18 octobre 2021 | International, Terrestre

First Live Hypersonic Missile Rounds To Be Delivered to Army Unit Next Year

The service remains on pace to field an offensive hypersonic unit by fiscal 2023, general says.


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  • Lockheed Martin awarded USD15 billion for future C-130J work

    21 juillet 2020 | International, Aérospatial

    Lockheed Martin awarded USD15 billion for future C-130J work

    by Gareth Jennings   Lockheed Martin has been awarded USD15 billion to support all remaining C-130J Hercules work through to 16 July 2030. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 17 July, covers domestic and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) work related to the four-engined airlifter built at the company’s Marietta facility in Georgia. “This contract provides flexibility to accommodate the broad enterprise of activities associated with the C-130J programme,” the DoD said, noting that it specifically covers development, integration, retrofit, and production activities for all C-130J variants. The DoD added that fiscal year (FY) 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of USD3.3 million were being obligated at the time of award. This award follows a similar IDIQ agreement for USD10 billion signed with Lockheed Martin in August 2016. At that time, the DoD said the contract covered the production of an estimated 100 C-130Js for the United States and FMS customers. It would appear from the overlap in scope and timelines between the two awards that this latest contract is an extension and an expansion of the earlier one. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/lockheed-martin-awarded-usd15-billion-for-future-c-130j-work

  • Leonardo rachète 25,1% du radariste allemand Hensoldt AG

    27 avril 2021 | International, C4ISR

    Leonardo rachète 25,1% du radariste allemand Hensoldt AG

    Après être entré au capital de GEM Elettronica, le groupe Leonardo rachète 25,1% d'un autre radariste, l'électronicien allemand Hensoldt AG, qui participera au programme SCAF. Leonardo investira 606 millions d’euros pour entrer au capital de Hensoldt AG, soit environ 23 euros par action, ce qui lui permettra de devenir l’un des principaux actionnaires de la société allemande. L’autre principal actionnaire de Hensoldt est la banque allemande « Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau » (KfW), qui détient le même pourcentage de parts que Leonardo. La transaction doit être actée durant la deuxième moitié de 2021.  Air & Cosmos du 27 avril 

  • Maine lawmakers want contract relief, quicker payments for industry to combat COVID-19 impact

    20 mars 2020 | International, Naval

    Maine lawmakers want contract relief, quicker payments for industry to combat COVID-19 impact

    By: Aaron Mehta WASHINGTON — In a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly, the congressional delegation from Maine has requested quicker payments and relief from contractual obligations for the defense industrial base, including local shipyards, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In the letter sent Thursday, the delegation — Republican Sen. Susan Collin and Independent Sen. Angus King, as well as democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden — warn that “the Department of Defense and the Navy must immediately act to protect our nation’s defense industrial base, including our nation’s shipyards.” Maine is home to Bath Iron Works, owned by General Dynamics, which produces both the Zumwalt and Arleigh Burke class destroyers. The delegation has three key demands. The first is for the department to “work to mitigate cash flow and other financial burdens” on contractors and subcontractors as a result of the outbreak, “to include relief from contracting requirements that are uniquely impacted by COVID-19.” The contract relief being sought involves waiving schedule and price requirements in case delivery times are impacted by loss of workforce due to coronavirus-inflicted travel bans, closures, quarantines or travel restrictions. It could also potentially give cover should a subcontractor be unable to deliver a part on time. Second, to take “any actions possible to accelerate or advance payments or new contract obligations in order to provide immediate stability to the industrial base.” The lawmakers offer to “immediately assist” the department if additional funding or “new legal authorities” are needed to make such sped-up payments possible. And third, the delegation calls for the department to clarify “planning and public guidance to ensure a stable industrial base while also ensuring the health and safety of the defense industrial base workforce” — that is, to make clear what workers must stay at work, and which could potentially work from home. A spokesman for General Dynamics told Defense News earlier this week that they are allowing anyone who can work from home to do so, while curtailing travel and pausing participation in trade shows. “An outbreak of COVID-19 at one of our nation’s shipyards or other large defense contractors could truly be devastating to our national defense,” the delegation writes. “We ask you to work with and support industry to take all the necessary protective actions.” King is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, while Collins sits on the appropriations defense subcommittee. Pingree is a member of the House Appropriations Committee while Golden is on the House Armed Services Committee. It is expected that Collins, at least, will be speaking directly to Modly about the issue in the near future. https://www.defensenews.com/coronavirus/2020/03/19/maine-lawmakers-want-contract-relief-quicker-payments-for-industry-to-combat-covid-19-impact

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