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ELBIT SYSTEMS AWARDED MH-60 HDTS CONTRACT
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Source: U.S. Navy


Source: U.S. Navy


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PENTAGON - Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $49,884,371 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a maximum quantity of 126 helmet display tracker systems (HDTS) and associated line items for the Navy on the MH-60 aircraft. The HDTS provides situational awareness and targeting enhancements via pilot/copilot line-of-sight capability; continuously computed impact point for the 20mm automatic gun helicopter armament subsystem; 2.75-inch unguided rockets (LAU-61C/A); and precision guided rockets (digital rocket launcher (DRL, LAU-61G/A)).

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed by June 2021. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $14,150,729 will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The award was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) - only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-17-D-JQ63).

With a worldwide inventory of 695 active and on order aircraft, the United States Navy has the largest share with 502, followed by the United States Coast Guard with 42, and the Australian Navy with 39 aircraft.

Source:  DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1127148
Source Date: March 23, 2017
Posted: 03/23/2017

 
 
INDONESIAN AIR FORCE TAKES DELIVERY OF LATEST BATCH OF F-16S
Friday, March 17, 2017
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Source: Lockheed Martin


Source: Lockheed Martin


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HILL AFB, Utah - The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) took delivery of a batch of four refurbished and upgraded F-16s from the U.S. Air Force's Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base in Utah on March 14. These four jets form part of a 24-unit Indonesian acquisition via the U.S. Excess Defense Articles (EDA) arms transfer mechanism. Each jet originally served with the U.S. Air Force and various Air National Guard units prior to decommissioning and storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group open-air depot located at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona.

These used F-16s - each jet had amassed approximately 5,000 training and combat hours prior to being withdrawn from U.S. service - undergo a refurbishment and upgrade to Block 52 status (upon which they are designated F-16ID by TNI-AU) as part of a $670 million U.S. government-to-government Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement announced by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on November 17, 2011. Ogden Air Logistics Complexes 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has conducted the restoration and upgrade work on these F-16s since the process began in 2013.

The TNI-AU received the first three of its "new" F-16s (one C, two Ds) on July 25, 2014. The latest batch delivery - involving three single-seat C variants and a lone D two-seater - brings the total delivered so far to 18 F-16s. The final six units are currently undergoing refurbishment and modification and are to be delivered to Indonesia later in the year.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Associated URL: http://www.robins.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1123760/hill-afb-regenerat
Source Date: March 17, 2017
Posted: 03/22/2017

 
 
U.S. ARMY DISCUSSES SALE OF SECONDHAND C-23B SHERPAS WITH BRAZIL
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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A C-23 Sherpa

Source: U.S. Army National Guard


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Source: U.S. Army National Guard


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BRASILIA - Brazil and the United States have discussed the potential sale of secondhand C-23B Sherpas to the Brazilian Army. The C-23B is a high-wing, fixed-wing transport aircraft designed to operate from small, remote runways. It has a maximum speed of 281 mph, and can accommodate 30 passengers or 2,000 pounds of cargo.

Discussions were held at Brazilian Army headquarters in Brasilia on March 15 when the commander of U.S. Army South Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn traveled to Brazil to discuss the United States' participation in Amazon Log multinational logistics exercise held in Tabatinga, Brazil every November.

While at Brazil Army headquarters, Gen. Chinn also met with leaders of Brazil's Comando LogĂ­stico (COLOG) to talk about the C-23B.

Brazil first indicated an interest in the rugged fixed-wing transport aircraft in September 2016. The Army has a requirement for a small, rugged transport aircraft to support small Army bases in the Amazon region. As the government looks for ways to save money during the worst recession in Brazil's history, secondhand options have become appealing. At the same time, the C-23B meets Brazil's needs.

Source:  Defense Forces
Associated URL: http://www.forte.jor.br/2017/03/16/exercito-discute-compra-de-avioes-c-23b-com-o
Source Date: March 22, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 03/22/2017

 

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