Raytheon will build AIM-9X SIP III GUs | Thales will supply Iraq with GM403


AV Inc. won an $11.3 million contract amendment for RQ-20B Puma 3 AE systems. Work will be performed in Simi Valley, California with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2023. Puma is a third-generation tactical UAS that provides precise intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance using an enhanced digital data link to transmit real -time imagery.

Raytheon was awarded a $17 million contract amendment, which adds the option to acquire 40 Guidance Units (GUs) configured to learn to build the AIM-9X Systems Improvement Program (SIP) III, as well as associated one-time tooling and test equipment to support the construction and verification of the SIP III GU in a Navy and Air Force production plant environment. Work will take place in Arizona, Utah, Vermont, Maryland, California, Germany, Michigan, Minnesota and Canada. The expected completion date is July 2024.

Middle East and Africa

Thales announces that it will supply Iraq with four GM403 air defense radars under a contract that will include a command and operations center. A company representative made the revelation during the groundbreaking ceremony for the operations center. The second phase of the contract will cover the supply of 14 GM200 radars.

Sallyport Global Holdings has won an undefined $127 million contract action to provide base operations support, base life support and security services in support of the Iraqi F-16 program. The work will be executed at Martyr Brigadier General Ali Flaih Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by January 30, 2023. This contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition and involves foreign military sales to the Iraq.


The US Department of Defense is donating 580 Phoenix Ghost suicide bombers to Ukraine as part of a $270 million supplemental security assistance program. The Phoenix Ghost is believed to have similar capabilities to AeroVironment’s Switschblade drone, but its full potential is still undisclosed, according to Air Force Magazine.

Asia Pacific

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said it conducted the country’s first scramjet flight test on July 24 using an S-520-RD1 rocket. The experiment focuses on collecting fuel combustion data so that the information can be compared to test points that were collected in the wind tunnel. The S-520-RD1 rocket was equipped with a test device for a scramjet engine, which is intended for use in hypersonic aircraft that travel at five times the speed of sound, or Mach 1 and faster.

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