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USAF Plans to Deploy Raptors at Kadena, Japan

The US Air Force plans to deploy a squadron of F-22 Raptors to Kadena Air Base, Japan, as part of U.S. Pacific Command's Theater Security Package in the Western Pacific in early 2007. This will be the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest fighter. As part of continuing force-posture adjustments to address worldwide requirements, the United States continues to deploy additional forces throughout the Western Pacific.

Inmarsat's New Mobile Satellite Terminal Targets the Military

A new joint venture co-funded by mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT) and digital communications equipment provider ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) is offering mobile satellite communications services for the defense sector. The two companies will develop a new mobile satellite communications terminal, providing secure, highly mobile voice and high-speed data communications destined for use by the armed forces.

Javelin Block 1 in Test Firing Qualification

Block 1 upgraded Javelin missile recently passed qualification flight tests at Redstone Arsenal, in Huntsville, Alabama. The U.S. Army continues to field the Javelin missile and has already contracted for Block 1 missiles as part of its fiscal year 2005 contract. The upgraded missile uses an improved rocket motor that reduces the missile's time of flight. Other improvements are made in the command launch unit (CLU), introducing software enhancements. The warhead has also been modified to increase lethality against a wider range of target sets.

Protecting Ships from Fast Attack Boat Swarm Threats

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has successfully completed at-sea demonstration operational testing of a new Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC) Defense System, which provides an innovative and cost-effective way to quickly extend the defensive perimeter of most naval vessels out to five miles.

SOCOM Launches Silent Knight Airborne Radar Development

The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) a $135.4 million contract to develop a new tactical radar for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. The radar, called Silent Knight will be initially integrated in the service's new MH-47G helicopter, serving as a common multi-mode terrain following/terrain avoidance radar, allowing airborne forces safe low-level flight and safe ingress and egress in adverse environments. The current phase will be funded by cost plus incentive fee contract with potential value of US$164 million, which will include six production units. Future contracts will fund additional procurement for more MH-47Gs, MH-60M, MC-130H, and CV-22 block 30 aircraft. Raytheon's team for the program includes AIC, Crestview, Fla.; DRS Technologies, St. Louis, Mo.; and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sikorsky Aircraft to Acquire PZL Mielec

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to acquire aircraft maker PZL Mielec from the Polish government. Upon completion of this acquisition Sikorsky plans to aggressively modernize the factory and tooling at PZL Mielec to support International BLACK HAWK production and continue the current capability for aircraft design, manufacture, flight test and delivery. In September 2006 the two companies established PZL as the assembly center for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Under the new agreement Sikorsky will acquire a 100 percent stake in the company, which is a wholly owned by the Industrial Development Agency (ARP), a government holding company under the Ministry of Treasury.

Leopard 2 based Armored Engineer Vehicle for the Swiss Army

Rheinmetall Defense Systems will supply 12 heavy armored engineer vehicles based on the Leopard 2 chassis to the Swiss Army Engineer. The first "Geniepanzer" designated Kodiak, will be delivered within two years. Kodiak represents a new generation of armored engineer vehicles, for which the Swiss Army is the first customer. The new vehicle was developed by a consortium established by Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH of Kiel, Germany and RUAG Land Systems of Thun, Switzerland. According to RDE, A number of nations have already expressed an interest in this state-of-the-art system; some have launched procurement projects already.

US Marine Corps' Prowlers to Get Litening 'Eyes'

The US Navy plans to expand the use of EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft, employing them as 'multi-sensor platforms'. A key to this role is the integration of Litening Advanced Targeting (AT) pods, currently underway at Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC). When completed later this year, the Prowler will be able to rapidly close 'sensor to shooter' gaps, from the detection of suspected target, by electronic sensors and identifying it with electro-optical means, clearing it for attack by on-board weapons or armament launched from other platforms.

BRITE Stars for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters

The US Army will use FLIR system's BRITE Star II stabilized multi sensor systems as part of the Target Acquisition Sensor Suite (TASS) used with its new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters. FLIR received an US$26.4 million order for these EO payloads, from the program's prime contractor Bell Helicopter.

Raytheon's Solid State Laser Destroys Mortar Bombs in Tests

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) successfully tested a prototype Laser Area Defense System (LADS) combining the Phalanx radar guided gun system with a powerful solid-state laser weapon to defeat rockets, mortars and missiles at a combat significant range. During three tests performed in the past 6 months, the prototype system successfully detonated 60-millimeter mortar bombs at a ranges beyond 500 meters (550 yards).

Lockheed Martin Tests New Solid-State Radar Demonstrator

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) successfully displayed live tracks with an innovative solid state active electronically steered antenna developed as part of the Scalable Solid-State S-band Radar (S4R) engineering model. The system utilizes new high power silicon carbide (SiC) based Transmit/Receive (T/R) modules. "According to Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Radar Systems business, the system provides evidence of a proven approach using high-power Silicon Carbide technology.

US Army Orders More RG-31s

The US Army is buying 169 RG-31 Mk5 mine protected vehicles. The vehicles will be delivered over six months starting June 2007. General Dynamics Land Systems- Canada will supply the vehicles under a contract for USD$76.5 million, which includes an option for additional nine additional vehicles. GDLS Canada is already contracted to deliver the Army 94 vehicles, under contracts awarded in October and November last year. BAE System's OMC of South Africa will manufacture the vehicles.

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.


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