17 May 19. Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $383,973,802 modification (P00078) to Foreign Military Sales (Romania) contract W31P4Q-15-C-0022 for new production hardware, upgrade kits and spares. Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Massachusetts; Pelham, New Hampshire; Burlington, Massachusetts; Marlborough, Massachusetts; Lawton, Oklahoma; Andover, Massachusetts; El Paso, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; McKinney, Texas; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; Santa Fe Springs, California; and East Camden, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2023. Fiscal 2019 other funds in the amount of $383,973,802 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
20 May 19. Visible Assets to supply automatic weapons to Estonian Defense Forces. Visible Assets and its partner Lewis Machine & Tool Visible (LMT) have secured a contract to supply an initial 16,000 automatic weapons to the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF). Weapon shot counters, unique identifier (UID) tracking, and wireless RuBee security tags will be delivered between 2019 and 2021. All these weapons have integrated RuBee wireless weapon shot counter (WSC) tags. Under the contract, Visible Assets will also supply handheld Javelin readers with ‘Allegro 20/20’ analytics and weapon maintenance software. The delivery will also include an additional optional 9,000 weapons with integrated WSC tags over 2021 and 2026 for a total of 25,000 units. Visible Assets noted that the combination of the LMT automatic firearm and RuBee wireless weapon shot counter tags offer several advantages. The Allegro 20/20 software and the WSC tag provide interval statistics and shot counting analytics that automatically notify the user or the manufacturer of critical weapon maintenance required in advance of any failure. The software can optionally geolocate weapons in the armoury within a foot. (Source: army-technology.com)
22 May 19. The Belgian Defence notifies Belgium Naval & Robotics the supply contract for 12 minehunters equipped with their drone systems. Today, the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, composed of Naval Group and ECA Group, was awarded the contract to supply twelve mine-hunting vessels to the Belgian and Dutch navies. Equipped with around 100 drones, constituting approximately ten drone systems (toolboxes), six ships are destined for the Belgian Navy, while the other six will be delivered to the Dutch Navy. The contract, worth nearly two billion euros, will last ten years. After a three-year design phase, Belgium Naval & Robotics will launch the production phase of the ships and drone systems with a first delivery expected in 2024. The Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium as well as the Naval Group and ECA Group teams are honored by the confidence of the Belgian and Dutch navies and look forward to this upcoming collaboration.
An innovative solution for robotic mine warfare
Belgium Naval & Robotics, thanks to Naval Group’s recognized expertise, offers a 2800-ton militarized ship specialized in mine warfare with military characteristics (acoustic and electromagnetic discretion, shock resistance) perfectly adapted to the operational use targeted by the Belgian and Dutch navies. In particular, this vessel incorporates an implementation and recovery system for ECA Group’s Inspector 125 unmanned surface vehicles (USV). This innovative, robust and reliable system ensures the safety of operators and maneuvers to protect the ship, the USV and its payloads, while offering a high level of mission availability.
The drone systems on board these innovative vessels are the latest generation of drones developed by ECA Group over the past four years. They are integrated into the C2 MCM Umisoft system connected to the Naval Group’s I4drones® system to form the mine-warfare mission system integrated into the ship’s combat system.
The solution includes A18-M autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), T18-M towed sonars and Mine Identification & Destruction Systems (MIDS) composed of SEASCAN and KSTER-C remotely operated vehicles (ROV). All these drones can be operated autonomously from the USV Inspector 125. The drone system also includes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and dredgers.
The program provides for the supply of drone systems that can also be projected. Containerized and equipped with handling and communication systems, mine-hunting drone systems can be airlifted and deployed directly from the coast without a ship.
A vast cooperation plan with the Belgian industry
Belgium Naval & Robotics will carry out a significant part of the contract in Belgium, in particular the production of certain equipment for the ship and all naval drones. Ship maintenance will be carried out in Zeebrugge in partnership with Flanders Ship Repair (FSR). The maintenance of naval drones will also be carried out in Zeebrugge according to the needs of the customer, who already has maintenance facilities on his naval base.
