Northrop Wins $164M for Single E-2D for Japan

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TOKYO, -- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Military Aircraft Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded a $163,957,953 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract (N00019-13-C-9999) for one E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft configured for the Government of Japan.

Work will be performed in St. Augustine, Florida (24.9 percent); Syracuse, New York (20.59 percent); Melbourne, Florida (7.60 percent); El Segundo, California (4.56 percent); Indianapolis, Indiana (4.05 percent); Menlo Park, California (3.90 percent); Rolling Meadows, Illinois (2.30 percent); and various locations within the continental U. S. each under 2 percent (32.10 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2018.

Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $163,957,953 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.


The Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye the latest E-2 version is an American all-weather, carrier-capable tactical airborne early warning aircraft.


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U.S. Navy frigates being reactivated for Taiwan

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., -- Two mothballed U.S. Navy frigates are to receive reactivation work from VSE Corporation for their transfer to Taiwan through the Foreign Military Sales program.

The frigates covered under the Naval Ship Transfer and Repair contract are the ex-USS Taylor and ex-USS Gary, Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessels.

"Since 1995 VSE has transferred more than 48 ships to foreign governments, including the transfer of 12 ex-U.S. Navy ships to Taiwan," said Maurice "Mo" Gauthier, VSE chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer. "Our N*STAR Team is comprised of the maritime industry's best firms at providing affordable sustainment of allied fleet assets and modernizing those assets to provide mission relevance across a broad spectrum of operational needs."

Under this delivery order, which is worth as much as $74 million, VSE will manage the industrial work, logistics and crew training required to reactivate the two ships.

Each ship will receive a Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability during which all hull, mechanical and electrical systems and selected combat systems will be reactivated and fully tested to ensure the ships are returned to full operating capability.

The Taiwan crews will receive training on maintenance and operation of the FFG systems.


The US Navy former Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is berthed at Naval Station Mahon, Menorca, Spain during a port visit in 2010.


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China, Russia to hold joint exercises in S China Sea

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BEIJING, -- China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing's defence ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant's extensive claims in the area.

The drills will be carried out in the "relevant sea and air of the South China Sea", defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters at a monthly briefing.

With international diplomatic tensions mounting and Washington regularly sending warships into the strategically vital area to assert the right to freedom of navigation, the move could see vessels from several of the world's most powerful militaries in the same region at the same time.

The drills aimed to "consolidate and develop" China and Russia's comprehensive strategic partnership, and "enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats" Yang said.

The announcement comes after a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that there was "no legal basis" to Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, embodied in a "nine-dash line" dating from Chinese maps of the 1940s and extending almost to the coasts of other countries, which have competing claims.

China has built a series of artificial islands on rocks and reefs in the area hosting facilities capable of supporting military operations, widely seen as an attempt to bolster its control of the waters.

The tribunal ruling -- in a case brought by the Philippines -- infuriated Beijing, which rejected it as "waste paper" and reiterated its right to declare an Air Defence Identification Zone controlling flights over the area.

China and Russia have close military and diplomatic ties, often in opposition to the West, particularly the United States, and their leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin enjoy a tight relationship.

The two sides hold joint drills regularly "on land and sea", Yang said, which "contribute to peace and stability."

September's exercise was "routine" and "does not target any third party", he added.

Last August, the two powers -- who were allies then rivals during the Soviet era -- carried out military exercises in the waters and airspace of the Peter the Great Gulf, south of the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok, involving 22 vessels, up to 20 aircraft and more than 500 marines.

In May last year, they conducted their first joint naval exercises in European waters in the Black Sea and Mediterranean, China's farthest-ever drills from its home waters.

Xi and Putin meet frequently and their countries, both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, often take similar stances there on divisive issues such as the conflict in Syria.

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In response to Beijing's increased activity in the South China Sea, the US began a series of "freedom of navigation" operations in the area, sailing naval vessels within 12 nautical miles -- the normal territorial limit around natural land -- of reefs in the region.

The missions were widely seen as an attempt to push back against China's increasing assertiveness, although the Pentagon said they were also a warning to Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines.

On Monday, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice told Chinese officials in Beijing that the US intended to continue its patrols in the region, while the vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong, warned that ties between the two powers could easily fray.

"We should be honest with ourselves that deep down in this relationship we're still faced with obstacles and challenges," Fan said, adding that military ties had been "impacted by some complicated and some sensitive factors".

Rice noted that "risks of unintended consequences" of the two countries' forces operating in ever-closer proximity had been reduced thanks to better communication and other confidence-building measures.



The Chinese Navy guided missile destroyer takes part in the weeklong China-Russia ‘Joint Sea-2014’ naval exercise in the East China Sea in May.


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Lockheed Martin Delivers Final MH-60R SEAHAWK for Australia

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OWEGO, N.Y. – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The milestone delivery took place during a July 27 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility.

