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tasks Lockheed with the pro­cure­ment of ini­tial air ve­hi­cle spares to in­clude en­durance spares pack­ages to co­in­cide with F-35 air ve­hi­cle de­liv­er­ies to Tel Aviv. Work is sched­uled to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2021.

RUS­SIA

On Fe­bru­ary 12, 2018, Rus­sian news­pa­per Kras­naya Zvezda re­ported that the Rus­sian mil­i­tary had test-fired an up­graded air de­fence mis­sile at the fir­ing range Sary-Sha­gan in Kaza­khstan. The new up­graded air de­fence mis­sile is ca­pa­ble of in­ter­cept­ing sin­gle and mul­ti­ple strikes, in­clud­ing the new gen­er­a­tion in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

For the first time in the re­cent his­tory of Rus­sia, pi­lots of the Naval Air Arm have prac­ticed in-flight re­fu­elling on Su-30SM air­craft. Dur­ing the train­ing, the Su-30SM and Su-24M air­craft took off from the Naval Avi­a­tion Com­bat Train­ing Cen­tre lo­cated in Yeisk. Fight­ers and bombers, pi­loted by naval flight crew, car­ried out more than 100 con­tacts with Il-78 air­plane tankers.

SOUTH KOREA

It has been re­ported that South Korea’s De­fence Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­gramme Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DAPA) has ap­proved $53 mil­lion for the pur­chase of an undis­closed num­ber of PAC-3 Mis­sile Seg­ment En­hance­ment (MSE) in­ter­cep­tors. The con­tract is ex­pected to be made in the sec­ond half of the year for the de­liv­ery af­ter 2020. The PAC-3 MSE uses a two-pulse solid rocket mo­tor that in­creases al­ti­tude and range to de­fend against evolv­ing threats.

THALES

The Lo­gis­tic Sup­port Com­mand of the Army (MALE) of Spain and the Ger­man Pro­cure­ment Agency have just awarded Thales for a batch of re­spec­tively 1,000 and 10,000 70mm/2.75” rock­ets to complete the weapon sys­tems of their Tiger HAD-E and their UH Tiger he­li­copters. De­liv­er­ies are ex­pected shortly. The Span­ish Army Avi­a­tion has se­lected Thales’s rock­ets to complete the weapon sys­tem of the Tiger HAD-E and the Ger­man Armed Forces have cho­sen Thales’s prac­tice rock­ets to in­crease the train­ing of the UH Tiger units.

UK MOD

A $365.4 mil­lion FMS agree­ment with the US Govern­ment to sup­port RAF C-17 heavy-lift trans­port air­craft into the next decade has been signed by the UK’s Min­istry of De­fence to pro­vide sup­port for the RAF’s fleet of eight C-17A Globe­mas­ter III air­craft.

US

The US State De­part­ment has made a de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­prov­ing a pos­si­ble FMS to Swe­den of Pa­triot Con­fig­u­ra­tion-3+ Mod­ernised Fire Units for an es­ti­mated cost of $3.2 billion. The De­fence Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency de­liv­ered the re­quired cer­ti­fi­ca­tion no­ti­fy­ing Congress of this pos­si­ble sale on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2018.

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