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DDI for Fri. February 23, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 8

State Department Approves $3.2 Billion Sale Of Patriot System To Sweden

The State Department approved a possible $3.2 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Sweden of four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units on Feb. 20.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered a required certification to Congress on Feb. 20.Sweden requested four Patriot Confoguration-3+ Modernized Fire Units including four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations,…

U.S. and Israel Complete Flight Test Of Arrow-3 Missile Defense System

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow-3 missile defense system Feb. 19, the agency said Feb. 19.Arrow-3 is designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. The test had an Arrow-3 interceptor launched “and completed its mission” in central Israel. The test…

State Department Approves $1.2 Billion Apache Upgrade Deal With Netherlands

The State Department has approved three foreign military sales (FMS), including a $1.2 billion deal with the Netherlands for support to upgrade 28 AH-64D Block II Apache Attack Helicopters to the AH-64E configuration.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the proposed FMS on Feb. 20, which includes requests for 51 new engines, seventeen Fire…

CSIS Says Costs Of Cybercrime Growing Globally

The cost to the global economy of cybercrimes has risen from an estimated $445 billion in 2014 to nearly $600 billion currently, according to a new study.The reasons for the benefit growth to cyber criminals include faster use of new technologies, more potential victims as online users increase, ease of criminal activity, and an improved…

State Department Approves $259 Million Deal With Kuwait For ISR Aircraft

The State Department has approved a possible $259 million deal with Kuwait for four King AIR 350ER ISR aircraft.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Feb. 21 of the foreign military sale (FMS).The Kuwaiti government requested the aircraft come with enhanced PT6A-67A engines, AN/AAQ-35 WESCAM MX-15HDi electro-optical & infrared imaging sensor turrets, Selex…