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

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 Conventional…

Air Force Shows Off Stealthy Long-Range JASSM 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 JASSM missiles were fired on targets within Syria by two B-1B Lancer bombers. The air-launched cruise missiles have a…

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 Foe transponders…

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 critical…