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DDI for Fri. October 6, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 38.

State Department Approves $815 Million Small Diameter Bomb Deal With Australia

The State Department has approved a possible $815 million deal with Australia for the sale of 3,900 GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Sept. 29 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which includes the 3,900 Raytheon [RTN] GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II, 30 GBU-53/B Guided Test Vehicles and…

U.S. Military Ups Air Strikes In Afghanistan

The U.S. military has stepped up air strikes against enemy forces in Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Oct. 3.The increased air activity, which is at its highest level in five years, is “embedded in the revised strategy,” Mattis testified before the Senate…

Pratt & Whitney Gets $2.7B Contract For C-17 Engine Work

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], has received a five-year, $2.7 billion contract to repair and overhaul F-117 engines it built for American and foreign C-17 transport aircraft, the U.S. Air Force announced late Oct. 4.Under the contract, which was not competed, the work will be done at United Airlines [UAL] in San Francisco, Pratt…

State Department Approves $113 Million Air-To-Air Missile Deal With Japan

The State Department has approved a possible $113 million deal with Japan for the sale of 56 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs).  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Oct. 4 of the foreign military sale, which includes Raytheon [RTN] AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs, as well as containers, support equipment, logistical services and repair support.“This sale will…

Australia To Outfit New Frigates With Aegis Missile Defense System

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Oct. 3 that nine proposed future frigates being built in the 2020s will include the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Aegis missile defense system.Speaking at the opening of the country’s largest naval conference in Sydney, Turnbull said the Aegis Combat Systems will be made by Lockheed Martin in cooperation with Saab’s Australia branch.Turnbull alluded…

U.S. Announces $5 Million Security Package To Ukraine During First Bilateral Cyber Dialogue

The U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine announced a $5 million assistance package to strengthen Ukrainian cyber security efforts during the nation’s first bilateral dialogue on cyber security on Sept. 29 in Kyiv.Delegations from both nations met the week of Sept. 24 to discuss strengthening Ukraine’s ability to protect its critical infrastructure and military systems, and…

USS McCain On The Way To Japan

The damaged USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) has left Changi Naval base in Singapore and is headed towards the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Japan for repairs, the Navy said Oct. 5.For several days DDG-56 will be towed to deep water where it will meet heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure. The vessel will lower itself, secure…