General Atomics won a $305.2 million deal for MQ-9 Reaper contractor logistics support. The deal provides for program management, contractor filed service representative support, depot repair, depot maintenance, sustaining engineering support, supply and logistics support, configuration management, tech data maintenance, software maintenance and inventory control point/warehouse support for the MQ-9. The Reaper is designed primarily to disable or destroy time-sensitive targets and has a secondary function as an intelligence-gathering platform. The service branch will obligate $65.4M at the time of award from its fiscal 2021 operation and maintenance funds. Work will take place in Poway, California. Estimated completion date is December 31, 2022.
The US Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan calls for building 82 new ships by 2026 at a cost of $147 billion, a significant increase over previous plans. The “Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction of Naval Vessels“ calls for construction of three new attack submarines, four large unmanned surface vessels, designation of a second shipbuilder for frigates and retirement of most of the Navy’s current cruiser fleet. It also refers to development of light amphibious warships and next-generation logistics programs. These plans differ from previous Navy projections, which in part include an increase of 44 ships between Fiscal Years 2021 and 2026 at a cost of $102 billion.
Middle East & Africa
According to local reports Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), via Indian company HAL Hyderabad, will start manufacturing components for IAI subsidiary ELTA’s AESA radar in India.The type of radar in question is the ELTA ELM-2052. HAL will manufacture gallium arsenide-based modules using ToT for about 54 ELTA AESA radars, which were ordered for the ongoing Jaguar Darin-III aircraft upgrade program.
Lockheed Martin won a $43.6 million contract modification for the US as well as the United Kingdom to provide Strategic Weapon System Trident Fleet support, Trident II SSP Shipboard Integration (SSI) Increment 8, SSI Increment 16, Columbia class and UK Dreadnought class Navigation Subsystem development efforts. According to Lockheed Martin, the Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the US Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles, following the highly successful Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident I C4 programs. First deployed in 1990, the Trident II D5 missile is currently aboard OHIO-class and British VANGUARD-class submarines. Each Trident II missile has a range of 4,000 to 7,000 miles. The Navy started the D5 Life Extension Program in 2002 to replace obsolete components using as many commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) parts as possible to keep costs down and to enhance the missile’s capability. Work will take place in New York, California, Florida and Massachusetts. Expected completion date is November 30, 2023.
Hungary has decided to replace the Soviet-era P-37, PRV-17 and ST-68U radars with the ELM-2084 radar made by Israel. The contract was signed with Rheinmetall Canada last week by Chief of the Staff Lt. Gen. Ferenc Korom. Deliveries will start from 2022. The number of radars to be purchased is unknown. ELTA’s ELM-2084 is a ground-based, mobile multi-mission radar with a 3D active electronically steered array. It is capable of detecting and tracking both aircraft and ballistic targets and providing fire control guidance for missile interception or artillery air defense. The IDF employs several variants of the radar as an air defense and artillery detection radar, and fire control radar for its air defense systems (Iron Dome and David’s Sling).
The United States officially returned 12 former military bases to South Korea, but questions are being raised about environmental contamination, according to South Korean press reports. The two militaries agreed to the handover on Friday during a virtual meeting, but were unable to solve an impasse over costs of any cleanup on bases like Yongsan Garrison in central Seoul, Yonhap and Hankook Ilbo reported. Discussions ended after the two sides agreed to continue cost sharing negotiations. A South Korean government official who spoke to reporters Friday said 24 out-of-use bases returned in the past cost Seoul about $202 million in decontamination costs.
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