17 Mar 19. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS of Assault Amphibious Vehicles to Spain. The U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has notified the Congress that the Government of Spain has requested to buy eight (8) Assault Amphibious Vehicles, Personnel (AAVP-7A1) Reliability, Availability, Maintainability/Rebuilt to Standard (RAM/RS); two (2) Assault Amphibious Vehicles, Command (AAVC-7A1) Reliability, Availability, Maintainability/Rebuilt to Standard (RAM/RS); and one (1) Assault Amphibious Vehicle, Recovery (AAVR-7A1) Reliability, Availability, Maintainability/Rebuilt to Standard (RAM/RS). Also included are Enhanced Armor Applique Kits (EAAK), spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, training and training material, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $107m. The principal contractor will be BAE Systems, York, Pennsylvania, and Anniston, Alabama. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
22 Mar 19. The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has signed on March 21, 2019 an agreement with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) for the procurement of six Leguan bridge layer systems on Leopard 2 chassis. In addition to the vehicle systems, training simulators and a peripheral package are also part of the procurement project. Delivery will start in summer 2022. Norway has been using the Leguan on Leopard 1 basis for over 20 years and as the eight nation is now proceeding to the next generation of a powerful Leguan system on Leopard 2 chassis. To date, armies from 18 countries have opted for the Leguan bridge system.
18 Mar 19. Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded a contract for the supply of Mk II missiles for the Czech Republic Army’s RBS 70 system. Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has secured the contract with NSPA, an agency that is responsible for acquisitions for its member states. The MK II missile is compatible with RBS 70 and RBS 70 NG systems that are already integrated into the Czech Army’s existing air defence system. Deliveries under the order will be carried out this year. (Source: army-technology.com)
15 Mar 19. Following a call for tenders launched in the summer of 2018, Belgium has just notified the selection of the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, bringing together Naval Group and ECA Robotics, for the supply of twelve mine-hunting vessels and their toolbox (payloads). Six ships are for the Belgian navy, the other six will be delivered to the Dutch navy. The contract, for which a budget of nearly €2bn is planned, will last 10 years. The final notification of the contract should take place in the coming weeks. Belgium Naval & Robotics, Naval Group and ECA Group teams are honored by the trust of the Belgian and Dutch navies and look forward to this collaboration.
18 Mar 19. Orbit receives order for TVRO system spares. Orbit Communications Systems has received an order worth $3m from an unnamed European navy to provide maritime Television Receive-Only (TVRO) satcom systems spares and support. The framework agreement will extend the TVRO satcom system’s service life for multiple years. Orbit’s maritime TVRO satcom systems provide uninterrupted reception of TV and data services for NATO and international naval vessels operating in extreme conditions. Delivery of the spares for Orbit’s AL-7200 series of maritime TVRO is planned in 2019. (Source: Shephard)
21 Mar 19. INVISIO has received a $3.13m order from an existing US Department of Defense customer to deliver its communication and hearing protection systems, the company announced on 15 March. INVISIO’s soldier system combines highly advanced headsets and control units. The integrated system has been designed to protect the hearing of soldiers on the battlefield, while also allowing them to maintain situational awareness and communicate effectively through their radios and intercom systems. Delivery is scheduled over the next two quarters. (Source: Shephard)
18 Mar 19. Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in robotic systems that augment, rather than replace, humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors, announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver a pre-production version of its Guardian™ XO® (“XO”) full-body, autonomously powered robotic exoskeleton. The XO is capable of operating for up to eight hours per battery charge, while walking at three miles per hour and carrying up to 200 pounds of payload. With the ability to “hot swap” rechargeable batteries in the field, XO run-time is essentially unlimited. The USSOCOM XO contract follows Sarcos’ recent announcements regarding collaborations with both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy to develop and evaluate variations of the Guardian™ XO® for use cases specific to these services. With 17 years of development efforts and more than $175m invested in R&D, Sarcos has been laser-focused on ensuring the Guardian XO Max is safe, intuitive and power efficient. Sarcos recently shared significant power and performance enhancements to the XO, including significant improvements in power consumption, control system functionality and load transfer. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
18 Mar 19. BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $93,962,658 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design, procure, integrate, test, train, deliver, and support command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems, information and computer systems, and sensor systems for various platforms, including ships, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), shore installations and ground based systems. Services are in support of Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, PEO C4I, and other federal agencies. Work will be performed in St. Inigoes, Maryland (35 percent); and various locations throughout the continental U.S. (65 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2025. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; two offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-D-0047).
