07 Dec 23. Launching of Pre-Design Phase of Véhicule Blindé d’Aide À l’Engagement (VBAE) Programme with Signature of VBAE Contract. OCCAR, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation, has signed with Arquus, and Nexter, a KNDS company, the VBAE contract on behalf of the OCCAR VBAE Participating States Belgium and France. The VBAE Programme stems from the need of the French and Belgian armies for a modern, innovative light armoured vehicle, fully integrated into the battlefield information system and offering a high added value in terms of reconnaissance and combat. The VBAE Programme covers the preparation and definition phase anticipating further development, production and ISS contract in the near future. The overall value of this first phase is 15 M€ and it will last approximately two years. The VBAE Programme takes advantage from studies performed in the frame of European projects, such as EDIDP FAMOUS and EDF FAMOUS II, in which Arquus and Nexter are part of the beneficiaries. The Belgian company John Cockerill Defense (JCD), also member of the FAMOUS consortium, will be a major sub-contractor. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ OCCAR;)
05 Dec 23. Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the development of a software-based router for tactical communications. The software router will complement Bittium’s portfolio of routing products supplied to the Finnish Defence Forces for tactical communications networks. Currently the portfolio includes Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system’s Bittium TAC WIN Tactical Router, Bittium Tough SDR™ radios, and Bittium Tough Comnode™ device. The software router offers an alternative and a flexible way to add routers to the network when there is a suitable virtual platform available for the purpose. This enables forming even bigger network entities for tactical communications by mobile troops. The software router also enables the extension of the same routing domain in a fixed backbone network by combining different tactical networks together. When all devices are using the same routing protocol, the network can always select the most cost-effective path for communications. Tactical networks formed with Bittium products are connected to the fixed backbone network by using for example the Bittium OLSR (Optimized Link State Routing) routing protocol. The protocol enables free mobility for the network routers without the need for the user to configure the network when its topology or the quality of the connections change. This seamless and automated routing supports real time situational awareness and effective command and control of troops. The value of the purchase order is approximately EUR 4.4m and the development work will be carried out during the years 2024 and 2025.
07 Dec 23. Slovenia to Buy IRIS-T SLM Air Defense Missiles as Part of European Sky Shield Initiative. State Secretary Dr Damir ?rn?ec Signs Programme Agreement with Germany for the Procurement of Air Defence Systems. The Slovenian and German state secretaries for defense, Dr Damir ?rn?ec and Benedikt Zimmer, today in Berlin signed a Programme Agreement between their ministries on Slovenia’s participation in the procurement of IRIS-T SLM systems, in accordance with the Joint Procurement of Air Defence Systems within the framework of the European Sky Defence Initiative. The Republic of Slovenia, together with 14 other countries, signed a Letter of Intent on the margins of the NATO Ministerial Meeting last October to join the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), which was initiated by the Federal Republic of Germany and in which 19 European countries have participated since July this year. Slovenia is the first of the 19 members of the initiative to sign a programme agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany for the purchase of an IRIS-T SLM system. In August this year, the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) Memorandum of Understanding (ESSI MOU) on the Joint Procurement of Air Defence Systems was signed, providing the basis for the establishment of a joint procurement mechanism for air defence systems. Under the Memorandum, interested countries may enter into separate programme agreements for specific projects, which will define the financial obligations, and a central procurement entity, defined in the ESSI MOU, will be empowered to execute the specific programme contracts. The Ministry of Defence has thus concluded a programme agreement with the German side for cooperation in procuring IRIS-T SLM systems, whereby Slovenia will purchase an IRIS-T medium-range air defence system from the German manufacturer Diehl Defence GmbH. (Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ Slovenia Ministry of Defence; issued Dec 6, 2023)
