Archive: International

German Parliament Green Lights Puma Procurement

The German Bundestag’s budget committee recently cleared the way today for the procurement of 405 new Puma infantry fighting vehicles for the Bundeswehr. That could mean a combined total of about $4.4 billion in gross sales for Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMG) and Rheinmetall AG of Duesseldorf, the companies said in a […]

U.K. National Defence Association Launches, Calls For Defense Spending Increase

The U.K. National Defence Association (UKNDA) launched Nov. 8, kicking off with a call to increase spending on the armed forces as soon as possible. UKNDA said it believes current spending levels are seriously undermining the United Kingdom’s ability to defend itself at home and around the world. UKNDA President, Winston Churchill, grandson of the […]

Canadian Frigate Deploys With USS Truman Strike Group On Operation Altair

For the next six months, the HMCS Charlottetown, will deploy with the USS Truman (CVN-75) carrier strike group (CSG) as part of Operation Altair, the Canadian navy’s contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The deployment of the Halifax-class patrol frigate with the CSG significantly enhances the interoperability of Canadian and U.S. navies, according to the […]

German Parliament Green Lights Puma Procurement

The German Bundestag’s budget committee recently cleared the way today for the procurement of 405 new Puma infantry fighting vehicles for the Bundeswehr. That could mean a combined total of about $4.4 billion in gross sales for Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMG) and Rheinmetall AG of Duesseldorf, the companies said in a […]

Lockheed Martin Awarded $304 Million For Four Norwegian C-130Js

Lockheed Martin [LMT] received an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) from the U.S. government valued at $304 million for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules airlifters, plus initial spares and training, for Norway, the company reported yesterday. The UCA initially funds 50 percent of the program and will allow Lockheed Martin to begin long-lead acquisition […]

General Dynamics UK Team Awarded Assessment Phase For MoD LISTENER Program

General Dynamics [GD] United Kingdom Limited has been awarded a 10-month, approximately $2 million contract for the Assessment Phase of the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s LISTENER program. LISTENER is a pioneering program with the goal of joining a number of U.K. intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) systems with coalition partners who can fuse […]

Canadian Frigate Deploys With USS Truman Strike Group On Operation Altair

By Geoff Fein For the next six months, the HMCS Charlottetown, will deploy with the USS Truman (CVN-75) carrier strike group (CSG) as part of Operation Altair, the Canadian navy’s contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The deployment of the Halifax-class patrol frigate with the CSG significantly enhances the interoperability of Canadian and U.S. navies, […]

SPECIAL REPORT: China: The Rising Threat

Defense Secretary Gates In China To Question Chinese Military Buildup Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is in China, where he will attempt to get Chinese leaders to explain why Beijing is plunging ahead on a gigantic military modernization program with global reach. Gates also is expected to seek Chinese cooperation in a push for […]

Israel Requests $1.3 billion In FMS Munitions And Missiles

Israel wants to spend as much as $1.3 billion on missiles, munitions and associated equipment and services, according to a congressional notification Oct. 30 by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Israel has requested a possible sale of 100 anti-ballistic missile Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile Plus; 1,700 Hellfire missiles in three variants, 2,014 TOW 2A […]

U.K.’s Hobson Industries Develops New Armor Solutions

The U.K.’s Hobson Industries Ltd. has developed new advanced vehicle protection solutions for the military to meet the current threat, and recently formed a joint venture with the U.S. firm Paxcon Inc., which makes LINE-X. LINE-X is a polyurethane coating that has added the benefit of a lightweight spall lining that can be applied directly […]