Aussie subs: US firm to supply combat systems
SYDNEY • US defence contractor Lockheed Martin will supply the combat systems for Australia's new fleet of 12 French-built submarines, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said yesterday.
The Australian arm of the American defence giant defeated US rival Raytheon in a deal to fit out the vessels that have a combined price tag of A$50 billion (S$52.2 billion). French firm DCNS won the contract to design and build the submarines.
9/11 law disastrous, Saudis warn US
RIYADH • Saudi Arabia has warned of "disastrous consequences" from a US law allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, in a major spike in tensions between the long-standing allies. The warning came after the US Congress voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.