Newscast: January 5th, 2007

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Defense Stocks Performed Well in 2006

Defense and homeland security companies continued to outperform the broader market in 2006 as the benchmark SPADE Defense Index (AMEX: DXS) gained 19.33% and marked the seventh consecutive year it has outperformed the S&P500. Defense stocks are expected to continue to perform well in 2007, and Merrill Lynch cited them among its top 10 picks for 2007.

Boeing Australia Provides UAV Services for Australian Troops

Boeing Australia Limited is providing reconnaissance and surveillance services to the Australian Army units deployed in Iraq, using the ScanEagle UAV. These services are currently provided to the Australian soldiers operating with the Overwatch Battle Group (West)-2 in Operation Catalyst, in southern Iraq. The service-based ScanEagle solution provides immediate, operational imagery coverage for the Australian Army while the next generation I-View UAV system is being introduced. The capabilities of both systems will complement each other in terms of payloads and flight profiles.

MBDA Gets SCALP/NAVAL French Cruise Missile order

France's general armament agency (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement – DGA) concluded a € 910 million contract with MBDA, for the development and supply of 250 SCALP Naval missiles, a naval derivative of the Anglo-French Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missile. 200 of the new missiles are destined to equip the French Navy’s FREMM multi-mission frigates and 50 for the new Barracuda submarines. The missiles will be delivered in four tranches, the first tranche covering the delivery of 50 missiles for the FREMM frigates in 2013. At that time, SCALP Naval will become Europe’s first naval cruise missile.

BAE Systems Tests Advanced Emitter location Technology

BAE Systems has successfully demonstrated a passive geo-location capability that enables a single aircraft to quickly pinpoint the location of enemy emitters positions (radars, communications equipment etc) in crowded radio frequency (RF) environments. The new system can spot such emitters almost instantaneously, and construct a geo-location solution, based on data received on a single platform.

India Waives Local Assembly, Buy T-90C from Russia

India considers buying Russian made T-90Cs, while delaying production of locally assembled T-90s. India considers buying 300 upgraded T-90C tanks to be produced by Uralvagonzavod in Nizhni Tagil, Russia for $866 million during two years. According to Russian sources, the Indian plant licensed to produce the tanks has not yet built the capacity to ramp up serial production. (Kommersant)

Missile Defense Agency Awards $619 Million for THAAD Production

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $619 million contract to begin low rate production of two lead systems of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System scheduled for fielding by 2009. Once fielded, THAAD will network with other systems and sensors to provide the layered missile defense capability required for the future. The program is managed by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). As the system transitions into production, Israel has informed the USA of its interest in possibly integrating THAAD capabilities into its missile defense program, to extend the country's defense against potential nuclear threats.

Egypt Receives Final Delivery of Upgraded AH-64D

Boeing Company has delivered the final six remanufactured AH-64D Apache helicopters, which concluded the modernization of 35 Apaches for the Egyptian air force (EAF). The AH-64D Apache features numerous enhanced capabilities, including longer-range weapons accuracy and all-weather/night operations, integrated sensors, networking and digital communications for situational awareness, and real-time combat management. Eleven nations, including the United States, operate or have selected Apache helicopters for their defense needs. More than 1,600 Apaches have been delivered.


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