Archive: International

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 […]

Bush Expected To Notify Congress, Saudi Arabia of JDAM Sale This Week

By Jen DiMascio The president is expected to notify Congress Jan. 14 about the sale of the GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to Saudi Arabia one day before the new session formally starts and the same day he is scheduled to visit the Middle Eastern country. The deal could face two separate resolutions of […]

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 […]

U.K. Spending $1 Billion For 10 Reaper UAVs

The United Kingdom is looking to spend upward of $1.07 billion for the sale of 10 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aircraft as well as associated equipment and services, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported recently. In addition to the 10 MQ-9 UAVs, the United Kingdom is seeking five […]

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 […]

Business Coalition Backs GAO Report On Need For Export Control Reforms

The Coalition for Security and Competitiveness, a consortium of business groups lobbying the administration on export issues, recently hailed a recent government report taking the nation’s arms export process to task. According to the Government Accountability Office report released late last week, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is stressed because of […]

L-1 To Acquire Biometric Access Control Firm Bioscrypt

L-1 Identity Solutions [ID] recently said it as agreed to acquire Bioscrypt Inc., a Canadian-based firm specializing in biometric access control primarily for commercial customers, for about $44 million in a stock-for-stock transaction. The deal, which is expected to close early this year, would give L-1 a position in both the biometric physical and logical […]

ATK Moves To Become Full Spectrum Space Company With MDA Purchase

Alliant Techsystems [ATK] recently said it has agreed to acquire the space and related information systems business of Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in a $1.3 billion cash deal that will make ATK a full-spectrum space company and double its international presence. ATK has arranged financing for the acquisition, its largest ever, which it […]

QinetiQ Moves Into Australian Defense Market Through Two Acquisitions

Britain’s QinetiQ recently said it has agreed to acquire two Australian defence consulting firms for $17.7 million in cash, marking the company’s first investment in that country as part of its growth plans in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. QinetiQ is acquiring Ball Solutions Group, a subsidiary of United States-based Ball Aerospace and Technologies […]