23 Dec 20. Kongsberg to deliver remote weapon stations for UK’s MIV programme. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) has signed an Nkr1.03bn ($118m) contract to deliver Protector RS4 Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) for the British Army Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) has signed an Nkr1.03bn ($118m) contract to deliver Protector RS4 Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) for the British Army Mechanized Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. The contract, awarded by Thales UK, involves delivering Protector RWS for the British Army’s new fleet of Boxer 8×8 vehicles. Kongsberg has been delivering these remote weapon stations to the UK since 2008. (Source: Google/army-technology.com)
29 Dec 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $18,609,865 modification (P00064) to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0004). This modification exercises an option to provide maintenance and operation support for the Australia, Canada, United Kingdom Reprogramming Laboratory (ACURL). This effort includes support for all ACURL systems to include consumables for the F-35 aircraft in support of the governments of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Work will be performed in Valparaiso, Florida, and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $18,609,865 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.
28 Dec 20. Lockheed Martin Corp. Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $101,518,751 modification (P00039) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-18-C-1048). This modification adds scope to provide sustainment services and outcomes for the United Kingdom (U.K.) Ministry of Defense, supporting daily flight operations with the national specific capabilities required at various F-35 operating sites in support of the F-35 Lightning II U.K. Lightning Air-system National Capability Enterprise. Work will be performed in Samlesbury, United Kingdom (90%); Fort Worth, Texas (5%); and Orlando, Florida (5%), and is expected to be completed in December 2022. Non-U.S. Department of Defense participant funds in the amount of $101,518,751 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.
22 Dec 20. The Finnish Minister of Defense, Mr. Antti Kaikkonen has authorized Finnish Defence Forces to purchase Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system products, used for tactical communications. The Ministry of Defence has informed about the authorization today. Bittium and Finnish Defence Forces plan to sign a Framework Agreement of the delivery of Bittium TAC WIN products that covers the years 2021 – 2024, with a total value of approximately EUR 30m (excl. VAT) at the maximum. According to the Framework Agreement, Finnish Defence Forces would issue separate purchase orders for the Bittium TAC WIN system products each year. The radio units and routers of the software-defined radio system will be in use in all three Service Branches and C5 agency of the Defense Forces. The Framework Agreement will be a continuation of the several years of cooperation between Finnish Defence Forces and Bittium. It will continue the renewal of the Finnish Defence Forces’ command, control and communications system, where the Software-Defined Radio based Bittium TAC WIN system acts as the backbone for tactical data transfer. The products of the framework agreement are related to several ongoing projects in the Defense Forces, where Bittium TAC WIN provides broadband IP network connections for mobile communication stations and command posts. In the reformed combat doctrine of the Finnish Defence Forces, mobility, leading the troops on the move and effective communications play a key role. This Framework Agreement is a continuation of the previous Framework Agreement between Bittium and Finnish Defence Forces for the delivery of the Bittium TAC WIN system products. The previous agreement was announced on July 6, 2017 and it covered the years 2018 – 2020. Contractual orders have already been delivered to the Finnish Defense Forces in full.
30 Dec 20. On the 30th December 2020 at Guidoni Palace, headquarters of the General Secretariat of Defence and of the National Armaments Directorate, the Land Armaments Director Lieutenant General Paolo Giovannini and the Commercial Director of the Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO) Dr. Eng. Giovanni Luisi, signed a contract for 86 Centauro II armoured vehicles, plus 10 additional units in option, integrated logistic support and equipment. The contract, marking the follow-up of the initial supply of 10 units (purchased with the contract signed in July 2018) on a total need of the Italian Army of 150 units, ensures a long-term stability thus strengthening the strategic know-how for the land sector of the national industry of Defence and guaranteeing the production continuity.
