“Task Force Afghanistan, until recently, was supported by the US military’s Route Clearance Package; however, with the transition to the International Security Assistance Force, the US assets have been redeployed elsewhere. Their proven track record and unique performance is not currently available anywhere else in the world, and Canada has chosen to move quickly to meet the needs of the Canadian Forces by working with our American ally to procure the vehicles.”
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress [PDF format] of Iraq’s request of various small arms ammunition, explosives, and other consumables as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $508 million.
The contractors are unknown at this time, and there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale, which includes 75 million gallons of diesel fuel, $56.4 million gallons of MOGAS (gasoline), and 2.9 million gallons of JP-8 jet fuel. Iraq is also looking to buy ammunition for small arms, grenades, pyrotechnics, and explosives for demolition that includes:
Sri Lanka’s fight against the Tamil Tigers has not generally been viewed as having an air to air combat dimension. Raids by propeller-driven aircraft in March and April changed that calculus, however; a military base next to the country’s only international airport was hit in March, and an April strike against oil facilities near the capital of Colombo led to a blackout and mistaken targeting of a passenger jet. The LTTE planes were believed to be Czech-made Zlin Z-143s. Though little damage was done, the attacks and their consequences to date implicitly threaten to shut down the island’s 3rd largest industry – its $410 million per year tourism trade.
In its first submarine export order in more than 20 years, BAE Systems Submarine Solutions will fabricate and assemble fore and aft pressure hull domes for Spain’s 4 S-80 Class submarines in its Barrow-in-Furness shipyard, under the terms of the “multi million-pound agreement”…