The US State Department has approved a possible $860.4m foreign military sale (FMS) of the Aegis weapons system (AWS) to Spain.

The proposed sale includes five Aegis MK7 AWSs, five shipsets of the AWS computing infrastructure MARK 1 MOD 0, five shipsets of the operational readiness test system (ORTS), two all-up-round MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes and six shipsets of digital signal processing systems.

It also covers a total of 20 SM-2 Block IIIB missiles, along with MK 13 canisters with AN/DKT-71 warhead-compatible telemeters.

The Aegis weapon systems are set to be installed on-board the Spanish Navy’s frigates in order to improve their self-defence capabilities.

"Lockheed Martin Corporation has been awarded a $73.56m contract modification by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support the maintenance of the US Navy’s F-35 fighter aircraft."

Lockheed Martin Corporation has been awarded a $73.56m contract modification by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support the maintenance of the US Navy’s F-35 fighter aircraft.

The deal will see the company provide support equipment, labour and autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) hardware for stand-up depots outside the continental US (OCONUS) in order to facilitate the maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) of the F-35 aircraft.

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Work under the contract is expected to be completed in February 2022.

The Australian Department of Defence intends to acquire the first of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft from Northrop Grumman for use by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The aircraft are expected to offer unprecedented endurance and 360° surveillance coverage to increase Australia’s maritime capabilities.

In addition, the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft will be used to support a variety of operations, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), situational awareness and target acquisition missions.

Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have entered a partnership to provide combat systems for the German Navy’s K130 corvettes.

The combat systems will be delivered by FüWES K130, a consortium comprising Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland, and are set to be installed on-board the first consignment of five K130 corvettes.

The partners will also establish a new Test and Training Centre (EZ / BUZ) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, as part of the arrangement.

Work under the contract is expected to be completed by 2025.

Austal USA has been awarded a $16.3m contract by the US Department of Defense for additional class design services for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs).

The agreement covers integrated data and product model environment (IDPME) support and class design products, including engineering, configuration management, production assessment, software maintenance and development, technical analyses, diminishing manufacturing sources and sea-frame reliability analysis.

The contractual work will be performed at facilities in Mobile, Alabama, and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, up to June 2019.