09 Nov 23. Comtech (NASDAQ: CMTL), a global technology leader, announced today, the receipt of a $20.0m order from the company’s UK-based partners, Spectra Group. The order will allow Spectra Group, the appointed regional distributor of Comtech’s Compact Over-the-Horizon Transportable Terminal (COMET), to service multiple orders already received, and several expected follow-on orders from undisclosed customers in the NATO and European regions. Comtech’s feature-rich, network agnostic COMET system is designed to be easily integrated with other Department of Defense (DoD) and coalition tactical, mobile, and fixed communications systems to provide resilient, secure beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) capabilities in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Each Comtech COMET is an end-to-end, rapidly deployable BLOS system that utilizes a single fully integrated Troposcatter hub, which includes the company’s CS67PLUS Troposcatter radio. The CS67PLUS is also embedded across each of Comtech’s next generation Family of Systems (FoS).
08 Nov 23. Rheinmetall Electronics UK has been awarded a £10.6m ($13m) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the delivery and integration of rear-facing camera on the British Army’s Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fleet, in order to meet critical safety requirements. The deal itself is stated as being an ‘accelerated procedure’, with the MoD justifying the process due to “reasons of urgency” in that allowing the usual contractual process to be undertaken would “have safety implications” to the Warrior IFV crew while on operations. The contract is listed as beginning from 2 November this year, with a conclusion by 31 October 2025. (Source: army-technology.com)
10 Nov 23. Babcock signs £750m infrastructure contract. Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock” or “the Group”), the international defence company, has signed a four-year £750m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), to deliver the infrastructure required to support and sustain the UK’s submarines for decades to come. As part of the major infrastructure programme underway at the Devonport site, Babcock will deliver substantial upgrades to existing infrastructure that will support the future capability of the Royal Navy and the UK’s Defence Nuclear Enterprise. The contract for the delivery of infrastructure to support submarine maintenance includes a dock, logistics and modern support facilities, and underpins the wider role Babcock plays in sustaining the entirety of the UK submarine fleet. Crucial to the UK submarine programme, the contract forms part of the site-wide infrastructure upgrade programme at Devonport to enable the ongoing delivery of base maintenance periods and deep maintenance projects for current and future classes of submarine, including nuclear defuel.
08 Nov 23. Systems Planning and Analysis Inc., of Alexandria, Virginia, is awarded a $90,802,247 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Trident II Strategic Weapons System technical support services supporting the Common Missile Compartment program, D5 Life Extension 2 program, Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Facilities Management, Activation and Assessments, and Missile Systems program. This contract also benefits a foreign military sale to the United Kingdom. Fiscal 2023 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,977,925; and fiscal 2024 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $700,000, will be obligated upon award. Funds in the amount of $700,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia (86%); and SSP Headquarters, Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C. (14%). Work is expected to be completed April 14, 2029. This contract was a sole source acquisition pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 3204(a)(1). SSP, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
08 Nov 23. Terma, a Danish leader in advanced technology solutions for defense, is thrilled to announce its significant contribution to the second batch of Type 26 frigates for the British Royal Navy. Terma will be providing ten SCANTER 6000 radars to equip five state-of-the-art Royal Navy Type 26 frigates, bolstering their capabilities for the future. The agreement on the delivery of the radars has been contracted with German marine navigation manufacturer Anschütz, who is providing the complete Integrated Bridge System (IBS).
08 Nov 23. RFA UK (Rocket Factory Ltd) has received £3.5m to support its plans to launch from SaxaVord Spaceport in the Shetland Islands. The announcement comes as UK Science Minister, George Freeman, visits SaxaVord Spaceport to see progress at the site and meet key members of RFA UK. The funding was awarded by the UK Space Agency as part of the European Space Agency (ESA), Boost! Programme, which aims to help innovative companies develop new launch technologies and bring them to market. With the UK contributing as the third nation to the RFA ONE development via C-STS Boost!, RFA AG is the most endorsed commercial launch service development within the C-STS Boost! Programme. RFA UK will use the funding to develop and operate the infrastructure and test equipment needed to enable them to launch them to launch the RFA ONE launch system from SaxaVord Spaceport, planned for Q2 2024. RFA UK and SaxaVord Spaceport anticipate around 90 skilled jobs will be created locally when the spaceport arrives to full operational capability including spaceport operations and administration, integration, testing and launch. A subsidiary of Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA AG), the UK company is headquartered in Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland. RFA AG will have exclusive access to the SaxaVord’s ‘Fredo’ launch pad from where it plans to provide a regular cadence of launch services as one of the spaceport’s anchor customers. RFA UK was set-up to implement and operate launch-specific system and test equipment to support RFA AG’s planned launches from SaxaVord Spaceport.
