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Report: Pentagon Clears $1B Military Equipment Sale to Iraq

The Defense Department has approved an approximately $1 billion sale of aircraft trainers, aerostats and ground military vehicles to the Iraqi military, Defense News reported Tuesday. Marcus Weisgerber writes Iraq has purchased 24 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II aircraft trainers and related services for $790 million as part of the Middle …

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Tracy Biegler: Venezuela Buys 1st US-Made Choppers in 10 Years

Enstrom will provide training helicopters to the Venezuelan military for an undisclosed sum in a deal that marks the foreign government’s first purchase from an American maker in over a decade, CEO Tracy Biegler said Saturday. “We are pleased that the 480B was selected for this training mission, ” he …

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Paul Falkler Joins Vistronix as National Intell Programs Corporate VP; John Hassoun Comments

Paul Falkler, formerly director of strategic development at Varen Technologies, has joined Vistronix as corporate vice president for national intelligence programs. Falkler will be responsible for Vistronix’s integration programs, capture initiatives and activities in mergers and acquisitions, the company said Wednesday. John Hassoun, corporate president of Vistronix, said Falkler will work to …

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Loren Thompson: Philippines Eyes US Defense Tech to Enforce Territorial Claims

Some defense analysts believe a pending 10-year security agreement between the Philippines and U.S. could increase U.S. sales of weapons and maritime surveillance equipment to the Philippines, Reuters reported Sunday. “What Manila needs most in the way of military technology is weapons that can help enforce its claim to areas …

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Jeff Lowinger Joins Eaton As Industrial Sector SVP, CTO

Jeff Lowinger, a former executive vice president at Bell Helicopter, has joined Eaton (NYSE: ETN) as senior VP and chief technology officer of the company’s industrial sector. He will oversee the segment’s technology roadmap and new product development programs and report to Craig Arnold, sector vice chairman and chief operating …

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KippsDeSanto: Aerospace, Defense M&A Deals Eye Power Distribution Sector

KippsDeSanto believes UEC Electronics’ acquisition of defense and security products provider Arotech shows that aerospace and defense companies are looking to power distribution and management technologies for mergers-and-acquisition deals. The deal also demonstrates an attraction towards budgeted and long-term programs that support industry and military initiatives, the investment bank said Thursday. …

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Ray Duquette: CAE to Build Poseidon Simulation Hardware for Navy’s ‘Synthetic Training’

CAE (NYSE: CAE) has been awarded a contract to manufacture additional flight simulation and training equipment for Poseidon maritime surveillance planes that Boeing (NYSE: BA) builds for the U.S. Navy. Boeing has ordered CAE hardware for six P-8A operational flight trainers and five P-8A desktop environment trainers, CAE said Thursday. The …

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David Leach, Howard Zach Promoted to VP Roles at CRGT

David Leach and Howard Zach, both formerly senior managers at CRGT, have been promoted to vice president roles at the company as it seeks to expand its market reach. CRGT appointed Leach as VP of cyber and intelligence services with responsibility for intelligence community offerings and cybersecurity integration services for …

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DigitalGlobe Crowdsourcing Tech Used in Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) has launched a program with its Tomnod crowdsourcing platform to help in the search of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner that went missing on Saturday. The FirstLook subscription service works to compate pre- and post-event satellite imagery for emergency management functions,  the company said Monday. Two DigitalGlobe satellites have …

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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Plans Long-Range Bomber RFP For Later This Year

The U.S. Air Force is requesting $11.8 billion in funding to build a new long-range bomber, Bloomberg News reported Thursday. Tony Capaccio writes the branch intends to acquire up to 100 Long-Range Strike Bomber units for $55 billion total over five years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said earlier this month at a Bloomberg Government …

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