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US to sell MH-60R Seahawks to Saudi Arabia On May 20, Saudi Arabia submitted an official request to the DSCA for ten Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, associated spares, support, and weapons totaling $1.9 billion.  A traditional consumer of US platforms, the deal is the second Saudi purchase of MH-60R’s and follows in the steps of other …

1. Is Jordan Looking to China for an Armed UAS? Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) revealed last week that the Jordanian government may acquire “weaponized unmanned systems” from a Chinese provider. Jordan has previously requested drones from the United States government and been denied, most recently when Washington rejected a General Atomics application for an export …

1. Australia formally considers the Soryu-Class Last week, Australia officially invited Japan to join the tender process for a future fleet of long-range submarines. Japan, in turn, agreed to share information about classified technologies on its Soryu-class submarine with Australia – the first time Japan has agreed to share classified information with any country other …

On April 30th, 2015, Qatar announced the selection of the Dassault Rafale as the winner of their long standing multi-role fighter competition. At approximately €6.3 billion ($7.1b), the contract includes 24 fighters, and an undisclosed number of missiles (provided by MBDA) with associated training and services. The sale boosts the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) …

The Kingdom’s Defense Diversity

With 2015 underway, much of the world’s attention is focused on a turbulent Middle East—the site of a long civil war in Syria, chaos in Iraq, and the emergence of the Islamic State. This has brought the military capabilities of Saudi Arabia, one of the region’s most important and wealthy players, under greater scrutiny. A …

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