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DDI for Fri. March 16, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 11

Report Suggests Multiple Approaches To Better Integrate Allied Defense Industrial Base

New exemptions for controlled goods, program licensing, integration of performance based logistics contracting, and improving standards to better enable open systems architecture among international partners are among the key recommendations in a new report aimed at furthering integration of the defense industrial bases of the U.S., Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.Another recommendation based on…

Qatar Purchases 28 NH90 Multi-Role Helicopters, 16 H125 Training Helicopters For $3.7 Billion

Qatar has agreed to a new $3.7 billion contract to purchase 28 NH90 multi-role helicopters for its military and 16 H125 light single-engine helicopters for training with its Armed Forces Air Academy, according to Airbus officials.The deal, announced March 14 and signed during Qatar’s DIMDEX defense conference, includes 16 tactical transport configurations and 12 naval configurations of…

Lockheed Delivers First TPS-77 MRR To Latvia

Lockheed Martin [LMT] successfully completed a site acceptance test for its new TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) in Latvia while delivering the first of three of transportable radars for the country’s air force, the company said March 12.Latvia ordered the three TPS-77 MRRs in 2015 to strengthen its airspace defense and low-level flight surveillance capabilities."Acquisition of the…

Mississippi Welcomes Israeli Cooperation On Border Protection, Gov OK With Tariffs

The governor of Mississippi welcomed increased cooperation between U.S. and Israeli homeland security and defense companies on March 13.“I believe what we can learn from the real world experience, unfortunately, of having someone that is on your border in a threatening manner, can be very beneficial here to the United States of America,” Gov. Phil…

Trump Administration Says Russia Hacking U.S. Energy Grid; Levies New Sanctions

The Russian government is behind an ongoing and deliberate cyber hacking campaign against the energy sector in the U.S. but so far attempts to access critical network systems have failed, senior national security officials said on March 15.The Trump administration’s attribution the cyber-attacks against the energy grid were part of a larger announcement by the…

Kratos Receives Approval To Market Its Mako UAS Abroad

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions [KTOS] has received approval from the State Department to market its Mako High Performance Jet Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to select countries in Europe and Asia Pacific region, the company said March 13.The countries, which Kratos did not name, have previous programs with the company, including contracts for its High…

HASC Leadership Urges President To Fully Fund Counter-Information Warfare Office

A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the president on March 15 urging him to fully resource and staff the agency tasked with countering foreign disinformation campaigns, including officially allocating up to $60 million in funds.Top leadership from the House Armed Services Committee are asking the president to follow through on authorities included…