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Rob Anderson: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon to Help Marine Corps Test Mobile Devices

The U.S. Marine Corps has selected AT&T (NYSE: T),  Sprint (NYSE: S) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) for a program to test the use of personal devices by civilian and uniformed employees at work, Federal Times reported Friday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes 20 loaned devices running the Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems will be …

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Sikorsky Wins $3.5B to Build Helicopters for Turkey

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has signed a $3.5 billion agreement with Turkey for the production of multi-purpose helicopters, Defense News reported Friday. Burak Ege Bekdil writes the United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) subsidiary will initially co-build 109 T-70 utility helicopters in partnership with Turkish Aerospace Industries. The T-70 is a variant of Sikorsky’s S-70 …

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CAE Joins General Dynamics & Alenia Aermacchi Team in Bid for Air Force Trainer Contract

CAE USA (NYSE: CAE) has partnered with General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Finmeccanica‘s Alenia Aermacchi subsidiary to pursue a contract to build an U.S. Air Force trainer aircraft and related systems, Defense News reported Wednesday. Aaron Mehta writes the General Dynamics-led team will offer a version of Alenia’s M-346 jet …

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Saudi Arabia, UAE Eye Fincantieri Submarine Acquisitions; Achille Fulfaro Comments

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri plans to hold submarine acquisition talks with government customers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Defense News reported Sunday. Awad Mustafa writes Saudi Arabia also wants to purchase more than a dozen German-built Type 209 submarines worth $3.4 billion combined. German newspaper Bild originally reported the …

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US, Iraq Strike $6B Deal for Boeing Apache Helicopters

Iraq will acquire 24 Boeing-made (NYSE: BA) Apache attack helicopters through an approved $6.2 billion deal under the Pentagon’s foreign military sales program, Defense News reported Monday. Paul McLeary writes the Iraqi military’s purchase and lease of AH-64Es was approved by a U.S. congressional panel Monday. The deal also includes …

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Raytheon, Rafael to Co-Produce Missile Interceptors; Pini Yungman Comments

Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) and Israeli state-owned company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems are planning to co-develop an air defense system that is already used in Israel for the U.S. Army and allied forces, Defense News reported Thursday. Barbara Opall-Rome writes Rafael and Raytheon also want to jointly build Stunner interceptors, …

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KAI Wins $1B Iraq T-50 Fighter Aircraft Sale

Korean Aerospace Industries has received a $1.1 billion order from the Iraqi government for 24 T-50 multirole aircraft, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Jeyup Kwaak writes KAI will build Iraq a fighter variant of the Golden Eagle aircraft under the contract, which represents South Korea’s largest arms-export sale to …

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Elbit Systems Creates New Unit to House Intell, Cyber and IT; Bezhalel Machlis Comments

Elbit Systems has created a new division to manage its portfolio of information technology, cybersecurity, intelligence and electro-optical offerings, Defense News reported Monday. Barbara Opall-Rome writes Intelligence and Electro-Optics Elop combines the portfolios from Elbit’s systems land and C4I business and Elop subsidiary. Adi Dar, Elop managing director, was appointed …

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State-Owned Israel Military Industries Open to Privitization Bids; Moshe Ya’alon Comments

Israel officials plan to sell state-owned Israel Military Industries after ministers agreed on a privatization plan for the defense company, Defense News reported Wednesday. Barbara Opall-Rome writes that the Israeli government will make the $650 million company available to domestic and international companies that will need to form an Israeli management team …

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Report: Private Companies Ramp Up R&D Investments

Many private defense contractors in the U.S. have increased their investments in research and development initiatives, Defense News reported Sunday. Zachary Fryer-Biggs writes public defense vendors largely spend between 1 abd 2 percent of sales on new ideas and technologies. Private firms such as Alion Science and Technology are boosting …

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