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UNITED KINGDOM AND NATO

SEA

07 Feb 19. TP Group to manage UK submarine gas contamination. Engineering firm TP Group has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide equipment for managing localised carbon dioxide contamination on board submarines. Under the contract, which is valued at around £1.2m, TP Group will supply Extendair lithium hydroxide curtains to manage the carbon dioxide contamination on submarines. The order is part of a £22m framework contract signed between TP Group and the MOD in April 2017 to manage equipment availability and spares provision for air purification systems. US-based Micropore, one of TP Group’s strategic partners, will deliver the Extendair equipment to the MOD in early 2019. (Source: naval-technology.com)

AIR

05 Feb 19. Cobham has secured a £50m+ contract to supply Electronic Warfare (EW) training pods for NATO as part of the NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS) capability package.  Contracted to Leonardo, Cobham will deliver the full Air and NATO Anti-Ship Missile Defence Evaluation Facility (NASMDEF) systems. In the air environment, the highly effective Cobham pods will provide complex and realistic EW training through radar and communications jamming as well as threat simulation. The NASMDEF system is the first of its kind within NATO to provide next generation capability for anti-ship missile defence. Both EW training systems are designed to meet the evolving threat environment in which NATO JEWCS operates, enabling NATO forces to remain operationally ready to react to current and emerging threats.  With a strong pedigree in delivering operational readiness training for over 30 years to military forces across the globe, Cobham has a proven record for supplying bespoke EW training pods which produce accurate, reliable and realistic training.

TECHNOLOGY

04 Feb 19. SecureCloud+, a trusted provider of next-generation secure information systems to government and defence, has been contracted by the Royal Air Force to deliver network collaboration services for Team Tempest. Team Tempest is a global network of international partners formed by the Royal Air Force Rapid Capability Office (RCO) along with BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. SecureCloud+ is the only SME to be part of the team, which is collaborating to meet a vision outlined in the UK Government’s defence modernisation plans. Team Tempest has signed a contract to develop a Next Generation Combat Air System capable of operating in the 2040+ environment.

EUROPE

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04 Feb 19. Denmark chooses Marshall to provide containerised Network and Communications systems.

  • Multi-million pound framework agreement
  • Advanced Protected Network and Communications Container Systems.
  • Contract won against international competition on quality and pricing

The Danish Ministry of Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) has selected Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, after a competitive international tender, to provide advanced communications and networking containers as part of its programme to update the Danish Armed Forces deployable infrastructure. The company will be supplying more than 40 containers as part of this multi-million pound contract.  Included in the contract is fitting out the units to meet the operational requirement and on-call support as required by the Danish Armed Forces.

AIR

06 Feb 19. France and Germany have awarded the first-ever contract – a Joint Concept Study (JCS) – to Dassault Aviation (stock exchange symbol: AM) and Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. The launch of the JCS was announced by the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and her German counterpart, Ursula von der Leyen, at a meeting today in Paris. The decision by both countries represents a milestone to secure European sovereignty and technological leadership in the military aviation sector for the coming decades. Starting date for the two-year study is 20 February 2019. This planned Next Generation Weapons System will consist of a highly capable manned “New Generation Fighter” (NGF) teaming with a set of new and upgraded weapons as well as a set of unmanned systems (Remote Carriers) linked by a Combat Cloud and its Ecosystem embedded in a System-of-Systems FCAS architecture. The JCS is based on the bi-nationally agreed High Level Common Operational Requirements Document (HLCORD) signed at Berlin Air Show ILA in April 2018 between the Defence Ministers of France and Germany as well as respective national concept studies. Its aim is to conceptualise the different FCAS capabilities and to pave the way for future design, industrialisation, as well as an estimated full operational capability by 2040. The study will prepare and initiate demonstrator programmes for launch at the Paris Air Show in June 2019.

31 Jan 19. Portuguese C-130s to receive new avionics. OGMA Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal will modernise Portuguese C-130H Hercules transport aircraft for EUR15.5m (USD17.76m). The upgrade will take place in 2019–20, the Portuguese Air Force told Jane’s on 30 January. The aircraft’s communication, navigation, flight control, and instrument systems will be replaced to meet surveillance/air traffic management requirements, among others. Squadron 501 ‘Bisontes’ operates two C-130Hs and two C-130H-30s from Montijo Air Base. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

