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DDI for Fri. October 20, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 40.

State Dept. OKs $2.4 Billion In F-16 Upgrades For Greece

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of $2.4 billion worth of F-16 fighter jet upgrades to Greece.The Hellenic Air Force, which flies a mix of F-16s in the Block 30, Block 50, Block 52+ and Block 52+ Advanced configurations, would convert up to 123 aircraft to the F-16V configuration, the State Department…

KBR To Acquire Australian Defense Company

KBR, Inc. [KBR] on Oct. 16 said it has agreed to acquire Sigma Bravo Pty Ltd, an Australia-based company that provides information and communication technology services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Houston-based KBR said the pending acquisition marks its entry into classified work in Australia as well as its ongoing effort…

BAE Teams With Cammell Laird For UK Type 31e Frigate Bid

Britain’s BAE Systems and commercial shipbuilder Cammell Laird have signed a teaming agreement as part of a bid to make the U.K.’s Type 31e frigate, BAE said Oct. 18.The companies will partner with Cammell Laird acting as prime contractor to build the frigates while BAE provides warship design, engineering capability, and combat systems expertise. This is in response to…

State Department Approves $343 Million C-17 Support Deal With Kuwait

The State Department has approved a possible $343 million deal with Kuwait to continue a support contract for its two C-17 aircraft for another three years.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Oct. 12 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which includes supporting the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program, providing logistical support, alternate…

Harris Wins $133 Million Contract For U.S. And Australian F/A-18 Electronic Jammers

The U.S. Navy awarded Harris Corp. [HRS] a $133 million contract to provide 50 electronic countermeasure onboard jammers (OBJ) for the U.S. and Australia F/A-18 C/D/E/F Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft, the company said Oct. 16.Harris is set to make and deliver specifically Lot 14 ALQ-214(V)4/5 Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammers to the U.S. and…

U.S. Navy And NATO Forces Conduct Air And Missile Defense Exercises Off Scotland

U.S. and NATO forces conducted a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise involving a ballistic missile and three anti-ship cruise missile targets during the Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17) exercise on Oct. 15.During a collective self-defense scenario, the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM)…

International Mine Warfare Exercise Starts Off South Korea

The Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise (MN MIWEX) began Oct. 15 off the coast of South Korea with U.S., South Korean, and United Nations Command (UNC) Sending State nations Canada and the Philippines.The exercise will have mine countermeasures ships, aircraft, and explosive ordnance personnel conduct a set of drills aimed at practicing procedures and tactics to…

Leonardo’s NATO Cyber Defense System Reaches Full Operational Capability

NATO is prioritizing the security of its site-specific systems with the deployment of its proprietary cyber defense capability, built in partnership with Leonardo, to more than 65 alliance offices in 29 countries.Italy's Leonardo and NATO’s Communication and Information (NCI) Agency first designed the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) in 2014, which has now reached full…