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Sweden Secures US Approval to Purchase 12 Black Hawk Helicopters

Sweden has secured clearance from the United States to acquire 12 Black Hawk helicopters for approximately $900 million. The Department of State green-lighted Stockholm’s procurement request, which also includes the necessary components, equipment and other elements of logistics and program support to operate and maintain the combat aircraft. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency,...

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US OKs Austria’s $1.05B Purchase of Black Hawk Helicopters

The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible foreign military sale of 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to the government of Austria for an estimated $1.05 billion.  Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky, the UH-60M’s manufacturer, will serve as the principal contractor for the proposed purchase.  The Black Hawk is a multi-mission aircraft that can perform...

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Idemia Joins European Consortium to Develop Quantum-Safe Data Protection Tech; Marc Bertin Quoted

Idemia Secure Transactions has joined a European consortium to design a technology that will protect sensitive data from potential quantum-enabled breaches. The Hyperform consortium, jointly supported by France and the European Union, will advance the region’s goal of creating a sovereign capability for post-quantum cryptography. According to Idemia Chief Technology Officer Marc Bertin, the collaborative...

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New NATO Center to Focus on Securing Critical Undersea Infrastructure Amid Growing Global Tensions

NATO has established a new facility to secure critical undersea infrastructures such as energy pipelines and internet cables from threats. The Maritime Centre for Security of Critical Undersea Infrastructure is located on the outskirts of London with a strategic hub at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.  The center will support the head of the NATO Allied Maritime...

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Northrop Grumman Partners With Andoya Space to Offer MQ-4C for Norwegian Defense; Jane Bishop Quoted

Northrop Grumman will offer its MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system to support Norway’s defense capabilities under a memorandum of understanding with Norwegian company Andoya Space.  According to the defense contractor, the collaboration will leverage Triton’s advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to cover the nation’s defense priorities. Jane Bishop, Northrop Grumman vice president and general...

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EDA to Focus on Collaborative Defense, Joint Capability Acquisition; Jiri Sedivy Quoted

The European Defence Agency will support the defense ministries of European Union member states in developing and producing defense capabilities under the newly approved 2024 Long-Term Review. The latest LTR, which received the approval of 27 defense ministers at the EDA Steering Board meeting, updates EDA’s core tasks to five, with a focus on joint...

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Poland Buys $735M Air-to-Surface Missiles in Military Boost Since War in Ukraine; Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz Quoted

Poland is purchasing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles-Extended Range under a $735 million contract with the United States, Polish Defence Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz said Tuesday. The ministry said the JASSM-ER’s range is about 1,000 kilometers. Deliveries are set to take place in two to four years. “This is strategic equipment for the Polish air force that changes...

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European Defence Agency Opens Registration for UAS Safe Integration Projects

The European Defence Agency is inviting interested parties to register and participate in four projects to ensure the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into European airspace. For the first project, the EDA intends to award up to $1.63 million to develop and demonstrate small and tactical UAS units with sensors powered by artificial intelligence...

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US Beefs Up Military Alliance With Morocco, Other Allies at African Lion 2024

Training on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear warfare highlighted the military activities in Agadir, Morocco, as part of African Lion 2024, a major U.S. Africa Command exercise that also features events in Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia from April 19 to May 31. The U.S. Army said the Morocco-hosted CBRN joint drill, which extended to explosive...

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Balfour Beatty to Support Rolls-Royce Expansion for New Royal Navy, AUKUS Projects; Terry Meighan Quoted

U.K.-based global infrastructure group Balfour Beatty will support the Rolls-Royce Submarines’ Raynesway campus expansion to meet the growing needs of the British Royal Navy and Australia’s $3.1 billion, 10-year commitment to the AUKUS submarine program. Rolls-Royce said Balfour Beatty will build new manufacturing facilities and offices in the submarine plant in Derby, England, doubling its...

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