06 Nov 23. Space Forge, based in South Wales, is building the world’s first in-space manufacturing platform that can be returned back to Earth and has been awarded £499,000 as part of a collaborative project with Northrop Grumman under the MOD’s Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP). With multiple benefits, materials manufactured in space are especially pure because of access to extreme temperatures and lack of contamination. This manufacturing includes semiconductors, which are crucial components of radars and frontline battlefield communications systems. Space Forge’s innovative work could see the revolution of UK defence supply chains as they deliver for our Armed Forces. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
06 Nov 23. KNDS is Modernising Sweden’s Fleet of Main Battle Tanks. The Swedish procurement agency (FMV) has commissioned Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW) with modernising its fleet of LEOPARD 2 main battle tanks. 44 vehicle systems will be retrofitted by the end of 2026. The agreement, which was signed at the international arms fair AUSA in Washington also includes the option of modernising all of the Swedish army’s LEOPARD 2 main battle tanks. The order consists of an increase in firepower, a higher protection level and further digitalisation measures, as well as a logistics package. (Source: ASD Network)
08 Nov 23. MBDA has finalised an agreement with Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) for MBDA’s support for PGZ’s delivery of the NAREW air defence programme for the Polish Armed Forces. NAREW will provide Poland with a highly advanced mobile air defence system capable of dealing with modern and future threats out to ranges beyond 40 km, utilising the CAMM-ER missile developed in cooperation between the UK and Italy. The PGZ-NAREW Consortium was awarded the executive contracts for NAREW in September from the Polish Armament Agency. Today’s agreement enables PGZ to implement these executive contracts, valued in excess of £4 bn, by concluding the terms of MBDA’s unprecedented transfer of key technologies and knowledge to PGZ. It enables the PGZ-NAREW Consortium to make more than 1,000 CAMM-ER air defence missiles and over 100 launchers for the NAREW programme in Poland.
06 Nov 23. MilDef has won an order to deliver newly developed hardware to an unnamed European NATO nation. At the same time, MilDef has been entrusted to deliver tactical IT to new strategic projects in both land and air defense, in this nation. The order is a call-off on the current framework agreement and an effect of the nation accelerating the build-up of its defense capabilities. The order is worth SEK 30 m and deliveries are expected to take place in 2024. The 20-year framework agreement with the Armed Forces in an unnamed European NATO nation is about modernizing and digitalizing the country’s defense. MilDef is now starting to deliver tactical IT equipment, such as computers, monitors, network infrastructure and software to the Armed Forces in question. In addition to the actual order of uniquely developed hardware for, for example, battle management systems, MilDef’s involvement in both ground and air defense systems is now deepening.
08 Nov 23. Armenia contracts to buy Indian ZADS C-UAS system to counter Azerbaijan. Unconfirmed press and social media reports circulating in the last several days suggest that Armenia has contracted with India for the supply of an unidentified quantity of the Zen Anti-Drone System (ZADS). The Indian Army awaits delivery of the system, developed by Zen Technologies Limited of Hyderabad, next year under a USD27 m order for 20 units placed in 2021. The fact that the Indian Army has procured the system has been taken as something of an endorsement by Armenia, according to sources close to the alleged transaction, which is said to be valued in the region of USD41 m. Unmanned Airspace understands the order covers both the ZADS system and an unspecified volume of training solutions – Zen’s other core business focus. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
09 Nov 23. The Bundestag’s Budget Committee has approved a contractual change with Airbus DS, the civilian operator to enable the demonstration of German Heron TP drone operations in Germany. The German Heron TP (GHTP) is a so-called Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone. This means that it operates at medium altitudes, has a long range and is controlled remotely by a pilot on the ground. With its cameras, it enables permanent, real-time reconnaissance and the monitoring of large sections of terrain. With the drone, military commanders can better assess the situation. Compared to the previously used Heron 1, the GHTP has improved flight characteristics, can deliver reconnaissance results in any weather and can also be armed to support ground forces. With its decision, the Budget Committee has now cleared the way for a six-month demonstration operation of the GHTP project in Germany, in German airspace. The civilian operator Airbus DS Airborne Solutions (ADAS) GmbH provides the aircraft and support services to the Bundeswehr. The demonstration operation with the GHTP for the purposes of national and alliance defense will take place at the Jagel location near Schleswig, where the Tactical Air Force Squadron 51 “Immelmann” is also stationed. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ German Ministry of Defense;)
09 Nov 23. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a not-to-exceed ceiling of $238,000,000 undefinitized contract action for initial spares provisioning for F-16 Systems Program Office Foreign Military Sales support. This contract provides for the provisioning of initial spares in support of new aircraft buys or major fleet upgrades. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 7, 2033. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Greece, Jordan, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore. This contract is a sole source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $910,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, F-16 Contracting Branch, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8232-24-C-0002). (Awarded Nov. 8, 2023)
