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(LoR) to the US govern­ment for six ad­di­tional AH-64E Apache he­li­copters. Fund­ing for the pur­chase had been cleared in Au­gust 2017 as an op­tion to a 2015 con­tract for 22 Apache he­li­copters and 15 CH-47 Chi­nook heavylift he­li­copters for the In­dian Air Force, how­ever, the LoR of­fi­cially kicks off the FMS re­quest with this batch of he­li­copters des­tined for the In­dian Army. The first of the he­li­copters are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in 2019 and will re­place the mainly Russian-made plat­forms cur­rently in its in­ven­tory.

RUS­SIA

The RS-28 Sar­mat is the Rus­sia’s new silo-based mis­sile com­plex with the heavy liq­uid-pro­pel­lant ICBM ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing nuclear war­heads. Rus­sia has been de­vel­op­ing the Sar­mat since the 2000s to re­place the R-36M2 Voyevoda ICBM op­er­a­tional in the coun­try’s Strate­gic Mis­sile Force since 1988.

Rus­sia’s Min­istry of De­fense has re­vealed that the 30th Cen­tral Sci­en­tific Re­search In­sti­tute is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a su­per­sonic UCAV able to carry pre­ci­sion-guided and un­guided air-launched weapons and it “would ap­pear some­time in the next few years.”

SAAB

On Fe­bru­ary 23, 2018, Saab un­veiled the first Glob­alEye sur­veil­lance plat­form des­tined for the United Arab Emi­rates. The air­craft is a heav­ily- mod­i­fied Bom­bardier Global 6000 busi­ness jet with adap­ta­tions in­clud­ing Saab’s Eri­eye ER air­borne early warn­ing and con­trol radar, search radar and elec­tro- op­ti­cal/ in­frared sen­sor.

US NAVY

The US State De­part­ment has made a de­ter­mi­na­tion ap­prov­ing a pos­si­ble FMS to Qatar for equip­ment and sup­port to up­grade the Qatari Emiri Air Force’s (QEAF) Air Oper­a­tion Cen­ter for an es­ti­mated cost of $197 mil­lion. The De­fense Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency de­liv­ered the re­quired cer­ti­fi­ca­tion no­ti­fy­ing Congress of this pos­si­ble sale on March 07, 2018.

US DOD

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump signed into law a spend­ing bill that adds 143 air­craft to the or­der that was al­ready re­quested by the De­part­ment of De­fense. This bill in­cludes the pur­chase of 20 ad­di­tional F-35 Lightning II joint strike fight­ers, ten F/A-18 Su­per Hor­nets and three KC-46A tanker air­craft worth $9.5 bil­lion.

US NAVY

The US Navy has awarded Lock­heed Martin a $158.2 mil­lion con­tract to a pre­vi­ously is­sued ba­sic or­der­ing agree­ment for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pro­gramme which in­volves ad­di­tional retro­fit ac­tiv­i­ties for de­liv­ered air sys­tems to US and FMS cus­tomers. Con­tract will run un­til Fe­bru­ary 2019.

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