Newscast: February 1st, 2007

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Israel Embarks on A New Rocket Defense System

On February 1, 2007 the Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) selected RAFAEL to develop the system that could mitigate the rocket threat. Called "Iron Cap" the system will address the threat of short range rockets, including the Qassam improvised rockets and Katyusha rockets fired by Palestinian and Hezbollah guerillas from Gaza and South Lebanon. The mobile Iron Cap system will most probably will consist of mobile radar systems, battle management center and missile firing units employing a version of a yet unspecified missiles, to be modified into rocket interceptor. The system will utilize a new radar developed at IAI's Elta, capable of tracking multiple targets and discriminate between benign threats and those threatening the protected targets.

German MOD Launches a € 430 million Euro Hawk Program

The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a € 430 million ($559 million) contract to EuroHawk GmbH, a joint-venture company formed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and EADS, for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk unmanned signals intelligence (SIGINT) surveillance and reconnaissance system. The joint team will conduct integration and flight test activity in Germany in late 2009. Delivery of the first demonstrator is scheduled for 2010, with the following four systems scheduled tentatively between 2011 and 2014.

Army Unable to Confirm US$ 38 Billions Spent
on Reset

A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today the preliminary observations on the U.S. Army’s implementation of its equipment reset strategies. According to the preliminary report, due to reporting and tracking inadequacy, the Army is unable to confirm that the $38 billion that Congress has appropriated since fiscal year 2002 for equipment reset has actually been obligated and expended for this purpose. Lacking sufficient monitoring of actual reset spending, the report forewarns the Army cannot be assured its reset strategies will sustain equipment availability for deployed as well as non-deployed units while meeting ongoing operational requirements.

Norway, Turkey Join JSF Development Pact

With Turkey and Norway signing the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) production, sustainment, and follow-on development (PSFD) memorandum of understanding (MOU), all but two members – Italy and Denmark confirmed their support for the next phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program.

Spector Robot Could Improve Checkpoint Security

The U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) plans to test a new robot designed to perform under-vehicle visual inspections for explosives, weapons or other contraband while keeping human inspectors protected from potential attack. The robot, known as Spector, was developed by Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a designer and manufacturer of unmanned vehicle systems. It is intended for use at roadside, embassy, border, and other secure location checkpoints.

US Army Awards KVH US$11.5 Million for TACNAV systems

KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) will supply TACNAV vehicle navigation systems for use on U.S. Army combat vehicles. The contract is potentially worth $11.5 million over five years. The systems provide precision navigation, heading, and pointing data for vehicle drivers, crews, and commanders.

Lockheed Martin Markets Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) of Norway have entered into a Joint Marketing Agreement to market an air-launched version of the Naval Strike Missile. The 1,000 pound stealthy missile, to be called the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), is designed to be carried internally and launched externally from the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, striking surface or land targets at ranges of up to 130 nautical miles with high precision.


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