The U.S. and Iraqi governments are revisiting the controversial issue of legal immunity for American troops, the key sticking point that prompted a complete withdraw of troops in 2011.
Special operators being sent to Iraq will receive combat pay, even though they will not be going as part of a combat mission, the Pentagon’s press secretary said June 21.
French Army planners, procurement officials and a three-company group are working on terms and conditions of a draft contract aimed at launching a 5 billion euros (US $6.8 billion) Scorpion equipment modernization this year, the biggest European program for land weapons, a company executive and defense official said.
The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing June 22 hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said.
Federal agencies’ increasing reliance on technology and changing buying behaviors are shaking up the $225 billion government services market.
London is in talks with Paris to allow British troops to train on a French system artillery system this year, according to sources, the first step in a sweeping review of all British artillery requirements, from mortars to guided rockets to 155mm artillery.
The US Navy has invited industry and academia to propose defensive aids technologies that could safeguard helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft from attack by rocket-propelled grenades and similar unguided munitions.
DCNS is in talks with French authorities to stretch out a three-year lease to the Navy of the Adroit, an offshore patrol vessel the company built with its own funds and aimed at the export market, a spokesman at the naval shipbuilder said June 20.
Babcock has been awarded a five-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to support the Weapon Handling and Launch System and Submerged Signal Ejector equipment used on all classes of UK in-service submarines and their associated training rigs.
Elbit Systems has beaten rival Israel Aerospace Industries in a high-stakes bid for US $280 million in prospective UAV sales to the Swiss Air Force.
The Indian Army began the final round of confirmatory trials in support of its requirement for 44,618 close quarter battle 5.56 mm carbines and 33.6 million rounds of ammunition on 9 June, defence industry officials told IHS Jane’s .
Reports out of Germany suggest that Rheinmetall Defense has just signed a EUR 2.7 billion ($3.675 billion) contract with Algeria for 980 Fuchs (Fox) 6×6 wheeled armored personnel carriers.
Senior missile scientist Sudhir K Mishra has been chosen to take over as chief executive officer and managing director of the Indo-Russian JV BrahMos Aerospace, replacing A Sivathanu Pillai.
As part of a bid to centralize management and cut down on wasteful overlaps, Finmeccanica’s new CEO, Mauro Moretti, is to transform the group’s owned companies – including AgustaWestland and Alenia Aermacchi – into mere divisions.
The House approved a $570 billion defense spending proposal June 20 that would save the A-10 aircraft fleet, prohibit another base closure round and reject most of the Pentagon’s planned pay and benefits trims.
In a flurry of activity that wrapped up early on the afternoon of June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives pushed through several controversial amendments to the $570.4 billion 2015 defense appropriations bill before handing its version of to the Senate for its own markups this summer.
Superman had X-ray vision. Now, so does the United States military, in the form of an X-ray gun that can see through fabric, rubber and aluminum to find drugs, money, explosive liquids and even people.
The Canadian government is studying a recommendation that it become a partner in the US continental missile defense system, either by contributing locations for radars or by conducting research into improving the system.
Despite spending billions of dollars a year to treat military service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the government has little evidence that its efforts are working, according to a new report commissioned by Congress.