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MD Helicopters gets $50.4M logistics support contract for Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters gets $50.4M logistics support contract for Afghan Air Force

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Aug. 26 (UPI) -- MD Helicopters Inc. was awarded a $ 50.4 million contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force helicopters, the U.S. Defense Department announced. The contract is a modification of a prior agreement, and work will be done in Kabul and Mesa, with a completion date of May 2020. The nature of the logistics work was unspecified in Friday's Defense Department announcement. The Afghanistan Air Force has 28 of the Mesa, Ariz., company's MD-530F aircraft, with 154 more on order as the Afghan military transitions from Russian and former Soviet bloc-made aircraft. The Afghan Air Force currently has 100 helicopters from the Russian Mil Mi-17 and Mi-24 series, and 43 U.S.-made Bell, HAL and Sikorsky helicopters, in addition to the MD fleet. The Afghan Air Force consisted o...
Navy taps Raytheon for Tomahawk missile support on $7.2M contract

Navy taps Raytheon for Tomahawk missile support on $7.2M contract

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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's Tomahawk missiles will receive upgrades under a $ 7.2 million contract with Raytheon, the Defense Department announced. The deal, announced Thursday, is a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement, and will provide an updated technical data package of the guidance test set and upgrade of existing units, including hardware and software. Earlier this year, the Navy placed orders for 90 Tomahawks in 2020 and another 90 in 2021, confirming that the new Block V designation for the next variant of Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missile will go into production. The issue of improvements to the missiles, first put in service in 1983, comes as Navy ships and submarines find themselves in more combat situations and less as ...
Boeing wins $23.6M contract to keep Navy F/A-18 planes flying

Boeing wins $23.6M contract to keep Navy F/A-18 planes flying

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Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Boeing Co. was awarded a $ 23.6 million contract by the U.S. Navy for support in solving maintenance issues of F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes. The contract, a modification of a prior contract and announced on Thursday by the Defense Department, calls for engineering, logistics, and program management of F/A-18A-D, E/F, and EA-18G aircraft in support of reducing fleet "out of reporting" rates and maintenance planning. The term refers to a plane grounded because of maintenance or repair issues. The planes, in service since the 1970s, are currently flown by the U.S. Marine Corps as its front-line fighter, by the U.S. Navy as a second-tier fighter, and also by seven international customers. The Marine and Navy planes are expected to have a service life of 20 years, but are wea...
Raytheon wins $13.2 million contract for SM-2, SM-6 missile support

Raytheon wins $13.2 million contract for SM-2, SM-6 missile support

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Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Raytheon Missile Systems won a $ 13.2 million contract for engineering and technical services on standard guided missiles for the U.S. Navy and six foreign countries, the Pentagon announced. Raytheon was awarded the modification to a prior contract, the Defense Department said on Tuesday, referring to the support of Standard Missile-2/6. The designation refers to the SM-2, or RIM-166 missile, and its new and upgraded version, designated SM-6 or RIM-174. Each is a surface-to-air missile designed to intercept both hostile aircraft and high-performance anti-ship missiles. The SM-6 variant can be used against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, land attack cruise missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles. Each is vertically launched and compatible with the...
Lockheed nets $80M contract for Aegis system upgrades

Lockheed nets $80M contract for Aegis system upgrades

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin received an $ 80 million contract from the U.S. Navy for electronic equipment upgrades to the Aegis missile system, the Pentagon announced. The new contract modification, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, calls for Lockheed Martin's Rotary and Mission Systems division to cover the production, test and delivery of multi-mission signal processor equipment sets, electronic equipment fluid coolers, AEGIS Weapon System AMOD [Aegis Modernization] upgrade equipment and Kill Assessment System equipment and spare parts. The deal calls for the Navy to underwrite 78.1 percent of the expenses, with Australia and Japan, where some of the equipment is located, to pay for 21.9 percent. The Aegis Combat System is an integrated naval weapons system using ra...