircraft for testing followed by retrofits and production cut-in starting from 2018. The US Navy has awarded the Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office two contract modifications to perform repair services for the sailing branch’s V-22 Osprey aircraft. Valued at $246 million and $165.7 million, the awards are part of a contract with options that can reach a total value of $545 million if all options are exercised…

Raytheon Secures $458.9M in Upgrade Contracts with USAF | Lebanese Pilots & Crew to Receive Training in US | Azerbaijan to Buy Israel’s Iron…

Americas Raytheon has secured a number of contracts as part of upgrades within the USAF. A $458.9 million DoD contract will see the company modernize various cryptographic equipment for the flying branch, including existing VINSON and Advanced Narrowband Digital Voice Terminal capabilities used by the National Security Agency, as well as involving undisclosed foreign military sales. Another deal will see Raytheon develop and produce new mission computers for the F-16 fighter aircraft under the F-16 Modular Mission Computer Upgrade program. The new computers will offer two times the processing power and 40 times the current memory of existing F-16 mission computers…

BAE Unveils Amphibious Combat Vehicle Prototype | SK’s DAPA to Begin Developing Taurus-Class Missile | Beijing Gets Early Delivery of Four Su-35s

Americas BAE Systems has unveiled their first Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 prototype, part of a $103.7 million contract to deliver 16 prototypes to the USMC. Developed to combine open-ocean amphibious capabilities with land mobility, the vehicles will provide armored transport for infantry personnel traveling from a ship to a shore. The Marine Corps expects to begin testing the prototypes in the first quarter of 2017. …