The event marked the official transfer of ownership of the final MH-60R SEAHAWK destined for the RAN from Lockheed Martin to the U.S. Navy. The ceremony was attended by officials from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the RAN and the Australian Embassy, as well as representatives from the Defense Contracting Management Agency, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin.

“In late 2010, the Australian Government had not yet made a decision to acquire the Romeo, and yet here we are in mid-2016 accepting the 24th, and final, aircraft,” said Royal Australian Navy Commodore Scott Lockey, Director General Navy Aviation Systems. “The Royal Australian Navy has formed the first three embarked flights, conducted the first Hellfire Missile shoot and conducted a highly successful ‘DIPEX’ against a Collins Class submarine. None of this would have been possible without the professional work conducted by everyone at Lockheed Martin involved in the Romeo program. The work done here at Owego has been of the highest quality and directly contributed to the most successful helicopter acquisition program undertaken by the Australian Defence Force.”

The Commonwealth of Australia chose the MH-60R “Romeo” SEAHAWK helicopter in June 2011 to fulfill the Australian Defence Force’s requirement for a fleet of 24 new-generation, multi-role naval combat aircraft. In addition to the MH-60R helicopter’s primary mission areas of anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, it also has the capability for secondary missions including search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation, and VHF/UHF/link communication relay. The new MH-60R helicopters are currently replacing the RAN’s existing fleet of S-70B-2 SEAHAWK helicopters.

"This is a very exciting time for the U.S. Navy and Australia. Although today is significant in marking the last Seahawk delivery to the Royal Australian Navy, it also signifies a great opportunity to continue and grow our collaboration in advanced maritime operations," said Captain Craig Grubb, H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopter program manager. "I’m proud of the team’s accomplishments and look forward to our continued partnership with the RAN."

The sale to Australia marked the first international sale of a U.S. Navy MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopter. The RAN took in-country delivery of its first mission-ready aircraft in 2014, and the MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopter training Squadron, 725 Squadron, was commissioned in Nowra, New South Wales in June 2015.

“This delivery is a testament to seamless teamwork between industry, the U.S. Navy and Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, which has kept this program on-budget and on-schedule,” said Lockheed Martin Director of Naval Helicopter Programs Tom Kane. “From aircraft delivery to training and long-term sustainment, we are honored to support the Australian Defence Force and ensure that the Romeo maintains superior capability and performance throughout its life.”

In 2015, the Romeo Project Office in Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group won a “Project of the Year” award for the RAN MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopter program from the Australian Capital Territory chapter of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). The AIPM award serves to recognize, honor and promote recognition of the program’s outstanding achievements in program and project management.



Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin support the RAN fleet through the Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo), which provides ‘Through Life Support’ logistics services to sustain peak flight readiness for the RAN SEAHAWK helicopters during the fleet’s estimated 30-year lifespan.


The Lockheed Martin delivers 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter destined for the Royal Australian Navy.



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Philippine Coast Guard First MRRV from Japan will Arrive in Manila on August 18

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MANILA,– The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is expecting in August a multi-role vessel from Japan that will help in its “various search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations.”

The BRP Tubbataha, an MRRV-4401, will leave Yokohama on August 11, and will arrive at the Port of Manila on August 18. It will be formally turned over by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to the Philippine government on September 1.

The 44-meter vessel was built at the Japan Marine United Corporation Yokohama Shipyard. In a statement, the PCG cited BRP Tubbataha’s special features will be specially helpful in operations. They include fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat, and the bullet-proof navigational bridge.

Here are the ship’s particulars, according to the PCG: Length: 44 meters, Breadth: 7.5 meters, Depth: 4 meters, Engine: MTU12V4000M93L, Output: 2,580 kw, Max Speed: Approximately 25 knots, Cruising range: 1,500 nautical miles, Complement: 25 persons.

Japan is building 9 more MRRV’s for the Philippine Coast Guard. They “will also be named after the primary lighthouses in the country to denote its significance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.”

The Japanese Coast Guard has also conducted sea drills with its Philippine counterpart since their two countries signed a Declaration for a Strengthened Strategic Partnership and its Action Plan in June 2015.




The Philippine Coast Guard BRP Tubbataha MRRV-4401, an Multi-Role Response Vessel, is leaving the Yokohama shipyard on August 11, 2016.


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Philippine Coast Guard First MRRV from Japan will Arrive in Manila on August 18

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MANILA,– The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is expecting in August a multi-role vessel from Japan that will help in its “various search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations.”

The BRP Tubbataha, an MRRV-4401, will leave Yokohama on August 11, and will arrive at the Port of Manila on August 18. It will be formally turned over by the Japan International Cooperation Agency to the Philippine government on September 1.

The 44-meter vessel was built at the Japan Marine United Corporation Yokohama Shipyard. In a statement, the PCG cited BRP Tubbataha’s special features will be specially helpful in operations. They include fire monitors, night vision camera, radio direction finder, a work boat, and the bullet-proof navigational bridge.

