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PERUVIAN NAVY LAV II LOST DURING AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISES
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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LAV II

Source: Marina de Guerra del Peru


LAV II

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PAITA, Peru -- On October 12th, the Peruvian Navy reported the sinking of one of its recently acquired LAV-IIs (Light Armored Vehicle) during an amphibious training exercises as a result of an abrupt change in sea conditions. Two crewmembers of the vehicle are reported to have lost their lives in the incident. The vehicle was participating in the annual exercises known as Multinational Operation of Amphibious Response or 'Solidarex' 2019. The exercises is intended to build regional capacity for disaster response and preparedeness among participating armed forces. Officials from the Navy have stated that an investigation will be launched into the causes of the sinking.

The Peruvian Navy acquired its inventory of 32 LAV-II vehicles in 2016 from prime contractor General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada at a contract cost of around $67 million. The vehicles are utilized by the Peruvian Navy's 3,000 strong naval infantry component.

Source:  El Comercio
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Source Language: Spanish

 
U.S. OFFERS M88A2 RECOVERY VEHICLES TO KUWAIT
Monday, October 14, 2019
WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for nineteen (19) M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $281 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of 19 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lifting Extraction System (HERCULES) recovery vehicles and nineteen .50 caliber machine guns. Also included is the refurbishment/overhaul of existing fleet of M88Al/A2 recovery vehicles; M239 Smoke Grenade Launchers; AN/PVS-7D Night Vision Goggles; Driver Vision Enhancer DVE-CV (platform-mounted Night Vision Device) for vehicles; Vehicle Intercom Set (VIC-3); Commander's Cupola gun shield assembly for vehicle crew chief; Remote Thermal Sights/kits (vehicle-mounted sights); SINCGARS AN-VRC92E Export Radio System and support; logistics support fielding packages; special tools and test equipment; spare and maintenance support parts for vehicles and machine guns; transportation services; Repair and Return services for vehicle components; de-processing team; contractor System Technical Support (STS) and Field Service Representatives (FSRs); training; and U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The M88A2 HERCULES is a full tracked armored vehicle used to perform battlefield rescue and recovery missions. The M88A2 is essential to the long-term sustainability of Kuwait's new M1A2 tank fleet for national defense. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this additional equipment and services.

The principal contractors involved in this program are the BAE Systems - York, PA; US Ordnance - McCarran, NV; DRS Technologies - Arlington, VA; Harris Corp. - Tysons Corner, VA; Northrup Grumman - West Falls Church, VA; and Raytheon - McKinney, TX. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Source:  DSCA
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LOCKHEED MARTIN PRODUCING MODERNIZED TURRETS FOR U.S. ARMY AH-64E APACHES
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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AH-64E

Source: US Army


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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $40.6 million contract to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, an upgrade to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system with enhanced operational and performance capabilities.

In addition to performance improvements that provide greater rates and acceleration of sensors in azimuth and elevation, M-TUR's new modular design improves turret reliability by 40 percent and reduces operation and support costs with a dramatic decrease in time required to conduct flight line maintenance. The design also allows for subassembly replacement on the flight line and includes higher reliability components that will improve aircraft availability.

M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache helicopter pilots with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for mission success and flight safety during day and night, and in adverse weather conditions. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 1,400 M-TADS/PNVS systems and spares to the U.S. Army and 16 international customers in 15 nations over the last 14 years.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
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