February’s top news stories

2 March 2018 (Last Updated February 5th, 2020 10:35)

US DoD awarded $950m contract to REAN Cloud for services and solutions, US submits $686bn proposed DoD budget for FY19, and Lockheed Martin won $524m contract for PAC-3 missile interceptors. Army-technology.com wraps up key headlines from February 2018.

US DoD awards $950m contract to REAN Cloud for services and solutions

The US Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a new $950m contract to an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Partner REAN Cloud for the procurement of Cloud-based solutions and services.

Agencies within the defence department will be able to directly acquire the Cloud solutions in a new streamlined process from the company under the five-year contract. It represents a new model automating pricing and procurement.

The current deal will allow the government customers to quickly accomplish complete IT operations in the Cloud.


US submits $686bn proposed DoD budget for FY19

The US Government submitted a $686bn proposal to Congress for the fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget request for the US Department of Defence (DoD).

The proposal is part of the total $716bn budget from the government to promote national security.

The proposed budget sets up a foundation that supports the strengthening of the US military into a more capable, lethal and ready joint force.


Lockheed Martin wins $524m contract for PAC-3 missile interceptors

Lockheed Martin secured a modification contract for the production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors.

The contract is valued at approximately $524m. It is set to enable the US and allied military forces, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Romania, to upgrade their missile defence capabilities.

The modification award comes after Lockheed Martin received a $944m contract for PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE production and delivery in December.


EC approves Northrop’s $9.2bn acquisition of Orbital ATK

The European Commission (EC) notified that it has approved Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of aerospace and defence technologies company Orbital ATK for approximately $9.2bn.

The current approval was granted under the European Union (EU) Merger Regulation. It will provide Northrop Grumman with sole control over Orbital ATK.

On 18 January, the commission received notification of the proposed operation that falls within the scope of Article 4 of the Merger Regulation.


US Army awards $476m contract to buy FMTV A2 variant

The US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) awarded a new contract for the procurement of a fleet of medium tactical vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant.

The $476m firm-fixed-price requirements contract is expected to run for a period of seven ordering years. It will enable the army to purchase any number of vehicles.

Under the deal, Oshkosh Defense will be responsible for providing the US Army with a fleet of future-generation FMTV A2. The fleet includes 16 models and associated trailers with payload carrying capacity ranging from three tonnes to ten tonnes.


Sweden seeks $3.2bn sale of Patriot Configuration-3+ modernised fire units

The US State Department approved an estimated $3.2bn potential foreign military sale of Patriot Configuration-3+ modernised fire units to Sweden.

Notified by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the sale requires Congress approval.

Under the proposed sale, Sweden also requested for four AN / MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN / MSQ-132 engagement control stations, nine antenna mast groups, 12 M903 launching stations, 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and four electrical power plants (EPP) III.


Work begins on manufacture of howitzer cannon systems for Indian Army

The US Army’s Watervliet Arsenal commenced work on a contract to produce 145 howitzer cannon system units for the Indian Army.

Announced in January last year, the $50m foreign military sales contract is claimed to be Arsenal’s largest sales contract signed in nearly 30 years.

Under the deal, the facility will develop M776 155mm barrels and associated parts for BAE Systems’ M777A2 lightweight howitzer.


Cog and MSI to develop mobile security systems for US Army medics

The US Army and Defense Health Agency awarded a contract to Cog and Management Sciences (MSI) for the delivery of mobile security systems to medics.

As part of the US Army’s small business innovation research (SBIR) programme, the contract will see the development of a prototype multilevel security (MLS) capability on tactical mobile devices.

Under the deal, the companies are responsible for creating a dual persona mobile solution that would transport unclassified medical data shared between field medics and treatment facilities through a classified tactical network.


Thales to deliver FZ90 rockets for Spanish and German Tiger helicopters

Thales has been awarded a contract to deliver FZ90 rockets for Tiger helicopter fleets operated by the Spanish Army, Aviation Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET) and Bundeswehr, the German Armed Forces.

Deployed in Mali, the Tiger helicopters of the two nations have been involved in several United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

The contracts were awarded by the Logistic Support Command of the Army (MALE) of Spain and Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support.


Latvian Government plans €234m investment to acquire defence equipment

The Latvian Government revealed plans to provide €234m of funding in defence procurement this year.

The majority of the investment is expected to be used in purchasing military vehicles, ammunition, weapons and personal equipment for the armed forces.

A total of 28% of the funding allocated for the acquisition of equipment will be used towards military vehicles. In addition, 15% of the equipment funding will be used to buy ammunition, 13% for weapons and 8% on personal equipment.