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State Dept. approves $194M upgrade deal for South Korea’s F-16s

State Dept. approves $194M upgrade deal for South Korea’s F-16s

Business
March 30 (UPI) -- The State Department approved a sale of upgrades to South Korea's F-16 fighter planes, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Monday. The $ 194 million sale, expected to be approved by Congress, calls for South Korea to obtain Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe equipment, known as IFF, and Link 16 Technical Datalink equipment for its F-16 Block 32 fleet. IFF, in use since the 1940s and improved regularly, identifies and tracks military aircraft, and Mode 5 is the most recent implementation of the system. It uses waveform modulation, coding, and cryptographic techniques to quickly determine the identity and heading of an aircraft. Link 16 is a military data link network allowing military ships and aircraft to share tactical picture of a situation in real time, ...
Upgrade for popular UK nature sanctuary

Upgrade for popular UK nature sanctuary

Science
One of the UK’s most popular wildlife tourism destinations is getting a back-to-nature makeover.Conservationists have teamed up to triple the size of a nature sanctuary on Purbeck Heath by adding private land to three existing reserves.It will create the largest lowland heathland in England and it’ll allow species to shift round the landscape as the climate changes.The area is currently among the finest in the UK for wildlife diversity.However, proponents say the new plan for the site in Dorset will allow smarter management.The RSPB’s Peter Robertson told BBC News: “In recent years we’ve been trying to protect individual species on a micro-level on small fragmented sites.
Sikorsky lands $470.8M modification for Presidential helicopter upgrade

Sikorsky lands $470.8M modification for Presidential helicopter upgrade

Business
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a $ 470.8 million modification for six VH-92A helicopters for the presidential helicopter replacement program. The deal modifies a $ 542 million contract awarded in June to build six new helicopters for the Presidential fleet. Under the modification, Sikorsky -- a division of Lockheed Martin -- will provide interim contractor support and six cabin interior reconfiguration kits as well as six low rate initial production lot II VH-92A aircraft for the presidential fleet. The Navy plans to replace the current Marine Corps fleet of 19 helicopters, composed of the VH-3D, which entered service in 1978 and the VH-60N aircraft, which arrived in 1987 -- with 23 new aircraft. The VH-92A is designed to increase performance and payload, including crew c...
Raytheon nabs $209.6M contract to upgrade parts on Aegis Weapon System

Raytheon nabs $209.6M contract to upgrade parts on Aegis Weapon System

Business
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Raytheon has received a Navy contract to upgrade or replace national item identification numbered parts within two major subsystems of the Aegis Weapon System. The $ 209.6 million contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, funds work to repair, upgrade or replace 361 NIIN items on two parts of the Aegis system, the MK99 fire control system and the Army Navy Joint Electronics Type Designation Systems Water/Surface Ship Radar Surveillance and Control Transmitter Group. Aegis uses computer systems and radar to guide weapons to destroy enemy targets, with the MK99 fire control system controlling the loading and arming of the selected weapon, launching it, and providing terminal guidance for AAW missiles. The Joint Electronics Type Designation System is a meth...