Monthly Archives: March 2017

MDA Grants Lockheed Martin $273M for THAAD | US: $4.9B Sale of F-16s to Bahrain Back on Table | Indonesia Signs Letter of Intent with Airbus for A400M

Americas A decision will be made shortly by the US Navy to go ahead with low-rate production of the Lockheed Martin High Altitude Anti-submarine warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) package. The package integrates an air-launched accessory (ALA) kit with a GPS guidance system and folding wings onto a standard Mk54 torpedo, and will be made available to P-8A Poseidon foreign customers, which currently include Australia, India and the UK. A guided flight test is scheduled for late Fiscal 2017, and could see as many as 140 high-altitude torpedoes total ordered over the first two lots. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $273 million contract to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Lot 9 Interceptors for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA). In addition to Lot 9 Interceptors, the fixed-price agreement also includes one-shot devices and associated production support efforts, and delivery is expected by the end of March 2020. …

Longshot: A Swooping HAAWC for Torpedoes

Mk54 HAAWC(click to view full) American maritime patrol aircraft currently carry torpedoes as part of their armament, which serve as key weapons against enemy submarines. As any high-diver of cliff-jumper knows first hand, however, water can feel surprisingly solid after a long fall. Torpedoes still have to be released from low altitude, typically 100 feet or less above the waves. Two recent developments, however, are making this approach less practical for the US military…

LM Wins $27B Contract from US DoD for CH-53K | Defense Ties Strengthen with UK / France Cruise Missile Project | Philippines Navy AW159s to Get Spike…

Americas The US Department of Defense is expected to award Lockheed Martin a multi-billion contract to start production of 200 new heavy cargo helicopters for the US Marines Corp by the end of the week. Colonel Hank Vanderborght, head of the Pentagon’s CH-53K King Stallion program, stated that each unit will cost $87 million on average and $105 million including spare parts and certain service contracts. The total value of the program is $27 billion. Developed by Lockheed’s helicopter subsidy Sikorsky, the CH-53K can lift 36,000 pounds and would replace the CH-53E Super Stallion, which has operated as the backbone of field logistics for the USMC since the mid-1980s…

More MiG-29s for Myanmar

Myanmar MiG-29B(click to view full) In late December 2009, reports surfaced that Myanmar (formerly Burma) had signed a EUR 400 million (about $571 million) deal with Russia’s Rosoboronexport for 20 MiG-29D fighters. Some sources add a deal for more Mi-35 attack helicopters, and place the entire package at EUR 450 million. By comparison, the Tripartite Core Group (UN, ASEAN, and Burma’s Junta) launched [PDF] a 3-year Post-[Cyclone] Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) in February 2009, appealing for international donations of $691 million… Myanmar: Aircraft & Allies Myanmar’s air force ordered 12 MiG-29Bs from Russia in 2001, to supplement a fleet that mostly relies on Chinese F-7 (MiG-21 copy) and J-6/ Q-5 (MiG-19 copy and heavily modified MiG-19 derivative) fighters. Current levels of readiness among the regime’s existing aircraft types are uncertain, and in late January 2010, one of those F-7s crashed, killing the pilot…

ARL Considers Giving Troops a Third Arm | China to Build A UAV Factory in Saudi Arabia | Malaysia Up in the Air with $2B Spend; Rafale or Eurofighter?

Americas The US Army Research Laboratory is exploring the possibility of giving troops a body-worn weapons mount, or “third arm,” that would decrease the weight of combat loads carried by soldiers and free up their hands for other tasks. Weighing less than 4 pounds, the Laboratory is testing the body-worn weapon mount with the M4 carbine, but also have plans to extend testing with the M249 squad automatic weapon or M240B machine gun. The ARL also plans to examine the device’s potential applications for various fighting techniques, like shoot-on-the-move, close-quarters combat, or even shooting around corners with augmented reality displays. A number of US senators have come together in a bipartisan effort to pressure the Trump administration into approving two key defense deals with India…

