The Defense Post Newsletter 3/31/23



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US Industry News

Milley Warns of High Ammo Use in Event of Major War

America’s top military officer warned Wednesday that war between the US and another major power would see “off the charts” munitions consumption and said there is work to be done to ensure the country is prepared.

Ukraine and Russia have fired huge amounts of artillery ammunition since Moscow invaded its neighbor in February 2022, sparking concerns about the amount the United States — which has supplied large amounts of shells to Kyiv — has on hand.

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Global Industry News

Poland to Equip New AW149 Helicopters With Hellfire Missiles

Poland has announced its new AW149 multi-role helicopters will be equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Integrating Lockheed Martin’s powerful missile system would allow the chopper to neutralize enemy armor autonomously.

The announcement comes after the US State Department approved a $150-million sale of Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to Warsaw.

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Conflict News

Long-Range US Rockets Could Give Ukraine Major Boost: Analysts

The long-range rockets that Moscow says the United States has delivered to Ukraine could be a strategic asset for Kyiv against Russian troops in coming months, analysts say.

Russia on Tuesday said it had for the first time downed a ground-launched small-diameter bomb, a munition that can fly up to 150 kilometers (93 miles).

Kyiv has not confirmed the delivery, but the Pentagon in early February said it would ship over the rocket-propelled precision bombs as part of a fresh arms package for the country.

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Latest Pentagon Contracts

  • Northrop Grumman was awarded $13,900,000 to provide mission command training and technical, exercise, simulation, and organizational support.

  • Lockheed Martin was awarded $33,566,331 to support acquisition of the Terrestrial Layer System Brigade Combat Team.

  • Walsh Federal was awarded $148,978,000 for design and construction of a nuclear command, control and communications alert campus.

  • Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems was awarded $11,123,211 for 15 additional full rate production Lot 4 BQM-177A surface launched aerial targets.

  • Raytheon was awarded $650,433,839 for the production and delivery of low rate initial production Lot III Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band.

  • General Electric Aerospace - Marine was awarded $16,748,330 for one LM2500+G4 gas turbine engine and auxiliary systems in support of the Navy DDG(X) land based test site.

  • Ocean Shipholdings was awarded $59,416,597 for the operation and maintenance of seven government-owned Oceanographic Survey vessels.

  • Raytheon was awarded $19,112,607 for engineering and technical support of Standard Missiles 2 and 6 (SM-2/6).

  • Lockheed Martin was awarded $120,269,044 to support the development, production, and sustainment of software builds, as well as to execute developmental flight tests in support of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

  • Silver Ships was awarded $8,496,795 for the procurement of Marine Corps assault amphibian safety vessels.

  • Raytheon was awarded $55,076,756 for guided missile assemblies, shipping containers, and spare parts in support of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile Block 2 full rate production requirements.

  • Lockheed Martin was awarded $179,013,526 for the ongoing development, installation, integration, testing, training, and delivery of the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System and Operational Data Integrated Network.

  • Raytheon was awarded $619,242,288 for hardware production of the AN/SPY-6(V) family of radars.

  • Valero Marketing and Supply was awarded a maximum of $905,836,659 for JAA aviation fuel to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.