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Canada, Sikorsky Agree New Deal on CH-148 Helicopter Deliveries

Today, the Government of Canada announced that it has completed all required amendments to both the acquisition and long-term in-service support contracts with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the acquisition and maintenance of 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). These contract amendments are further to the Principles of Agreement announced in January 2014.

The amended acquisition will ensure the delivery of helicopters with operational capability to begin retirement of the Sea Kings in 2015, and a program to enhance those capabilities culminating in a fully capable CH-148 maritime helicopter beginning in 2018.

In its final configuration, the CH-148 Cyclone will be one of the most capable maritime helicopters in the world, and at the forefront of modern technology. It will be capable of a full range of search and rescue and utility missions in challenging environments. The CH-148 Cyclone will also be fully interoperable in a modern battle space, and will be able to concurrently conduct a full spectrum of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare in hostile, high-threat environments.

The Government of Canada engaged the services of an independent third party—Hitachi Consulting—to review and assess the viability of the Maritime Helicopter Project. The third-party expert confirmed the viability of the project under a new governance structure and phased delivery of the maritime helicopters. With the contract now completed, Hitachi Consulting will continue to oversee aspects of the implementation plan, ensuring that delivery times remain as promised for the RCAF.

As previously announced, payment will be issued to Sikorsky only upon capability delivery.

QUICK FACTS

  • The total budget of $1.9 billion for the acquisition of the 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters has not changed.
  • The budget for in-service support (including the amendments to the contract) totals $5.7 billion.
  • The project is being implemented under a new governance model, including integrated teams from Sikorsky and Canada, supported by Hitachi Consulting.
  • The amendment to the in-service support contract extends the term by an additional 10 years at rates based on those competed in 2004, thus generating significant value for taxpayers. This amendment ensures maintenance of the Cyclone helicopters until 2038.

QUOTES
“I am pleased that this contract has now been completed and that we can fulfill our Government’s commitment to begin to retire the Sea Kings in 2015, and deliver a new and leading maritime helicopter to the Royal Canadian Air Force, while respecting taxpayer dollars.”
The Hon. Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services

“Our Government is working tirelessly to provide our men and women in uniform with the equipment they need to get the job done, and these amendments are a testament to that fact. The CH-148 Cyclone will be a highly capable aircraft, making it a leading maritime helicopter.”
The Hon Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

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Boeing Completes Deliveries of Processing Units for Army’s Air, Missile Defense Network

By on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Boeing has recently finished delivering more than 40 computer processing units that will support an integrated network of computer and communication equipment critical to U.S. Army air and missile defenses.

Boeing’s Plug and Fight Processing Units are the main computing assets that link together various Army weapons and sensor platforms with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command Systems (IBCS), a single network with common command and control. Boeing is a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman on the IBCS program.

“By providing a centralized, secure processing architecture from which to manage data, these processing units will play a significant role in enhancing the effectiveness of the Army’s network of missile defense sensors and weapon systems,” said Allan Brown, vice president and program director with Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems.

Boeing’s units will support the IBCS by efficiently processing a high volume of information exchanged among the various components in the Plug and Fight network.

This technology is significant to IBCS objectives for enhanced situational awareness and command and control on the battlefield, improved response time, and reduced costs.

These processing units, built and assembled in Huntsville, were produced to support the hardware and software development phase of the IBCS program. In a series of virtual demonstrations, Boeing has verified that these processors can efficiently connect multiple missile defense weapons to the IBCS.

Northrop Grumman will use the processors in system demonstrations later this year, in anticipation of transitioning to the test and integration phase of the program.

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Russia suspends Syria S-300 missile deliveries: Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday revealed Russia had suspended deliveries of sophisticated S-300 missile systems to Syria even though some components had already been handed over.

Western governments have repeatedly condemned Russia for signing a contract to supply President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the S-300 air-defence systems which are among Russia’s most prized military exports.

Russia has repeatedly insisted that the contract is being implemented but in an interview with Channel One state television Putin said deliveries had now been suspended, without making clear why.

“We have delivered separate components but the whole delivery has not been completed and for the moment we have suspended it,” Putin said.

The announcement appears aimed at reassuring Russia’s Western partners ahead of this week’s G20 summit in Saint Petersburg, which is taking place against a background of huge diplomatic strains over the Syria conflict.

