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BRAZIL SELECTS CENTAURO II TO FULFILL 8X8 CAVALRY REQUIREMENT
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Brazil Selects Centauro II

.Source: Iveco


Brazil Selects Centauro II

Source: Iveco


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SANDY HOOK, Conn. - In a deal prospectively worth in excess of $2 billion, the Brazilian Army has officially selected the Centauro II to fulfill its 8x8 fire support vehicle requirement in partnership with Iveco-Oto Melara and Leonardo.

Officially designated the Wheeled Armored Medium Cavalry Vehicle (Viatura Blindada de Cavalaria M├ędia Sobre Rodas (VBC Cav - MSR 8x8), the Brazilian variant will be outfitted with a 120mm armament rather than the originally reported 105mm configuration. Although order quantities have not yet been officially announced, Brazil has previously outlined plans to acquire 98 vehicles by 2038 and 220 in total.

The Centauro II emerged victorious over an extensive list of competitors including theGeneral Dynamics Land System's LAV 700 with a Cockerill turret, Hanwha's Tigon, NORINCO's ST-1, the Ares-Elbit Systems Eitan, and the Tata Motors Kestrel.

Source:  Forecast International
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Author: T. Dolzall, Latin America Analyst 

 
U.S. ARMY AWARDS IMT DEFENSE $391 MILLION ARTILLERY AMMUNITION SUPPORT CONTRACT
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
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155mm M795 Projectiles

.Source: U.S. Marine Corps


155mm M795 Projectiles

Source: U.S. Marine Corps


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SANDY HOOK CT - On November 22, 2022, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Newark, NJ) awarded IMT Defense Corporation (Westerville, OH) a $391,015,040 firm-fixed-price contract (W15QKN-23-D-0009) to increase the industrial base to manufacture, assemble, inspect, package and deliver 155mm artillery M795 projectile metal parts assemblies. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 22, 2027.

The U.S. Army's ammunition production base includes 20 government-owned ammunition plants (many of which are inactive) located throughout the country. The Army usually awards five-year contracts to various firms in the private sector to operate and maintain these ammunition plants.

In the 1990s, concerns within both Congress and the Pentagon over the status of the U.S. industrial base for artillery ammunition production led to two reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). NSIAD-96-133 found that the annual production capacity of the industrial base had decreased by 84 percent - from 11,436,000 projectiles in FY92 to 1,812,000 projectiles by FY00. NSIAD-96-129 found that the U.S. Department of Defense held over 5 million tons of ammunition, worth $80 billion, as of September 30, 1994. GAO investigators reported much of the stockpiled artillery ammunition to be in excess of stated requirements, obsolete, or outright unusable.

While the GAO reports led to a significant streamlining of artillery ammunition production and procurement procedures under the auspices of the U.S. Army as lead agency, the fact remains that the worldview underpinning the GAO reports has proven to be fundamentally flawed in that it foresaw no significant threat after the end of the Cold War.

By the time the global war on terror emerged in 2001, the U.S. Department of Defense was primarily dependent upon the Milan Army Ammunition Plant and Iowa Army Ammunition Plant for artillery ammunition. The prime contractor for these plants, American Ordnance (a joint venture of General Dynamics and Mason & Hanger), has been hard-pressed to meet the combat requirements of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.

As a result of this depleted production capacity, the U.S. Army looked to the private sector and the international market to quickly make up for existing shortfalls.

Source:  FI Report, Artillery Ammunition
Author: D. Lockwood, Weapons Systems Analyst 

 
FINLAND REQUESTING AIM-9X AND JSOW FROM UNITED STATES
Monday, November 28, 2022
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.Source: US Air Force


Source: US Air Force


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WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland of AIM 9X Block II tactical missiles and AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has already delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Finland has requested to buy 40 AIM 9X Block II tactical missiles; four (4) AIM 9X Block II tactical guidance units; and 48 AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapons (JSOW). Along with other equipment and support, this deal is worth an estimated $323.3 million.

The proposed sale will improve Finland's air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons capabilities and will positively impact U.S. relations with countries in the Nordic region. Finland intends to use these defense articles and services for its fighter aircraft fleet.

The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ.

Source:  DSCA
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