USA

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01 Feb 19. The US Army Contracting Command has awarded a contract to Endeavor Robotics to upgrade the service’s existing fleet of robot platforms. Under the potential $32.4m contract, the company will provide reset, sustainment, maintenance, as well as recap parts and services for its entire family of small, medium, and large ground robots. The armed forces deploy these systems in support of a broad range of operations such as defeating tens of thousands of improvised explosive devices worldwide. As part of the contract, the company will offer training for foreign military sales (FMS) personnel. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a performance period of five years. Work under the contract is estimated to be completed on 2 January 2024. The US military service branches have been using Endeavor robots since 2002. (Source: army-technology.com)

04 Feb 19. Jankel Tactical Systems, has been awarded 3 contracts to supply their BLASTech mitigation seats to a US based MRAP provider. The contracts have a multi-million dollar combined value. This announcement coincides with the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Conference (TWVC), taking place in Monterey, California, 03-05 February 2019. Jankel Tactical Systems is the market’s most well-established Blast Attenuating Seat leader in North America. Under these contracts, Jankel will be delivering MK 2.5 BLASTech X900194 commander seats and X900003 troop seats in support of MRAP based programs. Jankel is pleased to continue to support the survivability upgrade on these tactical wheeled vehicles that have now had Jankel’s MK 2.5 seats fitted for almost a decade. These latest orders will be delivered by the middle of the 2019 calendar year.

01 Feb 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $9,020,518 modification (P00183) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle trailers, kits, systems engineering and program management. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2021. Fiscal 2019 procurement, Marine Corps; and other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $9,020,518 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

07 Feb 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $107,390,788 fixed-price-incentive contract for recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks, and new PLS trailers. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 and 2019 other procurement Army funds in the amount of $107,390,788 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-F-0193).

07 Feb 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $55,093,787 fixed-price-incentive contract for recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks, Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks, and new PLS trailers. One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 other procurement Army funds in the amount of $55,093,787 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-F-0192).

07 Feb 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $40,946,478 fixed-price-incentive contract for recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2020. Fiscal 2019 other procurement Army funds in the amount of $40,946,478 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-F-0194).

07 Feb 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $29,319,096 fixed-price-incentive contract for recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 other procurement Army funds in the amount of $29,319,096 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity (W56HZV-19-F-0195).

SEA

01 Feb 19. DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $21,537,760 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-18-C-5395 to exercise options for production of the AN/SPQ-9B radar systems and associated equipment. This modification is for the production of five AN/SPQ-9B radar systems; five combat interface kits; three digital signal processor upgrade kits; and three periscope detection and discrimination upgrade kits. The AN/SPQ-9B provides Navy ships the capability to detect and track low-flying, high-speed, small Radar Cross Section anti-ship missile targets in heavy clutter environments.  Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be complete by April 2021. Fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $21,537,760 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

04 Feb 19. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded production and long lead time materials (LLTM) contracts for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) C4ISR and control systems, by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG). Northrop Grumman will produce C4ISR and control systems for the lead OPC, USCGC Argus (WMSM-915), and procure LLTM for these systems on the second OPC, USCGC Chase (WMSM-916). Northrop Grumman’s contributions to the OPC platform include the integrated bridge, navigation, command and control, computing network, data distribution, machinery control and propulsion control systems. It will perform C4ISR system integration at their OPC Test and Integration Facility in Charlottesville, and control systems integration at their Charlottesville Land-Based Test Facility.

AIR

06 Feb 19. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Hudson, New Hampshire, is awarded $225,034,247 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2701 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-17-D-5517) to procure 9,999 additional Lot 7, full-rate production units of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) II.  The procurement of the additional APKWS II weapons will upgrade the current 2.75-inch rocket system to a semi-active laser guided precision weapon in support of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the governments of Nigeria and the Netherlands.  Work will be performed in Hudson, New Hampshire (70 percent); and Austin, Texas (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2020.  Fiscal 2019 procurement of ammunition (Army, Navy and Marine Corps and Air Force); and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $225,034,247 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

01 Feb 19. The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a maximum $39,038,317 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0003) for an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (H92241-18-F-0022) for finalization of four new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in light of increased SOF operational demands. Fiscal 2018 procurement, defense-wide funds in the amount of $15,817,890; and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $23,220,427 shall be obligated at time of modification award.  The funds are multiyear.  The majority of the work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The delivery order number is W91215-16-G-0001.  U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

06 Feb 19. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $30,900,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification (P00013) to a previously awarded contract (HQ0277-l 7-C-0001). The value of this contract is increased from $37,850,000 to $68,750,000. Under this modification, the contractor will continue to demonstrate passive Missile Defense Agency configured MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicles in Ballistic Missile Defense System tests. The work will be performed in San Diego, California. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and engineering funds in the amount of $l,445,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (HQ0277-17-C- 0001).

