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US OKs Basler Military Transport Aircraft Sale to Argentina Valued at $143M

The U.S. Department of State has approved Argentina’s request to purchase the Basler BT-67 transport aircraft and associated materials and program support, such as spare engines and parts, repair and maintenance services, and technical documentation. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which transmitted the State Department’s approval to Congress, said the proposed procurement has an estimated...

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US Collaborates With Italy in Fight Against Foreign State Disinformation

The United States has bared plans to boost its cooperation with Italy to neutralize foreign state disinformation and propaganda. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Italian Vice President of the Council of Ministers Antonio Tajani formalized the agreement by signing a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Capri,...

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Northrop Grumman Taps L3Harris Support on Triton Uncrewed Aircraft for Australian Air Force

Northrop Grumman Australia said L3Harris will collaborate in its project to supply the MQ-4C Triton multi-intelligence uncrewed aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force. Northrop Grumman will provide four Tritons to the RAAF, with the Australian government awarding the company a contract for another unit in September. Under an interim sustainment support contract, L3Harris will...

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Switzerland Joins Artemis Accords on Sustainable Space Exploration

Switzerland signed NASA’s Artemis Accords on Monday, making it the 37th signatory to the international agreement promoting sustainable space development. Swiss Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, who signed the accords on Switzerland’s behalf, said joining the group renews the country’s commitment and “long-standing partnership” on joint space exploration with NASA. Bill Nelson, the agency’s administrator who...

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Nokia CSTO Nishant Batra Joins Quad Investors Network’s Advisory Board; Karl Mehta Quoted

Nishant Batra, Nokia’s chief strategy and technology officer, has been named a member of the advisory board of the Quad Investors Network composed of tech industry leaders and innovators in the United States, Japan, Australia and India. America’s Frontier Fund, a nonprofit deep-tech investment fund based in Arlington, Virginia, organized QUIN in May 2022 and...

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NATO Adopts New Force Augmentation Concept Offering More Flexibility to Allies

NATO’s North Atlantic Council has approved a new framework providing more flexibility for partner nations to augment the alliance’s forces. The concept, dubbed Partners Augmentation Forces to NATO, was announced at the opening of the Military Strategic Partnership Conference scheduled from April 8 to 12 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. NATO’s Allied...

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Canada to Boost Military Spending Under New Defense Policy

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Bill Blair have released an updated defense policy that puts Ottawa on track to meet NATO’s goal of 2 percent military spending-to-GDP ratio, Canada’s Department of National Defence announced on Monday. The new policy, titled “Our North, Strong and Free,” aims for a defense spending of 1.76 percent...

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Thales Australia to Integrate Sonar Tech Into Saildrone USV

Thales Australia has entered a partnership agreement to integrate its BlueSentry towed array sonar into Saildrone’s Surveyor uncrewed surface vehicle. The companies announced their partnership on the sidelines of Sea-Air-Space 2024 at National Harbor, Maryland, on Monday. According to Thales, the thin-line towed array provides enhanced surveillance and monitoring for open-ocean surveys and maritime domain...

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Canberra Bares Three Defense Science Appointments to Support Warfighting Capabilities

The Australian Department of Defence has announced the appointment of Emily Hilder as head of the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator, a new government agency formed in May 2023 to transition game-changing concepts into capabilities that provide a warfighting advantage to the Australian Defence Force. The department said Hilder brings 20 years of industry and academic...

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Ultra I&C Lines Up Archer Troposcatter for Global Defense Market; Chris Bishop Quoted

Ultra Intelligence & Communications has introduced its Archer family of troposcatter beyond-line-of-sight communication systems for the global defense market. The company said Archer has demonstrated the capability of sustained communications beyond 185 kilometers and meets the U.S. Army’s standards for a secure communication platform. Chris Bishop, Ultra I&C chief growth officer and a Potomac Officers...

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