Saab has announced delivery of its Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Automatic Warning and Reporting (AWR) system with mobile detection and surveillance and stationary detection units to a customer in Kuwait. The system provides for the detection, identification, warning, monitoring and reporting of CBRN hazards, giving personnel on the battlefield early warning and enabling faster decision making. The system, which is a flexible, modular and future-proof solution, can be operated from fixed locations, carried by personnel or mounted on vehicles, the company announced today. This negates the need for specialist CBRN personnel to be employed widely throughout the operational forces, reducing training and personnel management costs. If activated by a CBRN event, an automatic hand-over is made from the stationary system to the mobile, tactical system. The mobile units include pressure-protected light vehicles where the full picture from data collected by the AWR system is displayed on Saab's rugged hardware. The system includes a command and control center, which monitors the entire system 24-hours-a-day. Saab´s 9LAND BMS AWR command and control software is part of the tactical system.

Nils Erik Lindblom, director marketing and sales at business unit land, within Saab business area support and services, said:

“A new international customer validates that Saab's CBRN solutions are in the front-line on the market, and that we are breaking new ground. This delivery is to an international reference customer for our CBRN AWR system, with a combination of integrated mobile and stationary systems. There is a trend developing within the CBRN area for countries to move away from stand-alone solutions to properly integrated CBRN systems and vehicles.”

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security with operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet their customers’ changing needs.

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Saab has begun construction of the Swedish Navy’s first A26 next-generation submarine after a September 4th ceremony at their Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden.

This comes after Saab signed contracts worth the equivalent of $919 million with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to deliver two new Type A26 submarines. In addition, a $252.23 million contract was also placed to overhaul their existing Gotland-class subs.

The submarine will use a Multi-Mission Portal to cover a broad range of conflict environments, and will be able to operate in ever ocean. A new feature of the sub will be missiles to go along with the standard mines and torpedoes. It has been the “world’s most modern submarine program” by officials at the Swedish company.

"The A26 is a new standard bearer; a step forward in the Swedish tradition of modular design and building, it ensures maximum operational effectiveness with a lower lifecycle cost,”
said Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab Kockums, boasting about the versatility of it, and how the company are ready for all incoming orders.
"With the A26 you can always adapt the submarine to the mission in hand. Now that production has started it is a clear signal to other potential customers around the world that Saab is ready to deliver to them as well."

Some specifications of the A26 submarine include:

  • LENGTH - 62 m
  • DISPLACEMENT, SURFACED -1800 tons
  • MAXIMUM DIVING DEPTH - 200 m
  • STANDARD COMPLEMENT - 26 persons
  • WEAPONS - 53 cm torpedoes, 40 cm torpedoes, mines
  • TOTAL MISSION ENDURANCE - 45 days
  • SUBMERGED AIP SPEED - 6 knots
  • CONTINUOUS SNORTING SPEED - 12 knots

Upgraded subs will be delivered from 2018 to 2019. It will take about seven years for the new submarines to be built, as delivery is scheduled to begin in 2022. The orders should be fulfilled two years after.

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Montreal-based flight simulator manufacturer CAE Inc. has signed a series of contracts worth more than C$130m ($97.9m) with airlines and aircraft manufacturers to supply full-flight simulators. The contracts with both airlines and aircraft manufacturers cover the entire career life cycle of professional pilots, from cadet to captain and crew sourcing.

“We are thrilled to support the fleet growth of our long-standing airline customers by offering the most flexible array of training equipment and cadet-to-captain training solutions to the market,”
said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.

The six full-flight simulators (FFSs) sales bring the total number of FFS sales announced to date in fiscal 2016 to 15 sales. The FFSs are at list prices, which include the value of OEM aircraft-specific data, parts and equipment (DP&E), normally procured by CAE in the manufacturing of its simulators. In the case of these contracts, some customers are providing part of the OEM content.

