Boeing has won a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia.
The contract is valued at $234 million procurement of long-lead items, an initial spares package, and ground support equipment. Work will be complete by 31 December 2016, according to a US Dept of Defense statement.
The deal marks Boeing’s first sale of its new AH-6I light armed helicopter, a light gunship derived from the Hughes 500.
The AH-6i features an enhanced powerplant, payload, and avionics package.
The new full-authority digital engine control (FADEC)-equipped Rolls-Royce 250-C30R/3M powerplant (combined with a six-bladed main rotor assembly with composite blades) gives the helicopter the ability to 'hover out of ground effect' (HOGE) at 6,000 ft and 95 degrees Fahrenheit (the US Army's 6k/95 benchmark) with a typical mission weight of 1,800 kg (comprising two crew members, full fuel, and weapons), making it well suited for operating on hot and high environments, according to IHS Janes.
Exelis won a $9 million contract to provide advanced military air traffic management radars to Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG). As per the contract, Exelis will supply the precision ground control approach radar to support the SANG's aviation mission requirements
Saudi Arabia has signed a contract to buy an unknown number of Wing Loong medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles from China, according to the Global Times. Also known as the Pterodactyl I, the Chinese drones are said to be designed along the lines of the MQ-1 Predator with surveillance capabilities and the ability to carry two matched air-to-surface missiles
Germany is likely to cancel the sale of Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Saudi Arabia, because of opposition from the German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. "Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance," the goverment official was quoted as saying by Bild am Sonntag
BAE Systems has awarded Cobham a 30 month contract to provide air support to operational readiness training for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The contract is part of the Saudi British Defence Cooperation Programme and will run from 2014 to 2016
The Government of UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have finally agreed on the price escalation terms relating to the Eurofighter Typhoon airplane under the Salaam programme. Cash settlement is expected to follow this pricing agreement, commencing in the early part of 2014
Boeing has completed the final design review for the U.S
Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) will establish a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod(ATP) Expanded Repair Capability facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - the first Sniper support facility established outside the United States. Designed to support the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF) Sniper ATPs, the Expanded Repair Capability facility will provide both affordability benefits and expedited repair times for the RSAF
Indra will be showcasing its defense portfolio, featuring aerial defense, border surveillance and simulation and training solutions at the Africa Aerospace & Defence fair (AAD 2014) held in Centurion, South Africa, from September 17-21. At the exhibit, Indra will present a scale model of its long-range 3D LANZA Radar for Aerial Defense, boasting state-of-the-art technology and technical and operational features in line with NATO specifications; a scale model of the MRI surveillance aircraft, a surveillance system that has already been deployed in maritime areas between the coastline and a 150-mile radius, with unbeatable acquisition and operational costs; and a VITRIX simulator...
Boeing has signed an agreement with Danish company Sky-Watch to assist the company in its development of a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under a project supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The goal of the “Smart UAV” project is to develop a new generation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs that will combine the advantages of existing rotorcraft UAVs with those of fixed-wing aircraft for longer range and endurance
Lockheed Martin and Boeing will submit a joint bid for the U.S
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