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U.K. INVESTS £100 MILLION IN PROTECTOR PROGRAM
Monday, December 5, 2016
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LONDON - U.K. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has given the nod to a £100 million ($127.2million) contract to develop a Protector Remotely Piloted Air System especially for the Royal Air Force. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will develop its current drone technology into new cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicles for use by the RAF.

"Britain faces ever-evolving threats and we must look at innovative solutions to stay ahead of our enemies," Fallon said. "Doubling investment in our unmanned air fleet will substantially enhance both the intelligence gathering and firepower of the RAF."

Protector will be equipped with the very latest technology, including advanced imaging and enhanced datalink technology. There are also plans for Protector to be armed with UK-made Brimstone 2 missiles and Paveway IV laser-guided bombs.

Sir Michael Fallon is in the US as a keynote speaker at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum, in California, where he will meet U.S. Secretary for Defense Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dunford.

Speaking at the Forum, the Defence Secretary underlined the enduring strength of Britain’s relationship with the U.S. in defense, security, and innovation. The close collaboration between the two countries on innovative future defense technologies was emphasized recently in a joint agreement to explore the impact that robotic and autonomous systems might have on resupplying the military, with the first demonstration due next October.

Chief Executive Officer of the MoD's Defence Equipment & Support organization, Tony Douglas, said: "Protector is a highly advanced system which will use world-beating technology to give us a decisive advantage on the battlefield. This contract signature is not only great news for our armed forces, but demonstrates how the strong relationship between U.K. Defence and our allies helps to ensure best value for the taxpayer."

Building on our current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capability, the next-generation Protector will offer improved range and endurance, greater weapons capacity, automated take-off and landing and better resilience against the elements.

Source:  U.K. Ministry of Defence
Associated URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100m-investment-in-britains-future-protector-programme
Source Date: December 5, 2016
Posted: 12/05/2016

 
 
U.K. INVESTS £100 MILLION IN PROTECTOR PROGRAM
Monday, December 5, 2016
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Source: UK MoD


Source: UK MoD


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LONDON - U.K. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has given the nod to a £100 million ($127.2million) contract to develop a Protector Remotely Piloted Air System especially for the Royal Air Force. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. will develop its current drone technology into new cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicles for use by the RAF.

"Britain faces ever-evolving threats and we must look at innovative solutions to stay ahead of our enemies," Fallon said. "Doubling investment in our unmanned air fleet will substantially enhance both the intelligence gathering and firepower of the RAF."

Protector will be equipped with the very latest technology, including advanced imaging and enhanced datalink technology. There are also plans for Protector to be armed with UK-made Brimstone 2 missiles and Paveway IV laser-guided bombs.

Sir Michael Fallon is in the US as a keynote speaker at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum, in California, where he will meet U.S. Secretary for Defense Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Dunford.

Speaking at the Forum, the Defence Secretary underlined the enduring strength of Britain’s relationship with the U.S. in defense, security, and innovation. The close collaboration between the two countries on innovative future defense technologies was emphasized recently in a joint agreement to explore the impact that robotic and autonomous systems might have on resupplying the military, with the first demonstration due next October.

Chief Executive Officer of the MoD's Defence Equipment & Support organization, Tony Douglas, said: "Protector is a highly advanced system which will use world-beating technology to give us a decisive advantage on the battlefield. This contract signature is not only great news for our armed forces, but demonstrates how the strong relationship between U.K. Defence and our allies helps to ensure best value for the taxpayer."

Building on our current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle capability, the next-generation Protector will offer improved range and endurance, greater weapons capacity, automated take-off and landing and better resilience against the elements.

Source:  U.K. Ministry of Defence
Associated URL: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/100m-investment-in-britains-future-protector-programme
Source Date: December 5, 2016
Posted: 12/05/2016

 
 
LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED C-130 CONFIGURATION CHANGE CONTRACT MOD
Friday, December 2, 2016
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Source: U.S. Navy


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PENTAGON - Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $36,598,273 not-to-exceed modification (P00580) to previously awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6597 for configuration changes to four aircraft (2 C-130J-30, and 2 KC-130J).

Work is to be performed at Marietta, Georgia, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2020. This modification involves unclassified foreign military sales (FMS) to France. FMS France funds in the amount of $3,478,898 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

With a total worldwide inventory of 1,475 active, on-order, and stored aircraft, the United States Air Force has the lion's share with 601 aircraft, followed by the United States Marines with 79, and the Saudi Arabian Air Force with 51 aircraft.

Source:  DOD
Associated URL: http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1017971
Source Date: December 2, 2016
Posted: 12/05/2016

 

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