Article Archives: Arms Acquisitions

North Korea’s Latest Missile Launch Suggests Progress Toward ICBM: Experts

North Korea’s successful missile test-launch signals major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, such as mastery of re-entry technology and better engine performance key to targeting the United States, experts say. The isolated country has been developing a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland United States mounted with a nuclear warhead. That would […]

Lockheed Martin Awarded $25 Million to Provide Patriot PAC-3 Missile Redesign to Qatar

Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $25,361,940 modification (0014) to foreign military sales (Qatar) contract W31P4Q-12-G-0001 for Phased Array Tracking Radar Intercept on Target (PATRIOT), Advanced Capability-3 and Missile Segment Enhancement Aft Block I redesign. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; and Lufkin, Texas, with an estimated completion date of […]

Saudi Arabia Unveils Armed UAV

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) unveiled its Saqr 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 11 May. The KACST said the Saqr 1 UAV is equipped with a satellite communications system, has an automatic take-off and landing capability, and is made from lightweight carbon and glass fibre materials to reduce its […]

State Department Approves $2 Billion Sale of Patriot Missiles to the UAE

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Patriot PAC-3 and GEM-T missiles. The estimated cost is $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 10, 2017. The Government […]

Congress OK with Saudi Missile Defense Sale Amid Warming Israel-Gulf Ties

The Donald Trump administration’s interest in selling an advanced anti-missile system to Saudi Arabia is expected to easily clear Congress in a sign of warming Arab-Israeli ties. Israel is not objecting to the proposed sale of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system, according to several Washington sources, assuaging US lawmakers’ concerns that […]

Raytheon Awarded $7 Million to Provide AMRAAM Missile Components to Turkey, Japan, Others

Raytheon Missile Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $7,172,609 firm-fixed-price modification (P00054) to previously awarded contract FA8675-15-C-0022. Contractor will provide life of type buys, obsolescence components under the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Lots 28-30 production. Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by March 31, 2019. This contract […]

Rolls-Royce Awarded $79 Million to Provide Engineering and Logistics Support to USMC and Kuwaiti KC-130Js

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $78,695,875 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide original equipment manufacturer engineering and logistics support for the KC-130J aircraft AE2100D3 engines for the Marine Corps and the government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana (75 percent); Iwakuni, Japan (6 percent); […]