08 Jul 20. Cohort’s wholly owned subsidiary MASS Consultants Ltd (“MASS”) has been awarded the Joint Command and Staff Training (JCAST) contract for UK Strategic Command. This contract has a value in excess of £11m spread evenly over two years, with a further three one-year options. Work on the contract will commence immediately to ensure continuity of service.
05 Jul 20. Filtronic lands £4.9m contract for defence and aerospace sector. Leeds-based Filtronic has announced a significant contract win from its lead defence and aerospace customer for the supply of Transmit-Receive Modules (TRM’s) for airborne applications. The AIM-listed designer and manufacturer of products for the critical communications, wireless telecoms and defence & aerospace markets, said the order, is valued at £4.9m. The deal is for the supply of these modules over a two-year period and delivery is expected to commence in August 2020. This order is a follow-on contract to the supply contract signed in 2017, which concluded in June 2020 but is for a new end-client of the customer. These modules will be manufactured at its highly automated state-of-the-art hybrid microelectronics manufacturing operation in Sedgefield, County Durham. (Source: Google/https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/)
06 Jul 20. Cohort Subsidiary Chess Dynamics has secured a two-year contract to supply a Northern European customer with surveillance equipment. The contract is worth £20m and deliveries will commence in the second half of the group’s 2021 financial year. (Source: Investors Chronicle)
08 Jul 20. Further to orders received in recent years, Elbit Systems will supply more than 1,000 additional E-LynXTM Software Defined Radio (SDR) systems to the Swedish Army, expanding the involvement of the Company in Sweden’s tactical radio upgrade program. Elbit Systems is the supplier of the SDR network solution to the Swedish Army, for which serial deliveries commenced in 2018. The new delivery, which will be carried out through Elbit Systems’ subsidiary in Germany, will include the E-LynX handheld and vehicular configurations. The E-LynX radio systems facilitate advanced networking solutions in both open field and in urban areas. The E-LynX family of radio systems is designed with an open architecture approach, features unique waveforms and enables the adoption of a range of additional European and NATO waveforms. The installment base of the E-LynX SDR systems has been growing on an ongoing basis. Elbit Systems is the provider of current and future land SDR systems of the Israeli Defense Forces and was selected to supply E-Lynx systems to additional modern armed forces.
09 Jul 20. Supacat has won an order to supply four Coyote armoured reconnaissance vehicles to the Estonian special forces. Jackals will be loaned until March 2021 or earlier if the Coyotes are delivered before then. Boasting a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across the roughest terrain, the Jackal has been extensively used by British forces in Afghanistan.
08 Jul 20. ECA Group selects the UAV SKELDAR V-200 within the Belgium Naval & Robotics mine countermeasures drones system for the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies. ECA Group awarded UMS SKELDAR a procurement contract to supply the UAV SKELDAR V-200 as part of the naval mine countermeasures capability replacement, a programme led by Belgium Naval & Robotics – a consortium including Naval Group and ECA Group – which will supply twelve mine hunters equipped with drone systems (Toolbox) to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies. Working across 12 new generation ships (six each for the Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies), this contract is the first to materialize the stand-off concept by using a Toolbox – a system composed of a variety of drones to be deployed by operators in order to fulfil autonomous mine clearance missions at sea. The UAV SKELDAR V-200 is an integrated part of the Toolbox, which will also consist of surface drones USV INSPECTOR125, underwater drones AUV A18M and towed sonars T18 for mine detection, alongside the MIDS (Mine Identification and Disposal) system for mine identification and neutralization, SEASCAN and K-STER. Selected also by the German and Canadian Navies, the SKELDAR V-200 provides navies with an embedded, “eye in the sky” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to enhance its capacity to perform primary and secondary missions. For the contract with ECA Group, serial deliveries of the UAV SKELDAR V-200 are expected to start in 2023.