04 Feb 19. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that its subsidiary in the U.S., Elbit Systems of America LLC, (“Elbit Systems of America”) was awarded an initial $5m contract from Support Systems Associates, Inc. (“SSAI”) to provide an avionics refresh for the U.S. Air National Guard’s fixed-wing aircraft used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operations – the RC-26B. If all options are exercised, the total contract would be valued at $22m. The program will be performed by 2021 from San Antonio, Texas. The contract with SSAI will include avionics engineering, design, integration, modification, test and maintenance for the technically advanced aircraft. Elbit Systems of America, through type certificate ownership, is the original equipment manufacturer of the RC-26B aircraft.

01 Feb 19. General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded a $517,375,800 cost-plus-incentive-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program. Two bids were solicited via the internet with two bids received. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 1, 2024. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $130,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-19-C-0003).

05 Feb 19. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $90,345,180 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0001).  This modification provides for the identification and execution of cost reduction initiatives to reduce the cost of the F-35 Lightning II Air System.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2022.  Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $90,345,180 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  This modification combines purchases for the Air Force ($44,929,818; 50 percent); Navy ($26,000,000; 29 percent); and the Marine Corps ($19,415,362; 21 percent).  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

TECHNOLOGY

06 Feb 19. ATI awards contract to GA-EMS to develop LiFT battery system for LDUUV. Advanced Technology International (ATI) has awarded a contract to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) to develop and test a prototype Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system. The LiFT battery system under development will power the propulsion and support systems of the Navy’s prototype large-displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV), called ‘Snakehead’. The US Navy plans to use Snakehead for greater endurance, range, and payload hosting capabilities for future mission and operations requirements. (Source: naval-technology.com)

05 Feb 19. High-Efficiency Quantum Cascade Laser Leads to Research Contract for Intraband. Intraband announced today that it has received a Department of Defense (DOD) Navy STTR Phase II contract to develop quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) with 40% wall-plug efficiency for the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) wavelength region. Previously, Intraband and UW-Madison researchers had reported record-high internal QCL efficiency values and that the upper limit in QCL wall-plug efficiency can be significantly raised based on their patented Step-Taper Active approach to QCL design. In turn, Intraband team’s proposal led to winning the $1,000,000 three-year program. High wall-plug efficiency has been key to the dramatic success of conventional near-infrared lasers for marking, welding, and medical procedures. The low input-power requirement together with the small size of the semiconductor-laser chip enable systems that combine many of those lasers together to provide the extremely-high optical power levels needed for those applications. The QCL is now poised to bring these same advantages to the MWIR spectral region which includes important “windows” in atmospheric absorption where infrared light may be transmitted over many kilometers, enabling free-space communication and environmental gas sensing. MWIR light sources are key to many applications in the medical, industrial, and defense industries. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

07 Feb 19. Team ACET selected for US DoD’s DTIC IAC MAC contract. Team Adams Communication & Engineering Technology (ACET) has been selected for the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract (IAC MAC) unrestricted / full and open competition acquisition. The $28bn nine-year defence award is a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract. Artificial intelligence software company Gemedy is part of Team ACET, which is responsible for providing DTIC with research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), as well as other research and development-related analytical services. Services will be delivered in support of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Marines Corps and other DoD and US Government customers. (Source: army-technology.com)

REST OF THE WORLD

LAND

04 Feb 19. Bogdan receives Ukrainian contracts. Bogdan Motors has received two new contracts from the Ukraine Ministry of Defence to supply military trucks and medical vehicles for the Ukrainian armed forces, the company announced on 29 January. The first contract includes the delivery of Bogdan 6317 multi-purpose trucks powered by Weichai Power’s 9.7L V6, 380hp turbocharged diesel engine. The truck is capable of carrying 11t of cargo or 50 persons. It can also be used for towing trailers in rugged terrain. The Bogdan 6317 is gradually replacing Ukraine’s existing Ural-375, Ural-4320, ZiL-131 trucks and Kamaz vehicles. Under the second contract, the company will deliver modernised Bogdan 2251 medical vehicles. The modernised vehicles have a restructured interior, new heating system and an additional heater for the fuel flow system. Bogdan 2251 is gradually replacing the UAZ-452 vehicles. The vehicles are designed to transport or evacuate the wounded from military medical units and field hospitals to other medical facilities. (Source: Shephard)

