Archive: International

In Two Years Demand Grows Strong For NECC’s Capabiltiies, Official Says

In just its second year of operation, the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) has seen a high demand for its capabilities as the organization is finding itself employed from Iraq to Central America, a Navy official said. The first year of NECC was about realigning the forces, standing up new commands, new capabilities, putting in […]

Rockwell Collins Proceeds To Second Phase Upgrade For Thai Air Force C-130 Fleet

Thai Aviation Industries has awarded Rockwell Collins [COL] the second phase of a contract to upgrade the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) fleet of C-130 aircraft with integrated Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM). The first phase called for completing the avionics upgrade on six C-130s. Phase 2 will include the avionics system upgrade for […]

Lawmaker Moves To Block Sale of JDAMs To Saudi Arabia

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. ) said recently he is moving to block the president’s proposed sale of precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia. The president on Jan. 14 formally notified Congress about its intent to sell up to 900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) worth as much as $123 million to the Middle Eastern country, according […]

Rising China Threat Unmet If U.S. Navy Doesn’t Seek Funds To Counter It, Analysts Say

Perhaps the most daunting obstacle to the Navy getting the funds it needs is…the Navy. That is the view of Ronald O’Rourke, a preeminent defense analyst with the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). The Navy in recent years has failed to seek sufficient funds in its annual budget requests, O’Rourke said recently. He was expressing […]

Canada Gives Lockheed Martin $1.4 Billion Order For 17 C-130J Transports

Canada gave Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.4 billion order for 17 of the C-130J Super Hercules airlifters and other items, according to the company. The new C-130J generates much greater operational efficiency than the older C-130s, such as Canada’s E and H model, by flying farther, faster, with more payload and higher reliability, Lockheed Martin […]

GD Beats L-1 To Produce State Department’s New Passport Card

The State Department recently awarded General Dynamics [GD] a potential $72.7 million contract to produce its new border travel document, the PASS Card, beating L-1 Identity Solutions [ID]. The win for GD continues a spate of recent homeland security-related awards for the company’s Information Technology business unit, which last week garnered a potential $28.8 million […]

Webb Calls For Growth In Maritime Forces

By Jen DiMascio The United States needs to start a national debate about how the military should be shaped, especially as the nation begins to reduce its presence in Iraq, Sen. Jim Webb (D- Va.) said yesterday. Webb made those comments during a speech at the Surface Navy Association symposium, during which he called for […]

Lawmaker Moves To Block Sale of JDAMs To Saudi Arabia

By Jen DiMascio Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. ) said yesterday he is moving to block the president’s proposed sale of precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia. The president on Jan. 14 formally notified Congress about its intent to sell up to 900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) worth as much as $123 million to the Middle […]

Airbus Vows To Boost Business In Alabama If It Can Make Tankers There

By Jen DiMascio Airbus executives and Alabama politicians yesterday said that the company would produce commercial freighters in Mobile, as long as its parent, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS),wins a contract from the U.S. Air Force to make aerial refueling tankers on the same production line. The announcement comes less than two […]

Australia Accepts First MRH-90 Helicopters

The first two Australian Defence Force MRH-90 Multi Role helicopters (MRH) last month were accepted into service, Hon. Greg Combet MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, said. Acquired under Project AIR 9000, a total of 46 MRH 90s will ultimately replace the Navy’s Sea King and Army’s Black Hawk fleets in the coming years. "The […]