The entirety of the contract includes:

  • Four full-flight simulators, including three Boeing 737 MAX and one Boeing 777, as well as two CAE Simfinity 400XR Integrated Procedures Trainers (IPT) to Shanghai Eastern Flight Training (SEFTC, the training center subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines).
  • One Airbus A320 full-flight simulator and an A320 Airbus Pilot Transition (ATP) Trainer to Airbus' Asian Training Center.
  • One Boeing 737NG full-flight simulator to Russian aviation equipment company NITA
  • An exclusive five-year contract with Eastern Air Lines for Boeing 737NG pilot type-rating training in the United States.
  • An exclusive five-year contract extension with Eastar Jet for Boeing 737NG pilot type-rating training in Seoul, Korea.
  • A contract renewal for the A330/A340 pilot training for an undisclosed customer in Asia, and also a A320 flight crew sourcing, through CAE Parc Aviation, for an undisclosed customer in Asia.

CAE is a global leader in the delivery of training platforms for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. They design and integrate the industry's most comprehensive training solutions with a track record of delivering service and technology innovation spanning seven decades.

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Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio have signed a deal with the Italian Ministry of Defence's Teledife (General Directorate of IT and Advanced Technologies) to supply ground segment to the Polish Ministry of Defense. As a prime contractor for the program, Thales will build the satellites while Telespazio will develop the ground segment and manage logistics. In addition to development of the satellite and ground segment, the deal covers procurement of equipment for the second satellite. This second one will be launched by the first half of 2019. This latest contract will start Phase C4/D1 of the program, entailing the detailed system design, the manufacture of the space segment which comprises two high-performance satellites, as well as the ground infrastructure.

We are extremely satisfied with today's signature,"

said Donato Amoroso, CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italia.

"It clearly reflects the sustained commitment of everybody involved, including the Italian space agency and its President, Roberto Battiston, the government as well as the Defense and MIUR (education, universities and research) ministries, partners in the project. COSMO-SkyMed is the flagship of Italy's advanced radar technology, and is also the only national Earth observation system of its type anywhere in the world.

COSMO-SkyMed is funded by ASI, the Italian Ministry of Defence, and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research. It is the first earth satellite observation system designed for dual purposes, i.e. civil and military. Its four identical satellites “watch” our planet from space day and night under all atmospheric conditions, thanks to high resolution X-band radar. Financed by the Italian Space Agency, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Instruction, University and Scientific Research (MIUR), COSMO-SkyMed is one of today's most innovative Earth observation programs. The first generation comprises of a constellation of four identical satellites, equipped with radar sensors capable of operating under any atmospheric and visibility conditions and features a very high revisit frequency. COSMO-SkyMed was designed to meet both defense and civil (environmental monitoring, security) requirements.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of Thales Alenia and Telespazio products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us at 1-714-705-4780.


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AeroVironment has received a number of contracts from the US Army for the RQ-11B Raven and RQ-20A Puma systems that total $47.1 million combined. These contracts include the seven orders awarded on July 23rd which totaled around $35 million.

According to Kirk Flittie, the AeroVironment UAS business segment vice president and general manger,

“Sustaining the Army's large fleet of Raven and Puma AE systems ensures that soldiers continue to have the most effective, reliable and adaptable small UAS available to support them wherever and whenever required. These contracts assure that American soldiers can continue to rely on our combat-proven solutions to deliver powerful insight, on-demand, that helps them operate more safely and effectively."

The AeroVironment Raven is the most widely used UAS worldwide. This is considered a lightweight solution which is designed for fast deployment and flexible military applications.

The RQ-20A Puma has a lot of functionality which makes it very powerful in such a small UAS class. The Puma AE delivers 3.5+ hours of flight endurance, with versatile smart battery options to support diverse mission requirements. Its powerful propulsion system and aerodynamic design make it efficient and easy to launch, especially in high altitudes and hotter climates. A plug and play power adapter is provided for easy integration of future extended endurance options, such as, solar and fuel cell solutions.

