26 Oct 17. KONGSBERG today signed a contract worth 109m euros ($128m) with the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania to supply a NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) air defence system. The contract includes new additional equipment, training and integrated logistics support package, as well as refurbishment and integration of government supplied components for a complete NASAMS system, according to the company press release Thursday. Lithuania announced last year in October an agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence on procurement of NASAMS components. (Source: Google/defenseworld.net)
24 Oct 17. US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic. The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575m, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support, and training. As noted by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) that announced the approval, the mission kit comprises FLIR Brite Star II electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensors; AN/AAR-47 missile warning and laser detection systems, AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispensing systems, and AN/APR-39 radar warning receivers; helmet-mounted displays; electronic warfare systems; as well as M134 GAU-17 7.62mm Gatling guns, and M240 7.62mm and M3M GAU-21 12.7mm chain guns. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Oct 17. Hellenic Navy readies P-3 avionics for the future. The Rockwell Collins Flight2™ integrated avionics system has been selected by Lockheed Martin to bring Hellenic Navy P-3 aircraft into compliance with upcoming mandates for unrestricted global airspace operation. The Flight2 integrated avionics upgrade will convert the flight deck into a large, all-glass cockpit, making for easier viewing of critical information on the primary and multi-function flight displays, and the engine instrument display system. Additionally, integrated communications and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5 capabilities ensure mission readiness. (Source: ASD Network)
24 Oct 17. PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort. PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff Sinclair, PacStar vice-president of sales, told Jane’s that the USMC is seeking to reduce its network hardware footprint to enable deployment of equipment across multiple platforms, including High Mobility Multi Wheeled Vehicles, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected trucks, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, and the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. NOTM is a command-and-control capability for all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Oct 17. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $131m contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The contract represents the ninth consecutive year in which the U.S. Air Force selected Lockheed Martin to provide the majority share of LGB kits in the annual competition. The award also includes all available funding for the service’s foreign military sales and replacement kits.
23 Oct 17. LM NextGen Missile Defense Sensor Technology Receives Prototyping Contract. The Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract for the technology maturation of Lower Tier Air & Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) prototypes. DOTC, commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, is a DoD initiative intended to facilitate collaboration between the government, industry and academia for technology deve