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Lockheed gets $727m F-22 mod contract

February 18th, 2011 by David No Comments

Lockheed Martin has won $726.6m modification to a sustainment contract for the US Air Force’s fleet of fifth generation F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft.

The modified 2011 deal affects the so-called follow-on agile sustainment for the Raptor (Faster) deal, signed in 2008, with an additional option exercised in 2009 and a modification also contracted in 2010.

The contract is subject to performance targets for sustaining the F-22’s weapon systems at all of its operational bases for the 2011 calendar year, including training systems, customer support, integrated support planning, supply chain management, aircraft modifications and heavy maintenance, sustained engineering, support products and systems engineering.

The Faster deal went up a gear in 2010 when the US Air Force began deploying the Raptor overseas for the first time: deploying it to Korea, Japan, Guam and the United Arab Emirates.

Raptors have been assigned to seven North American US Air Force bases in several states, including Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, California, Florida and Virginia.

Indian Navy to get four amphibious assault ships

February 17th, 2011 by David No Comments

The Indian Navy will receive four Landing Platform Docks (LPDs), according to procurement plans from India’s Ministry of Defence Ministry, according to India Defence Online.

The ships could dramatically increase the Indian Navy’s strategic reach and amphibious warfare capabilities, greatly adding to its fleet’s status as an upcoming blue water force at sea.

The deal falls under the ‘Buy and Make Indian’ category, requiring private and public sector shipyards will need to make deals with foreign shipyards to partner them for the building of the LPD vessels.

The ships will reportedly measure 200 metres long and will be capable of transporting main battle tanks, heavy trucks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy equipment.

They will also operate the Indian Navy’s heavy-lift helicopters, while using a point missile defence system and a close-in weapon system for anti-aircraft defence and missile defence.

The Indian Navy has reportedly been working on the design of the LPDs for at least a year, with the project costed at $ 3.5bn.

Russia boosts Kuril Islands’ missile defences

February 15th, 2011 by David No Comments

Russia will increase its missile defence forces on the Kuril Islands, disputed with Japan, says Russian newswire RIA Novosti.

Reinforcements reportedly include long and short range systems, notably including the modern S-400 Triumf system.

The islands lie between Japan’s Hokkaido and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula and are claimed by Japan.

They were seized by the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War and annexed to Russia.

India re-opens towed gun tender

February 11th, 2011 by David No Comments

India has re-floated its intention to buy towed and tracked artillery system, requesting bids from manufacturers in the US, Britain and France, according to local media.

The country has delayed the modernisation contract since its 2006 origination, but now has US congressional approval to receive 145 M-777 A1 ultra light guns from BAE Systems US via the US government’s foreign military sales arrangement.

BAE pitches navalised Typhoon to India

February 10th, 2011 by David No Comments

BAE has introduced a concept for a navalised version of the Eurofighter Typhoon into its bid for fighter orders from India.

Six aircraft are currently vying for the contract. These include Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault’s Rafale, Saab’s Gripen, the Lockheed Martin F-16IN, and the Russian Aircraft Corporation’s MiG-35.

The Super Hornet and Rafale are operated by US and French aircraft carriers, while the MiG-35 is an update of the MiG-29K already operated by the Indian Navy – which has put the F-16IN, Gripen and Typhoon projects at a comparative disadvantage.

The aircraft would use a ‘ski jump’ arrangement for takeoff, and BAE says it would be able to operate a full weapons payload.

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