01 Dec 23. Latvia and the German Company Diehl Defence Sign a Supply Contract for the Purchase of the IRIS-T Medium-Range Air Defense System. On Thursday, November 30, the Ministry of Defense signed a supply contract with the German company Diehl Defence for the purchase of the IRIS-T medium-range air defense system. By signing the supply contract for approximately 600 m euros, Latvia will receive all the necessary equipment for the effective operation of IRIS-T systems, which will ensure the introduction of layered air defense in Latvia. It is planned that Diehl Defence will start delivering medium-range air defense systems in 2026. Until then, Latvia must train its personnel and improve its infrastructure, as well as fulfill other prerequisites, so that the National Armed Forces are ready to fully use and maintain the IRIS-T systems at the time of delivery. It has already been reported that in September of this year, Latvia and Estonia signed an umbrella agreement on the purchase of the IRIS-T medium-range air defense system manufactured by the German company Diehl Defence. IRIS-T air defense systems are capable of destroying enemy aircraft and drones at a radius of up to 40 kilometers and at an altitude of up to 20 kilometers. Joint procurement of one type of system will allow Latvia and Estonia to save budget funds, as well as facilitate mutual coordination of the defense of the Baltic States region. The purchase of the IRIS-T air defense system will contribute to the introduction of layered air defense in Latvia, in which air defense systems of different operational radii not only protect other objects on the ground, but also protect each other. Each subsequent layer increases the resilience of all systems against adversary activity. The creation of such air defense in Latvia is one of the government’s priorities. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ Latvia Ministry of Defence;)
04 Dec 23. Hanwha Aerospace says wins $2.6bn arms deal in Poland. South Korea’s Hanwha Aerospace said on Monday it had won an arms deal worth 3.4trn won ($2.63bn) in Poland. Poland’s state armament agency said on Friday that the country had signed a $2.6bn deal to buy more than 150 additional South Korean K9 howitzers. ($1 = 1,293.4000 won) (Source: Google/https://www.marketscreener.com/)
01 Dec 23. KNDS has been commissioned by the Bundeswehr procurement office (BAAINBw) to replace the DINGO 2 wheeled armored vehicles previously transferred by the Bundeswehr to Ukraine. The resupply project encompasses a framework agreement for 50 DINGO 2 protected command and special-function vehicles (GFF) of the A4 variant. The resupply project encompasses a spare parts and logistics package in addition to the vehicle system. With over 1,200 vehicles delivered to ten countries, the DINGO is the best-protected wheeled vehicle in its class. The DINGO is the system platform for a wide variety of vehicles in special-purpose roles, including patrol, AC reconnaissance, ambulance, command post and recovery. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/)
04 Dec 23. Contract for Accompanying Vehicles for Polish Howitzers. On December 1, an agreement was concluded regarding the acquisition of over a thousand accompanying vehicles for the self-propelled howitzers used by the Polish Armed Forces. The subject of the framework agreement concluded between the State Treasury – Armaments Agency and the consortium consisting of: Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa SA (leader) and Huta Stalowa Wola SA, is to define the principles and conditions of concluding executive agreements related to the supply of Polish elements of the weapons system for self-propelled howitzers. As a result of the concluded framework agreement, during the implementation of the entire project, in the years 2023-2030, over a thousand vehicles will be acquired to equip several dozen divisional fire modules. Under the contract in question, various types of vehicles will be delivered to the Missile and Artillery Forces, including command vehicles, ammunition vehicles, technical security vehicles, and other vehicles that are necessary for the functioning of the barrel artillery equipment of the Armed Forces. The provisions included in the contract ensure that all contracted vehicles are equipped with the integrated TOPAZ combat management system. (Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/ Polish Armament Agency)
07 Dec 23. Rohde & Schwarz announced its continuous delivery for German armed forces (Bundeswehr) combat net radio (CNR) program, following the selection and contract signing in December 2022 and the recent final confirmation of the procurement. These radios will equip a multitude of the Bundeswehr’s operational platforms and soldiers in command functions. A significant number of communications devices have already been delivered, demonstrating Rohde & Schwarz’ production excellence. The selected CNR, based on the system and waveforms of the Joint Service Interoperable Radio Equipment (SVFuA) developed and introduced for the Bundeswehr, is already in use in key systems of the land forces. It includes various interoperable form factors, such as vehicle and handheld radios, fixed stations, backpack radios, and a tactical radio for airborne platforms. It provides secure and jam-resistant networking with the Bundeswehr’s national waveforms in parallel to trans-European interoperability with the ESSOR OC1 waveform.
05 Dec 23. Cohort, the AIM-listed independent technology group, announces that its German subsidiary ELAC has been awarded a 60-month follow-on contract with a value of €16m. Under the contract, ELAC will deliver the sonar system for an additional unit of a new build submarine program for the Italian Navy. This is the third unit of the overall program, with ELAC also supplying the sonar systems for the first two units.
