Lockheed Martin flies first production F-35s equipped with TR-3 upgrade

by Zach Rosenberg

US Air Force F-35A Lightning II. F-35 deliveries with TR-3 upgrades are scheduled to begin as soon as April 2024. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt Zade Vadnais)

Lockheed Martin has flown the first production F-35s equipped with Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3) hardware and software upgrades, the manufacturer confirmed on 28 November. F-35 deliveries to customers have been paused until TR-3 is judged to be sufficiently mature.

“We are now flying TR-3 software on F-35 production jets in Fort Worth and flight test continues at Edwards Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Patuxent River,” the company told Janes on 28 November.

The TR-3 software upgrade first flew in January 2023 aboard a US Air Force test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base. The US Department of Defense's F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) declined to specify the number of F-35s flying with TR-3 today, citing operational security.

“The JPO and Lockheed Martin agree that the acceptance of TR-3 aircraft should fall in the April 2024 to June 2024 timeframe based on risks as we understand them today,” the JPO told Janes on 28 November.


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Boeing notches Canadian and German Foreign Military Sales

by Zach Rosenberg

The Boeing P-8A Poseidon in Canadian markings. (Boeing)

The US Navy (USN) has ordered 17 Boeing P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft on behalf of foreign customers, according to the US Department of Defense's (DoD's) 29 February contract announcement. The Royal Canadian Air Force is to receive 14 P-8s, while the remaining three are destined for Germany. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract is worth USD3.4 billion.

Canada and Germany ordered P-8s to replace their respective fleets of P-3 Orions (designated CP-140 Auroras in Canadian service). Germany ordered five P-8s in 2021; with the additional three from this order, the country's P-8 fleet will stand at eight. Canada selected the P-8 in November 2023, with a firm requirement for the 14 ordered and options for two more.

The first German P-8 is scheduled for delivery in 2025 and the first Canadian aircraft in 2026.

The P-8, based on the CFM56-powered 737 Next Generation platform, is today operated by the armed forces of Australia, India, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and the US.

The P-8s generally come equipped with the Raytheon AN/APY-10 maritime surveillance radar and L-3 Wescam MX-20HD electro-optic/infrared sensor.


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Canadian defence plan costs increase by CAD51.5 billion, says PBO

by Jeremiah Cushman

Changes to the projected spending profile for Canada's Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy over time. (Canadian Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer)

Projected capital spending under Canada's Strong, Secure, Engaged (SSE) defence policy has increased by CAD51.5 billion (USD38 billion) since 2022, according to the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), a nonpartisan agent of the Canadian Parliament.

The SSE policy, unveiled in June 2017, projected CAD553 billion in spending over a 20-year period ending in 2036–37. This included CAD164 billion for capital acquisitions. The PBO's report in 2022 put the capital spending envelope at CAD163.3 billion, which increased to CAD214.8 billion in the report published on 28 February.

The new report said it used updated figures from all SSE capital projects provided by the Department of National Defence (DND) as of August 2023.

The CAD51.5 billion increase is attributed to new North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) modernisation projects and delays in existing projects, causing some short-term expenditures to be pushed into later years.


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US to initiate deliveries of Taiwan's M1A2 Abrams tanks, HIMARS in 2024

by Kapil Kajal

The M1A2 Abrams MBTs – pictured above from a US Army exercise – are protected by composite armours, armed with a 120 mm smoothbore gun, and powered by a bespoke gas-turbine engine. (US Army)

The Republic of China Army (RoCA) will receive 38 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), 11 M142 High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated ammunition, and 81 ‘BGM‐71F tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided (TOW) 2B' anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from the United States in 2024, a RoCA officer told Janes on 3 March.

The RoCA will receive 42 Abrams in 2025 and 28 in 2026, the officer said. “18 additional HIMARS will be delivered to the RoCA in 2026,” the officer added.

Taiwan signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) with the US in December 2019 to procure 108 Abrams. Once inducted, the Abrams MBTs are expected to replace RoCA's ageing assets, including US-built M60A3 MBTs and locally built CM11 MBTs.


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