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DDI for Fri. July 14, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 27.

U.K. Expects Defense Trade With U.S. To Be Two-Way Street

The United Kingdom’s defense ministry, which is acquiring several major weapon systems from the United States, is closely monitoring those deals to ensure its own companies receive a “sufficient share” of the work as suppliers, according to a key British official.The U.K. is making a “huge investment” in American hardware, including 138 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B Lightning…

State Dept. Approves $1 Billion JLTV Deal With UK

The State Department has approved a possible $1 billion foreign military sale (FMS) for the delivery of 2,747 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) to the United Kingdom, a deal that would be the first international sale of the new light trucks if approved by Congress.Congress was notified of the potential deal on July 10, which…

Nuclear-Weapon States Knock U.N. Nuke Ban Treaty

Several nuclear-weapon states vowed not to support or sign a new nuclear weapon ban treaty after it was adopted by a United Nations conference on July 7.The U.N. conference on July 7 adopted its final text of the legally binding global nuclear weapons ban following months of negotiations, with 122 nations voting in favor, the Netherlands voting…

Vanderlande Acquires Optosecurity, Strengthening Airport Automation Efforts

Baggage handling system provider Vanderlande has acquired Canadian software firm Optosecurity in a deal that strengthens its ability to provide customers with integrated passenger screening processes at airports.Terms of the deal, which closed in late June, were not disclosed.Netherlands-based Vanderlande is known for its automated baggage handling systems, typically used for checked bags upon departure and arrival…

Australian DoD Opens Office In France To Begin Designing New Submarine Fleet

The Australian Department of Defence officially began its largest defense investment project in its history on July 9 with the opening of a submarine design office in Cherbourg, France, as part of the $38 billion project to deliver 12 new submarines to the Royal Australian Navy.French contractor Naval Group, who will serve as the international design…

U.S. Deploys Patriot To Lithuania During NATO Exercise

The United States military deployed a Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense system to Lithuania for the first time during a NATO exercise, the Lithuanian defense ministry said July 11.The Patriot is set to operate in a single pool with Lithuanian and other NATO ally air defense systems during Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017, an international ground-based…

State Dept. Approves $3.9 Billion Deal With Romania; Other Deals

The State Department has approved several new foreign military sales (FMS) with Australia, the Netherlands, and a possible $3.9 billion deal with Romania for seven Patriot air defense systems.Congress was notified of the potential deal on July 10 for the 7 Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units, which would consist of 7 AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, 7…

White House Adviser Says Cyber Deterrence Begins By Partnering With Allies

Creating a foundation for cyber security deterrence begins by partnering with countries that think alike, a White House official said on July 11.“We’re going to be working with like-minded countries to start to enforce the norms that we’ve talked about that do exist,” Rob Joyce, special assistant to the president and Cyber Coordinator at the…

MDA, DigitalGlobe Re-file Merger Plans With CFIUS

Canada’s MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) and DigitalGlobe, Inc. [DGI], which is being acquired by MDA, on July 13, said they have withdrawn and re-filed their voluntary notice to a United States committee that reviews proposed mergers for national security implications.The companies expect the acquisition to close during the third quarter of 2017. Shareholders of both companies will meet…