It carries both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) camera plus illuminator on a lightweight mechanical gimbaled payload, allowing the operator to keep “eyes on target.” For increased payload capacity, an optional under wing Transit Bay is available for easy integration of 3rd party payloads such as communications relay, geo locations, or laser marker to meet the diverse needs of military or civilian applications.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of AeroVironment products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines, IT systems, and military platforms are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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The US Air Force has received the 150th KC-10 Extender aerial refueling tanker from Northrop Grumman’s maintenance depot. These depots are located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as well as Greensboro, North Carolina. Since 2009, Northrop Gunman has been the prime contractor on the KC-10 Extender. The company provides logistics support, depot maintenance, supply chain management, engine management, and overhaul services for aircrafts. They also work with MTU Maintenance, AAR, Chromalloy, AAR and TICO Life Care to deliver these services.

According to Matt Emerson, director, weapon systems operations, Northrop Grumman Technical Services,

“The delivery of the 150th KC-10 depot aircraft contributes to the critical mission requirements of the US Air Force by ensuring that the KC-10 is operational when the customer needs it. The aircraft was accepted with zero defects, further contributing to the company's proven track record for helping the Air Force achieve the KC-10's highest fleet mission capable rates in more than 16 years.”

Northrop Grumman made their CF6-50 engine overhaul program more reliable which also contributes to the 15-year high in engine fleet performance. On top of this, the engineering and depot production and the system modernization have gone through advancements that will assist in making a three year sustained mission-capable rate that far exceeds the Air Force’s 85 percent standard.

“Northrop Grumman's demonstrated performance and quality on the KC-10 program is nothing short of exceptional. Deliveries were made on or ahead of schedule and met or exceeded quality expectations, which has been instrumental in the air force's production of an untold number of combat refuelling sorties,”
says John Parker, vice president and general manager, integrated logistics and modernization division, Northrop Grumman Technical Services.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Under the terms of a recently awarded $50 million contract, BAE Systems is to continue producing the MK 90 propellant grains for the US Army. A key component of the Hydra-70 family of rockets utilized by the United States’ military and several allied countries, the MK 90 propellant grains provides propulsion for the Hydra-70 rocket system.

Consisting of three main components-the Mk 66 MOD 4 rocket motor, a warhead and a point-detonating remote-set fuse-the Hydra-70 rocket system is the most prolific helicopter-launched weapon system in the world. The Hydra-70 rocket system is a family of 2.75-in unguided air-to-surface rockets. Derived from the Mk 4/Mk 40 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket (FFAR) developed in the 1940s, the Hydra-70 is less precise than other guided missiles such as the Lockheed Martin-produced Hellfire II but is much cheaper to manufacture. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GDATP) is the prime contractor for the production of the Hydra-70 rocket system.

“The Hydra-70 missile is the work horse of the unguided missile category,”

said Reed McPeak, vice president and general manager of Ordnance Systems Inc. at BAE Systems.

“It is the most commonly used helicopter-launched weapon system in the world, and we are pleased to fuel this multi-service, multi-national system.”

BAE Systems manufactures the MK 90 propellant grain at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Virginia. The Radford facility is a premier producer of military-grade and solventless propellants. Producing the MK 90 grain calls for more than 300 employees employed in five manufacturing locations at the plant.

BAE Systems commenced grain production in October 2012. The first delivery happened in August 2013.

As of today, BAE Systems has delivered 500,000 MK 90 propellant grain units to the US Department of Defense, while General Dynamics has delivered over 4 million Hydra-70 rockets.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of BAE Systems products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines, aircraft, and military platforms are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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The US Navy awarded iRobot a contract worth $4 million for 110 FirstLook robots. Deliveries under this $4m contract are expected to be completed by February next year. iRobot's 110 FirstLook is a compact and expandable robot designed to offer immediate situational awareness and to perform persistent observation while also capable of investigating and manipulating dangerous and hazardous materials.

