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Iraq Secures US Approval for Proposed $140M Aircraft Contractor Logistics Support
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Iraq Secures US Approval for Proposed $140M Aircraft Contractor Logistics Support

The United States has approved the Iraqi government’s request for aircraft contractor logistics support worth $140 million. Under the proposed foreign military sale, Baghdad will receive aircraft sustainment services for its C-172 and AC/RC-208 fleet. The requirements include technical and proficiency training for Iraqi maintainers and aircrews, spare and repair components, engineering and technical services,...

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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 Councillor 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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Anduril, HD Hyundai to Produce New Autonomous Naval Systems for Defense Customers

Anduril Industries has forged a strategic partnership with HD Hyundai Heavy Industries to deliver a new class of autonomous naval systems. The collaboration intends to rebuild the naval capabilities of the United States and South Korea and the two countries’ allies and partners, Anduril said. According to Anduril Chief Strategy Officer Christian Brose, the two...

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France Confirms First Aircraft Carrier Deployment Under NATO Command

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will mark its first deployment under NATO command on April 22. The warship, carrying 18 Rafale jets and other aircraft, will sail to the Mediterranean with a strike group, including a French air defense frigate, a multimission frigate and a nuclear attack submarine. Vessels from the United States,...

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Saudi Arabia Looks to Improve Surveillance Capability With $101M Proposed FMS

The United States has cleared a potential $101.1 million sale of multifunctional information distribution systems to Saudi Arabia. The Department of State approved Wednesday Riyadh’s latest request to purchase 50 MIDS-low volume terminal Block Upgrade 2 terminals and 100 MIDS-LVT BU2 retrofit kits. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the new order will be...

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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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Saab Secures $76M UK MoD Deal for Simulation Systems Support to British Army; James Passmore Quoted

Saab has secured a $76.2 million contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defence to provide the British Army with live simulation systems support. Under the three-year deal, the Swedish company will deploy its Instrumented Live Training capability, which simulates direct and indirect fire effects using laser and geometric pairing technology. The ILT-D tactical engagement system...

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US Turns Over First ISR-Capable Beechcraft King Air 350ER to Canadian Government

The United States has delivered the first of three Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. The Army Program Executive Office’s Aviation Fixed Wing Project Office turned over the ISR platform on Feb. 22 at L3Harris Technologies’ facility in Greenville, Texas. L3Harris won the contract in November 2020 to...

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US Trains With Aussie, New Zealand Counterparts to Neutralize Mine Threats

Mine warfare units from the United States, Australia and New Zealand participated in Exercise Dugong 24, which tested their capabilities to neutralize sea mines. The training ran from March 4 to 22 and involved integration, training and tactical stages, with the latter phase tasking the participants to conduct mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal operations....

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