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BOEING CONVERTING SUPER HORNETS FOR THE U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Source: U.S. Navy


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ST. LOUIS -- The Boeing Co, St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $17 million for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2654 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001). This order is for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F aircraft into a Blue Angel configuration in accordance with engineering change proposal 6480.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, and is expected to be completed in December 2021.

Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $17 million will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1600837/
Source Date: August 14, 2018
Posted: 08/14/2018

 
 
U.S.-TURKEY ROW PROMPTS ANXIETY ABOUT PAKISTAN HELICOPTER DEAL
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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T-129 ATAIK powered by T-800-4A turboshaft engine

Source: TAI


T-129 ATAIK powered by T-800-4A turboshaft engine

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ANKARA -- Turkish officials are concerned that the deterioration in U.S.-Turkey relations could impact the sale of T-129 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan.

Speaking to members of the Turkish government and manufacturer TAI, Defense News reported on August 13, 2018, that Turkey is anxious about the potential for poor U.S.-Turkey relations to derail the attack helicopter deal, which was finalized last month. The sale will see Pakistan's Army procure 30 attack helicopters at a cost of $1.5 billion. Together with a sale of warships to Pakistan, the helicopter agreement marks Turkey's largest arms export to date.

But according to a 'Turkish aerospace official', who spoke to Defense News, "The problem is related with the U.S.-made parts for which TAI will need U.S. export licenses in order to materialize the deal." The helicopter is based on the A129 Mangusta and utilizes an engine -- the T-800-4A -- developed by LHTEC, a Honeywell and Rolls-Royce joint venture. Use of American-made components ensures that the U.S. has a 'veto' over the sale.

The deal has otherwise been completed. A Turkish procurement official told Defense News, "This is not a technological or financial matter but is purely political at the moment."

In recent days, the U.S. has rolled out several sanctions targeting government officials and Turkish goods. The sanctions stem largely from Turkey continuing to jail an American pastor, Andrew Craig Brunson. The Turkish government accuses the pastor of involvement in the 2016 military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But tension between the two NATO allies has built up over a range of issues, including the conflict in neighboring Syria and Turkey's effort to purchase the S-400 from Russia.

Turkish officials still appear optimistic that the agreement will be carried out as planned. An official with TAI pointed out that the firm has not been sanctioned by the U.S. A Turkish defense official said to Defense News, "This is a commercial deal (with Pakistan) with a country that has friendly relations with America. For Washington what matters should be the recipient of the systems, not who produces it and if relations are bumpy with the producer country."

However, U.S. relations with Pakistan are strained as well, as the two countries have clashed over Islamabad's counterterrorism policies and the situation in Afghanistan. The U.S. itself is selling AH-1Z attack helicopters to Pakistan, with a deal on the matter moving forward, but has refused or effectively killed other planned arms deals with Islamabad, such as a sale of F-16s.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: https://www.defensenews.com/global/the-americas/2018/08/13/diplomatic-row-jeopardizes-15b-helicopter-deal-between-turkey-and-pakistan/
Source Date: August 14, 2018
Posted: 08/14/2018

 
 
SIMMONDS PRECISION PRODUCTS AWARDED U.S. DLA CONTRACT FOR DIGITAL COMPUTER MAIN PROTECTION UNITS
Friday, August 10, 2018
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The F/A-18 is a U.S. Navy Aircraft

Source: US Navy


The F/A-18 is a U.S. Navy Aircraft

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PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, on behalf of the Navy, has awarded UTC Aerospace Systems, (dba Simmonds Precision Products) of Vergennes, Vt., a maximum $7.4 million firm-fixed priced contract (SPRPA1-18-C-Y037) for aircraft digital computer main protection units. This award was the result of a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1, and will consist of a one-year, two-month performance period with no option periods.

The contracted work will be performed in Vt., with an expected October 9, 2019, completion date.

U.S. Navy Fiscal Year 2018 through Fiscal Year 2020 Working Capital funds will be appropriated for the contract. The contracting activity is the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Aviation of Philadelphia, Pa.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense
Source Date: August 10, 2018
Posted: 08/14/2018

 

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