Archive: International

USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy.

Congress Mulls Saudi Sanctions, But Low Risk of Imminent Impact to Industry

Lawmakers are newly considering imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia amid calls for President Trump to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi-born journalist. But any possible impact on U.S. weapons makers doing business with Riyadh is unlikely to be felt in the short term. Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and opinion writer for the Washington Post, […]

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe at the People's Liberation Army's Bayi Building in Beijing, China, on June 28, 2018. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Trump Administration, DoD Zero In on Threats from China

President Trump’s administration is making clear through recent speeches, published reports and legislation that the U.S. economy — and within it, the defense industrial base — is suffering due to a series of targeted, deliberative efforts by China. In 2017, Trump directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to lead a multi-agency analysis of the health […]

Adm. James Foggo, commander of Allied Joint Forces Command, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Foggo Says NATO Exercise To Deter Russia, Warns About Sub Threat

The Navy’s top admiral in charge of the service’s forces in Europe acknowledged the upcoming Trident Juncture 18 NATO exercise is, in part, aimed at deterring potential Russian actions against the alliance. Adm. James Foggo, commander of Allied Joint Forces Command, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, emphasized in a press briefing […]

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch. 
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

State Department Approves Bahrain Missile Systems Purchase, Aircraft Deals With Iraq, Canada

The State Department announced Thursday it has approved deals to sell Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary Rocket Pods and Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) Unitary missiles to Bahrain, Bell [TXT] 407GX helicopters to Iraq and King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada. Bahrain has purchased 120 GMLRS M31 unitary rocket pods, equipped with 720 rockets, […]

United Flexible's products include composite hoses. Photo: United Flexible

Smiths Group To Acquire United Flexible For $345 Million

Britain’s Smiths Group plc on Thursday said it has agreed to buy Illinois-based United Flexible for $345 million in a deal that adds new solutions for its aerospace and industrial product suite around tubing and hoses for fluid and fuel transfer and expands its geographic footprint. The transaction is expected to close in the second […]

An AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGM) impacting target. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman Wins $171 Million Contract For More AARGMs

Northrop Grumman [NOC] won a $171 million U.S. Navy contract for Lot 7 full rate production of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles (AARGMs), the company announced Tuesday. This award covers U.S., Italian Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force users of the AARGM. The AARGM supersonic, air-launched tactical missile upgrades the legacy Raytheon [RTN] […]

The first take off of an F-35B form the UK's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier off the east coast of the U.S. (Photo: UK Ministry of Defence)

First F-35s Land On New UK Carrier

The first F-35Bs landed and took off on the United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, last week. On Sept. 25 Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Any Edgell were the first pilots to land and take off with an F-35 on the Queen Elizabeth. This was […]

MD530G Scout Attack Helicopter

Lebanon Orders 6 MD530G Attack Choppers in $1B+ Contract With U.S. Army

MD Helicopters continues to rack up orders for the MD530 with the purchase of six G-model attack helicopters by Lebanon under a $1.4 billion ongoing contract the company has with the U.S. government. It is the third delivery order in the past 12 months for MD under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The IDIQ contract estimates […]

U.S. Army Soldier capturing facial photos with a Handheld Interagency Identification Equpment device at checkpoint in Afghanistan.

DoD Awards Brazilian Company Contract To Provide Biometric System For Afghanistan, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla.–The U.S. Defense Department earlier this month selected Brazil’s Griaule to supply and operate biometric identity management systems for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, a contract that represents the company’s largest award with the U.S. government. The award for the Afghanistan and Iraqi Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) is worth about $75 million […]

Marines from South Korea, Thailand and the United States set up their assault amphibious vehicles for a group photo at Hat Yao Beach, Rayong province, Thailand, after coming ashore from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Feb. 17, 2018. The Marines participated in an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2018. Cobra Gold is one of the largest exercises in the Indo-Pacific region and improves the capabilities of participating nations in the event of a regional contingency or natural disaster. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Lee Brown)

Canceled Joint Exercise Has Hurt Readiness, Says Nominee to Lead US Forces Korea

U.S. forces and allies stationed along the Korean peninsula have suffered a “slight degradation in readiness” following the cancellation of a major joint exercise in August, the nominee for the post of U.S. Forces Korea commander said Tuesday. “There was certainly degradation to the readiness of … the combined forces” as a result of the […]