14 septembre 2021 | International, C4ISR, Sécurité

Federal guidelines set for those looking to bypass Buy American rules

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    11 juin 2020 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

    Lord: Defense Contractors Need Billions In COVID-19 Relief

    The Pentagon is likely to seek double-digit billions of dollars to reimburse defense contractors that were authorized to seek the money by the CARES Act to preserve their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis, the Pentagon’s top procurement officer told lawmakers June 10. The problem is that while the section of the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill allows contractors to seek that reimbursement, the bill did not provide any related funding. For just one prime contractor, the estimated costs to keep its workforce in a steady state throughout the crisis exceeds $1 billion, Ellen Lord, the under secretary of acquisition, logistics and technology, said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.  Without additional funding, Lord warns that the Pentagon will “eat into readiness and modernization and slow down readiness and modernization on an ongoing basis.” Aviation and aviation propulsion are two of the hardest-hit areas of the defense industrial base, because of the implosion of the civil aviation industry, she said. Satellite launches also have been hit, given their dependence on the commercial industry, Lord said. Lawmakers were looking for details about how much would be needed for defense contractors, as they anticipate a new COVID-19 spending bill will move through Congress at the end of July. According to Lord, there have been 960 closures and 859 reopenings due to COVID-19. The average closure is about 57 days. But contractors will be specifically requesting reimbursement for issues that affected their employees.  So far, contractors are holding back from seeking claims because they are aware that no appropriation exists yet. The Pentagon’s internal acquisition group has been tracking data from prime contractors; subcontractors, though, may not be sharing all of their issues to avoid revealing proprietary data, she said, while pledging to provide specific guidance on allowable costs within 30 days.  “The defense industrial base is the nexus of economic and national security and it’s vitally important to make sure it stays as healthy as possible,” she said. https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/budget-policy-operations/lord-defense-contractors-need-billions-covid-19-relief

  • Czech defense minister pledges purchase of new jet trainers from local company

    21 octobre 2018 | International, Aérospatial

    Czech defense minister pledges purchase of new jet trainers from local company

    By: Jaroslaw Adamowski WARSAW, Poland — Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has announced the country’s military could acquire up to six new L-39NG jet trainers from local manufacturer Aero Vodochody to replace its outdated L-39 Albatros aircraft. "The Ministry of Defence and the military are interested in these aircraft, negotiations are, of course, already taking place and we will acquire these aircraft," Metnar said, as reported by local broadcaster Ceska Televize. In addition to the Czech Air Force, Aero Vodochody hopes to supply its new jet trainer to a number of foreign markets. Earlier this year, Giuseppe Giordo, the company’s president, said the firm estimates that in the next 10 to 15 years there will be a need to replace up to 3,000 training aircraft worldwide. The manufacturer aims to supply more than 100 L-39NGs in the next 10 years. Four jet trainers have already been ordered by Senegal, and deliveries are expected to begin in early 2020, according to Aero Vodochody. The L-39NG is fitted with the FJ44-4M turbofan engine made by Williams International. Aero Vodochody says it is the Czech Republic’s largest aerospace company, with some 1,900 employees. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/10/18/czech-defense-minister-pledges-purchase-of-new-jet-trainers-from-local-company

  • Ministry of the Armed Forces brings development of future Joint Light Helicopter forward

    31 mai 2019 | International, Aérospatial

    Ministry of the Armed Forces brings development of future Joint Light Helicopter forward

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