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Building on a 17-year working relationship, the UK-based wargaming expert will continue to assist the Gulf state in developing its military leaders of the future through the provision of computer-assisted decision-making exercises at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College.
NSC, which has supported training programmes at the highly-respected facility since it was set-up by the British Military Mission in Kuwait in 1996, will utilise its innovative technologies to train officers from the region’s Armed Forces and other agencies for a wide range of operationally-relevant scenarios.
In addition to allowing Kuwait’s military to simulate the defence of its borders and critical national infrastructure, the arrangement will see NSC’s experienced team working closely with directing staff at the College to devise bespoke exercises that reflect the ever-changing nature of peacekeeping and peace enforcement.
Responsible for the development and introduction of computer-based services to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, the company is well-versed in preparing commanders for the rigours of operations.
NSC’s Joint Operations Command and Staff Training System (JOCASTS) – the training and analysis solution deployed at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College – is also routinely used by British Armed Forces to expose commanders and headquarters staff to the challenges of modern deployments.
Delivering a mix of virtual incidents and live feeds, JOCASTS can be customised to feature specific threats and actions and provides realistic strategic training for staff officers in the conduct of joint and combined operations within complex environments.
Jeremy Spurr, Managing Director of NSC, said: “We are very proud of our long-standing association with the Kuwait Armed Forces and have first-hand experience of their determination to develop highly-capable and professional military leaders of the future.
“Through our continued support of the excellent directing staff at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College, NSC is focused on providing world-class training that will preserve this operational advantage and ultimately enhance the national security of the State of Kuwait.”
Filed under: Boeing, Business Line, Companies, Congress, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, Countries, Department of Defense, development program, Events, Federal Budget Process, FMS, Kuwait, Lockheed Martin, logistics, Massachusetts, Military Aviation, missile defense, production program, Raytheon, Saudi Arabia, Services, States, UAE, United States
The friendly states in the Persian Gulf have always been good customers of the United States. While they also due to their financial resources have purchased some items from the European defense industry due to ties with former colonial powers they have in recent times turned to the U.S. for their needs. This is especially true in the area of missile defense. Overseas sales have become more important as the expected downturn in U.S. domestic defense spending will require expansion in other areas to make up the revenue.
Raytheon (RTN) has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this as they make the PATRIOT surface-to-air missile system that also engages ballistic missiles. They also make radars and other components of the larger THAAD system developed by the U.S. Army.
The U.A.E. and Kuwait have invested in PATRIOT and the U.A.E. has also been able to buy THAAD systems. The major concern of course at this time is Iran’s growing military power including short and medium ranged ballistic missiles with the potential for Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) warheads.
These nations have also been building up their conventional arms including new aircraft, ships and support equipment. American defense contractors have been able to get some of this business including Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT).
With this in mind Raytheon announced two large contracts this week to these customers.
Kuwait ordered $145 million of new GEM-T PATRIOT missiles to equip their launchers. They also recently received a $20 million technical support contract for the PATRIOT as well.
The Massachusetts based company also signed a contract with Saudi Arabia to provide Paveway guided bomb kits. This contract is worth almost $500 million. The kits add a sensor and guidance fins to a bomb to make it more precise as it homes in on a laser illuminating a target on the ground.
These contracts continue to illustrate the importance of this market to the U.S. defense industry. As long as these states feel threatened they will invest in weaponry. Their economies and political situation also means they will be willing to buy small quantities of advanced systems from across the Globe but with a large amount of sales going to America. Certainly the U.S. government is willing to support these sales and will help influence them if they are able.
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Raytheon Awarded $145 Million for Patriot GEM-T Missiles for State of Kuwait
TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $145 million Foreign Military Sales production contract for Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missiles – Tactical (GEM-T) to augment Kuwait’s air and missile defense.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued the contract to complement Kuwait’s Configuration-3 radar system upgrade work already underway at Raytheon.
“This new GEM-T missile production contract highlights the efforts by Kuwait Air Defense to maintain readiness and effectiveness of the Patriot Air and Missile System to counter evolving regional threats,” said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). “We continue to modernize the Patriot system and are committed to providing Kuwait and our 11 other partner nations globally with increased system reliability and reduced life-cycle costs.”
Work under this contract will be performed by Raytheon IDS at the Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Mass.
Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and is the system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.
SOURCE Raytheon Company
Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Delivers Armored Personnel Carriers to Kuwait Ministry of Interiors — Press Release
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Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems Delivers Armored Personnel Carriers to Kuwait Ministry of Interiors
LAKE ORION, Mich., Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) announces today, the first production delivery of the ADVS 6X6X6 Desert Chameleon armored personnel carriers to the Kuwait Ministry of Interior (KMOI). ADVS began discussion with the KMOI in 2007 to design a security vehicle able to meet their specific mobility, survivability, and performance requirements. ADVS designed, manufactured, tested, and completed the vehicles for delivery by fall 2010, a less-than three year full development to production timeline duration.
The ADVS 6x6x6 Desert Chameleon vehicle specs include a removable “V” hull design with adaptable armor modules to increase blast dispersion and survivability, a 600-horsepower Caterpillar engine power-pack, a fully independent active suspension system and a speed sensitive all-wheel steering system. These advanced wheeled vehicles offer the most innovative design and safety features, surpassing current U.S. Army military vehicles in terms of maneuverability, capability, performance, comfort and survivability.