09 Jul 20. Saab Receives Order for Torpedo 62 Life Extension. Saab has received a first order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the life extension of the heavyweight torpedo system. The order value is approximately 485 MSEK and deliveries will take place during 2020-2024. The order is part of a life extension programme for the heavyweight torpedo and mainly comprises a review of the system, modifications and enhancements. The order also includes preparations for upcoming stages of the life extension programme. Torpedo 62 is a heavyweight torpedo system for surface and underwater targets. Torpedo 62 is equipped with an advanced propulsion system with high capacity and long endurance, combined with an advanced target seeker, developed for the Swedish Navy’s operational area. (Source: ASD Network)
09 Jul 20. Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. It had successfully logged up more than 46,000 flight hours in over 4,100 operational flights. Also in March this year, the German Air Force passed the milestone of 10 years of Heron 1 operations in Afghanistan, with a first operational flight dating back to 17th March 2010. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services has also been extended for the period August 2020 / July 2021 (with an option for August 2021 / July 2022). It had logged more than 11,500 flight hours in over 1200 operational flights. The system’s first flight in Mali dates back to 1st November 2016 after the first service contract was signed in July 2016. When adding the Heron 1’s operations for the German Armed Forces in both Afghanistan and Mali, the Air Force’s UAV system has thus chalked up more than 57,500 successful operational flight hours.
06 Jul 20. The Government of France has requested to buy three (3) E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft, ten (10) T-56-427A engines (6 installed and 4 spares), three (3) AN/APY-9 radar assemblies, four (4) AN/ALQ-217 electronic support measure systems (3 installed and 1 spare), three (3) AN/AYK-27 Integrated Navigation Channels and Display Systems, five (5) Link-16 (MIDS-JTRS) Communications Systems (3 installed and 2 spares), ten (10) Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) Devices (6 installed and 4 spares), four (4) AN/APX-122(A) and AN/APX-123(A) Identification, Friend or Foe systems (3 installed and 1 spare) and one (1) Joint Mission Planning System. Also included are Common Systems Integration Laboratories with/Test Equipment, one in Melbourne, FL, and the other in France; air and ground crew equipment; support equipment; spare and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; transportation; training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor logistics, engineering, and technical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $2bn. The principal contractor will be Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, Aerospace Systems, Melbourne, FL. 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: glstrade.com)
06 Jul 20. Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $34,749,670 modification (P00011) to previously-awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract N00019-18-C-1068. This modification provides for the production and delivery of 58 additional Lot 20 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical missiles (29 for the Navy and 29 for the Air Force); an additional 61 Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (one for the Navy and 60 for the Air Force); an additional 35 all up round containers (12 for the Navy and 23 for the Air Force); and one lot of spares assets for the governments of Finland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Turkey and Poland. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (31%); Andover, Massachusetts (10%); Keyser, West Virginia (9%); Santa Clarita, California (8%); Hillsboro, Oregon (5%); Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (5%); Goleta, California (4%); Cheshire, Connecticut (4%); Heilbronn, Germany (3%); Simsbury, Connecticut (2%); San Jose, California (2%); Valencia, California (2%); Anaheim, California (2%); Cajon, California (2%); Cincinnati, Ohio (1%); Anniston, Alabama (1%); San Diego, California (1%); Chatsworth, California (1%); Amesbury, Massachusetts (1%); Claremont, California (1%); Sumner, Washington (1%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (4%), and is expected to be completed by July 2023. Fiscal 2020 missile procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $23,081,565; fiscal 2020 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,021,806; fiscal 2019 missile procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $135,020; fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $40,506; fiscal 2018 missile procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $40,506; fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $13,502; and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $416,765 will be obligated at the time of award, $54,008 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
