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24 Sep 19. Croatia Gets 5 Unofficial Offers for New Fighter Jets and 8 for Used Ones. The Croatian interdepartmental commission for the procurement of multi-purpose combat aircraft said on Wednesday that it had received five letters of expression of interest to provide the country with new fighter jets and eight letters of expression of interest for second-hand jets. In early August, the interdepartmental commission, set up by the government on 4 July, sent requests to 26 potential bidders concerning the procurement of multi-purpose combat aircraft, the government’s press office recalls. Since then the commission has considered the proposals made by those bidders who expressed interest in this project.
During the selection procedure, the commission is going to check the validity of all potential bids and to see if they comply with the tactical and technical requirements made by the Croatian Air Force. Media outlet speculate that the expressions of interest have been submitted by Italy, France, Sweden, the USA, Norway, Denmark and Israel. Israel is offering again its used Barak jets, and France is set to offer its used Mirage 2000 planes or brand new Rafale planes. According to media reports, Italy has recommended its used Eurofighter jets. New F-35 and F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft are being offered by the USA, while Sweden has recommended recent versions of Gripen C and D. Norway and Denmark are offering their used F-16 jets. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Total Croatia News)
20 Sep 19. Industry group head urges US Air Force to better engage with Future Vertical Lift. Key Points:
- The head of an industry group suggests the US Air Force better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift programme
- The USAF wants to investigate the utility of electric VTOL aircraft, but the industry group chief believes this will not provide the necessary military utility
The US Air Force (USAF) should better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) next-generation rotary wing development programme instead of relying on commercial industry to provide similar capability, according to the head of an influential vertical flight trade group.
The USAF is embarking on an effort to broaden its industrial base by better partnering with commercial industry. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently started the Agility Prime programme that originally began as an effort to look at options to replace the Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor being used by the service’s special operators but has broadened to investigate where commercial innovation is going in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology.
Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisition, technology, and logistics (AT&L) said on 16 September that he is especially interested in this effort to better find options in logistics and, overall, how to make logistics more resilient in contested environments. Roper said he would consider a spectrum of options instead of committing to a new eVTOL aircraft or rotary wing platform and that he wanted a series of challenges presented to him that ranged from smaller vehicles to aircraft moving heavy logistics to, perhaps, a bigger system.
“It is a great opportunity to get our research lab and our acquisition professionals to not think about their requirement or their mission in just the defence industrial base, but to think about it in the United States industrial base,” Roper told reporters at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
REST OF THE WORLD
24 Sep 19. Seoul announces SME funding to boost exports. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has said it is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and adapt military technologies for export markets through new investment projects.
DAPA said on 25 September that 30 local companies have been awarded funding through two funding initiatives to support SME integration into global supply chains and to “remodel” or adapt defence products and components for export markets.
DAPA said the projects are supported by its subsidiary organisation, the Defense Agency for Technology and Quality (DTAQ), which will provide “full support such as budget and policy to help participating companies build overseas export competitiveness”.(Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Sep 19. Iraq establishes procurement authority. The Iraqi Council of Representatives has passed legislation to set up an independent body to oversee procurement and production of weapons and equipment.
State-run news agency NINA reported on 23 September that the new Military Industries Authority will independently produce materiel for the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), as well as the Iraqi armed forces. NINA quoted Iraqi MP Mohammed al-Darraji as saying that the new agency means that Iraq will no longer “depend on any external party to preserve the sovereignty and prestige of the country”. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Sep 19. Leidos announces key partners for JP2060 Phase 4 bid. Leidos Australia has announced its local key partners for their Joint Project 2060 Phase 4 team. Australian companies MediRecords, Coviu and Nous will partner Leidos to provide a “modern, intuitive, patient-centric and secure health knowledge management system that supports the delivery of health services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF)”.