Tom Frost, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Defense & Security business unit, proudly stated,

"iRobot is pleased to provide these state-of-the-art robots to the U.S. Navy as they will help to address a wide variety of missions. FirstLook is light enough and rugged enough to be thrown through a window or down a flight of stairs, and its capabilities are expandable with the addition of different payloads. We believe FirstLook is the most capable robot in its weight class."

iRobot declares on its website that the company

“designs and builds robots that empower people to do more. The company's home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, its defense & security robots protect those in harm's way, and its remote presence robots enable virtual presence from anywhere in the world. iRobot's robots feature proprietary technologies incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence.”

Working with the military isn’t a new endeavor for iRobot as the company has already provided more than 5,000 of its defense and security robots to armed forces and civil defense personnel worldwide. The company envisions a bold new future where the automated use of these robots will eliminate the need to put civilian lives in danger when carrying out tasks of varying levels and degrees of safety and difficulty. It is safe to say our future is in capable hands, or rather the capable and automated hands of a robot.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have wide selection of iRobot products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines, aircraft, and vessels are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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Rheinmetall has secured an important order in connection with a key program within the British Ministry of Defense to produce a new generation of combat vehicles for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The contract will enlist Rheinmetall to equip the British Army with a new family of Scout specialist vehicles. The German-based company said it had signed a $142 million deal with prime contractor Lockheed Martin UK. The contract covers the production of the turret structure and weapon mount (TSWM) for the 245 turreted versions of the Scout SV that are being purchased out of a total of 589 units.

The Scout SV program includes six variants: Scout Reconnaissance, Protected Mobility Reconnaissance Support (PMRS), Command and Control, Engineering Reconnaissance, Repair, and Recovery. Each Scout SV platform variant will be a highly agile, tracked, medium-weight armored fighting vehicle, providing British troops with state-of-the-art best-in-class protection. Each Scout SV platform variant has extensive capabilities, including acoustic detectors, a laser warning system, a local situational awareness system, an electronic countermeasure system, a route marking system, an advanced electronic architecture, and a high performance power pack.

Rheinmetall’s extensive, longstanding experience in developing and manufacturing turret systems combined with Lockheed Martin’s experience in reconnaissance sensor systems, fire control units and guidance technology, make them one of the foremost leaders in the market for turret technology. The Scout SV is designed to replace the UK Army's existing combat reconnaissance (tracked) vehicle fleet. The Scout vehicles will enhance intelligence, surveillance, protection, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities, and provide a highly effective 40mm cannon to the army making it the weapon of choice for future combat operations.

The first production unit is scheduled for July 2016. The contract award will mainly benefit the Rheinmetall Defence Group's plant located in Kassel, Germany, where fabrication as well as final assembly will take place, the company stated.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of Rheinmetall and Lockheed Martin products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines, vessels, and aircraft are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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The United States Marine Corps has ordered 75 small unmanned ground vehicles from iRobot to assist in missions. The man-portable SUGV features dexterous manipulation for dismounted mobile operations. The SUGV is a smaller and lighter version of iRobot PackBot which is designed to allow exploratory functions in small and inaccessible places as well as terrains and situations that are dangerous. Among its chief advantages is offering situational awareness for infantry troops, combat engineers, EOD technicians, and other personnel.

Tom Frost, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot's Defense & Security business unit, proudly endorses the SUGV stating, --

“Rugged, lightweight robots like SUGV enable a safer and more effective way to conduct a variety of dangerous missions. As threats persist globally, iRobot is proud to continue partnering with our defense forces to provide this life-saving technology”.

iRobot has received a $9.8 million order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for 75 SUGV robot systems and all deliveries under the order are expected to be completed by Q2 2016.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have the resources to distribute a vast array iRobot products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines, vessels, and aircraft are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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Investment tycoon Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway recently acquired Precision Castparts for $32 billion. Buffet credits the decision to acquire the aerospace supplier to his investment manager Todd Combs who bought stock in Precision Castparts in 2012. As early as March 1, Berkshire was one of the company’s largest shareholders with a 3% stake.

