Archive: International

Defense Authorizers Call For Development of Space Protection Strategy

House and Senate defense overseers have called on the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the director of national intelligence (DNI), to craft a strategy to protect the capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. freedom of action in space, according to the conference report accompanying the final version of the FY ’08 Defense Authorization Bill. "It […]

Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

Space Shuttle

Putting astronaut crew safety first, NASA has mandated a weeks-long troubleshooting delay for a scheduled space shuttle flight. A maddening intermittent malfunction in an external fuel tank sensor system finally forced NASA to abandon plans for its fourth space shuttle launch this year, pushing the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis into next month, NASA leaders […]

Schwartz: Expanded Global Infrastructure Needed For North-To-South Transport

The U.S. military’s global transport network needs to grow from it’s current east-west orientation to a more robust en-route infrastructure that can move personnel and material more readily north to south as well, including into regions of growing interest such as Africa, the general overseeing this network said recently. "The truth is that our network […]

U.K. Ministry of Defence, Industry Joint To Support Front Line Forces

The United Kingdom’s front line forces will benefit from an approximately $87.5 million five-year contract to BAE SYSTEMS building on a unique collaboration between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and U.K. industry, the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support said. The MoD and industry partnership, NITEworksr, creates simulated environments to test new ways of working […]

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 […]

U.K. Ministry of Defence, Industry Joint To Support Front Line Forces

The United Kingdom’s front line forces will benefit from an approximately $87.5 million five-year contract to BAE SYSTEMS building on a unique collaboration between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and U.K. industry, the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support said. The MoD and industry partnership, NITEworksr, creates simulated environments to test new ways of working […]

Polish Airport Acquires Additional MagShoe Units

The operators of Lech Walesa International Airport’s terminal facilities have acquired additional MagShoe metal detectors from IDO Security, Inc. [IDOI], expanding on a prior installation of the high-speed, shoes-on portable footwear metal detection system. The value of the award wasn’t disclosed. IDO Security now has about 14 of its shoe scanners at Lech Walesa International. […]

United Kingdom To Spend $122 Million For Tomahawk Weapon System, Support

The United Kingdom is looking to spend upwards of $122 million for the sale of and follow-on support for Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS) as well as associated equipment and services, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported. The sale includes missile modifications, maintenance, spare and repair parts, system and test equipment, engineering support, communications equipment, […]

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 […]