04 Dec 23. Kongsberg Naval Services (KONGSBERG), a company owned by Kongsberg Maritime and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, has been awarded a strategic framework agreement with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency for operational support, maintenance and life-extending services on Norway’s frigates. The agreement has a total value of up to NOK 17bn for services delivered over the lifetime of the agreement – assumed to be up to 2040. KONGSBERG has been selected as the main supplier for carrying out management and ship technical maintenance, modifications and life-extending activities on Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates. KONGSBERG will coordinate activities with partners through integrated and long-term cooperation with the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Norwegian Defence Material Agency. The company has formed a constellation consisting of the shipyards Westcon Yards and Coast Center Base (CCB), as well as WilNor Governmental Services (WGS) and Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM). KONGSBERG also has a cooperation agreement with Navantia to ensure support services from the shipyard that originally built the ships. (Source: ASD Network)
04 Dec 23. OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the PGZ STOCZNIA WOJENNA SP. Z O.O. (PGZ SW) shipyard to deliver three INBS (Integrated Navigation & Bridge System) for the Polish Navy’s esteemed Miecznik Frigate Program. The Miecznik Class takes its design from the Arrowhead-140PL frigate, similar to the Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigates but optimized for Polish Navy requirements. The INBS is a variant of OSI’s Integrated Navigation & Tactical System (INTS), the leading Warship Integrated Navigation and Tactical System. INTS features capabilities designed for modern naval operations and is powered by ECPINS, the predominant WECDIS supplied to NATO and Allied navies. OSI and PGZ SW share a Long-Term Partnership Agreement (LTPA) which includes training PGZ SW staff to conduct installations, set-to-work, configuration and commissioning activities. Furthermore, OSI is helping PGZ SW to develop a Navigation Laboratory and Mission System Integration Facility. Thanks to this cooperation, OSI will become the preferred supplier for all Polish Navy new-build and retrofit WECDIS-based navigation solutions. (Source: ASD Network)
04 Dec 23. Swedish defence group Saab (SAABb.ST) signed a deal with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to study new technologies for submarines and other equipment for use under water. (Source: PR Newswire)
04 Dec 23. Airbus has been awarded the latest phase in the European Space Agency (ESA) TRUTHS mission as part of ESA’s Earth Observation Earth Watch programme. The contract covers detailed definition of the mission and payload, and focuses on payload development and de-risking activities with an option for the procurement of long lead time hardware ahead of the full implementation phase following the 2025 ESA Ministerial budget meeting. The contract is worth €109.3m including options and was signed at COP28 in Dubai. The TRUTHS satellite mission will measure the Sun’s radiation and the sunlight reflected off Earth’s surface relative to an accurate reference, which will then be used to improve the climatological data sets and calibrate the observations of other satellites. This space-based climate and calibration observing system will enable data from other satellites to be compared more easily providing greater standards of data harmonisation for even more accurate climate change forecasts.
01 Dec 23. Babcock and Airbus Helicopters have been awarded a new contract to support the Airbus H145-D3 fleet of the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior who performs rescue services throughout France. The four-year contract, awarded by the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Aeronautical Maintenance (DMAé), includes Maintenance in Operational Condition (MCO) of the four Airbus five-bladed, H145 helicopters, operated by the Sécurité Civile in France, its mission equipment and support resources. Established in 1957, the helicopter division of the Sécurité Civile operates a fleet of 37 Airbus helicopters on call 24/7 throughout France for rescue missions. With 15,000 missions carried out each year, one person every 33 minutes is rescued throughout the country.
04 Dec 23. Invariant Corporation has secured a $35.5m Ground Launched Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Modular System Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) from Naval Energetic Systems and Technologies (NEST) in support of the U.S. Navy. NEST, in collaboration with the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), is a nationwide initiative aiding the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) in addressing significant challenges related to energetics and explosive ordnance disposal for the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Defense, and the Nation. The contemporary battlefield sees an escalating and asymmetrical threat from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Invariant’s Surface to Air Kinetic Engagement (STAKE) Counter UAS (C-UAS) solution aims to provide a cost-effective, portable product for easy deployment. Through the NEST OTA, Invariant will design and develop the STAKE solution, empowering soldiers to detect and neutralize UAS threats effectively. (Source: https://cuashub.com/)
07 Dec 23. NanoGraf, the advanced silicon anode battery materials company, today announced that it was awarded an $8m contract through the U.S. Army Contracting Command by the Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center Research and Technology Integration (RTI) Directorate. Soldiers can be in the field for a long time without access to resupply points. They need reliable and long-lasting power sources that ensure that their essential electronic equipment – for communication, navigation, and other functions – remains operational. With the new funds from the U.S. Army, NanoGraf will accelerate the scale up of their silicon anode based cell which fuels the world’s most energy-dense cylindrical lithium-ion cell. Ultimately, soldiers will benefit from batteries that last nearly 30% longer than ones they use today. NanoGraf’s proprietary materials will be scaled up at the cell level at the company’s new headquarters in Chicago. In addition, the contract will onshore the scale up of battery materials to help support the future logistical supply chain for the Army and bring tech jobs to Chicago. This project has been funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Government under Agreement No. W56KGU-23-9-C002, and approved under DRAS-23-1256 on 02 NOV 2023. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.
