Americas

EFW won a $35.8 million deal for repair of live-replaceable units in support of the V-22 aircraft. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft developed by Boeing and Bell Helicopters. Boeing is responsible for the fuselage, landing gear, avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, performance and flying qualities. The aircraft operates as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. The nacelles rotate 90° forward once airborne, converting the aircraft into a turboprop aircraft. Work will take place in Texas and Alabama. Estimated completion date will be by October 2025.

Science Applications International won a $22.6 million combination cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, and firm-fixed-price type contract.  The contract is for the First Article testing and production of the All Up Round MK 28 MOD 2 Exercise and MK 29 MOD 0 Warshot fuel tank assemblies for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo, engineering services with associated other direct costs and contract data requirements list in support of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Undersea Warfare Systems. The Mk 48 and its improved Advanced Capability (ADCAP) variant are American heavyweight submarine-launched torpedoes. The Mk-48 torpedo is designed to be launched from submarine torpedo tubes. Work will take place in Indiana and Rhode Island. Estimated completion will be by March 2022.

Middle East & Africa

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy declared the opening of a new base in the Straits of Hormuz in the city of Sirik near the shore of the Persian Gulf. The base was opened in a large ceremony attended by the commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Hossein Salami. The base enables the Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy to have better control of the area of the Persian Gulf, a place from which to carry out offensive and defensive operations against US forces in the region, and faster closure of the straits, a global economic choke point that more than 21 million barrels of oil  (about 25% of global oil consumption) pass through a day. The main beneficiaries of the oil passing through the straits are China, India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

The Israeli Air Force’s 117th Squadron flew its F-16C/D fighters for the final time on October 1 before the unit is disestablished. The unit, also known as “First Jet’, was established in 1953 at Ramat David AFB and has since participated in all of Israel’s wars. It will be shut down as part of the IAF’s plans to optimize and prepare for future challenges.

Europe

The second phase of Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 has kicked off in Scotland. JW 20-2 incorporates surface, subsurface, airborne, and land assets providing joint training in a multi-threat environment for NATO units. Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations. British forces join 6,000 personnel from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the US for this iteration, which is scheduled to include 28 ships, two submarines and 81 aircraft.

Asia-Pacific

India’s Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) on October 5. SMART is a missile assisted release of lightweight Anti-Submarine Torpedo System for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations for far beyond torpedo range.This launch and demonstration is significant in establishing anti-submarine warfare capabilities, a defense statement said. The flight testing of SMART follows the successful test firing on Saturday of its indigenously developed nuclear capable hypersonic missile ‘Shaurya’ with a strike range of around 1,000 km from the test range.

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