06 Jul 20. The Government of Lithuania has requested to buy six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in standard U.S. Government configuration with designated unique equipment and Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) with fourteen (14) T700-GE-701D engines (12 installed and 2 spares); eight (8) AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) (6 production and 2 spares); twelve (12) M240H machine guns. Also included are fifteen (15) EAGLE +429 Embedded Global Positioning/Inertial Navigation (EGI) System (12 production and 3 spares); eight (8) AN/APX-123A Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder (6 production and 2 spares); fifteen (15) AN/ARC-201D (twelve (12) production and three (3) spares); fifteen (15) AN/ARC-231 radios (12 production and 3 spares); eight (8) AN/ARC-220 radios (6 production and 2 spares); two (2) VRC-100 HF Radio Ground Stations (1 for primary operations and 1 spares); eight (8) AN/AVR-2B Laser Warning Receiver (6 production and 2 spares); twelve (12) Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) User Data Module (UDM); eight (8) TALON Forward Looking Infrared Radar (TALON FLIR) (6 production and 2 spares); eight (8) EBC-406 Emergency Locator Transmitter (6 production and 2 spares); thirty (30) AN/AVS-6 Military Grade Night Vision Goggles; fifteen (15) AN/AVS-7 Improved Heads Up Display (IHUD) (Day) (12 for primary aircrew and 3 spares); fifteen (15) AN/AVS-7 Improved Heads Up Display (IHUD (Night) (12 for primary aircrew and 3 spares); five hundred (500) 1305-A965, CTG, 25.4mm, decoy M839; eight hundred (800) flare, aircraft, countermeasure, M206; thirty-eight thousand four hundred (38,400) 7.62mm, 4 Ball, M80, 1 Tracer, Linked A; eight (8) cartridge, impulse, MH44-0; twenty-four (24) cartridge, aircraft fire extinguisher; eight (8) cartridge, impulse, CCU-92/A; one thousand four hundred forty (1,440) cartridge, impulse, BBU-35/B; aircraft warranty, air worthiness support, spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, ground support equipment, site surveys, tool and test equipment, Security Assistance Training Field Activity (SATFA) Aviation Courses, Technical Assistance Fielding Team (TAFT), U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of program, technical and logistics support. The total estimated program cost is $380m. The principal contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft Company, Stratford, CT; and General Electric Aircraft Company (GEAC) in Lynn, MA. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
06 Jul 20. Qinetiq Wins EUR8.5m Contract With the European Space Agency. New contract will see QinetiQ design and build a platform for microgravity-based heat transfer experiments to be installed on the International Space Station. QinetiQ’s space business has secured a new contract worth €8.5m with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and production of microgravity-based heat transfer experiments, expected to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2026. Called the Heat Transfer Host 1, or simply HOST1, the contract includes the development of the experimentation platform and four scientific experiments for studying heat transfer phenomena within different types of heat pipes while in microgravity: the heat pipes in question are used in thermal management of electronics, engines in automotive and aeronautic industries, and heat recovery systems like thermal solar panels. (Source: ASD Network)
09 Jul 20. Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) announced today, that its Mission-Critical Technologies group, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, was awarded $9.1m of additional funding, including $7.8m in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, all which is part of its previously announced $223.4m contract to provide Very Small Aperture Terminals (“VSATs”) to support the U.S. Army. The contract has been funded $194.9m to date. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
07 Jul 20. Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division was awarded a $950m ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). The Air Force will use the contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This contract is part of a multiple award, multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
08 Jul 20. Northrop Grumman Short Range Air Defense System Selected as Command and Control for US Forces to Counter Aerial Threats. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as the interim command and control system for future Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial System (C-sUAS) procurements. The decision follows the findings of a service board established by the DOD’s Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-sUAS) Office to evaluate and provide an order-of-merit list for “best-of-breed” systems to counter small drones. The down-select board was comprised of representatives from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Special Operations Command, and senior representatives from the acquisition, technical, operational and other communities. FAAD C2 will serve as the current joint common C-sUAS C2 platform while an enduring solution is developed.
