As the F-35 reaches higher production rates toward the end of the Low Rate Initial Production Phase, the US is pressing international partners and foreign customers to commit to F-35 orders. To be able to benefit from cost reduction, customers must commit to a multi-year block purchase of 450 aircraft.
The United States and Japan have conducted the first flight test of a new version of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3 Block IIA). This new missile interceptor is designed to extend the reach of current AEGIS Ballistic Missile defense systems deployed on naval ships and ashore. It is being developed jointly by the two countries at a combined cost of $2...
The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, both produced by Northrop Grumman. According to the Japanese multi-year defense plan, the four E-2D will replace the E-2Cs currently operational, providing aerial surveillance for the Japanese military.
The US Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European and Asia Pacific Regions. Participating nations were provided with requirements for Regional MRO&U, or "heavy maintenance" needs for both F-35 engines and airframes.
In this edition: Physical cyber infrastructure failure | Israeli insurance industry involved in cyber security | BlackShade arrests cause largest international cyber crackdown | Five Chinese military officers indicted for cyber espionage activities | Anonymous planning major cyber-attack on World Cup corporate sponsors | Russia involved in cyber spying operation in Belgium | Russian hackers cripple Ukraine's network ahead of presidential vote | The Wall Street Journal Twitter hacked by the SEA | Iranian espionage through social media revealed | South Korea developing new cyber technologies in cooperation with U.S. | UK: A bilateral agreement with Israel on Cyber Defense | French Ministry of Defense establishing new data center