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in sup­port of the US Ma­rine Corps’ VH-92A Pres­i­den­tial He­li­copter Re­place­ment Pro­gramme has been car­ried out. This sig­nals the start of the 250-hour flight test pro­gramme which will take place at Lock­heed Martin fa­cil­i­ties in Owego, New York.

The US De­part­ment of De­fence has awarded Lock­heed Martin a $24.1 mil­lion con­tract mod­i­fi­ca­tion for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter lo­gis­tics ser­vices for US and FMS cus­tomers. Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, Lock­heed Martin will pro­vide ma­te­rial for de­pot stand-up and ac­ti­va­tion, canopy sys­tems and avion­ics sub­sys­tems to the US Air Force, Navy, Ma­rine Corps and non-Pen­tagon par­tic­i­pants and FMS par­tic­i­pants. Work is sched­uled to be com­pleted by Au­gust 2019.

Lock­heed Martin Aero­nau­tics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is be­ing awarded not-to-ex­ceed $427,088,637 for un­defini­tized or­der against a pre­vi­ously is­sued ba­sic or­der­ing agree­ment. This or­der pro­vides for the pro­cure­ment of an­cil­lary mil­i­tary equip­ment and pi­lot flight equip­ment for low rate ini­tial pro­duc­tion Lot 11 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter air­craft for the U.S., non-De­part­ment of De­fense par­tic­i­pants and FMS cus­tomers. Work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in De­cem­ber 2020.


The Mis­sile De­fence Agency(MDA) news re­lease said that the MDA and sol­diers of the 11th Air De­fence Ar­tillery Bri­gade have con­ducted a suc­cess­ful mis­sile de­fence test to­day us­ing the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fence sys­tem. A medium-range tar­get bal­lis­tic mis­sile was air-launched by an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III over the Pa­cific Ocean. The THAAD weapon sys­tem, lo­cated in Ko­diak(Alaska), de­tected, tracked and in­ter­cepted the tar­get.


It is ex­pected that Raytheon will be awarded a con­tract to turn a num­ber of US Navy Tom­a­hawks into anti-ship cruise mis­siles. The up­grade will take place when the Block IV Tom­a­hawks are sent back to Raytheon for mid-life re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. A com­pany ex­ec­u­tive said the multi-mode seeker for the anti-ship role will likely be a mix of pas­sive and ac­tive sen­sors. The Block IV re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ef­fort will start in 2019 with the first Ma­rine Strike Tom­a­hawk vari­ants to en­ter the fleet in the early 2020s.


In ex­change for 11 Su-35 fighter air­craft, In­done­sia’s Trade Min­is­ter Eng­gar­ti­asto Lukita has con­firmed that Jakarta will barter com­modi­ties such as cof­fee, palm oil and tea to Rus­sia in lieu of hard cash. Rus­sia is cur­rently fac­ing a new round of US-im­posed trade sanc­tions, while Jakarta is try­ing to pro­mote its palm oil prod­ucts amid threats of a cut in con­sump­tion by Euro­pean Union coun­tries.


Sin­ga­pore has con­tracted El­bit Sys­tems to pro­vide and

in­te­grate de­fen­sive suites on its fleet of Boe­ing AH-64 Apache at­tack and CH-47 Chi­nook heavy-lift he­li­copters. An ex­am­i­na­tion of pic­tures of the one he­li­copter up­graded so far show that they have been fit­ted with mis­sile ap­proach and laser warn­ing sys­tems, a rec­tan­gu­lar-shaped radar warn­ing re­ceivers, a SATCOM dome fit­ted onto the outer lead­ing edge of each of the up­graded Apache’s stub wings while the up­graded Chi­nooks have a SATCOM dome on the top of the fuse­lage in be­tween the twin ro­tor booms.


Sukhoi’s T-50 PAK-FA has been des­ig­nated the Su-57, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian Air Force Chief Col Gen Vik­tor Bon­darev. The fifth-gen­er­a­tion stealth fighter made its maiden flight in 2010 and since then has re­ceived a num­ber of up­grades to avion­ics, stealth and ar­ma­ments. Six air­craft are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to the Rus­sian Air Force next year with 55 ex­pected to be in op­er­a­tion by 2020. The air­craft will then go into mass pro­duc­tion.


Turkey’s Pres­i­dent Tayyip Er­do­gan has an­nounced that con­tracts in­volv­ing the sale of Al­maz-Antey S-400 sur­face-toair mis­sile sys­tems have been “inked.” The an­nounce­ment now con­firms that both the S-400 pro­cure­ment and the Turkey-Eurosam pro­grammes are par­al­lel ini­tia­tives, with the S-400 be­ing sought for near-term needs.


The US State De­part­ment has made a de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­prov­ing a pos­si­ble FMS to the Gov­ern­ment of Switzer­land for F/A-18 up­grades. The es­ti­mated cost is $115 mil­lion. The De­fence Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency de­liv­ered the re­quired cer­ti­fi­ca­tion no­ti­fy­ing Congress of this pos­si­ble sale.

MQ-9 Reaper air­crew from the 732nd Op­er­a­tions Group par­tic­i­pated in Red Flag 17-3 from July 10-28, 2017 at Nel­lis AFB, Ne­vada. Dur­ing this Red Flag, the MQ-9 crew aimed to prove the Reaper’s multi-role ca­pa­bil­i­ties and train over new and evolv­ing tac­tics.

The US Se­cret Ser­vice is plan­ning to de­ploy and test a small teth­ered drone dur­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to the golf club in New Jersey this month. The move, which aims at im­prov­ing and pro­vid­ing new types of pres­i­den­tial pro­tec­tion, will help de­ter­mine the po­ten­tial for us­ing such ve­hi­cles to pro­tect the pres­i­dent, as the ser­vice works to in­cor­po­rate sev­eral types of drones and teth­ered sys­tems into its over­head se­cu­rity-mon­i­tor­ing ef­forts.

Pen­tagon has given two con­tracts con­tract for Ground-based Strate­gic De­ter­rent. These con­tract are to con­duct tech­nol­ogy mat­u­ra­tion and risk re­duc­tion to de­liver a low tech­ni­cal risk, af­ford­able to­tal sys­tem re­place­ment of Minuteman III to meet in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments. Work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Au­gust 20, 2020. The con­tracts have been given to The Boe­ing Co., Alabama for $349,159,962 and to Northrop Grum­man Sys­tems Corp., Cal­i­for­nia, for $328,584,830.

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