General Electric won a $ 1.6 billion deal including all options to acquire the F-15EX Lots 2+ propulsion system. This contract provides for 29 F110 GE 129 engines (installations and spare parts) for the F-15EX fleet. The contract also provides for seven option lots for a probable total of 329 engines if all options are exercised. The F-15EX is a ready-to-use replacement for the F-15C that offers the best payload, range and speed in its class. We work in Ohio and Texas. The expected completion date is June 30, 2031.
Lockheed Martin won a 30.5 million US Department of Defense (DOD) modification. The work is taking place in Texas and is expected to be completed in March 2022.
Middle East & Africa
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a cooperation agreement with Romanian defense company IAR-Brasov on UAVs to offer advanced UAV solutions based on IAI’s Tactical Heron in Romania. According to the agreement, the UAV systems will be manufactured in Brasov, Romania. In addition, IAI will set up an academy in Romania to train the system operators and technicians for the UAV systems, IAI said in a recent statement.
The first F-15QA Ababil fighter jets for Qatar have left Boeing’s Missouri manufacturing facility for the Gulf emirate. Five Qatari variant Advanced Eagles left St. Louis Lambert International Airport on October 27 on the first leg of their nearly 12,000 km journey to their future home base at Al Udeid Air Base.
The Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (FMA) signed two contracts worth $ 170 million for the delivery of a new batch of Naval Strike Missiles (NSMs) and maintenance of the existing inventory of those missiles. The new NSMs will be armed on the Navy’s frigates and corvettes. The existing missile inventory will undergo a series of maintenance works to extend the deployment schedule and continue to provide the Navy with cutting-edge defense capabilities, Kongsberg said in a statement.
Boeing said it had delivered the first KC-46A tanker to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), marking the program’s first delivery to a customer outside of the United States. The KC-46A has completed more than 5,000 sorties and transferred more than 50 million pounds of fuel to other aircraft through its boom and drogue systems.
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