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Autonomous Australian Navy Patrol Boat Concept Advances With Austal’s Sentinel Test Completion

Australia-based global shipbuilder Austal has announced the completion of seaworthiness tests of a remotely and autonomously operated vessel in collaboration with the Royal Australian Navy’s Warfare Innovation Navy branch. Other partners in the project, funded by the Australian government, include Greenroom Robotics and Trusted Autonomous Systems. The project, dubbed the Patrol Boat Autonomy Trial, utilized...

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US Army Seeks Tech to Modernize FMS Case Management

The U.S. Army has tasked two industry partners to develop prototypes that would improve foreign military sales processes. The Foreign Military Sales-Army Case Execution System product office under the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems recently kicked off a competitive prototype phase wherein selected vendors will create and demonstrate their proposed technologies to support the FMS community...

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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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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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US OKs Basler Military Transport Aircraft Sale to Argentina Valued at $143M

The U.S. Department of State has approved Argentina’s request to purchase the Basler BT-67 transport aircraft and associated materials and program support, such as spare engines and parts, repair and maintenance services, and technical documentation. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which transmitted the State Department’s approval to Congress, said the proposed procurement has an estimated...

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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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US Treasury Designates Entities, Individuals Involved in Iranian Drone, Missile Production

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has designated 16 individuals and several entities for enabling Iran’s production of unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles used in a weekend attack against Israel. Companies and individuals subject to assets and trade restrictions include Oje Parvaz Mado Nafar Co. and its CEO Mohammad Sadegh...

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