Australia to Buy 58 Lockheed F-35 Jets for $12B

Australia will purchase 58 Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 fighter jets for nearly $11.64 billion in addition to the 14 planes the country ordered in 2009, Reuters reported Wednesday. Matt Siegal and Andrea Shalal report that Australia intends to give its air force enough jets to create three operational squadrons and one training squadron through the new order. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at...

Tony Abbott: Australia to Buy Northrop’s Triton UAV

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Australia plans to purchase a Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)-built unmanned aerial vehicle for maritime surveillance operations over the country’s northern region, Flight International reported Thursday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Thursday the government intends for the aircraft to help protect Australia’s border, assets and marine resources, according to the report. Andrew McLaughlin writes...

Raytheon to Build Naval Aircraft Circuit Card Assemblies for US, Australia and Canada

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Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will build aircraft circuit card assemblies for the U.S. Navy and two other countries under a potential $8,970,000 contract. The Defense Logistics Agency awarded the firm-fixed-price contract to Raytheon’s space and airborne systems unit on a sole source basis, the Defense Department said Friday. Australia and Canada are also acquiring the assemblies through the five-year...

Ian Irving: Northrop Targets Australian Market Growth with Qantas Defence Buy

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Ian Irving Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE: NOC) Australian subsidiary has acquired Qantas Defence Services Pty Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. Qantas has been renamed Northrop Grumman Integrated Defence Services Pty Ltd. within Northrop Grumman Australia and will coordinate with Northrop’s logistics and modernization division, Northrop said Thursday. Ian Irving, Northrop chief executive for Australia,...

Unisys Extends Australian Defense IT Services Contract; Scott Whyman Comments

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Unisys (NYSE: UIS) will continue to provide information technology support processes to the Australian defense department under a two-year, $52 million contract extension, ARN reported Thursday. Brian Karlovsky writes the contract covers network security, infrastructure, server and desktop support services to more than 400 locations throughout the country. Scott Whyman, vice president and general manager...

Lockheed Receives Northrop F-35 Center Fuselage for Australia; Brian Chappel Comments

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received the first center fuselage for Australia’s fleet of F-35 fighter jets from Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), who will manufacture 100 of the fuselages for Australia. Thirty-five total F-35 center fuselages are in flow at Northrop’s integrated assembly line in Palmdale, Calif., including another center fuselage for Australia, Northrop said Thursday. Australia...

ATK to Convert 120 Anti-Radiation Missiles for $102M

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ATK (NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a $102,426,881 contract to convert 120 anti-radiation missiles into all-up-rounds and captive air training missiles for the U.S. Navy and both Italy and Australia under foreign military sales agreements. The U.S. is acquiring 97 converted missiles, Italy is purchasing 15 and Australia will receive eight weapons under the firm-fixed-price contract for lot two of the...

Orbital Sciences to Build Navy Target Base Vehicles

Orbital Sciences Corp. has won a $29,862,025 contract to produce eight base vehicles for the U.S. Navy and two international governments to fulfill foreign military sales agreements. The Navy will acquire five GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target base vehicles, Australia will buy two vehicles and Japan will purchase one vehicle, the Defense Department said Thursday. Sixty-five percent of...

Northrop to Acquire Australia’s Qantas Airways Defense Unit; Wes Bush Comments

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A Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) subsidiary has reached an agreement to buy Qantas Airways’ defense business for an undisclosed amount as Northrop looks to further its international strategy. Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Ltd.’s acquisition of Qantas Defence Services Pty Ltd. could wrap up in 2014 after meeting several conditions, Northrop Grumman said Wednesday. Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman...

Northrop Wins $294M for Torpedo Components, Foreign Sales Included

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Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a potential $294,384,741 contract to produce first articles and functional item replacement level components for array kits on torpedoes. Fifty-two percent of purchases are for the U.S. Navy, along with 41 percent for the governments of Australia and India under the foreign military sales program, the Defense Department said Thursday. The Navy received two offers...

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