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DDI for Fri. September 15, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 35.

State Dept. Approves $3.9 Billion F-16V Deal With Bahrain

Bahrain is moving forward with the development its fleet of F-16 fighter jets after a potential $3.9 deal for the delivery of 19 new aircraft and the necessary components to upgrade 20 of its F-16 Block 40 to the latest F-16V received State Department approval on Sept. 8The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on…

Boeing Wins $677 Million F-18 Contract and Sale of Super Hornets To Canada

The U.S. government the week of Sept. 10 awarded Boeing [BA] a modification to a previously awarded Navy contract for full-rate production of 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft while also approving the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 18 F-18s to Canada along with weapons and support equipment.The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) award is for nearly $676.6…

Roll-Royce Unveils Medium-Sized Autonomous Naval Vessel Concept

Britain’s Rolls-Royce revealed plans to offer a a large autonomous naval vessel for single-role missions on Sept. 12.Unlike small drones or unmanned undersea submersibles, the company described the vessel as being able to operate over-the-horizon for over 100 days, reach speeds over 25 knots, and conduct various single-role missions like patrol and surveillance, mine detection, and fleet…

DHS Orders Federal Government To Stop Using Kaspersky Software

The Department of Homeland Security on Sept. 13 ordered all federal agencies to stop using Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab’s software products over concerns surrounding the company’s ties to potential Kremlin cyberespionage activities.Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued the directive, which allows agencies 30 days to identify any potential use of Kaspersky software on…

Lockheed Martin And Elbit Team Up For UK Maritime EW Program

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Israel’s Elbit Systems [ESLT] signed a strategic teaming agreement to work together on the UK Royal Navy’s Maritime Electronic Warfare Program (MEWP), the companies said Sept. 13.MEWP is a procurement upgrade to the Royal Navy’s electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. It will be delivered in increments and is planned to be fielded on frigates, destroyers,…