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SIKORSKY AWARDED FIVE-YEAR $4.4 BILLION UH-60 CONTRACT
Monday, June 27, 2022
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HH-60M Black Hawk

.Source: Lockheed Martin


HH-60M Black Hawk

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STRATFORD, Conn. -- The United States government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, signed a five-year contract for a baseline of 120 H-60M Black Hawk helicopters, with options to reach a total of 255 aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $2.3 billion, with a potential value of up to $4.4 billion, should options for additional aircraft be fully exercised.

The "Multi-Year X" contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft marks the 10th multiple-year contract for Sikorsky and the U.S. government for H-60 helicopters. With more than 2,100 H-60 variants in the U.S. Army's inventory, the Black Hawk continues to be the workhorse and backbone of U.S. Army Aviation. As the Army continues to develop its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) capabilities, they will continue to operate the H-60M for the next several decades and alongside the future fleet.

Multi-Year X deliveries are scheduled to begin in July and continue through 2027.

Source:  www.lockheedmartin.com/blackhawk

 
RAYTHEON INTELLIGENCE & SPACE DEMONSTRATES CRITICAL JADC2 CAPABILITY FOR U.S. MILITARY
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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The Raytheon Multi-Program Testbed at Valiant Shield 22

.Source: U.S. Army, 55th Signal Company


The Raytheon Multi-Program Testbed at Valiant Shield 22

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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- During the U.S. Department of Defense's Valiant Shield 22 exercise this month, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, successfully demonstrated the ability to collect data on a simulated sea-based threat and then share targeting solutions with distributed defense systems across the Western Pacific Ocean -- a key test of the company's Joint All Domain Command and Control infrastructure.

Raytheon's Multi-Program Testbed, or RMT -- a converted Boeing 727 -- used a combination of radar and electronic intelligence sensors to characterize the simulated threat. Onboard processors then synthesized the data in seconds to create a comprehensive targeting solution that was passed to tactical platforms.

"In the multi-domain fight, seconds could mean the difference between victory and defeat," said Eric Ditmars, President of Secure Sensor Solutions at RI&S. "This experiment shows we can deliver synthesized, multi-source data to commanders faster than ever, giving them a decisive battlefield advantage."

Raytheon's RMT, along with a KC-135 aircraft, four U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighters, and a command-and-control station on the U.S. mainland shared data rapidly in the simulated, highly contested environment. This scenario demonstrated Raytheon's ability to provide successful machine-to-machine communications capabilities to share information securely across multiple sensors and defense systems.

"Bringing these capabilities to the field gives us the highest degree of confidence in their real-world applicability," said Ditmars. "It allows us to stress test them in operational environments and accelerate their maturity."

Valiant Shield 22 is a U.S.-only, biennial field training that builds real-world proficiency in sustaining U.S. forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas.

Source:  Raytheon Technologies

 
VIPER KITS EXPAND ACE CAPABILITIES FOR KEYSTONE OF THE PACIFIC
Monday, June 27, 2022
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.Source: US Air Force


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KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen from the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron are making history refueling aircraft both big and small using the Versatile Integrating Partner Equipment Refueling (VIPER) kit for the first time at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

The team employed the new equipment, procured through Pacific Air Forces innovation funding, to refuel visiting KC-46 Pegasus aircraft, as well as locally stationed F-15C Eagles in order to build proficiency with the VIPER kits while pushing the envelope of U.S. Air Force refueling capabilities.

For Master Sgt. Jason Yunker, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels operations section chief, this newest development is yet another milestone in a long road that started with an idea scribbled on a bar napkin. It’s now known across the Air Force as the VIPER Kit, a universal system that can be outfitted with multiple adapters to refuel varying airframes, much like a phone charger with adapters to charge various models of cell phones.

This allows for more flexible, efficient refueling operations while strengthening joint-force capabilities around the globe.

“It opens up the door so we can perform the operations we need to do in order to rapidly turn aircraft,” said Yunker. “So if we're going into any airfield that's already there and has fuel infrastructure, we don't need to bring our own fuel.”

Aligning with the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept, the VIPER kit allows for rapid hot pit refueling of aircraft with any existing fuel infrastructure at dispersed austere bases, enhancing joint operation capabilities.

Major Eric Cadorette,18th Wing ACE director of operations, believes the VIPER kit is key for joint interoperability.

“In an ACE construct, we're not going to be able to fight alone. We're going to need our partners and allies to be able to do this, and sometimes those places [we could operate from] aren't going to necessarily have the equipment that we need to ensure that our aircraft are full,” said Cadorette. “The VIPER kit is going to bridge those gaps.”

Alongside faster employment of airpower, the VIPER kit also saves approximately $17,000 in operations throughout Europe and can save up to $1 million dollars in operations throughout the Pacific.

The time and money saved by the kit is an instrumental part of ACE, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the team’s innovative ideas, said Yunker.

“It wasn't just me that got it here, It was a whole team of people,” he said. “Without that team, this thing wouldn't have gone anywhere.”

In addition to solid teamwork, Yunker credits innovation as one of the most paramount aspects of ACE.

“It's important for people to innovate because it opens us up to a new capability that we didn't even know was there,” said Yunker. “Innovation is such a crucial part of progression not just for the individual, but for the Air Force and enterprise as a whole.”

Source:  U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
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