• Saudi MH-60R helo order confirmed

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 27 August that it had awarded a USD11.8 million contract to Science Applications International Corp for the delivery of "weapon systems support and sustainment" for Sikorsky MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters operated by Brazil, Denmark, Saudi

  • Auditors recommend more tailored training, equipment for US Army RAF units

    Auditors found the US Army's regionally aligned forces (RAF) concept is working well for the most part, but suggested several areas for improvement that the Pentagon said it is now addressing. The army's RAF units align with geographic combatant commands to provide force packages that have been

  • Australia to buy 200 grenade launchers

    Australia is to buy more than 200 lightweight automatic grenade launchers (LWAGL) with an estimated value of AUD47 million (USD34 million), the government announced on 27 August. The contract, signed under Project Land 40 Phase 2 with Australian company Nioa, will see deliveries begin in the third

  • Boeing launches rotary-wing MRO venture in Saudi Arabia

    Boeing announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement to create a new helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul joint venture in Saudi Arabia. The agreement, signed by Boeing, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, and the Alsalam Aircraft Company, will see the creation of the Saudi

  • Egypt set to receive Ka-52 attack helicopters

    Egypt is to receive about 50 Kamov Ka-52 'Hokum-B' attack helicopters before the end of the decade, a company report has disclosed. The report by the Research and Production Corporation Precision Instrumentation Systems (JSC SPC CPR) company, which is developing the helicopter's new ECO-52

  • EU's defence-transfers directive up for review

    Key Points The EU is reviewing its five-year-old ICT directive Although designed to simplify administration of defence transfers within the EU, the directive has so far done little of any practical benefit, EU and industry officials stated The European Union's (EU's) directive on Intra-Community

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  • USN kicks off LRASM integration on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has begun initial integration of Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. Fit checks are currently being conducted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, ahead of the start of airworthiness

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  • UK orders more Saab Giraffe AMB radars

    The British Armed Forces have ordered additional Giraffe AMB (Agile Multi-Beam) 3-D air-defence radars from Saab, the company announced on 24 August. Worth SEK610 million (USD74.6 million) the contract also includes the upgrade of the United Kingdom's existing Giraffe radars to the latest

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  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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  • Drugs policy metrics under review

    Key Points Current metrics and indicators used to measure the effectiveness of drug control policies maintain a narrow focus on arrests, prosecutions, seizures, eradication, and the destruction of drug processing facilities. Any new metrics are likely to involve moving away from an assessment of

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  • Yemeni ballistic missile attacks continue against Saudi Arabia

    The continuation of ballistic missile attacks has further undermined Saudi Arabia's claims that it and its allies successfully destroyed Yemen's surface-to-surface missile capability since the outset of the military operation they launched in late March. Saudi Arabia confirmed on 26 August that a
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