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Thales Launches First Private Defense Cloud Solution For Land Forces

France’s Thales launched the first private defense cloud solution for land forces on June 11, which aims to deliver full connectivity in degraded battlefield environments and is expected to be delivered in 2019. Thales’ unveiled its Nexium Defence Cloud solution at the Eurosatory conference in Paris, where it demonstrated the system’s software-enabled, “all-in-one-box” capability that can be […]

State OKs India Apache, Weapons Buy Worth Nearly $1 Billion

The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for India to buy nearly $1 million worth of Boeing [BA] AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and associated weapons, sensors, mission systems and simulators. Under a $930 million direct commercial sales agreement announced June 12, Boeing is approved to sell India six Apaches, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Also […]

Oshkosh Readying For Full-Rate JLTV Production Decision, Expansion To U.K. Market

With the expectation that the Pentagon in the beginning of FY ‘19 is likely to certify moving Oshkosh’s [OSK] Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) to full-rate production, the company is looking to continue exploring opportunities for the program overseas. Oshkosh officials aim for the decision to move the JLTV for full delivery to the Army and […]

Germany Moving Forward With Lockheed For First 360-Degree, Networked Missile Defense System

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is readying for an official proposal from Germany the week of June 17 to replace its Patriot missile defense system with the first ever 360-degree, network integrated air & missile defense system, a company official told sister publication Defense Daily June 12. German officials are expected to release a formal RFP for the TLVS, the first […]

Senator Slams Upcoming Move Of F-35 Brake Work To Turkey

Honeywell [HON], which makes brake components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in South Bend, Ind., plans to move that work to Turkey this summer, drawing criticism from the state’s senior U.S. senator. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said on the Senate floor late June 13 that if U.S.-Turkish relations continue to deteriorate, he is concerned the […]

Hill Democrats Blast Trump Move To Halt Military Exercises With South Korea

Several key congressional Democrats criticized President Donald Trump June 12 for announcing an end to joint military exercises with South Korea after his high-profile meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Sen. Patrick Leahy […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Defense Watch: Bill on Senate Floor, HASC/SASC Hearings, NASA Deputy

Defense Bill. The Senate plans to resume consideration of its $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill on June 18 at 3 p.m. A vote to pass the legislation could occur as early as that evening. The Senate spent much of the previous week discussing the bill. HASC Hearings.  The House Armed Services Committee […]

AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter. 
Photo: Bell Helicopter Textron.

House Budgeters Add Millions For Army, Marine Corps Rotorcraft

U.S. Army and Marine Corps rotorcraft procurement received significant funding increases in the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill approved June 13. The $674.6 billion bill was approved 48-to-4 by the House Appropriations Committee, sending the measure to the full House for its consideration. Although the bill provides about $1 billion less than the Trump administration […]

The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River on June 30, 2017.  Photo courtesy U.S. Navy. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Senate Suggests Sikorsky CH-53K For Navy Mine Hunting

Lawmakers want the U.S. Navy to consider buying a CH-53K King Stallion variant as a mine-hunting replacement for legacy MH-53E Sea Dragons, according to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Within 90 days of the NDAA’s passage, the Navy is asked to submit a report on the “feasibility and impact […]