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Pratt & Whitney Received a $2 Billion F135 Delivery Contract

Pratt & Whitney Received a $2 Billion F135 Delivery Contract

EAST HARTFORD (Connecticut, United States), June 4, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Pratt & Whitney (Pratt and WhitneyF135s-on-production-line)

On May 31, 2018 Pratt & Whitney announced that it has received a $2 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to deliver 135 of its F135 turbofan engines for powering the F-35 Lightning II aircrafts. The contract also involves programme management, engineering and production support, spare modules and spare parts and covers all three variants of the F-35s – the Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL), the Carrier Variant (CV) and the Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL).

Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. and a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.

In connection with the newly received contract, the F-35 Program Executive Officer, Vice Admiral Mat Winter, said, “This agreement for the next lot of F135 engines represents a fair deal for the U.S. Government, the international partnership and industry. Affordability is our number one priority, and by working together, we are making steady progress in reducing F-35 propulsion costs.”

And the Vice President, Pratt & Whitney, F135 Program, John Wiedemer, added, “Pratt & Whitney and our supply chain remain committed to continual cost reduction for the F135 engine and to providing a superior product at the best value for our U.S. and international customers. Since 2009, we have reduced the production cost of the F135 by more than half and are now pursuing additional affordability initiatives to drive down engine production and sustainment costs even further throughout the F-35’s planned lifecycle.”

The F135 propulsion system is an afterburning turbofan designed especially for the F-35 Lightning II single-engine strike fighter of Lockheed Martin.

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The Armed Forces of UAE Are Expecting Its First Rabdan

The Armed Forces of UAE Are Expecting Its First Rabdan

PARIS, France (BulgarianMilitary.com), June 21, 2018, Author: Bm Team, Photo: Defence Blog

This year the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates expect to receive and field its first Rabdan IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), reported Defence Blog.

The Rabdan IFV has been purchased from the developer of the amphibious vehicle – Al Jasoor, which is a joint venture between Heavy Vehicles Industries – a fully owned subsidiary of Tawazun Holding, the UAE and Otokar Land Systems UAE – a fully owned subsidiary of Otokar, Turkey. Details concerning the deal and manufacturing process were revealed to journalists at Eurosatory 2018.

The Rabdan is an 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle based on the Arma 8×8 of Otokar and developed after the specific requirements of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates.

In accordance with the revealed specifications, the Rabdan IFV can transport military personnel of 12 members including the driver and the commander. Its minimum gross weight is 28,000 kg, and the maximum one is 30,000 kg.

The Rabdan features a Caterpillar 12.5 liters diesel engine, which develops 600 hp. coupled to an Allison 4500 automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. The maximum speed, which may be reached by the vehicle on land is 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.

The ballistic protection provided by the Rabdan is up to STANAG Level 4 and the mine protection – up to STANAG Level 4a/b.

The vehicle is fully amphibious and propelled in the water with the possibility of speeding up to 10 km/h thanks to 2 propellers, mounted under the hull rear. This capability could be optional as well.

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Indra Announces an Advanced Portable Electronic Defence System (Manpack)

Indra Announces an Advanced Portable Electronic Defence System (Manpack)

PARIS (France), June 20, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: en.wikipedia.org

Last week, on 14th June 2018, one of the leading companies in electronic defence, Indra, announced that it has completed the development of an advanced portable electronic defence system (manpack).

Thanks to the newly developed lightweight easy-to-carry system soldiers will be able to determine the location of enemy air defence systems, vehicles, aircrafts, or vessels. Until now, electronic warfare equipment had to be integrated on vehicles and other fixed platforms due to its size and complexity. Now that kind of warfare solution has reduced size and weight thanks to Indra and it can be put in a backpack and carried by one person. Therefore inaccessible to vehicles mountainous and steep areas wouldn’t be an issue any more.

The Indra’s system provides information through scanning any radar signal and analysing its characteristics for finding out how the enemy uses its surveillance systems and how they can be neutralized.

This manpack equipment can exchange data in real time with other units, so an electronic defence network could be created and the gathered information to be sent to a command centre for further analysis and planning.

The development of that innovative equipment is a result from the work of Indra in the recent years in the direction of adapting the portfolio of solutions of the company to the needs and requirements of armed forces all over the world.

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BAE Systems Will Deliver New ACVs to the U.S. Marine Corps

BAE Systems Will Deliver New ACVs to the U.S. Marine Corps

ARLINGTON (Virginia, the USA), June 20, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems will deliver new amphibious combat vehicles to the U.S. Marine Corps under a $198 million contract, which was won in a robust competition, announced from the company on 19th June 2018.

The first delivery batch will contain 30 amphibious combat vehicles (ACV) and if the option for a total of 204 vehicles is eventually executed, then the overall contract value could reach the amount of $1.2 billion.

BAE won the competition for the next-generation vehicles together with Iveco Defence Vehicles. Both companies are proven manufacturers of combat vehicles

On the newly signed agreement, Dean Medland, vice president and general manager of Combat Vehicles Amphibious and International at BAE Systems, commented, “We are well positioned and ready to build the future of amphibious fighting vehicles for the Marine Corps, having already produced 16 prototypes. Through this award, we are proud to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps by providing a best-in-class vehicle to support its mission through mobility, survivability and lethality.”

The facilities of BAE in Aiken, South Carolina; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis; Stafford; San Jose, California; and York, Pennsylvania will be used for the execution of the works under that contract.

Before delivering the 16 prototypes to the Marine Corps last year, the team of BAE Systems carried out its own testing and evaluation of the vehicle’s performance.

The newly developed ACV is an advanced all-terrain 8×8 open ocean-capable vehicle. It features a new 6-cylinder, 700HP engine, thanks to which the vehicle will show increased power in comparison to the current quite old assault amphibious vehicles. The ACV will be upgradable and future technologies or requirements could be easily met.

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Halifax-Class Frigates Will be Supported by Lockheed for Another 3 Years

Halifax-Class Frigates Will be Supported by Lockheed for Another 3 Years

OTTAWA (Canada), June 19, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova, Photo: Lockheed Martin Canada

The twelve Halifax-class frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy will be supported by Lockheed Martin Canada for another three years under a contract extension to the existing in-service support contract of the company, reported Shephard Media.

That was announced by Lockheed Martin Canada last week, on 12th July 2018.

“We are pleased by the vote of confidence from our Royal Canadian Navy customer to continue this existing relationship. As part of our Combat System Integrator portfolio, Lockheed Martin Canada has established a world class in-service support team which is also being recognized by our international customers,” commented the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary and Mission Systems, Gary Fudge.

The on-going in-service support contract was signed in November 2008 when the Project for modernization of the Halifax-class frigates was awarded. That agreement involved support of the legacy Halifax-class system as well, which was executed before the start of the activities related to the modernisation of the ships.

The scope of the CMS (Combat Management Systems) support involves hardware and software backing for the CMS 330, and the CMS to combat subsystem interfaces, ancillary systems and tools, including integration of new weapons, sensors and information sources.

The Halifax-class (also called the City class) frigates are multi-role patrol frigates in service for the Royal Canadian Navy since 1992, and the CMS 330 of Lockheed Martin Canada is a derivative of a legacy product of the company that was originally developed in the 1980’s for the original build of the HALIFAX Class ships of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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