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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.