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FDA approves remdesivir to treat COVID-19

FDA approves remdesivir to treat COVID-19

Health
May 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency use authorization for the antiviral remdesivir to treat COVID-19. Although clinical trials of the drug for treatment of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, have produced mixed results, the largest study to date suggested that up to 50 percent of those given the drug for a five-day period showed improvement in symptoms. Roughly the same percentage were well enough to be discharged from the hospital within two weeks of receiving their first dose of the drug, which is delivered intravenously. The agency said the drug has not been approved as a general treatment for COVID-19. Rather, it is only intended for emergency use on severely ill patients who have been hospitalized. "Today's action is an important step in...
State Dept. approves $194M upgrade deal for South Korea’s F-16s

State Dept. approves $194M upgrade deal for South Korea’s F-16s

Business
March 30 (UPI) -- The State Department approved a sale of upgrades to South Korea's F-16 fighter planes, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Monday. The $ 194 million sale, expected to be approved by Congress, calls for South Korea to obtain Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe equipment, known as IFF, and Link 16 Technical Datalink equipment for its F-16 Block 32 fleet. IFF, in use since the 1940s and improved regularly, identifies and tracks military aircraft, and Mode 5 is the most recent implementation of the system. It uses waveform modulation, coding, and cryptographic techniques to quickly determine the identity and heading of an aircraft. Link 16 is a military data link network allowing military ships and aircraft to share tactical picture of a situation in real time, ...
State department approves $325.5M arms deal to Tunisia

State department approves $325.5M arms deal to Tunisia

Business
Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a possible sale of four AT-6C Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft and related equipment to Tunisia for an estimated $ 325.8 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Wednesday. According to DSCA, the government of Tunisia as asked to buy four Wolverine aircraft along with a variety supporting equipment, including but not limited to 312 MAU-169 computer control groups, 468 MK81 250 LB GP bombs and 3,290 advanced precision kill weapon systems -- as well as bomb components and practice bombs. "The proposed sale will improve Tunisia's ability to meet current and future threats by increasing their capability and capacity to counter-terrorism and other violent extremist organization threats," said the DSCA's announcement. The DSCA...
U.S. approves $1.9B deal to sell air defense system to India

U.S. approves $1.9B deal to sell air defense system to India

Business
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved potential sale of an integrated air defense weapon system to India for an estimated cost of $ 1.867 billion, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. According to the DCSA, India's government requested an air defense system including five AN/MPQ-64FI Sentinel radar systems, 118 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles AIM-120C-7/C-8 missiles, AMRAAM guidance and control sections and 134 Stinger FIM-92L missiles. India's request also includes 32 M4A1 rifles, 41,322 M855 5.56mm cartridges as well as fire distribution centers and electrical optical/infrared sensor systems, communications systems, technical documentation, training and maintenance and infrastructure improvement. According to DSCA, the principal contractors for t...
U.S. approves deal to sell LRASMs to Australia for up to $990M

U.S. approves deal to sell LRASMs to Australia for up to $990M

Business
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a possible sale of up to 200 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of $ 990 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. According to the DSCA, Australia's request also included support and test equipment, technical publications and documentation, personnel training, training equipment, technical assistance from the U.S. government and contractor representatives -- and engineering and logistics support. "This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific," said DSCA's announcement of the sale approval. "The strategic location ...