07 Jul 20. PacStar®, a leading developer and supplier of advanced communications solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), today announced it has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Army’s Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced (ESB-E) program. Under the contract, PacStar will deliver its PacStar 400-Series modular platform to enhance agile and reliable tactical communications for the expeditionary-style warfare units increasingly relied upon by DoD organizations. Expeditionary Signal Battalions (ESB) support units that do not have organic communications capabilities such as military intelligence battalions, chemical battalions, engineering battalions, and air defense artillery branches. Within these battalions, the Army recognized a need to improve communications performance and speed of equipment delivery. As a result, the Army adopted a more expeditionary approach to these battalions’ tactical communications by providing more special ops gear to enable early entry. This approach facilitates uninterrupted mission command, thus rapid deployment and maneuverability across the battlefield. One example of this is the ESB Scalable Network Node (SNN) which is the focal point of the ESB-E construct and requires systems to be scalable between small, medium, and large configurations as the mission dictates. PacStar 400-Series solutions equip these smaller units with the lightweight communications equipment they need to help them maneuver quickly from situation to situation. The platform features 128 GB RAM, virtual routing, and the new PacStar 463 Radio Gateway. DoD organizations can also leverage PacStar Smart Chassis, powered by a first-of-its-kind communications server that provides a mechanical and electrical standalone capability to house up to five PacStar 400-Series modules. PacStar Smart Chassis may be utilized as a standalone entity or a component in a larger system. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Jul 20. Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $6,000,000,000 modification (P00102) to six-year base contract SPRBL1-15-D-0017 with one four-year option period, to add an additional year of performance and increase funding for depot-level repairables and consumable spare parts, as well as repair and engineering services for multiple weapon systems. This modification increases the contract ceiling from $2,000,000,000 to $8,000,000,000. 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 an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with both fixed-price and cost elements. Location of performance is Massachusetts, with a Sept. 27, 2021, ordering period end date. Using customer is the Department of Defense. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2021 Army working capital funds and other procurement funds as necessary. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
08 Jul 20. Wickr to provide secure communications platform across US DoD. Wickr has secured a contract from the US Air Force (USAF) to provide its recall, alert and messaging (Wickr RAM) across the US Department of Defense (DoD). Under the $35m contract, Wickr will deliver secure communications to the army, navy, marine corps and airforce with end-to-end encrypted file, video, chat, text and voice services for end-users. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) certified Wickr RAM will enable full administrative and compliance controls. The end-to-end encrypted collaboration platform is a DoD approved Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) certified application suite. Accredited by the DoD, the self-hosted platform is the only collaboration service that meets the security criteria of the National Security Agency (NSA). Further, the technology requires an Air Force Cloud One and Air Force Special Operations Command Cloud certified fully managed service provider. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
08 Jul 20. Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) has been contracted to manufacture Communication Data Link System –Technical Refresh (CDLS-TR) equipment. The contract has been awarded by the US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). Under the $9m, five-year, sole source contract, Cubic will deliver its Sharklink system for use on two CVN aircraft carriers. The initial Sharklink systems are currently being installed on USS Nimitz and USS Carl Vinson. A part of the US Navy’s CDL system of systems, the high-performance Sharklink is a surface data terminal. It supports secure, long-range high data rate communications with airborne and shipboard platforms. (Source: naval-technology.com)
09 Jul 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $56,100,000 not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract modification (P00018) to previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract N00019-19-C-0010. This modification provides systems integration engineering support and procures long lead material to ensure the ASQ-239 electronic warfare/countermeasures production capability remains on track to meet Lot 17 deliveries. This modification provides for the continuation of Block 4 electronic warfare development without creating a gap in engineering resources in support of the Navy, Air Force and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants. Work will be performed in Nashua, New Hampshire (85%); and Fort Worth, Texas (15%), and is expected to be completed by December 2020. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $6,986,000; fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force) funds in the amount of $6,986,000; and non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $3,026,680, 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.
08 Jul 20. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), today announced the United States Army exercised the first of three options under the sole source Flight Control Systems (FCS) domain of the Army’s multi-year small UAS contract on April 28, 2020. The value of the initial contract option is $21,058,643 and includes avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies employed by the Army’s existing fleet of Raven® tactical UAS, the largest fleet of Raven systems in the world. Delivery will take place over a two-year period. The Army exercised the option under the FCS domain awarded to AeroVironment by the Army in June 2019. FCS is one of six domains comprising the Army’s existing five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) SUAS contract, and has a potential value of up to $55m.
