Author Archives: Rich Abott

F/A-18 Hornet
Photo: Boeing

Canada Reveals Eligible Suppliers For F-18 Replacement Fighters

The Canadian government on Thursday released the five eligible suppliers that will be allowed to submit proposals to replace the government’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet. The government’s Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) listed Airbus Defense and Space with the UK, Boeing [BA], France’s Dassault, Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Sweden’s Saab. Suppliers were named by aircraft […]

U.S. and Israel Complete Flight Test Of Arrow-3 Missile Defense System

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Feb. 19, the agency said Feb. 19. Arrow-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The test had an Arrow-3 interceptor launched “and completed its mission” in central Israel. The […]

State Department Approves $3.2 Billion Sale Of Patriot System To Sweden

The State Department approved a possible $3.2 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Sweden of four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units on Feb. 20. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered a required certification to Congress on Feb. 20. Sweden requested four Patriot Confoguration-3+ Modernized Fire Units including four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement […]

Screenshot of a Huntington Ingalls Industries video of a superlift section of CVN-79 being hoisted to the ship in dry dock. (Image: HII)

HII: 70 Percent of CVN-79 Structural Work Finished

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ [HII] Newport News Shipbuilding has completed building 70 percent of the future John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) aircraft carrier, the company said.  The company specified it has built this amount “of the structures necessary to complete” the second Gerald R. Ford-class carrier. It is set to be launched in 2020. HII highlighted CVN-79 […]

Patriot Fire Unit
Photo: Raytheon

State Department Approves $3.2 Billion Sale Of Patriot System To Sweden

The State Department approved a possible $3.2 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Sweden of four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units on Feb. 20. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered a required certification to Congress on Tuesday. Sweden requested four Patriot Confoguration-3+ Modernized Fire Units including four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement control […]

An Mk 41 VLS launches an SM-6 off the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53). Photo: U.S. Navy.

State Department OKs Sale Of Naval Equipment And Weapons To Kuwait And Finland

The State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) on Tuesday to Kuwait for $100 million in fast patrol boats and Finland for $70 million in MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), respectively. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certifications to Congress on Feb. 20. Kuwait requested 15 fast patrol boats […]

An Arrow-3 interceptor is launched in central Israel for a flight test. (Photo: Israel Ministry of Defense)

U.S. and Israel Complete Flight Test Of Arrow-3 Missile Defense System

This article has been updated for clarity. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Monday, the agency said Feb. 19. Arrow-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The test had an Arrow-3 interceptor launched “and completed […]

Artist's rendering of the LPD-29 San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. (Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries)

HII Wins $1.4 Billion Contract To Build LPD-29

The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] a $1.4 billion fixed-price-incentive modification for the detail design and construction (DD&C) of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD)-29 on Feb. 16. Work on this 13th LPD will largely occur in HII’s Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard and is expected to be finished by July 2023. The […]

Artist's concept of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship bid for Australia's SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. Image: BAE Systems.

Navy Awards FFG(X) Conceptual Design Contracts

The U.S. Navy awarded five $15 million conceptual design (CD) contracts for the new guided missile frigate (FFG(X) program today: Austal USA, Huntington Ingalls Industreis [HII], Lockheed Martin [LMT], Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine, and General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works [GD]. The CD awards are intended to reduce the program risk by allowing industry to mature designs […]

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin

NPR’s New Nuke SLCM May Not Be Submarine-Launched

The Defense Department has not yet decided what platform would launch the new nuclear- armed sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) the administration is seeking in the recent nuclear posture review (NPR), the head of U.S. Strategic Command said on Friday. Air Force Gen. John Hyten said the Pentagon’s FY ’19 budget request has a tasking to […]