International Enterprise Inc. won a $26.2 million deal to provide test, teardown and evaluation and repair of the components of the Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The Apache is a twin-engined army attack helicopter. It entered service with the US Army in 1984 and has been exported to Egypt, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the UK. he Apache was first used in combat in 1989 in the US military action in Panama. It was used in Operation Desert Storm and has supported low intensity and peacekeeping operations worldwide, including in Turkey, Bosnia and Kosovo. Estimated completion is September 30, 2023.
Lockheed Martin won a $63.9 million order, which provides for the L12 Diminishing Manufacturing Sources redesign effort in support of the F-35 aircraft for Air Force, Navy and non-Department of Defense (DoD) customers. Specifically, this order provides non-recurring engineering in support of redesigned end products for the Tactical Navigation System Inertial Electronics Unit/Inertial Measurements Unit, Electronic Warfare/Counter Measures Aperture Electronics Module (EW/CM AEM), Aircraft Exterior Lighting, EW/CM Electronic Warfare Controllers and EW/CM Counter Measure Controller. Work will take place in Texas. Estimated completion will be in January 2027.
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Vectrus Systems won a $38.7 million modification for installation support operations and other support services. Vectrus provides electronic, communication, and defense systems. The Company offers composite aerospace structures, defense surveillance, mobile radar, networked communication, acoustic systems, and composite tanks. Work will take place in Doha, Qatar, with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2021. The Qatar Base Operations Support Services program provides a full-spectrum of life support services for US Army installations located in Qatar. QBOSS falls primarily into the Vectrus Facility and Logistics Services offering.
The US Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon a $212.8 million contract under a Foreign Military case to the UAE. The contractor will provide one Prime Power Unit and five years of sustainment services for two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance and Control-Series 2 (AN/TPY-2) Radars for this contract. The work will take place in Massachusetts, and some support services will be provided in-country. The contract is October 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2025. UAE FMS funds in the amount of $212.8 will be used to pay for the contract.
The Swiss government has been given the green light to spend up to $6.46 billion for the purchase of new fighters in a referendum. A slim majority of 50.1% voted to approve the purchase, the government will decide next year which fighter will be the winner. The Eurofighter, Rafale, Super Hornet and F-35A have been shortlisted. The aircraft would replace Switzerland’s aging fleet of 30 F/A-18 Hornets, which will go out of service in 2030.
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships Kaga and Ikazuchi have commenced exercise JIMEX with the Indian Navy on September 26 in the Arabian Sea. The exercise lasts three days. INS Chennai, Tarkash and Deepak are representing the Indian Navy. It is the first military exercise between the two strategic partners after they signed a landmark agreement on September 9 that allows their militaries to access each other”s bases for logistics support. The JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with a special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition was conducted in October 2018 off the Visakhapatnam coast.
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