Archive: International

L-1 To Acquire Biometric Access Control Firm Bioscrypt

L-1 Identity Solutions [ID] recently said it as agreed to acquire Bioscrypt Inc., a Canadian-based firm specializing in biometric access control primarily for commercial customers, for about $44 million in a stock-for-stock transaction. The deal, which is expected to close early this year, would give L-1 a position in both the biometric physical and logical […]

ATK Moves To Become Full Spectrum Space Company With MDA Purchase

Alliant Techsystems [ATK] recently said it has agreed to acquire the space and related information systems business of Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in a $1.3 billion cash deal that will make ATK a full-spectrum space company and double its international presence. ATK has arranged financing for the acquisition, its largest ever, which it […]

QinetiQ Moves Into Australian Defense Market Through Two Acquisitions

Britain’s QinetiQ recently said it has agreed to acquire two Australian defence consulting firms for $17.7 million in cash, marking the company’s first investment in that country as part of its growth plans in Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. QinetiQ is acquiring Ball Solutions Group, a subsidiary of United States-based Ball Aerospace and Technologies […]

Kuwait Spending $328 Million To Replenish TOW-2 Missile Stock

Kuwait is looking to spend $328 million for a possible sale of 2,106 TOW-2A Radio Frequency missiles, as well as associated equipment and services, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). Along with the 2,106 TOW-2A Radio Frequency missiles, Kuwait is seeking 21 Buy-to-Fly missiles, 1,404 TOW-2B Radio Frequency missiles, 14 Buy-to-Fly missiles, containers, […]

Austal USA Awarded $33 Million For Hurricane Katrina Repairs

The Navy last month awarded Austal USA a firm-fixed-price contract for $33.7 million, the last of six contracts for infrastructure improvements to Gulf Coast shipyards in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Additionally the Navy awarded Seeman Composites, Inc., Gulfport, Miss., a similar contract for $3.2 million on Dec. 21. Austal’s contract is for […]

U.K. Spending $1 Billion For 10 Reaper UAVs

The United Kingdom is looking to spend upward of $1.07 billion for the sale of 10 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aircraft as well as associated equipment and services, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported recently. In addition to the 10 MQ-9 UAVs, the United Kingdom is seeking five […]

Chilean Air Force Selects Bell 412 Helicopter

Bell Helicopter Textron [TXT] said it recently hosted a high ranking delegation from the Chilean Air Force (FACH) for a contract signing ceremony in which Gen. Julio Escobar committed the FACH to purchase 12 Bell 412 4 axis helicopters. Gen. Escobar, head of the FACH, said, "We evaluated several helicopters and feel the 412 will […]

China Has Far More Missiles Targeting Taiwan Than Earlier Estimated

China has almost half again more missiles aimed toward Taiwan than previously estimated, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian said, The China Post reported. Chen condemned the threatening Chinese missile buildup, stating that Beijing unilaterally is attempting to change the military balance of power in the Taiwan Strait. Rather than deploying the 900 or so missiles earlier […]

China Overtakes U.S. Industrial Output, Powering A Huge Military Buildup

Report Says China Moving To Superpower Role As It Spends Almost 4 Percent Of GDP On Arms Chinese Industrial Output To Be 50 Percent Greater Than U.S. Production In Five Years, But U.S. Still Gives China Financial Aid China has become a manufacturing leviathan, overtaking the United States — the largest economy on the planet […]

Switzerland To Spend $535 Million On F/A-18C/D Upgrades

Switzerland is looking to spend $535 million for the sale of “Upgrade 25 Program” equipment to enhance survivability and communications connectivity and to extend the useful life of 33 Swiss Air Force (SAF) F/A-18C/D aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported. This phase of the F/A-18C/D “Upgrade 25 Program” will include: 20 AN/ASQ-228A(V) Advanced […]