04 Dec 23. Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded a single award, firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract (H92408-24-C-6972) in the amount of $321,266,052 for the continued production and delivery of Silent Knight Radar systems and initial spare components in support of Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The work will be performed primarily at contractor locations in McKinney, Texas; and Forest, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2028. Foreign Military Sales funding of $27,500,000 will be used. Solicitation for Silent Knight Radars was issued sole-source to Raytheon Co. under authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as implemented in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1 and detailed in approved Justification and Analysis 22-2147. USSOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity. (Awarded Dec. 1, 2023)
05 Dec 23. Albedo, a pioneer in building Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) satellites for ultra-high resolution imaging, announced today it has been awarded a 2.5 year contract, with additional flexibility to extend it further, from the NRO’s Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) as part of the Strategic Commercial Enhancements Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Framework, specifically the Commercial Electro-Optical Capabilities (CEC) Focus Area. Albedo will collaborate closely with NRO to provide both near and long-term EO remote sensing capabilities via modeling, simulation, and data evaluation. This effort will conduct accuracy and quality assessments such as the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS), which measures the clarity of images from satellites. Albedo plans to provide industry-leading, native 10 cm per pixel visible imagery, improving the current best commercial rating of NIIRS 5.6 to NIIRS 7.0, and unlock new intelligence use cases for the unclassified domain. Furthermore, Albedo also plans to provide Nighttime Imaging (NTI), Non-Earth Imaging (NEI), and video using its thermal LWIR sensor commercial capabilities. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
01 Dec 23. Gemini Technical Services JV LLC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was awarded a maximum $350,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Innovation, Integration, and Information Support to Space Training and Readiness Command. This contract provides for support services for military training, exercises, plans, and operations for Department of Defense frontline warfighters. Work will be performed at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2030. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and five offers were received. Fiscal 2024 operation and maintenance funds in the amount of $25,758 are being obligated at time of award. The Space Acquisition Integration Office, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the contracting activity (FA2518-24-D-0001).
01 Dec 23. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $389,000,000 fixed-price incentive contract for the purchase of MQ-1C-25M Gray Eagle Modernized Extended Range systems. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 29, 2024. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-24-C-0021).
07 Dec 23. Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA), a global leader in advanced fiber optic-based technology, today announced that it has extended its existing relationship with Northrop Grumman by securing a new, multi-unit, multi-million dollar order for its OBR 6200 portable backscatter reflectometer. The order was placed under the auspices of the multi-year agreement the company announced last December. Under the structure of the multi-year agreement between the two companies, Northrop Grumman places annual orders for supply of test systems under pre-negotiated pricing, simplifying the transaction and resulting in more efficient use of resources. As Luna has reported previously, the OBR 6200 instrument is included with the sustainment equipment when F-35s are deployed globally. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 Dec 23. Intelligent Light announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a Direct-to-Phase II contract in the amount of $1.15m focused on IntelliTwin™ and Kombyne™ 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 businesses 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 now on October 16, 2023, Intelligent Light will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Dec 23. Global Foxcom has secured a contract to provide the US Navy with a military-grade Iridium/GPS Repeater product. The technology is used to relay satellite and GPS data to locations with weak signal transmission, such as below deck and underground facilities. With its frequency properties, the device can boost communication capabilities in indoor military sites and sustain operability without line-of-sight to the satellites in orbit. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/https://www.thedefensepost.com/)
