The State Department announced it has reached a $13 million settlement with US defense contractor Honeywell International over allegations it exported technical data concerning fighter jets and other military vehicles to foreign countries, including China. The settlement resolves 34 charges the State Department leveled against the company for disclosing dozens of engineering prints showing dimensions, geometries and layouts for manufacturing parts for aircraft, gas turbine engines and military electronics.
The 174th Attack Wing is working with multiple Pentagon contractors and academic researchers to establish new capabilities for the MQ-9 Reaper drone aircraft, the Air National Guard announced. According to a press release from the wing, the new capabilities include battlefield and airspace communications enhancements as well as target identification tracking and processing.
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The US Marine Corps Systems Command is working toward the next phase of replacing its legacy armored vehicle with an advanced, modern reconnaissance vehicle called the ARV. Elbit and Textron are jointly offering a prototype. Elbit Systems will provide a 360-degree situational awareness system, based on the company’s IronVision solution, for the vehicle. The Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle, or ARV, is intended to replace all of the LAV-25 light armored vehicles built by General Dynamics Land Systems that have been in use since the 1980s.
IMENCO UK Ltd, a supplier of marine and naval visual surveillance systems based in Aberdeen and Wick, Scotland, announced a major contract win from Babcock International Group for the supply of CCTV systems for the Royal Navy’s Type 31 programme. The contract covers five Type 31 general purpose frigates being constructed at Babcock’s Rosyth facilities.
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has defended its decision to buy four Mi-171 helicopters from Russia. Opposition politicians and social media activists have criticized the purchase during the current pandemic. The SLAF argued that the new helicopters are needed to replacing aging rotorcraft that the island had sent to Africa as part of its United Nations peacekeeping commitment.
The Sankei of Japan says the United King Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is expected to reach Sasebo or Yokosuka in July. The flotilla will make port calls in India and Singapore before proceeding to Japan.
Watch: British Babcock will built five new Type 31 Frigates in Rosyth Dockyard Scotland