Newscast: January 30th, 2007

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Bulgarian MOD to Terminate Helicopter Upgrade Contract

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense intends to terminate a contract for the upgrading of attack and assault helicopters awarded to Elbit Systems in 2004 but faced serious obstacles immediately after the selection was announced due, primarily to Russian objection to the deal, causing delays and obstacles to the programme's progress. The issue was resolved during recent meetings between Bulgarian Minister of Defence Vesselin Bliznakov and Elbit chief executive Josef Ackerman.

THAAD Begins Test Series Intercepting a Target over Hawaii

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) conducted a successful flight test of The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system successfully intercepted a missile target with a direct hit over the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, on January 26. The flight test demonstrated the operation of the entire THAAD system, including the radar, launcher, fire control and communications and interceptor operations. The recent test was the first in a series of intercepts to be tested at the PMRF scheduled for the next 24 months leading to operational fielding in fiscal year 2009.


Israel to Replenish Air Force's Precision Weapons Inventory

The Israel air force plans to spend about US $100 million to replenish the inventory of precision guided weapons used during the month long conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon. This procurement will exercise options to buy JDAM weapon under a 2004 contract for the procurement of up to 5,000 JDAMs of different types.

Archer Program Receives Funding for Continued Development

BAE Systems has received a SEK 100 million (US$ 14 million) contract from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for the next phase of the Archer program, supporting continued development of the gun system and the product definition phase on ammunition supply vehicle and modular charges.

Commercial Chassis, Modular Hulls Proposed for MRAP

International Trucks and Engines Team with Plasan Sasa to provide protected Mine Resistant, Ambush protected vehicles. International’s trucks utilize a modular concept to armor its trucks for the MRAP bid. The design maintains the standard chassis to ensure commonality and enable worldwide support, while assembling the modular, v-shaped crew compartment hull on top. In March 2007 the company will deliver to the U.S. Marines four vehicles for testing.


DDG-1000: Half Billion $ for Continued Detailed Design

The U.S. Navy awarded yesterday over half billion US$ for continued detailed design of the Zumwalt class destroyer, DDG-1000. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) was awarded US$268 million and General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works was awarded $257 million, bringing the total value spent on the new class' design to $644 million.

The U.S. Navy Gets First Mine Detection Pod

The U.S. Navy took delivery of the first Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) pod developed and produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). The ALMDS system is designed to operate from the MH-60S helicopter, using a Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging blue-green laser to detect, localize and classify near surface, moored and floating sea mines. The U.S. Navy plans to field up to 45 ALMDS systems between 2009 and 2018.



Low-Profile Sensor Masts for Virginia Class Subs

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was awarded an $8.7 million contract to develop a Low Profile Mast sensor system for the U.S. Navy's Virginia Class submarines. The total contract value with all options exercised could be $70 million dollars. The new sensor mast is designed for open sea and littoral operations, decreasing counter detection probability.

Bomb-Sniffing PackBots Ordered for U.S. Military

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) was awarded a $16.58 million order for the delivery of more than 100 explosive-detection robots. Initial shipments are expected to be delivered during the first half of 2007 to U.S. military units deployed in Iraq. The PacBot 500 robots will be equipped with the Fido explosive-detection technology developed by ICx Technologies. These sensors detect explosives' vapors emanating from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).



US Army Orders More Handheld Mine Detectors

CyTerra, a L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) subsidiary received a U.S. Army follow-on order worth about US$40 million to provide several thousand AN/PSS-14 advanced mine detection systems. The purchase is the second order placed by the U.S. Army under a ten year, full rate production contract for up to 17,000 units with an anticipated value in excess of $300 million. To date, L-3 CyTerra has delivered more than 3,000 AN/PSS-14 mine detecting sets to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps under this and other contracts. The initial order, announced in August 2006, was for more than $24 million of systems.

Armor Holdings To Supply Additional Gunner's Protection Kits

Armor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AH) will supply Gunner Protection Kits (GPK) and supplemental armor components to increase IED protection levels of tactical wheeled vehicles fielded in Southwest Asia. The company was awarded $44.1 million order, in addition to a previous order value to $75.8M bringing the total orders of these components under the part indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) US Army (TACOM) contract to $93.7 million.

 

Joint Intelligence Operations Center Opens at ISAF HQ in Kabul

A Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC) supporting both Afghan and Pakistani forces monitoring the Afghan-Pakistani border was opened at ISAF headquarters at Kabul, Afghanistan January 25, 2007.

At the new center, Afghan and Pakistani military officers are working side by side in one facility to support joint campaign planning for operations, intelligence, technical exchange of counter improvised explosive device information and information operations.


 

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