18 Mar 19. General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $2,039,763,908 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2100 for additional material (to include Long Lead Time Material and Economic Ordering Quantity) associated with the Fiscal 2019 – Fiscal 2023 Virginia class submarines (SSNs 802 – 811). Work will be performed in Sunnyvale, California (19 percent); Annapolis, Maryland (6 percent); Tucson, Arizona (3 percent); Spring Grove, Illinois (3 percent); Stoughton, Massachusetts (3 percent); Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (3 percent); Jacksonville, Florida (3 percent); Arvada, Colorado (3 percent); Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 percent); Groton, Connecticut (2 percent); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (2 percent); Florence, New Jersey (2 percent); York, Pennsylvania (2 percent); Arlington, Texas (2 percent); Newport News, Virginia (2 percent); Depew, New York (1 percent); Peoria, Illinois (1 percent); Warren, Massachusetts (1 percent); Manassas, Virginia (1 percent); Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1 percent); El Cajon, California (1 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (1 percent); Farmingdale, New York (1 percent); South El Monte, California (1 percent); Cleveland, Ohio (1 percent); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1 percent); Syracuse, New York (1 percent); Manchester, New Hampshire (1 percent); Westfield, Massachusetts (1 percent); Loanhead, United Kingdom (1 percent); Linden, New Jersey (1 percent); Louisville, Kentucky (1 percent); Orrville, Ohio (1 percent); and other U.S. sites, each less than 1 percent (25 percent). Fiscal 2019 and 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $2,039,763,908 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The statutory authority for this sole-source award is in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii) – only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
18 Mar 19. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $97,784,232 cost only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-19-C-5418 for long-lead material in support of fiscal 2019 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 low-rate initial production requirements. The Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) program is an international cooperative effort to design, develop, test, and procure ESSM missiles. The ESSM provides enhanced ship defense. Work will be performed in Ontario, Canada (14 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (11 percent); Munich, Germany (11 percent); Edinburgh, Australia (10 percent); San Jose, California (9 percent); Hengelo, Netherlands (8 percent); Madrid, Spain (6 percent); Nogales, Mexico (5 percent); Athens, Greece (5 percent); Aarhus, Denmark (4 percent); Ankara, Turkey (4 percent); West Village, California (4 percent); Cincinnati, Ohio (4 percent); Canton, New York (2 percent); Portland, Oregon (1 percent); Marinha Grande, Portugal (1 percent); and Tampa, Florida (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by March 2023. Non-expiring other funds; fiscal 2019 and 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2018 and 2017 other procurement (Navy) and funding in the amount of $20,930,156 will be obligated at time of award, and funds in the amount of $26,881 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
15 Mar 19. Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems, Braintree, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $27,978,119 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost contract for the development and production of Next Generation Surface Search Radar qualification systems (NGSSR). The primary objective of NGSSR is to find a replacement for legacy systems due to current military threats and obsolescence issues. The contract aims to outline the requirements and approach for NGSSR development, production, integration, test, demonstration, product support, and systems engineering. The new NGSSR system will then replace all variants of the current AN/SPS-67, AN/SPS-73, BridgeMaster E series, and commercial-of-the-shelf radar systems. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $34,563,961. The primary objective of NGSSR is to find a replacement for legacy systems due to current military threats and obsolescence issues. The contract aims to outline the requirements and approach for NGSSR development, production, integration, test, demonstration, product support, and systems engineering. The new NGSSR system will then replace all variants of the current AN/SPS-67, AN/SPS-73, BridgeMaster E series, and commercial-of-the-shelf RADAR systems. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (58 percent); Wake Forest, North Carolina (39 percent); Braintree, Massachusetts (3 percent); and is expected to be complete by July 2021. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $5,500,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 15 U.S. Code 638(r)(4) (under the SBIR Phase III program/2018 National Defense Authorization Act). The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity (N6339419C0007).