22 Dec 20. Saab has secured a contract to upgrade French Air and Space Force’s mobile command and control systems. The contract, awarded by the French Armament General Directorate (DGA), will help in enhancing information assurance and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) capabilities of the systems, which include Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar and command and control shelter. The upgrades will also help in increasing the French Air Force’s Nato interoperability and extend the lifespan of the systems by at least ten additional years. (Source: Google/airforce-technology.com)
17 Dec 20. ESA Contracts ArianeGroup To Develop Themis Reusable Rocket Stage Demonstrator. ArianeGroup has received a 33m euros contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to begin the first development phase for the Themis reusable rocket stage demonstrator. Themis will use Prometheus, the very low-cost rocket engine demonstrator currently under development as an ESA program. The aim of the project, developed through the ArianeWorks platform, is to demonstrate Europe’s technological capacity in the field of reusability so that by 2022, the ESA member states will be in a position to determine the range of launchers most suited to the needs of Europe around 2030 based on available technologies, the requirements of Europe, and the evolution of the global space market. (Source: Satnews)
24 Dec 20. The European Space Agency has signed an €86m contract with an industrial team led by Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA to purchase a unique service: the first removal of an item of space debris from orbit. As a result, in 2025, ClearSpace will launch the first active debris removal mission, ClearSpace-1, which will rendezvous, capture and take down for re-entry the upper part of a Vespa (Vega Secondary Payload Adapter) used with Europe’s Vega launcher. This object was left in a ‘gradual disposal’ orbit (altitude of approximately 801 km by 664 km), complying with space debris mitigation regulations, following the second flight of Vega back in 2013. (Source: Space Connect)
22 Dec 20. Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) to define what is needed to meet Sweden’s requirements for the continued, effective operation and availability of Gripen C/D until 2035. The order value is 185 MSEK. The work will be conducted during the period of December 2020 to December 2021. (Source: ASD Network)
23 Dec 20. BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) announced today that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to lead a $106.6m microreactor development project. The DOE is contributing $85.3m to the cost-share project over seven years, with BWXT funding the remaining amount. The company’s BANR (BWXT Advanced Nuclear Reactor) program will pursue the development of a transportable microreactor with the design focused on advanced TRISO fuel particles to achieve higher uranium loading and improved fuel utilization. TRISO refers to a specific design of uranium nuclear reactor fuel that has many operational and safety benefits. As part of the program, BWXT plans to partner with two national laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to benefit from their extensive experience and capabilities with TRISO fuel and advanced reactor development. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
29 Dec 20. Vectrus Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded an $882,485,046 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operation, maintenance, and defense of Army communications. Bids were solicited via the internet with five received. Work will be performed in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 26, 2025. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $882,485,046 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W91RUS-21-C-0001).
28 Dec 20. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc. – Electronic Solutions, Wayne, New Jersey, is awarded an $86,910,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for systems engineering and integration of Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs). MIDS-LVTs provides secure, high-capacity, jam-resistant, digital data and voice communications capability for the Navy, Air Force and Army platforms, and the platforms of France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Work will be performed in Wayne, New Jersey (98%); and Paris, France (2%), and is expected to be completed by December 2025. No funding will be placed on contract or obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year. This sole source contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4) – International Agreement (Federal Acquisition Regulation subpart 6.302-4). The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N00039-21D4000).
29 Dec 20. The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $198,000,000 not-to-exceed undefinitized fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00028) to a previously awarded contract (N00019-18-C-1012). This modification provides for the integration of a ground control station that provides command and control capability in support of the MQ-25 air vehicle for the Navy. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (99%); and various locations within the continental U.S. (1%), and is expected to be completed in August 2024. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount $30,324,619 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
24 Dec 20. NASA awards Venture class launch services contract. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has awarded multiple Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 (VCLS Demo 2) contracts to launch small satellites (SmallSats) to space, including CubeSats, microsats or nanosatellites. The three companies selected to provide these commercial launch capabilities, and the value of their firm fixed-price contracts, are:
- Astra Space Inc. of Alameda, California: $3.9m
- Relativity Space Inc. of Long Beach, California: $3.0m
- Firefly Black LLC of Cedar Park, Texas: $9.8m
the universe – from weather satellites to telescopes to Mars rovers and more. (Source: Space Connect)
22 Dec 20. Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Under the projected five-year, $83.3m max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet. Boeing has provided field service representatives (FSR) for the U.S. Apache since 1985. Working side by side with Apache operators and maintainers, FSRs are located across the U.S. and deployed with Army units at international locations. The contract includes a base award and four option years. (Source: ASD Network)
