Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile successfully intercepted an incoming target on Thursday, Nov. 19, as part of a U.S. Army-led missile defense flight test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The “Hit-To-Kill” PAC-3 Missile is the world’s most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air defense missile. It defeats the entire threat: tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), cruise missiles and aircraft.

The PAC-3 Missile is a quantum leap ahead of any other air defense missile when it comes to the ability to protect the Warfighter in their defining moments. The test saw the PAC-3 interceptor successfully detect, track and intercept a Patriot-as-a-Target - a legacy Patriot missile modified to represent a tactical ballistic missile. The intercept is the second successful PAC-3 test in just under one week.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, a PAC-3 also intercepted an airborne target as part of the U.S. Army's Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) fight test at White Sands.

Scott Arnold, vice president, PAC-3 programs, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said:

The PAC-3 Missile continues to demonstrate its reliability in the field, and it remains the only combat proven hit-to-kill interceptor in the world. As global threats escalate, we expect PAC-3 interceptors to continue serving as a critical defense layer in the protection of soldiers, citizens and infrastructure.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade to the Patriot air defense system. The PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade consists of the PAC-3 Missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill interceptor, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (in four packs), a fire solution computer and an Enhanced Launcher Electronics System (ELES). These elements are integrated into the Patriot system, a high to medium altitude, long-range air defense missile system providing air defense of ground combat forces and high-value assets.

Shortly before arrival at the intercept point, the PAC-3 Missile’s on board Ka band seeker acquires the target, selects the optimal aim point and terminal guidance is initiated. The ACMs, which are small, short duration solid propellant rocket motors located in the missile forebody, fire explosively to refine the missile’s course to assure body-to-body impact.

The PAC-3 MSE missile was selected by the U.S. as the primary interceptor for the multi-national MEADS. Managed by the NATO MEADS Management Agency (NAMEADSMA), MEADS is a model transatlantic development program focused on the next generation of air and missile defense.

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The US State Department has approved a potential $157 million sale of TOW 2A radio frequency missiles and M220A2 TOW launchers to the African country of Morocco.

The official request from Morocco is for 600 TOW 2A radio frequency missiles, 300 M220A2 launchers, and seven TOW 2A launchers.  The US will additionally provide helpful services such as missile support equipment, technical manuals, spare parts, test equipment, training, and technical and logistical support. The $157 million sale was brought to Congress by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Morocco is trying to improve their ground defense capabilities, and they are one of the African countries that has benefitted most from American support. Even though they are not a NATO member, they are considered a great ally of the US.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that continues to be an important force for the political stability and economic progress in North Africa,”
the US DSCA said.

In addition to these missiles, Morocco has been a big beneficiary of defense support from the US. Recently, the country received three refurbished CH-47D Chinook transport helicopters, while the Royal Moroccan Army will receive 150 upgraded M1A1 main battle tanks over the next three years under a $358 million contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems.

Raytheon, who will manufacture the parts, has delivered the platform to forty countries and counting. The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided is the weapon of choice for heavy assault anti-armor purposes. It specializes in long-range strikes, blasting through strong armor, bunkers, amphibious systems, or any general type of fortification. The missile system is easy transportable as well, fitting on top of a standard military jeep.

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GE announced that it will partner up with VolkerStevin Ltd. to provide solutions for the Defence Infrastructure Organization (DIO) for the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy will benefit from this partnership as it will receive a rotary frequency converter (RFC) which allows for a reliable, safe, and efficient power transfer to HMS Queen Elizabeth from the national grid. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is considered one of the first of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers from the Porthsmouth Naval Base located in the UK.

Tim Schweikert, the vice president of GE Marine, is proud to be able to assist the Royal Navy.

GE is once again proud to provide solutions which will enable the Royal Navy to perform its duties efficiently. As a key supplier of propulsion related systems, we have had a long-standing association with the Royal Navy and are happy to extend our partnership through this project.

Gerrit Smit, project manager at VolkerStevin Ltd is happy partnering up with GE.

We are happy to be partnering with GE and look forward to ways in which their know-how can complement our ambitions.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the biggest and most powerful surface warship ever to be constructed by the Royal Navy. The warship has a range 10,000 nautical miles, 65,000 ton displacement, and a length of 280 meters.