06 Nov 23. Pentagon Contract Announcement.
— Global Military Products Inc.,* Tampa, Florida (W15QKN-24-D-0001);
— Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Radford, Virginia (W15QKN-24-D-0002); and
— Blane International Group Inc.,* Cumming, Georgia (W15QKN-24-D-0003),
will compete for each order of the $490,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of special ammunitions and weapons systems.
Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2028.
Army Contracting Command, Newark, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/US DoD)
06 Nov 23. Amentum has been awarded a five-year contract with a maximum value of $441.3m by USINDOPACOM to deliver critical command, control, communication, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems. Amentum will provide complex analysis, experimentation, and testing, to optimize the effectiveness of DoD missions and advance USINDOPACOM priorities. USINDOPACOM is managing the program out of Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. Under this contract, Amentum will advance organizational agility with innovative solutions in an extremely collaborative and dynamic national security environment. Amentum will provide technological innovation to USINDOPACOM through its understanding of existing and emerging capabilities in the fields of Command and Control (C2), communications, electronic warfare, and operational energy. Amentum will also play an important role in defensive cyber analysis, national and adversary vulnerability assessments, strategic adversary resistance. and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), including Special Operations Forces (SOF) and other technical areas for the greater Joint Force associated with ground, surface, space, cyber, maritime, and air-based domains and capabilities. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
09 Nov 23. BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $63,936,542 modification (P00154) to contract W56HZV-17-C-0001 for production and delivery of M109A7 self-propelled howitzers and M992A3 carrier ammunition tracked vehicles. Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2027. Fiscal 2023 weapons and tracked combat vehicles procurement, Army funds and operation and maintenance, defense-wide funds in the amount of $63,936,542 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
06 Nov 23. Leonardo DRS, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRS) announced today that it has received an order for continued production of its next-generation thermal weapon sights for the U.S. Army. The recently awarded production order for more than $134m was made under the Family of Weapon Sights – Individual (FWS-I) IDIQ contract. Leveraging DRS’ uncooled thermal imaging technology, FWS-I is a stand-alone, clip-on weapon sight that connects wirelessly to helmet-mounted vision systems including the enhanced night vision goggle binoculars (ENVG-B) and the next-gen integrated visual augmentation system (IVAS) and provides rapid target acquisition capabilities to the soldier. It gives users the ability to acquire targets day or night and in smoke or fog, which provides strategic and tactical advantages to the soldier. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 Nov 23. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $503,677,175 modification (P00003) to contract W31P4Q-22-D-0022 for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 logistics support. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 25, 2026. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
06 Nov 23. CORRECTION: The modification (P01111) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095, announced Nov. 3, 2023, for Oshkosh Defense, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, was actually in the amount of $208,890,271.
06 Nov 23. The Whiskey Project Group has announced a US$12.5m (AU$19.4m) contract with the US Defense Innovation Unit to provide an initial supply of vessels for rapid experimentation and concept development by elements of the United States Marine Corps. The announcement follows a months-long competitive evaluation process, which will see The Whiskey Project Group (TWPG) supply a number of both its eight-metre Whiskey Alpha and 11-metre Whiskey Bravo vessels, the first of these vessels are due for delivery late this year. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 Nov 23. Kratos Technology & Training Solutions Inc., San Diego, California, has been awarded a single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of $579,000,000 for the Command-and-Control System Consolidated (CCS-C) Sustainment and Resiliency. This contract will sustain and provide post-production development for the current CCS-C system for telemetry, tracking and commanding of current and future military communication satellites. Work will primarily be performed at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado; Vandenberg SFB, California; and Peterson SFB, Colorado, and is expected to be completed May 30, 2032. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one solicitation mailed and one offer received. No funds will be obligated on the basic contract. Fiscal 2024 Space Force operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,277,290 will be obligated on a subsequent task and delivery order. Space Systems Command, Peterson SFB, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA8823-23-D-0001).
