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U.S. Army Awards Boeing $4.3 Billion for CH-47F Helicopters

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a five-year U.S. Army contract valued at $4.3 billion for 181 CH-47F Chinooks and 10 additional Chinooks under Fiscal Year 2008 supplemental funding. There are options in the award for an additional 24 aircraft over the course of the contract. According to Col. Newman Shufflebarger, Army project manager for Cargo Helicopters, The Army was able to reduce the lead time associated with a new-build aircraft by six months by multiyear award, enabling the contractor to enter long-term agreements for specialty metals, to include titanium, significantly reducing long-lead times for critical materials. Jack Dougherty, Boeing's vice president, Boeing H-47 Programs estimates the saving gained by the multi-year contract at $449 million. Boeing Rotorcraft Systems has delivered 48 CH-47F helicopters to the U.S. Army to date and has fully trained and equipped two units, with a third unit scheduled to stand up in August.

GDLS Awarded $145 Million for 62 Stryker Mobile Gun Systems

General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) , has been awarded a $145 million contract for the production of 62 Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) variant vehicles. The contract, managed by the U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has a total potential value of $326.5 million including initial funding of $145 million. Since being deployed to combat in 2007, the MGS vehicles have logged 79,000 miles, fired 600 main gun rounds and survived numerous insurgent attacks and improvised explosive device (IED) detonations. These vehicles provide the direct fire support for the Army's Stryker Brigade Combat Teams.

Boeing Submits F/A-18E/F Proposal to Brazil

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] responded to a Brazilian Request for Information (RFI) for a future fighter with a detailed proposal, offering its advanced F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the Brazilian Air Force as part of Brazil's F-X2 fighter competition. The stated initial requirement is for 36 aircraft, with the potential for up to 120 aircraft. The Super Hornet variant Boeing is offering to Brazil is based on the Block II F/A-18E/F model flown by the U.S. Navy and currently being built for the Royal Australian Air Force. "The Super Hornet we are proposing for Brazil delivers cutting-edge, multi-role strike fighter capability that is ready today," said Bob Gower, F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs vice president, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "With the Block II enhancements, the Super Hornet's combat capabilities continue to grow, offering a comprehensive multi-role solution at an affordable price." Boeing has delivered more than 360 Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy. Australia has ordered 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets to bolster its fleet of F/A-18 Hornets. Boeing is offering India up to 126 aircraft of the same type.

15 Russian SS21 Iskander Missiles Fired at Georgia

Georgia blamed the Russian forces were using SS-21 Iskander missiles against civilians targets in Georgian territory, among them the town of Gori which was devastated by repeated Russian air attacks during the hostilities in the past week. Official Georgian sources claimed the missiles were also targeted at the Baku-Supsa oil pipeline. According to Aviation Week reporter David Fulghum US sources confirmed the Russian fired at least 15 such missiles at Georgian targets. State department sources confiremd at least two launchers were spotted in South Ossetia on August 11. Over 60 Iskanders were fired by the Russians during the second war in Chechnya.

China's newest trans-sonic jet trainer Falcon-03 made its first flight in Nanchang earlier this month. China plans to use the new trainer for basic and advanced flight training for J-10 and J-11 fighters. Photo: China
Chinese Falcon Jet Trainer Takes Off

China's newest trans-sonic jet trainer Falcon-03 made its first flight in Nanchang earlier this month. China plans to use the new trainer for basic and advanced flight training for J-10 and J-11 fighters.

$760 Million to Fix the EFV program

General Dynamics Land Systems, operating through its division General Dynamics Amphibious Systems was awarded a $766 million for System Development and Demonstration of an Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) prototypes for the Marine Corps. Under the new SDD program, the company will build new vehicles and modify the EFV prototypes built under the previous problem plagued SDD program.

Italian Navy Will Deploy Two Additional U212 submarines by 2016

The Italian Navy will receive two additional “Todaro” class submarines to be buit by Fincantieri. The construction of the two new submarines will start in 2010, with deliveries scheduled for 2015 and 2016. The "Todaro" class is based on the German Type U212A design. The lead submarine of this class, “Todaro” was delivered by Fincantieri in 2006 followed by and the “Scirè”, delivered in 2007. The Todaro has a surface displacement of 1,450 tons, an overall length of 56 meters, a maximum diameter of 7 meters. Its has a crew of 24. The submarine can develop a submerged speed of 20 knots. They submarines will be powered by fuel cell technology, producing energy through an oxygen-hydrogen reaction independently from external oxygen, ensuring a submerged range three to four times higher than the conventional battery-based systems.

ATK and BAE Systems Team for JATAS Program

Alliant Techsystems (NYSE:ATK) and BAE Systems have teamed to compete for the upcoming U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Joint Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) program expected next year (2009). JATAS will be the next-generation missile warning system protecting helicopters from infrared guided missiles. Both companies have developed missile warning systems (MWS) before. ATK is producing the AN/AAR-47 and BAE Systems produced the AN/AAR-57 missile warning systems.

Litenings for Portuguese F-16s

The Portuguese Air Force selected the Litening Advanced Targeting (AT) system to equip its F-16. Portugal is expecting to receive 12 pods by next year. To date, over 550 LITENING targeting pods have been ordered by the United States Air Force and allied nations. More than 470 of the systems have been fielded, the largest number of any advanced targeting and sensor system. Litening has been integrated on F-16 Blocks 15, 25, 30/32, 40/42, and 50/52, amassing more than 420,000 cumulative flight hours. Other European air forces operating the Litening include the air forces of Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania and Turkey and the UK, as well as the Spanish Navy and Italian Navies.

Israel Requests nine C-130J-30 Aircraft
Israel is planning to replace its ageing C-130s with new Lockheed C-130J-30s. According to a planned sales notification made by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency Israel is interested in acquiring nine 'Super Hercules' transport planes at a total value of $1.9 billion. To improve operations at night and under adverse weather conditions the aircraft will be fitted with an electro-optical payload, AN/AAQ-22 Star SAFIRE III. It will come fully configured with self-protection suite, comprising the AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems (MWS), AN/ALR-56M advanced radar warning receivers (RWR) and AN/ALE-47 chaff-flare dispensing system. Its communications suite will comprise HF radios and AN/ARC-210 secure VHF/UHF radios.

Morocco – Weapons and Related Support for F-16s

In addition to the F-16s, Morocco will also receive a weapons package worth $155 million  including 30 AIM-120C-5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to Air Missiles (AMRAAM); 60 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles; 20 AGM-88B/C HARM Missiles; 8 AGM-65D/G Maverick Missiles; 45 AGM-65H Maverick Missiles; 50 JDAM tail kits for the MK-82 and MK-84 bombs; 180 Paveway kits for (GBU-24, GBU-10, GBU-12 and Enhanced GBU-12).