“Leidos has created an exceptional team to deliver this critical capability to the ADF,” said Christine Zeitz, chief executive for Leidos Australia. “This includes partnering with leading Australian SMEs, within the health sector, who we will further support through our Global Supply Chain Program.”
“The JP2060 partnership brings together healthcare experts from MediRecords, providing the primary and allied healthcare solutions; Coviu, providing the telemedicine capability; and Nous, leading the organisational change management to support the delivery of business transformation,” Leidos said.
Leidos is also working to deliver the MHS GENESIS solution, an electronic health record and care delivery system for the United States Department of Defense, in order to “transform the delivery of care for nearly 10 million service personnel and their families”. (Source: Defence Connect)
23 Sep 19. STAR and ANTAZ team to Respond to Indian Government Military procurement requirements. Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. (CSE:SNA) (SNA.CN) (SNAVF) (“Star” or the “Company”) announces that the Company has entered into a partnership and industrial agreement with ANTAZ Technologies Pvt. Ltd, (“Antaz”). A well-established Indian company with facilities in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi, India, Antaz will adapt, integrate and market STAR products to the Indian Defence Forces (Air Force and Navy) in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (“HAL”) (hal-india.co.in).
STAR is already listed as a registered supplier to HAL for military equipment. Recently, a STAR team met with senior officers from both the Indian Air Force and Navy, as well as with HAL top management. The team successfully demonstrated the benefits and features of STAR-A.D.S.® for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Of particular interest was the ability of Star’s technology to provide real-time tracking and positioning of aircraft as well as engine status reports.
To complete the approach, STAR, through the Antaz presence and already established military business, will comply with the MAKE IN INDIA requirements of the Indian Government.
In cooperation with HAL and Antaz, a customised and proprietary solution based on STAR’s patented STAR-ISMS ® technology is under final development in order to satisfy the specific defence requirements of the Indian Military.
The solution will address the needs of the transport fleets of both the Navy and of the Air Force, with a first application targeting small transport aircraft and helicopters.
About Star Navigation:
Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. owns the exclusive worldwide license to its proprietary, patented In-flight Safety Monitoring System, STAR-ISMS®, the heart of the STAR-A.D.S. ® and of the STAR-ISAMM™ Systems. Its real-time capability of tracking performance trends and predicting incident-occurrence enhances aviation safety and improves fleet management while reducing costs for the operator.
Stars’ M.M.I. Division designs and manufactures high performance, mission critical, flight deck flat panel displays for defence and commercial aviation industries worldwide. These displays are found on aircraft and simulators, from C-130 aircraft to Sikorsky and Agusta Westland helicopters, as examples. (Source: Google/Yahoo!)
American Panel Corporation
American Panel Corporation (APC) since 1998, specializes in display products installed in defence land systems, as well as military and commercial aerospace platforms, having delivered well over 100,000 displays worldwide. Military aviators worldwide operate their aircraft and perform their missions using APC displays, including F-22, F-18, F-16, F-15, Euro-fighter Typhoon, Mirage 2000, C-130, C-17, P-3, S-3, U-2, AH-64 Apache Helicopter, V-22 tilt-rotor, as well as numerous other military and commercial aviation aircraft including Boeing 717 – 787 aircraft and several Airbus aircraft. APC panels are found in nearly every tactical aircraft in the US and around the world.
APC manufactures the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Large Area Display (LAD) display (20 inch by 8 inch) with dual pixel fields, power and video interfaces to provide complete display redundancy. At DSEI 2017 we are exhibiting the LAD with a more advanced design, dual display on single substrate with redundant characteristics and a bespoke purpose 8 inch by 6 inch armoured vehicle display.
In order to fully meet the demanding environmental and optical requirements without sacrificing critical tradeoffs in performance, APC designs, develops and manufactures these highly specialized displays in multiple sizes and configurations, controlling all AMLCD optical panel, mechanical and electrical design aspects. APC provides both ITAR and non-ITAR displays across the globe to OEM Prime and tiered vetronics and avionics integrators.