The cooperation plan already includes 39 Belgian partners and the notification of the contract will make it possible to finalize the last ones and reach some 50 agreements.
The contract should thus generate an average of 350 jobs per year in the three regions of Belgium.
A reference on export markets
The Belgian and Dutch navies being a reference in mine warfare within NATO, the choice of our consortium is a major asset for export. The tripartite mine hunter program at the time had generated sales of self-propelled PAP robots in several dozen navies, as well as the export of mine-hunting vessels.
22 May 19. Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $151,468,431 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for integrated logistics support and repairs for the sustainment of the AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ missiles. These services are in support of the Navy, Air Force, and the governments of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (90.7 percent); Cheshire, Connecticut (7 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (0.7 percent); Burlington, Massachusetts (0.6 percent); Heilbronn, Germany (0.5 percent); and various locations within the continental U.S. (0.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2022. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual task orders as issued. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-D-0023).
21 May 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $16,338,763 modification (P00220) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle packaged kits. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 and 2019 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $16,338,763 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.
20 May 19. Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been awarded a maximum $10,893,247 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hydraulic transmissions. 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 five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Wisconsin, with a May 20, 2024, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2024 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Warren, Michigan (SPRDL1-19-D-0108).
21 May 19. Peraton wins US Army ground-based communications system contract. US company Peraton has won a $14.9m ground-based midcourse defence (GMD) secure communications operations and maintenance (SCOM) contract from the 59th Signal Battalion of the US Army. Under the five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity GMD SCOM contract, Peraton will operate and maintain defence satellite communications system (DSCS) military strategic, tactical and relay (MILSTAR) and defence red switch network (DRSN) equipment and terminals at Fort Greely, Alaska, US. The contract will support the provision of secure end-to-end communications connectivity by the Missile Defense Agency to the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, 311th Signal Command Theater, 516th Signal Brigade and 59th Signal Battalion. Peraton space, intelligence and cyber president Roger Mason said: “We are enthusiastic to continue our long-standing support of this vital national security mission. (Source: army-technology.com)
21 May 19. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced today it was awarded an IDIQ contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on April 18, 2019, with a maximum ceiling of $450m to support Rapid Migration of Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber (C5AD) Capability Best Practices for U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) and U.S. General Purpose Forces (GPF). Through this award, Viasat will deliver a diverse portfolio of technologies and services to advance communications, intelligence, security and operational capabilities for SOF and GPF warfighters operating across the battlespace. Viasatproducts and services included as part of the IDIQ were assessed, tested and validated to enable new concepts of operation, improve situational awareness, avoid fratricide and improve overall mission effectiveness for U.S. SOF and GPF. The IDIQ contract is structured to meet the immediate needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) in mobile networking, cybersecurity and broadband satellite communications technology sectors. The flexible nature of the IDIQ will allow U.S. SOF and GPF to rapidly acquire and deploy a wide variety of new operational capabilities, products, systems and services in order to help significantly enhance overall SOF and GPF mission effectiveness and improve safety for warfighters operating across the battlespace.
22 May 19. UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix” or the “Company”) has been awarded an approximately US$150,000 contract for the purchase of its SwarmDiverTM system along with training and test support for the United States Military. This hardware and services sale will enable necessary government evaluation activities for the Military’s consideration of operational use of the product in theatre. This award represents the fourth (4th) order placed by the United States Armed Forces related to the SwarmDiver family of vehicles since the product’s launch in April 2018. potential future, more sizeable orders from both United States and other navies.”
