TOW missile being fired from a US Army fighting vehicle. Credit: Raytheon.
Royal Army of Oman requests TOW 2B RF missiles
The Royal Army of Oman will acquire 301 Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wireless-guided (TOW) 2B Radio Frequency missiles. This sale includes seven ‘Fly-to-Buy’ missiles and US contractor support.
The State Department approved the Foreign Military Sale for an estimated total cost of $70m on 3 October. The TOW 2B missile variant comes under Raytheon’s family of long-range, heavy assault-precision, anti-armour, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon systems.
USN picks GDEB for $1bn modification to Virginia-class subs
General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) has been selected by the US Navy to perform yard support, development and design efforts on Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs) in a contract modification worth $967m.
GDEB and HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division have jointly developed the Virginia class fleet since the Navy commissioned the first boat in 2004.
Northrop Grumman secures $705m deal to develop new air-to-ground missile
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $705m contract by the US Air Force to develop the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW), a high-speed air-to-ground weapon that could equip current fifth- and future sixth-generation aircraft.
Over the next 36 months, Northrop Grumman will refine the SiAW, integrate it into various platforms, and undertake a flight test programme for rapid prototyping.
UK industry receives £4bn for AUKUS design and prototyping
The UK Ministry of Defence has begun a £4bn ($4.87bn) phase of the AUKUS submarine programme that will see Babcock, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce begin design, prototyping and purchase long lead components for the first UK submarines.
The first UK AUKUS SSNs will enter service in the late 2030s, while the Australian submarines will follow from the early 2040s.