05 Dec 23. Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) has received an $18.5m U.S. Air Force contract to integrate and deliver two Electronic Warfare Threat Simulator (EWTS) systems, with sustainment support consisting of software patch management, field engineer support, non-critical spare parts, critical spare parts, and storage. National defense relies on the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum for radar, communications, enhanced situational awareness, and maneuvering. Signals in electronic warfare (EW) environments are rapidly evolving, creating the need to test using high-fidelity and complex emitters in realistic EM conditions. To meet these challenges, the military needs modern EWTS systems to create and analyze high-density environments for testing and evaluating the systems it uses for EM operations. Keysight meets this need with the new EWTS Solution that allows the evaluation of system using dynamic flight paths, multi-emitters, and interferers. This customizable threat simulation solution is built on the Keysight M9484C Vector signal generator, with signal descriptor word (SDW) streaming and virtual channel options, to deliver unparalleled signal generation capability. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
05 Dec 23. Raytheon Co., Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is awarded a $20,760,562 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Birdseye Yonder (BEYOND) effort. This contract provides for building two wideband passive sensor systems and conducting a multilateration demonstration with the sensor systems. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts (75%); El Segundo, California (12.5%); and Arlington, Virginia (12.5%). Work is expected to be completed in November 2026. The total cumulative value of this contract, including a 36-month base period and one 24-month option period which will run concurrently with the base period, is $20,760,562. Fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $4,640,000; and fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation (defense) funds in the amount of $2,755,000, are obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under N00014-22-S-B001 entitled “Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology.” Since proposals are received throughout the year under the Long-Range BAA, the number of proposals received in response to the solicitation is unknown. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00014-24-C-1111).
04 Dec 23. RTX (NYSE: RTX) will help the Department of Defense (DoD) address systemic risk in the procurement and delivery of supplies under an $8m DARPA contract. The work will be performed by the company’s Raytheon BBN Technologies unit. Under the Resilient Supply-and-Demand Networks (RSDN) contract, Raytheon BBN will develop a robust modeling and simulation tool that uses historical and behavioral survey data to predict the impact of and develop mitigations for shocks to supply demand networks. This is the first global supply chain stress test framework created for this purpose. (Source: PR Newswire)
06 Dec 23. The U.S. Army selected Shift5, a cyber defense and predictive maintenance company, to harden its prized M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems against virtual threats. The Virginia-based team is expected to outfit the HIMARS fleet with tools to detect digital anomalies, like system intrusions or tampering, as well as to help forecast when parts will fail and fixes are needed. A spokesperson on Dec. 6 declined to say how much the deal was worth and for how long it would run. The Lockheed Martin-made HIMARS have attracted worldwide attention as the Ukrainian military employs them to battle back another Russian invasion. The launchers, capable of firing the long-range Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACM, first arrived in summer 2022, with the U.S. committing more than three-dozen to the embattled country. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/C4ISR & Networks)
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08 Dec 23. Australia signs contracts for infantry fighting vehicles. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles and Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy have announced a major milestone for the AU$7bn LAND 400 Phase 3 contract with Hanwha Defense Australia. Worth a total of approximately AU$7bn, the LAND 400 Phase 3 program represents the single largest investment in the Australian Army to date, with the combined value of the acquisition and initial support contracts worth approximately AU$4.5bn. The Redback infantry fighting vehicles will be built at Hanwha Defense Australia’s state-of-the-art facility in Avalon, Greater Geelong, Victoria, delivering hundreds of jobs to the local community, with independent analysis forecasts that at the peak of its build, this project is expected to support approximately 2,100 jobs inclusive of 1,800 direct jobs. As announced in July, the Albanese government is accelerating the delivery of the Redback infantry fighting vehicles, with the first vehicle to be delivered in 2027. This accelerated timeline is two years earlier than the former government planned, with the final vehicle set to be delivered in late 2028. The acquisition of these infantry fighting vehicles is part of the government’s drive to modernise the Australian Army to ensure it can respond to the most demanding land challenges in our region. (Source: Defence Connect)
01 Dec 23. Raytheon Southeast Asia Systems Co., Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was awarded a $145,000,000 hybrid (cost-no-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price) contract for Qatar Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept of Target (PATRIOT) depot operations, technical assistance, and new equipment training. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Doha, Qatar, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2025. Fiscal 2024 Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) funds in the amount of $141,630,794 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-24-C-0005).
