Lockheed Martin has won a $74 million contract amendment to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ground equipment to support the US government. Under this contract amendment, Lockheed Martin will supply six launchers, THAAD Fire Control and Communication (TFCC) and associated Special Support Equipment (PSE) under firm fixed price and incentive contract elements. at a fixed price (firm target). The THAAD Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missile System (formerly Theater) is an easily transportable defensive weapon system to protect against incoming hostile threats, such as tactical and theater ballistic missiles, at ranges of 200 km and at altitudes up to 150 km.
The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military salt of $73 million to Argentina for sustainment of T-6 aircraft and related equipment. The equipment will improve airframe and avionics for reliability and integration of training munitions and external fuel tanks; aircraft and engine support equipment, components, consumables, spares and repair/return; publications and technical documentation; heavy maintenance support; other U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, and related elements of program support.
Middle East and Africa
Israel and its Middle Eastern allies are said to be working to develop a joint defense system to protect their territories against Iranian missiles and drones. The joint airborne defense agreement follows normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
The UK has taken command of the NATO Air Policing Mission in Romania. RAF Typhoons, along with their pilots and ground crew, will lead the Enhanced Air Policing mission for the fourth time since its launch in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The UK takes over from Italy at a time of massive tension on NATO’s eastern flank due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper reports that Germany has almost exhausted its capacity to supply Ukraine with weapons from its military reserves, but is working on direct deliveries from the arms industry. “For deliveries from Bundeswehr stocks, I must honestly say that we have reached a limit,” Defense Minister Christine Lamprecht said in an interview.
The Indian Air Force completed its investigation into the accidental firing of a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in Pakistan on March 9. The findings of the Court of Inquiry (CoI) are currently undergoing legal review before being submitted to the government.
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