Archive: International

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 […]

Airborne Laser, European Missile Defense Gain Adequate Funding

The Airborne Laser (ABL) and the European ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs that once faced devastating funding cuts have rallied, with a House-Senate conference committee providing those programs most of the money that President Bush had requested. The House-Senate panel wrote the final compromise version of the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill for the […]

Northstar Aerospace To Complete Development of Innovative Transmission For Apache Block III

By Ann Roosevelt Northstar Aerospace Inc.’s subsidiary, Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc. yesterday announced it received a four year, potential $26 million contract from Boeing [BA] to complete the development and flight certification of an innovative transmission that will be used in the Army’s Block III AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter modernization program. The contract provides for […]

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 […]

General Dynamics UK Team Awarded Assessment Phase For MoD LISTENER Program

General Dynamics [GD] United Kingdom Limited has been awarded a 10-month, approximately $2 million contract for the Assessment Phase of the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s LISTENER program. LISTENER is a pioneering program with the goal of joining a number of U.K. intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) systems with coalition partners who can fuse […]

Lockheed Martin Awarded $304 Million For Four Norwegian C-130Js

Lockheed Martin [LMT] received an Undefinitized Contract Action (UCA) from the U.S. government valued at $304 million for the purchase of four C-130J Super Hercules airlifters, plus initial spares and training, for Norway, the company reported yesterday. The UCA initially funds 50 percent of the program and will allow Lockheed Martin to begin long-lead acquisition […]

Canadian Frigate Deploys With USS Truman Strike Group On Operation Altair

By Geoff Fein For the next six months, the HMCS Charlottetown, will deploy with the USS Truman (CVN-75) carrier strike group (CSG) as part of Operation Altair, the Canadian navy’s contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The deployment of the Halifax-class patrol frigate with the CSG significantly enhances the interoperability of Canadian and U.S. navies, […]

SPECIAL REPORT: China: The Rising Threat

Defense Secretary Gates In China To Question Chinese Military Buildup Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is in China, where he will attempt to get Chinese leaders to explain why Beijing is plunging ahead on a gigantic military modernization program with global reach. Gates also is expected to seek Chinese cooperation in a push for […]