19 May 20. Viasat Inc., Carlsbad, California, is awarded a $998,828,164 maximum potential value, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production, retrofits, development and sustainment of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals. Currently, there are three variants of MIDS JTRS terminals: the Concurrent Multi-Netting-4, the Tactical Targeting Network Technology and the F-22 variant. Work will be performed in Carlsbad, California, and these terminals will continue to be procured, sustained and updated for future growth, including JTRS advanced networking waveforms such as: multifunction advanced data link, intra-flight data link and other advanced networking waveforms. The MIDS JTRS terminal is a line-of-sight radio system for collecting and transmitting broadband, jam-resistant, secure data and voice across a variety of air, sea and ground platforms. Work is expected to be complete by May 2025. Funds in the amount of $48,280,914 will be placed on contract and obligated on the first delivery order concurrent with contract award, which will meet the minimum order requirement. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,223,208; and other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,532,559 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $12,135,592; other procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $1,645,504; and research development test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $205,688 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2020 defense-wide procurement in the amount of $1,234,128; and defense National Guard and reserve equipment in the amount of $2,673,944 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Non-appropriated funds for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in the amount of $15,015,224; and foreign cooperative programs in the amount of $617,064 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) in the amount of $3,702,384; and other procurement (Navy) in the amount of $1,295,619 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy, Air Force and MIDS Program Office, as well as purchases for NATO and all NATO nations under the FMS program. This contract was competitively procured, and two proposals were received. The Naval Information Warfare System Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting authority and awarded the contract on behalf of the MIDS Program Office (PMA/PMW-101) (N00039-20-D-0058).
21 May 20. The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded a $27,770,370 modification (P00174) to previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-14-C-0067. This modification procures integrated logistics support for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon warfare aircraft for the Navy, the government of Australia, and the government of the United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Seattle, Washington (68%); Jacksonville, North Carolina (16%); Whidbey Island, Washington (4%); Sigonella, Italy (3%); Kadena, Japan (2%); Bahrain, Bahrain (2%); Misawa, Japan (2%); Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii (2%); and various locations within and outside the continental U.S. (1%). Work is expected to be complete by March 2023. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $8,391,473; Royal Australian Air Force cooperative program funds in the amount of $256,187; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $133,083 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.
19 May 20. Kleos Space (US) awarded contract on Micro-Satellite Military Utility Project. Kleos Space (ASX: KSS, Frankfurt: KS1), a space-powered RF reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, has been awarded a contract to prepare Kleos data to be accessed by the Micro-Satellite Military Utility (MSMU Project) Project Arrangement (PA) which is an agreement under the Responsive Space Capabilities Memorandum of Understanding involving the Departments and Ministries of Defense of Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and United States. The program is coordinated by the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) in collaboration with the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The MSMU Project aims to develop a blueprint for a Multinational Heterogeneous Space Enterprise (ISR Enterprise), to provide military users with reliable access to a broad spectrum of information in an opportunistic environment. The MSMU Project is building the architecture and infrastructure to enable machine intelligence, including automation, human-machine teaming, and ultimately, artificial intelligence; these initiatives will define how the ISR Enterprise executes operations.
21 May 20. DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) advised that, following a competitive tender, its DroneGun TacticalTM product was selected as the preferred solution by the European Union police forces. The process was run by Belgium Police, with an EU-wide framework. Sales, training and local support will be managed by DroneShield’s Benelux region partner ForcePro BV. Under the framework agreement, DroneGun TacticalTM is expected to be rolled out across a range of police units across European Union. While the agreement does not specify minimum purchase quantities, DroneShield expects this agreement to produce material periodic sales over an extended period of time, with orders commencing this quarter. Further, the Company expects this framework to be a platform for sales of its other products, such as RfPatrolTM and its vehicle and fixed site products, to EU police departments.