24 Dec 20. CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64 Apache helicopters. The flight training support services will be provided at the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The total value of the contract, including the one-year base contract and six one-year options through 2027, is expected to be approximately US$90m. The initial base contract was included as part of CAE’s first quarter fiscal year 2021 order intake. The contract was protested and the contract award to CAE USA was subsequently upheld by the US Court of Federal Claims. Several industry partners will support CAE USA on delivering the Army’s Advanced Helicopter Flight Training Services, including Navigator Development Group, Pinnacle Solutions, and MAG Aerospace. (Source: ASD Network)
22 Dec 20. General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $219,999,984 modification (P00012) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract N00019-18-C-1061. This modification exercises an option to procure 48 F414-GE-400 engines and engine devices in support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet production aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts (59%); Hooksett, New Hampshire (18%); Rutland, Vermont (12%); and Madisonville, Kentucky (11%), and is expected to be completed in August 2023. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount $219,999,984 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
21 Dec 20. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider and industry-leading provider of high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial systems, announced today that Kratos has received a $17,776,055 award from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for work in support of the government’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) efforts, including as related to the XQ-58A Valkyrie. (Source: ASD Network)
29 Dec 20. Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has received a delivery order valued at $22m and funded at $11.8mi for satellite and communication system products, hardware and equipment. This modification is against a previously-awarded contract. This award is for mission activity and maneuver planning, telemetry processing, commanding, orbit and attitude management, resource management, space vehicle and ground system simulation, security, support planning and execution, training and testing. The modification will now sustain new capability such as virtualization, additional satellite constellation capacity and cybersecurity enhancements. Satellite state-of-health operations include launch, early orbit, on-orbit, anomaly resolution, disposal, and backup operations. (Source: ASD Network)
22 Dec 20. L3Harris scores award for US Navy’s Next Generation Jammer. The Navy recently announced a $496m contract with L3Harris for a portion of the Navy’s premier aerial-jamming platform. The engineering and manufacturing development contract is for the Next Generation Jammer Low Band. The Next Generation Jammer, which will be mounted aboard EA-18G Growlers, is the Navy’s and, by extension, the joint force’s leading aerial electronic attack platform. It will replace the ALQ-99 jamming pod and has been broken up into three pods covering three portions of the electromagnetic spectrum: mid, low and high. The Navy awarded the mid-band pod to Raytheon in 2016. In 2018, the Navy awarded contracts to Northrop Grumman and L3 Technologies to demonstrate existing systems as a means of buying down risk on the eventual program and awardee. The timeline and funding for a high-band post is unclear at this time. Officials have said not all three will be integrated on aircraft at once. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
30 Dec 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $903,585,384 modification (P00007) to a previously awarded, fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract (N0001920C0009). This modification procures long lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time production and delivery of 133 Lot 16 F-35 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (57%); El Segundo, California (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Orlando, Florida (4%); Cameri, Italy (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Baltimore, Maryland (3%); San Diego, California (2%); Nagoya, Japan (2%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2%), and is expected to be completed in May 2026. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $270,826,000; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $278,731,000; non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $227,863,000; and FMS funds in the amount of $126,165,384 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.
28 Dec 20. Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,287,572,649 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm undefinitized contract. This contract procures recurring logistics services, including ground maintenance activities, action request resolution, depot activation activities, automatic logistics information system operations and maintenance, reliability, maintainability and health management implementation, and support, supply chain management and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training in support of in-service F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter air systems for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (61%); Orlando, Florida (24%); Greenville, South Carolina (8%); Samlesbury, United Kingdom (4%); and El Segundo, California (3%), and is expected to be completed in December 2021. Fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Air Force) funds in the amount of $100,333,061; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $50,285,845; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $22,734,321; fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance (Air National Guard) funds in the amount of $6,529,952; non-U.S. DOD participant funds in the amount of $88,418,881; and FMS funds in the amount of $43,569,059 will be obligated at time of award, $179,883,179 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 (N00019-21-C-0020).
22 Dec 20. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a production contract for 19 GQM-163A “Coyote” supersonic sea-skimming target (SSST) vehicles. The $57mi award could be worth up to $250m with options for an additional 84 target vehicles. This brings the GQM-163A targets ordered to date to 200. The Coyote is a high performance, supersonic target missile used to test naval ship defenses. The company uses 3D printing extensively to build mockups, tooling, and preliminary design modifications. The design integrates a solid-fuel, air-breathing ducted rocket propulsion system with high performance avionics capable of providing multiple threat scenarios. Northrop Grumman designed, developed and first flew the Coyote in 2003. The company has since delivered 124 targets to the U.S. Navy and successfully launched them 79 times.
