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U.S. Clears $133 Million Sale of Extended Range Missile Interceptor to Japan

The State Department has approved a request from Japan for an initial buy of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The sale that includes only four missiles will likely provide missiles for test and evaluation of Japan's current missile defense assets, likely the AEGIS equipped missile destroyers that currently carry SM-3 Block IB missiles.

G&C Provides Functional Design for Saudi Multi-Mission Surface Combatant

Gibbs & Cox naval architecture and marine engineering firm (G&C) will support the functional design of new, Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC), a new class of frigate based on the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship ordered by the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia.

HDT to Deliver 20 Robotic Mules for US Army Evaluation

The U.S. Army has selected four companies to move to the second phase of the Squad, Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET), to develop an unmanned ground vehicle assisting dismounted troops with equipment transport. One of the winners, HDT Global (HDT) said it will provide a new, electrically driven 6x6 vehicle known as 'Hunter WOLF'.

Increased Airstrikes in Yemen

Hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Yemen increased in December 2017, as Saudi-led coalition forces intensified the air campaign on the Iranian-backed Yemeni-Houthi forces. 541 strikes were recorded by the Yemen Data Project (YDP), up by 67% from November 2017 and the highest number of...

Global Hawk’s New Optical Sensor to Use AlBeMet Metal Matrix Composites

Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) has been awarded a contract by UTC Aerospace Systems for AlBeMet metal matrix composite parts for its MS-177 long-range, multi-spectral imaging (MSI) sensor, to be used by RQ-4B Global Hawk.

Three Philippine’s Assault Crafts to Receive Israeli Missiles Soon

Three newly commissioned Multi-Purpose Assault Crafts (MPAC MKIII) of the Philippines Navy will soon be equipped with Spike ER multi-purpose missiles, the local Department of National Defense (DND) said. The missiles are expected to arrive in country during the first quarter of 2018. Israel's...

UK Army Cadet Force Get New Manpack Radios

The U.K. Army completed the induction of a new, tactical radio system known as the Mercury Radio System, that recently achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC). The new radio is now in service with the UK Army Cadet Force (ACF). The Mercury Radio is based on Elbit Systems' PRC-710 and -720 sets.

New OPV Joins the Cypriot Navy

The new Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Capriot Navy arrived in Larnaca, Naval Analysis reported. Cyprus ordered the OPV from Israel in December 2015, the vessel was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd. in Haifa.

Britain to Transfer its Last Helicopter Carrier to Brazil

Brazil has purchased Royal Navy ship HMS Ocean, the helicopter carrier recently retired from the Royal Navy service. The UK Ministry of Defense is selling the Ocean for £84 million. The vessel will remain in the UK until the autumn of 2018.

RSM-56 Bulava Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile

On June 2017 the missile submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, successfully test-fired an RSM-56 Bulava Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) from a submerged position in the Barents Sea, off the northern coast of Russia. The warhead impacted the designated target at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka, 3,600 miles away.

Toward an All-New Russian ICBM Force

As Russia continues the modernization of its strategic missile force, twenty additional RS-24s Yars ICBMs will be delivered in 2018. By 2020 these new missiles are expected to replace all the remaining 30 silo-based UR-100 (NATO Reporting name: SS-19 Stiletto) liquid-fueled ICBM.

A Stronger, More Powerful Satan-2

Moscow is moving to replace its heaviest strategic missile – the R-36M2 Satan, with a new liquid-propelled ICBM – RS-28 Sarmat. The need for a new missile is evident since its predecessor, the R-36 (SS-18) Satan that uses a liquid propulsion system designed and produced in Ukraine, that cannot be relied upon to support the weapon.

New Weapons Initiatives Violating Strategic Arms Control Treaties

As Russia continues the modernization of its strategic forces, Moscow is testing the limits of compliance to arms reduction treaties it is committed to. The United States complained about two Russian weapon categories that allegedly violate the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty - the RS-26 Rubezh and 9M729 Iskander-K.

IAI Consolidates Civil Activities into +US$1 Billion Commercial Aviation Group

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is strengthening its commercial aviation activities by forming a single, business-oriented group that unifies six business lines currently distributed in different corporate activities. The new structure is likely to focus IAI's activities to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of the commercial aviation market. The transformation is implemented at a time in which many countries bring home their manufacturing operations and are fighting aggressively for market shares, challenging IAI to sharpen its offering in defense and commercial aviation alike.