Archive: International

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Norwegian Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide visit the Eckernförde maritime base. (Photo: Jane Schmidt/German Army)

Germany And Norway Start Cooperation On New Submarines and Naval Missiles

Germany and Norway officially launched a new long-term naval defense material cooperation agreement for new submarines and naval missiles on Aug. 22 during a visit by the Norwegian Defense Minister to her counterpart in Germany. In February the Norwegian government chose Germany as a strategic partner with which to procure new submarines and later additional […]

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UK Awards Northrop Grumman Extension For Identity Services Contract

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a two-year extension on an existing contract with the United Kingdom Home Office to continue providing services, systems operations and maintenance for a forensic and biometric program used by law enforcement. The value of the extension to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC) wasn’t disclosed. Northrop Grumman in 2015 […]

Visible damage to the USS John S. McCain’s (DDG-56) port side following a collision with the Alnic MC near the Straights of Malacca and Singapore. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/Released.

Richardson Orders Operational Pause In Navy Amid Second DDG Collison In Three Months

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson on Monday ordered an operational pause in all U.S. fleets around the world following the second collision between an Aegis Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a civilian ship within three months. Richardson said in a statement that between these collisions and a series of incidents in the Pacific […]

MQ-9B SkyGuardian. Photo: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

General Atomics’ MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Completes FAA-Approved Flight

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is one step closer to receiving full certification to deploy its MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for NATO use after successfully completing a flight last week through various classes of non-restricted airspace. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian completed the 275-mile trip from the Laguna Army Airfield in Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., […]

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State Dept. Approves Possible $1.3 Billion Rocket Systems Deal With Romania

The State Department has approved a possible $1.3 billion deal to deliver High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Romania meant to boost that nation’s homeland defense efforts. Lockheed Martin [LMT] would serve as the prime contractor for the deal which was notified to Congress on Aug. 17. Under the deal, the Romanian government would […]

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera shake hands at the opening of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”), at the State Department on August 17, 2017. (Photo: U.S. State Department)

Japan Plans To Expand Missile Defense Systems, Includes Aegis Ashore

The Japanese government plans to increase its missile defense systems, the Japanese Defense Minister said Thursday at a joint press availability with Japanese and U.S. government officials. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, through an interpreter, said his government “will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition of new assets, and enhanced capability […]

Artists' concept of the Canadian Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Image: Irving Shipbuilding.

Canada Awards Thales Up To $4.1 Billion In Arctic And Support Ship Services

The Canadian Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement announced Thursday an eight-year $631 million contract award France’s Thales to provide in-service support for Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and Joint Support Ships (JSS). The support includes refit, repair, and maintenance and training for the AOPS and JSS vessels. The contract covers eight years initially […]

The first F-35A for the Italian Air Force, and the first F-35 built at the Cameri FACO, takes to the skies over Italy, Sept. 7, 2015. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Australia, Netherlands To Host F-35 Parts Warehouses

The U.S. Department of Defense has picked the Netherlands and Australia to host the European and Pacific warehouses that will store and distribute parts for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Lightning II, the program office announced Aug. 16. The Netherlands and Australia are slated to stand up their initial capabilities by September 2019 and October […]

UK Prime Minister Theresa may visited the HMS Queen Elizabeth after the aircraft carrier's first entry to its home port in Portsmouth. Photo: U.K. Ministry of Defence.

Newest UK Carrier Arrives At Home Port

The U.K.’s newest and largest naval craft, the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, arrived at its homeport of Portsmouth Wednesday during a ceremony. The carrier sailed to Portsmouth after completing training and sea trials in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland in June (Defense Daily, June 27). The Queen Elizabeth was under construction […]

Artist's concept of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship bid for Australia's SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. Image: BAE Systems.

BAE Officially Bids Type 26 Ship For Future Australian Anti-Sub Frigate

Britain’s BAE Systems has submitted a bid to the Australian Government for the country’s planned nine anti-submarine frigates, the company said Aug. 10. BAE is one of three companies bidding to partner with the government to develop a general long-term ship building strategy for complex warships and specifically nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal […]