Archive: International

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 […]

USAFE: Russian Bomber Flights Off European Coast Raise Safety Concerns

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–The recent resurgence of flights by Russian Tupelov Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack long-range bomber aircraft in international airspace off the coasts of NATO countries, while not viewed as threatening, does raise safety concerns, since the Russians have not been following accepted international protocols, senior Air Force generals said […]

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 […]

New Sales of F-16s Important Bridge To F-35, Says USAFE Head

By Michael Sirak RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–For several nations in Europe and the vicinity, the acquisition of F-16 fighter jets, whether new or used, is still an attractive interim option before ultimately transitioning to the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft, the top Air Force general in Europe said here last week. "The nations that […]


A story in the Nov. 14 edition of Defense Daily incorrectly stated that the 1206 program is a State Department effort to provide funding to foreign countries to combat terrorism. The program is actually a DoD effort to train and equip foreign militaries to undertake counterterrorism or stability operations.

General Dynamics Acquires Mediaware International Pty Ltd.

General Dynamics [GD] this week said it has acquired Mediaware International Pty Ltd.,a leading developer of real-time full-motion compressed digital video processing software and systems for defense, intelligence and commercial customers. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The privately held Mediaware International, which has about 40 employees, will continue to be based in Sydney, […]

Air Force Promotes Airlift Options For Middle Eastern Partners

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–The Air Force is looking to build partnerships in the Middle East in the realm of airlift since there is a need both for tactical and strategic capacity in the region, the service’s top international representative said here Sunday at the 2007 Dubai Air Show. "Lift is a big deal. Why? Everybody […]