Fin­mec­ca­nica con­tracts with Is­rael

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The United King­dom ac­cepted the first in­ter­na­tional Lock­heed Martin F-35 Light­ning II air­craft re­cently. Philip Ham­mond, UK Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence, and Frank Ken­dall, US Un­der­sec­re­tary of De­fense for Ac­qui­si­tion, Tech­nol­ogy and Lo­gis­tics, rep­re­sented their gov­ern­ments.

“We are here to cel­e­brate an im­por­tant ‘first’ among so many mile­stones as­so­ci­ated with the F-35 pro­gramme,” said Bob Stevens, Lock­heed Martin Chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. “It’s fit­ting that our first de­liv­ery to an in­ter­na­tional part­ner is to the United King­dom, be­cause with­out sus­tained British in­no­va­tion over many gen­er­a­tions, we would

In the frame­work of a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment be­tween the Ital­ian and Is­raeli Gov­ern­ments, Fin­mec­ca­nica an­nounced that it has signed con­tracts worth ap­prox­i­mately $850 mil­lion through the op­er­a­tional com­pa­nies Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi, Te­lespazio and SELEX Elsag.

Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi will sup­ply of 30 M-346 ad­vanced trainer air­craft. The agree­ment has a to­tal value—in­clud­ing air­craft, en­gines, main­te­nance, lo­gis­tics, sim­u­la­tors, and train­ing—of ap­prox­i­mately $1 bil­lion, of which ap­prox­i­mately $600 mil­lion per­tain­ing to Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi.

The new air­craft will re­place the A-4 Sky­hawks cur­rently in ser­vice with the Is­raeli Air Force. The de­liv­ery of the first unit is sched­uled for mid-2014.

Te­lespazio, will sup­ply high-res­o­lu­tion op­ti­cal mil­i­tary satel­lite sys­tem for earth ob­ser­va­tion, called OPTSAT-3000, for more than $200 mil­lion. Te­lespazio will be re­spon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing the en­tire sys­tem: from the satel­lite to the ground seg­ment, from the launch ser­vices and place­ment in or­bit to the prepa­ra­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of the op­er­a­tional and lo­gis­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as in-or­bit test­ing and the com­mis­sion­ing.

The con­struc­tion of the satel­lite, whose de­liv­ery is planned for 2015, will be en­trusted to the com­pany Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries/MBT Space Division;

Selex Elsag will sup­ply iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­puter sys­tems for flight con­trol of the 30 M-346 ad­vanced trainer air­craft, and the sup­ply, for ap­prox­i­mately $41 mil­lion, through the com­pany ELTA Sys­tems Ltd, of the NATO-stan­dard sub-sys­tems for com­mu­ni­ca­tions, tac­ti­cal links, and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for two CAEW (con­for­mal air­borne early warn­ing) air­craft for the Ital­ian Air Force.

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