Archive: International

Belgium Picks General Atomics MQ-9B For High-Altitude Surveillance

Belgium’s government has approved the start of negotiations for the purchase of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGaurdian. As it is a foreign military sale from California-based General Atomics, the Belgian and U.S. governments must negotiate terms under which the sale will take place. The MQ-9B is the newest version of GA-ASI’s MQ-9 […]

Commerce Department Seeks To Identify Emerging Technologies For Export Controls

The Department of Commerce on Monday began a congressionally-directed outreach effort to the public to sort out emerging technologies that are critical to national security that need to be controlled for exports. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) by the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking “public comment for criteria for […]

U.S. Officials Brief International Partners On INF Treaty Withdrawal

Officials from the State Department and Pentagon briefed international partners last month on the potential U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, with the U.S. delegation citing support from NATO and ally officials on the decision. Andrea Thompson, the State Department under secretary for arms control and international security, told reporters […]

Trump Admin Pushing Arms Transfers as Economic Security Effort

The White House oversaw over $192 billion in arms transfers last fiscal year – over 13 percent more than in fiscal year 2017– and is pushing to sell even more weapons and military equipment to global allies and partners to counter growing competition overseas. President Trump’s administration is implementing key lines of effort in its […]

Romania Buys Three More Patriots

The Romanian government signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to purchase three more Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense systems, the company said Thursday. Romania previously brought its first system under contract in May, procured through the Defense Department’s foreign military sales (FMS) program. It is repeating the process here, transferring funds to […]

Lockheed Martin Wins $366 Million South Korea Aegis Contract

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $366 million contract to build and integrate DDG Aegis Weapon System baseline K2 into South Korea ships. Under the Oct. 31 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, the company will provide for combat system installation, staging and integrated logistics support required to install, test and […]

Thales, Verint Team On Cyber Threat Intelligence

France’s Thales Group and U.S.-based Verint Systems [VRNT] on Monday said they have formed a strategic partnership to provide comprehensive cyber threat intelligence services. The partnership aims to provide services across a spectrum of threats, espionage, information warfare, and cybercrime, the companies said. “Verint’s cyber security and threat intelligence offerings complement ours, bringing an additional […]

Belgium Picks F-35 Over European Options for Future Fighter

Belgium has chosen Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for its next fighter aircraft over several potential European options, becoming the 13th country to select the fifth-generation platform. The purchase of 34 F-35As will replace the country’s current fleet of F-16 fighters, the Belgian government confirmed Oct. 25. The country’s Belga news agency first […]

France Starts Study For Next Aircraft Carrier

France’s defense minister said Tuesday the government is starting an 18-month period to study a successor to its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, announced this process for deciding on a new follow-on carrier in an opening keynote to the Euronaval 2018 conference. “The first step, which starts […]