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New Zealand To Buy Four P-8A Poseidon Aircraft for $1.6 Billion

The New Zealand government on July 9 approved a plan to acquire four Boeing [BA] P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for $1.6 billion to replace its six legacy P-3K2 Orion aircraft.The Poseidons will be bought in a direct source procurement through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2023. The…

State Department Approves $740 Million In AMRAAM Sales To UK And Denmark

The State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sales (FMSs) for the United Kingdom and Denmark to purchase a combined 228 Raytheon [RTN] AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) worth a total of $740 million.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the two FMSs on July 10.The U.K. approval includes a request for up…

Leonardo, Polish Firm Collaborate In Development of New Combat AW249

Leonardo and Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) have agreed to collaborate on development of a new combat helicopter, the AW249. The 249 would meet the Polish Army's requirement for a new combat helicopter under the nation's "Kruk" procurement program.The twin-engine AW249 would be used for air support and armed escort operations. It would have a maximum takeoff weight of…

L3 To Acquire Two Information Security Firms Based Outside U.S.

L3 Technologies [LLL] on July 11 said it has agreed to acquire two companies that it said will strengthen its cyber defense capabilities, particularly for intelligence and classified missions.L3 said it will pay $200 million for the companies, which will be combined as L3 Trenchant, and that the deals include a $32 million earn out provision…