* The Obama Administration pledged $1.3 billion-worth of foreign military financing for Egypt, with the sale of a dozen F-16s, 125 Abrams replacement kits and 20 harpoon missiles cleared following the freezing of military exports to the country in 2013.
* The RCAF has taken delivery of its fifth CC-177 Globemaster transport aircraft, part of the Canadian Air Force’s modernization of its transport fleet, which included the procurement of 17 CC-130Js in 2008.
* Lockheed Martin was awarded two contract modifications totalling $145.5 million for various procurement and services in support of the Aegis system, whilst Raytheon was awarded a $26.9 million contract to support the Dual Band Radar destined for CVN-78.
* German weapon manufacturer Heckler & Koch has denied reports that its G36 rifles have been afflicted with operational problems (namely overheating), despite the German Army confirming anecdotal evidence that German soldiers had experienced the same problem on operations in Afghanistan.
* India is upgrading its helicopters. Saab will upgrade the defensive capabilities of the IAF and Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopters, while ten Indian Navy, Russian-produced Kamov 28 ASW helos are to be fitted out with new sensors and overhauled, most likely an interim measure until the Indian Navy takes delivery of its new Sikorsky S-70Bs.
* India has started fresh talks with European missile house MBDA over a short-range naval air defense system, despite recent advances with its indigenous Akash missile, which was designed with the same function in mind. The Indian military also operates the Barak-8 – jointly developed with Israel – which is slated to equip Indian Navy vessels by the end of this year.
* New Zealand issued a tender for a tanker to replace its existing ship, the HMNZS Endeavour. The new tanker has a required range of 6,450 nautical miles and is required to spend up to 160 days at sea a year.
* The Dhruv helicopter in action (bonus crazy-camouflage APC included)…