Patriot system, transport ship sent to Middle East among rising tensions with Iran

May 11 (UPI) — The Defense Department is moving the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock ship and a Patriot surface-to-air missile battery to the Middle East for additional military strength amid rising tensions with Iran. On Friday, the Pentagon announced the ship and an additional launching system for PAC-3 missiles are part of the U.S. Central Command’s original request from ...

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State Department approves sale of 24 Apache helicopters to Qatar for $3B

May 10 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 24 Apache helicopters and spare parts to Qatar for $3 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification Thursday, notifying Congress of the possible foreign military sale. The contract also includes four spare engines, as well as night vision sensors, fire control radars, radio frequency ...

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Georgia Tech Research Corp. receives $8.1 million Navy contract for wave study

May 9 (UPI) — The Georgia Tech Research Corp. received an $8.1 million award from the U.S. Navy for wave research, the Defense Department said. The Atlanta-based umbrella organization will oversee development of vector sensors and arrays for deep and shallow water applications by Navy vessels. The cost reimbursement contract was announced Thursday. It was competitively procured under a long-range ...

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Navy, Air Force to design next fighter planes separately

May 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy’s next generation of fighter planes will not be jointly developed with the U.S. Air Force, a Navy official said. Unlike the F-35, which has variants for each military branch, the Navy does not intend to use the Next Generation Air Dominance aircraft in penetration missions of highly contested airspace. The strategy differs from ...

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Raytheon tests motor for DARPA’s MAD-FIRES self-defense interceptor

May 7 (UPI) — Raytheon Company successfully tested a hot fire rocket motor for DARPA’s Multi-Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System. The test for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was conducted on an undisclosed date at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, Raytheon announced Monday. The MAD-FIRES interceptor is designed to provide self-defense capability that defeats multiple waves ...

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