Archive: International

Reaper Unmanned Aircraft Becoming An Increasing Presence In Afghanistan

Southwest Asia–Both the United Kingdom and United States now are operating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper remotely piloted aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan, and, as of this month, U.S. Air Force assets have effectively employed the missile and bomb types that they currently carry against anti-government insurgents there, according to officials from the […]

New Sales of F-16s Important Bridge To F-35, Says USAFE Head

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–For several nations in Europe and the vicinity, the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets, whether new or used, is still an attractive interim option before ultimately transitioning to the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft, the top Air Force general in Europe said here last week. "The nations that […]

Correction

A story in the Nov. 14 edition of Defense Daily incorrectly stated that the 1206 program is a State Department effort to provide funding to foreign countries to combat terrorism. The program is actually a DoD effort to train and equip foreign militaries to undertake counterterrorism or stability operations.

Taiwan To Spend $939 Million On Patriot Upgrades

Taiwan is looking to buy Patriot Configuration 2 ground systems upgrade as well as associated equipment and services, potentially worth $939 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported this week. Taiwan is seeking to upgrade and refurbish its 3 existing Patriot fire units to the latest Army configuration 3 ground support equipment. Major Defense […]

Raytheon Wins $1.3 Billion U.K. e-Borders Contract

Raytheon [RTN] recently was selected by the United Kingdom’s Home Office to receive a $1.3 billion contract to develop and install a border security system that will allow British authorities to check the background of persons entering and exiting the country against various watch lists. Raytheon beat British Telecom for the e-Borders contract. In two […]

General Dynamics Acquires Mediaware International Pty Ltd.

General Dynamics [GD] this week said it has acquired Mediaware International Pty Ltd.,a leading developer of real-time full-motion compressed digital video processing software and systems for defense, intelligence and commercial customers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The privately held Mediaware International, which has about 40 employees, will continue to be based in Sydney, […]

Air Force Promotes Airlift Options For Middle Eastern Partners

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–The Air Force is looking to build partnerships in the Middle East in the realm of airlift since there is a need both for tactical and strategic capacity in the region, the service’s top international representative said here Sunday at the 2007 Dubai Air Show. "Lift is a big deal. Why? Everybody […]

Reaper Unmanned Aircraft Becoming An Increasing Presence In Afghanistan

Southwest Asia–Both the United Kingdom and United States now are operating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper remotely piloted aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan, and, as of last week, U.S. Air Force assets have effectively employed the missile and bomb types that they currently carry against anti-government insurgents there, according to officials from the […]

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

By Dave Ahearn 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 yesterday, was accompanied by a warning against having defense contractors […]

Defense Bill To Recommend Strategic Pause On European Missile Defense Site

Removing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from the Pentagon has enabled Democrats to shift opinion about building a third ballistic missile defense site in Europe, a leading Democratic lawmaker said this week. The administration was rushing ahead with construction of the missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic to protect against missiles coming […]