21 May 20. Baltic nations order Carl-Gustaf M4. The armed forces of Latvia and Estonia have submitted a joint order to Saab for the Carl-Gustaf M4 shoulder-fired 84mm anti-tank weapon system. An undisclosed number of fourth-generation recoilless Carl-Gustaf weapons will be provided by 2022 under this €1.3m ($1.43m) order, the Latvian MoD announced on 19 May. This latest order is based on a 2018 agreement between the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the Estonian Defense Investment Centre and Saab. Estonia and Latvia will use the new M4s alongside Carl-Gustaf M2s previously received from Sweden and Norway. The M4 weighs half as much as the M2 and its barrel is 130mm shorter. (Source: Shephard)
18 May 20. Vectrus Systems has secured a contract to provide base operations support services at Naval Support Facility Deveselu in Romania. The $45m fixed-price contract, which further expands the company’s footprint in Eastern Europe, expires in May 2028 and includes all option periods. Vectrus Systems president and CEO Chuck Prow said: “We are proud to have been selected by the US Navy as the converged infrastructure provider of choice to support this strategically important facility. Vectrus will be responsible for providing various base operations support services under the contract. They include fire and emergency services, emergency management, materials management, supply services, facility management, and facility investment. Services provided under the contract will also encompass custodial, utility management, electrical, wastewater, water, transportation services, and environmental services. (Source: naval-technology.com)
18 May 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a ceiling $485,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Department of Defense and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Sniper, Infrared Search and Track (IRST); and Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) navigation pod (fixed wing) hardware production. This contract provides the necessary resources required for the management, fabrication, upgrade/retrofit, integration support and testing and shipping of its non-developmental item (NDI) Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) System, NDI LANTIRN Fixed Image Navigation Set upgrades, and the NDI IRST system as it relates to the requirements document associated with each specific delivery order placed under this contract. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and various locations to be identified at the order level. The work is expected to be completed by May 2025. This contract involves FMS to (this list is not all inclusive): Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $34,900,000 are being obligated at the time of award under delivery order FA8540-20-F-0034 for the country of Morocco. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity (FA8540‐20‐D‐0001).
15 May 20. BAE Systems Controls Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been awarded a maximum $1,116,966,065 modification (P00014) exercising the five-year option period of a 10-year base contract (SPE4AX-15-D-94l4) with one five-year option period for consumable and depot-level repairables supporting multiple weapon systems platforms. This is a firm-fixed-price requirements prospective price redetermination contract. Locations of performance are Indiana, Texas, Arizona, California, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire, with a March 22, 2025, performance completion date. Using customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2025 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Richmond, Virginia.
14 May 20. Kratos wins contract to upgrade ground system for AFSCN. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has secured a contract to upgrade the satellite ground system for the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN). Under the $4.9m contract, the company will modernise the infrastructure and systems that interconnect the AFSCN sites under the AFSCN Network Edge Transport System (ANETS) programme. The contract further allows AFSCN to leverage existing technology as it shifts to a digital IP architecture. With the ANETS system, it will be able to meet the growing needs of its user community. For CACI, the prime contractor for the programme, and the government, Kratos will provide a modular, low-risk, turnkey, integrated solution based on mature commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. This solution will consist of Wide Area Network Interface Function (WANIF) and Wide Area Network (WAN) Resource Manager (WRM) systems. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
19 May 20. Data Link Solutions LLC, comprised of BAE, Wayne, New Jersey; and Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is awarded a $998,828,164 maximum potential value, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the production, retrofits, development and sustainment of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals. Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (50%); and Wayne, New Jersey (50%). Currently, there are three variants of MIDS JTRS terminals: the Concurrent Multi-Netting-4, the Tactical Targeting Network Technology and the F-22 variant. These terminals will continue to be procured, sustained and updated for future growth, including JTRS advanced networking waveforms such as: multifunction advanced data link, intra-flight data link and other advanced networking waveforms. The MIDS JTRS terminal is a line-of-sight radio system for collecting and transmitting broadband, jam-resistant, secure data and voice across a variety of air, sea and ground platforms. The ordering period for this IDIQ contract is through May 2025. Funds in the amount of $64,137,404 will be placed on contract and obligated on the first delivery order concurrent with contract award, which will meet the minimum order requirement. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,970,335; other procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,802,447; and ship construction procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $195,965 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $16,461,060; other procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $1,959,650; and research development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $1,175,790 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2020 defense-wide procurement in the amount of $1,567,720; and defense National Guard and reserve equipment in the amount of $3,331,405 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Non-appropriated funding for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) in the amount of $20,598,117; and foreign cooperative programs in the amount of $979,825 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force) in the amount of $5,095,090 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchases for the Navy, Air Force and MIDS Program Office, as well as purchases for NATO and all NATO nations under the FMS program. This contract was competitively procured, and two proposals were received. The Naval Information Warfare System Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting authority and awarded the contract on behalf of the MIDS Program Office (PMA/PMW-101) (N00039-20-D-0057).
