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Colombian Kfir Pilot Killed in a Crash

February 20, 2014 by · Comment
Filed under: Colombia, Syndicated Industry News 

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Colombian Kfirs intercept Russian bombers enrout to Venezuela

November 6, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Colombia, Russia, Syndicated Industry News 

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IAI to Convert Two Boeing 767 Into Flying Tankers for Brazil

March 15, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Brazil, Colombia, IAI, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
IAI's first B767 MMTT conversion was the 'Jupiter' currently operated by the Colombian Air Force (FACH).The Brazilian Air Force Command has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert two Boeing 767-300ER commercial aircraft into military, multi-mission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft under project KC-X2. According to Israeli sources the conversion program will cover three aircraft with options for more in the future.

General Dynamics Wins 2 FMS Vehicle Contracts

As the U.S. Defense Department looks to the potential start of sequestration and the cuts required by that budget device it made an effort at the start of Fiscal Year 2013 to award as many contract and production options as it could. This means that future large contract awards may be limited as the year goes on. This may limit the potential contract actions remaining for U.S. defense contractors.

At the same time some budget decisions have already been made due to the drawing down of the Afghanistan commitment and the end of Iraq fighting. This has included decisions by the Army to not utilize General Dynamics (GD) tank manufacturing plan in Lima, OH due to their requirements being met.

General Dynamics like most other major contractors is trying to expand their already quite large foreign orders to make up for some of these cuts, real or potential.

In this vein the company was just awarded 2 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts for U.S. allies. These are for M1 tanks to Saudi Arabia and Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) for Colombia.

The Saudi contract is for a further 69 of the M1A2S version of the Abrams tank. This contract is worth a little over $130 million and is for a tank specifically equipped to Saudi needs.

Colombia ordered 24 LAV III wheeled armored vehicles for just over $65 million. The LAV III have the latest in double hull armor for defense against IED and mines.

If the sequestration cuts are implemented then there will be more pressure to win these types of contract in an increasingly competitive markets. If not the U.S. may not be able to maintain manufacturing capability slowly built up over the last decade.

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Israeli Modified 767 Tanker for Colombia Seen

Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been modifying at least one Boeing (BA) 767 aircraft to be a tanker for the Colombian Air Force. The major difference between this aircraft and the KC-X the U.S. Air Force is buying is that it doesn’t rely on a boom for refueling but just the drogue and hose system.

A photo of the aircraft named “Jupiter” was taken recently and posted at Airliners.net. It may be found here.

The aircraft is painted in the correct national markings and has camouflage. It has a pod under each wing for the drogue to refuel aircraft.

Boeing is proposing a version of their 767 aircraft for the KC-X as well as building tankers for Italy and Japan. IAI’s product demonstrates that the 767 is certainly flexible enough to be modified for the tanker mission. It also raises the question about why the new tanker for the Air Force has taken so long to get off of the ground.

Textron Sells Armored Vehicles To Columbia

The South American nation of Columbia has been involved in fighting drug lords and Communist rebels for several years. The United States Government has provided aid and assistance for several years. This includes advanced military hardware such as UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Yesterday it was announced that under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Columbia will be buying thirty-nine armored vehicles from Textron Marine and Land Systems.

The contract for the vehicles to carry personnel and weapons will be worth about $45 million. These vehicles have been used by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan and should provide a useful capability to the Colombian military.

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