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US Army to Expand Counter-RAM Defenses

The Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) capability, employed since 2006 by the U.S. Army's to defend coalition forces in the Middle East theater is being expanded, under a recent $71 million contract awarded to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). The new award funds continued development and support of the program. The current system integrates radars, command and control and alerting systems to warn units threatened by imminent attack. Future enhancements could also include means to intercept incoming threats.

Republic of Korea Shops for More Multi-role Fighters

South Korea is also planning to invest some $2.4 billion to introduce 20 'next generation' fighters. Korea is planning to introduce the twin-engine fighter into service by 2010 – 2012, therefore ruling out the Lockheed Martin's F-35 model. Korea is planning to purchase up to 120 next-generation fighter jets, as part of the planned air-force modernization, drastically increasing combat capability by 2020.

Russia Accelerates Shipments of Air Defense to Iran

Russia completed the deliveries of the TOR M1 air defense systems to Iran 12 months ahead of schedule. Shipments began in November 2006 and by the year's end, over half of the order has been fulfilled. Yesterday, January 16, 2007 Russia announced that deliveries were completed. Russian defense minister Sergei Ivanov confirmed the delivery and added that Moscow will continue to develop military and technical cooperation with Tehran. This could hint on further sales of S-300 air defense missiles, which were requested by Iran for several years, but so-far denied by Russia. The delivery was completed about 12 months ahead of time. According to the original schedule, completion of deliveries were expected to continue through 2008.

British Team to Explore Vehicle Survivability Enhancements

QinetiQ will develop and demonstrate advanced layered protection concepts, improving the survivability of armored vehicles as part of the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) Vehicle Technology Integration Demonstrator (VTID) program. The program's objectives are to evaluate survivability and protection solutions beyond traditional armor. The program will assess a wide range of survivability solutions, from visual awareness and sensor suites, disrupters and interceptors and ‘soft’ solutions like smoke, through to active camouflage and electric armor. Initial trials, using an FV432 vehicle demonstrator are expected in 2009.

F-16 Recce Pod Completes Flight Tests

Goodrich Corporation's (NYSE: GR - News) DB-110 reconnaissance pod has successfully completed flight testing as part of the F-16 Poland Peace Sky program. Testing was conducted recently at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The Goodrich DB-110 reconnaissance pod is carried on the F-16's centerline station and is controlled by the pilot using a cockpit Multifunction Display (MFD). The pilot has the ability to: collect imagery automatically via a pre- programmed mission plan; edit the plan; view imagery in the cockpit; and command the pod to collect targets of opportunity.

Oman Orders Ocean Patrol Vessels from the Britain

VT Group, the Support Services and Shipbuilding Company, has signed a contract with the Government of Oman to supply three Ocean Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Navy of Oman. The lead ship, measured 100 meters in length, is scheduled for hand-over in early 2010, to be followed by the other two delivered in six and 12 months intervals. The program is valued at around £400 million over a five-year period, including initial support.

DARPA, BAE System Explore Satcom Uplink Protection

BAE Systems will lead an industry team developing novel satellite communications (NSC) systems under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program. The agency awarded the team an initial $10 million contract, with options for an additional $4.3 million. The purpose of this research is to exploit new methods to defend the satellite communications uplinks against electronic attack.

Patriot PAC-3 Missiles To Equip Fighter Aircraft?

Lockheed Martin will experiment with a potential air-launched derivative of the Patriot Advanced Capability – (PAC-3), for Air Launched Hit-To-Kill (ALHTK) application. The Lockheed Martin initiative began as risk assessment, concluded in April 2006 identifying the concept's feasibility, and is now progressed to a Risk Reduction/Concept Definition Phase funded Missile defense Agency (MDA) US$ 3 million award.

Near-Space Brokers Empower Tactical Wide Area Networks

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force carried out the first test in a series of demonstrations evaluating the use of near-space airborne platform providing theater-wide information broker services, dispatching real-time tactical communications and information to ground forces. The series, dubbed Project Marti, will integrate persistent, High-Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) concept vehicles, acting as communications relay and hub, communicating between unmanned air systems operating at lower altitude, and users across the theater. The links will span over a large geographic region, beyond the reach of a single low-altitude asset, without the need for expensive space-based assets that are often reserved for higher priority missions.

Greece To Receive 12 AH-64D Longbows This Year

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has begun the delivery of 12 new AH-64DHA Apache Longbow helicopters being produced for the Hellenic Army in Greece. The aircraft are part of a combined Foreign Military Sales agreement with the U.S. Army and direct commercial agreement with Boeing. All helicopters will be delivered this year.


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