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  • HELIOS Delivered To USN | Parrot TO Build 300 Drones For French Army | India...
    by Emily Erhold on January 15, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas General Electric won a $101.5 million contract modification, which procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K King Stallion Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft. The King Stallion is the premier […]

  • CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program
    by Joe Katzman on January 15, 2021 at 3:58 am

    CH-53K concept (click to view full) The U.S. Marines have a problem. They rely on their CH-53E Super Stallion medium-heavy lift helicopters to move troops, vehicles, and supplies off of their ships. But the helicopters are wearing out. Fast. The pace demanded by the Global War on Terror is […]

  • Adding Arleigh Burkes: H.I.I. Steps Forward for DDG-51 Restart
    by Joe Katzman on January 15, 2021 at 3:56 am

    DDG-110 Construction (click to view full) In April 2009 Bath and Ingalls agreed to the Navy’s surface combatant plans, thus heralding a significant restructuring within the American naval shipbuilding community. Under the agreements, the USA would end production at 3 Graf Spee sized DDG-1000 […]

  • LCA Tejas: An Indian Fighter – With Foreign Help
    by Joe Katzman on January 15, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Tejas LCA (click to view full) India’s Light Combat Aircraft program is meant to boost its aviation industry, but it must also solve a pressing military problem. The IAF’s fighter strength has been declining as the MiG-21s that form the bulk of its fleet are lost in crashes, or retired due to […]

  • Boeing Wins $1.7B For KC-46 Tankers | Cyprus And UAE Signed Military...
    by Emily Erhold on January 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas Boeing won a $1.7 billion contract modification for Lot Six production of KC-46 aircraft, subscriptions and licenses, and G081 flat file. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional quantity of 12 KC-46 aircraft, data, subscriptions and licenses, and […]

  • KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Tanker Completes Firsts
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2021 at 3:58 am

    KC-135: Old as the hills… (click to view full) DID’s FOCUS articles cover major weapons acquisition programs – and no program is more important to the USAF than its aerial tanker fleet renewal. In January 2007, the big question was whether there would be a competition for the USA’s KC-X […]

  • V-22 Osprey: The Multi-Year Buys, 2008-2017
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2021 at 3:56 am

    (click to view full) In March 2008, the Bell Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, TX received a $10.4 billion modification that converted the previous N00019-07-C-0001 advance acquisition contract to a fixed-price-incentive-fee, multi-year contract. The new contract rose to $10.92 billion, and […]

  • France’s Rafale
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2021 at 3:54 am

    Dassault Rafale (click for cutaway view) Will Dassault’s fighter become a fashionably late fighter platform that builds on its parent company’s past successes – or just “the late Rafale”? It all began as a 1985 break-away from the multinational consortium that went on to create EADS’ […]

  • Japan’s Next F-X Fighters: F-35 Wins Round 1
    by Joe Katzman on January 14, 2021 at 3:52 am

    F-35A (click to view full) In December 2011, Japan picked Lockheed Martin’s new F-35A stealth fighter as its next fighter aircraft, to replace its aging F-4 “Kai” Phantom fleet. The F-35 was actually their 2nd choice. Back in February 2006, Inside The Air Force (ITAF) reported that momentum […]

  • USMC To Bring Containerized Anti-Ship Missiles To San Antonio Class | Escribano...
    by Emily Erhold on January 13, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Americas Haight Bey & Associates won a $35.9 million deal for for AN/TMQ-53 Tactical Meteorological Observing System contractor logistics support. The TMQ-53 is a portable, automated weather station that can take observations in up to one minute intervals, enabling flying missions around the […]

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