Archive: International

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

By Calvin Biesecker Raytheon [RTN] yesterday 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 […]

IDF Awards Lockheed Martin $2.3 Million For LCS Combat Systems Study

Lockheed Martin [LMT] was awarded a $2.3 million foreign military sales contract to continue concept and preliminary design work on the proposed Israeli Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-I), the company said. Lockheed Martin will work with the U.S. and Israeli navies to develop a technical specification and acquisition cost package for the LCS-I combat system. […]

Taiwan To Spend $939 Million On Patriot Upgrades  

Taiwan is looking to buy Patriot Configuration 2 ground systems upgrade as well as associated equipment and services, potentially worth $939 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported yesterday. Taiwan is seeking to upgrade and refurbish its 3 existing Patriot fire units to the latest Army configuration 3 ground support equipment. Major Defense Equipment […]

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

By Geoff Fein 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 […]

Germany May Send Spacecraft To Orbit Moon

Germany may send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon within five years, though no manned mission is planned at this time, DW-World.DE reported. No final decision has been made on whether the unmanned lunar probe actually will be launched by Germany, which also is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA). Germany would […]

Arrow Missile Defense Components Receive Conference Attention

The Defense Department Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008 that includes $37 million for producing components for the anti- ballistic missile Arrow in the United States and Israel. In the conference report accompanying the FY ’08 Appropriations Bill, lawmakers agreed to provide $155.5 million for the Arrow missile defense program–a joint United States- Israel effort. […]

U.K. National Defence Association Launches, Calls For Defense Spending Increase

The U.K. National Defence Association (UKNDA) launched Nov. 8, kicking off with a call to increase spending on the armed forces as soon as possible. UKNDA said it believes current spending levels are seriously undermining the United Kingdom’s ability to defend itself at home and around the world. UKNDA President, Winston Churchill–grandson of the war […]

Security Upgrades Completed For 25 Russian Nuclear Warhead Sites

U.S.-funded security upgrades at a Russian Strategic Rocket Forces base in Siberia were completed Oct. 31, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said. Completion of that work means all security work at 25 Russian nuclear missile sites outlined in a 2005 agreement between the U.S. and Russian presidents is finished. The final […]

German Parliament Green Lights Puma Procurement

The German Bundestag’s budget committee recently cleared the way today for the procurement of 405 new Puma infantry fighting vehicles for the Bundeswehr. That could mean a combined total of about $4.4 billion in gross sales for Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMG) and Rheinmetall AG of Duesseldorf, the companies said in a […]

U.K. National Defence Association Launches, Calls For Defense Spending Increase

The U.K. National Defence Association (UKNDA) launched Nov. 8, kicking off with a call to increase spending on the armed forces as soon as possible. UKNDA said it believes current spending levels are seriously undermining the United Kingdom’s ability to defend itself at home and around the world. UKNDA President, Winston Churchill, grandson of the […]