Lockheed Martin has received a delivery order from the USAF for the provision of 14 Sniper targeting pods to Kuwait. The pods will be installed on the Gulf state’s fleet of F/A-18C/D aircraft. Since 2016, the firm has also
begun efforts to integrate the pods on Kuwait’s Typhoon aircraft. Deliveries of the new pods are expected to commence in 2018.
Lockheed Martin has won a $137.8 million contract modification for cost-reduction programmes for the initial low-rate production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the US Air Force, US Navy and the US Marine Corps. This is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.
In addition to its deal to build Blackhawk helicopters in the Saudi Arabia, Lockheed Martin will develop a $28 billion air and missile defence programme that will include the THAAD ballistic missile defence system, the anti-aircraft missile Patriot, 150 utility Blackhawk helicopters and other systems and logistical support.