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DDI for Fri. April 6, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 14

State Department Approves $1.3 Billion Howitzer Deal With Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has completed a new $1.3 billion artillery deal after the State Department approved the purchase of 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures to be converted to the updated M109A6 Paladin Howitzer systems.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the foreign military sale on April 5.The Saudi government purchased 180 M109A5/A6 structures…

Germany Purchases Four MQ-4C Triton UAS For $2.5 Billion

The State Department has approved a possible $2.5 billion deal with Germany for Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on April 4.Germany has requested to purchased four MQ-4C Triton UAS, which will be modified versions of the Navy’s Triton configuration.“The proposed…

State Department Approves $2.9 Billion Deal F-16 And Missile Deal With Slovakia

The State Department has approved a possible $2.9 billion deal with Slovakia for 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V aircraft, missiles and mission systems.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) on April 3.Along with the aircraft, the FMS includes 16  F-16 F110 General Electric [GE] or F100 Pratt & Whitney [UTX] engines, 16 APG-83…

AM General Chief Touts Global Market For Aiding Company’s Success

AM General, the automotive manufacturer best known for building the Humvee multipurpose vehicle for the U.S. military, is finding tremendous success overseas, a key ingredient to its competitiveness, Andy Hove, the company’s president and CEO, said on April 4.Hove said AM General has the largest installed base of military vehicles globally, with more than 260,000…

Spain Purchases 17 CH-47F Helicopters For $1.3 Billion

Spain has purchased 17 Boeing’s [BA] CH-47F cargo helicopters with modifications for $1.3 billion, according to a State Department notice.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on April 4.Modifications for the CH-47F helicopters include 21 Common Missile Warning System AN/AAR-57A(V)8, and 42 Embedded Global Positioning System Inertial Navigation System.Under the…

NATO Head To Visit F-35 Factory In U.S.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg plans to visit Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] F-35 Lightning II production plant in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 5 as part of a two-day visit to the United States, the Brussels-based alliance announced April 4.While NATO did not specify a reason for the visit, many of the countries that are buying the new…

State Department Approves $500 Million MQ-9 Support Deal With U.K.

The State Department has approved a possible $500 million deal for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and MAG Aerospace to continue providing support services for the United Kingdom’s MQ-9 Reaper UAV program.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the foreign military sale (FMS) on April 4.“The proposed sale is required to maintain the operational readiness of the United…

Canada Adds $313 Million To Boeing Contract For Chinook Helicopter Logistics Support

Canada has agreed to a new $313 million contract amendment with Boeing [BA] to continue providing full systems logistics and engineering support for its Air Force’s fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters.The fixed-price amendment, announced April 3, has been added to an existing 20-year performance-based logistics (PBL) contract between the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Boeing originally…

State Department Approves $148 Million Ammunition Deal With Australia

The State Department has approved a possible $148 million deal with Australia for explosive howitzer ammunition.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on April 4.Australia has requested to purchase 2,504 rounds of Insensitive Munitions Explosive (IMX)-101 ammunition, which are to be used on M795 howitzer munition projectiles. BAE Systems makes…