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DDI for Fri. September 1, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 34.

AM General Adds $2 Billion To Already Lucrative International Humvee Sales

The international market for wheeled tactical trucks has once again rewarded AM General, this time with $2.2 billion deal to sell thousands of Humvees to allies and partners around the world.Announced Aug. 29, the deal adds another major win to a litany of Humvee sales the company has racked up since the U.S. Army turned it…

State Department Approves Upgrade Program For Australian MH-60R Aircraft

The State Department on Aug. 31 said it has approved a potential 10-year $360 million upgrade program for 24 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopters used by Australia’s navy mainly for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare missions.The aircraft were delivered between 2013 and 2016 as part of a $3 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS).The follow-on FMS contract would…

Japan Moves Patriot Missile Defense To Practice Against North Korean Attack

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) plans to temporarily deploy Patriot missile defense batteries to U.S. installations in Japan for the next two weeks as practice for responding to North Korean missile threats, U.S. Forces Japan said Aug. 25.The bases that will support the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) batteries for one-day deployments include Yokota Air…

F-35B Flies In Show-Of-Force Mission Over Korean Peninsula

Participating for the first time in exercises with South Korea and Japan, the Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighters flew in a show-of-force flyover in direct response to North Korea’s recent provocative missile launch.On Aug. 30, the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of the jet flew as part of a “sequenced bilateral mission” with other aircraft…