Archive: International

Peter Navarro, , assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, speaks Nov. 8 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. (Video still: CSIS)

Trump Admin Pushing Arms Transfers as Economic Security Effort

The White House oversaw over $192 billion in arms transfers last fiscal year – over 13 percent more than in fiscal year 2017– and is pushing to sell even more weapons and military equipment to global allies and partners to counter growing competition overseas. President Trump’s administration is implementing key lines of effort in its […]

Patriot air and missile defense system.  (Photo: Raytheon)

Romania Buys Three More Patriots

The Romanian government signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to purchase three more Raytheon [RTN] Patriot air and missile defense systems, the company said Thursday. Romania previously brought its first system under contract in May, procured through the Defense Department’s foreign military sales (FMS) program. It is repeating the process here, transferring funds to […]

South Korea’s Sejong the Great (DDG-991) destroyer arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) in August 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Lockheed Martin Wins $366 Million South Korea Aegis Contract

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $366 million contract to build and integrate DDG Aegis Weapon System baseline K2 into South Korea ships. Under the Oct. 31 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract, the company will provide for combat system installation, staging and integrated logistics support required to install, test and […]

Thales, Verint Team On Cyber Threat Intelligence

France’s Thales Group and U.S.-based Verint Systems [VRNT] on Monday said they have formed a strategic partnership to provide comprehensive cyber threat intelligence services. The partnership aims to provide services across a spectrum of threats, espionage, information warfare, and cybercrime, the companies said. “Verint’s cyber security and threat intelligence offerings complement ours, bringing an additional […]

An F-35 Lightning II streaks across the sky while doing maneuvers to the Eglin Air Force Base runway. The 33rd Fighter Wing-owned aircraft is a fifth-generation fighter and used to train pilots and maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Belgium Picks F-35 Over European Options for Future Fighter

Belgium has chosen Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for its next fighter aircraft over several potential European options, becoming the 13th country to select the fifth-generation platform. The purchase of 34 F-35As will replace the country’s current fleet of F-16 fighters, the Belgian government confirmed Oct. 25. The country’s Belga news agency first […]

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R91) transits the Mediterranean Sea with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (not pictured) in December 2016. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

France Starts Study For Next Aircraft Carrier

France’s defense minister said Tuesday the government is starting an 18-month period to study a successor to its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, announced this process for deciding on a new follow-on carrier in an opening keynote to the Euronaval 2018 conference. “The first step, which starts […]

The French Horizon-class frigate FS Chevalier Paul (D621) (foreground) and U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) (background) transit in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility in February 2013. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

Fincantieri And Naval Group Sail To Naval Joint Venture

Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s Naval Group said this week they will launch an alliance to incorporate a 50-50 joint venture to compete for European naval competitions. The two companies are owned, via majority shareholders, by each country’s government. During the September 2017 Franco-Italian Summit, the French and Italian governments announced an intention to start discussions […]

A Royal Saudi Air Force KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refueling tanker delivered to Saudi Arabia in 2016. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Bipartisan House Bill Pushes to End Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

A bipartisan House bill announced Oct. 23 aims to prohibit military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia, effectively immediately. Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) is sponsoring a new bill co-signed by 20 lawmakers in the House that would ban the Defense Department from providing any assistance — to include security assistance, intelligence, training, equipment, maintenance, testing […]

The block 2 version of the Rolling Airframe Missile during testing. (Photo: Raytheon)

Raytheon Delivers RAM to Mexico, South Korea Tests SM-2

Raytheon [RTN] delivered its first Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launcher to Mexico this week and saw its Standard Missile-2 destroy aerial test threats in summer South Korean exercises, the company said Tuesday. The RAM delivery is the first to any Latin American country and is part of Mexico’s long-range off-shore patrol (POLA in Spanish) vessel […]

Artist graphic of the Saab and Damen Shipyards team's Walrus Submarine Replacement Program offering. (Image: Saab)

Saab And Damen Reveal Details Of Dutch Sub Offering

Sweden’s Saab and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards revealed details on Tuesday about their offering for the Netherlands Walrus Replacement Program (WRES). The Royal Netherlands Navy currently has four Walrus-class expeditionary attack submarines that first came into service in the 1990s. In 2014 the government determined it needed to procure new replacement submarines to enter into […]