18 May 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $497,301,405 modification (P00035) to contract W31P4Q-17-D-0026 for Phased Array Tracking on Radar to Intercept Advanced Capability-3 missile support center post-production support. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 18, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
21 May 20. DRS Laurel Technologies, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $26,047,878 firm-fixed-price modification to previously-awarded contract N63394-20-C-0002 to exercise options for launch control unit Mk 235 Mod 11 and Mod 12 production units in support of the Vertical Launch System (VLS). Work will be performed in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. This option exercise is for the manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of additional production units of the VLS launch sequencer launch control unit Mk 235 Mod 11 and 12, part numbers 7104280-119 and 7104280-129, respectively. The VLS provides area and self-defense, anti-air warfare, surface and subsurface capabilities, counter-air and land attack cruise missile defense, and is equipped with two redundant launch control units, each of which is electrically interfaced with all of the launch sequencers in the system. Work is expected to be complete by February 2021. Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy) funding in the amount of $26,047,878 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity.
20 May 20. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Williston, Vermont, is awarded a $58,590,570 firm-fixed-price modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-20-D-5109 to exercise Option Year One for the production and shipping of Mk 82 guided-missile directors and Mk 200 director control units. Work will be performed in Williston, Vermont (50%); and Saco, Maine (50%). The Mk 82 director serves to position the fire control system antenna to a commanded and stabilized position in space for the purpose of illuminating the target. The director has two axes of motion and has slip rings and a dual radio frequency rotary joint to allow unlimited rotation in train. The Mk 200 director control houses the elevation and train servo-amplifiers for its associated director. Within the director control, solid-state servo-amplifiers provide the servo drive signals that position the director to the desired target position. These components are part of the Mk 99 missile fire control system framework, which is a critical component of the Aegis Weapon System. Work is expected to be complete by December 2025. Fiscal 2020 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); and Foreign Military Sales funding in the amount of $58,590,570 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, D.C., is the contracting activity.
18 May 20. The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD) Aircraft Prototyping Systems Division has awarded BAE Systems a prime position on a $26.7m task order to install, integrate, and test the Department of the Navy (DoN) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system on KC-130J aerial transport and refueling aircraft. The DoN LAIRCM advanced missile warning system improves aircraft capability and survivability by countering advanced infrared missile system threats. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
20 May 20. Delta Digital Video’s Rugged Encoders Support General Atomics. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) contracts with Delta Digital Video for delivery of rugged airborne video encoders in support of continued production for the MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System avionics, datalinks and software. Delta Digital Video’s highly successful Model 6800R rugged HD Video Encoder has been providing U.S. Forces high-definition Full Motion Video (FMV) since 2008. The Model 6800R single channel encoder compresses and multiplexes payload video, audio, and metadata for real-time, low-latency transmission to remote hardware or software decoders via serial or Ethernet networks. The 6800R supports synchronous or asynchronous KLV metadata and can be configured to convert raw sensor telemetry into KLV metadata. In addition to being MISB/STANAG/JITC certified, the 6800R complies with DO-160/MIL-STD-810/461/704 environmental and EMI standards. (Source: UAS VISION)
18 May 20. Waymon Armstrong, CEO/president, announced that the U.S Army Program Executive Office – Aviation (PEO Aviation) Project Manager Apache (PM Apache) office has awarded Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) a contract extension for additional upgrades to its aviation maintenance training and modernization programs. Jeff Huber, Vice President of Operations, Huntsville, will continue leading this project from the ECS Huntsville office. The new scope of services includes conducting a training analysis to assist the 128th Aviation Brigade (AVN BDE), stationed at Fort Eustis, VA, to build a full AH-64E course for maintainers. The aviation training currently teaches a combined course of AH-64D and AH-64E aircraft configurations. This new training initiative is critical, as the field is close to converting its fleet of Apache aircraft from the AH-64D to the new AH-64E and will require that the field of maintainers be trained on the newer platform. ECS has been integrating maintenance training programs for both the AH-64D Apache Longbow, the U.S. Army’s heavy division/corps attack helicopter, and the AH-64E Apache Guardian, also an attack helicopter, since 2018. These programs have been implemented by the ECS subject matter experts (SMEs) and instructional systems designers (ISDs) through the development of courseware that covered both airframes. SMEs and ISDs will develop a Total Task Inventory List (TTIL) and Critical Task list over a 9-month period to deliver additional training on the AH-64E.
