Russia Ink Next Generation Fighter Aircraft Cooperation
Russia and India agreed to jointly pursue the development of
fifth generation fighter aircraft and a multi-mission cargo
aircraft. The agreement was reached by representatives of the
two countries met today (January 24, 2007) at New Delhi, for
the sixth bilateral military technical cooperation meeting.
Production of the new aircraft will be shared by the Russian
company Sukhoi and Indian company HAL. The two countries agreed
to conduct joint exercises including the Russian and Indian
Air Forces. In 2007, the two countries are planning to conduct
counter terrorist exercise in Russia.
Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer Launched
The Royal Navy's newest warship, the Type 45 Destroyer HMS
Dauntless, was launched on the Clyde January 23, 2007 by Lady
Burnell-Nugent, wife of the Commander In Chief of the Fleet.
HMS Dauntless is the second of the new Type 45 class of Anti-Air
Warfare Destroyers. BAE Systems is the prime contractor for
the delivery of the first six Type 45 Destroyers under contract
worth over £6 Billion. The first ship of the class, HMS
Daring, will start her sea trials later in 2007 and will enter
service in 2009. HMS Dauntless is expected to go into service
early next decade. Three further Type 45 ships are under construction
and work on the sixth ship is due to start soon.
Planning to extend the coverage of its missile defense system,
the US opened formal negotiations with Poland and the Czech
Republic about basing elements of the U.S. anti-ballistic missile
system in Eastern Europe. The purpose of these systems will
be to provide for a 'first line of defense' against attacks
by 'rogue states'. The interceptors will provide protection
for both Europe and the continental United States, from single
missile firings or small salvos of ballistic missiles launched
from Iran or North Korea. However, the steps are causing significant
concern in Russia.
One month before the planned decision on Israel's Tactical
Rocket Shield, Northrop Grumman is improving the positioning
of its Skyguard High Energy Laser Defensive System toward the
Israeli Ministry of defense, by teaming with RADA Electronic
Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: RADI). Under the teaming agreement
between the Israeli company and Northrop Grumman's Space &
Mission Systems division, the two companies will cooperate in
performing contracts resulting from the procurement of the Skyguard
system, in case such system is selected by the State of Israel.
Orders HMMWV Protection at Armor Holdings
Armor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AH), received an order from AM General
valued at $56.3 million under a blanket purchase agreement to
provide armor components for the M1151, M1152 and M1165 Up-Armored
HMMWV programs. The Company stated that the new order represents
work through June 2007.
Receives US$ 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