Australian industry secured $1bn worth of awards for F-35 production

The Australian Department of Defence confirmed that the industry has been collectively awarded more than $1bn in production to date for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft programme.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said that more than 50 companies across the country directly shared in the aircraft construction contracts.

Pyne said: “The Australian industry continues to prove its global competitiveness by performing better than initial forecasts, with Australian industry involvement expected to exceed $2bn by 2023.”

USAF submits $156.3bn budget proposal for FY19

The US Government submitted the proposed US Air Force (USAF) budget request of $156.3bn to Congress for the 2019 fiscal year.

Aligned with the National Defense Strategy, the current budget proposal supports the progress made by the USAF this year in order to restore its readiness, enhance lethality, modernise cost-effectively, and move in the direction of multi-domain operations.

USAF Secretary Dr Heather Wilson said: “The airforce needs the right size and mix of capabilities to compete, deter, and win in this environment, brought to bear by well-trained, resilient, and competent airmen steeped in the business of joint and combined warfare.”

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UK submits final offer for 34 Eurofighter Typhoon to Belgium

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) submitted its final proposal to Belgium for the delivery of 34 units of the Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role aircraft to replace the country’s existing F-16 fleet.

The offer is completely supported by the governments of the four Eurofighter nations – Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

The UK MoD is leading the proposal on behalf of the partner nations and companies participating in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.

Netherlands seeks $1.19bn sale for AH-64D Block II upgrade from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of items and services to the Government of Netherlands.

With an estimated value of $1.191bn, the sale will support the upgrade or development of 28 AH-64D Block II Apache attack helicopters to the AH-64E configuration.

The deal includes the upgrade of 51 remaining T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D, 17 AN / APG-78 fire control radar (FCR) and subcomponents, 28 AN / ASQ-170 modernised target acquisition and designation sights (MTADS) / AN / AAR-11 modernised pilot night vision sensors (PNVS).

Garmin to deliver 100 D2 Charlie watch for USAF’s U-2 pilots

The US Air Force (USAF) selected Garmin International’s D2 Charlie aviator watch for use by the pilots of the U-2 ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

Under the terms of the deal, Garmin International will be responsible for delivering more than 100 units of the D2 Charlie aviator watches to the specialised pilot group of the USAF.

The aviator watch is enabled with a high-sensitivity wide area augmentation system (WAAS) global positioning system (GPS), while it provides pilots with global navigation capability, as well as rich and colourful moving maps.

Australia signs A$1.2bn OneSKY air traffic deal with Thales

The Australian Department of Defence and Airservices Australia entered an agreement with Thales to implement the A$1.2bn ($942.67m) OneSKY air traffic management system.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said the OneSKY system will enhance flight coordination and safety, while it will increase the use of airspace, optimise air traffic flow, and improve runway approach.

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said: “This project will replace the ageing military air traffic management systems and is essential to ensuring our Australian Defence Force (ADF) can continue to operate safely in Australia’s airspace.”

Saab rolls out first GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft

Saab unveiled the first GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft at its Linköping site in Sweden.

Developed based on a Global 6000 jet aircraft from Bombardier, GlobalEye is an advanced, swing-role airborne surveillance system.

The system integrates a complete range of advanced sensors, including the latest extended-range radar (Erieye ER), with the ultra-long-range Global 6000 jet aircraft.

Sallyport wins $400m contract to support Iraq’s F-16 programme

Sallyport Global secured a new foreign military sales (FMS) contract, valued at $400m, to support the Iraqi Air Force’s F-16 programme.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitised contract action has been awarded through the US Air Force (USAF) to support Iraq’s F-16 mission at Balad Air Base, located 45 miles North of Baghdad.

Under the terms of the deal, the company is responsible for providing comprehensive life and logistics support, security, construction, and base operation support services at the largest air base in Iraq.

HAL conducts hot refuelling on IAF Tejas LSP8 aircraft

India-based state-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) successfully demonstrated hot refuelling on domestically built light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas LSP8.

The hot refuelling trial was followed by a sortie at the company’s airport in Bengaluru, taking the multi-role fighter jet close to its final operational clearance (FOC).

The Tejas fighter will be the first aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF) that would operate with the new hot refuelling capability.

Kaman secures $324m order for USAF’s joint programmable fuses

Kaman’s Aerospace division received a direct commercial sale (DCS) order, with an expected total value of $324m, for the procurement of joint programmable fuses (JPF).

Currently being the US Air Force’s (USAF) bomb fuse of choice, the JPF allows the settings of a weapon to be programmed on the wing in-flight.

Delivery of the JPFs is expected to commence next year and run up to 2022.