August's top stories: Oshkosh $6.7bn JLTV deal, AIM-9X missile fired from MML

The US Army awarded a $6.7bn contract to Oshkosh to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), and Raytheon-built AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missile was fired from the US Army's ground-based IFPC 2-I Block 1 multi-mission launcher, while the UK requested US for the $3bn sale of AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters and associated equipment. Army-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from August 2015.


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Oshkosh wins $6.7bn US Army joint light tactical vehicle production contract

Oshkosh Defense received a $6.7bn contract from the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to manufacture the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

Featuring both low-rate initial production (LRIP) and full-rate production (FRP), the firm, fixed-price production contract requires Oshkosh to deliver approximately 17,000 vehicles and sustainment services.

Also pursued by AM General and Lockheed Martin, the JLTV production contract includes a base contract award and eight option years covering three years of LRIP and five years of FRP.


US Army test fires AIM-9X Block II missile from multi-mission launcher

The US Army successfully test-fired the Raytheon-built AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missile from its ground-based indirect fire protection capability increment 2-I (IFPC 2-I) Block 1 multi-mission launcher (MML).

Conducted in collaboration with Raytheon, the test demonstrated that the latest AIM-9X can be used in both air-to-air combat and now in ground-based air defence without modification. The missile is traditionally fired from aircraft toward aerial targets.

During the trial, the missile first locked onto an unmanned aerial system (UAS) before launch, and subsequently intercepted and destroyed the UAS, which was flying 1,500m above ground level.

UK requests $3bn AH-64E Apache helicopters sale from US

Apache

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters and associated equipment to the UK.

Under the estimated $3bn sale, the UK Government requested the remanufacture of 50 WAH-64 Mk 1 attack helicopters to AH-64E Apaches with 110 T-700-GE-701D engines, and the refurbishment of 53 AN / ASQ-170 modernised target acquisition and designation sights, 53 AN / AAR-11 modernised pilot night-vision sensors, and 52 AN / APG-78 fire control radars.

The package also includes the upgrade of 55 radar electronics units (longbow component), 52 AN / APR-48B modernised radar frequency interferometers, 60 AAR-57(V) 3 / 5 common missile warning systems with 5th sensor and improved countermeasure dispenser, 120 embedded global positioning systems (GPS) with inertial navigation , and 300 Apache aviator integrated helmets.

North and South Koreas sign agreement to resolve tensions

North and South Korea reached an agreement that aims to resolve escalating tensions across the Korean Peninsula.

Signed after days of intensive high-level talks in the border village of Panmunjom, the agreement will see Seoul halt its loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts into North Korea.

The broadcasts were started by the country after a landmine explosion on the south side's area of the demilitarised zone (DMZ) along the military demarcation line (MDL) earlier this month that wounded two of its soldiers.

TAI delivers first batch of T129 ATAK helicopters to Turkish Army

T129

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) delivered the first batch of T129 attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter (ATAK) to the Turkish Armed Forces.

With the latest delivery, the company has supplied nine T129 helicopters to Turkish military since April 2014.

Ordered under an early-entry urgent requirement, the A-model types are anticipated to be converted into B-models, Flightglobal reported.

 

Amnesty accuses coalition forces and armed groups of committing war crimes in Yemen

Amnesty International claimed that scores of civilians, including dozens of children have been killed by Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes and attacks by pro and anti-Houthi armed groups in Ta'iz and Aden in Yemen.

A new report, titled 'Nowhere safe for civilians: Airstrikes and ground attacks in Yemen', documents eight airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that killed at least 141 civilians and injured 101 others, mostly women and children, in June and July.

The organisation also investigated 30 attacks in Aden and Ta'iz by Houthi armed groups, supported by armed and security forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and anti-Houthi groups fighting each other on the ground, which killed at least 68 civilians and wounded 99 others.

UNSC approves resolution to examine chemical weapons attacks in Syria

Cape Ray

The UN Security Council (UNSC) approved a draft resolution on setting up a mechanism to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Unanimously adopted by the 15-member body, the resolution stresses the obligation of the Syrian Government and all parties in the country to extend full cooperation to the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the mission.

The concerned parties are being urged to provide the UN and OPCW with full access to all locations, individuals, and materials in Syria relevant for the Joint Investigative Mechanism.

US announces plans to withdraw Patriot batteries from Turkey

Patriot battery

The US announced plans to withdraw its Patriot air and missile defence batteries that are deployed along Turkey's south-eastern border to counter increasing airstrikes by neighbouring Syria, in October.

In January 2013, the US, along with Germany and the Netherlands, had deployed two Patriot batteries in Turkey as part of a Nato mission to augment Turkey's air defences against the threat posed by Syria's short-range ballistic missiles.

The German and US batteries were stationed in Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep, respectively, while the Dutch systems were deployed to the south-eastern city of Adana.

UK to supply new C-IED support package to Pakistan


The UK will supply a new, enhanced three-year package of counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) support to Pakistan, the country's defence secretary Michael Fallon revealed.

The latest support builds on the successful C-IED package provided by the UK between 2012 and 2015, and will enable Pakistan to find and defuse IEDs, which allegedly caused more than 16,000 casualties in the country during the past decade.

The package will also include vital training in how to gather and analyse forensic evidence from bomb scenes.

Australian Defence Force orders EF88 assault rifle from Thales

F90 rifle

Thales received a contract from the Australian Department of Defence to supply F90 assault rifles to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Under the terms of A$100m ($73.6m) contract, the company will supply 30,000 F90 rifles and 2,500 SL40 grenade launchers, as well as spare parts and various ancillaries.

Two versions of the rifle will be delivered, including a standard rifle with a 20in barrel, and a carbine with a 16in barrel.