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LOCKHEED MARTIN SELECTS GREENVILLE AS PREFERRED T-50A FACO SITE
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Source: KAI

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Lockheed Martin selected its Greenville Operations facility in Greenville, South Carolina as the preferred Final Assembly and Checkout (FACO) site to manufacture its T-50A aircraft offering in the U.S. Air Force’s T-X competition.

"A number of sites were considered for the FACO location. Following a detailed examination, the Greenville Operations facility was selected based upon the unique requirements of the APT competition and the support and partnership of the state of South Carolina," said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "While the FACO site will be located in Greenville, Lockheed Martin will continue leveraging people and capabilities from across our corporation and our industry partners to win the APT competition."

Lockheed Martin’s Greenville Operations has a long history of proven performance in aircraft final assembly and checkout, as well as extensive capabilities in modernization and state-of-the-art upgrades on a variety of aircraft platforms. The 227-acre Greenville site has 13 hangars, 1,200,000 square feet of covered space optimized for APT and 8,000 feet of runway. Greenville is also home to a highly-skilled, flexible workforce of Lockheed Martin aviation technicians, engineers, program managers and other experienced personnel.

Source:  www.lockheedmartin.com
Source Date: February 11, 2016
Posted: 02/12/2016

 
 
SAUDI ARABIA TO UPGRADE PHALANX CLOSE-IN WEAPONS SYSTEMS
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Source: Raytheon

WASHINGTON - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 Kits, equipment, training, and logistics support. The estimated cost is $154.9 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 10, 2016.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested a sale for the upgrade and conversion of five (5) MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 0 systems to the Block 1B Baseline 2 configuration. The Block 0 systems are currently installed on four (4) Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) Patrol Chaser Missile (PCG) Ships (U.S. origin) in their Eastern Fleet and one (1) system is located at its Naval Forces School. Also included are; five (5) local control stations, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications, software, and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of program and logistics support. The total estimated value of MDE is $72.5 million. The overall total estimated value is $154.9 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner, which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. This acquisition will enhance regional stability and maritime security and support strategic objectives of the United States.

The proposed sale will provide Saudi Arabia with self-defense capabilities for surface combatants supporting both national and multi-national naval operations. The sale will extend the life of existing PCG Class ships. Saudi Arabia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Saudi Arabia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment, services, and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missiles Systems of Tucson, Arizona.

Source:  http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/kingdom-saudi-arabia-mk-15-phalanx-close-we
Source Date: February 11, 2016
Posted: 02/12/2016

 
 
OSHKOSH CONTINUES WORK UNDER JOINT LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE PRODUCTION CONTRACT
Friday, February 12, 2016

Source: Oshkosh Defense

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Oshkosh Defense will continue to perform work on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) production contract based on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ decision to deny Lockheed Martin’s request for a preliminary injunction while its protest is being heard.

"This decision is another indication that the U.S. Army conducted a thorough, methodical procurement process, and we are confident that the original JLTV contract award to Oshkosh will be upheld," said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief executive officer. "The Oshkosh JLTV team, including our employees and hundreds of suppliers, is pleased to continue our work to deliver JLTVs to our nation’s Soldiers and Marines."

The JLTV program fills a critical capability gap for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy HMMWV fleet with a modern light vehicle that provides unprecedented protection and off-road mobility, as well as transportability via air, land and sea. The $6.7 billion JLTV production contract calls for Oshkosh to deliver a total volume of nearly 17,000 vehicles, as well as kits and sustainment services over an eight-year period.

On December 15, 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) dismissed Lockheed Martin’s protest just days before the GAO was expected to issue its decision. The U.S. Army promptly lifted the stop work order and instructed Oshkosh to resume performance on the JLTV contract. On December 17, 2015, Lockheed took its objections to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the next day requested an injunction to stop work on the JLTV program. On February 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied the injunction, permitting Oshkosh to continue working under the JLTV contract.

Source:  www.oshkoshdefense.com
Source Date: February 12, 2016
Posted: 02/12/2016

 

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