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Avascent Analytics Releases 10 June Dataset The latest iteration of the Avascent Analytics toolkit features updated Eurozone exchange rates as well as international program updates and contract awards.  A full description of the updates and changes can be found here.   Kuwait Adds 24 Caracal Helicopters Kuwait is expected to purchase 24 H225M (formerly EC725) Caracal helicopters …

Kuwait Opens Eurofighter Discussions with Italy Kuwait is in talks with Italy regarding a potential sale of up to 28 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft in a deal that could exceed €4 billion. The news comes on the heels of earlier discussions between the United States and Kuwait surrounding a possible foreign military sale of up …

Russia Turns Away from the Mistral Russia acknowledged this past week that it would not be taking control of the Mistral-class helicopter carriers which it had so doggedly pursued through the wake of the Ukrainian crisis. While Russia claims it will build its own replacements – an expensive proposition for a budget already burdened by …

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 …

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