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In Spite of Medvedev's Optimism Russian Military Is Facing Severe Crisis
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New Korean Utility Helicopter Unveilled

Three years after the launch of the Korean Helicopter Program in 2006, Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter celebrated the Rollout of the first Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) prototype last week. The helicopter is scheduled to perform its first flight by early 2010, with initial deliveries commencing in 2012. The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) is planning to buy 245 KUH helicopters. (Read more...)

€9 billion Awards Launch Typhoon Tranche 3 Procurement

NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NATMA) has awarded production contracts worth over €9 billion for Tranche 3 Typhoon fighter aircraft, to be produced by the principal Typhoon manufacturers - Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH and EUROJET Turbo GmbH. The two contracts are funding production of 112 Typhoon aircraft and 241 engines, for the four partner Nations: Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. (Read more...)

First U.S. Navy F-35C Carrier-Based Lightning II 5th Generation Fighter Rolled Out at Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Navy's first stealth fighter, F-35C rolled-out in a ceremony at Lockheed Martin's Ft. Worth TX facility July 28, 2009. Following the ceremonial roll-out the first F-35C, designated CF-1, will undergo a series of ground tests before its first flight, scheduled for late 2009. Initial Operational Capability is planned for 2015. (Read more...)

More news on: Aircraft & Helicopters | Guided Weapons | C4ISR | UAVs


Israel Navy Successfully Tests an Upgraded Barak Anti-Missile System

The Israel Navy conducted a successful test firing of the Barak anti-missile system, featuring an improved version of the missile that includes upgrades to its missile interception capabilities. The improvement of the Barak point-defense missile system is part of a modernization process the Israel Navy is going through. (Read more...)

More news on: Missile Systems | Air Defense | Precision Strike


Introducing New Technologies to the Warfighter

Fielding of advanced C4ISR technology with the lower echelons will introduce new opportunities but also pose new challenges to trainers and recruiters, as it will require recruitment of more technologically savvy personnel. Carefully balanced training and procedures should be implemented, to maintain combat warfighting skills, with physical and psychological endurance, while mastering technological prowess. These new capabilities should address Tactical, Technical Procedures (TTP) training and human factors, as well as careful design of the man-machine interfaces, to best integrate the systems' operation into the soldier's environment, rather than change the soldier's activities to match the new system's needs. (Read more...)

New Networking for the BCT

The network initiative currently under analysis and review, will partly derive from the FCS network technologies, and dovetail into an incremental network strategy to be implemented throughout the U.S. land forces. The network was designed as a central and critical component of the FCS strategy, hence, it was designed to be so robust and resilient, that it required a new vehicle with unique infrastructure available only by the specially designed 'Manned Ground Vehicle' for full implementation. The Army panel will now take a fresh look at these requirements including new capabilities, technologies and lessons learned from the FCS program. (Read more...)

U.S. Army Reshaping Requirements for the Future Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV)

Major acquisition programs currently being formulated will replace major fragments of the FCS. For example, instead of the eight variants of the tracked manned Ground Vehicle, cancelled along with FCS, the Army is seeking new vehicles to be developed under the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program being formulated these days. (Read more...)

New Equipment to Modernize Combat Brigades

Fielding the elements remaining intact, as the FCS is restructured into the BCT Modernization, will nclude the Honeywell Class I UAV (T-Hawk), iRobot SUGV mini-robot and the family of Unmanned Ground Sensors (UGS) developed by Textron Systems. Other FCS systems continuing as planned, include the Raytheon Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS) Launch System and its associated 'Precision Attack Missile' (PAM), which are staying on track for early deployment. (Read more...)

Reshaping Future Combat Systems by Modernizing Brigade Combat Teams

The memorandum by secretary of defense to the department sent by Ashton Carter on 23.6.09 to the Army formally set guidance on the program change. The memo covered 7 steps for a future program. The cancelation of the Future Combat System (FCS) program created 3 major acquisition programs, Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) aiming at modernizing all 73 Army and National Guards Brigade Combat Teams (BCT), rather than the FCS special BCTs planned under cancelled program. (Read more...)

Oshkosh Receives Second M-ATV Production Contract

Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) has received an additional $1.06 billion delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for the delivery of 1,700 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) to the U.S. Armed Forces by February 2010. The new delivery order follows an initial $1.05 billion delivery order Oshkosh Defense received last month, for 2,244 M-ATVs. The new contract also includes spares and support for the fielded vehicles, commencing April 2010. (Read more...)

More news on: Armor & Protection | Infantry Systems | Defense Electronics


Unmanned Vehicles Having a Field Day at AUVSI's 5th Unmanned Systems Demonstration

The 5th biennial unmanned systems demonstration hosted by the U.S. Navy PEO U&W and Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) was held 10 August at the Webster Field Maryland, an auxiliary airfield adjacent to U.S. Navy Patuxent River naval air station. Two years ago, Defense Update covered the 4th demonstration held at the same location and our current coverage will relate to the previous event, highlighting the evolution of systems displayed in both events and the trends evident from the current demonstration. (Read more...)

Brazilian Federal Police Evaluates Israel's Heron UAVs

Heron IAI concluded a successful demonstration of the Heron unmanned aerial system in Brazil. Performed for the Brazilian federal police, the Heron demonstrated its capabilities to perform border protection, counter-smuggling, drug interdiction and protection of natural resources. (Read more...)

More news on: UAVs | Guided Weapons | C4ISR


Empire Challenge: Turning ISR into Actionable Intelligence

Empire Challenge (EC 09) sets the stage for an annual demonstration of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) interoperability, executed by US Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) under the sponsorship of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD/I). (Read more...)


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Litoral Combat Ship 'Independence' Begins Sea Trials

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Lockheed Martin Announces Plans to Acquire Gyrocam Systems

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced plans to acquire Gyrocam Systems, a developer of gyro-stabalized optical surveillance systems. Lockheed Martin plans to manage Gyrocam under its Missiles and Fire Control business unit. (Read more...)

Elbit Systems Acquires Simulation Expert BVR Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the assets of BVR Systems (1998) Ltd. for a price of $34 million. (Read more...)