20 May 20. AI. Reverie and GRC win USAF Phase 1 AFWERX SBIR contracts. AI.Reverie and Green Revolution Cooling (GRC) have secured AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract from the US Air Force (USAF). Under the contract, AI.Reverie will enhance computer vision models for the US Department of Defense (DoD). This award extends the company’s partnership with the USAF to the army. The platform will accelerate reconnaissance to the speed required during a mission. At present, the computer vision models used to gather intelligence require training from classified locations and hard-to-reach places. The data platform developed will solve this challenge by automatically generating millions of fully annotated images at a low cost. Further, the electromagnetic spectrum will help soldiers to identify objects and create situation awareness. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
18 May 20. U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Awards Antenna Development Project with Isotropic Systems to Trial Optical Beamforming Technology for Naval Communications. Isotropic Systems’ multi-beam terminals to be prototyped for challenging environments at sea. Isotropic Systems, a leading developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies, today announced an antenna evaluation and development contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to test the ability of its patented multi-beam antennas to unlock high-powered bandwidth aboard next-gen Naval vessels at sea. Isotropic Systems’ unique optical antenna, unleashing the power of next-gen connectivity for defense and government worldwide Isotropic Sytems’ multi-beam antennas to unlock high-powered bandwidth aboard next-gen navy vessels at sea. As the U.S. Navy expands the size and communications capabilities of its global fleet, the DIU is reviewing Isotropic Systems’ patented beamforming antenna technologies and circuits as an enabler to fuse multi-band, multi-orbit commercial and military capacity to deliver intelligence data at the tactical edge over a single platform. The collaboration contract is focused on the delivery of a low-profile, high performance, affordable and customizable antenna to support multiple links over multiple bands of satellite capacity, including S-, C-, Ka-, Ku-, X-, and Q-band connectivity, to open up a new world of real-time government communications and connectivity. DIU will prototype and analyze the performance of Isotropic Systems’ resilient optical beamforming terminals during an extensive series of environmental and interference chamber tests throughout 2020. Teams will measure the impact of harsh elements, such as intense winds, salt water, and electromagnetic interference (EMI), in preparation for installations aboard new-age Navy ships. (Source: PR Newswire)
18 May 20. Booz Allen Hamilton wins massive Pentagon artificial intelligence contract. Booz Allen Hamilton won a five-year, $800m task order to provide artificial intelligence services to the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). Under the contract award, announced by the General Services Administration and the JAIC on May 18, Booz Allen Hamilton will provide a “wide mix of technical services and products” to support the JAIC, a DoD entity dedicated to advancing the use of artificial intelligence across the department. The contracting giant will provide the JAIC with “data labeling, data management, data conditioning, AI product development, and the transition of AI products into new and existing fielded programs,” according to the GSA news release. The contract will support the JAIC’s new joint warfighting mission initiative, launched earlier this year. The initiative includes “Joint All-Domain Command and Control; autonomous ground reconnaissance and surveillance; accelerated sensor-to-shooter timelines; operations center workflows; and deliberate and dynamic targeting solutions,” said JAIC spokesperson Arlo Abrahamson told C4ISRNET in January. The award to Booz Allen Hamilton was made by the GSA through its Alliant 2 Government-wide Acquisition Contract, a vehicle designed to provide artificial intelligence services to the federal government. The GSA and JAIC have been partners since last September, when the pair announced that they were teaming up as part of the GSA’s Centers of Excellence initiative, a program meant to accelerate modernization with agencies across government. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
18 May 20. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $2,375,000,000 undefinitized contract modification (P00013) to contract FA8810-18-C-0006 for Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Polar Space Vehicles 1 and 2. This modification adds Phase One for design/development, critical path flight hardware procurement, and risk reduction efforts leading to a critical design review to the basic contract. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by December 2025. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $70,500,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $2,419,295,532. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
14 May 20. SAIC Wins $42m US Army Task Order for Technology Integration Services to Enable Fast, Informed Military Decision-Making. SAIC continues work with the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the development, deployment, and maintenance of the Orion Decision Support Platform. Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) was awarded a $42m task order by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) to provide the Joint Chiefs of Staff with continued development, deployment, and maintenance of the Orion Decision Support Platform. Orion, created by the Joint Staff J3, is a technology-enabled, decision-making platform that consolidates authoritative data from each of the military services, provides global visualization of the forces and munitions, and allows course of action experimentation in order for users to provide the best validated military advice to senior-level decision-makers. The single-award task order was awarded under the SMDC’s Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, Domain 1 – space, high altitude and missile defense contract. The task order has a three-year period, which includes two one-year options. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama. Under the contract, SAIC will provide J3 Operations and J5 Strategic Plans and Policy with mission engineering and technology integration capabilities for the Orion Project. This work includes designing, developing, and prototyping of advanced information technology (IT) to implement hardware and software solutions for senior decision-makers. (Source: ASD Network)
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18 May 20. Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture between the global aerospace and technology business Paramount Group and Kazakhstan partners, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan to supply the Eurasian nation’s Ministry of Defence with a new batch of 4×4 Arlan armoured vehicles to be delivered in 2021.
