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Report: Oshkosh Defense Eyes Armored Vehicle Partnerships in Middle East

George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of international programs at Oshkosh‘s defense business, has said the company looks to offer armored vehicles in the Middle East through partnerships with local manufacturers there, Defense News reported Wednesday. The report said Oshkosh Defense is in talks with Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Al-Tadrea Manufacturing Company …

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CAE to Establish Aviation Training Center in Saudi Arabia

CAE has partnered with the Saudi National Company of Aviation to establish a flight training center at the King Fahad International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The SNCA-sponsored facility will offer commercial pilot license curriculum, courseware, staff and instructor training and control systems safety education, CAE said Sunday. Both companies made the announcement during the 2017 Dubai …

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AAR, Global Aerospace Logistics Form UAE Military Support Partnership

AAR and Emirates Defence Industries Company‘s Global Aerospace Logistics subsidiary have agreed to jointly offer logistics support services to military customers in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi-based GAL aims to expand its work with the UAE Joint Aviation Command while AAR seeks to contribute its experience in performance-based aircraft logistics  programs …

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Airbus Defense Segment to Build 2 Comms Satellites for Turkish Operator

Airbus‘ defense and space segment has secured a contract from Turkey-based communications satellite operator Turksat to build two new satellites slated for geostationary orbit. Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B will be based on the electric orbit raising variant of the Airbus Eurostar E3000 satellite model powered by electric propulsion technology, Airbus said Thursday. The …

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DHS Funds 4 Baggage Scanning Tech R&D Projects

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has distributed $6.8 million to four research-and-development projects that aim to update threat detection features in current baggage detection systems. Integrated Defense and Security Solutions, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and TeleSecurity Sciences received the grants through a Broad Agency Announcement published in December 2016 …

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Northrop Hands 1st MQ-4C Triton UAS to Navy

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system to the U.S. Navy‘s facility in Point Mogu, California. The company said Friday MQ-4C is built to provide a 360-degree coverage area for Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Northrop aims to provide a second unit to the military branch before the …

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Leonardo, Thai Defense Tech Institute Enter Helicopter MRO Partnership

Leonardo and Thailand’s Defense Technology Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer in-country helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services. The MoU also covers technology transfer and creation of MRO service offerings if the Thai government orders Leonardo-built multipurpose helicopters for military and law enforcement use, the company said …

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BAE Completes F-35A Airframe Durability Test

BAE Systems has completed third life testing on a full-scale durability test airframe for the conventional takeoff-and-landing variant of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft. AJ-1, which represents the F-35A‘s airframe, underwent durability and load endurance tests equivalent to 24,000 flight hours inside a 386-ton structural test rig installed at a BAE facility in Brough, …

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Calibre to Support Joint Tech Devt Programs at National Guard Bureau

Calibre Systems has received a task order to support joint capabilities development programs of the National Guard Bureau‘s J8 Force Structure, Resources and Assessment division. The company said Tuesday the order was issued under the Human Capital and Training Solutions indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract managed by the Office of Personnel and Management and General Services Administration. …

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Raytheon, Saab Form Infantry Weapon Modernization Partnership

Raytheon and Saab have signed a partnership agreement to update a shoulder-fired weapon system the latter company designed for use by ground troops in multiple operations. Both companies will collaborate to modernize the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon offering and identify opportunities to update Saab’s AT4 disposable anti-tank missile system in efforts to help address U.S. …

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Navy Posts Transducer IDIQ Solicitation Plans

The U.S. Navy‘s Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division has announced plans to solicit bids for an upcoming indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for  transducers,  connectors and boots. NUWCD said in a FedBizOpps notice posted Monday it looks for a contractor to design, manufacture, test, package and deliver TR-232C first article and production transducers. TR-232C is essential to systems …

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