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Australian Bill Seeks to Tighten Military Tech Transfer to Non-AUKUS Foreigners

Richard Marles, Australia’s minister for defense, has introduced in Parliament proposed legislation to tighten the transfer of military technology to foreign interests except AUKUS allies the United States and the United Kingdom. Marles filed the Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2023 ahead of his U.S. visit to attend the AUKUS Defense Ministers’ Meeting in California. The...


Airbus Advancing NH90 Sea Tiger Tests After Frigate Chopper’s Maiden Flight for German Navy

Airbus Helicopters is advancing the multirole frigate chopper NH90 Sea Tiger to the qualification phase after the aircraft’s maiden flight at the company’s site in Donauworth, Germany.  According to an Airbus press release issued on Thursday, Germany’s Bundeswehr ordered 31 NH90s in 2020 for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Airbus earlier supplied 18 NH-90 Sea...


Saab Books $76M Deal to Support South Korea’s Arthur Weapon Locating Systems

Saab has received a $76.2 million contract to provide support services for South Korea’s Arthur mobile weapon locating systems. Signed with the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the five-year deal also requires the Swedish defense company to deliver spare parts for Arthur. According to Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of surveillance business at Saab, the agreement...


Textron Systems To Test F-35 Block IV Capabilities Under $50M Lockheed Martin Deal

Textron Systems has secured a $50 million purchase order from Lockheed Martin to test the F-35 Lightning II aircraft capabilities using its Advanced Architecture Phase Amplitude and Time Simulator system. Under the award, the company will support the modernization of existing Norway-Italy Reprogramming Lab equipment. By deploying the A2PATS system, Textron will provide an enhanced...


Europe Mulls Acquisition Strategy Similar to US Foreign Military Sales Program

The European Commission is looking into adopting a strategy that will ease the process of selling weapons.  As governments across Europe increase military spending in response to rising threats from Russia, the EC is considering a scheme similar to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. According to a consultation paper first seen...


Germany and Israel Finalize Arrow 3 Acquisition

German and Israeli officials, led by Israel Ministry of Defense Director General Eyal Zamir, have signed a final agreement for Germany to acquire the Israeli-manufactured and U.S.-developed Arrow 3 missile defense system.   In its announcement via social media, the Israeli Ministry of Defense valued the deal at about $3.6 billion and described the signing as...


AUKUS Could Involve More Countries in Efforts to Integrate Emerging Technologies Into Military

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are mulling the possibility of welcoming the contributions of other countries in Pillar 2 of their AUKUS security partnership. AUKUS has two lines of effort: Pillar 1 is focused on aiding Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines while Pillar 2 will explore the integration of emerging technologies in military...


Belgium Set to Join FCAS Fighter Jet Program in 2025

Belgium is joining the Future Combat Air System sixth-generation fighter program. According to Ludivine Dedonder, the defense minister of Belgium, the nation will be the fourth FCAS partner behind Germany, France and Spain by June 2025.  Belgium is also set to sign the FCAS observer status membership agreement in December.  Dedonder confirmed the timeline in a...


Germany to Ship Additional IRIS-T Air Defense Systems to Ukraine

The German Defence Ministry said it will ship four more IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defense systems to Ukraine. In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry said the upcoming deliveries will be provided on top of the IRIS-T systems and a Patriot tracking radar handed over in October and will be sent to the war-torn...


Canada To Establish Regional Office of NATO Tech Accelerator Program in Halifax

Bill Blair, minister of Canada’s Department of National Defence, has announced an initial investment of about $19 million to open the North American regional office for the NATO Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic in Halifax. The upcoming facility will open in 2024. Blair made the announcement during his keynote address at the 15th...

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