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DDI for Fri. November 3, 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 42

Foreign Minister: South Korea Not Considering Additional THAADs

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Oct. 30 that the administration of President Moon Jae-in is not considering additional deployments of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, according to Korean press reports.Kang disclosed this policy decision in a statement to the legislature during a parliamentary audit of the ministry. This included…

State Dept. OK’s $1.1B Support Package For Qatar’s F-15QAs

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of $1.1 billion worth of construction, cybersecurity and force protection to Qatar to support the country’s F-15QA multi-role fighters.The potential deal includes facilities for alert, cyber, force protection, maintenance, training and squadron operations functions. It also contains hangars, hardened shelters, parking/loading ramps, taxiways, weapon storage areas,…

BAE Starts Producing LRASM Sensor

Britain’s BAE Systems started producing the sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) after winning a $40 million order from prime program contractor the Lockheed Martin [LMT], the company said Nov. 1.BAE’s advanced mid-course sensor, sometimes called a “seeker” according to a company spokesman, allows the missile to seek and target specific maritime targets within larger…

Lockheed Resumes F-35 Deliveries After One-Month Suspension

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has resumed delivering F-35 Lightning IIs to its U.S. and foreign customers after a production quality problem halted those transfers for a month.The problem surfaced when a small amount of corrosion was found under a fuselage panel of an F-35A, the fighter jet's conventional-takeoff-and-landing variant, during routine maintenance at Hill Air Force Base…

UK Air Force To Launch First Small Satellite In December

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is joining the small-satellite wave and intends to launch its first such spacecraft in late December, an RAF official said Oct. 27.The RAF satellite, Carbonite-2, will be equipped with an electro-optical camera to provide full-motion video, said Air Vice-Marshal “Rocky” Rochelle, the RAF’s chief of staff for capability and force…

State Department Approves AMRAAM Sale To Canada

The State Department has approved a potential $140 million sale to Canada of AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for deployment on Royal Canadian Air Force F/A-18 fighter aircraft.The Foreign Military Sale, which still requires congressional approval, includes up to 32 missiles, up to 18 captive carry air training missiles, up to four airborne…

The Armored Group Acquires German Vehicle Armoring Companies

The Armored Group (TAG) two German-based vehicle armoring companies in a deal it says complements its current capabilities, expand its production footprint internationally and its market share in Europe.Terms of the deals were not disclosed. TAG, which is based in Phoenix, armors a range of vehicles types for law enforcement and federal agencies, and tactical units,…