29 Dec 20. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded a minimum $246,428,549 modification (P00004) to a four-year base contract (SPRTA1-19-D-0001) with one five-year option period to add pricing for the manufacture of B-2 exhaust pipes. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Oklahoma, Utah, Ohio and California, with a July 1, 2025, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
30 Dec 20. Pierce Aerospace and the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing announced that the US Air Force awarded them an Agility Prime contract for “Decentralized Remote ID for Air Vehicles: Optimization of Low Latency, Scalable Data Networks Via Emulation, Modelling, and Simulation. This award comes on the heels of Pierce Aerospace’s recent advances with Flight Portal ID, a Remote ID and Combat ID technology suite, including a recent integration with US Army Command and Control systems in downtown New Orleans airspace. (Source: UAS VISION)
30 Dec 20. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $74,101,557 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00046) to a previously awarded contract (N00019-16-C-0048). This modification adds scope to provide low rate initial production organic capability pilot repair material, technical publications, peculiar support equipment and logistics support for the CH-53K aircraft. Work will be performed in Shelton, Connecticut (53.1%); Bohemia, New York (13.86%); Rockmart, Georgia (9.54%); Los Angeles, California (7.91%); Forest, Ohio (2.59%); Redmond, Washington (2.36%); Stratford, Connecticut (1.62%); Blacksburg, Virginia (1.11%); various locations within the continental U.S. (7.82%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (0.09%), and is expected to be completed in December 2025. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $74,101,557 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.
28 Dec 20. USAF Research Laboratory issues 17 grants for quantum research. The Air Force Research Laboratory issued 17 grants to scientists and engineers around the world in an attempt to accelerate innovation in quantum information science that can help the U.S. military. AFRL’s Office of Scientific Research initially solicited white papers on four focus areas: communications, computing, sensing and timing. Ultimately, the office invited 36 submissions originating from 22 different countries to compete in for funding at a three-day virtual pitch competition in September hosted at the Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator. Seventeen participants ultimately applied for and received one-year grants of approximately $75,000 for basic research. (Source: Defense News)
REST OF THE WORLD
28 Dec 20. Indian Army to procure 118 Arjun Mk-1A tanks. The Indian Army has initiated the process to procure 118 Arjun Mk-1A Main Battle Tanks (MBT) for nearly Rs89.57bn ($1.22bn). The Indian Army has initiated the process to procure 118 Arjun Mk-1A Main Battle Tanks (MBT) for nearly Rs89.57bn ($1.22bn). The Deputy Chief of Army Staff will soon forward the file for procurement to the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) to put up the case, The Hindu reported quoting sources familiar with the development. The case is expected to be placed before the Defence Procurement Board (DPB) and the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) next month, the report further added. (Source: army-technology.com)
30 Dec 20. South Korea’s Hanwha partners with European firm to build M3 bridging vehicles. The South Korean Army is set to deploy European amphibious bridging vehicles under licensed production to boost its operational capability across water obstacles. The M3 Amphibious Rig, developed by General Dynamics European Land Systems, is to be locally produced by prime contractor Hanwha Defense, according to sources at the Defense Acquisition Program Administration. The contract is worth about $460m and will see the production of about 100 M3 vehicles for deployment starting in 2023. (Source: Defense News)
28 Dec 20. Hanwha Systems secures contract for second batch of indigenous C2A command-and-control systems. Hanwha Systems announced on 27 December that it has secured a KRW184.6bn (USD168.5m) contract from South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to produce a second batch of locally developed ‘Command, Control, and Alert’ (C2A) systems. Hanwha Systems announced on 27 December that it has secured a KRW184.6bn (USD168.5m) contract to produce a second batch of locally developed ‘Command, Control, and Alert’ (C2A) systems. (DAPA) (Source: Jane’s)
22 Dec 20. Hyundai Rotem to produce third batch of K2 MBTs for RoKA. South Korean company Hyundai Rotem announced on 22 December that it has been awarded a KRW533bn (USD481.4m) contract by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) for the production of a third batch of K2 Black Panther main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). The company provided no details about the number of MBTs set to be built but sources told Janes that the third batch is expected to comprise a total of 54 K2s, with the new tanks set to feature a locally developed engine and a German-made transmission system, like those made under the second batch. The company said delivery of the MBTs is set to be completed by 2023. (Source: Jane’s)
