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DDI for Fri. April 20, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 16

Newsletter White House Releases New Policy For Expanding International Weapons, UAS Sales The White House is looking to open up the defense industrial base to more global deals with a new set of arms transfer policies focused on allowing direct sales between U.S. companies and foreign governments and less regulations on the export of unmanned […]

State Department Approves $1.2 Billion Deal With Mexico For MH-60 Helicopters

The State Department has approved a possible $1.2 billion deal with Mexico for eight MH-60 Multi-Mission helicopters. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential sale on April 18. Mexico has requested the MH-60s to be equipped with T-700 GE 401-C engines, APS-153 Multi-Mode radars, Airborne Low Frequency Systems, AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or […]

White House Releases New Policy For Expanding International Weapons, UAS Sales

The White House is looking to open up the defense industrial base to more global deals with a new set of arms transfer policies focused on allowing direct sales between U.S. companies and foreign governments and less regulations on the export of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Trump administration announced new reforms on April 19 to the […]

Air Force Shows Off Stealthy Long-Range JASSM-ER For First Time In Syria Strikes

Of the 105 weapons fired by U.S., British and French forces against Syria on April 14, 19 were a new version of the Lockheed Martin [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles that had never previously been fired in combat. The extended-range JASSM, or JASSM-ER, missiles were fired on targets within Syria by two B-1B Lancer bombers. The air-launched […]

Russia Targeting US, UK Industry In Global Network Attack Campaign

Russian government actors routinely targeted federal agencies and companies in the U.S. and United Kingdom using compromised network devices to disrupt industry functions and steal intellectual property, according to a Department of Homeland Security alert released April 16. DHS, along with the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), warn U.S. and British businesses and […]

DDI for Fri. April 13, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 15

Newsletter Boeing, BAE, Rolls-Royce Invest In U.K. Hypersonic Engine Company Boeing [BA] on April 11 said its venture arm has made an investment in a small British company that is developing hypersonic propulsion technology for aircraft and rockets. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment in Reaction Engines is part of a $37.3 million funding round that includes Britain’s Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. […]

Italy Live Fire Tests AARGM, U.S. Navy Says AARGM-ER Will Have Notable Range Improvement

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) revealed the week of April 1 the Italian Air Force conducted a successful test of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) and the in-development AARGM-ER is expected to have a “significant improvement in range.” The AARGM is a joint U.S. Navy- Italian Air Force international cooperative […]

TRANSCOM Head Defends Plan To Buy Foreign-Made Cargo Ships

The leader of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) is defending the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 request to buy up to 24 foreign-built, used commercial ships for the military’s reserve fleet, saying they are the cheapest, fastest option to replace aging cargo vessels. Asked by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee why the ships would […]

Boeing, BAE, Rolls-Royce Invest In U.K. Hypersonic Engine Company

Boeing [BA] on April 11 said its venture arm has made an investment in a small British company that is developing hypersonic propulsion technology for aircraft and rockets. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment in Reaction Engines is part of a $37.3 million funding round that includes Britain’s Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. BAE in 2015 also made an investment in Reaction Engines […]

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

Newsletter 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 […]