However, Buffet didn’t decide to outright purchase the company until Precision Castparts’ CEO Mark Donegan stopped by the Berkshire Hathaway office as part of a routine visit to shareholders. Buffet was so impressed by Donegan that he soon proposed to Combs that they should look into acquiring Precision Castparts. Although Adding Precision Castparts would only boost Berkshire’s overall profit by only about 8%, Buffet is betting on an aerospace boom to justify the incredible acquisition which, including assumed debt of Precision Castparts, is valued at $37.2 billion.

The acquisition of Precision Castparts fall perfectly in line with the investment tendencies of the Oracle of Omaha. Precision Castparts shares have fallen in recent months as the company has said it faces uncertainty in its businesses that cater to the oil and gas industry. As recently as Friday, Precision Castparts’s shares closed at about $194-down about 20% year to date. And while such a precipitous decline might strike fear into the hearts of investors, a traditional value-based investor like Buffet sees this as a major opportunity to capitalize on a market inefficiency. It is this unwavering belief in his ability to exploit the market trends that has Buffet’s company being worth over $67 billion dollars. Even though Berkshire Hathaway has over $67 billion dollars on its books as of the end of the second quarter, Buffet states that he likes to keep a cushion of $20 billion as Berkshire Hathaway doesn’t like to use its stock to pay for deals, so the company could use a combination of its own cash and some financing to pay for Precision Castparts.

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TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has received an order of $14.2 million to continue support of the United States Marine Corps’ Tactical Satellite Communications Network.

Under this agreement, they will continue to deliver Ku satellite bandwidth, terrestrial support, and 24-hour support services to the USMC TSCN. It was issued under the joint Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)/GSA Future Commercial Satcom Acquisition program.

TCS in one of eight prime contractors awarded by Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2). The total contract is worth $2.6 billion, and is being managed through the U.S. General Services Administration along with DISA. This services provided under this deal will extend the USMC enterprise network to deployed users.

TCS stated their goal is to deliver the best service possible to the Marines, who need their communications systems to be working at all times.

"TCS is dedicated to delivering communications solutions that exceed today's most demanding government satellite requirements,”
said TCS Government Solutions Group president Michael Bristol.
"Moving into the third year of this global Ku bandwidth contract, we stand fully committed as the Marine Corps' innovative partner to bring a flexible managed services network anywhere and anytime in support of their critical missions."

TCS’s Government Solutions Group has been providing communications technologies to users such as the Marines for over twenty-eight years. The Annapolis, Maryland-based company has long been leading the way with their wireless communications. With the standards that the US military requires, their products and solutions must be top notch.

Their satellite communications features standards-compliant design in addition to technically advanced production, deployment, installation, operation, service, and maintenance. They have a dedicated Operations and Maintenance division which is utilized to support thousands of systems around the globe - making sure that products and turnkey solutions are supported and readily available whenever they are needed.

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of TeleCommunication Systems products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current TCS parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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In a ceremony taking place at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia over the weekend, the US Navy commissioned its newest Virginia-class submarine as USS John Warner (SSN 785). The commissioning was presided over by John Warner himself (who served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974), Director of Naval Reactors and prospective Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson, and current CNO Admiral Jonathan Greenert.

In his keynote address, Admiral Greenert said,

“This boat is the latest incarnation of American sea power, and is a strategic asset for this country. This affords us what we refer to as global access, and it is fundamental to any mission that you ask your military to do. Frankly, we are challenged in space, we are challenged in cyber, we are challenged in the air and we are challenged on the surface. We are not currently challenged in the undersea. We own the undersea domain. We must keep that situation as we go into the future.”

