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DDI for Fri. August 25, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 33.

Japan Plans To Expand Missile Defense Systems, Includes Aegis Ashore

The Japanese government plans to increase its missile defense systems, the Japanese Defense Minister said Aug. 17 at a joint press availability with Japanese and U.S. government officials.Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, through an interpreter, said his government “will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic missile defense, including acquisition of new assets, and enhanced capability…

UK Awards Northrop Grumman Extension For Identity Services Contract

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a two-year extension on an existing contract with the United Kingdom Home Office to continue providing services, systems operations and maintenance for a forensic and biometric program used by law enforcement.The value of the extension to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC) wasn’t disclosed. Northrop Grumman in 2015 won a…

Germany And Norway Start Cooperation On New Submarines and Naval Missiles

Germany and Norway officially launched a new long-term naval defense material cooperation agreement for new submarines and naval missiles on Aug. 22 during a visit by the Norwegian Defense Minister to her counterpart in Germany.In February, the Norwegian government chose Germany as a strategic partner with which to procure new submarines and later additional weapons…

State Dept. Approves Possible $1.3 Billion Rocket Systems Deal With Romania

The State Department has approved a possible $1.3 billion deal to deliver High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Romania meant to boost that nation’s homeland defense efforts.Lockheed Martin [LMT] would serve as the prime contractor for the deal which was notified to Congress on Aug. 17.Under the deal, the Romanian government would acquire 54 HIMARS…

Richardson Orders Operational Pause In Navy Amid Second DDG Collison In Three Months

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson on Aug. 21 ordered an operational pause in all U.S. fleets around the world following the second collision between an Aegis Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and a civilian ship within three months.Richardson said in a statement that between these collisions and a series of incidents in the Pacific theater,…

General Atomics’ MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Completes FAA-Approved Flight

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is one step closer to receiving full certification to deploy its MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for NATO use after successfully completing a flight the week of Aug. 13 through various classes of non-restricted airspace.The MQ-9B SkyGuardian completed the 275-mile trip from the Laguna Army Airfield in Yuma Proving Grounds,…