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  • Boeing gets $4B for Super Hornets | Qatar receives first Apache | UK Defense...
    by Emily Erhold on March 22, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Navy awarded Boeing a potential $4 billion contract modification for 78 F/A-18 Super Hornets. The F-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, multirole fighter capable of carrying air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. The deal provides for the full-rate production and delivery of 61 […]

  • Super Hornet Fighter Family MYP-III: 2010-2018 Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on March 22, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Breakthrough… (click to view full) The US Navy flies the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, and has begun operating the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare & strike aircraft. Many of these buys have been managed out of common multi-year procurement (MYP) contracts, which aim to reduce […]

  • The USA’s E-6 Fleet: Take Charge, And Move Out!
    by Joe Katzman on March 22, 2019 at 3:56 am

    E-6B TACAMO (click to view full) The USA’s E-6 Mercury (aka. TACAMO, as in TAke Charge And Move Out) “survivable airborne communication system” airplanes support their Navy’s SSBN ballistic missile submarine force and overall strategic forces. With the advent of the new […]

  • American AH-64D Apache: War Replacement Contracts
    by Joe Katzman on March 22, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Latest updates: Total rises to 68. Replacement required (click to view full) War takes its toll on equipment, as well as men. In some cases, it wears out. In other cases, enemy fire or accidents destroy equipment. The USA has recognized this fact by funding wartime replacement expenditures as […]

  • Lockheed & Mitsubishi’s F-2 Fighter may be replaced with ATD-X (X-2)
    by Joe Katzman on March 22, 2019 at 3:52 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 […]

  • Boeing awarded $326M to support Poseidon | David’s Sling completes...
    by Emily Erhold on March 21, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Americas The US Air Force contracted Goodrich Corp. with $92.9 million to help develop ISR Sensor technology. The deal includes Hyperspectral Imaging, AgilePod®, Standoff High Resolution Imaging Next Era, and Multi-Mode Lidar research and development. The company will help the Air Force […]

  • P-8 Poseidon MMA: Long-Range Maritime Patrol, and More
    by Joe Katzman on March 21, 2019 at 3:58 am

    P-8A Poseidon (click to view full) Maritime surveillance and patrol is becoming more and more important, but the USA’s P-3 Orion turboprop fleet is falling apart. The P-7 Long Range Air ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Capable Aircraft program to create an improved P-3 began in 1988, but cost […]

  • AMDR: Raytheon Wins Dual-Band Radar, Pending Protest
    by Joe Katzman on March 21, 2019 at 3:56 am

    AMDR testbed (click to view full) The US Navy’s Dual-Band Radar that equips its forthcoming Gerald R. Ford class super-carriers replaces several different radars with a single back-end. Merging Raytheon’s X-band SPY-3 with Lockheed Martin’s S-band VSR allows fewer radar antennas, […]

  • David Gets Some High-Tech Help in His Battle with Goliath
    by Fred Donovan on March 21, 2019 at 3:54 am

    David’s Victory (click to view larger) David didn’t need high technology to defeat Goliath, just some stones and a sling. But in the modern world, David is getting some high-tech help from the likes of Raytheon and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, who are developing a missile defense […]

  • Singapore’s Steps: Modernizing the RSAF’s F-16 Fleet
    by Joe Katzman on March 21, 2019 at 3:52 am

    RSAF F-16C/Ds (click to view full) In September 2013, Singapore confirmed its much-anticipated intent to upgrade its F-16C/Ds with improved radars and other changes. By January 2014, that was a published DSCA request. There’s no firm timeline just yet, but the proposal is part of […]

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