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Defense Business Brief: Getting U.S. Weapons to Ukraine Will Take Time. Troops go shopping. The Air Force acquires a security helicopter. more.

The US has now pledged to send more than $13 billion in arms and aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. announced.

One important thing to note is that some of the weapons on that list don’t exist yet and still need to be crafted. This means that it will be quite some time before these systems hit the battlefield. Late last week, a senior U.S. defense official said it would take “two to three months” before the advanced missile defenses were ready to be shipped to Ukraine. Because we need to build two National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems (NASAMS).

The Pentagon has yet to sign a contract for a Switchblade kamikaze drone. defense news report. And the Phoenix Ghost drone, which the US first promised in April, isn’t expected to arrive until “later this month.”

The $775 million arms package announced last week “contains signs of trade-offs as the United States faces inventory shortages,” said the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ International Security Program. Senior adviser Mark Kanshian wrote on Friday that the $3 billion weapons package announced Wednesday would “keep the Ukrainian military in place for the long term, but it will take months or years to fully implement.” .

The US- and German-supplied HIMARS long-range artillery has been hailed as a “game-changer” to help Ukraine repel Russian forces. As Russia plans to expand its military size, the question becomes: What is the next game changer that the United States or its allies can offer?

Among the new weapons to be transferred to Ukraine: An anti-drone system called VAMPIRE. Acronym for Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment. A photo on his website for L3Harris Technologies shows a rocket mounted on the rear of his truck, a Toyota Tundra pickup. VAMPIRE is ‘vehicle agnostic’ and can be installed in the bed of any pickup.

The U.S. Army gave General Dynamics a $1.1 billion contract 250 Polish Abrams tanks. “The state-of-the-art M1A2 SEPv3 configuration features technological advances in communications, fire control and lethality, reliability, sustainability and fuel efficiency, as well as upgraded armor,” General Dynamics Land Systems said in a statement. Additionally, SEPv3 Abrams is designed to seamlessly accommodate future upgrades. The U.S. Army is training Polish soldiers in his 28 Abrams tanks, which were sent to Poland in July.

Meanwhile, the Army awarded BAE Systems $278 million contract for Beowulf tracked personnel carriers. “The Beowulf is an unarmored, tracked and highly versatile vehicle for carrying personnel and various payloads in one of two compartments,” he said. “Beowulf can traverse snow, ice, rock, sand, mud and swamp conditions, and can operate in rugged mountain environments. Its amphibious capabilities also allow it to swim in flooded areas and coastal waters.” The contract is part of the Army’s Cold Weather All Terrain Vehicle program and also includes spare parts and contractor logistics support, BAE said.

Army signed this week A two-year joint research and development agreement with HawkEye 360 ​​will allow the company to “develop and demonstrate new commercial overhead RF sensing capabilities that can provide relevant tactical support for fighter aircraft.” Click here for the agreement.

Another military deal: The service has selected AeroVironment for Increment 1 of the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) program. The $8 million contract “includes the purchase, testing and delivery of one JUMP 20 medium unmanned aerial vehicle system to selected Army Brigade Combat Teams, as well as related services, training and support,” the contractor said. AeroVironment said in a statement. The JUMP 20 “meets an urgent operational need from the force as a replacement for the RQ-7B Shadow,” the Army said.

Boeing and Leonardo The first four MH-139 Gray Wolf helicopters are delivered to the Air Force. The Air Force is currently testing a helicopter, a military version of the AW-139. The MH-139 replaces the Huey helicopters used by security teams guarding ICBM fields. The Air Force will also use some of its 80 new MH-139s for VIP transport missions in the Washington, DC area.


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