Here are the ship’s particulars, according to the PCG: Length: 44 meters, Breadth: 7.5 meters, Depth: 4 meters, Engine: MTU12V4000M93L, Output: 2,580 kw, Max Speed: Approximately 25 knots, Cruising range: 1,500 nautical miles, Complement: 25 persons.

Japan is building 9 more MRRV’s for the Philippine Coast Guard. They “will also be named after the primary lighthouses in the country to denote its significance as one of the navigational aids in the maritime industry.”

The Japanese Coast Guard has also conducted sea drills with its Philippine counterpart since their two countries signed a Declaration for a Strengthened Strategic Partnership and its Action Plan in June 2015.




The Philippine Coast Guard BRP Tubbataha MRRV-4401, an Multi-role Response Vessel, is leaving the Yokohama shipyard on August 11, 2016.


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Royal Malaysian Air Force Receives Five Pilatus PC-7 MK II Aircraft, Three EC 120B Helicopters

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Royal Malaysian Airforce yesterday received five Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircraft and three EC 120B helicopters which will be used to train its pilots.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the new assets would be placed at the Air Force College (KTU) Kepala Batas, here.

“The addition of the new flight training assets will improve the efficiency, ability and effectiveness of RMAF in defending the security and sovereignty of the nation’s air space,”he said.

He was speaking to the media after attending RMAF’s Hari Raya celebration and launching both air assets at KTU here, yesterday.

Also present were Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Johari Baharum and RMAF chief General Tan Sri Roslan Saad.


Hishammuddin said the acquisition of the new aircraft, making the total Pilatus PC-7 Mark II owned by RMAF to 21, which were received in stages since 2007 to replace the former Pilatus PC-7 which has been used for 33 years.

The PC-7 MK II is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT6A-25C turboprop engines which is able to produce as much power as 700hsp.

The single engine EC 120B helicopters were acquired to replaced the former Alouette III helicopters, specifically to give early exposure to the pilots on the operation of the new generation of advanced helicopters.

Weighing at 1.7 tonnes, the helipcopter which is capable of ferrying four passengers, is equipped with advanced technology that simplifies operations, is safe and cost effective.


The Royal Malaysian Air Force Pilatus PC-7 MK II Turbo Trainer is a low-wing tandem-seat training aircraft.


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Indonesian Air Force F-16 Air Squadron joint exercise in Australia

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JAKARTA, -- The flight of F-16 Fighting Falcon of Air Squadron 16 Air Force based at Air Top Air Force Roesmin Nurjadin, in Pekanbaru, Riau, flew to Australia to participate in joint exercises Pitch Black 2016 , in Darwin, on Wednesday (27/7).

Commander of the Main Air Base Roesmin Nurjadin Air Force, Air Commodore TNI Henri Alfiandi, in Pekanbaru, on Wednesday, advised, "Keep prioritizing safety and security, check and re-check the details of each preparation is done so that exercise can be run safely, smoothly and without obstacles until later returned to base. "

One flight of F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52ID was led by Commander of the Air Force 16th Air Squadron, Lt. Col. Nur Alimi Airmen. He took off from the air base to lead five Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and 62 personnel from the Air Force 16th Air Squadron.

Five aircraft that includes 12 pilots and 50 support personnel will follow the planned training from 1 August. This joint exercise involving several countries with different types of fighter planes.



Air Squadron 16 Air Force 24 projected powered aircraft F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52ID.


The Republic of Indonesian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52ID flew to Australia.



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Ukraine sent to Thailand next batch of wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-3E1

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BANGKOK, -- Ukrainian defense concern "Ukroboronprom" carried the shipment of another batch of new wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-3E1 in the orders of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

On February 22, 2016 at the Kiev armored plant transfer was carried BTR-3E1 foreign customers according to the intergovernmental contract between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand. Later wheeled armored vehicles were shipped by rail for further loading on the ship.

Fighting wheeled amphibious vehicle BTR-3E1 has armored protection, high maneuverability, weapons (from the control complex), is able to quickly identify, recognize, and to strike the ground (including steel) and low-flying targets with high efficiency, and is designed for use in motorized rifle divisions of troops (forces). Armored personnel carrier is able to follow the tanks, with the move to overcome the trenches trenches and water obstacles.

Previously, Thailand has signed a contract with Ukraine for the supply of a large batch of BTR-3. The first contract for the supply of 96 BTR-3E1 was signed in August 2007, a second contract to supply 121 BTR-3E1 - the summer of 2011, the third contract to supply 15 BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers and six-3RK - in August of 2013. As of 2015, there were 180 armed BTR-3E1.

In May 2014 of the armored vehicles manufactured in Thailand, it was placed the National Guard of Ukraine in connection with the acute situation in the east of the country.



The Royal Thai Army BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers.


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