04 Dec 23. Rheinmetall wins major artillery ammunition order for Ukraine worth over €140m. Rheinmetall has won a large-volume order for supporting Ukraine with artillery ammunition. The Düsseldorf-based tech enterprise has been tasked with supplying Kyiv with artillery rounds worth around €142m. The order encompasses tens of thousands of complete 155mm artillery shells, including the projectile, fuse (for the explosive charge), propellant and primer (for igniting the propellant). The customer is a NATO partner nation whose declared intention is to support Ukraine in its defensive struggle with effective long-term military aid. The shells will be produced by Rheinmetall Expal Munitions, the Group’s newly acquired Spanish subsidiary. The current contract highlights Rheinmetall’s role as the world’s largest producer of ammunition, especially in the large calibre domain. The ammunition will be delivered in 2025. Production and delivery of around 40,000 rounds for Ukraine from an earlier order is already due to take place in 2024. As recently as mid-October 2023, the German government placed an order with Rheinmetall for over 100,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition earmarked for Ukraine – once again from Rheinmetall Expal Munitions – as well as additional DM 121 high explosive shells. The order is worth a figure in the mid-three-digit m-euro range. Demand for artillery ammunition is currently very high, due not just to Ukraine’s requirements but also the need to replenish the largely empty ammunition depots of Germany and other NATO and EU countries. Rheinmetall plans a massive increase in ammunition production capacity in 2024 at its plants in Germany, Spain, South Africa and Australia, bringing annual output capacity to around 700,000 artillery rounds. Rheinmetall currently has multiyear framework contracts for supplying the German Bundeswehr with several hundred rounds of artillery ammunition worth over €1bn.
04 Dec 23. Australia – AUKUS Pillar I Training and Training Devices. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of AUKUS-related Training and Training Devices and related equipment for an estimated cost of up to $2.0bn. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to buy articles and services in support of the Trilateral AUKUS Pillar I program. Included are training devices, personnel training, planning, and Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) services; support equipment; special tools; training software and courseware; design; supply chain and industrial base support; facilities and construction support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; test and trials support; studies and surveys; other related elements of engineering and repair services for associated equipment and program support; and other related elements of logistic and program support. U.S. training of private Australian industry personnel will occur only after explicitly authorized by the U.S. Department of State in accordance with U.S. law. The estimated total program cost is up to $2.0bn. This proposed sale will advance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States and Australia. Australia is one of our closest, most trusted, and capable global allies, committed to ensuring peace, security, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. The U.S.-Australia alliance is critical to U.S. national interests, and the United States has a long history of working with Australia to develop and maintain strong defense capabilities. Specifically, the proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability to meet current and future threats by enabling an effective capacity to protect maritime interests and infrastructure in support of its strategic mission. The sale will advance the AUKUS trilateral agreement by providing the equipment to train Royal Australian Navy crews in areas such as submarine navigation, communications, ship control, and other capabilities. Additionally, it will also provide the means to train select Australian civilians and contractors at United States Naval Shipyards. This trained workforce will grow Australia’s submarine capability, which is expected to ultimately incorporate technologies from all three AUKUS partner nations. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces. The principal contractors will be Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA; General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT; and Systems Planning Analysis, Alexandria, VA. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/: Defense Security Cooperation Agency)
06 Dec 23. The Government of Canada Announces Contract Amendment for Air Combat Training Services. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defence, announced a contract amendment for the Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) program with Top Aces Inc., headquartered in Montréal, Quebec. The CATS program provides realistic airborne combat readiness training to CAF pilots and aircrew. During these exercises, the aircraft pilot acts in an aggressor role, allowing CAF personnel to learn and practise defensive tactics to deter an attack. The contract amendment will provide additional combat support training services, including Advanced Aggressor Fighter training with new sophisticated capabilities. In addition to amending the original contract to provide additional services, the Government of Canada is also exercising an option to extend the contract by 2 years, until 2029. The amendment to the original contract, awarded in 2017 through a competitive procurement process, is valued at an estimated $331m (plus taxes). This brings the total value of the original contract to $749m (plus taxes), contributing to the growth and competitiveness of Canada’s world-class aerospace and defence sectors. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/Public Services and Procurement Canada)
05 Dec 23. The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Saudi Arabia of RE-3A Tactical Airborne Surveillance System (TASS) aircraft modernisation and related equipment for an estimated cost of $582m. The 4 December announcement, published by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), stated that Saudi Arabia had earlier requested to purchase hardware and software modifications to modernise its fleet of RE-3A TASS aircraft. Including in its request were seven GPS/INS security systems with selective anti-proofing module, five L3Harris BlackRock communications intelligence sensor suites, KY-100M narrowband/wideband secure communications terminals, integrated signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems, among other equipment. The principal contractor will be L3 Technologies, the DSCA stated. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
04 Dec 23. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced Embraer’s C-390 Millennium as the winner of the Large Transport Aircraft (LTA) II public tender to provide the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) with new military transport aircraft. South Korea is the C-390 Millennium’s first customer in Asia. Under the signed contract, Embraer will provide an undisclosed number of C-390 Millennium aircraft specially configured to meet ROKAF’s requirements, as well as services & support including training, ground support equipment and spare parts. The value of the contract will be included in Embraer’s backlog in the fourth quarter of 2023. Embraer will also provide a comprehensive consortium and offset package including a significant amount of C-390 Millennium parts to be locally manufactured by Korean partner companies and the development of a local Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider.
