The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to Belgium of 34 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company F-35 Lightning II fighter jets for an estimated cost of USD6.53 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying US Congress of this possible sale.

Also included in the potential sale also are 38 Pratt & Whitney Military Engines F-135 engines (34 installed, 4 spares), electronic warfare systems; command, control, communications, computer and intelligence/communications, navigational, and identification; autonomic logistics global support system; autonomic logistics information system; full mission trainer; weapons employment capability, and other subsystems.

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Thales Alenia Space (TAS) has signed a new contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to deliver the X-band communications system for the KOMPSAT-7 mission (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite 7), with a target launch in 2021 and a lifetime of five years.

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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is to present the Trophy active protection system at International Armoured Vehicles 2018 event.

Trophy system is installed on over three brigades of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), on Merkava Mk 4 main battle tanks and Namer infantry fighting vehicles.

The U.S. Army announced in October 2017 its decision to purchase Trophy system for the first GDLS Abrams M1A2 battle tank brigade.

(Trophy active protection, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems).

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On behalf of France, Italy and the United Kingdom governments, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) has notified a new in-service support contract with EUROSAM, which is co-owned by MBDA and Thales.

It replaces the first in-service support contract that has been in place since July 2012.

The two-year contract will include in-service support for French and Italian land and naval systems (SAAM-Fr, SAAM-It, PAAMS and SAMP/T) as well as all Aster missiles (Aster 15, Aster 30 and Aster 30 Block 1) from France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

(Aster 30, EUROSAM).

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Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra was awarded an approximately USD85 million contract from a European country to supply a range of advanced ground-based electronic warfare and Signal intelligence systems. The contract will be performed over a four-year period.

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Terma North America Inc. has been awarded a USD 44.3 million contract to equip F-16C/D Fighting Falcon fighter jets from US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command with a 3D audio system.

With this indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract Terma will engineer, integrate, produce, and support the 3D audio system.

The work under this contract which also covers repair support, spares, and support equipment is expected to be complete by January 2024.

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Saab is expanding its activities in Finland having established a new development centre – the Saab Technology Centre (STC) – in Tampere.

For the first stage, Saab has established a unit at the STC with a focus on electronic warfare (EW). The unit contributes to deliveries for Saab´s current EW contracts for fighter aircraft, including Gripen E/F, the EW system for airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft, and the electronic support measures/electronic intelligence systems (ESM/ELINT) used for land applications.

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