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TAIWAN AIMS TO PROCURE MH-60R SEAHAWK ASW HELICOPTERS TO MODERNIZE FLEET
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Source: MDHI

TAIPEI - The Taiwanese Navy is seeking to acquire 8-10 MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters with which to modernize their rotor-craft mission profile. The new helicopters would replace the Navy's aging fleet of eight MD500 Defenders used in the ASW mission role, but are now too outdated to be of much effectiveness.

The acquisition will be pursued via the U.S. government-to-government foreign military sales (FMS) program. An announcement is expected prior to year-end with a potential letter-of-acceptance (LoA) aimed at for 2016. This would allow Taiwan's Defense Ministry to begin the process of retiring the MD500 fleet and budgeting for their replacement. The estimated cost of an MH-60R Seahawk buy ranges from $700-800 million, a not-insignificant figure considering the stagnant condition of Taiwan's yearly defense budgets and the rising percentage of these annual earmarks allocated towards personnel expenditures.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/naval/naval-aviation/2015/07/25/taiwan-
Source Date: July 25, 2015
Posted: 07/27/2015

 
 
U.S. ARMY ORDERS AAS-53 COMMON SENSOR PAYLOAD SYSTEM
Friday, July 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - Raytheon Co, of McKinney, Texas, has been awarded a $85,300,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee, and cost-no fee (to be negotiated at the task order level) contract for the AAS-53 Common Sensor Payload System, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2025.

The AAS-53 is a multi-spectral system designed to provide surveillance, targeting, rangefinding, tracking and laser designation for Hellfire missiles and other laser-guided munitions. Basically, it consists of spot laser, IR and Electro-Optical sensors. This primary platforms are rotary wing, UAVs and fixed-wing aircraft.

One bid was solicited with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Maryland, is the contracting activity. The contract award number is W56KGY-15-D-0005.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: http://www.defense.gov/Contracts/Contract.aspx?ContractID=5591
Source Date: July 24, 2015
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 07/27/2015

 
 
SOUTH AFRICA'S DENEL WAITING ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT'S DECISION ON ROOIVALK PRODUCTION RESTART
Friday, July 24, 2015

Source: South African AF

NEWTOWN, Conn. - South Africa's Denel is expecting the Department of Defense to make a decision regarding the restart of its Rooivalk attack helicopter production in the next three to six months.

Armscor, the Department of Defense and Denel are in discussions on upgrading the aircraft in line with the recommendations of the Defense Review, which will influence force design and funding.

Denel Group CEO Riaz Saloojee said July 23 that he hopes Denel will get an agreement in place to develop an updated Rooivalk helicopter, which will be a very significant achievement for the company.

In 1990, Denel unveiled the Rooivalk, the first advanced attack helicopter built outside the West or the Soviet Union. The Rooivalk made its international debut at the air show in Dubai in 1993. In 1995, the helicopter revisited Dubai, this time with a range of major improvements, including a new engine. The South African Air Force ordered 12 of the helicopters in April 1996, at a cost of $220 million.

Both the South African and foreign militaries, such as Brazil, have expressed interest in restarting production.

Source:  Forecast International - International Military Markets
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: July 24, 2015
Author: N. Auger, Analyst 
Posted: 07/24/2015

 

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