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Boeing highlights on-time, within budget success while quid pro quo deal settles Israeli trainer competition

by Asif Anwar | 3月 15, 2012

A review of defense industry activity in February included Israel’s Ministry of Defense opting to buy the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer for the Israel Air Force in a deal worth around $1 billion. The contract involves Thor, the joint venture set up by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) and Elbit Systems Ltd, buying the thirty aircraft, maintaining them and then selling air time to the IAF.

This platform was chosen over the T-50 Golden Eagle, jointly developed by Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) and Lockheed Martin with the IAF citing performance as one of the underlying factors. Perhaps another "minor" factor could be the rumoured expectation that there will be reciprocal procurements from Italy to include IAI AEW&C platforms as well as joint development of a new reconnaissance satellite.

Meanwhile with defense spending and budgets in the spotlight, Boeing announced that the company has completed delivery of 257 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Boeing was keen to emphasize that each aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule and within the contract budget over the 2007 through 2011 timeframe.

Boeing has also started production of the new Distributed Targeting System (DTS) for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter as part of the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Network Centric Warfare Upgrades program. Other upgrades to the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G platforms are underway with Honeywell Defense & Space Electronic Systems set to provide 124 full rate production advanced multi-purpose displays for the Lot 35 F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft. On the sensors front, Raytheon will be providing sensor system software and hardware support in order to update, improve, and enhance tactical capabilities while a separate contract calls for Raytheon to supply AN/APG-79 AESA radars.

Moving across the spectrum from platforms to components, Auriga Microwave was on the receiving end for SBIR funding from both the US Air Force and NASA. The former wants Auriga Microwave to develop a 20GHz SSPA for Satcom downlinks while NASA is looking for efficient GaN amplifiers for operation at X- and Ka-band.

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