Archive: International

DoD Report Finds Little Reliance On Foreign Sources of Supply

The Pentagon continues to award the overwhelming preponderance of its prime contracts, both in percentage and dollar terms, to domestic contractors, according to the latest report on the subject by the Defense Department’s industrial policy office. In FY ’06 DoD awarded $76.6 billion, or 97.6 percent, in contracts to firms based in the United States, […]

India Missile Defense Test A Success

India used its Akash interceptor to take out a flying target last week, according to news media reports. The news comes as India also is working to develop a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear weapon almost 4,000 miles. In the test last week, a surface-to-air Akash missile was launched from Chandipur-on-Sea […]

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Wins Test By Killing Target Missile With SM-3 Interceptor

First Time An Ally Has Used Aegis/SM-3 In Ballistic Missile Defense Test The Japanese destroyer Kongo today employed its Aegis weapon control system to guide a Standard Missile-3 to destroy a U.S. target missile. It was the first time that an allied nation has used the Aegis/SM-3 ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in a test. […]

In The News

Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

Ahmadinejad Extremist Comments Seen In Iran As Eliciting Sanctions: Analyst

Extremist comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are seen by some in Iran as increasing Western pressure for sanctions against Iran, according to Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic reporter with USA Today. She also is affiliated with the U.S. Institute for Peace, a congressionally created, publicly funded think tank. Ahmadinejad was quoted widely in media around […]

Top Chinese Leader Boasts China Now In Deep-Space Club

China now has become a deep-space power, on the success of its lunar orbiter, Chinese President Hu Jintao said last week, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. This is but the first stage of the Chinese lunar program, according to Hu, speaking at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]