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CZECH REPUBLIC ORDERS EIGHT ISRAELI MULTI-MISSION RADARS
Thursday, December 5, 2019
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Nearly two years after an earlier deal was nixed the Czech Republic has reached a $125 million government-to-government deal with Israel for the procurement of eight ELM-2084 'Iron Dome' Multi-Mission Radars (MMRs). The agreement, signed on December 5, will see the MMRs delivered to the Czech Defense Ministry over a period between 2021 and 2023. Once in service the new radars will be interoperable with Czech and NATO command-and-control systems.

The ELM-2084 MMRs are used for two of Israel's key air-defense systems - the Iron Dome and David's Sling - as well as the Barak missile system. Produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary Elta Systems the radars serve as a high-accuracy medium/long-range mobile radar system capable of detecting an array of targets, including drones.

They have been procured by the Czech Republic to meet its Mobile Air Defense Radar (MADR) program requirement. This will see the Army of the Czech Republic's (ACRs) aging Soviet-legacy radar platforms, including the 1970s-legacy P-37 Bar Lock 2-D analog radar and PRV-17 altimeters built in the 1980s, phased out in favor of the ELM-2084s. As part of the deal offset work dispensed to Czech industry forms 30 percent of the contract's value.

The contract signing brings to a close a deal the Czech Republic began working on back in 2014.

An official announcement by the Czech Defense Ministry of a proposed purchase arrangement of the Israeli radars came on December 14, 2016. However, former Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky postponed signing the CZD3.6 billion ($175 million) contract in anticipation of his removal from his then-role as defense minister.

His successor, Karla Slechtova, then announced in March 2018 that her ministry would not sign the contract for eight ELM-2084 MMRs due to questions regarding their interoperability with the NATO air-defense network. Defense Minister Slechtova instead ordered the military police to launch an investigation into the pending purchase.

A fresh procurement was initiated under new Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar in 2019 directly with the Israeli government.

Source:  The Jerusalem Post
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Author: D. Darling, Europe Analyst 

 
AEROJET ROCKETDYNE HUNTSVILLE SITE SET FOR LARGE SOLID ROCKET MOTOR PRODUCTION
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne is ready to begin producing large solid rocket motor carbon fiber cases in the Rocket City following installation and calibration of a key machine at its new Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF).

The state-of-the-art machine will be used to wind the carbon fibers that form the structural case of large solid rocket motors. It is capable of producing motor cases up to 72 inches in diameter and 22 feet long, which is large enough to support strategic missile programs.

"The successful transfer of this important capability from Sacramento, California, to Huntsville, Alabama, is part of our ongoing efforts to increase efficiencies and decrease product costs to our customers," said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. "Expanding support of missile programs at the Advanced Manufacturing Facility is a major component of our ongoing growth in the Rocket City."

The carbon fiber-winding machine will begin producing large solid rocket motor cases for missile defense target vehicles built by Aerojet Rocketdyne Coleman Aerospace starting in early 2020.

"This capability also positions our Advanced Manufacturing Facility and Huntsville Defense Headquarters to support new U.S. national security priorities, such as the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program," said Drake.

The 136,000-square-foot AMF was designed to manufacture motor cases for a variety of missile, missile defense and hypersonic systems. Among the existing production programs it supports are the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Standard Missile-3 interceptors.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, which has provided propulsion on every U.S. ICBM to date, was recently selected by Northrop Grumman to be an integral part of its nationwide GBSD team.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has made significant investments in new, agile manufacturing capabilities, infrastructure, processes, tooling and people in its Huntsville, Alabama; Camden, Arkansas; and Orange County, Virginia sites. The company also acquired 3DMT earlier this year to increase its additive manufacturing capacity. Aerojet Rocketdyne is well-positioned to competitively support large solid rocket motor production for next generation programs, in particular, GBSD and hypersonics.

Source:  Aerojet Rocketdyne
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AEROJET ROCKETDYNE ACHIEVES MILESTONE ON DARPA OPFIRES PROGRAM
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Aerojet Rocketdyne has finished a series of subscale propulsion-system test firings as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) effort to develop a ground-launched hypersonic missile for tactical use.

DARPA recently announced completion of the preliminary design review for its Operational Fires (OpFires) program, which is developing a two-stage missile capable of engaging high-value, time-sensitive targets from standoff range in contested environments. The effort to date has advanced the technology for an upper stage featuring a tunable propulsion system, according to DARPA.

"We're proud to be on the DARPA team, leveraging our experience in hypersonic and missile technologies for the OpFires program," said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. "We are eager to continue development work on this important program."

DARPA last year awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a $4.6 million Phase 1 contract to design propulsion concepts and technologies for OpFires. The contract included an $8.8 million option for Phase 2 of the program, which is expected to culminate in late 2020 with multiple test firings.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has long been a leader in hypersonic technology, which the Department of Defense has identified as a top technical priority.

Source:  Aerojet Rocketdyne
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