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  • More dollars for the LCS program | Saudi Arabia boosts its Navy | Japan in dire...
    by Philipp Schramm on July 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Thales Defense and Security is being tapped to support worldwide aircraft deployment by the US military. The awarded firm-fixed-price contract provides for up to 29 Deployable-Instrument Landing System (D-ILS) production units and has a value of $12.2 million. The highly mobile D-ILS units […]

  • LCS: The USA’s Littoral Combat Ships
    by Joe Katzman on July 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Austal Team Trimaran LCS Design (click to enlarge) Exploit simplicity, numbers, the pace of technology development in electronics and robotics, and fast reconfiguration. That was the US Navy’s idea for the low-end backbone of its future surface combatant fleet. Inspired by successful […]

  • MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export
    by Joe Katzman on July 18, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Reaper, ready… (click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, […]

  • Taiwan’s Force Modernization: The American Side
    by Joe Katzman on July 18, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Despite China’s ominous military buildup across the strait, key weapons sales of P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, Patriot PAC-3 missiles, and diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan had been sabotaged by Taiwanese politics for years – in some cases, since 1997. The KMT party’s […]

  • Lockheed & Mitsubishi’s F-2 Fighter may be replaced with ATD-X (X-2)
    by Joe Katzman on July 18, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Mitsubisihi F-2s (click to view full) Japan already produces F-15J Eagle aircraft under license from Boeing, and in 1987 they selected Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jet as the basis for a “local” design that would replace its 1970s era F-1s. The aim was to produce a less expensive […]

  • Poland Orders RBS15 Missiles for its Navy
    by Joe Katzman on July 17, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Fire! On October 6, 2006, Saab Bofors Dynamics and the Polish companies MESKO and BUMAR signed a contract for production of the RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile. MESKO and BUMAR are procuring the RBS15 Mk3 on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Defence, and the contract value is EUR 110 million (about $140 […]

  • Spares to keep SOF Chinooks flying | Rafael unveils new glide munition | Will...
    by Philipp Schramm on July 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas Northrop Grumman is being awarded a contract modification in support of the Navy’s fleet of MQ-4C Tritons. The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification is valued at $41.2 million. It increases the contracts ceiling and extends the period of performance on the delivery order to provide test, […]

  • The MQ-4C Triton: Poseidon’s Unmanned Herald
    by Joe Katzman on July 17, 2018 at 3:58 am

    BAMS Operation Concept (click to view full) The world’s P-3 Orion fleets have served for a long time, and many are reaching the end of their lifespans. In the USA, and possibly beyond, the new P-8 Poseidon Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft will take up the P-3’s role. While the […]

  • The New Chinooks: Boeing’s Modern H-47 Heavy-Lift Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on July 17, 2018 at 3:56 am

    CH-47Fs take off (click to view full) DII FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record; this FOCUS Article covers the CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook helicopter programs, in the USA and abroad. These helicopters’ distinctive “flying banana” […]

  • Boost for nuclear propulsion | Mali fights with the Tucano | UK orders AMRAAM
    by Philipp Schramm on July 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Americas The Navy is contracting Flour Marine Propulsion LLC for work on nuclear propulsion. The cost-plus-fixed fee contract is valued at $1,2 billion and provides for work at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. The Naval Nuclear Laboratory falls under the Department of Energy and provides advanced […]

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