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US Issues New Sanctions on Entities Associated With North Korea

The Department of the Treasury has issued new sanctions against foreign-based agents of North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  According to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, Green Pine is responsible for about half of the North’s arms and related materiel exports. Green Pine is controlled by the DPRK’s Reconnaissance General Bureau. It...


Thales Collaborates With Edge Group’s EPI for Precision Engineering

The Thales Group and EPI, an entity under the Edge Group, have signed a letter of intent to explore procurement opportunities for industrial parts and engineering services.  EPI is a precision engineering company supporting the aerospace, defense and oil and gas industries across the United Arab Emirates. The company provides manufacturing engineering, surface treatment, coating, repairing and...


Elbit Partners With Romania’s CN Romarm to Produce ATMOS Howitzers Artillery

Elbit Systems has partnered with S Uzina Automecanica Moreni, a subsidiary of state-owned CN Romarm, to increase artillery production in Romania. The companies have signed a cooperation agreement that will establish the Romanian Artillery Center, which will bolster the domestic industrial base and create the foundation for a stronger sovereign artillery production in the southeastern European nation....


Europe Mulls Acquisition Strategy Similar to US Foreign Military Sales Program

The European Commission is looking into adopting a strategy that will ease the process of selling weapons.  As governments across Europe increase military spending in response to rising threats from Russia, the EC is considering a scheme similar to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. According to a consultation paper first seen...


AUKUS Could Involve More Countries in Efforts to Integrate Emerging Technologies Into Military

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are mulling the possibility of welcoming the contributions of other countries in Pillar 2 of their AUKUS security partnership. AUKUS has two lines of effort: Pillar 1 is focused on aiding Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines while Pillar 2 will explore the integration of emerging technologies in military...


Belgium Set to Join FCAS Fighter Jet Program in 2025

Belgium is joining the Future Combat Air System sixth-generation fighter program. According to Ludivine Dedonder, the defense minister of Belgium, the nation will be the fourth FCAS partner behind Germany, France and Spain by June 2025.  Belgium is also set to sign the FCAS observer status membership agreement in December.  Dedonder confirmed the timeline in a...


Babcock International, Hanwha Aerospace Team Up to Develop New Offerings for Government Customers

Babcock International and South Korean company Hanwha Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on new products and services for land, air and sea domains, with an initial focus on conventional submarines.  The MOU was signed during South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s recent visit to the United Kingdom.  Under the agreement, Hanwha...


Lockheed Martin, VTT to Lead Consortium Developing SIGINT Tech for F-35

Lockheed Martin has joined an effort to develop signals intelligence technologies for Finland’s fleet of F-35 fighter jets.  On Nov. 21, the company formalized a framework agreement with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to lead a consortium that would combine resources, experience and expertise over the next three years to deliver new capabilities for the...


Canada To Establish Regional Office of NATO Tech Accelerator Program in Halifax

Bill Blair, minister of Canada’s Department of National Defence, has announced an initial investment of about $19 million to open the North American regional office for the NATO Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic in Halifax. The upcoming facility will open in 2024. Blair made the announcement during his keynote address at the 15th...


Marine Corps Veteran Chris Tsirlis Joins Airbus DS-GS as VP of Business Development, Product Innovation

Chris Tsirlis has taken on the role of vice president of business development and product innovation at Airbus DS Government Solutions.  The U.S. Marine Corps veteran confirmed his new position on LinkedIn.  Prior to his appointment, Tsirlis served as a technical product manager at Microsoft. He also worked as a solutions architect with a focus on...

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