July’s top stories: Poland, Romania seek Patriot system, $3.8bn Black Hawk deal

Poland signed a memorandum to purchase the latest Patriot missile system from the US Government and Sikorsky secured a $3.8bn contract to manufacture H-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from July.


Romania requests $3.9bn Patriot missile systems from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible $3.9bn foreign military sale (FMS) of Patriot air defence systems to Romania.

Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system that can counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

Under the sale, the Government of Romania ordered seven Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units.


Sikorsky wins $3.8bn contract to manufacture Black Hawk helicopters for US Army

Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky secured a $3.8bn contract to manufacture H-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army.

Under the contract awarded by the US Government, Sikorsky will manufacture a total of 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters over the next five years.

The latest Multi-Year IX contract for UH-60M Black Hawk and HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft is said to be the ninth multiple-year contract between Sikorsky and the government for H-60 helicopters.


Poland signs memorandum to purchase Patriot missile system from US

Poland signed a memorandum to purchase the latest Patriot missile system from the US Government.

The agreement was signed as Poland seeks to modernise its air defence, under the long-term development plan of the Polish Armed Forces.

The US Army will deliver four Patriot Configuration 3+ unites with PAC-3 missile enhancements and an integrated battle command system.


UK requests $1.035bn sale of joint light tactical vehicles from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible $1.035bn foreign military sale (FMS) of joint light tactical vehicles (JLTV) and accessories to the UK.

Under the sale, the UK requested up to 2,747 JLTVs, as well as kits for baseline integration, arctic engines, power expansion and cargo cover, spare tyres and training.

The UK Government also aimed to receive US Government technical and logistics support services.


Rheinmetall wins €900m contract to modernise German military’s logistic vehicles

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles secured a contract to modernise the German Armed Forces’ Bundeswehr fleet of logistic vehicles.

Valued at around €900m, the seven-year contract was awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Rheinmetall will supply 2,271 HX2 family vehicles to replace the ageing KAT I vehicles in the country, under the Bundeswehr’s unprotected transport vehicle (UTF) programme.


US approves $1.238bn sale of missiles and torpedoes to TECRO

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a potential $1.238bn foreign military sale of missiles, torpedoes, electronic warfare system upgrades to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).

Under the $400m sale, TECRO aims to receive surveillance radar programme (SRP) operation and maintenance support, including contractor logistics and engineering services, as well as technical updates to address equipment obsolescence.

The sale also covers transportation and material costs associated with contractor repair and return services, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, and personnel training.


US MDA conducts THAAD’s first IRBM intercept flight test

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the first intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) intercept test for its terminal high altitude area defence (THAAD) system.

Known as Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18, the flight was carried out in collaboration with the US Army.

The Lockheed Martin-built THAAD system located at Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska detected, tracked and intercepted a threat representative IRBM target launched by Orbital ATK.


Australian Defence Force to have greater power in domestic counter-terrorism activities

The Australian Government is making new changes to expand the role of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in domestic counter-terrorism activities.

This overhaul comes after the government initiated its review of the ADF’s support to national counter-terrorism organisations in 2016, following a series of terrorist attacks around the world.

The changes are expected to provide increased support to state and territory governments in their role as first responders to a domestic terrorist attack.


US Army to field new Sig Sauer XM17 modular handguns

The US Army will introduce new Sig Sauer modular handguns for all of its units from November.

Sig Sauer produced the handguns under the $580m contract awarded in January after winning the army and air force's XM17 Modular Handgun Competition.

Soldiers at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, US, tested the performance of the new XM17 handguns.

Members of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will receive more than 2,000 pistols.


Slovakia receives Saab’s Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon

Saab provided its multi-role Carl-Gustaf M4 to Slovakia, which will be the first country to deploy the weapon system.

The man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon was delivered to Slovakia earlier this month.

The Slovak Armed Forces currently use several units of the M3 variant of the multi-role weapon.

Weighing less than 7kg, the Carl-Gustaf M4 is said to be more than 1,000mm in length and offer significant mobility improvements to soldiers.