06 Nov 23. Satcom Direct Government, Inc. (SDG) today announces it has been selected by AFWERX for two SBIR Phase II in the amount of $1,249,940.00 each to focus on Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) development and modification of flight operations system SD Pro to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and on 26 September 2023, SDG started its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.
08 Nov 23. SES Space & Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) low-latency high-throughput satellite (HTS) services. The single award BPA has a ceiling of just under USD 270m over a five-year period. With this contract, SES Space & Defense will continue to support U.S. DoD customers with industry-leading MEO low-latency HTS services globally. The BPA includes end-to-end MEO managed services with HTS capacity, broadband services, gateway services, monitoring and control services, satellite terminal leasing and sales, field service representative (FSR) support, training services and terrestrial backhaul. SES Space & Defense has been providing managed services to U.S. DoD end-users through numerous Task Orders on the original MEO low-latency HTS service BPA since 2018. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 Nov 23. Textron Aviation today announced it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL, for Cessna SkyCourier, Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Beechcraft King Air 360 and Beechcraft King Air 260 turboprop aircraft in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract allows up to $100m U.S. dollars for the acquisition of Textron Aviation aircraft over a five-year period. The Cessna SkyCourier, Cessna Grand Caravan EX and Beechcraft King Air are designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company. The initial award is for three King Air 360 Extended Range (KA360ER) aircraft, of which two are destined for the Peruvian Naval Aviation Force (Fuerza de Aviación Naval) and one for the Ecuadorian Naval Aviation (Aviación Naval Ecuatoriana).
08 Nov 23. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded BAE Systems’ (LSE: BA) FAST LabsTM research and development organization a $5m contract for the COALESCE (Common-architecture Amplifier for Low-cost, Efficient, SWaP-Constrained Environments) program. FAST Labs research and development organization awarded a $5m contract from the Office of Naval Research. In this effort, BAE Systems’ FAST Labs, will develop advanced Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) and module electronics. The program’s objective is to develop the world’s highest efficiency high power amplifier module in its frequency band. The radio-frequency (RF) modules will then transition to small form factor U.S. Navy payloads, enabling longer range and greater effectiveness in active electronic warfare applications. (Source: PR Newswire)
08 Nov 23. ECS, a leader in advanced technology, science, and engineering solutions and an ASGN (NYSE: ASGN) brand, has been named a prime contractor on a $1.25bn, five-year contract to provide technical, analytical, and program support services to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The DARPA Technical and Analytical Support Services (TASS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quality (IDIQ) contract covers a broad range of high-level advisory and assistance services designed to help DARPA meet the needs of its dynamic research and development mission. As an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), DARPA’s mission is to develop breakthrough technologies for national security by working with partners inside and outside of the federal government. ECS is a respected partner in all the DARPA technical offices, with prime task orders in DARPA’s Defense Science Office (DSO), Strategic Technology Office (STO), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), and Contracts Management Office (CMO). In 2018, ECS was one of seven awardees on a five-year $850m IDIQ by DARPA. As an incumbent on the new IDIQ contract, ECS will continue to provide DARPA with a range of professional services including operational and research analysis, acquisition support, program oversight, and business and financial management. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Nov 23. SOSi today announced its selection by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) to deliver Artificial Intelligence (Al) and Machine Learning (ML) technology development services. By applying cutting-edge AI and ML, SOSi will help the defense intelligence enterprise modernize and improve its data-driven decision-making capabilities. SOSi’s scientific, software engineering, and analytic services will help the MSIC streamline and expedite its foundational military intelligence analysis production, enabling U.S. and allied forces to make better decisions. (Source: PR Newswire)