08 Jul 20. Leidos has won a single-award task order from the US Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACG-APG). Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order, the company will deliver the Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S) system and software support. It is intended for the modern platform sensor and electronic warfare systems of the US Army’s Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Software Engineering Center (SEC), Sensors and Mission Equipment Division (SMED). CECOM is a major subordinate command and serves as the army’s materiel integrator. It sustains and delivers command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) readiness. It works with other Army Materiel Command (AMC) commands and industry partners to provide C5ISR hardware, software and mission command capabilities. (Source: army-technology.com)
08 Jul 20. Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), through its Orolia Government Systems business, has been selected by Raytheon Missiles & Defense to support the US Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) radar program with its low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power), rugged time and frequency system. Raytheon Missiles & Defense was selected by the United States Army in October 2019 to provide the next-generation LTAMDS, which is an advanced air and missile defense radar. The LTAMDS system will help the U.S. Army defeat advanced threats, including hypersonic weapons. Orolia was chosen for the LTAMDS program based on its core expertise in resilient timing and configurable ruggedized PNT systems for challenging environments, together with its proven track record of successfully delivering time and frequency platforms for other Raytheon Programs of Record. Orolia was the first company to receive approval for a time and frequency reference system on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) Approved Products List for network interoperability, with its flagship SecureSync system. (Source: PR Newswire)
08 Jul 20. Q-Net Security, Inc. (QNS) announced a $3m project from the U.S. Air Force, as part of a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract. This research will advance the development of the QNS’ cybersecurity product, and partners QNS with the Air Force’s Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division. QNS is an innovative cyber security company based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 2015 by a team of highly acclaimed technologists, engineers, and security experts, QNS is driven to secure critical infrastructure. QNS solutions drop into networks to protect devices and provide secure communication that may leverage public networks, including LTE and the Internet. Through the power, performance, and the immutability of its solution, the QNS hardware-barrier is a groundbreaking approach to cybersecurity; in 2019, QNS was selected as one of the Top 10 Security Solutions by CFO Tech Outlook. This SBIR contract is a highly competitive program coordinated through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and AFWERX, the Air Force’s team of innovators. AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning with SBIR 18.2, in 2018, and now in 20.R, the Air Force has begun offering ‘Special’ SBIR topics that are faster, leaner, and open to a broader range of innovations. (Source: PR Newswire)
09 Jul 20. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) was awarded a five year contract from Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) with the first year valued just above $7m. Under this contract, SPA will provide strategic policy, compliance, safety engineering, and assessment support. SPA’s world class team of experts possesses a deep history supporting the Nuclear Surety program, and will utilize advanced and cutting edge analysis, modeling, simulation, and data analytics expertise to deliver innovative and effective solutions to SSP. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., provides knowledge based solutions integrating technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business factors in support of important national security objectives. Our employees have expertise in many domains, including: Land, Undersea, Surface and Air Warfare Operations; Radar and Sensor Systems; Unmanned Systems and Counter Systems; Nuclear Deterrence Policy, Safety and Security; Defense Industrial Base; Space Systems; Ballistic Missile Systems; and Hypersonics. Our capabilities include: Advanced Analytics; System Engineering and Safety Analysis; Strategy, Policy and Compliance; Program and Acquisition Management; Software Tool Development. (Source: PR Newswire)
REST OF THE WORLD
06 Jul 20. The Government of Israel has requested to buy approximately 990m gallons of Petroleum-based products, to include JP-8 Aviation Fuel, Diesel Fuel, and Unleaded Gasoline. The total estimated cost is $3bn. U.S. vendors will be selected using a competitive bid process through Defense Logistics Agency Energy for supply source(s). There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
07 Jul 20. Advanced Braking Technology and VEEM to benefit from ADF Hawkei acquisition program. Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has announced a $2.1m contract for Perth-based businesses Advanced Braking Technology and VEEM, which will design and manufacture a specialised braking system for the Army’s Hawkei vehicle. The contract will help both Advanced Braking Technology and VEEM to diversify their customer bases worldwide and demonstrates their ability to meet Defence’s high engineering standards. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Advanced Braking Technology was selected in May last year to provide a brake system for testing to Thales Australia, the manufacturer of the Hawkei. (Source: Defence Connect)
06 Jul 20. The Government of Argentina has requested to buy twenty-seven (27) M1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and twenty-seven (27) M2 Flex .50 Cal Machine Guns. Also included are AN/VAS-5 Driver’s Vision Enhancers; AN/VIC-3 Vehicle Intercom Systems; AN/VRC-91E Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS); Basic Issue Items (BIi); Components of End Items (COEI); Additional Authorized List (AAL); Special Tools and Test Equipment (STTE); M6 Smoke Grenade launchers and associated spares; Outside Continental United States (OCONUS) De-processing Service; OCONUS Contractor-provided training; Field Service Representatives (FSR); technical manuals; spare parts; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $100m. The prime contractor will be General Dynamics Land Systems, Anniston, AL. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