It has four galleys along with four large dining areas which will be manned by a catering staff of 67. The largest dining room in the warship can fed up to 960 crew members in a span of one hour.

There are also eight bed medical suites managed by eleven medical staff which can be altered to cater to each mission individually.

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The Raytheon Company, a major American industrial corporation and defense contractor, has recently completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program in collaboration with the United States Navy. This event marks a vital milestone in the acquisition process.

"Raytheon and the Navy have made system engineering process discipline a top priority from the outset of the NGJ program,"

said the vice president of Electronic Warfare Systems at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems, Travis Slocumb.

"The successful completion of PDR is indicative of the strength of our partnership, and we will apply that same focus as we move into the follow-on phases of the program."

The Next Generation Jammer, which is expected to provide various new capabilities for the United States Navy’s EA-18G Growler, is anticipated to replace the legacy ALQ-99 jamming pods. The United States Navy intends on declaring Initial Operating Capability for the Next Generation Jammer in the year of 2021.

"The Jammer's open architecture design, coupled with high-powered, solid state electronics and agile jamming techniques, will enable us to meet U.S. Navy electronic warfare mission requirements while ensuring the affordability of future upgrades,"

said the director of Airborne Electronic Attack programs for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Daniel Theisen.

The Raytheon Company has been a technology and innovation leader with 2014 sales of $23 billion and around 61,000 employees worldwide. The company specializes in civil, government, defense, and cybersecurity markets across the world. The Raytheon Company was competitively selected by the United States Navy in July of 2013 for this $279.4 million contract in order to conduct the technology development phase of the program.

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The French Navy successfully tested the Dassault Rafale’s RBE2 active electronically-scanned array radar (AESA). The French Navy tested the platform during close air support and intelligence (CAS) and surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for missions over Iraq.

The French Navy along with the Air Force has order 180 of these radars. Delivery is expected by the end of 2010. The Rafale aircraft employs a range of weapons including the Magic, Sidewinder, Mica, AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, and ASRAAM missiles.

The radar has the capability to track up to 40 aircraft and successfully engage eight of enemy aircraft during air-to-air combat operations.

The Rafale aircraft is being used and operated by the Navy’s nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle.

The Rafale is considered a twin-jet combat aircraft that can do a wide variety of short and long range missions including sea attacks, ground attacks, and nuclear strike deterrence.

The radar is useful for air defense, deep low-level penetration, strike missions, and sea skimming attacks. In terms of air defense, it has very long track and detection ranges, automatic sorting of different tracked targets, and can individually identify targets fully independent of search volume. In terms of deep low-level penetration, the radar is automatic detects terrain to aid in following and avoidance. For strike missions, the radar can read updates en route to target area situations and has high resolution imagery modes (SAR) designations. And lastly, the radar can track multiple objects during sea skimming attacks.

In terms of technical features, the radar has an antenna block, an active transmit, and a programmable signal processor and data processor.

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The United State has authorized an $80-million sale of Hellfire missiles and parts for the United Kingdom. Under the estimated $80m foreign military sale (FMS), the UK Government has asked for 500 Hellfire II missiles, as well as associated equipment, parts and logistical support.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency had this to say a release on Tuesday:

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million."

The deal will enhance the UK's air support capability in NATO and other coalition operations, and improve US foreign and national security policies. The UK will be able to provide air support to ground forces in US Central Command's (US CENTCOM) area of responsibility. Earlier this month, France requested the supply of 200 AGM-114K1A Hellfire missiles, blast fragmentation sleeves, missile conversion and installation kits, containers, and transportation.

In 1996, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to deliver missiles to the UK MOD as part of the UK Apache program. To this end, Lockheed Martin transferred its state-of-the-art, anti-armor missile production technology to the UK, working closely with UK based Hunting Engineering Ltd and Shorts Missile Systems. The US Army awarded a $170m contract to Lockheed Martin in July 2006 for Hellfire II missile systems. In June 2007, France selected the Hellfire II missile to equip its hélicoptère d'appui destruction (HAD) Tiger attack helicopter fleet by 2012. The letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) was signed in February 2008.

