Archive: International

U.S.-China Commission: List Country Origin On All Weapons Platform Parts

A government commission asked Congress to require the Department of Defense to identify the country of origin of every weapons system component. The recommendation, in an annual 300-plus-pages report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that was submitted to Congress recently, was accompanied by a warning against having defense contractors use Chinese-made components […]

Interoperability And Humanitarian Relief Pushing Foreign Interest In U.S. Ships

Foreign countries are showing increasing interest in buying from the U.S. Navy smaller boats as well as amphibious ships that could be used for humanitarian relief efforts, according to the director of the Navy’s International Programs Office (NIPO). Additionally, foreign navies are asking about the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), as they look to become more […]

F-22s Stay Away, For Now, From Coalition Air Training Exercises In Middle East

By Michael Sirak The Air Force has put off the debut of its new F-22 Raptor stealth multi-role fighter aircraft in the coalition air-combat training exercises held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until the Raptor fleet is more firmly established in the United States, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. Originally, […]

Large Number of Aegis Ships Would Be Needed To Shield Europe: Admiral

By Dave Ahearn It would take a large number of U.S. Navy Aegis weapons system ships to shield Europe against enemy missiles from the Middle East, if the United States attempted to use the sea-based system to guard Europe instead of the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system proposed for the Czech Republic and Poland. […]

Raytheon Wins $1.3 Billion U.K. e-Borders Contract

Raytheon [RTN] recently was selected by the United Kingdom’s Home Office to receive a $1.3 billion contract to develop and install a border security system that will allow British authorities to check the background of persons entering and exiting the country against various watch lists. Raytheon beat British Telecom for the e-Borders contract. In two […]

USAFE Head: Lajes In Azores An Appealing Site For F-35 Training, Joint Exercise

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–Lajes in the Portuguese Azores is an appealing location to host a training range for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter as well as additional modern aircraft and weapon systems due to the vast airspace and sparsely inhabited areas around it, the Air Force’s top general in Europe said […]

BAE SYSTEMS Acquiring Swedish Training Firm

Britain’s BAE SYSTEMS yesterday said it is acquiring Pitch Technologies AB, a Swedish-based firm that specializes in training and simulation products and solutions, for about $9.8 million. BAE expects the deal to close in December. Pitch’s largest customers are the Swedish Ministry of Defence, NASA, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., and France’s Thales. […]

Interoperability And Humanitarian Relief Pushing Foreign Interest In U.S. Ships

Foreign countries are showing increasing interest in buying from the U.S. Navy smaller boats as well as amphibious ships that could be used for humanitarian relief efforts, according to the director of the Navy’s International Programs Office (NIPO). Additionally, foreign navies are asking about the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), as they look to become more […]

Moseley: Despite Enduring Activity, No Need To Beddown Aircraft In Middle East

By Michael Sirak Despite the Air Force’s large and enduring presence in the Middle East and Near East and its extensive activities each day in support of anti-insurgent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the service has no plans to permanently assign aircraft to the region, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said earlier this month. […]

Reaper Unmanned Aircraft Becoming An Increasing Presence In Afghanistan

Southwest Asia–Both the United Kingdom and United States now are operating General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI)-built Reaper remotely piloted aircraft over the skies of Afghanistan, and, as of this month, U.S. Air Force assets have effectively employed the missile and bomb types that they currently carry against anti-government insurgents there, according to officials from the […]