Archive: International

Fincantieri And Naval Group Sail To Naval Joint Venture

Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s Naval Group said this week they will launch an alliance to incorporate a 50-50 joint venture to compete for European naval competitions. The two companies are owned, via majority shareholders, by each country’s government. During the September 2017 Franco-Italian Summit, the French and Italian governments announced an intention to start discussions […]

Bipartisan House Bill Pushes to End Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

A bipartisan House bill announced Oct. 23 aims to prohibit military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia, effectively immediately. Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) is sponsoring a new bill co-signed by 20 lawmakers in the House that would ban the Defense Department from providing any assistance — to include security assistance, intelligence, training, equipment, maintenance, testing […]

Raytheon Delivers RAM to Mexico, South Korea Tests SM-2

Raytheon [RTN] delivered its first Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher to Mexico this week and saw its Standard Missile-2 destroy aerial test threats in summer South Korean exercises, the company said Tuesday. The RAM delivery is the first to any Latin American country and is part of Mexico’s long-range off-shore patrol (POLA in Spanish) vessel […]

Saab And Damen Reveal Details Of Dutch Sub Offering

Sweden’s Saab and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards revealed details on Tuesday about their offering for the Netherlands Walrus Replacement Program (WRES). The Royal Netherlands Navy currently has four Walrus-class expeditionary attack submarines that first came into service in the 1990s. In 2014 the government determined it needed to procure new replacement submarines to enter into […]

Canada Chooses Lockheed Martin Type 26 Team For New Naval Ship

Canada selected the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-led team offering the Type 26 ship as its preferred bidder for the Royal Canadian Navy’s next naval ship, the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). Lockheed Martin partnered with BAE Systems to bid for the CSC with BAE’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS). Other team partners include Canada’s CAE, L3 Technologies [LLL], Canada’s […]

QinetiQ Completes Acquisition Of German Airborne Training Services Company

Britain’s QinetiQ last Thursday said it has completed its $90.8 million acquisition of Germany’s E.I.S. Aircraft Operations, a provider of airborne training services. QinetiQ, which first announced the deal in April, said the acquisition strengthens “our capability integration, threat representation and operational readiness offering to customers, while accelerating our international growth.” QinetiQ also said that […]

Security Agencies Warn Of Foreign Influence Campaigns

Institutions of democracy in America continue to be threatened by foreign influence campaigns led by Russia, China, Iran and others, U.S. departments and agencies warned in a joint statement last Friday. “We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public […]

U.S., South Korea Suspend Another Joint Military Exercise

The U.S. and South Korean militaries have suspended another joint exercise this year as diplomatic efforts continue with North Korea, the Defense Department said Oct. 19. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo suspended Exercise Vigilant Ace, an annual large-scale exercise to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and ROK forces, “to […]

Military Helicopters Significant Part of Projected Helo Sales Rebound, Forecast Says

After five years of stagnation and program delays in key regions of the world, the global military and civil helicopter market is poised for a rebound, according to a recent analysis by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Utility helicopters will account for $50 billion in sales through 2026, attack helicopters–$48 billion, maritime helicopters–$40 billion, and […]