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Treasury Designates Companies, Individuals Supporting Iranian Cyberattacks on US Entities; Brian Nelson Quoted

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has imposed sanctions on two companies and four individuals linked to Iran-backed cyber operations that targeted a dozen U.S. companies and government entities. The designated companies and individuals are Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Cyber Electronic Command front company Mehrsam Andisheh Saz Nik; IRGC-CEC-affiliated cyber...

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Rocket Lab’s Electron Deploys NASA, South Korean Payloads to Different Orbits

Rocket Lab has deployed NASA and South Korean payloads to two separate orbits.  On Wednesday morning, the Electron rocket blasted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand, carrying a nanosatellite developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.  NeonSat-1, an Earth observation nanosatellite, was deployed to a 520-kilometer circular...

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China Creates New Military Units for Information, Space, Cyber Operations

China has reorganized its principal military force to add three new units that will separately deal with information, space and cyber operations. The new units replaced the Strategic Support Force under the People’s Liberation Army to address the limitations associated with conducting such operations under a single support team. In an event on Friday, Chinese...

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US Expands Export Controls of Technologies to Russia, Iran Following Air Attack on Israel

The United States is expanding its list of items that require a license to be exported to Iran and Russia.  On Monday, the Bureau of Industry and Security amended the Export Administration Regulations and added new items to the foreign direct product rules governing the two adversarial nations. FDP rules control the export of materials...

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BWXT Investing $58M to Expand Nuclear Manufacturing Plant in Canada; John MacQuarrie Quoted

BWX Technologies has announced an investment of $58 million to expand its Cambridge nuclear manufacturing plant in Ontario, Canada. The company said it will spend $36.5 million to increase the existing facility’s footprint by 25 percent and $21.9 million will be used to procure advanced manufacturing equipment over the coming years. The expansion project will...

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UK MoD Orders Six More H145 Helicopters From Airbus; Lenny Brown Quoted

The United Kingdom is adding six additional units of the H145 helicopter to its original order from Airbus. According to the aircraft maker, the British Ministry of Defence will deploy the choppers to replace the Airbus Pumas used for emergency response and military training activities carried out by British forces in Cyprus and Brunei. Lenny...

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United Kingdom’s Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank Moves Closer to Full Production

The United Kingdom’s Challenger 3 armored vehicle is almost ready for battle. According to an update from the Ministry of Defence, the latest of the eight Challenger 3 main battle tank prototypes have rolled off from the Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land factory production line. “This tank will be at the heart of the British Army’s...

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European Commission Signs Agreement With European Space Agency to Cooperate on Actions Addressing Critical Global Challenges

The European Commission is joining forces with the European Space Agency to address global challenges with innovative technologies.  Timo Pesonen, director-general for defense industry and space, for the EC and Josef Aschbacher, director general of the ESA, signed a collaboration agreement to combine resources and competence to enhance the European capacity to protect critical infrastructure,...

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US Cuts Back Licensing Requirements for Australia, UK to Promote Trade, Innovation

The United States has scaled down its export control rules for Australia and the United Kingdom to advance defense trade and innovation among the three countries. The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which released the interim final rule Thursday to govern trade flow for the AUKUS partners, estimated that the change would...

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Anduril Ready to Deliver First Ghost Shark Underwater Drone to Royal Australian Navy; Shane Arnott Quoted

Anduril Australia will deliver a prototype of the Ghost Shark underwater drone to the Royal Australian Navy. Alongside industry partners, Anduril is building the first of three unmanned undersea vehicles co-developed by the Australian Department of Defence under an $89.7 million contract.  Shane Arnott, engineering senior vice president at Anduril Industries, noted that up to...

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