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stated, “The commissioning of USS John Warner marks the beginning of what is expected to be 33 years of distinguished service for this great submarine, a fitting tribute to a man who served his nation for so long as a sailor, a Marine, a US Senator and, as one of my most esteemed predecessors as Secretary of the Navy.”

Notably, the USS John Warner is the first Virginia-class submarine to be named after a person, while the others of its kind have taken their names from US states. The 7,800-ton submarine was delivered to the Navy at the end of June by prime contractors GD Electric Boat and HII Newport News, three months ahead of schedule.

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor have large inventory of HII Newport News parts and GD Electric Boat parts. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production GD Electric Boat and HII Newport News parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please contact us at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters has been awarded a supply contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) System Command for the work of supplying material solutions for its Scout Sniper Ballistic Computers (SSBC) program. The contract calls for Kestrel to supply the US Marine Corps with 887 Kestrel 4500 meters units. Each of these units are capable of merging precise wind, direction, temperature, pressure, and humidity evaluations with an integrated advanced ballistics computer and bullet performance database.

The 4oz, hand held meter will offer elevation and wind holds for the exact weapon, round, and target features, which will allow the shooter to put first shots on target at approximately 1,000 yards and more. Included with the Kestrel meters is a complete field support kit containing Kestrel 4000 series screen protection kit, Pelican 1015 black case, and Mystery Ranch MOLLE soft case. All weather meters are designed and constructed in Pennsylvania. The Kestrel Kit selected for this contract award is fully Berry Amendment and BUY American Act compliant. Wider adoption of the Kestrel with Applied Ballistics is expected as other services are currently gauging its performance and abilities. The current devices under the award contract will be provided by Kestrel’s long-time authorized Kestrel resale partner, ADS, which is a primary vendor under the Defense Supply Center Special Operations Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program.

The CEO of Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters manufacturer Nielsen-Kellerman, Alix James, stated:

"Kestrel has proudly supported Marine Corps Scout Snipers with rugged environmental meters for more than 15 years, starting with the original Kestrel 4000 Weather Tracker, through to the Kestrel 4500 with applied ballistics selected on this contract. We are constantly working to develop solutions that make our warfighters more effective without weighing them down with unnecessary gear. We are honored that this selection confirms that we're building what our soldiers need."

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Kestrel products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive category of both obsolete and in-production Kestrel parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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After numerous delays, the initial flight test of Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K King Stallion has been rescheduled once again.

The heavy-lift helicopter has been pushed back in order to - among other things - complete testing fixes to its gearbox. It was once thought the aircraft could make its first flight in June of 2014, but the Joel Embiid of helicopters has suffered a multitude of setbacks. It has experienced problems with the drive shaft, gearbox, and other parts during the ground tests. Flight tests have been scheduled and rescheduled since late 2014 to today.

Currently, there is no set date for its maiden flight. The US Navy, who are using this helicopter, are most concerned about it being safe to use, regardless of how long it takes.

“We are still undergoing ground tests to measure and verify the ability of the drive system, transmissions, engines and flight control system to safely fly the CH-53K helicopter across multiple flight scenarios,” a US Navy Aviation Program Office spokeswoman said. "At this time, we do not have a specific date for a first flight, but do anticipate prior to the end of this calendar year, fall of 2015."

Other reports from The Wall Street Journal say unnamed members of the US Navy indicate the gearbox problem has already been solved, but still requires additional testing.

The United States Marine Corps is prepared to order 200 helicopters at a total cost of $25.5 billion. Once the flight tests have been completed, the US Department of Defense will determine whether or not to begin production in 2016.

The Sikorsky CH-53K will replace the current CH53E in 2019, its scheduled date to enter service. The “heavy-lift” helicopter does just that, as it is capable of transporting armored vehicles, equipment, and personnel further inland from ships.

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Sikorsky products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Sikorsky parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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GATR Technologies has begun full rate production of the SATCOM (satellite communications) antenna for the United States Marine Corps under a $440 million contract.