19 Mar 19. The U.S. Navy has placed a $225 order for additional precision guidance kits from BAE Systems. The combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS®) kits transform standard 2.75” (70mm) Hydra rockets into guided munitions that provide warfighters with a precision strike capability with limited collateral damage. The APKWS guidance kits are the U.S. government’s only program of record for 2.75-inch laser-guided rockets, and are available to all four military branches and to allied nations via Foreign Military Sales. The warhead of the Hydra rocket combined with precision guidance lets warfighters strike light targets while minimizing the risk of harm to friendly forces or civilian buildings nearby – making them ideal for dense urban combat. BAE Systems continues to accelerate production of APKWS guidance kits at its state-of-the-art production facilities in Hudson, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas as it builds toward an annual production level of more than 20,000 units. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
20 Mar 19. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a ceiling priced $4,040,458,297 modification to convert a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-18-C-1046) to a fixed-price-incentive-firm-target multi-year contract. The target price for this multi-year contract is $4,001,410,000. This modification provides for the full-rate production and delivery of 78 F/A-18 aircraft, specifically 61 F/A-18E and 17 F/A-18F aircraft for fiscal years 2018 through 2021. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (61 percent); Hazelwood, Missouri (9 percent); Longueuil, Quebec, Canada (2 percent); Torrance, California (2 percent); Bloomington, Minnesota (2 percent); Ajax, Ontario, Canada (2 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (1 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (1 percent); Irvine, California (1 percent); Palm Bay, Florida (1 percent); Santa Clarita, California (1 percent); Grand Rapids, Michigan (1 percent); Greenlawn, New York (1 percent); Endicott, New York (1 percent); Marion, Virginia (1 percent); and various locations within the continental U.S. (13 percent). Work is expected to be completed in April 2024. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,557,334,000 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.
21 Mar 19. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., has been awarded a not-to-exceed $123,293,911 undefinitized contract action for MQ-9 Block 5 procurement. This contract provides for four MQ-9 unmanned air vehicles, four Mobile Ground Control Stations, spares, and support equipment. Work will be performed predominately in Poway, California, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2020. This contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales to the Netherlands. Foreign military sales funds in amount of $38,928,607 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-19-F-2310).
21 Mar 19. L3 Technologies Systems Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a $131,780,189 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Cockpit-Selectable Height-of-Burst Sensor. This contract provides for the replacement of the current DSU-33D/B height-of-burst sensor and will address obsolescence issues, improve performance and add functionality. Work will be performed in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by April 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and three offers were received. Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $513,244 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8213-19-D-0006).
21 Mar 19. The US Air Force has awarded Australia-based Saber Astronautics a US$1.875m Phase II contract to develop a next-generation space operations concept called the ‘Space Cockpit’. Space Cockpit is a world-first virtual reality space operations centre that enables operators across US services and allied partners to visualise the local space environment, make rapid decisions, and manage large number of space objects. Saber’s engineers completed a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program that was demonstrated to US Air Force operators in Colorado Springs last February. Initial prototypes built off of Saber’s heritage Predictive Interactive Groundstation Interface (PIGI) were used to show fundamental concepts in constellation design and operational control for military missions. (Source: Space Connect)
21 Mar 19. Viasat Inc., Carlsbad, California, has been awarded a maximum $7,133,760 firm-fixed-price contract for radio receivers for the P-8 aircraft. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a nine-month contract with no option periods. Location of performance is California, with a Dec. 19, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2020 Navy working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPRPA1-19-C-V037).
18 Mar 19. The Department of Defense released today the Military Intelligence Program top-line budget request for Fiscal Year 2020. The total, which includes both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations funding, is $22.95bn and is aligned to support the national defense strategy. The department determined that releasing this top line figure does not jeopardize any classified activities within the MIP. No other MIP budget figures or program details will be released, as they remain classified for national security reasons.
