Archive: International


State Department Approves $330 Million Deal With Taiwan For Military Aircraft Spare Parts

The State Department has approved a potential $330 million deal to provide Taiwan with spare parts for its military aircraft fleet, including F-16s, C-130s, F-5s and Indigenous Defense Fighters. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the foreign military sales order (FMSO) II request from Taiwan on Monday. TECRO requested to receive funds to […]

L3 ASV's C-Target 13 marine target vehicle. Photo: L3 Technologies

L3 Acquires UK Firm That Makes Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Adding to its growing franchise of unmanned maritime system capabilities, L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday said it has acquired ASV Global, a United Kingdom-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels and related technology for commercial, scientific, military and security applications. Terms of the deal, which closed on Sept. 20, were not disclosed. ASV also […]

A PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile test is conducted at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. as part of a flight test for the U.S. Army. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

State Department Approves PAC-3 MSE Missiles For South Korea

The State Department this week approved a possible $501 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 64 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles to South Korea. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the sale on Thursday. The Korean PAC-3 MSE request also includes two PAC-MSE Test Missiles, range and test […]

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG-177) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class N. Brett Morton)

Japan Intercepts Target Missile In First Aegis SM-3 IB Test

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer successfully conducted its first Aegis missile defense intercept test with the Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 Block IB off the coast of Hawaii on Tuesday. The test, called Japan Flight Test Mission-05 (JTFM-05), aimed to demonstrate a successful engagement of a target missile from the Japanese destroyer JS Atago […]

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Lockheed Martin Invests In Australian Venture Fund

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Wednesday said its venture capital arm has invested in an Australian capital firm that invests in high-technology companies. Lockheed Martin Ventures was part of a $132 million financing round in Main Sequence Ventures, which so far has made 12 venture capital investments in nine companies throughout Australia. For Lockheed Martin Ventures, […]


Ecuador Receives Sikorsky M28 Short-Takeoff Aircraft

An M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft built at PZL Mielec, a facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky [LMT] has arrived in Ecuador following a trans-Atlantic flight. Delivered five months after contract award, the twin-engine turboprop will meet the Ecuadorian Army’s need for a proven multi-role transport aircraft that can perform in diverse climates […]

General Atomics' SkyGuardian, a variant of its Type-Certifiable Predator B UAV. Photo: General Atomics.

U.S. To Push MTCR Changes For More UAS Sales

A top State Department official on Friday said the U.S. will push for changes to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) guidelines on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) exports in the next annual meeting. Andrea Thompson, under secretary of state for arms control and international security, told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast that officials […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Sierra Nevada Corp. Receives $1.8 Billion To Deliver More A-29s To Afghanistan

Sierra Nevada Corp. has received a $1.8 billion deal to continue delivering A-29 light attack aircraft for the Afghanistan Security Forces, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Under the deal, Sierra Nevada will also handle sustainment and modification for the Sierra Nevada Super Tucano A-29s, with work expected to completed by the end of 2024. The contract […]

A Russian Naval Ka-27. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Russia Plans New Helicopter Carriers, Attack Rotorcraft In Coming Years

As it upgrades and expands land forces aviation, Russia also is investing in naval aviation, including plans to modernize the flagship Ka-27 naval helicopter and to start the design of new models. The Ka-27 was designed in the 1960s and has become significantly outdated. The Ka-27 is mostly intended for landing on destroyers and corvettes […]

Christopher Kubasik, L3 Technologies Chairman, President and CEO. Photo: L3 Technologies

L3 Closes Deals For New Trenchant Business Unit

L3 Technologies [LLL] on Friday said it has completed its acquisitions of Azimuth Security and Linchpin Labs, which will now operate as L3 Trenchant within the company’s ISR Systems segment. L3 first announced the acquisitions in July, deals that are part of the company’s renewed focus under Chris Kubasik, who took over as CEO of […]