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Triton Rising

Last week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australia would procure the MQ-4C Triton from Northrop Grumman to partially fulfill its mission requirement for a maritime surveillance platform. The announcement not only marks Northrop Grumman’s first foreign customer for the Triton, but it also caps one of Australia’s more complicated defense procurement stories. The …

F-35 Back in the Fight for South Korea’s FX-III Competition

South Korea announced today that it will not purchase a fleet of 60 Boeing F-15SE aircraft as it had originally planned. Citing capability concerns with the F-15SE, South Korea plans to re-open its FX-III competition for a fifth-generation combat aircraft, potentially breathing life into Lockheed Martin’s efforts to sell the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to …

Uncovering Opportunity in Saudi Arabia

Over the past five years, the Middle East has emerged as the epicenter of global defense activity. While Saudi Arabia has led the charge, it is the Saudi National Guard (SANG) that has gained much momentum under the radar. While global defense firms have dedicated resources to targeting the Saudi MoD, the SANG has traditionally …

Brazil – A Burgeoning Market, Accelerated by Sport

As the largest country in South America with the fastest-growing GDP, Brazil is garnering a lot of interest from defense contractors worldwide.  Raw growth aside, two major events are driving the immediate expansion of Brazil’s defense capabilities – The 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Both events are forcing Brazil to modernize its …

India’s Growing Frustration May Signal Larger Opportunity for Competition

India’s recent announcement that it may seek to impose financial penalties on the Russian government for continued delays in the delivery of the Admiral Gorschkov (rechristened INS Vikramaditya) marks yet another downturn in Indo-Russian commercial relations. The Gorschkov, originally slated to be delivered in August 2008, has experienced a series of delays and has has now seen its delivery schedule …

Reasons for Optimism in European Defense Markets

I know, I know, there are a lot of reasons to be pessimistic about government spending in Europe. Greece remains mired in challenges, Italy and Spain face at least another round of budget cuts, and France and Germany can’t seem to agree on lunch, never mind the proper role of the ECB. All of this …

U.S. Navy Steadfast on Aircraft Development

The Navy is often seen as a reluctant supporter of the Joint Strike Fighter program. In recent weeks, Boeing has attempted to capitalize on this perception by displaying a slew of F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades to potentially disgruntled F-35 customers. However, getting the largest operator of Super Hornets to sign on for additional upgrades would …