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  • Raytheon Tapped For The Phalanx System | DoS Approves An Abrams Sale To Poland...
    by Emily Erhold on December 8, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Americas Raytheon won a $59.3 million by the US Navy for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), SeaRAM, and Land-based Phalanx Weapon System. Work will be performed in Arizona, California, Mississippi, Texas and New Jersey and is expected to be completed by January 2024. Sikorsky won a $30 […]

  • Phalanx CIWS: The Last Defense, On Ship and Ashore
    by Joe Katzman on December 8, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Phalanx, firing (click to view full) The radar-guided, rapid-firing MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS, pron. “see-whiz”) can fire between 3,000-4,500 20mm cannon rounds per minute, either autonomously or under manual command, as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles and other […]

  • CH-53K: The U.S. Marines’ HLR Helicopter Program
    by Joe Katzman on December 8, 2022 at 3:56 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 […]

  • The New Chinooks: Boeing’s Modern H-47 Heavy-Lift Helicopters
    by Joe Katzman on December 8, 2022 at 3:54 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” twin-rotor design […]

  • USN Awarded Boeing For CV-22 Work | Kizilelma To Fly For 1st Time | Germany...
    by Emily Erhold on December 7, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Navy awarded a $75 million modification to Bell Boeing, which exercises options to procure 12 Nacelle improvements kits, rotable pool components and interim spares. Additionally, this modification provides for the installation of 29 kits in conjunction with conversion area harness, […]

  • V-22 Osprey: The Multi-Year Buys, 2008-2021
    by Joe Katzman on December 7, 2022 at 3:58 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 […]

  • Up to $11.9B for B-52H Maintenance & Modernization
    by Joe Katzman on December 7, 2022 at 3:56 am

    B-52H: flyin’ low, dyin’ slow… (click to view full) Officially, it’s the B-52H Stratofortress. Unofficially, it’s the BUFF (Big Ugly Fat F–cker). Either way, this subsonic heavy bomber remains the mainstay of the U.S. strategic fleet after more than 50 years of service. A total of 102 […]

  • US Unveils B-21 | Turkey’s MIDLAS Fired HISAR | VARD Wins Deal For LCT Design...
    by Emily Erhold on December 6, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Americas APKWS guidance kits have been successfully used by BAE Systems to guide 70mm rockets against Class-2 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that weigh approximately 25-50 pounds and are capable of traveling at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Fast-moving drones were destroyed during the […]

  • USAF New Bomber – B-21 – Gets a Base
    by Joe Katzman on December 6, 2022 at 3:58 am

    B-52H, B-1B & B-2A (click to view full) The good news? 2006 saw a convergence of opinion within the USAF that a new long-range strike platform was needed. This is understandable given the B-52H Stratofortress fleet’s age (40-50 years), the B-1B Lancer’s internal power and electronics […]

  • Ships Ahoy! The Harpoon Missile Family
    by Joe Katzman on December 5, 2022 at 3:58 am

    Harpoon in flight (click to view full) The sub-sonic, wave-skimming GM-84 Harpoon is the US Navy’s sole anti-shipping missile, with the minor exception of small helicopter-borne AGM-119B Penguin missiles. The Harpoon has been adapted into several variants, and exported to many navies around the […]

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