The AGM-114 II Hellfire is an air-to-ground missile developed primarily for the anti-armor role. It is a combat proven tactical missile system using multiple launch platforms based on air, sea and ground. The Hellfire II air-to-ground missile system (AGMS) provides heavy anti-armor capability for attack helicopters. It is a 100lb class air-to-ground precision weapon delivering multi-target capability and precision strike lethality. The Hellfire II missile is in service with the armed forces of the US and 16 other nations.

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Lithuania is shoring up their defense with the purchase of 84 M 1126 Strykers with ATK-made 30mm cannons, costing them an estimated $599 million.

Lithuania, which is a NATO country, received approval from the United States government amid speculation that the Russians now had enough firepower to overpower their neighbors to the west. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this potential sale just one week ago, although no principal contractor has been established as of yet.

"Lithuania's acquisition of the Stryker ICV system would represent a major advancement in capability for the Lithuanian Land Forces, filling a vital capability gap that is not currently addressed,"according to the DSCA.

This new request coincides with the eastern European country’s effort to increase their defense budget by thirty-three percent. Russia’s involvement in Ukraine has made everyone nearby a bit wary, causing a better-safe-than-sorry approach in terms of defense spending.

General Dynamics Land Systems stated at the Association of the US Army's annual convention that they are working to get rid of the .50-caliber machine guns and instead use a medium-caliber cannon on a portion of its Stryker fleet. GDLS officials predict the Army will eventually want to make this change to the entire fleet.

The Stryker weapon is named after two war heroes who were famous for saving the lives of other soldiers in World War II and the Vietnam War. The vehicle is now used to save the lives of warfighters in danger. The standout feature is the Double-V Hull, also known as the “gold standard of protection,” which effectively shields enemy threats. The eight-wheeled vehicle can reach speeds of sixty miles per hour over treacherous terrain. It also has 10 different configurations and 85% commonality across the entire fleet. Its unique combination of power, speed, and endurance help protect the fighting men of women of our country.

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South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Procurement Administration (DAPA) has recently announced a new project with Boeing that will see the addition of AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Army. The ROK selected the AH-64E Apache equipped with the Longbow fire control radar as its new attack helicopter, increasing Korea’s ability to defend against land-based and littoral threats in the region. The new helicopters were unveiled in front of nearly 50 ROK officials during a ceremony in Arizona months ahead of their scheduled delivery. A total of 36 Apache Guardian helicopters will be delivered to the ROK Army, with initial deliveries slated for June 2016.

Known as Guardian, the AH-64 Apache will replace the ROK Army’s aging fleet of Bell Aircraft AH-1S Cobra helicopter. The AH-64 Apache is one of if not the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters in the world, and it is utilized by the US Army as well as a number of international defense forces. Key features of the AH-64 Apache include a twin turbo shaft engine, tandem cockpit for two men, laser guided precision Hellfire missile system, 70 mm rockets, and a 30 mm automatic cannon. One of the more unique features of the AH-64 is that it has a large amount of system redundancy to improve combat survivability.

Speaking to Korean news outlet Yonhap, DAPA aviation business team head Baek Yoon-Hyeong said:

"The Apache Guardian will greatly contribute to the strengthening of our military's combat capability by replacing aging helicopters currently in operation."

Boeing and the ROK have had long and fruitful relationship that dates back more than 60 years, and new contract is just the latest example of their continued cooperation. Boeing provides the ROK with a number of commercial and defense business units, making Korea one of The Boeing Company’s top 10 largest international markets.

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The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force has combined two of their helicopter units by pairing the Chinook and Puma fleets into one operational conversion unit.

With this decision, Chinook helicopters will be moved to RAF Benson along with around 150 personnel. More Chinooks will follow to the South Oxfordshire base as the transition proceeds. The combined unit will operate under the mantle of the 28 Squadron.

The Pumas are used on the battlefield within the Joint Helicopter Command and provide tactical movement of troops and cargo during night or day. The Chinook can be used for similar purposes, and is able to function in many different types of harsh weather conditions. It can also be used for self-defense purposes.

Royal Air Force members believe keeping them at the same location will make things more convenient and offer more benefits towards training.

"This is an ideal location for combined Puma and Chinook training to be undertaken because RAF Benson is also home to state of the art simulators. Together, this will provide the best initial training possible for all future Royal Air Force Support Helicopter aircrew,

said RAF Benson Station Commander group captain Simon Paterson.

