Archive: International

Marine Corps Makes Recommendation To Limit MRAP Buys To JROC

By Geoff Fein The drop in attacks on Marines in Iraq has in part led the service to re-examine the number of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles it will buy as the Corps moves toward a mix of larger trucks and smaller uparmored Humvees, the Commandant of the Marine Corps said. The proposal by […]

UAE Buying PAC-3 Missiles, E-2C Upgrades

The United Arab Emirates is looking to spend upward of $9 billion to buy 288 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles as well as associated equipment and services, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported. In addition to the PAC-3 missile sales, the UAE is seeking 216 Guidance Enhanced Missiles-T (GEM-T), nine Patriot Fire Units that […]

U.K. MoD Orders More Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk UAS

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $4.8 million contract to procure additional Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the company said Nov. 28. With a $6.3 million award in April, the contracts are directed at increasing the capability of the British Army. The Desert Hawk III UAS consists of […]

Kuwait Seeking PAC-3 Missiles, Upgrades

Kuwait has requested a possible $1.36 billion sale of 80 PAC-3 missiles, PAC-2 missile upgrades to GEM (Guidance Enhanced Missile)-T, and Patriot ground support equipment upgrades as well as associated equipment and services, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported. Along with the PAC-3 missiles, Kuwait is looking to buy Patriot GEM-T Modification Kits to […]

U.S. Forces Need More Persistent ISR, Ability To Move Data Across Battlefield, Official Says

U. S. forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan need more persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as the ability to move data and images across the battlefield, according to the head of the Marine Corps’ special operations command (MARSOC). Marine Corps special operations forces have a limited persistent ISR capability, but they have […]

KMW To Supply Fennek To Germany, Dingo 2 To Czech Republic

The German Ministry of Defence has tapped Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW) under an approximately $46.4 million deal to supply 10 new Fennek reconnaissance vehicles to the armed forces’ Joint Fire Support Teams (JFST). The 10 new Fennek vehicles, which coordinate indirect fire from the army, the air force and the navy, will […]

General Dynamics UK Ltd. Collaborates With UWE To Develop Facial Recognition System

General Dynamics [GD] United Kingdom Limited subsidiary yesterday announced it is collaborating with the University of the West of England (UWE), the Imperial College London, the Home Office Scientific Development Branch, Identity Solutions Ltd., and the International Association for Biometrics, to advance facial recognition techniques. The team is researching 3-D imaging techniques as part of […]

Senate Likely To Consider Iraq War Funding Again

By Jen DiMascio As Congress returned this week to continue debating funding for the war, the Senate majority leader said a vote on war funding was likely during the next three weeks. Democrats in that chamber appeared yesterday to be willing to consider concessions to provide funding for the war. Before the Thanksgiving break, the […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Movement Possible. A House leadership aide confirmed the House is likely to appoint conferees this week for the defense authorization bill. Conferees from the House and Senate are expected to meet shortly after to sign off on the defense authorization bill. Most of the […]

General Urges Protection Of Space Assets Against ASATs

Kehler Also Urges Replacing Aged Satellites The United States must establish a system for protecting space assets, including military satellites that play an increasingly critical role in U.S. defense operations worldwide, Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said. In assessing the future for the air service, it is clear that the […]