20 May 19. General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB), Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $497,012,105 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously-awarded contract (N00024-17-C-2117) for a submarine industrial base development and expansion in support of Columbia-class fleet ballistic missile submarines, as well as the nuclear shipbuilding enterprise (Virginia class and Ford class), as part of the integrated enterprise plan and multi-program material procurement and production backup units. This submarine industrial base development and expansion effort utilizes the enhanced acquisition authorities contained in 10 U.S. Code §2218a, National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund, to improve sub-tier vendor stability and gain economic efficiencies based on production economies for major components. The nuclear shipbuilding industrial base is ramping up production capability to support the increased demand associated with the Navy’s force structure assessment. Improved capacity at the sub-tier vendors reduces risk to the Columbia, Virginia, and Ford class programs. This modification supports GDEB’s execution of funding authorized in fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and appropriated by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019. This contract will be incrementally funded, with $177,155,000 obligated at time of award. In addition to the locations listed above, performance of work is anticipated at additional locations; however, this information is competition-sensitive and is therefore not disclosed. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut (80 percent); Quonset Point, Rhode Island (10 percent); and Newport News, Virginia (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2031. This work is furtherance of the fiscal 2019 NDAA (Public Law 115-232) and the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 (Public Law 115-245), which authorized and appropriated additional funds for submarine industrial base development and expansion to ensure second- and third-tier contractors are able to meet increased production requirements. Fiscal 2019 National Sea-Based Deterrence Funds in the amount of $177,155,000 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
21 May 19. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $63,102,113 cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-only modification to previously awarded contract N00024-13-C-5225 to exercise an option and provide incremental funding in support of the continued development, integration, and production of the Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship Undersea Warfare (USW) system. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 is the USW combat system with the capabilities to search, detect, classify, localize and track undersea contacts, and to engage and evade submarines, mine-like small objects and torpedo threats. The contract is for development, integration and production of future Advanced Capability Build and Technical Insertion baselines. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (83 percent); Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania (10 percent); Syracuse, New York (6 percent); and Hauppauge, New York (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2020. Foreign Military Sales; fiscal 2019 and 2015 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation; fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy); and fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy) funding the amount of $11,136,938 will be obligated at the time of award, and $1,100,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
17 May 19. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $163,907,829 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00011) to a previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0001) for the service life modification (SLM) of up to 10 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The SLM will extend the operational service life of the aircraft from 6,000 flight hours to an extended service life of 10,000 flight hours. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (50 percent); and San Antonio, Texas (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2021. No funds will be obligated at the time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
17 May 19. Elbit Systems of America (ESA) subsidiary M7 Aerospace has secured a maintenance, modification, aircrew and related services (CMMARS) contract from the US Navy. The company is one of several firms selected by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division for the CMMARS programme. Under the contract, M7 Aerospace will provide logistical support and maintenance for various US Department of Defense aircraft for all phases of the acquisition lifecycle. Companies selected for the programme will compete for individual orders for the US Navy and Air Force. (Source: naval-technology.com)
16 May 19. NOAA Awards Harris $284m GOES-R Series Ground Segment Contract Extension.
- Modernizes the computing infrastructure of the existing GOES-R ground system
- Lowers life-cycle cost by reducing information technology footprint
- Extends the ground segment contract to support GOES-T and GOES-U missions
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) a three-year, $284m sole-source extension on the ground segment contract supporting Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) -R Series weather satellites – bringing new technologies that support increased capabilities.
The three-year contract extension will modernize the ground-computing infrastructure and reduce the IT footprint, laying the foundation for future migration to cloud technologies. It extends the partnership with NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) to 13 years – and brings the total contract value to $1.65bn. (Source: ASD Network)
17 May 19. Kitron has been awarded a contract by Harris to produce Integrated Backplane Assembly (IBA) for the F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The $18m contract includes an economic order quantity purchase for production lots 12 to 14. The IBA is an advanced and complex high-level assembly. Kitron is scheduled to commence deliveries of the IBA this year and continue until 2021. Under the manufacturing licence agreement with Harris, Kitron will manufacture, test, maintain and repair the IBA in the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet. In October 2016, Lockheed Martin awarded a contract to Kitron to supply IBA for F-35 jets under low-rate initial production lot 11. Kitron agreed to a long-term contract with Northrop Grumman in November 2016 to manufacture a sub-assembly, known as the Dual Channel Transmit / Receive (DCTR) module, for the F-35 fighters until 2036. The DCTR module is part of the communications, navigation and identification (CNI) system developed for the aircraft by Northrop Grumman. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
22 May 19. Raytheon Co., Fullerton, California, is awarded a $234,640,402 fixed-price-incentive, firm-target contract for the low-rate initial production of 23 Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems. In addition, this contract procures three production and installation engineering development model unit upgrade kits, engineering change proposals, and associated data. Work will be performed in Fullerton, California (68 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (22 percent); and Indianapolis, Indiana (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2023. Fiscal 2019 other procurement (Navy); and fiscal 2019 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funds in the amount of $49,134,484 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0020).
22 May 19. Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nevada, has been awarded a $74,902,132 definitive C-type contract for installation of a Degraded Visual Environment System (DVES), which improves situational awareness to pilots and aircrew operating in DVE conditions by adding new functional capabilities to the HH-60G. This contract provides for the procurement, installation, and integration of the DVES solution on 85 HH-60G helicopter aircraft. Work will be performed in Sparks, Nevada, and is expected to be complete by May 21, 2024. This award is a result of a competitive acquisition resulting in three offers received. Fiscal 2019 other procurement funds in the amount of $19,155,984 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Material Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8552-19-C-0002).
17 May 19. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $1,126,216,626 modification (P00026) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048). This modification provides for the procurement of 12 Lot II and Lot III low-rate initial production CH-53K aircraft, including programmatic support, logistics support, and peculiar support equipment. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (44.96 percent); Wichita, Kansas (12.26 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (5.67 percent); Hazelwood, Missouri (3.89 percent); Bridgeport, West Virginia (2.37 percent); Windsor Locks, Connecticut (1.52 percent); Redmond, Washington (1.52 percent); Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom (1.41 percent); Quebec, Canada (1.39 percent); Kent, Washington (1.30 percent); Cudahy, Wisconsin (1.25 percent); Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (1.23 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (1.11 percent); Rome, New York (1.10 percent); various locations within the continental U.S. (16.7 percent), and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2.32 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $509,053,739; and 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $617,162,887, with a total of $1,126,216,626 will be obligated at the time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
22 May 19. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Administrator of the Space Enterprise Consortium, under the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles XVI program, to deliver and test the first-ever Link 16-capable LEO spacecraft. Leveraging the Company’s leadership in satellite innovation and military communications, the Viasat-designed spacecraft is intended to enhance warfighters’ situational awareness by extending the range of Link 16 networks – using a constellation of satellites to provide greater access to Link 16 capabilities in contested or congested environments. Under the XVI program, Viasat will become the first company to prototype and test space-based Link 16 capabilities compatible with fielded U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Special Operations Link 16-enabled platforms, including ground vehicles, aircraft, maritime vessels, and dismounted users. The XVI program is a key step towards making a global Link 16-enabled LEO satellite constellation, transforming Link16 from a Line-of-Sight (LOS) to a Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS) network, providing U.S. and allied military forces with ubiquitous, secure, high-speed and resilient communications necessary to improve the common operating picture across the global battlespace.
17 May 19. Intelligent Waves LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, announced it was awarded an Eagle Shield Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Army in support of Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO). The U.S. Army’s cyber mission of maintaining cyberspace security and operations requires the integration of complementary systems and advanced technologies to support Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs) worldwide. With a five-year performance period, the BPA addresses the need for flexible, scalable and responsive changes driven by the evolving threat landscape, technological innovations and availability of cyberspace solutions. Under the terms of the contract, Intelligent Waves will support DCO programs and the Department of Defense (DoD) cyber community by providing program management support services for cyber-related, non-traditional procurement activities. The work aims to expand DCO capabilities and equip cyberspace defenders with enhanced abilities in the future. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
21 May 19. Iridium Satellite LLC, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a non-competitive firm fixed price contract modification (P00010) for the extension of services on the current Airtime contract. The face value of this action is $8,452,000. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $460,779,000. The original solicitation was issued on the basis of other than full and open competition pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), only one responsible source and no other type of supplies or services would satisfy agency requirements. Performance will be at the contractor’s facility. The period of performance for the option period is May 22, 2019, through June 21, 2019. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity (HC104714C4000).
