Philippines releases funds for Black Hawk acquisition
22 September 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
An order for 32 additional Lockheed Martin S-70i helicopters in utility configuration will bolster the Philippine military's utility, transport, and disaster-relief operations. (Lockheed Martin)
The Philippine government has released initial funding to acquire 32 additional Lockheed Martin S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopters from Poland.
The announcement of PHP3.98 billion (USD68.70 million) for the acquisition of the aircraft was announced in the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) by the Philippine Department of Budget and Management. The SARO was made public on 8 August 2022. The sum is likely a down payment for the aircraft.
According to the SARO document, the acquisition of the new aircraft will cover the “funding requirements for the Additional Utility Helicopters (Black Hawk) Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force under the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization [Program] (RAFPMP)”.
The initial funding was released nine months after the Philippine government issued a notice of award to the Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec of Poland to acquire the 32 aircraft. The order was awarded on 28 December 2021, and the deal is worth PHP32 billion (USD552 million). This also covers an initial logistics support package and training for pilots and maintenance crew.
Discussions on work share agreements for the sixth-generation GCAP fighter aircraft are scheduled to start in March 2024. (BAE Systems)
Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom are in talks on the preliminary design of the sixth-generation Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) aircraft, with discussions on the division of responsibilities for the overall programme expected to start in March.
A spokesperson for Japan's Acquisitions, Logistics and Technology Agency (ATLA) told
on 29 February that the three countries “have been proceeding with conceptual design and preliminary design, in which the discussions on the fighter's concept is under way”.
Discussions on the division of responsibilities among the programme partners are also expected to start later in March, according to a statement by Japan's Defence Minister Minoru Kihara on 1 March. However, Japan is at an impasse over its military export laws, which could restrict the sale of the GCAP aircraft to foreign countries. According to Kihara, the government seeks to resolve this matter before decisions on work share begin.
Japanese government officials discussed the matter on 28 February with efforts to reach consensus on the matter, Kihara said.
The US Army wants to add more robust cold weather survival equipment such as tents to the survival pod on its AH-64 Apache and other helicopters. (Janes/Meredith Roaten)
In the High North, fast winds can steer rotor blades while icy precipitation can reduce visibility. This makes it difficult to perform the 150 miles deep attack with Apache AH-64 helicopters at the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) 24-02 training rotation held from 12 to 22 February at Fort Greely, Alaska, Major General Brian Eifler, commander of the 11th Airborne Division, told
For this scale and range – a battalion's worth of Apaches across 150 miles – the army usually practises virtual deep attacks because of the strain on resources and lack of space, Maj Gen Eifler said in an interview on 21 February. However, it's the kind of event that needs to be practised more often as the United States faces not having the air superiority it had in previous theatres such as Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.
Denmark launches competition to replace coastal radars
04 March 2024
by Olivia Savage
Denmark is replacing its coastal air-defence radars, including the fixed long-range 3D RAT-31DL radar acquired back in 1995. (Selex ES)
Denmark has launched a EUR220 million (USD238.4 million) competition to replace its coastal radars in Bornholm and Skagen as well as on the Faroe Islands.
Three new Fixed Air Defence Radar (FADR) systems will be procured, each comprising a 3D phased-array Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR), Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) with all civilian and military interrogation modes, and Monitor and Control Units for both local and remote control of the radar system, according to a contract notice published on 1 March on the European Union tendering website.
The active electronically scanned array (AESA) FADRs must operate in the L or S frequency band, have an instrumented range of at least 256 n miles in rotating mode, and incorporate the latest proven transmitter technology such as gallium nitride.
Along with this, the systems must have a ‘stop-and-stare' mode to extend their range, update rate, and accuracy, and be capable of detecting tactical ballistic missiles. It should also be possible to monitor and control the FADRs from multiple remote facilities separate from the FADRs, the contract notice detailed.
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