AAR Cinches $909M Deal for USAF’s Landing Gear Prgm | ARDEC Test Fires 3D Printed Grenade & Grenade Launcher | Leonardo to Unveil Falco 48 UAV

Americas AAR Supply Chain has won a $909 million contract to support the USAF’s Landing Gear Performance Based Logistics One program. Under the deal, the company will purchase, remanufacture, distribute and provide inventory control for the branch’s C-130, KC-135 and E-3 aircraft, and will also include work for foreign military sales. Work will be carried out in Illinois, Florida and Utah and will run until March, 2032. …

US Sanctions 30 INKSNA Violators | LM to Switch Production of F-16 From TX to SC | Turkey’s FNSS Nabs Amphibious Assault Vehicle Contract for…

Americas The US has imposed sanctions on 30 foreign individuals and companies for alleged aiding of arms sales to Syria, North Korea and Iran. A State Department statement said that 11 companies or individuals from China, North Korea or the United Arab Emirates were sanctioned for technology transfers that could boost Iran’s ballistic missile program, while 19 others were sanctioned for other violations under the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). INKSNA was passed by the US Congress in 2000 as the Iran Nonproliferation Act, with Syria and North Korea added in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 AESA fifth-generation radar has been installed on USAF F-16 fighters. The install is part of the F-16 Radar Modernization Program which intends to replace currently used APG-66 and APG-68 radars and provide the F-16 with advanced capabilities similar to fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter…

Elbit Garners $49.8M for HDTS for USN Seahawks | USN’s MQ-25A Stingray Competitors Pushed to Redesign | Rafale Pref Choice in Malaysia $2B+/-…

Americas Lockheed Martin has ruled the T-50A out of the USAFs upcoming light attack aircraft experiment, instead focusing on offering the plane as part of the service’s T-X trainer competition. The company stated that the T-50A, a variant of Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle, already has a light-attack version, the FA-50, hinting that a solution may come not from the fixed-wing side of the company but rather from its rotary and mission systems business. Last week’s invitation by the Air Force details plans to choose up to four companies to bring non-developmental, low-cost, multi-role aircraft to Holloman Air base for a capability assessment. Over a period of four to six weeks, each plane’s “basic aerodynamic performance” will be tested as well as weapons, sensors, and communications capability. On the success of these demonstrations, the Air Force aims to prove whether there is a business case for creating an OA-X program of record. …

LM Claims Can Meet Early IOC on T-X Trainer Program | Airspace Systems Demos Drone Disabling Craft | Germany Denies Turkish Arms Export Requests

Americas Lockheed Martin claims they can deliver the T-50A aircraft to meet the USAF’s T-X trainer program two years ahead of the service’s 2024 initial operating capability schedule. Speaking at the company’s annual media day, Rob Weiss, the executive vice president and general manager of aeronautics advanced development programs said “If there’s a desire for an earlier IOC, we will be ready,” adding that the off-the-shelf T-50A could be flying six years ahead of other firms’ proposals designed specifically to compete for the T-X contract, which he said could be delayed until 2028 or later because of additional hurdles that clean-sheet designs need to overcome. Lockheed Martin has teamed with South Korea’s KAI to offer the T-50A against a clean-sheet design by Boeing and Saab, and a variant of Leonardo’s M-346. Leonardo fears that US domestic politics may scupper their chances in the T-X trainer competition, as the Italian defense giant goes it alone without a US airframer as a partner. …

Aselsan to Develop EW Suites for Turkey in $125M Deal | Jenoptik Gets $11.38M to Support Poland’s Leopard 2 Modernization | Taiwan Plans to Build…

Americas Lockheed Martin has been given a $40 million contract modification to strip and recoat F-22 coatings for the USAF’s F-22 Raptor fleet. Work on the contract will be performed at various locations in California, Georgia, Utah, and Texas, and work is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019. At the time of the award, the company received $6.4 million. …