Archive: International

U.S.-China Commission: List Country Origin On All Weapons Platform Parts

A government commission asked Congress to require the Department of Defense to identify the country of origin of every weapons system component. The recommendation, in an annual 300-plus-pages report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that was submitted to Congress recently, was accompanied by a warning against having defense contractors use Chinese-made components […]

BAE SYSTEMS Acquiring Swedish Training Firm

Britain’s BAE SYSTEMS recently said it is acquiring Pitch Technologies AB, a Swedish-based firm that specializes in training and simulation products and solutions, for about $9.8 million. BAE expects the deal to close in December. Pitch’s largest customers are the Swedish Ministry of Defence, NASA, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., and France’s Thales. […]

USAFE: Russian Bomber Flights Off European Coast Raise Safety Concerns

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–The recent resurgence of flights by Russian Tupelov Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack long-range bomber aircraft in international airspace off the coasts of NATO countries, while not viewed as threatening, does raise safety concerns, since the Russians have not been following accepted international protocols, senior Air Force generals said here. The Russians, […]

U.K. MoD Orders More Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk UAS

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $4.8 million contract to procure additional Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the company said Nov. 28. With a $6.3 million award in April, the contracts are directed at increasing the capability of the British Army. The Desert Hawk III UAS consists of […]

U.S. Growth Drives QinetiQ’s First Half Results

Britain’s QinetiQ recently posted strong first-half results led by the company’s QinetiQ North America (QNA) division, which saw its revenues soar due to acquisitions and strong organic growth. Sales increased 19 percent to $1.3 billion for the six months ending Sept. 30 from $1.1 billion in the same period a year ago, with organic growth […]

F-22s Stay Away, For Now, From Coalition Air Training Exercises In Middle East

The Air Force has put off the debut of its new F-22 Raptor stealth multi-role fighter aircraft in the coalition air-combat training exercises held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until the Raptor fleet is more firmly established in the United States, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. Originally, the Air Force […]

Hunter Calls For President To Meet With Lawmakers About China

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the president to meet with key lawmakers to discuss future defense investments in light of China’s recent military buildup and its refusal to allow U.S. ships to port In Hong Kong. China’s decision to block the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aircraft carrier strike group […]

U.S. Forces Need More Persistent ISR, Ability To Move Data Across Battlefield, Official Says

By Geoff Fein U. S. forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan need more persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as the ability to move data and images across the battlefield, according to the head of the Marine Corps’ special operations command (MARSOC). Marine Corps special operations forces have a limited persistent ISR capability, […]

Moseley: Despite Enduring Activity, No Need To Beddown Aircraft In Middle East

Despite the Air Force’s large and enduring presence in the Middle East and Near East and its extensive activities each day in support of anti-insurgent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the service has no plans to permanently assign aircraft to the region, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said earlier this month. The Air Force […]

Elbit’s M&A Activities Bear Fruit, Contribute To Record Financial Results

TEL AVIV, Israel– Elbit Systems [ESLT] on recently reported its consolidated results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 with the company’s president and CEO saying recent acquisitions helped generate record revenues, backlog and cash flow. "We are pleased to report another strong quarter of growth, which was based on organic revenue growth of 19 […]