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Silentium Ships First Batch of Sensors for Australia’s Air Battle Management System; Warren McDonald Quoted

Silentium Defence, a spinoff from Defence Australia, has delivered the first batch of passive radar systems for AIR6500, Australia’s Joint Air Battle Management System. Lockheed Martin Australia, which will build AIR6500, confirmed receiving the Maverick Fortress 3D sensors. Warren McDonald, the company’s chief executive in Australia and New Zealand, said the Adelaide-based deep-technology startup made...

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Lockheed Martin Australia Realigns R&D Lab’s Focus to Advanced Systems and Technologies

Lockheed Martin’s research operations center in Australia is now known as Advanced Systems and Technologies. The company said the transition from the old name — STELaRLab, short for Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory — will enable the facility to better meet the Australian Defence Force’s mission objective and capability development requirements. AST advances research and...

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Planet Brings AI Technology to Maritime Domain Awareness Under New Contract

Planet Labs has received a contract to supply an international customer with an advanced maritime domain awareness solution for vessel detection and monitoring. Under the agreement, the San Franciso-based company will work with partner SynMax to deliver its artificial intelligence-enhanced PlanetScope data to the client. According to Planet, the unnamed defense customer also expanded its SkySat...

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US, Saudi Arabia Sign Deal to Deepen Partnership in Space Exploration

The United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to deepen their collaboration in space exploration and civil aeronautics, with the two sides finalizing a framework agreement to facilitate and strengthen a mutually beneficial partnership, NASA announced Tuesday. The bilateral pact underscores the significance of the Artemis Accords, which supports the transparent, safe and responsible exploration...

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Croatia Buys More Black Hawks Through US Security Assistance Program

Lockheed Martin said Croatia has acquired eight more UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. The order follows an earlier purchase of six units of the Sikorsky-built aircraft, bringing Croatia’s fleet of the twin-engine platform to 12. The agreement will also provide the Croatian Army with aircraft, organizational equipment, spare and...

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Spire Global Secures Ship Tracking Data Services Deal From Canada

Canada has awarded Spire Global a $1.03 million contract to provide automatic identification system data services for various government agencies and departments. Under the agreement, the company will share its global ship tracking data with the Canadian government and provide users with enhanced visibility in open oceans and high-traffic zones. Spire will also use its...

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US OKs $2B Loan for Poland’s Defense Modernization Program

The United States has signed an agreement to provide Poland with a $2 billion loan to support the European country’s defense modernization program. The deal will bolster the defense and deterrence of NATO’s eastern flank, the Department of State said on Monday. The Foreign Military Financing direct loan will fund Warsaw’s efforts to beef up...

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Airbus Lands $2.3B Deal to Build Germany’s Next-Generation Military Satcom

Airbus has received a $2.3 billion contract to supply the German Armed Forces with geostationary military communications satellites. The agreement requires developing and deploying two communications spacecraft to replace Germany’s existing telecommunications satellites, COMSATBw 1B and 2B. Airbus said it is expected to deliver the hardware before the decade ends. The European aerospace giant will...

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BAE Books $76M Deal to Upgrade Sting Ray Mod 1 Torpedo for UK MoD

BAE Systems has secured a $76 million contract to develop a Sting Ray Mod 2 lightweight torpedo design for the U.K. Ministry of Defence. In a notice, the ministry said the agreement supports a four-year evaluation effort to update the Sting Ray Mod 1 torpedo system that the British military currently uses. The latest defense...

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Airbus Working to Acquire Specific Spirit AeroSystems’ Aircraft Parts Production Activities

Airbus has announced an agreement with Spirit AeroSystems to acquire some of the latter’s operations, particularly the manufacture of key aircraft components. The “definitive agreement” could lead to the purchase of Spirit’s specific activities, including the production sites for A350 fuselage sections and A220 pylons in the United States, Airbus said. The ongoing transaction would also...

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