Lebanon receives ‘Little Bird' helos

As previously disclosed, Lebanon's helicopters are fitted with a full ‘glass' cockpit and a four-station weapons plank. Other items comprise the Moog Weapons Stores Management System (SMS), the DillonAero Mission Configurable Armament System (MCAS), 7.62 mm ballistic armour protection; FN Herstal 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun Pod (HMP) 400 systems, M260 seven-shot pods for 70 mm unguided rockets and BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) guided rockets, and an MX-10D EO/IR sensor and Thales Scorpion helmet-mounted sighting system. They will also feature the Harris Falcon III RF-7850A-MR multichannel airborne networking radios with advanced encryption standards.

Leonardo DRS Receives Initial Contract Award for 28 IM-SHORAD Mission Equipment Packages

Leonardo DRS has received an initial contract award for 28 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) Mission Equipment Packages (MEP) from General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), the company announced.

The award, received on Dec. 2, is the first of a five-year contract valued at more than $600 million and is in support of the U.S. Army’s recent IM-SHORAD production award to GDLS.

The centerpiece of the MEP is Moog’s Reconfigurable Integrated-weapons Platform (RIwP) turret with multiple kinetic effectors including the XM914 30mm cannon and M240 7.62mm machine gun, along with Stinger and Longbow HELLFIRE missiles. The MEP also includes an on-board Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) to provide persistent 360 degrees of aerial surveillance, identification friend or foe and other mission essential technologies.