Putin had in June said the contract had not been “realised”, saying Moscow did not want “to upset the balance in the region”.

The West and Israel argued that delivery of the sophisticated weaponry by Moscow would hand Damascus the firepower to hit back at possible air attacks.

Putin acknowledged that the S-300 systems were not Russia’s most modern weaponry but also could not resist opining that they are a “bit better than the (US) Patriots, for example”.

The S-300 surface-to-air missile systems were first developed under the Soviet Union but new versions also appeared after the collapse of the USSR.

A military source told the state RIA Novosti news agency Wednesday that the components delivered by Moscow to Damascus were thus far not enough to mount a single complete S-300 missile system and could not be used as a weapon.

“Rosoboronexport (Russia’s arms export agency) has not completely implemented the contract with the S-300 systems. Deliveries started but have not been completed. They cannot be used as a single defence unit,” the source told the news agency.

The Vedomosti daily, citing sources in the arms industry, reported in August that several of the S-300s destined for Damascus had already been built.

Syria has paid a deposit of several hundred million dollars, the sources told the newspaper.

But Damascus is not expected to push for a quicker delivery of the systems or to demand its deposit back due to Assad’s need for Russian support, it added.

According to Russian media reports, the contract with Damascus is for between three to six missile system units and worth $1 billion.

The suspension of deliveries to Damascus comes after Russia in 2010 cancelled a contract to sell Iran S-300 systems in a deal that was estimated to have been worth some $800 million.

Russia came under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons systems to Tehran which would have impeded any Western military action against the Iranian nuclear drive.

Tehran expressed fury but the director of the Russian weapons manufacturer Almaz-Antey which makes the S-300s said last month that the systems destined for Tehran had been dismantled, with some elements used elsewhere and other parts destroyed.

“The hardware that was destined for Iran no longer exists,” said general director of Almaz-Antey, Vladislav Menshchikov, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

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Rafale Deliveries Could Begin in 2016-2017

Visit of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, accompanied by Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, on Dassault Aviation's military static display. Monday June 18th. Photo: Dassault

Visit of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, accompanied by Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, on Dassault Aviation’s military static display. Monday June 18th. Photo: Dassault

Paris, Le Bourget: On the occasion of the Paris Air Show, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd Chairman, Dr RK Tyagi and Dassault Aviation chairman, Eric Trappier and their respective Senior Executives met to review the progress in ongoing projects. Among the projects on the agenda is the Indian procurement of Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) project estimated to be worth around $20 billion, for which the French Rafale won as a lowest bidder (L1). Dassault was expected to provide 18 Rafale fighter jets in “fly-away” condition while state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL was expected to manufacture the rest in India.

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However, more than a year after the announcement, the Indian government and the French suppliers have not reached an agreement about the responsibilities, schedules and work sharing in the program.

Last week French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, said he is hoping France could make its first deliveries of the Rafale fighter aircraft to India between 2016 -2017. France’s draft defence budget was based on an assumption that the first deliveries of the Dassault Aviation-built fighters would start in 2016. Le Drian is expected to visit New Delhi soon to conclude the Indian MMRCA contract, the report added.

Part of the rift between the two sides was about the French vendor insisting on selecting a local prime partner that who enable the French company to commit to delivery schedules. HAL has been the favorite prime contractor for all the military aircraft built in India, leveraging technology transfer from the foreign company. However, this process has been mired with delays caused by slow learning curve, which further stretched delivery schedules.

With the MMRCA program the government imposed significant penalties which the French side has tried to avoid by having a deeper involvement in local manufacturing, through the implementation of manufacturing technologies, delivering the quality level required for such advanced plane. On their meeting at the Paris Air Show, both Chairmen expressed satisfaction on the work already achieved by the integrated teams and renewed their commitment towards successful completion of the various projects.

Rafale awaiting visitors during the thunderstorm yesterday at the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget. Dassault is also awaiting resolution of the contract negotiations with India, about the work content and responsibility over teh $20 billion program to sell 126 Rafale fighters to India. Photo: Sébastien Rande, Dassault.

Rafale awaiting visitors during the thunderstorm yesterday at the Paris Airshow at Le Bourget. Dassault is also awaiting resolution of the contract negotiations with India, about the work content and responsibility over teh $20 billion program to sell 126 Rafale fighters to India. Photo: Sébastien Rande, Dassault.

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