06 Jul 20. Kawasaki Heavy Industries secures contract to develop new MMPS for JGSDF. The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) a JPY3.5bn (USD32.5m) contract for the development of a new road-mobile multipurpose missile system (MPMS) for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).KHI has been awarded a JPY3.5bn (USD32.5m) contract to develop the new multipurpose missile system (MPMS) Kai for the JGSDF. Documents obtained by Janes on 6 July show that the contract for the new system, which is being referred to as MPMS Kai, was signed on 30 March. The new MPMS, which will consist of a command-and-control centre, a multifunction radar, and at least one launcher – each of which will be mounted on separate 4×4 vehicles – will incorporate features from both the Type 96 MPMS and the Middle-range Multi-Purpose Missile (MMPM or Chū-MPM). Both of these road-mobile systems, which are manufactured by KHI, are currently operated by the JGDSF. The ATLA said the new MPMS will be designed to counter the growing quality and quantity of amphibious warfare platforms being developed by neighbouring countries. This includes the system’s ability to target landing craft – including high-speed air-cushioned landing craft – and amphibious assault vehicles. The ATLA said the new MPMS will be “more capable than existing equipment”. (Source: Jane’s)
10 Jul 20. The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had approved the possible sale of 105 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets to Japan at an estimated cost of $23bn. The Japanese request included 63 F-35A and 42 F-35B aircraft, 110 Pratt and Whitney F135 engines, and related equipment, it said, and implementation of the proposed sale, including technical support and training, would take 25 years. (Source: Reuters)
09 Jul 20. The United States has approved a possible $620m upgrade package for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan, the State Department said, the latest purchase from the United States to deal with a rising threat from China. The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with the means to defend itself. China, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own territory, routinely denounces U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. Taiwan has requested to buy components to upgrade its Patriot missiles “in order to support an operational life of 30 years”, the State Department said on Thursday. Lockheed Martin will be the main contractor and the total estimated cost will be $620m, it added. (Source: Reuters)
07 Jul 20. Lockheed Martin Australia has signed a new contract with the Australian Department of Defence for ongoing sustainment of the Tactical Air Defence Radar System (TADRS). The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is using the system for air surveillance operations. Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said that the five-year A$50m ($34.6m) contract will sustain the mobile TADRS. Additionally, the contract will generate five new positions in Williamtown, New South Wales. Lockheed Martin Australia currently employs a team of 25 personnel for the TADRS, comprising hardware and logistics engineers, technicians, programme managers, commercial and business staff. In 2014, the company was awarded the contract to deliver the TADRS Block 3 Upgrade Project. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
10 Jul 20. Rohde & Schwarz Australia has signed a contract with BAE Systems to provide software defined radios, back up communications systems and monitoring for Royal Australian Air Force air traffic control (ATC). This contract forms part of Project AIR 5431 Phase 3, which will see the current fixed military air traffic management and control systems at 12 locations replaced with a new harmonised system. Project AIR 5431 Phase 3 feeds into the national OneSky Project, which aims to deliver safe and more efficient air traffic services; manage future air traffic growth; and support national security based on seamless civil-military co-operation in ATC. Project AIR 5431 Phase 3 will acquire the Defence element of the CMATS that will be used for the provision of air base air traffic services (ABATS) to both civil and military aircraft. CMATS will replace the air traffic management and control systems at nine military approach control sites and 12 military towers around Australia. (Source: Defence Connect)
09 Jul 20. NZ Government to purchase Bushmaster vehicles for its army. The New Zealand (NZ) Government has approved NZD102.9m ($67m) funding for the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles for its army. The funding also covers the procurement of a desktop simulator, support equipment and infrastructure upgrades at Linton Camp, as well as training. Once delivered, the new fleet of 43 Bushmaster vehicles will replace NZ’s existing armoured Pinzgauers. Designed by Australia, the Bushmaster NZ5.5 armoured vehicles will provide enhanced personnel protection and carrying capacity. Deliveries of the vehicles are expected to commence in late 2022. The entire fleet is anticipated to be introduced from late 2023. (Source: army-technology.com)
08 Jul 20. Israel Shipyards ‒ one of the largest privately owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean ‒ announces an agreement with an African navy for the supply of two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels. The vessels were designed for a wide range of missions, including protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region. The OPV 45s will be equipped with day/night observation systems as well as stabilized weapon systems, both Israeli-made, which will maximize the effectiveness of the vessels during their various missions. The agreement includes ongoing support and training of the technical and operational teams as well as the creation of a maintenance program within the framework of the company’s Integration Logistic Support (ILS) services. The OPV 45 is designed for a wide range of naval, para-military and HLS missions. It enables open sea patrol and surveillance and supports a wide variety of offshore missions such as the protection of facilities and EEZs, anti-terror/smuggling/illegal activity interdiction, intervention force boarding/landing, close-range naval combat operations, and enhanced search and rescue missions. The OPV 45 can also be equipped for minimizing illegal immigration transits, fishing protection and control, and anti-pollution activities.
