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State Department Approves $330 Million Deal With Taiwan For Military Aircraft Spare Parts

The State Department has approved a potential $330 million deal to provide Taiwan with spare parts for its military aircraft fleet, including F-16s, C-130s, F-5s and Indigenous Defense Fighters. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the foreign military sales order (FMSO) II request from Taiwan on September 24. TECRO requested to receive funds […]

L3 Acquires UK Firm That Makes Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Adding to its growing franchise of unmanned maritime system capabilities, L3 Technologies [LLL] on September 24 said it has acquired ASV Global, a United Kingdom-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels and related technology for commercial, scientific, military and security applications. Terms of the deal, which closed on Sept. 20, were not disclosed. ASV also has […]

DoD Awards Brazilian Company Contract To Provide Biometric System For Afghanistan, Iraq

The U.S. Defense Department earlier in September selected Brazil’s Griaule to supply and operate biometric identity management systems for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, a contract that represents the company’s largest award with the U.S. government. The award for the Afghanistan and Iraqi Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) is worth about $75 million over five years. […]

Boeing Closes Acquisition of Millennium Space Systems

Boeing [BA] has completed its acquisition of Millennium Space Systems, providing an expansion of its existing satellite portfolio to compete for growing military interest in developing satellites faster at a much lower cost. Under the acquisition, Millennium will retain an independent operating model as a subsidiary within Boeing’s Phantom Works division. A representative for Boeing […]

Lockheed Martin Readies ARES UAS For Flight Demo At Yuma Proving Ground

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is readying the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) for a flight demonstration this fall, possibly as early as Oct. 16. The company’s Skunk Works is teamed with Piasecki Aircraft Corp. and Sierra Nevada Corp. on a design that includes twin tilting wing-mounted ducted fans providing vertical lift and then transitioning to deliver […]

State Department Approves $90 Million SDV Submersible Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $90 million deal with the U.K. for three MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDVs). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested three SDV MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles […]

State Department Approves $75 Million Radar Upgrade Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $75 million deal with the U.K. for Phalanx Baseline 2 Radar Upgrade Kits. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Sept. 19. The U.K. has requested 50 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 2 Upgrade Kits […]

Navy Awards Two LCSs To Austal, One To Lockheed Martin

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on Sep. 18 awarded two fixed-price firm target modifications to Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Austal USA for one and two FY 2018 Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), respectively. The Navy said it would not release the contract values because it may release a competitive solicitation for additional LCSs in FY 2019 so the specific […]

White House Releases New Cyber Strategy Easing Rules On Offensive Operations

The White House released a new National Cyber Strategy on Sep. 20 easing restrictions on offensive operations and the use of cyber weapons, building on an updated Pentagon plan announced earlier in the week to broaden the response to ongoing digital attacks. John Bolton, the administration’s national security adviser, told reporters the new plan will provide cyber […]