01 Feb 19. GD Awarded 3 Land C4ISR Contracts for Canadian Army. General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada announced today that it was awarded three contracts – valued at $621.5m – by the Government of Canada to support the Land Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) system for the Canadian Army. The three contracts include: Engineering and Integration, Software Support and Cyber Security Engineering Support. Together with Calian, Scalar Decisions and DLS Technology Corporation, General Dynamics will offer the Canadian Army an improved ability to help protect the communications and information systems they depend on, while continuing to develop technologies that generate economic impact for Canada. Part of every Canadian Army vehicle, weapons platform and headquarters, the Land C4ISR system helps to coordinate and conduct modern operations. Specifically:

  • The Transition Software ISS Contract, valued at $197.75M, will provide support to software that helps integrate various data points such as GPS-based position reporting into a single system to allow for timely and informed decision-making.
  • The Cyber Security Engineering ISS Contract, valued at $56.50M, supports the protection of the Land C4ISR data systems from theft of, and damage to the information they contain.
  • The Engineering and Integration ISS Contract, valued as $367.25M, will ensure the Land C4ISR system is fully integrated. (Source: ASD Network)

01 Feb 19. Lockheed Martin Corp. Missile and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, was awarded a $24,969,700 cost-plus-incentive-fee Foreign Military Sales (Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Republic of Korea) contract for Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target, Advanced Capability-3 and Missile Segment Enhancement. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 and 2010 Foreign Military Sales; and other procurement, Army funds in the combined amount of $24,969,700 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-19-F-0196).

SEA

31 Jan 19. Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Abeking & Rasmussen to design and construct two mine countermeasures vessels (MCMVs) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). The 62m vessels will be an evolution of the German Navy’s Frankenthal class, and will replace the TNI-AL’s ageing fleet of two Pulau Rengat-class MCMVs, both of which were commissioned in March 1988. Abeking & Rasmussen has not given details of specific systems that would go onboard the vessels, but indicated that MCM payloads would include a mine hunting sonar as well as unmanned vehicles. MCM mission systems that can be deployed from the German Navy’s Frankenthal class include the Seafox I and Seafox C anti-mine maritime drones, and the Pinguin B3 ROV. The non-magnetisable platform can also accommodate one 4m rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) for intervention duties. The Indonesian government approved a sum of USD215m in 2016 for the replacement programme, but the allocation was subsequently reduced to USD204m in line with latest requirements submitted by the TNI-AL. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

07 Feb 19. Indian Navy orders additional mine countermeasure systems. The Indian Navy (IN) signed an INR3.06bn (USD42.8m) deal in early February with Thales Australia for the supply of eight additional underwater mine countermeasure systems for fitment onto the service’s fast-attack craft. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma told Jane’s on 7 February that four of these systems, which he described as “mine countermeasure clip-on influence sweeps”, are expected to be delivered in 2021, with the remaining four scheduled to be handed more than 12 months later. The move follows the IN’s acquisition of 16 similar systems that were inducted from 2012. The supplementary systems are being procured to mitigate critical operational gaps in the IN following extended delays in procuring mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs), said Capt Sharma. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

AIR

07 Feb 19. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $240,266,448 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft for the kingdom of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2022.  FMS funds in the amount of $240,266,448 are being obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

06 Feb 19. Embraer Defense & Security and its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) were awarded a contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force. The A-29 is conducting combat missions on a daily basis in theaters around the world. It has more than 46,000 combat hours and more than 360,000 total flight hours. With the Nigeria order, the A-29 is the choice of 14 air forces worldwide.  In addition to its combat record, the A-29’s robust landing gear and enhanced clearance enable take-off and landing in even the most austere field conditions. The aircraft also offers exceptional dependability and accuracy in weapons delivery, making it highly effective in the light attack role. The contract for the Nigerian Air Force includes ground training devices, mission planning systems, mission debrief systems, spares, ground support equipment, alternate mission equipment, contiguous U.S. interim contractor support, outside of continental U.S. (OCONUS) contractor logistic support and field service representatives for OCONUS support. The aircraft will be produced in Jacksonville, Florida, and modified in Centennial, Colorado. The aircraft are expected to be delivered to Nigeria in line with the contract timelines, as part of a larger more comprehensive training and support package. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Embraer)

05 Feb 19. Armenia to acquire four Su-30SM combat aircraft. Armenia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is procuring four Su-30SM multirole combat aircraft from Russia, a ministry spokesperson, Artsrun Ovannisyan, told local media on 4 February. He said Yerevan is acquiring the aircraft at Russian domestic prices. “As a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CSTO], Armenia can acquire various weapons at [Russian] domestic prices. We have been conducting such procurements for a long time.” The four Su-30SMs will be the first new Russian-made combat air platforms acquired by Armenia. “The aircraft will substantially increase both the defensive and offensive capabilities of the [Armenian] military, and our plans are not limited to these four fighters. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

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