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DDI for Fri. June 23, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 26.

New UK Carrier Starts First Sea Trials

The U.K. Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier went out to sea for the first time as it begins sea trials in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on June 26.The Royal Navy’s largest ship in history moved from its basin at Rosyth, where it was under construction…

Amid Urgent Threats, DHS Directing Enhanced Security Measures For Flights To U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security on June 28 issued a directive to all commercial air carriers flying into the United States from foreign airports calling for enhanced security measures to thwart evolving threats by terrorists carried on their persons and in their tablet and laptop computers that are targeted at commercial aviation.Homeland Security Secretary John…

Second New SM-3 Interceptor Test Fails

A new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile intercept test conducted off the coast of Hawaii failed, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said on June 21.The June 21 test, called Standard Missile-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development Flight Test Maritime-2 (SFTM-2), was a partnership between the MDA and the Japan Ministry of Defense. It involved the…

White House Announces Potential Defense Sales To India

The White House late on June 26 announced the potential sale of several military platforms and related systems to India, including an additional C-17 transport aircraft, attack helicopters and a maritime variant of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle.On June 26, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the U.S. State Department has approved a…

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman To Block Future Arms Sales To Gulf Nations Until Qatar Situation Resolved

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, intends to block future weapons sales to Persian Gulf countries until the region solves its dispute over Qatar’s alleged support for extremist groups.Corker’s decision, included in a June 26 letter addressed to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will stop significant arms sales to Gulf Cooperation Council…

Raytheon Restarts SM-2 Production For International Customers

Raytheon [RTN] is restarting its Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) production line after four international customers pooled $650 million in funds for a bundle purchase in foreign military sales (FMS), the company said on June 21.The Netherlands, Japan, Australia, and South Korea are purchasing over 280 SM-2 Block IIIA and IIIB missiles with deliveries set to start in…

NATO Pushes Members To Improve Cyber Hygiene And Collaboration At Exercise

Leaders at a NATO cyber training exercise in Poland are urging member nations to improve cyber hygiene and move towards increased collaboration in the face of growing threats to network systems, according to Johan Goossens, branch head for the organization’s Allied Command Transformation, Technology & Human Factors Branch.NATO is holding its annual Coalition Warrior Interoperability…

Trump Administration Proposing $1.3 Million In Arms Sales To Taiwan

The State Department on June 29 said it has approved and notified Congress of a potential $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan that includes support and upgrades for a Lockheed Martin [LMT] surveillance radar program and Raytheon [RTN] air-to-surface weapons, torpedoes, and other systems.The proposed foreign military sales include $400 million related to technical support for early warning radar…

Leonardo DRS Completes Acquisition Of Daylight Solutions

Italy’s Leonardo, on June 26, said its United States-based subsidiary Leonardo DRS completed its $150 million acquisition of Daylight Solutions, a deal which adds to its business base in America and provides it with new laser technology.“Innovation is at the core of Leonardo DRS and Daylight Solutions brings an exceptional record of technology advancements in the growing…