This will be the first batch of the satellites, with thirty-six units being made. The total number to be made is not yet determined, as it is an indefinite-quantity contract.

It will be manufactured for the high-bandwidth special intelligence-palletized terminal (HBSI-PT) program of the US Marine Corps. The units are all tested thoroughly, and measured to the highest standard by the Marines.

"The Program of Record means the Marine Corps has vetted GATR's Inflatable Satellite Antenna (ISA) capabilities and performance through extensive testing to DoD standards, such as MIL-STD-810G environmental compliance and ARSTRAT WGS certification,”

GATR Marine Corps program manager Victor Vega said. "It also means that our commercial technology is now a catalogued system in the DoD logistics stream."

GATR was very grateful for the opportunity, and believes their technology is the right fit for the job at hand. One of the key features they offered is the ability to carry the antenna in a compression bag weighing only twenty-two pounds. The whole system is relatively lightweight, at under 100 pounds.

“We were extremely fortunate to leverage early Small Business Innovative Research contracts and Quick Reaction Funding from the Defense Department to help us initially field and improve our technology,”

GATR president Paul Gierow added.

The program is managed by Marine Corps Systems Command's (MARCORSYCOM) sensitive compartmented information (SCI) communications project team, under the direction of product manager networking and satellite communications (PdM NSC).

The program has reached some important milestones over the years:

  • Trojan Spirit Palletized system is Post Milestone C
  • High Bandwidth Special Intelligence Palletized Terminal (HBSI-PT) system awaiting MDD
  • ECCS SCI Kit (SCIK) is in FRP and will be fielded in 2nd Quarter of FY14

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of GATR Technologies products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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In June 2015, Caterpillar Marine announced that they have secured an order to deliver their Cat Power Solutions system to power 16 patrol boats that are being built for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). Each of the boats in the series will have two Cat C32 main propulsion diesel engines as well as two Cat C9 ship service diesel generators. The boats will be constructed at the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction shipyard in Korea. Cat dealer Hae In will manage the delivery and subsequent service of the Cat solutions.

Y.S. Kwak, Hae in Power Systems’ general manager, is looking forward to the project. He said in a statement: "The Korean Navy Patrol Boat project is a significant milestone for both Hae In Corporation and Caterpillar Marine as it reiterates that Cat marine products have passed the high standards of the Korean Government. Our products are well-suited for the demanding navy patrol segment."

Caterpillar defense and federal products sales consultant Neil Vaughan also released a statement:

"Working directly with Hae In sales and engineering, we are now in a position to complete the detailed design and deliver this integrated product to the ROKN."

The Cat C32 is a V-12, 4-stroke-diesel engine and it meets the IMO II emissions regulations while the propulsion system is electronically governed and features the ADEM A4 electronic control unit. According to Cat, the engine has already accumulated hundreds of thousands of hours operating on vessels around the globe. Hae In will also be responsible for delivering the reduction gear and Cat local operating panel which integrates control, alarm and monitoring functions of the C32 and reduction gear.

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Ford Motor Company has partnered with Carbon3D to innovate materials and design products using CLIP (Continuous Liquid Interface Production) technology.

One of the big designs Ford and Carbon3D are working on is a customized steering wheel, designed to match the grip of your hand. Imagine if you had a steering wheel made just for you, one that fits like a glove. It would be the perfect size and shape, with all the right grooves in the right places.

The idea for the steering wheel was inspired by the movie Terminator 2. In the movie, T-1000 was crafted out of liquid metal and could transform into the shape of different objects and people. CEO Joseph DeSimone was inspired, thinking that all 3D objects should have the ability to morph.

“Carbon3D’s CLIP technology has allowed us to realize our need for high-speed, high-quality printing of actual automotive-grade parts,”

explained Group Vice President of Global Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, Raj Nair.

