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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.

Gallium nitride (GaN) Chips Contribute to More Agile Radars

Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN - News) Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) recently completed 8,000 hours of successful operational testing of Gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs). The tests demonstrated the reliability of this new technology for high-power applications in military radar, communications, electronic warfare and missile systems. Raytheon plans to continue accumulating test hours on these GaN MMICs and perform an independent concurrent validation of the testing through 2007.

Solid-State Based Radar to Enhance U.K. Air Surveillance

BAE Systems will produce a new, solid-state version of the Commander aerial surveillance radar for the UK. Under a £30 million contract awarded by the U.K. Ministry of defence Air Defence Ground Based Systems (ADGBS) Integrated Project Team. The enhanced radar is a versatile medium-to-long-range tactical system. It incorporates solid-state Transmitter/Receiver (T/R) design, software signal processing and advanced digital tracking. To cut cost and improve upgradability, he radar utilizes commercial off the shelf equipment where this is made possible. The system is expected to remain in service at least until 2025. Group Captain Maurice Dixon, Project Team Leader, for ADGBS the new radars are expected to be fielded within the next 18 months.

DRS to Supply Driver's Viewers under new $60 Million Award

DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) has been awarded $60 million in new orders from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) to produce and install Driver Vision Enhancers (DVEs) on a wide range of combat and tactical wheeled vehicles. To date, DRS have been awarded DVE contracts valued at $124 million. The first production deliveries occurred in 2004 and are scheduled to continue through July 2008. Last month DRS was awarded another contract to supply DVE mounting kits.

Raytheon's Radars To Offer Common Datalink Interoperability

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) will design and develop a Radar Common Data Link for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The program will establish datalink connectivity with for active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems to enable rapid exchange of non-traditional ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance). The new protocols will match AESA radars installed in F-22, B-2, and the latest models of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-15 aircraft. Raytheon is teamed with L-3 Communications and Boeing on the program. L-3 will provide experience with common data link waveforms. Boeing is the platform partner for integration of the AESA technology on the F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft.

Israel, Spain Sign $400 Million Missile Deal

More details of the recent Spanish procurement of Spike missiles reported here in November 06 were released today, with the announcement of formal contract between General Dynamics Santa Barbara Systems of Spain and the Israel's RAFAEL. According to the contract, the Israeli company will supply its Spanish counterpart with 2,600 SPIKE-LR missile and 260 launchers, for a total value of over US$400 million. General Dynamics Santa Barbara Systems is the prime contractor for the $425 million, eight year program. deliveries are expected to begin next year. Spain evaluated the Spike LR against the US Javelin and European Milan-ER.

Italian Air Force Receives First C-27J

Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, has delivered today to the Italian Air Force the first of twelve C-27J tactical airlifters ordered in the advanced configuration specifically required by the ItAF. The whole fleet will be delivered by 2008. The new C-27Js will replace the G.222s previously in service with the 46th Wing ItAF and will be used for troops, cargo, paratroopers and cargo drops, for civil protection and fire-fighting operations.

South Africa Orders Milan 3 Missiles

MBDA reported today receiving an order amounting over €18 million from South Africa, for the procurement of Milan 3 missiles, new generation Milan ADT firing posts and training simulators. South Africa becomes the first export client for the Milan ADT firing post which is compatible with the future Milan ER missile. The system incorporates new digital technologies supporting target acquisition and reconnaissance. The systems are planned for deployment with the South African Infantry (currently deployed in The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi) as well as the Special Forces.

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.


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