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US Eyes Military Sustainment Centers in Five Indo-Pacific Allied Countries; Christopher Lowman Quoted

The U.S. Department of Defense is looking to start working with five Indo-Pacific allies on building military maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities under a regional framework that it plans to develop and launch across its overseas commands.  Christopher Lowman, assistant secretary of defense for sustainment, said in a Pentagon briefing Thursday that the regional sustainment...

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Canada Names First Woman Defense Staff Chief

The Canadian Armed Forces has named Gen. Jennie Carignan as chief of defense staff, succeeding Gen. Wayne Eyre. She took command of the post at a Thursday ceremony, with dignitaries including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General and CAF Commander in Chief Mary Simon looking on. According to National Defence Minister Bill Blair, CAF...

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US, UK Extend Air, Space Security Partnership; Gen. David Allvin Quoted

The United States and the United Kingdom have signed a joint statement declaring their continued commitment to protecting air and space security.  Gen. Chance Saltzman, chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force and Wash100 awardee, signed the “Shared Vision Statement on Combined and Space Power in the 21st Century” with Air Chief Marshal...

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LeoLabs Joins UK’s Tyche Space-Based Reconnaissance Program; Tony Frazier Quoted

The U.K. Space Command will utilize LeoLabs’ space situational awareness services for its low Earth orbit research and development satellite, Tyche, scheduled for a summer launch. According to a LeoLabs announcement, the 150-kilogram demo spacecraft is part of the U.K.’s ISTARI program on a LEO constellation for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. LeoLabs CEO Tony Frazier,...

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Canberra Orders 15 Additional Bushmaster PMVs From Thales Australia; Pat Conroy Quoted

Canberra has ordered an additional 15 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles worth $30 million from Thales Australia, specifically fitted for the command and control capabilities of the Australian Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.  According to the government, it has already invested over $135 million in 93 Bushmasters manufactured at Thales’ facility in Bendigo, contributing to...

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BAE Systems Selects Partner to Power CV90 Programs Transmission Needs; Tommy Gustafsson-Rask Quoted

BAE Systems has tapped Allison Transmission to supply the Allison 4040 MX propulsion technology for the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle programs. With a track record of providing crew and passenger protection, CV90, designed and manufactured in Sweden, is used by armed forces around the world, including Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In May, Sweden ordered...

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Spain to Improve Air Defense Capabilities With Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Acquisition

Lockheed Martin has received a new order from Spain for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles. According to Lockheed, with over 90 successful flight tests, the PAC-3 family of missiles defends against adversary systems through direct body-to-body contact, making the missiles more destructive compared to blast-fragmentation mechanisms. The deal, which comes after reaching an...

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Planet Brings AI Technology to Maritime Domain Awareness Under New Contract

Planet Labs has received a contract to supply an international customer with an advanced maritime domain awareness solution for vessel detection and monitoring. Under the agreement, the San Franciso-based company will work with partner SynMax to deliver its artificial intelligence-enhanced PlanetScope data to the client. According to Planet, the unnamed defense customer also expanded its SkySat...

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Germany Places Order for Rheinmetall Practice Rockets

The German Armed Forces has ordered unguided 70 mm practice rockets from Rheinmetall under a potential $109.42 million framework contract. An initial order worth a mid-double-digit million euro was placed in the second quarter, with deliveries expected to be completed in the coming months and serial production to commence between 2025 and 2029. The practice...

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Nikon Sees Growing Demand for Its Metal 3D Printing, Legacy Chipmaking Capabilities

Nikon, witnessing a surge in its businesses, is looking to market its metal 3D printers to the U.S. defense and aerospace market. In an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday, Muneaki Tokunari, president and chief financial officer at Nikon, said the Japanese optics and imaging firm is “betting on many things,” one of which is...

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