James LeBlanc Sr., founder and CEO of ADVS, stated “the engineering, design and workmanship of these ten-person vehicles will provide the capability desired by the Kuwaiti government to effectively complete missions in challenging environments on desert sand and extreme temperature conditions and to safely maneuver in heavily populated areas.”
Under this program, SupplyCore, a leader in supply chain management and distribution of tactical vehicle spare parts, assisted in the procurement and supply chain management of production and aftermarket parts for the ADVS 6X6X6 Desert Chameleon. In addition, True North Logistics, a Michigan based logistics firm, assisted with the distribution and management of vehicle parts during vehicle production.
ADVS specializes in designing, engineering and manufacturing defense vehicles for current and future requirements of the military, homeland defense, and national security markets. ADVS and their principles have been working with the U.S. and international governments for over 40 years in the development of security and tactical vehicles. ADVS also provides program management, field service, logistics, training, manual support, and spare parts for tactical vehicles. ADVS’ innovative vehicle product features plus extensive experience contributes highly to mission efficiency and increased survivability. For more information, visit www.advs.com
SupplyCore helps the armed services and the DLA improve their supply chain performance and eliminate waste while providing superior service to the warfighter. SupplyCore has spent over twenty years streamlining and improving its technological processes and its supply chain, which translates into more efficient purchasing for the federal government. For more information, visit www.supplycore.com
About True North Logistics
Bradley M Lott, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) is CEO and Owner of True North Logistics a consulting firm in Port Huron, Michigan that focuses primarily on assisting Michigan businesses in Defense and Homeland Security contracting. True North Logistics specializes in supply chain management, tactical panning and government contracting assistance. For more information, visit www.truenorthco.com
Filed under: Boeing, Business Line, Companies, Congress, Contract Awards, Countries, Department of Defense, EADS, Events, Federal Budget Process, India, Kuwait, Lockheed Martin, Military Aviation, production program, Proposal, SAAB, Services, U.S. Air Force
Unless there is a miracle in the 2011 defense budget whenever it is passed by Congress the last C-17 for the U.S. Air Force has been funded. The strategic transport has received several plus ups in recent budgets to buy aircraft beyond what the Air Force and Department of Defense has planned. Boeing (BA) is already planning the winding down of the production line and the factory in Long Beach, CA.
The C-17 has seen heavy use in the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as lift is one of the most important force projections and support assets. Even though the mission the aircraft carries out is important the Obama Administration made ending production one part of their defense spending reforms. In the 2009 and 2010 budgets they accepted the additional aircraft from Congress as part of getting their other changes through including ending F-22 procurement.
The C-17 has been purchased by some foreign customers and the U.S. and Boeing have aggressively marketed it to others. The aircraft remains the only Western long range strategic transport in production alongside Lockheed Martin’s (LMT) shorter ranged and smaller C-130J. EADS (EADS:P) is now offering their A400M transport which falls between the two U.S. aircraft offering longer range then the C-130 and smaller cargo capability compared to the C-17.
Now it seems some of these efforts are paying off. Reportedly Kuwait wants to purchase at least one of the aircraft and India is ready to close on a deal for ten. The total value of these sales is over $4 billion.
India has long tried to develop their indigenous arms industry while buying selected Russian and Western equipment. Over the last few years in a bid to modernize their military and raise their general technological level they have attempted to purchase more U.S. equipment. These have included Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft and an ongoing competition for a new fighter that includes bids from Boeing, Lockheed, MiG, Daussault and SAAB. The C-17 buy would be part of this effort.
The more foreign sales that Boeing can secure the longer it can keep the production line open and people in California employed. The Indian sale would be quite an addition as it would become the largest fleet outside of the U.S. These sales will be much appreciated by Boeing and its workers.
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Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Successful Patriot Test Firings
TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ — The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company’s (NYSE:RTN) Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise.
The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating tactical ballistic missiles.
The exercise was observed by senior officials from the Kuwaiti and U.S. governments, including Kuwait Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.
“This test firing showcased the lethal capabilities of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles, as well as the strong alliance among the Kuwait Air Defense Forces, the U.S. government and Raytheon in maintaining the readiness and effectiveness of Patriot in Kuwait,” said Skip Garrett, vice president and deputy for Patriot Programs, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).
“To support our 12 partner nations globally, Patriot continues to add capabilities to counter emerging threats, while providing increased system reliability and reduced life-cycle cost,” Garrett said.
Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon’s leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.
Source: Raytheon Company
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Filed under: Contract Awards, Dyncorp, FMS, Kuwait, logistics, Military Aviation, U.S. Army
The US Army awarded DynCorp a contract to support the AH-64 Apache attack helicopters operated by Kuwait. MarketWatch has the press release here. The CLS contract is worth $11 M in the first year. Kuwait purchased a small number of these advanced aircraft through the US Army. DynCorp has other contracts with both the US and Kuwait governments to perform this type of work on other aircraft. Use of CLS, especially for non-combat systems, has been growing in the US and UK as it is considered cheaper as you do not have the associated personnel and training costs of using service personnel. Of course, CLS in support of FMS systems is also common as it is the simplest way for the nations to get the support they need for advanced weapons.