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Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The USD2.7 billion deal for Kuwait (including radar warning receivers and weapons) involves Super Hornets built largely to the USN's latest Block 3 standard (with some legacy Block 2 elements reportedly retained). The Block 3 includes upgrades to the Raytheon AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar; an Elbit Systems large area display ‘glass' cockpit and next-generation avionics; an infrared search and track; Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures; and new General Electric F-414-400 enhanced engines. Further to the capability enhancements, the Block 3 airframe is extended from 6,000 to 9,000 hours. The previously included ‘shoulder-mounted' conformal fuel tanks were axed by the USN earlier in 2021.

In November 2016 the US State Department approved the sale of up to 40 Super Hornets (32 F/A-18Es and eight F/A-18Fs) for Kuwait, valued at USD10.1 billion (including related equipment and support). Once in KAF service, the Super Hornets will

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Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/update-boeing-completes-super-hornet-deliveries-for-kuwait/

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring ...

Update: Boeing completes Super Hornet deliveries for Kuwait

by Gareth Jennings

Boeing has completed delivery of 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft for Kuwait, transferring them to the US Navy (USN) ahead of their eventual handover to the customer.

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

A screenshot from a Boeing video showing the final Super Hornet for Kuwait departing St Louis on its delivery flight to the US Navy. (Boeing)

The manufacturer announced the event on 2 September, posting a video of single-seat aircraft 822 departing its St Louis production facility in Missouri.

With Kuwait's 22 single-seat F/A-18Es and six twin-seat F/A-18Fs being contracted in a government-to-government deal, they have all been handed over to the USN ahead of their expected transfer to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) in the coming months (a precise timeline has not been disclosed). As previously reported by Janes, this delivery milestone was delayed slightly due to the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USN shipbuilding plan could cut total number of missile VLS cells, CBO says

by Michael Fabey

The 30-year US Navy (USN) shipbuilding plan released in June could reduce the number of missile vertical launch system (VLS) cells, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which was released on 16 September.

“The force structure goals expressed in the navy's [fiscal year (FY)] 2022 plan have a significant implication for how the distribution of VLS cells on the navy's surface could evolve,” the report noted.

“As a result of those changes (and CBO's assumptions about how those changes would be implemented), more surface combatants and unmanned systems would carry VLS cells, but the total number of VLS cells would be smaller,” it added.

The CBO said that the fleet's total VLS cell capacity represents one of the most important measures of the navy's offensive and defensive firepower.

“In the navy's objective force, the overall firepower (measured by the number of VLS cells) of the surface combatants would be less than it is today, but that force would pose a much harder targeting problem for an opposing fleet because the VLS cells would be deployed on many more ships,” the CBO reported.


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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CPI to buy L3Harris radome business

by Marc Selinger

US-based Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has agreed to acquire L3Harris Technologies' Electronic Space Systems Corporation (ESSCO), saying the ground radome manufacturer will complement its airborne and shipboard radome business.

ESSCO makes radomes that protect satellite communications antennas, military and commercial radars, and telemetry systems from strong winds, snow, and other harsh environmental conditions. The radomes range in diameter from 6–200 ft (1.8–61 m).

ESSCO is based in Massachusetts and has about 85 employees. CPI said on 6 September that it expects to close the acquisition before the end of this calendar year . Financial terms were not disclosed.

The announcement came about two months after CPI acquired TMD Technologies, which makes microwave tubes, high-voltage power equipment, and transmitters used in radar, electronic warfare, communications, and other applications. In 2020 CPI acquired General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies business, which makes large ground station antennas for geostationary satellites.


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