According to the RAF, some of the training that will be included in these programs will be: troop movements, re-supply, casualty evacuation, disaster relief, military aid to the civil community and air security. The students will learn how to fly with under-slung loads in different conditions - at low level, in cloudy weather, and during the night. 28 Squadron will be in charge of the training, preparing them to be part of the front lines.

28 Squadron is up for the challenge of training for Chinook as well as Puma, and look to deliver the combined operational conversion unit to provide the Royal Air Force with all its future support helicopter aircrew.

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The CH-53K King Stallion, the Marine Corps' next-generation heavy-lift helicopter, took its first flight Tuesday at Sikorsky's test facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. The historical milestone flight lasted 55 minutes without any major issues. After a year of delays since 2014 due to technical issues, mainly with the helicopter’s main gearbox. The complications have since been solved with the Marine Corps eagerly awaiting their new helicopter’s test flight phase. The CH-53K is set to replace the USMC’s aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet of heavy helicopter transports, offering significant improvements across its predecessor’s entire performance envelope.

Stephen McCulley, Sikorsky's chief test pilot for the CH-53K, told reporters in a teleconference,

"This aircraft flew just like we expected it to fly from the simulation, there were no surprises," adding he was "extremely happy with the aircraft response."

The first flight marks a significant and long-awaited milestone for the approximately $25.5 billion CH-53K program. The aircraft will replace the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and provide 50 percent more power that will allow it to transport more Marines and gear and operate at higher altitudes. The plan is to eventually buy 200 aircraft and the program is still on track to reach initial operational capability in 2019.

The CH-53K model will be the world's premier heavy lift helicopter, leveraging the lessons learned over 50 years of manufacturing and operational success with its CH-53A/D/E predecessors. Built to thrive in the modern battlefield, the extremely capable CH-53K aircraft will be intelligent, reliable, low maintenance and survivable across the full spectrum of operating conditions for which it was designed.

Expeditionary in nature, the CH-53K aircraft will be fully shipboard compatible and capable of operating from austere and remote forward operating bases. The CH-53K helicopter is the Marine Corps' critical land and sea based logistics connector. Sikorsky is still building three more test aircraft. The four aircraft will fly a total of 2,000 hours over the course of the next three years. The program is expected to reach its production and deployment milestone review period in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2017. It was originally scheduled for the last quarter of FY16.

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Science Applications International (SAIC) has secured an aviation systems and computer resources support (ASCRS) contract from the US Army Contracting Command – Redstone which is valued at approximately $109m. The contract covers delivery of a variety of aviation systems, engineering, and software development services and are intended for the Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Software Engineering Directorate.

Under this order, SAIC will carry out lifecycle systems and software engineering support to ensure that the Army receives the latest technology and equipment required for mission success. The single-award, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order, under the GSA One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) contract, has a one-year base period of performance, a one-year option, and an estimated contract value of approximately $109 million. Work will be performed primarily at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

AMRDEC provides and sustains world-class aviation and missile systems to the joint warfighter, supporting national security and defense strategies today and in the future. Under this task order, SAIC will perform lifecycle systems and software engineering support to ensure that the Army receives the latest technology and equipment needed for mission success. SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is redefining ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects.

With over 15,000 employees, SAIC is driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. With headquarters in McLean, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.4 billion. AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's soldiers. AMRDEC employs nearly 11,000 civilian scientists, researchers, and engineers.

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The United States Army has awarded defense contractor Lockheed Martin a contract worth $85 million to supply them with more AN/TPQ-53s, a counter-fire target acquisition radar.

The contract specifies that Lockheed Martin will supply the Army with seven additional units. This will add to the order they received in June of this year, calling for an upgrade to nineteen of the Q-53 radars.

TPQ-53 radar systems are useful for protecting troops against attacks from enemy forces. They are easy to use for the soldiers, and have proven to be effective in combat. It provides the user with the target location of indirect fire systems, giving them accurate information on where it is coming from and how to counter it. What makes it unique is the adaptability it shows when facing uncooperative adversaries and changing missions. This is becoming more and more necessary due to the geographical layout of where warfare is taking place now. The radars have been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan for this reason.

"Soldiers can rapidly deploy the truck-mounted Q-53 and quickly determine the source of enemy fire,

said Bob Stelmack, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Q-53 program manager.

