Archive: International

Boeing Eyes International Chinook Sales

With the CH-47F Chinook helicopter in full-rate production, Boeing [BA] is eyeing international sales, according to a company official. “India is the big potential market for everybody in the business,” Jack Dougherty, director, Boeing H-47 programs, said in an interview Oct. 16. India is projected to be the third largest world economy in the next […]

Boeing Names Hyslop For GMD Program; Bush Warns of Iranian Threat

Boeing [BA] named its Airborne Laser program leader Greg Hyslop to head another ballistic missile defense program, the Ground-base Midcourse Defense (GMD) project, as it confronts significant challenges. Hyslop becomes vice president and program manager of the GMD program that is proceeding well in missile defense tests but faces large national and international political challenges, […]

Airbus Executive Disputes Boeing Criticism of Tanker Bid

Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus North America, yesterday defended his company against attacks on its aerial refueling tanker airframe. The fight between Boeing [BA] and Airbus’s parent company, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS), to make the Air Force’s next aerial refueling tanker is just one battle in a larger war for the […]

Kuwait To Upgrade Three L-100-30 Aircraft

Kuwait is looking to upgrade three L-100-30 aircraft as well as associated equipment and services, with a potential value of $250 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) reported. Along with the upgrades to the three L-100-30 aircraft (a commercial version of the C-130 aircraft), the sale includes, modifications, spare and repair parts, support equipment, […]

Air Force Says Reaper Armed Unmanned Aircraft Now Operating In Afghanistan

The Air Force has been using its new MQ-9A Reaper armed unmanned aircraft in missions over Afghanistan since late September, the service said recently. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)-built Reaper is the larger cousin to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has flown extensively in support of combat operations in Afghanistan […]

Australian Defence Funds Eight Emerging Technologies

Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Roger Lough announced Oct. 18 that eight proposals have been selected under the latest funding round for the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program. The CTD Program, managed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), enables Defence and industry to collaboratively explore emerging technology developments and assess their potential […]

NATO Parliamentarians Call For Strengthened Role In Afghanistan

NATO parliamentarians Oct. 18 ended their annual session in Reykjavik, Iceland calling for renewed efforts to strengthen the alliance role in Afghanistan and building a closer relationship with Russia. Members from 26 NATO states approved a key resolution on Afghanistan commending the efforts of its members as well as pointing out the weaknesses of the […]

RAFAEL Changes Name, Business Structure

TEL AVIV, Israel–Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is the new name for the Israeli company formerly known as RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, which has been undergoing an extensive assessment and overhaul of its business activities. "I am convinced that the changes that have been implemented, with the full cooperation of employees and unions, will assist Rafael […]

Saudi Arabia Spending $630 Million On LAVs, Humvees

Saudi Arabia is looking to buy a variety of Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) and 50 Humvees, as well as associated equipment and services, potentially worth as much as $631 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). In addition to the Humvees, Saudi Arabia has requested a possible sale for 37 Light Armored Vehicles […]

New Israeli Missile Warning System Soon Operational

TEL NOF AIR BASE, Israel–The Israel Air Force (IAF) unveiled a new application capable of showing precise impact zones from incoming rockets and missiles and officers here said the system would be fully operational in a few months. “It is one thing to know you have incoming missiles, it is another to sound the alarm […]