Archive: International

The sea-based Aegis missile defense system. Photo: DoD.

State Department Approves $860.4 Million Deal With Spain For Five AEGIS Systems

The State Department has approved a $860.4 million deal with Spain for five AEGIS weapons combat system for its ship fleet. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the foreign military sales (FMS) on Tuesday. Spain has also requested six shipsets for Digital Signal Processing, five shipsets for Amazon [AMZN] Web Services computing […]

The first two delivered MQ-4C Triton aircraft at their new hangar at Naval Base Ventura Couny, Point Mugu, Calif. (Photo: Northrop Grumman)

Australia Orders Six MQ-4C UAVs For $1 Billion

Australia’s government announced on Tuesday it is ordering an initial six Northrop Grumman [NOC] MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for $1 billion in a cooperative program with the U.S. Navy. The Australian government said the new aircraft will complement its new P-8A Poseidon aircraft by helping undertake intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; aiding […]

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Elbit Receives Approvals From Israel Government In Deal For IMI Systems

Israel’s Elbit Systems [ESLT] on Tuesday said it has reached agreement with the Israeli government for the tender of state shares related to the company’s pending $495 million acquisition of IMI Systems Ltd., which is also based in Israel. Elbit said completion of the deal is still subject to further government approvals, including by Israel’s […]

The Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Sigma 10514 Frigate. (Photo: Damen).

Saab Competing For Brazilian Corvette Program

Sweden’s Saab and the Netherland’s Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding said on Monday they are working together to jointly compete for four Brazilian Navy Tamandaré-class corvettes (CCTs). If the Brazilian Navy chooses the team, Saab would provide the complete combat system, including the company’s 9LV Combat Management System (CMS). Saab said 9LV is an open architecture […]

A Rheinmetall Multi Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) countermeasure firing. (Photo: Rheinmetall).

Rheinmetall Wins Canada Frigate Countermeasure Expansion

The Canadian Navy awarded Rheinmetall a $14 million order to expand the multi ammunition softkill system (MASS) on its cruisers, the company said Wednesday. The Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates currently feature the twin-launcher automated MASS decoy system to protect it from anti-ship missiles. The Canadian order will upgrade its frigate MASSs to be a triple […]

Rheinmetall's Mission Master UGV at the Eurosatory conference in Paris. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

Rheinmetall Launches UGV Paving Way For ‘Robotic Ground Task Forces’

Rheinmetall Canada’s new unmanned ground vehicle, launched last week, is expected to pave the way for future “robotic ground task force capabilities” following testing with the Germany Army this fall and first deliveries to a Middle East customer by the end of the year. The updated Mission Master Cargo UGV is intended to offer more […]

Mi-17 helicopters operated by the 2nd Wing of the Afghan National Army Air Force take off at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

Report: Switching From Russian To U.S. Helicopters Undercuts Afghan Capability

Afghanistan’s military is fielding UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters that lack the lift capacity and flight capabilities of the Russian Mi-17s it currently flies, which are also simpler to fly and maintain than the U.S.-made aircraft, according to a U.S. Defense Department watchdog report. The Defense Department is replacing the Mi-17 with Black Hawks to provide […]

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Senator Slams Upcoming Move Of F-35 Brake Work To Turkey

Honeywell [HON], which makes brake components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in South Bend, Ind., plans to move that work to Turkey this summer, drawing criticism from the state’s senior U.S. senator. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said on the Senate floor late June 13 that if U.S.-Turkish relations continue to deteriorate, he is concerned […]