"The 55 systems Lockheed Martin has delivered to the US Army give troops proven, advanced protection when they need it most."

Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest defense contractor, has been under contract for these radar systems since 2007. So far fifty-five systems have been delivered to the US Army over the last eight years, both on-budget and on-time. They will provide a total of ninety-seven when it’s all said and done. The delivery dates for the remaining units remains undisclosed. They will be constructed at the company’s facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

The Army is expected to award a full-rate production contract covering what is predicted to be seventy-seven additional systems by early next year.

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Telecommunication Systems Inc. announced today that it has received an order from the US Army for sustainment of the AN/TSC-198A SNAP (Secret Internet Protocol Router (NIPR) Access Point, Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs). This new deal for sustainment of the SNAP deployable satellite systems was awarded under the US Army’s tactical advanced communication systems (GTACS) contract vehicle. The initial contract grants $18.5 million for the period from September 2015 through September 2018, but the ceiling value for the contract is $91 million if all options are exercised.

Facts about the TCS SNAP VSAT Systems:

  • TCS SNAP VSAT systems provide multimedia communications capabilities, which convey encrypted voice, video and data.
  • Highly transportable and ruggedized, TCS SNAP VSAT systems also have a graphical user interface that facilitates easy set-up and operation.
  • The modularity and plug-and-play interfaces among all radio frequency (RF) and baseband configurations inherent to the terminals result in communication solutions tailored to the end-user's specific needs.

TCS Government Solutions Group president Michael Bristol said this about the company’s new contract with the US Army:

"DoD needed an experienced and capable systems integrator for sustainment of SNAP VSAT terminals, and TCS has fielded and supported hundreds of SNAP terminals. TCS is committed to delivering mission critical communications support to the military.

Telecommunication Systems will carry out this contract under the SIRPNET system in which all network connectivity will be top-secret. Sustainment of the SIRPNET system is key to maintaining a secure worldwide backbone routing system. In recent years, the SIRPNET system has become the de facto standard of preferred data services in the Army, and is now at the core of warfighting command and control capabilities. SIRPNET is nearly indistinguishable from the regular Internet for the user except for the fact that all web addresses are under ‘.smil.mil’ or ‘sgov.gov.’

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The Raven is the most widely used unmanned aircraft system in the world today. Developed for the US Armed Forces, the UAV performs intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations. It is also known as a man-portable UAV. AeroVironment was recently awarded a firm-fixed-price contract from the United States Army totaling $18,485,495 to supply initial RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems, spare parts and contractor logistics services to seven allied nations through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Raven is for low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. It has a wingspan of 4.5 feet, weighs 4.2 pounds, and a day/night operational range of about 6.2 miles.

"Allied forces around the globe are increasingly relying on AeroVironment as the go-to source for small UAS that deliver powerful insight, on demand for valuable, real-time situational awareness – whenever and wherever needed,"

said Kirk Flittie, AeroVironment vice president and general manager of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems business segment.

"Our systems help military personnel and enterprises operate more safely and effectively in some of the most challenging conditions and places on earth."

The Raven is used by the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Special Operations Command, as well as the Royal Danish Army, and the Netherlands military. Operated manually or programmed for autonomous operation, the drone comes with an optional stabilized gimbaled payload, and delivers real-time color or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations. The Raven UAS has proven itself in combat supporting U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other areas of conflict. The Raven is now used by all of the military services. The Air Force purchased the Raven UAS to replace the Desert Hawk UAS and Pointer UAS. The UAV can fly at a maximum altitude of 500ft (152m). The maximum cruising speed of the aircraft varies between 32km/h and 81km/h. The range and service ceiling of the aircraft are 12km and 4,500m respectively. Its maximum endurance is 90min. The RQ-11B Raven is powered by a single Aveox 27/26/7-AV electric motor. The engine is manufactured by US-based Aveox.

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AgustaWestland announced that it has delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1 of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). The first AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 aircraft has undergone a number of modifications, including the introduction of a folding main rotor head, naval lashing rings, revised twin wheel main undercarriage for ship operations, and fast roping capability. The upgraded aircraft completed its first flight in April of this year and completed flight trials at the end of August. Following formal Release to Service in September, the aircraft has now been delivered and will be followed by six further aircraft to provide an Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in spring 2016, when the final Sea King HC Mk4 aircraft will be withdrawn from service.

Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young, Director of Helicopters at the MOD’s Defense, Equipment & Support organization, said

“The Merlin Mk3 has demonstrated already it ability to operate in urban and harsh deployed environments, and the interim-standard of the Life Sustainment Programme sees fast-time conversion of the aircraft to operate in its new Littoral Manoeuvre role. I am delighted that we are now firmly in the delivery phase of this programme, and are supporting the Royal Navy and Royal Marines with upgraded, modern Commando Helicopter aircraft. The Merlin Life Sustainment Programme represents a magnificent team effort led by AgustaWestland and the MOD, involving multiple industry suppliers, and delivering on budget and at this point ahead of schedule. I look forward with confidence at the whole programme delivering for the Commando Helicopter Force.”

Conversion of the first Merlin HC Mk3 to Mk4 standard has already started with the arrival of the first aircraft at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in August 2015. The upgraded Merlin HC Mk3, Mk3A, Mk4 and Mk4A aircraft will continue to be supported through the existing Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract, which has been in place since 2006 with AgustaWestland as prime contractor.

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BAE Systems started construction of the UK’s final Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), dubbed HMS Trent. This vessel is considered a highly versatile and dynamic ship that is designed to perform management roles. These management roles include the Economic Exclusion Zone that has the provision of maritime security to coast to coastal areas.

The offshore ships are well designed for the export market including many of the foreign countries. Not only can this but they be customized to every customer’s need so that the offshore ships can abide by any standard.

According to BAE Systems, there are many functions to the Offshore Patrol Vessel. The 90 meter vessel is equipped with an air surveillance radar which can be used to detect low flying aircraft often used in smuggling operations. The ship’s rigid inflatable boat can be deployed swiftly from the davits for recovery and rescue operations and gives the ability to conduct sea boarding.

Its automated 30 mm small caliber gun system can engage fast inshore attack craft armed with short-range missiles, rockets, rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns or explosives, while 25 mm guns mounted port and starboard provide secondary armament to the vessel.

Featuring a 20 meter long flight deck, the 90 meter ship can land and fuel a medium-sized helicopter, up to 7 tons. It also provides ample deck space to up to six 20ft ISO containers for mission stores or humanitarian aid, with a 16 ton capacity crane enabling cargo to be easily discharged to a jetty.

So far there are three different types of programs that BAE System uses. There is the Brazil program, which BAE Systems works to supply the Brazilian Navy. There is the Thailand program, which is used to work with the Royal Thai Navy, and the United Kingdom program, which is used with the UK Royal Navy’s Class ships.

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DuPont's chairwoman and chief executive Ellen Kullman has stepped down. Agriculture is DuPont's largest business, accounting for about a third of its $35 billion in sales last year. Kullman narrowly defeated Peltz's efforts to win board seats at DuPont in May, but the New York investor has retained his stake in the company and warned he could fight for further changes if things don't improve. DuPont, which has been in an ongoing battle with activist investor Nelson Peltz, said this week that its chief executive Ellen Kullman will retire Oct. 16 after nearly three decades with the Delaware-based company. DuPont’s series of massive earnings misses led to the “mutual decision” for Ms. Kullman to “retire” at age 59.

Edward Breen, a member of DuPont's board of directors who once oversaw the breakup of diversified manufacturer Tyco International, will take over as interim chairman and CEO while the board searches for a full-time replacement.

“The buzz is definitely all about (a possible split)," Matt Arnold, a St. Louis-based analyst at Edward D. Jones & Co., said Tuesday. “That’s why the stock is up so much today. There are people that obviously see value in it and they are buying the shares because they see a breakup as being a catalyst.”

Arnold said one of the first jobs of DuPont's new CEO will be to determine whether a split makes sense for the company and defend that decision to shareholders. While a breakup is far from certain, it comes amid a backdrop of a slumping agricultural economy that has squeezed farm income and forced producers to cut back on seed, fertilizer, equipment and other inputs for their operations. Separating Pioneer from DuPont could leave the unit more active in either expanding its business by giving it more freedom to purchase other companies, or leaving it more vulnerable to being acquired itself, analysts have said.

