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Austria Acquires $570M Worth of Rheinmetall Skyguard Tactical Units to Strengthen Air Defense

German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall has secured a contract to modernize Austria’s Skyguard air defense systems.  The company signed the contract valued at $570 million with the Austrian defense ministry in Vienna. Klaudia Tanner, Austrian minister of defense, was present during the event.  “In this flagship project, Austria is at the absolute forefront of anti-aircraft and counter-drone defense in...

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BAE Systems to Acquire Ball’s Aerospace Unit for $5.55B

BAE Systems has agreed to acquire Ball Aerospace from Ball Corp. for $5.55 billion. Ball Aerospace manufactures spacecraft, instruments and sensors, laser remote sensing systems, and microwave technologies. On Bloomberg, an earlier report cited people familiar with the talks said a deal could be reached within the next couple of days.  Ball first mentioned plans...

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BAE to Help Develop New UK Military Communication Network Under $112M Contract

BAE Systems has secured a five-year contract worth $112.4 million from the UK Ministry of Defence for research and development of the British military’s wide area network. Known as Trinity, the WAN program will replace Falcon, the British Army and Royal Air Force’s current communications network scheduled for retirement in 2026. The U.K .military’s local...

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BAE’s Defense Portfolio on Show at Polish Tech Expo MSPO

BAE Systems said it will showcase its multidomain defense and security solutions and military partnerships in Poland at the annual International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO set at Targi Kielce from Sept. 5 to 8. Visitors of the trade show will be able to view a wide range of BAE’s exhibits containing radar, aircraft survivability equipment,...

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Joint Multibillion-Dollar Jet Fighter Development Sets 2025 Timetable for Sensors

The Global Combat Air Program of multinational companies developing a new jet fighter has set a timetable for designing its sensors, Defense News reported Monday.  The radar and other sensors of the planned sixth-generation warplane, involving defense contractors from the United Kingdom, Japan and Italy, account for up to 30 percent of the value of...

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Q-CTRL, Diraq Engage In Quantum Work for Australia, US

Australian quantum technology companies Q-CTRL and Diraq are set to work together on several multimillion-dollar projects for government customers. One of the projects will see the companies develop new techniques to operate and optimize next-generation silicon quantum processors for the U.S. Army Research Office. Diraq, a manufacturer of silicon-based quantum computing chips, is currently leading...

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Tunisian Air Force Receives First Delivery of Textron Next-Generation Military Trainer

Textron Aviation Defense has delivered the eighth Beechcraft T-6C Texan II military training aircraft to the Tunisian Air Force under a Foreign Military Sales contract. The aircraft arrived at Sfax Air Base following a one-month training of Tunisian pilots on the T-6C Texan II in the United States. Participants learned about flight controls, general handling...

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Report: China to Raise $41B Fund to Develop Advanced Chips

The China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund, also known as the Big Fund, is planning to launch its third investment initiative supporting the country’s development of advanced semiconductors. People familiar with the matter told Reuters that China’s state-owned fund aims to generate investments worth $41 billion, a significant increase compared to the previous funds worth...

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Sensors Tech, Air Traffic Management Firms to Develop Passive Surveillance System for Germany

Defense contractor Hensoldt and Era, an air traffic management company based in the Czech Republic, are working together on a passive surveillance system for the German Air Force. On Aug. 30, the two companies announced a strategic partnership that combines their technologies and expertise to develop air surveillance and defense capabilities in response to heightened security...

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