20 Mar 19. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a Phase 3 contract worth $3.1m to continue developing autonomy software to improve the resiliency of air mission planning for the military. The program, called Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment (RSPACE), seeks to develop human-centered software decision aids that can assist air operators to better control daily operations in a complex battlespace. In response to this need, and as part of the RSPACE program, BAE Systems created software called the Distributed, Interactive, Command-and-Control Tool (DIRECT) to improve air battlespace awareness. Using assessment analytics, the software provides an easy-to-use, visual interface to generate real-time alerts so operators can evaluate areas of concern during the planning and execution of a mission. The software also automatically adjusts to minimize bandwidth when communications are limited and unreliable to assist in mission continuity and completion. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
14 Mar 19. GDIT receives contract from US DTRA for IT services. General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has won a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). The $535m contract has a base performance period of five years and includes one five-year option. GDIT will support the agency through the information technology support services contract vehicle and compete on individual task orders to provide services across the full range of DTRA’s mission and technology domains. Under the contract, the company’s offerings will include data fusion and analytics, improvised threat technologies, weapons of mass destruction, situational awareness and simulation. (Source: army-technology.com)
20 Mar 19. The U.S. Army has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as one of multiple companies competing for task orders issued under R4, an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a ceiling of $982m. The contract will enable the Army to procure an entire range of cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA) aimed at advancing the force’s lethality in non-kinetic engagements across warfare domains. To expand the Army’s non-kinetic arsenal, the contract will support cyber and electronic warfare research and technology development, studies and analyses, integration support, laboratory demonstrations, integrated systems development, testing, performance verification, fabrication, logistics, technical support services and cyber security.
18 Mar 19. Scientific Applications Research Associates Inc., Cypress, California, has been awarded a $100,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the Golden Horde Science and Technology demonstration effort. This contract provides for support research and development of emerging munition technologies, as well as integrated weapon demonstrations. The effort is conceptualized as a fast-paced Air Force Research Laboratory-led demonstration project executed under the auspices of the Team Eglin Weapon Consortium. Work will be performed in Cypress, California, and is expected to be complete by December 2021. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. Fiscal 2019 research and development funds in the amount of $15,000,000 are being obligated on the first task order at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8651-19-D-0072).
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19 Mar 19. Rheinmetall Canada awarded ISTAR ISS contract. Rheinmetall Canada has been awarded an in-service support (ISS) contract to help maintain and strengthen the communications and information systems the Canadian Army depends on to inform and direct land operations. The intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) ISS contract is worth CAD$57.49m. The contract will support ISTAR components and software that ensures the exchange of data occurs seamlessly from sensing and intelligence-gathering equipment such as UAS, ground radars and the Land C4ISR system. The LC4ISR is an integrated tactical system composed of various sensor, communication, networking, and information management sub-systems. Made up of numerous hardware, firmware and software elements, it is used by all Canadian Army vehicles, weapons platforms and headquarters to help coordinate and conduct modern operations. The ISTAR support contract is one of four LC4ISR ISS contracts. Together, these contracts provide essential services that include hardware and software engineering work, fixing software issues, correcting any equipment problems, and analysing and maintaining system health. The ISS also supports specific LC4ISR equipment such as radios. (Source: Shephard)
18 Mar 19. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, in partnership with MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, today announced Viasat’s KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT) was selected by the Canadian Department of National Defence in September 2018 to support its ASCCM project. Viasat’s STT is the world’s only multi-channel, software-upgradable radio capable of performing Link 16 communications in a small form factor and includes interoperable functionality to improve communications between U.S. and international military agencies requiring information from multiple networks. Through the award, Viasat and MDA will support the Canadian Armed Forces’ efforts to modernize computer suite and data link radios. Viasat’s STT will be a key enabler of improved interoperable network communications by significantly enhancing voice and data capabilities across air, land and sea platforms.
