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DDI for Fri. October 27, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 41.

U.S. Buys Six More A-29 Light-Attack Planes For Afghanistan

The Afghan Air Force, which has 20 A-29 Super Tucano light-attack planes, will receive six more through a recently announced U.S. Air Force purchase.“The order of these six A-29s is part of the Afghan Air Force modernization plan that is a [U.S. secretary of defense]-approved initiative to grow the Afghan Air Force into a sustainable…

State Department Approves $575 Million Deal UH-1Y Helicopter Deal With Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is looking to update its fleet of military aircraft with a State Department approved $575 million deal for the delivery of twelve Bell Helicopter UH-1Y utility helicopters.The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Oct. 11 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which includes the UH-1Y helicopters, as well as 25 of General Electric’s…

Lockheed Martin And Navantia Renew Surface Vessel Collaboration In MoA

Lockheed Martin [LMT] and Spain’s Navantia signed a memorandum of Agreement (MoA) renewing their partnership supplying surface vessels, Lockheed said Oct. 26.The companies first started to collaborate 20 years ago by building and delivering the Aegis Combat System to Spain in the F-100 frigate. Lockheed highlighted the F-100 was the first frigate to incorporate Aegis in a ship…

U.S., Japan, South Korean Navies Conduct Exercise, Three Carrier Groups In Seventh Fleet

The U.S., Japan, and South Korean navies conducted a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) early the week of Sept. 22 to promote missile defense communications and operations, the Navy said Oct. 24.The exercise employed tactical data link systems to exchange track data between the participating ships. This allows participants to “enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and…

Lockheed Martin Picks Rockwell Collins For Greek P-3 Orion Avionics Upgrade

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has selected Rockwell Collins [COL] to upgrade Greece’s Hellenic Navy P-3B Orion aircraft avionics systems.Rockwell Collins’ Flight2 integrated avionics system will be used to bring the P-3s into compliance with upcoming mandates for unrestricted global airspace operations, Rockwell Collins said Oct. 23.The Flight2 upgrade is expected to convert the aircraft’s flight deck into a large,…

U.S. Africa Command Building Drone Site In Central Niger

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says it is building an “operating location” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in central Niger to enhance its collection of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information on the continent.At Nigerien Air Base 201 in Agadez, U.S. military engineering squadrons and contractors are improving the runway and basic life-support facilities, AFRICOM spokeswoman…