Archive: International

Lawmakers Threaten Opposition To Sale of JDAMs To Saudi Arabia

Members of Congress are threatening to oppose the proposed sale of precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia unless the Bush administration can guarantee that those weapons will not be turned on the United States or Israel in the future. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Christopher Carney (D-Pa.) are circulating a letter on the Hill expressing […]

RAFAEL Introduces Mobile Weapons-Fire Detection System

Israel’s RAFAEL Armament Development Authority recently unveiled SpotLite-M a new and mobile member of its SpotLite family of electro-optic (EO) enemy fire detection systems. “The SpotLite-M provides the best solution for one of the most serious problems for mobile platforms on any battlefield and that, is finding the enemy and being able to react in […]

Lockheed Martin To Sell Hellfire II Missiles To Greece

The governments of Greece and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the sale of additional Lockheed Martin [LMT] precision-strike laser-guided Hellfire II missiles to Greece. The agreement, announced by Lockheed Martin Oct. 2, authorizes the sale of multiple warhead variants of the modular Hellfire II, with options, for the […]

Greece Gives L-3 Communications $18.8 Million For F-16C Sim Trainer

Greece awarded L-3 Communications [LLL] an $18.8 million contract to build an F-16C Block 52+ Aircrew Training Device (ATD) for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF). The pact was awarded through the U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center. As currently planned, L-3 will deliver the F-16C Block 52+ ATD to the HAF in 2009. “We are […]

Bahrain Receives New Lockheed Martin Radar

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Oct. 2 it has delivered an AN/TPS-59(V)3B ballistic missile defense radar system to Bahrain. The radar is in use by the Bahrain Defence Force for air surveillance after a successful site acceptance test in August. In May 2004, the U.S. Marine Corps awarded Lockheed Martin a $43.6 million contract to provide […]

Obering Says $85 Million Cut Won’t Severely Damage European BMD Program

Moves in Congress to cut $85 million in funding won’t greatly delay a planned Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program that would be installed in Europe, Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, said last week. In a Pentagon news briefing, Obering said the cut would “absolutely not” be a show-stopper for […]

Marco Pistoni Named Business Management Director For MEADS

Marco Pistoni has been named Business Management Director for MEADS International (MI) and the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. The multinational joint venture MI made the announcement Oct. 4. MI consists of MBDA Italia S.p.A., Lenkflugkorpersysteme (LFK) in Germany and Lockheed Martin [LMT] in the United States. Pistoni joins the program management team […]

Australia Buys New Anti-Tank Artillery Round

Australia’s Department of Defence has finalized the acquisition of a new anti-tank artillery round, the SMArt 155 developed by German firm Gesellschaft fur Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS). The new artillery round is to ensure that Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops can be protected against attack from modern armored vehicles. It replaces an existing but obsolescent […]

Raytheon Gains $100 Million In Patriot, Hawk Contracts From Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia gave two contracts to Raytheon [RTN] totaling more than $100 million for air defense missile systems and other work. One pact involves a multi-year deal for Raytheon to continue providing technical, training and logistics support from this year through 2009 for Saudi Patriot and Hawk air defense systems. The other is a contract […]

Administration Forwards U.S.-U.K. Military Trade Treaty To Senate

The administration on Sept. 20 submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee an agreement to loosen trade restrictions on military equipment between the U.S. and the U.K. The agreement would create an exemption International Traffic in Arms Regulations for military hardware and software being used to facilitate cooperation between the U.S. and U.K. companies. That […]