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F-35 Speeds to Mach 0.7 on Second Flight

The F-35 Lightning II cruises over North Texas at 20,000 feet on Monday, Jan. 8. F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley described the aircraft as "dazzling" as he put it through a battery of handling and propulsion tests on its second flight.

French Army Orders New Eryx for €66.5 Million

The French armed forces have ordered will maintain the Eryx short range anti-tank missile in service through 2020. Last month MBDA received an order worth €66.5 million, for combat and training missiles destined for the Army and Marine commandos. Deliveries will commence between the second half of 2008 through 2011.

Northrop Grumman gets $256 Million for Continued E-10 development

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) announced an award of US$256 million contract received for continued technology development of the E-10A wide area surveillance and battle management command and control (MNC2) platform. The contract covers design and analysis of the E-10A Technology Development Program (TDP) through Initial Design Review, which is scheduled for May 2007.

ArmorWorks to Provide Risk Assessment for Field Commanders

The United States Air Force has awarded ArmorWorks a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop a software package designed to evaluate the risk of personal injury before a combat mission is carried out. When completed the program will provide field commanders with tools for risk assessment, realizing the potential risks involved with different optional plans. The application will help commanders adjust their plans and select the best strategy to guarantee the survivability of their troops without compromising mission success. According to Dr. Ken-An Lou, Chief Scientist for ArmorWorks, these predictions which are done today through exhaustive, time consuming laboratory calculations will generate risk assessment in real-time, when the Commander needs it most.

Elbit Contracted to fit Belgian Piranhas with 30 mm Turrets

Elbit Systems and Mowag signed a contract valued at €44.8 Million (Approximately $58 Million) to equip 138 Mowag's Pirhana III armored vehicles, destined for Belgium, with unmanned turrets monting 30mm automatic guns and electro-optical systems. The unmanned urret, known as ORCWS Overhead Remotely Controlled Weapon System is installed over the vehicle's roof, and is remotely controlled by the gunner from within the vehicle, leaving much needed space inside the fighting compartment for troops, supplies and command and control systems.

Northrop Grumman Contracted forAdditional 42 Litenings

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide 42 additional LITENING Advanced Targeting (AT) systems for use by the Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps. Since the introduction of LITENING in 1999, over 440 pods have been ordered by the U.S. Air Force and allied nations with more than 360 systems fielded. In US inventory the pod is currently deployed on AV-8B, A-10, B-52, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft.

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.


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