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DDI for Fri. March 9, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 10

State Department Approves Possible $270.4 Million Deal with UAE For Sidewinder Block II Missiles

The State Department has approved a possible $270.4 million deal with the United Arab Emirates for 300 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on March 8 of the foreign military sale (FMS).“This potential sale will improve the UAE’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide an enhanced…

DARPA Pushing Hypersonic Missile Development To Meet Russia, China Capabilities

The head of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is looking to speed up the development of hypersonic missile capabilities to meet those of Russia and China, including seeking more funding to grow the number of test facilities.DARPA is moving forward with several projects to advance flight testing and build new engines for reusable…

State Approves Possible $197 Million Deal To Upgrade Qatar’s Air Force Operations Center

The State Department has approved a possible $197 million deal with Qatar for equipment and support needed to upgrade its Air Force’s operations center.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on March 8 of the foreign military sale (FMS).“The Government of Qatar has requested to purchase equipment and support to upgrade the Qatari Emiri…

AeroVironment Receives $44.5 Million Puma AE UAS Deal From Country In Middle East

AeroVironment [AVAV] has received a $44.5 million contract from a country in the Middle East for its Puma II AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) equipped with its Mantis i45 sensor, the company said March 6.The deal is AeroVironment’s largest international contract to date for its rugged, portable Puma II UAS with its proprietary electro-optical/infrared gimbal…

State Department Approves Possible $45 Million Deal With Japan For Phalanx CIWS Conversion Kits

The State Department has approved a possible $45 million deal with Japan for conversion kits to upgrade its MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWS) from Block IB Baseline 1 to Block IB Baseline 2.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on March 5 of the foreign military sale (FMS).Japan has also requested support…