The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $101.1 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 10. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested to buy fifty (50) Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade 2 (BU2) Terminals and one hundred (100) additional MIDS-LVT BU2 Retrofit Kits that will be added to a previously implemented case whose value was under the congressional notification threshold.

Europe

Tyvak International, an aerospace subsidiary of Terran Orbital, has been awarded a contract to design a Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) satellite for the European Defense Agency’s (EDA) Hub for EU Defense Innovation (HEDI). The contract will see the company create a proof-of-concept prototype for preliminary design review, which includes leading market analysis, key component identification, and satellite development feasibility studies.

Asia-Pacific

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has further strengthened its rotary-wing fleet by placing an order for three additional Airbus H225 helicopters. This latest acquisition brings the JCG’s total H225 fleet to 18, solidifying their position as the leading operator of Super Puma family helicopters in Japan. The new helicopters will be deployed for various missions crucial to Japan’s maritime safety and security. These missions encompass patrolling and protecting Japan’s extensive coastlines and enforcing maritime borders, ensuring adherence to regulations at sea such as fisheries management and anti-smuggling operations. The H225s will also play a vital role in disaster relief efforts, providing critical support with search and rescue operations and logistical assistance during natural disasters.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is deploying a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and crew for the sixth time in support of UN Security Council sanctions enforcement against North Korea. This deployment marks several significant firsts for the RNZAF’s newest maritime patrol platform. This deployment signifies the P-8A Poseidon’s operational debut overseas for the RNZAF. The aircraft will be stationed in Japan throughout the mission, conducting patrols over international waters in the region. This also marks the first time the RNZAF operates in Asia with a Boeing P-8A.

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