22 May 20. Morocco signs loan for new ground-based air defence system. The Moroccan government has signed an export loan agreement with France’s BNP Paribas for the acquisition of a new ground-based air defence (GBAD) system. Announced via the country’s government gazette on 18 May, the loan agreement was given formal approval on 11 May through Decree 346.20.2. The loan, valued at EUR192.1m (USD210.6m) will be used to support a commercial contract between MBDA’s French subsidiary, and the Moroccan Department of National Defence. The loan agreement with Morocco is understood to be supporting the country’s acquisition of the VL MICA ground-based air defence system. While the specific system has not been disclosed, French and regional media have previously suggested that the contract would be for MBDA’s VL MICA system as part of a wider EUR400 million package that was to include the Nexter Caesar truck-mounted self-propelled artillery system. An MBDA spokesperson declined to comment. The VL MICA system in its land-based configuration consists of a series of truck-mounted elements, including a tactical operations centre, Sagem SIGMA 30 radar, and launcher vehicles that can carry between three and six multi-round launchers with the missiles in clusters of four rounds. (Source: Jane’s)
21 May 20. The United States is set to agree the sale of US$180m worth of submarine-launched torpedoes to Taiwan, as the island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, vowed during her second inauguration ceremony to bolster its defences. In a move likely to further inflame tensions between Beijing and Washington , the US Department of State said on Wednesday that it had approved the possible sale of 18 MK-48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology heavyweight torpedoes, which feature advanced sonar targeting for submarines, along with support equipment and related logistics support. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/https://www.scmp.com/)
20 May 20. The Italian government has revealed a hitherto-unconfirmed Leonardo military helicopter sale to Egypt, according to documents disclosed in late May. According to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Leonardo has sold 24 AW149 and eight AW189 helicopters to the Egyptian military for approximately EUR871m (USD957m). The sales were recorded in the ministry’s 2019 arms exports report to the Italian Senate of the Republic. The documents do not disclose any further information pertaining to production or delivery timelines, aircraft roles, or which branch of the Egyptian military will field them. While the Italian government report provided no details as to the intended role of the helicopters within the Egyptian military, it did note that the AW149s would be configured with eight seats (it can normally carry up to 18 passengers), while the similarly-sized AW189s will be configured with the maximum 19 seats. These configurations suggest that the AW149s will perform a specialist military task that requires the fitting of bespoke mission equipment, while the AW189s will be used for general passenger transport. Leonardo has not commented on the report nor the sales contained within it. (Source: Jane’s)
20 May 20. RAFAEL awarded international contract to supply Litening 5 and RecceLite airborne EO systems. RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems announced today that it has been awarded a contract to supply 5th generation Litening and RecceLite airborne electro-optical systems for installation on a combat platform of an undisclosed air force.
18 May 20. Saab Receives Airborne Surveillance Order. Saab has signed a contract and received an order for the Airborne Early Warning and Control solution Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C. The order value is 1.553bn SEK. Deliveries will be made between 2020 and 2023. The industry’s nature is such that due to circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information about the customer will not be announced. Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C is a complete AEW&C system with multi-role and multi-mission capabilities for both military and civil needs. It is based on the Saab 2000 aircraft equipped with Saab’s airborne radar Erieye and a range of other sensors. The solution gives the user detailed situational awareness and can be used for tasks including border surveillance and search-and-rescue operations. Saab will carry out the work in Gothenburg, Järfälla, Linköping, Luleå and Arboga, Sweden.
18 May 20. Defence Global Competitiveness Grants awarded. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price unveiled the latest round of Defence Global Competitiveness Grant awards on 15 May. The scheme provides grants to SMEs of up to $150,000, covering a maximum of half the cost of investing in projects that build export capability towards a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry. (Source: Defence Connect)