06 Jul 20. The Government of Indonesia has requested to buy eight (8) MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft. Also included are twenty-four (24) AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engines; twenty (20) AN/AAQ-27 Forward Looking InfraRed Radars; twenty (20) AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems; twenty (20) AN/APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers; twenty (20) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems; twenty (20) AN/APX-117 Identification Friend or Foe Systems (IFF); twenty (20) AN/APN-194 Radar Altimeters; twenty (20) AN/ARN-147 VHF OmniDirectional Range (VOR) Instrument Landing System (ILS) Beacon Navigation Systems; forty (40) ARC-210 629F-23 Multi-Band Radios (Non-COMSEC); twenty (20) AN/ASN-163 Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers (MAGR); twenty (20) AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems; twenty (20) Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS II); twenty (20) M-240-D 7.64mm Machine Guns; twenty (20) GAU-21 Machine Guns; Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS) with unique planning components; publications and technical documentation; aircraft spares and repair parts; repair and return; aircraft ferry services; tanker support; support and test equipment; personnel training and training equipment; software; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services; and other elements of technical and program support. The estimated total cost is $2.0bn. The prime contractors will be Bell Textron Inc., Amarillo, Texas, and The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
08 Jul 20. The US State Department has agreed to approve a sale of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and related equipment to the Government of Jordan for $23m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible foreign military sale (FMS). Under the sale, Jordan is seeking the delivery of the US Army configured Black Hawk helicopter with two T700-GE-701D engines, one common missile warning system, one AN/APR-39 radar signal detecting set, and one AN/AVR-2B laser detecting set. Additionally, the sale includes two AN-ARC-231 radios, two AN-ARC-201D radios, one AN/APX-123A identification friend or foe (IFF) transponder, two embedded global positioning system with inertial navigation (EGIs), and one common missile warning system user data module. The US will also provide an Aviation Mission Planning System (AMPS), in addition to AMPS software development and support services along with other elements of logistical, engineering and programme support. Once delivered, the Black Hawk helicopters will supplement Jordan’s existing Royal Squadron fleet and facilitate the efficient movement of the Jordanian Royal Family. The proposed sale supports the foreign policy and national security of the US by enhancing the security of a major non-Nato ally, maintaining Middle East’s political stability and economic development. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
03 Jul 20. DIN devotes $1.5m to quantum tech research. Two “game-changing” research projects in the field of quantum science and technology will share in $1.5m of funding allocated through the Defence Industry Quantum Research Consortium, an initiative of the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN). Both world-first prototypes will have TRL 4-6 (technology readiness level) as well as clear commercial application. NSW chief scientist and engineer, Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, called the projects “game-changing”, adding that the goal was to develop encapsulated quantum devices within a 24-month time frame. The projects will tie together teams drawn from DIN member universities, along with multidisciplinary teams from industry and other universities based in NSW. Member universities include Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney and Western Sydney University. (Source: Defence Connect)
03 Jul 20. Systems Planning and Analysis Australia Pty Ltd (SPA Australia) was awarded a contract to support the Force Design Division of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under this contract, SPA Australia will provide analysis and modelling support to assist with the identification of capability requirements and trade-offs to enhance the effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force. SPA’s subject matter experts, advanced analytic techniques, along with an extensive and proven software tools portfolio, will provide objective evidence to inform design of the joint, integrated force and future acquisition decisions. The work will be conducted by the SPA Australia office in Canberra, a start-up with a growing Australian workforce and current open positions to hire additional local staff, further strengthening sovereign analytic and modelling capabilities. SPA Australia will utilise the expertise of our Australian employees, while leveraging the extensive experience of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) United States employees—experience honed over 48 years supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. (Source: PR Newswire)