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Honeywell Aerospace has secured a contract from the U.S. Army and was awarded $41 million to continue supplying its combat-proven radar altimeters for use across the Army's full fleet of helicopter platforms. Claimed to be one of smallest, lightest, and most proven altimeters in the market, the APN-209 provides the pilot and flight control computer with an indication of height above the nearest terrain point below the aircraft, such as a tower or building. This information ensures that the pilot and crew have the most accurate information about the landscape around their helicopter. Honeywell's lightweight, compact APN-209 radar altimeter is a critical piece of safety and awareness equipment designed to work well in a helicopter's operating environment, specifically in the hover phase and low-level flight.

"Honeywell has delivered more than 150,000 radar altimeters to defense and commercial customers around the world," said Carey Smith, president, Defense and Space, Honeywell Aerospace. "Since 1975, Honeywell's radar altimeters have helped keep Army helicopters safe in multiple theaters of combat, and dramatically increased performance across missions and in all types of weather and conditions."

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense, and space platforms, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services, control technologies for buildings, homes and industry, turbochargers, and performance materials.

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The US Army has awarded a contract modification to BAE Systems to continue the production of lightweight torso and side body armor that protects soldiers while reducing their carrying load. Hard and soft body armor solutions have been a mainframe of BAE’s core business for close to 15 years.

The modification was awarded under the Soldier Protection System Vital Torso Protection program, which represents the future in lightweight, high-performance hard body armor. Hard Armor ballistic inserts provide enhanced levels of protection and are designed to stop threats that soft armor cannot accomplish alone. The ballistic inserts vary in weight, performance and cost depending on the specific needs of the customer and mission but, typically, is designed to withstand multiple hits and provide fragmentation protection.

BAE Systems ballistic experts are continually developing and enhancing SAPI and its derivatives to provide better performance and protection while decreasing weight. Since 1998, BAE Systems has produced and delivered over 1.25 million hard armor inserts and continues to be industry leaders for producing and providing hard armor protection.

“This award shows the continued importance of BAE Systems to the Army’s drive to deliver the lightest weight body armor available today,”
said Robert Monks, director of Warfighter Protection Programs at BAE Systems.
“It positions us to continue as a leading supplier of the lightest, next-generation body armor for the U.S. Department of Defense.”

Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide three armor variants: the Lightweight X Small Arms Protective Insert (XSAPI), a torso plate that protects against various threats; and two side plate variants, the Lightweight X Side Ballistic Insert (XSBI) and Lightweight Enhanced Side Ballistic Insert (ESBI), which enhance the protection afforded by the torso plates. These plates offer the same level of ballistic performance as previous generations but are at least seven percent lighter, reducing the load on the warfighter. BAE Systems will continue to deliver more than 90,000 plates under the contract modification. The work is currently in progress at the company’s facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Northrop Grumman has been selected by the United States Army to develop the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Enhanced (ARL-E) Long-Range Radar.

Details of the contract have not been determined yet - it is unknown when they will be delivered or what the quantity is. What has been determined is Northrop Grumman will also develop an SAR (synthetic aperture radar) and GMTI (ground moving target indicator) system for the ARL-E DHC-8. The deal also included options for both engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program.

This radar system will be most beneficial to the Army’s C4ISR. It will combine the Gen 2 Vehicle and Dismount and Exploitation Radar (VADER) electronics and software with a better technology to meet the demanding requirements of ARL-E. Northrop Grumman says the radar will be effective and affordable, with their state-of-the-art capabilities.

"The Long Range Radar is a natural fit into the Northrop Grumman family of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and mission solutions,"
said Steve McCoy, vice president of tactical sensor solutions, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.
"Our low-risk, affordable solution combines mature Active Electronically Scanned Array technology with operationally proven hardware and software to meet all-weather and long-range ISR requirements."

The new tactical radar will improve surveillance capabilities and give more precise battlefield intelligence in all weather conditions, day or night, as well as better dealing with obstacles and obstructions.

The radars they were using before were the short-range STARLite and the previously mentioned medium-range VADER system. Northrop Grumman has been providing its line of radars to the Army for over 70 years, consistently improving battlefield situational awareness and optimizing force maneuver and engagement for mission success.

They also received contracts from the US Army to produce a next-generation, laser-based infrared countermeasure system.

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