Archive: International

Raytheon Joins General Dynamics Team For Halifax Mod Effort

Raytheon [RTN] Integrated Defense Systems has joined the CSI Halifax Team that is responding to the Canadian Navy’s $1.1 billion Halifax-class Modernization (HCM)–Combat Systems Integration (CSI) program, according to General Dynamics [GD] Canada. Acting as the prime contractor, General Dynamics Canada is leading a team that also includes defence industry suppliers Thales Netherlands, Thales Canada […]

MEADS Completes Preliminary Design Review; Tests Set For 2011-13

The American-European Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) completed its preliminary design review (PDR), and a program contractor Feb. 12 voiced confidence that MEADS will be able to shoot down targets successfully. “Seven flight tests of increasing…complexity” are scheduled for 2011 through 2013 against “different types of targets in different scenarios,” said Jim Cravens, president […]

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Lantos Dies

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, died Feb. 12 from complications due to cancer. Lantos was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December and announced on Jan. 2 he would not seek re-election, according to a statement from his office. Lantos assumed control of the committee with jurisdiction over foreign […]

U.K. Plans Tougher Arms Controls

The U.K. plans to introduce tougher export controls on certain types of arms as a result of a government review of its export controls, a government official said Feb. 6. The stricter controls are in response to the views and recommendations the government received from a public consultation held between June and September 2007, Business […]

European Missile Defense Could Include Additional, Mobile Radar: Obering

An additional, mobile radar that could operate in a nation such as Turkey might be added to the fixed-site radar envisioned for installation in the Czech Republic and the interceptor ground silos planned for Poland, according to Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Under current plans, "We […]

MEADS Completes Preliminary Design Review; Tests Set For 2011-13

The American-European Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) completed its preliminary design review (PDR), and a program contractor yesterday voiced confidence that MEADS will be able to shoot down targets successfully. "Seven flight tests of increasing…complexity" are scheduled for 2011 through 2013 against "different types of targets in different scenarios," said Jim Cravens, president of […]

U.K. Plans Tougher Arms Controls

The U.K. plans to introduce tougher export controls on certain types of arms as a result of a government review of its export controls, a government official said Feb. 6. The stricter controls are in response to the views and recommendations the government received from a public consultation held between June and September 2007, Business […]

Analysts Hail Polish Moves Toward Accepting U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Unit

But Involving The European Union Could Kill Defense Shield Plans Approval Needed Soon, Before Bush Leaves Office Next Year Polish steps toward accepting the U.S. proposal to install a Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) unit in Europe are welcome news, analysts at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank, said in a paper Friday. The GMD […]

Thales Awarded Initial Contract For U.K. FRES SOSI

The U.K. Ministry of Defence Feb. 6 announced it awarded Thales UK an initial six-month contract valued at about $7.8 million to undertake the Systems of Systems Integrator (SOSI) role on the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) program. While the contract has been placed with Thales UK, SOSI is a joint team made up of […]

Cross Match Acquires Canadian Firm Labcal

Cross Match Technologies last Friday said it has acquired Canada’s Labcal Technologies in a deal that immediately adds a handheld, wireless card reading and biometric authentication technology that is applicable to various smart credential programs in the United States and national identification programs elsewhere. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cross Match said the […]