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U.S. House subcommittee cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems

U.S. House subcommittee cuts F-35 spare parts request amid supply problems

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May 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. House subcommittee wants to approve only half of the Pentagon's spare parts purchases for F-35 jets in reviewing 2020 budgetary plans. Last week, the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill, which includes $ 690.2 billion in discretionary spending. The legislation includes 90 F-35 aircraft, 12 more than requested, and eight F-15EX aircraft, meant to recapitalize the F-15C/D fleet in the U.S. military. The fiscal year begins in October. The House Appropriations Defense subcommittee is tasked with scrutinizing the military budget. Lawmakers are questioning the Air Force's fighter jet procurement and parts shortages for the F-35 fighter jets. The panel plans to approve half of the $ 728.7 million reque...
F-35s grounded 30 percent of the time, GAO says in parts supply chain analysis

F-35s grounded 30 percent of the time, GAO says in parts supply chain analysis

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April 26 (UPI) -- The lower-than-desired performance of the F-35 fighter plane is the result of supply chain issues, the General Accounting Office said in a report. The 59-page report, released on Thursday, noted that the plane is unable to fly as often as required because of spare parts shortages and logistical problems in moving parts around the world. GAO said that in the time period analyzed, May to November of 2018, F-35s were unable to fly 30 percent of the time because of shortages and mismatched parts, and that the Defense Department has an order backlog of about 4,300 parts. Parts for the aircraft are made largely in the United States, but also in other NATO countries, and the report said the Defense Department has not fully determined which actions are required to close the pip...
Saab awarded $18M to supply Australian Army with M4 weapons system

Saab awarded $18M to supply Australian Army with M4 weapons system

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April 12 (UPI) -- Saab was awarded an $ 18 million contract supply the Australia's Army with its latest version of the portable bazooka-type weapons system. In 2020, Saab plans to send to Australia the Carl-Gustaf M4 rocket launcher weaponSwedish company announced Thursday. The order originally was placed last September. "We are happy to see that the Australian Army keeps investing in the Carl-Gustaf system and we are proud of the trust our customer puts in Saab," Gorgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics, said in a statement. "This order demonstrates the continued strong belief in the Carl-Gustaf system and the state-of-the-art ammunition delivered from Saab. The wide range of variations of Carl-Gustaf ammunition brings a true tactical flexibility to the user." The original...
Rheinmetall to supply Germany’s Bundeswehr with artillery shells worth $122.8M

Rheinmetall to supply Germany’s Bundeswehr with artillery shells worth $122.8M

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April 8 (UPI) -- Rheinmetall was awarded a $ 122.8 million contract to supply Germany's Bundeswehr with artillery shells for five years. The contract will include 32,000 rounds of ammunition with an option of 11,000 more worth $ 41.7 million, the German-based company announced Monday. Delivery is scheduled to begin later this year. Rheinmetall Waffe Munition will manufacture the 155mm DM-121 artillery ammunition in Unterlub. The company previously delivered 30,000 shells in 2009. The ammunition can attain a range of up to 18.6 miles when fired from the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer and land 85 percent of the time within an area the size of a soccer field. The explosive round also can be used in training operations and field exercises. "The insensitive explosive not only produces a dev...
Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems

Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Army has signed a deal to supply the Romanian government with three Raytheon defense systems. Romania will use the new Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems -- the country's second order of the systems in the last two years -- to deter any any threats to its borders. The Patriot is a surface-to-air missile provides the "backbone" to the missile defense capabilities used by NATO nations to ward off missile and advanced drone attacks, Raytheon said in a press release. The Patriot is equipped with a AN/MPQ-53/65 Radar Set and an electronic counter-countermeasure, or ECCM, and track-via-missile, or TVM, guidance subsystems. "Romania is purchasing the most advanced, capable, cutting edge tactical ballistic missile defense system in the world," Mike Ellison, Raytheon's c...