Archive: International

RAFAEL Introduces Mobile Weapons-Fire Detection System

Israel’s RAFAEL Armament Development Authority recently unveiled SpotLite-M a new and mobile member of its SpotLite family of electro-optic (EO) enemy fire detection systems. “The SpotLite-M provides the best solution for one of the most serious problems for mobile platforms on any battlefield and that, is finding the enemy and being able to react in […]

Lockheed Martin To Sell Hellfire II Missiles To Greece

The governments of Greece and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the sale of additional Lockheed Martin [LMT] precision-strike laser-guided Hellfire II missiles to Greece. The agreement, announced by Lockheed Martin Oct. 2, authorizes the sale of multiple warhead variants of the modular Hellfire II, with options, for the […]

Greece Gives L-3 Communications $18.8 Million For F-16C Sim Trainer

Greece awarded L-3 Communications [LLL] an $18.8 million contract to build an F-16C Block 52+ Aircrew Training Device (ATD) for the Hellenic Air Force (HAF). The pact was awarded through the U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center. As currently planned, L-3 will deliver the F-16C Block 52+ ATD to the HAF in 2009. “We are […]

Bahrain Receives New Lockheed Martin Radar

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said Oct. 2 it has delivered an AN/TPS-59(V)3B ballistic missile defense radar system to Bahrain. The radar is in use by the Bahrain Defence Force for air surveillance after a successful site acceptance test in August. In May 2004, the U.S. Marine Corps awarded Lockheed Martin a $43.6 million contract to provide […]

Obering Says $85 Million Cut Won’t Severely Damage European BMD Program

Moves in Congress to cut $85 million in funding won’t greatly delay a planned Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program that would be installed in Europe, Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, said last week. In a Pentagon news briefing, Obering said the cut would “absolutely not” be a show-stopper for […]

Marco Pistoni Named Business Management Director For MEADS

Marco Pistoni has been named Business Management Director for MEADS International (MI) and the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. The multinational joint venture MI made the announcement Oct. 4. MI consists of MBDA Italia S.p.A., Lenkflugkorpersysteme (LFK) in Germany and Lockheed Martin [LMT] in the United States. Pistoni joins the program management team […]

Australia Buys New Anti-Tank Artillery Round

Australia’s Department of Defence has finalized the acquisition of a new anti-tank artillery round, the SMArt 155 developed by German firm Gesellschaft fur Intelligente Wirksysteme mbH (GIWS). The new artillery round is to ensure that Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops can be protected against attack from modern armored vehicles. It replaces an existing but obsolescent […]

Raytheon Gains $100 Million In Patriot, Hawk Contracts From Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia gave two contracts to Raytheon [RTN] totaling more than $100 million for air defense missile systems and other work. One pact involves a multi-year deal for Raytheon to continue providing technical, training and logistics support from this year through 2009 for Saudi Patriot and Hawk air defense systems. The other is a contract […]

New Report Says China Builds Military Because U.S. Does So

China is expanding its military forces immensely because it wishes to counter a rapid military modernization in U.S. forces, according to a new 582-page report by the Army War College and the National Bureau of Asian Research. The report, with a dozen chapters by various authors, predicts that China will continue building up its forces […]

Japanese May Contribute Technology To ABL; Purchase Might Be Considered

Japanese firms might contribute components to the U.S. Airborne Laser (ABL) ballistic missile defense platform, an executive with The Boeing Co. [BA] said. But there have as yet been no government-to-government discussions of any potential Japanese purchase of one or more of the giant missile defense aircraft. It would, however, make sense for Japan to […]