29 Dec 16. Korea Aerospace Industries secures Surion deals with marines and army. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) said on 28 December that it has secured orders to supply its Surion twin-engine utility helicopter to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Corps and Army. The company said in a statement that the two deals, signed with the Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA), are collectively worth KRW2.19trn (USD1.8bn) and feature the supply of 100 Surion helicopters. The contract with the ROK Marine Corps is valued at KRW633bn and covers 30 amphibious versions of the Surion that will be produced and delivered by 2023, while the deal with the ROK Army is worth KRW1.56trn and features the supply of 70 Surions by 2022. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
27 Dec 16. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army’s next-generation, global training support program.
The Raytheon project team consists of proven industry leaders CSRA, General Dynamics and Leidos, as well as 17 small, hub-zone, women, veteran and disabled-veteran-owned businesses. Today, Raytheon provides training in 127 countries and in 29 different languages.
Raytheon is offering InSITE™, its innovative, user-friendly and mobile-enabled management information system. The Army Training Aids, Devices, Simulations and Simulators Maintenance Program calls for training support and sustainment services for more than 320,000 Army training devices and more than 90 digital ranges around the world. The goal: to help enable Army mission readiness.
ATMP is a competitive follow-on to the successful U.S. Army Warfighter FOCUS program. Awarded to Raytheon in 2007, WFF involved similar training and logistics work performed globally at more than 500 sites. Raytheon managed training support for almost every soldier around the world and saved the Army more than $400m in training sustainment costs over eight years.
“Raytheon brings unmatched experience in maintaining and sustaining the US Army’s Combat Training Centers, Army training devices and ranges to help drive and enable readiness,” said Pete Vangjel, vice president of Raytheon’s Global Training Solutions business. “Along with that experience, we bring the Army the best the industry has to offer with the lowest-risk and most cost-effective approach.”
Raytheon’s InSITE™ delivers advanced analytics, customizable user interfaces, dashboards and ironclad data integrity to standard Army mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets. Raytheon invested $6.5m to develop InSITE™ specifically for ATMP.
The system transforms diverse, multi-year and multiple-device maintenance and program data into decision-ready, actionable information. Users can pull in and access maintenance, contracts, finance, supply chain and other systems information from anywhere in the world, in near real-time, 24/7/365.
Other innovations include:
• Cybersecurity tools and hardening from Raytheon, a world leader in the cyber field.
• Streamlined, automated work order processes that eliminate human error while increasing flexibility and response time.
• A new user interface that offers the ability to create individualized information centers, custom reports and instant alerts.
27 Dec 16. In just three short months, the US State Department has blown past its dollar total of foreign weapon sales cases for all of last year — but a close look at the numbers shows that industry should temper its expectations for the rest of 2017. Through Dec. 23, the State Department has ok’d 21 foreign sales cases, worth an estimated total of $45.2bn dollars. For all of fiscal year 2016, DSCA cleared $33.6bn. In other words, it took the State Department less than three months to clear roughly $12bn more of foreign military sales cases than it did all of last year. If those trends hold up, 2017 would be on pace to beat the $68.6bn record in total foreign weapons sales, set in 2012. A few caveats are involved when discussing foreign sales.