06 Nov 23. Sypris Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq/GM: SYPR), received two full rate production follow-on multimillion-dollar contract awards from a U.S. global defense contractor to manufacture advanced integrated electronic warfare and communications avionics system modules for one of the largest Government DoD programs. Production is expected to begin in 2023 and will continue into mid-year 2025. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The program is for an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions. The aircraft is also able to provide electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. According to news sources, the aircraft’s prime contractor plans to build over 700 of the various versions of the aircraft through 2030 for sale to the U.S. and its allies. The first operational supersonic short take-off and vertical landing stealth fighter, the aircraft emphasizes low observables, advanced avionics and sensor fusion that enable a high level of situational awareness and long-range lethality. The U.S. Air Force considers the aircraft to be its primary strike fighter for conducting enemy air defense suppression missions, owing to its advanced sensors and mission systems. Sypris will produce and test the advanced integrated electronic avionics system modules for the Communications, Navigation and Identification suite of the aircraft. This system supports the simultaneous operation of multiple critical functions, such as identification of friend or foe, precision navigation, and various secure voice and data communications. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
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09 Nov 23. Domo Tactical Communications (DTC), the leading provider of wireless mesh technology, today announced it received an order to deliver its MANET mobile radio solution to Korean forces. The Company also announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Huneed Technologies, a global developer of airborne and defense communication systems. Together, DTC and Huneed plan to develop a cutting edge, ad-hoc network solution that can enhance warfighter survivability and operational performance in future battlefield situations for militaries around the world. This global partnership will rapidly advance this state-of-the-art technology in environments and terrain where communications might be restricted.
09 Nov 23. IMCO Group (TASE: IMCO) has been selected again by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide dozens of platform electrical sub-systems for the “Namer 1500” Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This substantial continuation order which was received in Q3 and valued at approximately 25.2m NIS (more than $6m), fortifies IMCO Group’s role as a leading supplier of the Israeli Ministry of Defense for its most advanced armored platforms.
08 Nov 23. Taiwan Army orders additional Kestrel anti-tank weapon systems. Taiwan’s Republic of China Army (RoCA) has ordered an additional 5,962 Kestrel individual shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon systems (ATWSs) from state-owned National Chung‐Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), a RoCA officer told Janes on 7 November. The new order of 5,962 brings the total number of Kestrels to be procured to 10,962, including 5,000 Kestrels ordered in late 2022, the officer said. The systems will be delivered by November 2025, the officer added. According to the officer, each Kestrel system costs around USD3,000 and the systems are intended to replace ageing 66 mm M72 (Type 1) light anti‐tank weapon systems in-service with the RoCA. The system is “similar to [the] FGM-148 Javelin ATWS but it doesn’t have a fire control subsystem, which makes it much lighter”, the officer said. The RoCA has ordered Kestrel to train the troops on such systems, the officer added. “Kestrel lacks a target tracking mechanism, therefore, troops need to undergo extensive training to manually track targets.” (Source: Janes)
08 Nov 23. Rheinmetall wins low three-digit million euro order from German government to supply mortar ammunition to Ukraine Rheinmetall has received an order from the German government to supply Ukraine with around 100,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition. The order, worth a figure in the lower-three-digit m-euro range, forms part of a recent €400 m military aid package for the Ukrainian armed forces. Delivery is due to begin shortly and extend over the next two years. With its recent takeover of Spanish ammunition maker Expal, Rheinmetall has further reinforced its already extensive expertise in the field of infantry fire support. The Group’s product range encompasses a complete array of 120mm, 81mm and 60mm mortar ammunition. Augmenting these are fire control systems and mortar weapon systems like the 120mm Ragnarök and the innovative RSG60, a 60mm mortar system. Thanks to its enhanced range, heightened precision and optimum combat effectiveness, Rheinmetall mortar ammunition can assure favourable outcomes even during operations in difficult terrain and urban environments. The latest order from the German government underscores Rheinmetall’s role as a leading supplier of indirect fire technology.
09 Nov 23. China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) has signed a contract with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) to supply its fixed-wing/vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Sky Saker FX80 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the company has confirmed. A Norinco official told Janes on 7 November at the Defense & Security 2023 exhibition in Bangkok that the contract was signed in October and features the delivery of one FX80 system comprising four UAVs and a ground control station. Deliveries to the RTA are expected in 2024, the official added. The value of the deal was not disclosed, but Janes understands it is worth about THB188m (USD5.3m). (Source: UAS VISION/Janes)