Author Archives: Walt Evans

State Department Approves $90 Million SDV Submersible Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $90 million deal with the U.K. for three MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested three SDV MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles […]

State Department Approves $75 Million Radar Upgrade Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $75 million deal with the U.K. for Phalanx Baseline 2 Radar Upgrade Kits. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested 50 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits […]

Navy Awards Two LCSs To Austal, One To Lockheed Martin

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Sep. 18 awarded two fixed-price firm target modifications to Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Austal USA for one and two FY 2018 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), respectively. The Navy said it would not release the contract values because it may release a competitive solicitation for additional LCSs in FY 2019 so the specific […]

White House Releases New Cyber Strategy Easing Rules On Offensive Operations

The White House released a new National Cyber Strategy on Sep. 20 easing restrictions on offensive operations and the use of cyber weapons, building on an updated Pentagon plan announced earlier in the week to broaden the response to ongoing digital attacks. John Bolton, the administration’s national security adviser, told reporters the new plan will provide cyber […]

State Department Approves $90 Million SDV Submersible Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $90 million deal with the U.K. for three MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested three SDV MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles […]

State Department Approves $75 Million Radar Upgrade Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $75 million deal with the U.K. for Phalanx Baseline 2 Radar Upgrade Kits. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested 50 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits […]

Ecuador Receives Sikorsky M28 Short-Takeoff Aircraft

An M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft built at PZL Mielec, a facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky [LMT] has arrived in Ecuador following a trans-Atlantic flight. Delivered five months after contract award, the twin-engine turboprop will meet the Ecuadorian Army’s need for a proven multi-role transport aircraft that can perform in diverse climates […]

State Department Approves $3.1 Billion Advanced Hawkeye Deal With Japan

The State Department has approved a possible $3.1 billion deal with Japan for E-2D Advanced Hawkeye (AHE) Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWAC) aircraft. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sep. 7. Japan has requested the sale of up to nine E-2D AHE aircraft to improve […]

Lockheed Martin Invests In Australian Venture Fund

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Sep. 12 said its venture capital arm has invested in an Australian capital firm that invests in high-technology companies. Lockheed Martin Ventures was part of a $132 million financing round in Main Sequence Ventures, which so far has made 12 venture capital investments in nine companies throughout Australia. For Lockheed Martin […]

Japan Intercepts Target Missile In First Aegis SM-3 IB Test

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer successfully conducted its first Aegis missile defense intercept test with the Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 Block IB off the coast of Hawaii on Sep. 11. The test, called Japan Flight Test Mission-05 (JTFM-05), aimed to demonstrate a successful engagement of a target missile from the Japanese destroyer JS […]