Doubts about C-130J triggers $62 million contract to determine suitability for US next-gen TACAMO programme
The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $62 million contract modification for one-time engineering work and studies to identify how the C-130J-30 Super Hercules can be made suitable for the E-XX TACAMO programme.
The aircraft was selected towards the end of 2020 to be the core of the next-generation nuclear C3 programme.
E-XX TACAMO is the USN’s plane that would be responsible for transmitting orders during a crisis from the National Command Authority to the crews of submarines carrying nuclear weapons.
The new contract will ‘provide for rapid execution of non-recurring engineering, to include studies, engineering analysis, airframe analysis
Access this article and other Decisive Edge Newsletter news content with a free basic account
More from Decisive Edge Newsletter
The UK MoD has published a draft plan to buy between 36 and 44 aircraft under its long-awaited New Medium Helicopter (NMH) acquisition programme to replace RAF Puma HC2, Army Air Corps Bell 212, RAF Bell 412 and Airbus AS365 Dauphins used by Special Operations Forces.
The much-anticipated Enhanced Lethality Surface Combatant Fleet review has allocated billions of dollars towards enhancing the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.
The service has been developing and updating doctrine and policies, improving facilities and acquiring training and simulation capabilities.
The Russian Federation Navy submarine service has struggled to modernise in recent years, but progress on two main acquisition programmes could mean that it has turned a corner.
Lockheed Martin and Red 6 have achieved Phase 1 integration of Red 6’s augmented reality training solution into the TF-50 simulator.
Milrem announced one of largest large UGV contracts ever on 24 January and has outlined plans for a new vehicle and new deliveries.