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Royal Navy Warship HMS Duncan Sails to the Red Sea to Protect Shipping Routes
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Royal Navy Warship HMS Duncan Sails to the Red Sea to Protect Shipping Routes

The United Kingdom has deployed HMS Duncan, a Type 45 air defense destroyer, to patrol the Red Sea. The Royal Navy warship and its 200-person crew departed from Portsmouth on Monday and sailed toward the Middle East to protect vital trade routes from Houthi attacks.  It will replace HMS Diamond, which has been stationed in the Red...

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Teledyne FLIR Enhances Repair Capability of Partner Service Center in Turkey

Teledyne FLIR Defense has upgraded its Turkey-based partner service center, which performs maintenance and repair services for the company’s surveillance and imaging systems. Periter Arastirma ve Teknoloji, the U.S. company’s Turkish partner, runs the facility and supports Teledyne FLIR’s government and semi-government customers. Stan Crawford, senior director for Teledyne FLIR’s Middle East, Central Asia and...

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$435M Order Jumpstarts New Maestral Shipbuilding Partnership; Pierroberto Folgiero Quoted

Abu Dhabi-based defense and technology company Edge Group and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri have signed an agreement to form a shipbuilding joint venture called Maestral, which has already booked a contract from the United Arab Emirates Coast Guard. The order, worth $435 million, calls for the delivery of 10 offshore patrol vessels. Edge, which holds a...

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Israeli-Made Heron UAV for Luftwaffe Takes First Flight in Germany

An unmanned aerial vehicle developed and produced in Israel and designed with Germany’s military requirements in mind took its maiden flight in German air space on Wednesday, with senior officials of the German Armed Forces present.  Airbus, one of the contractors for the German Heron TP drone, said the remotely powered aircraft system was developed...

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RTX to Supply Missile Upgrade Kits to UAE Under Potential $144M Deal

The U.S. Department of State has cleared the possible sale of high-speed anti-radiation missile control section modification upgrade and related equipment to the United Arab Emirates for $144 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which announced the State Department’s approval, said RTX of Tucson, Arizona, will be the principal contractor of the requested purchase of...

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US Treasury Blocks Assets of Hezbollah Financial Backer’s Accomplices in Sanctions Avoidance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blocked all American property interests of several persons who were found helping Hassan Moukalled and his money-changer company CTEX Exchange avoid U.S. sanctions for supporting the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.  The department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified two of Moukalled’s sons, Firas and Rayyan, as among his...

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US, UAE Sign Technological Security Agreement at Annual Military Dialogue

The United States and the United Arab Emirates have vowed to boost cooperation on technology security under the Cooperative Technology Security Program Execution Plan. The program mandates the U.S. Defense Technology Security Administration’s International Cooperation Directorate to guide other nations’ defense and security sectors in safeguarding critical local and U.S.-origin military technologies. DTSA Director Michael...

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US Clears Possible $250M Sale of Blanket Order Training to Saudi Arabia

The United States has approved a proposed $250 million sale of blanket order training to Saudi Arabia. Under the potential foreign military sale cleared by the Department of State, the kingdom seeks to procure the required services for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. The deal, which will be added to an earlier case, also involves...

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Pratt & Whitney Secures $66M Deal for Saudi F-15 Aircraft Engine Maintenance; Josh Goodman Quoted

Pratt & Whitney, an East Hartford, Connecticut-based aerospace company under RTX, has received a $65.8 million contract from Saudi Arabia’s Middle East Propulsion Co. to support the F100 engine maintenance of the Royal Saudi Air Force‘s F-15 Eagle tactical fighter aircraft.  The task order from MEPC, the Saudi Ministry of Defense’s main contractor, calls for...

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US Treasury Sanctions Iran-Affiliated Company Supplying Drones to Russia

Sahara Thunder, a company identified as a front for Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, faces sanctions in the United States for facilitating the design, development, manufacture and sale of drones in support of Russia’s war in Europe. According to the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Russian government...

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