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STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY ON ARMS TRANSFER AND UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS EXPORT REFORMS
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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WASHINGTON -- America is safer when our partners have access to the American-built systems they need to defend themselves and our shared interests, and when American industry competes on a level playing field. Today, President Donald J. Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum approving a new Conventional Arms Transfer (CAT) policy. He has also established a new Administration policy on the export of American-manufactured unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The new CAT policy reflects the priorities set out in the President's National Security Strategy, and provides a framework under which all United States Government agencies will review and evaluate proposed arms transfers and approve commercial defense sales by American companies. The Trump Administration's new UAS export policy replaces an overly restrictive policy established in 2015 that hindered American companies from delivering a crucial military capability to our allies and partners. These updated policies reflect the President’s commitment to peace through strength by building up our allies and partners, expanding opportunities for American industry, creating American jobs, and advancing the national security interests of the United States.

American industry produces the most sophisticated and effective defense systems in the world. Today's announcements are key first steps in a series of Government-wide initiatives to strengthen our allies, support the manufacturing and defense industrial base, and drive American job creation and innovation.

Source:  U.S. White House
Associated URL: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-arms-transfer-unmanned-aerial-systems-export-reforms/
Source Date: April 19, 2018
Posted: 04/20/2018

 
 
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT APPROVES MH-60R SALE TO MEXICO
Friday, April 20, 2018
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Source: U.S. Navy


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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Mexico of eight MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. Congress was notified of the required certification on April 18, 2018.

Mexico has requested the following equipment for the new helicopters: twenty (20) T-700 GE 401 C engines (16 installed and 4 spares); sixteen (16) APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (8 installed, 8 spares); ten (10) Airborne Low Frequency Systems (ALFS) (8 installed and 2 spares); fourteen (14) AN/APX-123 Identification Friend or Foe transponders (8 installed and 6 spares); twelve (12) AN/AAS-44C Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Forward Looking Infrared Systems (8 installed, 4 spares); twenty (20) Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI) with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (16 installed and 4 spares); thirty (30) AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Devices; one thousand (1,000) AN/SSQ-36/53/62 Sonobuoys; ten (10) AGM-114 Hellfire missiles; five (5) AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training missiles; four (4) AGM-114Q Hellfire training missiles; thirty eight (38) Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) II rockets; thirty (30) Mk -54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedoes (LHTs); twelve (12) M-240D machine guns; twelve (12) GAU-21 Machine Guns. Also included are twelve (12) AN/ARC-220 High Frequency radios; spare engine containers; facilities study, design, and construction; spare and repair parts; support and test equipment; communication equipment; ferry support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

Mexico is a major operator of the UH-60M Black Hawk. Initial agreements, covering six units for the National Police, were signed in July 2009 as part of the Merida Initiative. In August 2010, the Navy ordered three units for $35.3 million. In September 2014, the Mexican Air Force ordered 26 helicopters split between a batch of 18 and a batch of eight. The batch of 18 helicopters cost $203.6 million, while the batch of eight cost $93.3 million. In December 2015, the Navy exercised a $56.4 million option for five additional UH 60Ms. The Navy ordered another two in September 2015 for $22.6 million. The most recent order came from the Air Force in April 2016 for seven aircraft worth $55 million. In total, Mexico has ordered 49 UH-60Ms, with six for the National Police, 10 for the Navy, and 33 for the Air Force.

Initial deliveries of three UH-60Ms to the Navy began in 2011. Six UH-60Ms were delivered to the Air Force in December 2015. The Navy took delivery of an additional three in February 2016. A total of 18 have been delivered, with 12 for the Air Force and six Navy. One Air Force helicopter crashed in February 2018.

MH-60Rs are navalized version of Sikorsky's UH-60/S-70 helicopter. The addition of sonobuoys and torpedoes will be vital for Mexico to monitor and police its waters to stop traffickers transporting humans and illegal narcotics.

Source:  U.S. State Department
Associated URL: http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/mexico-mh-60r-multi-mission-helicopters
Source Date: April 20, 2018
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 04/20/2018

 
 
MILREM ROBOTICS TO DEVELOP A PROPANE TANK HAULER FOR MAC’S TRAX INC
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Multiscope UGVs

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COOPERSVILLE, Mich. -- Mac’s Trax Inc. has contracted the developer of smart unmanned robotic systems Milrem Robotics to develop a new tracked propane tank hauler.

"Milrem Robotics is well known as the developer of the tracked hybrid modular infantry system the THeMIS, an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to help soldiers on the battlefield. It’s cooperation developing this UGV that lead us to contract Milrem Robotics to develop this vehicle for us," explained Craig F. McCullough, CEO of Mac’s Trax..

The remotely controlled and optionally manned tracked propane tank hauler must be able to carry a 1000 gal propane tank.

By signing the contract with Mac’s Trax Milrem Robotics is expanding into the product development sales business. Product development services will be offered under the trademark Milrem Engineering.

"We will focus on more complicated projects where we can apply our expertise in mechanics but also artificial intelligence," said Kuldar Vaarsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics. "Milrem Engineering will cover everything starting with concept development and requirements analysis ending with testing and evaluating prototypes," he added.

In the coming year Milrem Robotics will increase their staff by 50 percent to meet the demand in the product development sector in the US and Europe.

Milrem Robotics is best known for manufacturing unmanned ground vehicles and smart warfare systems for the military. During the last year the company has also started developing unmanned vehicles for the commercial sector and has manufactured the Multiscope - an UGV for the civil sector.

At the moment the Multiscope is being developed together with rescue services for firefighting and search and rescue purposes. However, the Multiscope can also be applied in agriculture and mining.

Milrem Robotics and Milrem Engineering are based in Tallinn, Estonia.

Source:  Milrem Robotics
Associated URL: mjlrem.com
Source Date: April 19, 2018
Posted: 04/19/2018

 

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