30 Dec 20. Premier Explosives Limited (PEL) has received an enhancement in order from Israel Aerospace Industries Limited (IAI) for the development & supply of EDRM Rocket Motors for a total value of USD 13,84,000 in place of USD 5,20,000. These ordered items are expected to be delivered by September 30, 2021. On August 20, 2020, the company had informed the bourses that it had received orders from IAI for a total value of USD 5,20,000. Last month, the company had bagged another order from Ministry of Defence, GOI for the procurement of 26 MM Chaffs worth Rs 13.78 crore. Besides, it had also received an order from Ministry of Defence, GOI for the procurement of 50 MM flares worth Rs 20.33 crore. By the end of September 2020, PEL’s total order book stood at Rs 510.9 crore, out of which, its explosive business comprises around Rs 116.1 crore, defence segment-Rs 219.6 crore and services i.e. O&M was Rs 175.2 crore. The order book gives revenue visibility for the next 3-4 years. Recently, the company has received an industrial licence from Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT) under Arms Act 1959 for manufacturing all types of warheads as well as electronic & mechanical fuses. This will enable PEL to enter into new business areas in defence explosives. (Source: Google/https://www.dsij.in/)
23 Dec 20. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announces that it has been awarded a $200m contract to provide an Asian country with the SPICE 2000 air-to-surface, the Spike ATGMs, tactical, electro-optically guided missiles and advanced communication systems. SPICE is a family of stand-off, autonomous, air-to-ground weapon systems that strike targets with pinpoint accuracy and at high attack volumes, independently of GPS navigation, based on autonomous electro-optic Scene-Matching Artificial Intelligence (AI) Algorithms. The SPICE family, operational and combat proven in the Israeli air force and other global users, consists SPICE-250, SPICE-1000, and SPICE variants, with ranges of up to 100km. The Spike family consists of five variants (SR, MR, LR2, ER2, NLOS) of electro-optical, multi-purpose, multi-platform missiles, with ranges of up to 32 km and fire-and-update capabilities. To-date, Spike has been sold to 35 countries, including 19 NATO nations, with over 33,000 missiles already supplied and more than 6,000 fired in tests and in combat. Spike missiles have been integrated onto 45 different vehicular, helicopter and naval platforms. The new contract includes Rafael’s Bnet system, a family of advanced Broadband IP MANET (Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork) Software Defined Radios for tactical operations, supporting the modern digital battlefield’s needs with high-speed, low delay, reliable connectivity for data, voice and video on-the-move.
29 Dec 20. The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy spare parts to support their upgraded Patriot systems. Included is one (1) set of Authorized Stockage List (ASL), Prescribed Load List (PLL) and Higher Headquarters Battery (HHB) spare parts; one (1) set of Authorized Stockage List (ASL), Prescribed Load List (PLL) and Higher Headquarters Battery (HHB) spare parts; one (1) set of Fixed Site Antenna Mast Group (ATG)/Information and Coordination Central (ICC) Tethered Manstation Kit (ITMK) spare parts, transportation, organizational equipment, support equipment, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, maintenance services, 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 $200m. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Waltham, MA. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
23 Dec 20. Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $22,013,540 sole-source hybrid, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00002) under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Case JA-P-NCO contract HQ0851-21-C-0001. This modification extends performance of Aegis FMS Baseline J7.B development and radar production, integration, test planning support and includes assessment of alternatives studies. The work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey. The period of performance is from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. The total value of the contract increases from $35,582,832 by $22,013,540 to $57,596,372. Funds from the government of Japan in the amount of $22,013,540 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Dahlgren, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HQ02851-21-C-0001).
30 Dec 20. Thales Australia has been awarded A$23.7m contract by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) to deliver enhanced sonar systems of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines. Thales Australia has been awarded A$23.7m contract by the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) to deliver enhanced sonar systems of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines. Under the contract, Thales Australia will design and implement the Mine and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar (MOAS) and High Frequency Intercept Array (HFIA) systems for the six operational Collins-class submarines. The Mine and Obstacle Avoidance System will have capability to acoustically detect obstacles, including mines. The High Frequency Intercept Array is designed to help detect high frequency emissions like sonars, and emerging undersea threats. The upgrades are expected to enhance the capability of the Collins-class submarines while boosting the Australian Defence industry. (Source: naval-technology.com)
29 Dec 20. The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy eight (8) AH-64E Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters and remanufacture sixteen (16) of their AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration consisting of: eight (8) AH-64E Apache Helicopters (new procurement); sixteen (16) AH-64E Apache Helicopters (remanufacture); twenty-two (22) T700-GE 701D engines; thirty-six (36) remanufactured T700-GE 701D engines; twenty-seven (27) AN/AAR-57 Counter Missile Warning Systems (CMWS); eighteen (18) Embedded Global Position Systems with Inertial Navigation (EGI) with Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR); thirty-six (36) remanufactured EGIs with MMR; eight (8) AN/ASQ-170(V) Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/AN/AAQ-11 Pilot Night Vision Sensor (MTADS/PNVS); seventeen (17) AN/APG-78 Longbow Fire Control Radars (FCR) with Radar Electronics Units (REU); seventeen (17) APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (M-RFI); eighteen (18) M299 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile Launchers; four (4) remanufactured M299 AGM-114 Hellfire Missile Launchers; and other related equipment; training devices; transportation; wheeled vehicles and organizational equipment; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support. The total estimated cost is $4.0bn. The principal contractors associated with this sale will be The Boeing Company, Mesa, AZ; Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, FL; General Electric, Cincinnati, OH; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, NY; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, FL; and Raytheon Corporation, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
