Boeing won an $89.6 million deal, which provides systems and software engineering and sustainment support services, to include analysis, design, implementation, integration, testing, prototyping, prototype installation, and maintenance for development and test laboratory capabilities in support of modernizations and improvements to software and associated hardware capabilities for the P-8A aircraft. Seventy-eight percent of work will be conducted in Seattle, Washington, while 12 percent of it will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri. The remaining 10 percent will be held in Huntington Beach, California. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, awarded the contract. Estimated completion date is December 2024.
A team of officers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force visited the 552d Air Control Networks Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to learn how the unit carried out its cyber defense role. The role of the 552d is to help the E-3 Airborne warning and control system (AWACS) defend itself against cyber threats. It is the only Mission Defense Team (MDT) in the US Air Force to perform this role inside an aircraft. The visitors, including members from the Pacific Air Force, were briefed on the capabilities of a deployable cyber defense weapon system, Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter.
Middle East & Africa
Yulista Services won an $8.5 million contract for the F-16 Advanced Integrated Defense Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) ALQ-211 weapon system. This deal involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to support air forces of Pakistan and Turkey. Procurement of this services will enhance operational safety, suitability, and effectiveness of the AIDEWS and bolster F-16 FMS fleets’ survivability against electromagnetic threats. AIDEWS provides fighter aircraft with integrated radar warning and RF countermeasures and advanced stand-alone radar warning. The system uses a modular approach in an externally mounted pod, either for EW System upgrades or to add electronic warfare capability to an array of fighter aircraft. Work will take place in Huntsville, Alabama. Expected completion date is April 22, 2026.
The Mobile Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) system is to be deployed to Europe by the US Army. The 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (5-4 ADA) is the first unit to receive the M-SHORAD. The battalion was first activated in 2018. It is a subordinate unit under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. US Army Europe and Africa’s air defense and missile operations come under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
The US government has cleared the sale of 12 MQ-9B unmanned air vehicles to Australia for an estimated cost of $1.7 billion. The Foreign Military Sale package includes an unspecific number of Leonardo/Selex SeaSpray 7500 maritime radars. The principal contractors will be General Atomic Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, CA; Lockheed Martin Inc., Bethesda, MD; Raytheon Inc., Waltham MA; and Leonardo SpA, Rome, Italy. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractors.
An AC-130J gunship from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron will be participating in the Balikatan exercise in Philippines. Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, said in an email that the gunship will carry out live-firing training at the Crow Valley Military Reservation, north of Clark Air Base.
Watch: Soldiers get hands-on with new air defense system, IM-SHORAD