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Airbus, Babcock to Provide Sustainment Support for France’s EC145 Helicopters

The French government has selected Airbus Helicopters and Babcock to support the Interior Ministry’s EC145 light utility aircraft fleet. Under the 12-year deal, the two companies will provide technical support, spare parts, logistics solutions, technical data management and software support to sustain the aircraft’s missions, mostly involving rescue operations, air medical transport and law enforcement....

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US OKs Ukraine’s Request to Purchase HIMARS Missile Launchers

The United States has approved Ukraine’s request to purchase three High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. The Department of State classified the proposed foreign military sale as an emergency case and waived the required congressional review for the arms deal, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The HIMARS shipment will cost around $30 million and...

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Oracle to Hire Local Talent for Expanded R&D Capabilities in Morocco; Safra Catz Quoted

Oracle has signed an agreement with Morocco to expand its research and development capabilities in the North African country. Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Ghita Mezzour, the minister of digital transition and administration reform in Morocco, finalized the partnership on Thursday. In a statement, Catz said the collaboration will allow Oracle to tap a deep...

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Elbit Systems Seals $53M Deal to Supply European Customer With Turreted Mortar System

Elbit Systems said it will deliver mortar systems to an unnamed European customer under a $53 million contract award. The deal requires the Israeli firm to deliver the Crossbow unmanned turreted 120 mm soft recoil mortar systems to General Dynamics European Land Systems for installation on the client’s Pandur 6×6 APC wheeled armored vehicle. Work...

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Finland Moving Military Equipment Out of Russia’s Reach

Finland has been long planning to store some of its military equipment and defense capabilities out of Russia’s reach, according to Finnish officials. Jarmo Lindberg, a member of the parliament and formerly chief of defense, told Breaking Defense on Monday that the decision to store war materials in Norway and Sweden was prompted by Moscow’s...

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Malaysia to Acquire Modern Targeting Pods for F/A-18D Fleet

The United States has agreed to sell modern targeting systems for Malaysia’s fleet of F/A-18D fighters. Under a proposed $80 million agreement approved by the Department of State, the U.S. government will supply the Royal Malaysian Air Force with 10 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pods. As requested by Kuala Lumpur, the deal will also provide...

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US Condemns Russia-Backed 2023 Cyberattack Targeting German Political Party

The United States has condemned the malicious cyber operations launched by Russia’s General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate against Germany and other European targets. “We join Germany in attributing specific malign activity carried out by APT28 that targeted a German political party,” the Department of State said in a statement Friday. “We call on Russia to...

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US Marines Expect Two More Recon Watercraft From Australian Maker

The U.S. Marine Corps will receive two more vessels from The Whiskey Project Group this summer after the Australian company delivered the first two boats in early 2024. Pat O’Mara, assessment manager of the USMC’s Multi-Mission Reconnaissance Craft program, said at a defense conference in Washington on Thursday that the additional units would enable the...

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Brunei Selects Airbus H145M Helicopters to Replace Retired Bolkow Fleet; Bruno Even Quoted

Brunei’s Ministry of Defence has ordered six Airbus H145 M helicopters to replace the deactivated Bolkow Bo 105. The Southeast Asian nation intends to deploy the aircraft mainly for close air support and aerial observation operations. Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said the H145M boasts high performance and versatility, a well-regarded helicopter that will improve...

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South Korea Signs Off on 4 New Weapons Programs Worth $4.6B

South Korea is looking to invest around $4.6 billion to build its defense capabilities by acquiring new weapons systems through the late 2030s. On Friday, the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration approved defense spending plans for new SM-3 missiles and four frigates and the local development of an air-to-air missile. While DAPA said the two...

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