04 Dec 23. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of F-35 Munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $271m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The Government of the Republic of Korea has requested to buy:
— thirty-nine (39) AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM);
— two (2) AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM Guidance Sections;
— eighty-eight (88) KMU-556 Tail Kits for the GBU-31v1 Joint Direct-Attack Munition (JDAM);
— eighty-six (86) Mk-84 General Purpose (GP) 2000-lb bombs for the GBU-31v1 JDAM;
— seventy (70) KMU-557 Tail Kits for the GBU- 31v3 JDAM;
— seventy (70) BLU-109C/B 2000-lb bombs for the GBU-31v3 JDAM;
— seventy-eight (78) KMU- 572 Tail Kits for the GBU-54 Laser JDAM (LJDAM);
— two hundred sixty-nine (269) MAU-169 Computer Control Groups/Guidance Sections for the GBU-12 Paveway II;
— two hundred sixty-nine (269) MXU-650 Air Foil Groups for the GBU-12 Paveway II;
— three hundred forty-two (342) Mk-82 500-lb GP bombs for the GBU-12 Paveway II or GBU-54 LJDAM;
— twelve (12) Mk-82 inert bombs; thirty-five (35) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb-Increment 1 (SDB-I) All-Up-Rounds (AUR) with containers; and
— one hundred eighteen (118) GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb-Increment 2 (SDB-II) AURs.
Also included are AIM-120 control section spares and containers; DSU-38 Laser Illuminated Target Detectors; SDB-I Tactical Training Rounds and carriage systems; SDB-II Practical Explosive Ordnance Disposal Trainers (PEST) and Weapon Load Crew Trainer (WLCT) units; FMU-139 fuzes; Common Munitions Built-in-Test (BIT)/Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE); ADU-891 adapter group computer test sets; Mk-84 practice bombs and other training bombs/components; munitions support and support equipment including propellant and explosive charges; classified software delivery and support; spare parts, consumables, and accessories, and repair and return support; major modifications, maintenance, and maintenance support; transportation and airlift support; classified/unclassified publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; contractor logistics support (CLS); studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.
The estimated total cost is $271m. The principal contractors will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ocala, FL; Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ; and the Boeing Company, Huntsville, AL. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/: Defense Security Cooperation Agency)
07 Dec 23. Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has signed a multi-mission contract with PT Len Industri to provide a state-of-the-art Earth observation constellation combining both radar and optical sensors [for] the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Both companies will join forces to deploy an end-to-end system including space and ground segment in Indonesia. This Earth Observation constellation includes optical and radar satellites seamlessly integrated and operated through a multi-mission ground segment in which Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33 %) is contributing. Thales Alenia Space operationally proven solutions are powered by Artificial Intelligence to guarantee fast system responsiveness and enhanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability. The constellation will be operated by PT Len to satisfy the MoD’s requirements regarding Indonesia’s safety and sovereignty. In conjunction with Thales Alenia Space, PT Len will develop a multimission ground segment system to provide control, maintenance, data processing, and analytic functions for the Defense Satellite System. Additionally, PT Len will grant the MoD access to the existing high revisit Earth observation satellite constellation through a partnership with BlackSky. This service will provide early ISR satellite capability for the MoD and Indonesian National Armed Forces prior to the Defense Satellite System operation. (Source: https://www.defense-aerospace.com/Thales Alenia Space;)