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US Special Operations Command has selected AT-802U Sky Warded strike aircraft for its Armed Overwatch program
Air, Special Forces

US Special Operations Command has selected AT-802U Sky Warded strike aircraft for its Armed Overwatch program

L3Harris Technologies has announced that U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has selected AT-802U Sky Warded strike aircraft for its Armed Overwatch program. The company said in a release that the award of the Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Delivery contract includes a cost ceiling of $3 billion. The program includes delivery of up to 75 manned, fixed wing aircraft, with an initial program contract award of $170 million. The fleet of modern multi-mission aircraft will address SOCOM’s need for a deployable, sustainable single-engine fixed-wing, crewed and affordable aircraft system. It will provide close air support, precision strike, armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), strike coordination and forward air controller requirements for use in austere and permi...
Australia procures 12 more MH-60R naval helicopters
Air, Navy

Australia procures 12 more MH-60R naval helicopters

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD504 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Command to supply Australia with 12 more MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters under the foreign military sales (FMS) process. Work on the contract will be fulfilled at three locations across the US and is expected to be completed by October 2026, according to an announcement from the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 29 August. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) first disclosed in October 2021 that the US Department of State had approved the prospective sale of 12 MH-60R helicopters to Australia. The entire sale, which would presumably include a package for training, logistics support, and spares, is expected to cost about USD985 million. “This proposed sale will improve Australia’s ca...
US State Department approves sale of UH-60Ms to Australia
Air

US State Department approves sale of UH-60Ms to Australia

The US State Department has approved the possible sale of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment to Australia under Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The estimated cost of the deal is AUD2.79 billion (USD1.95 billion). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying the US Congress of this possible sale on 25 August. The DSCA said that the Australian government requested to buy 40 UH-60M and 88 T700-GE 701D engines (80 installed, with another eight as spares). Other major components of the proposed sale include 44 AN/AAR-57 Counter Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) (40 installed and four as spares), 96 H-764U embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation (EGI) and Country Unique Selective Availability Anti-Sp...