The Defense Post Newsletter 3/1/2023



Welcome! Stay ahead of the curve with our newsletter covering the latest developments in the US and global defense industries, ongoing conflicts, and emerging trends.

US Industry News

US OKs $500M Anti-Radiation Missile Sale to Australia

The US State Department has cleared a possible foreign military sale of anti-radiation missiles to Australia for $506 million.

Canberra has requested up to 63 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles – Extended Range (AARGM-ER), AARGM-ER captive air training missiles, dummy air training missiles, and associated equipment.

The new weapons are expected to improve the country’s capability to meet current and emerging threats.

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Global Industry News

BAE Systems Announces

Record Military Orders

British military equipment maker BAE Systems said that it won a record-high number of orders last year, the start of which saw Russia invade Ukraine.

Orders totaled $44.7 billion in 2022, and BAE said it expected “renewed importance of armoured combat vehicles in the Ukraine conflict to benefit” the group going forward.

“Most of the countries in which we operate have either announced increases or are making plans to increase spending to address the elevated threat environment,” the company said in its results statement.

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Conflict News

Russian A-50 Surveillance Plane Destroyed at Belarus Airstrip: Opposition

Belarus’ exiled opposition said Sunday that partisans had destroyed a Russian plane at an airstrip near the capital Minsk.

“Partisans… confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the airfield in Machulishchy near Minsk,” tweeted Franak Viacorka, a close adviser of opposition figurehead Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

“This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022,” he added.

The two Belarusians who carried out the operation had used drones, he said, adding that they had already left the country and were safe.

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Latest Pentagon Contracts

  • Boeing was awarded a maximum of $1,200,000,000 for the E-7A Rapid Prototype program.

  • Chugach Logistics and Facility Services JV was awarded $113,909,787 for Laughlin Air Force Base Operation Support.

  • Pacific Propeller International was awarded $50,900,000 for the overhaul support for the C-130 54H60 series propeller.

  • Raytheon was awarded $219,867,079 for the production of 155 mm Excalibur Increment Ib projectiles

  • Lockheed Martin was awarded $60,000,000 for Long Range Hypersonic Weapon ground support equipment.

  • General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded $34,241,540 for Abrams system technical support.

  • Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV was awarded $18,946,203 for support services for the Javelin Weapon System.

  • Boeing was awarded $50,815,986 for eight P-8A Increment 3 retrofit A-kits, to include associated special tooling in support of anti-submarine warfare capabilities upgrades for the Navy.

  • Oshkosh Defense was awarded $10,059,240 to provide Joint Light Tactical Vehicle regional field service representative support.

  • Science Application International Corp. was awarded $102,475,669 for the production, spares, production support material, engineering support, and hardware repair of components for MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedo All Up Round.

  • Lockheed Martin was awarded $16,874,321 for engineering and maintenance services at Pearl Harbor in support of the MK 48 Heavyweight Torpedo efforts.

  • Nakupuna Solutions was awarded $12,024,072 for the modernization efforts at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

  • General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a maximum of $63,688,908 for multiple items used in the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Stryker Family of Vehicles, Light Armored Vehicle Family of Vehicles, Cougar, Buffalo and RG-31.