Monthly Archives: April 2017

Raytheon’s SM-6 Almost at FOC | LM’s Fury 1500 UAV Undergoes Long-Range Flight Tests | US Clears FMS to New Zealand for $1.46B in P-8A’s

Americas Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) is expected to be declared fully operational in the near future, after the missile was successfully put through a series of rigorous Navy testing. Four missiles were fired from surface ships using the MK 41 Vertical Launch System—deployed on Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers—at a variety of land-launched targets, including supersonic and subsonic missiles, with all four test fires successfully intercepting their targets. Furthermore, the missile has been approved for international sales to select countries as of January this year. Lockheed Martin has been conducting long-range flight tests of the Fury Unmanned Aerial System ahead of the platform’s low-rate production later this year…

Bulgaria Chooses Saab’s JAS-39 to Replace MiG-29 | Saab’s GlobalEye Sees Third Order, Customer Unknown | Taiwan Signs $2.8B Contract for 66…

Americas Lockheed Martin has received a $109 million US Navy contract to deliver modification kits for a Block 3F software upgrade for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The upgrade includes the provision of 567 modification kits as well as labor costs for contractors performing the installation and maintenance for aircraft operated by the USAF, US Navy, USMC, as well as international partners. Earlier this month, the software was successfully tested during a test-launch of an inert GBU-12 Paveway II bomb against a moving target…

3DAWS by BAE Will Protect Mil Aircraft | Kuwait to Buy 30 H225Ms in $1.8B Deal with Airbus | DCNS to Build Frigates for French Navy

Americas Lockheed Martin has posted weaker-than-expected sales and lower profitability in three of four divisions, making it the first cut Lockheed has made to earnings per share estimates in seven years. Stock fell more than 2 percent as the company slashed their forecast by 10 cents to $12.15 to $12.45 per share, from $12.25 to $12.55. According to the firm, higher development costs for a United Arab Emirates’ missile defense system were partly to blame for the charges. …

American AH-64D Apache: War Replacement Contracts

Latest updates: Total rises to 68. Replacement required(click to view full) War takes its toll on equipment, as well as men. In some cases, it wears out. In other cases, enemy fire or accidents destroy equipment. The USA has recognized this fact by funding wartime replacement expenditures as supplemental funding, which is outside the normal budgetary process. …

Boeing & Saab’s 2nd T-X Aircraft Flies Right | LM Wins $1.6B for Q-53 AESA | Electric Goat Corp to Produce Missile Tubes for Columbia Class Subs

Americas Boeing and Saab have conducted the maiden flight of their second production-ready T-X aircraft. The jointly developed advanced trainer is said to have handled “exactly like the first aircraft and the simulator, meeting all expectations” over the course of the one hour flight, according to Matt Giese, Boeing test pilot for air force programs. “The front and back cockpits work together seamlessly and the handling is superior. It’s the perfect aircraft for training future generations of combat pilots.” Boeing and Saab’s offering to the USAF’s T-38 trainer replacement program faces competition from a Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A and a proposed modified M-346 called the T-100 from Leonardo. Lockheed Martin has won a $1.6 billion contract to continue manufacturing the AN/TP-Q-53 counterfire radar for the US Army. …

Raytheon to Support AIM-9X Blk II in $78.7M Contract | Israel Receives Three Add’l F-35i | India Conducts Successful Test Fire of BrahMos Cruise…

Americas April 24/17: Raytheon has been awarded external link a $78.7 million US Navy contract to provide support and sustainment services for AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles. Under the agreement, the company will provide for the repair of AIM-9X Block II tactical missiles, captive air training missiles and special air training missiles, along with integrated product support, such as training, in-service software support, depot management, and obsolescence/diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages monitoring. Customers provided for include the Navy and USAF, as well as the governments of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey, under the Foreign Military Sales program. Completion is expected by May, 2019. A former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot and son to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been declared the Gulf kingdom’s new ambassador to the US…

US State Dept Approved FMS to Canada of C-17 Support | UAE Considers Buying Dozens of Su-35 from Russia | Indian Announces $10B in Deals with…

Americas An F-35C loaded with the latest F3 software configuration has successfully hit a moving target with a GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb in what was the munition’s first developmental release from the fighter variant. The successful test was made capable by the inclusion of Lead Point Compute logic in the software which enhances the effectiveness against moving targets, with the objective of reducing pilot workload. This works by delaying the release point of the weapon to ensure the weapon has the available kinematics to guide to and reach the target at its future location. …

LM Gets $100M for JASSM Support | 2nd Type 209 Sub to Egypt from ThyssenKrupp | BAE Wins $1.77B MoD Contract for Nuke Pwr Sub for Brit Royal Navy

Americas The USAF has awarded Lockheed Martin a $100 million contract to support efforts related to the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). Work to be carried out by Lockheed includes life cycle support for all the missile’s variants, including the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile and the Extended Range variant, as well as the provision of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, and logistical support. The contract is expected to run until April 2020. …

USN Selects Raytheon for Work on Standard Missile Variants | Gen Atom to Supply LiFT for SAHRV | Russians Begin Weapon Trials on T-50/PAK-FA

Americas The US Navy has selected Raytheon to perform engineering and technical services for several Standard Missile variants used by the service. Valued at $113 million, work to be carried out under the agreement calls for the procurement for other government agencies and foreign military sales to undisclosed customers, as well as engineering work for the Standard Missile 2, 3 and 6. Other tasks to be carried out by Raytheon include research and development efforts, component improvement, shipboard integration and evaluation services. Scheduled to be completed by April 2022, the contract contains options that if exercised, could bring the cumulative value of the contract to $466 million…