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China Tests Anti-Satellite Weapon

U. S. intelligence agencies believe China performed the anti-satellite (ASAT) test January 11. During the test, a kinetic kill vehicle, launched by a ballistic missile destroyed a target orbiting earth at an altitude of 537 mi (864 km). The Chinese test was similar to a test of a kinetic energy ASAT weapon carried by the U.S. in 1985, destroyed a U.S. scientific satellite in orbit at 326 mi (525 km) altitude. The destruction of the weather satellite left considerable space debris in a heavily crowded orbit around 900km, used by many commercial, scientific and military satellites.

US Army Continues Reset of Bradley Fleet

BAE Systems has received two US Army contracts totaling $412 million, supporting the reset of Bradley A3 armored fighting vehicles. The awards announced last week, fund the processing of 262 vehicles in FY 2007. Combined with the $1.16 billion contract for the remanufacture and upgrade of 610 Bradley awarded in November 2006, the total value of the Bradley upgrading and reset contracts amounts to $3.5 billion for Fiscal Years 2005 – 2007. 620 A3 vehicles have already been processed, out of a US Army requirement for the upgrading and remanufacturing of more than 2,000 total Bradley A3s.

Finland Orders RBS-70 Air Defense System

Saab Bofors Dynamics has signed a contract for the RBS 70 air defense missile system with the Finnish army. The contract is valued at 600 MSEK (US$85 million). The first delivery is scheduled for the end of 2008. The order secures production of the RBS 70 until 2010.

Boeing to Upgrade Additional 126 AH-64D Apaches

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will upgrade (remanufacture) 126 AH-64D Apaches for the US Army (96) and the army of the United Arab Emirates (30), under a $1.15 billion contract signed last week. The first helicopter in this Block II production will be delivered in October 2007. Last week Boeing also announced the beginning of deliveries of 12 new AH-64Ds to Greece.

Italian Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Turkish Coast Guards

The Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and Turkish RMK Marine shipyard will build four patrol vessels for the Turkish Coast Guards. Fincantieri’s share of the program amounts to approximately € 110 million. The vessels will be delivered by the year 2011. The Turkish OPV will be based on the design of “Sirio” and “Orione” OPVs, delivered to the Italian Navy in 2003. The companies agreed to market this design to other countries. The vessel measures 88.40 metes in length, breadth 12.20 metes, and displacement at full load 1,700 tons. The maximum speed is 22 knots. Cruising at a speed of 15 knots, it can reach 3,000 nautical miles.

Tadiran Receives US$ 20 Million for new SDR Radios

Tadiran Communications reported last week it received an additional order of $20.5M from Israeli Ministry of Defense, for the supply of the new Software Defined Radio under development by Tadiran. This order is follow-on to the first order worth $19.6 million awarded in December 2005 for the development and initial supply of next generation software defined radio (SDR) systems for use by the various branches of the Israel Defense Forces. The new radio will provide high-speed simultaneous voice and data communications, and support multiple advanced communications protocols.


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