Archive: International

DoD’s Next Technology Transfer Lead Looking At Increasing UAS Exports, Impact Of Potential Turkey F-35 Removal

The Air Force’s top official overseeing foreign military sales is set to take over as director of the Pentagon’s technology transfer office in January, and plans to push for continued reform on drone exports to boost sales of the MQ-9 and addressing impacts of Turkey’s potential removal from the F-35 program. Heidi Grant, who has […]

Reagan Forum Panelists View China As Main ‘Pacing Threat’ to U.S. Security

SIMI VALLEY, California – While the United States continues to follow and weigh threats from countries including Russia, Iran and North Korea, a number of panelists at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum Dec. 1 pointed to China as having the biggest potential to undermine economic and national security. Beijing’s ability to more thoroughly change […]

DoD Awards Nearly $400 Million for F-35 Engine Sustainment

The Pentagon on Friday awarded Pratt & Whitney nearly $400 million for a contract modification that provides for performance-based logistics sustainment for the F-35 joint strike fighter’s engine system. Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], supplies the F135 propulsion system for all U.S. government and international variants of the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built […]

Canadian Surface Combatant Paused During Objection

A contract for the next class of Royal Canadian Navy’s ships to Lockheed Martin [LMT] is on hold after Alion Science and Technology Corp. successfully lodged a complaint with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. Alion alleged to the tribunal that the Lockheed Martin proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), the BAE Systems Type 26 currently […]

State Department Approves $2 Billion In Weapons Deals With Morocco, Poland

The State Department has approved a possible $1.3 billion Abrams tank enhancement deal with Morocco and the sale of $655 million in rocket systems to Poland, officials announced Thursday. Morocco has requested upgrades for 162 Abrams tanks through the Excess Defense Article program, which include M1A1 Situational Awareness, M1A2M and M1A1 Marine Corps variants. The […]

Design Phase Ongoing for Planned Expansion of Al Udeid Air Base

DOHA, Qatar – Qatar is in the midst of designing a major expansion to Al Udeid Air Base that seeks to improve the living conditions of U.S. Air Force personnel stationed there with plans to build additional living quarters, new schools and improved facilities, military officials told reporters here this week. Qatar Armed Forces Staff […]

Qatar Navy Expansion Continues with New Ships and Bases by 2022

DOHA, Qatar – The Qatar Emiri Naval Forces are moving ahead with plans to expand its fleet, along with its base footprint, over the next four years, a service spokesman said Wednesday. The navy in 2016 signed a deal with Italy’s Fincantieri worth about $4.5 billion to build seven new service vessels over the next […]