29 Dec 20. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested to buy three thousand (3,000) GBU-39 SDB I munitions. 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 will be $290m. The principal contractor will be Boeing, St. Louis, MO. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale; however, the purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor. (Source: glstrade.com)
28 Dec 20. China’s state media has announced that the country will supply 50 Wing Loong II armed drones from the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group to Pakistan. This would pose a problem for Indian ground formations in high-altitude areas as India’s military does not have the ability to respond to a drone attack. Indian military officials point out that the armed drones perform greatly in uncontested air spaces or where it has air dominance. Armed Chinese and Turkish drones played a crucial role in recent Libya, Syria and Azerbaijan conflicts. (Source: UAS VISION)
Dec 20. The Government of Egypt has requested to buy twenty (20) AN/AAQ-33 Sniper ATPs. Also included are pylons; shipping containers; spare and repair/return parts; ground handling equipment; publications and technical documentation; software and software support; personnel training; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistical support services; and other related elements of program and logistical support. The estimated total program cost is $65.6m. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, TX. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
29 Dec 20. The Government of Egypt has requested to buy one (1) AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system to protect one (1) Airbus 340-200 Head-of-State aircraft. Each LAIRCM system consists of three (3) Guardian Laser Turret Assemblies (GLTA), one (1) LAIRCM System Processor Replacement (LSPR), five (5) Missile Warning Sensors (MWS), one (1) Control Indicator Unit Replacement (CIUR), one (1) Smart Card Assembly (SCA), and one (1) High Capacity Card (HCC/User Data Memory (UDM) card. This proposed sale will include six (6) Guardian Laser Turret Assemblies (GLTA) (3 installed, 3 spares); four (4) LAIRCM System Processor Replacements (LSPR) (1 installed, 3 spares); ten (10) Missile Warning Sensors (MWS) (5 installed, 5 spares). Also included are LAIRCM CIURs; SCAs; HCCs; UDM cards; simple key loaders; initial spares, consumables, and repair/return support; support and test equipment; integration and test support; personnel training, publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $104m. The principal contractor will be Northrup Grumman, Rolling Meadows, IL. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. (Source: glstrade.com)
29 Dec 20. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, has been awarded a $37,707,325 firm-fixed-price contract for the Japan Global Hawk Program. The contract provides for the procurement of initial spare parts to include modifications to the system engineering and program management tasks required to execute, manage, control, and report on all program activities. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2023. This contract is for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Japan and is the result of a sole source acquisition. FMS funds in the amount of $36,690,082 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-18-C-1000 P00015).
23 Dec 20. Kazakhstan – King Air B300ER Scorpion Aircraft with ISR Mission Systems. The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kazakhstan of King Air B300ER Scorpion Aircraft with Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Mission Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $128.1m. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on yesterday. The Government of Kazakhstan has requested to buy three (3) Raytheon AST TITAN Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Sensor Suites (2 installed, 1 spare). Also included are two (2) King Air B300ER Scorpion aircraft; three (3) Leonardo Osprey 30 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars (2 installed, 1 spare); three (3) WESCAM MX-15HDi Elector Optical Infrared Turret Electro Optical Infrared Sensors (2 installed, 1 spare); three (3) Sierra Nevada Small SWAP Auto Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Systems (2 installed, 1 spare); secure communications; fixed and transportable ground control station; ground support equipment; aircraft integration and test support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; spare, component and repair parts; software and software support; US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistical support services, and other related elements of program and logistical support. The estimated total cost is $128.1m. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner country that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Central Asia. The proposed sale will improve Kazakhstan’s capability to meet current and future threats by improving its capability to deter regional threats and conduct border security operations. Kazakhstan will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be Sierra Nevada Corporation, Hagerstown, MD. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Kazakhstan. (Source: ASD Network)