21 Mar 19. The Border Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan has signed a firm order for one C295 medium transport aircraft. Through this new agreement, which includes training, spares and ground support equipment, the overall C295 fleet operating in Kazakhstan will increase to nine aircraft. The new C295, in transport configuration, will play a vital role in border control activities and homeland security operations due to its demonstrated reliability and cost efficiency in operation at low temperatures. With this new order, the Border Service of Kazakhstan becomes the 31st operator of the C295 and brings the total number of orders up to 13 aircraft in the CIS.
19 Mar 19. The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded $326,295,367 for cost-plus-fixed-fee Delivery Order 2005 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001) to develop, integrate and test Increment 3 Block capabilities into the P-8A aircraft for the Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Puget Sound, Washington (86.9 percent); Greenlawn, New York (6.7 percent); Rockford, Illinois (2.6 percent); Rancho Santa Margarita, California (1.6 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (1 percent); Mesa, Arizona (0.8 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (0.3 percent); and Jacksonville, Florida (0.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2024. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $14,442,320; and Cooperative Engagement Agreement funds in the amount of $19,200,000 are being obligated on this 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.
20 Mar 19. Stockholm-listed construction and engineering company Eltel AB has won an Israeli Ministry of Defense tender to supply drones to the Israeli army, an Israeli defense ministry spokeswoman said in a message sent to Calcalist. Eltel prevailed over Israeli defense contractors Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., government-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Elbit Systems Ltd. Intel-backed Jiangsu, China-based Yuneec International Co. Ltd. also participated in the Israeli Defense Ministry’s tender. The drones will be used as observation drones for the Israeli military’s infantry units, a military spokesman said in a phone interview with Calcalist Monday. Eltel has partnered with the Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) startup CopterPix Pro Ltd., which sits in a Kibbutz near the Gaza border. Founded by veterans of the Israeli army’s UAV units in 2013, the company has 20 employees, according to its website. Israel’s Air Force has been operating UAVs varying in size and application for decades, primarily for intelligence-gathering. The IDF currently operates more than 400 drones and employs over 1000 soldiers trained as UAV operators. (Source: UAS VISION/CTECH)
19 Mar 19. Australia buys four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft for RAAF. The Australian Department of Defence has acquired four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft from the US for use by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in a A$2.46bn ($1.74bn) transaction. To be based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia, the new aircraft will be designated the MC-55A ‘Peregrine’. According to Australia Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, the procurement of the G550 aircraft will help strengthen electronic warfare support to naval, air and land forces for operations in complex electromagnetic environments. Australia Defence Industry Minister stated that the project will create opportunities worth more than A$2bn ($1.41bn) for the domestic industry in the sustainment of the aircraft over its lifespan. In June 2017, the US State Department approved Australia’s request for Gulfstream G550 aircraft with airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare (AISREW) mission systems. The sale will enable Australia to upgrade its electronic warfare capability and increase interoperability between the US Air Force and the RAAF. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
16 Mar 19. DoD/DSCA Notifies Congress of Possible FMS of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles to Australia. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Agency (DSCA) has notified the Congress that the Government of Australia has requested to buy up to 108 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM); six (6) AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Air Vehicles Instrumented; and six (6) spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections. Also included are containers, weapon system support equipment, support and test equipment, site survey, transportation, repair and return warranties, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training, and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support. These items are in support of Australia’s purchase of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS). The estimated total program cost is $240.5m. The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset arrangements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
19 Mar 19. Egypt orders Su-35 fighters – report. Egypt has reportedly ordered Sukhoi Su-35 multi-role fighters from Russia for an estimated $2bn. This is according to Russian newspaper Kommersant, which has reported that the contract involves several dozen of the fighters, which will supplement the MiG-29M/M2 fighters it is receiving and help replace obsolete MiG-21s and J-7s. As its sources, Kommersant cited two defence industry executives, who said that Egypt will be getting at least two dozen Su-35s after an order was placed at the end of 2018. Deliveries are due to take place from 2020/2021. The aircraft will be built at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant. Egypt’s order was apparently spurred on by the performance of the aircraft over Syria, where it was deployed by the Russian Air Force. Both China and Indonesia have ordered Su-35s, with China receiving its last batch in late 2018. Indonesia has ordered 11 of the type and China 24. (Source: Google/https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)