“We are excited to further our relationship and look forward to innovating together to make 3D manufacturing a reality.”

For Ford, they feel like this is just the first step in the relationship. Down the road, consumers could be seeing 3D printing used for custom car seats and cup holders. The possibilities are endless.

Carbon3D is a start-up company that has made great strides in recent years. Ford picked them as their designer due to the fact that they can produce the customized products much faster than what’s currently available. They currently have $51 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and Silver Lake Kraftwerk, as well as Autodesk’s Spark Investment Fund

The 3D printing market in general has taken off over the last decade. Certain analysts are projecting it to be worth $16.2 billion in less than three years.

Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Ford motor company products. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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The Aegis Combat System is an integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division of RCA, and now produced by Lockheed Martin. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. The system was first used by the US Navy but is now utilized by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Spanish Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy, and Republic of Korea Navy. Over 100 Aegis-equipped ships have been deployed in five navies worldwide.

In June 2015, the US State Department approved a potential foreign military sale worth nearly USD$1.91 billion to the Republic of Korea for the Aegis Combat Systems as well as associated equipment, parts, and logistical support. Congress has been notified about the possible sale. Under the proposed deal, South Korea will receive three Aegis shipboard combat systems, three MK-41 vertical launching systems, three common data link management systems, and three AN/UPX-29(V) identification friend or foe interrogators. In addition, the delivery will also include spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, as well as personnel training, training equipment, tool and test equipment.

South Korea will use the Aegis Combat System to enhance capabilities of its naval ships in order to protect sea lines of communication as well as defend against possible aggression. The system will also support the Korean Navy's efforts to upgrade its shipboard combat and ballistic missile defense capability. This also has benefits for the United States. This new development will help us support security and defense needs of our ally and partner nation, which is a major political and economic power in East Asia and the Western Pacific. Last, it will enable the US to help South Korea in developing and maintaining strong, operational self-defense capabilities.

If the sale is approved, Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Training, Raytheon Company, and General Dynamics Armament Systems will be the principal contractors. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system integrates the SPY-1 radar, MK 41 vertical launching system, and SM-3 missile through an advanced command and control system. Aegis BMD-equipped ships use hit-to-kill technology to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

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The United States government has delivered Raytheon’s BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles to the Lebanese Army. They arrived at the Beirut airport, though the amount that was delivered remains undisclosed. The TOW missiles are tube-launched, optically tracked, and wirelessly guided. The purpose of the delivery is to help the Lebanese Army fight terrorism, as an unnamed official told The Daily Star.
"It helps us a lot in the war against terrorism, it improves our firepower and fighting capabilities," he said.
The BGM-71 TOW is a long-range anti-tank missile that is designed to take out reactive armor, bunkers, fortifications, and amphibious landing craft. Not only is it effective in an open battlefield, but it can also be used in urban environments. These missiles are an upgraded version of the 1983 BGM-71C TOW II, which only had a range of 3.75 km. The missile can be fired in a couple different ways. According to army-technology.com, “The missiles can be fired from the ground using a tripod-mounted launch tube or installed on vehicles. The TOW missile system can be fitted as a single-tube pedestal mount on military vehicles or as two-tube or four-tube under-armor systems on vehicles such as the improved TOW vehicle M901, Desert Warrior, Piranha, US Marine Corps LAV, Dardo Hitfist and Bradley M2/M3.” The United States government has donated over $1 billion to the Lebanese Army over the past ten years. The majority of the funds are for non-lethal equipment, such as aircraft and communication systems. There has been plenty of firepower given to them though, as there were 70 M198 155mm towed howitzers delivered to the country in 2014. They were also supplied with 26 million rounds of ammunition. TOW is in service with over forty armed forces and used in more than 15,000 ground, vehicle, and helicopter platforms all over the world. Via our proprietary website ASAP NSN Parts, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Raytheon products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Raytheon parts at www.asap-nsnparts.us. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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