21 May 19. Kratos to develop THREAT system. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a contract to develop and demonstrate a Tethered High-power-microwave Recorder and Electronic Attack Target (THREAT) system, the company announced on 15 May. The contract, awarded to Kratos Defense and Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) division, has a $2.2m base and a total value of $4.9m including all options. The THREAT system will be used by the Test Resource Management Center Test and Evaluation Science and Technology and the US Army Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, to evaluate high power microwave (HPM) system capabilities necessary to defeat small UAS. Small UAS are an emerging battlefield threat capable of carrying surveillance, communication and weapon payloads. These systems are hard to visually detect and their low radar cross section make them difficult to locate with instrumentation. To improve counter-UAS capabilities the US Department of Defense is evaluating electronic jamming and HPM systems. The Kratos THREAT system will be HPM hardened and used to monitor and record test environment emissions data. (Source: Shephard)
REST OF THE WORLD
17 May 19. Korea – SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Korea of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles with support for an estimated cost of $313.9m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019. The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested to buy up to ninety-four (94) rounds of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles and twelve (12) MK 97 MOD 0 Guidance Sections for SM-2 Block IIIB. Also included is technical assistance: training and training equipment; publication and technical data; and related logistics support, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $313.9m. The ROK Navy intends to use the SM-2 Block IIIB to supplement it existing inventory. The proposed sale will provide a defensive capability while enhancing interoperability with U.S. and other allied forces. The Republic of Korea will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractor will be the Raytheon Missile Systems Company, Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor. (Source: ASD Network)
17 May 19. US-based company IEC Electronics has secured a contract valued at more than $50m from a global defence company. The latest multi-year contract from a Tier 2 Department of Defense Contractor expands the company’s participation with a programme supported by it for several years from a single service line. IEC will now support the complete outsourcing of the programme associated with secured communications equipment for US aircraft, ground vehicles and surface warships. (Source: army-technology.com)
17 May 19. Japan awards contract extension for development of new ship-launched SAM system. The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 10 May that it awarded a contract extension to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) for the development of a ship-launched surface-to-air missile (SAM) system based on the Type-03 SAM system. The contract extension, which is worth JPY10bn (USD91.2m), was signed on 29 March and follows a contract awarded in March 2018 worth JPY8.8bn. The SAM system being developed by Melco is expected to have a “stand-off defence capability” that will enhance the ability of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) frigates and destroyers to also defend themselves against air-launched anti-ship missiles. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
17 May 19. Canada – MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of MK 54 lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $387m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019. The Government of Canada has requested to buy four hundred twenty-five (425) MK 54 lightweight torpedo conversion kits. Also included are torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks, air launch accessories for fixed wing, torpedo spare parts, training, publications, support and test equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $387m. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada, a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress and a contributor to military, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world. Canada intends to upgrade its current inventory of MK 46 torpedoes to the MK 54 with the purchase of these kits. The MK 54 torpedo is designed to be easily upgraded from the existing MK 46 torpedo. Canada plans to utilize MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes on its Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax class ships, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 Aurora Aircraft, and the CH-148 Maritime Helicopters. Canada will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The principal contractor for the MK 54 Torpedo is Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The Government of Canada is expected to negotiate an offset agreement with Raytheon, in accordance with Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, before signing the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA). (Source: ASD Network)
17 May 19. Japan – AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $317m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 16, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy one hundred sixty (160) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), and one (1) AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section. Also included are containers, weapon support and support equipment, spare and repair parts, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $317m. The prime contractor Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset arrangements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor. Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives in Japan. (Source: ASD Network)