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Launch of a Russian SA-21 Triumf (S400) Surface/Air missileAs 'Triumf' is Deployed, Russia Plans Next Generation ASAT/SAM

The Russian Military-Industrial Commission, which answers directly to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, will meet Tuesday (February 27, 2007) to consider prospects for the development of new, strategic air-defense system, According to First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who oversees the defense related sectors the meeting, to be held at the air defense R&D complex Almaz Science and Production Association, will assess the viability for the development of fifth-generation air-defense systems, combining elements of air-, missile-, and space defenses. Ivanov mentioned that the Russian military has inducted the new S-400 (SA-21 Triumf) missile systems in late 2006. The system is expected to become operational later in 2007.

Britain to deploy Additional 1,400 Troops to Afghanistan

The British Ministry of Defense announced today (February 26, 2007) that the UK will deploy an additional force of approximately 1,400 troops to southern Afghanistan at NATO's request. This will bring the total number of UK forces in Afghanistan to around 7,700 personnel.

DRS Gets $20 Million fundingto Work on Silent Knight Radar

DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) received a $20 million contract from the Space and Airborne Systems division of the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), to support the initial phase of the new Silent Knight Tactical Radar program. The team is developing a common, multi-mode radar system that includes terrain-following and terrain-avoidance, navigation, ground map and weather mode capabilities. The new radar will be mounted on aircraft and helicopters such as MH-60 Black Hawk, MH-47G Chinook, MC-130H Combat Talon and CV-22 Block 30 Osprey aircraft operated by the US Special Operations Command.

Sniper Targeting Pods for RAF Harrier GR9s in Afghanistan

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) will provide the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) for the Royal Air Force Harrier GR9, under an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) order issued by the UK Ministry of Defense. According to the manufacturer, the Sniper ATP permits pilots to detect and identify weapon caches and individuals carrying armaments while remaining outside jet noise ranges. Deliveries will begin in March 2007, with a full capability deployment in June 2007. The RAF is sending four additional Harriers to Afghanistan, as part of the British forces reinforcement plans announced today.

Oshkosh to deliver Alpha for USMC's MRAP vehicle Program

Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE:OSK] received a $30.6 million contract award from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, to deliver 100 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program within four months. The vehicle proposed by Oshkosh Truck is the Alpha, designed by Protected Vehicles, Inc. (PVI) of North Charleston, South Carolina. These vehicles are categorized as "Category I" intended for urban operations and referred to as the Mine Resistant Utility Vehicle (MRUV).

PVI, RAFAEL & Battelle to supply 60 Golan MRAP Vehicles

An industry team headed by Protected Vehicles, Inc. (PVI), including Israel's RAFAEL and Battelle Memorial Institute of Ohio, received last week an initial $37.4 million low-rate production order for the delivery of 60 Golan type Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category II vehicles to be delivered for by June. The Israeli version of the Golan MRAP produced at RAFAEL is currently undergoing testing by the Israeli Defense Force. The new vehicle will be displayed by RAFAEL and PVI at Ft. Lauderdale, in the upcoming AUSA Winter convention next month.

Rheinmetall Gains Control in Armor Specialist Chempro

The German Rheinmetall group is taking up a majority interest of 51% in Chempro, a privately held company specializing in advanced armor protection. The company is also increasing its holdings at the Düsseldorf-based ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme of Lohmar, developing active protection systems. Both companies were founded by the Deisenroth family. Rheinmetall announced its intention to increase its stake in ADS in order to obtain a majority interest in the company.

Indian Air Force to Induct PHALCON AEW This Year

In an interview with the Indian newspaper The Hindu, air force chief-designate Air Marshal F H Major said the IAF will induct the first of three Phalcon airborne warning and control (AWACS) aircraft by the end of 2007. The aircraft is based on a Russian Il-76 and carries the Israeli PHALCON airborne radar system.

Micro-Magnetometer To Detect Weapons at Standoff Range

mPhase Technologies (OTC:XDSL) is developing two nano-based technologies including a MEMS micro-magnetometer and nano-battery, promising dramatic improvements in defense and homeland security applications, contributing to improving size, sensitivity and low cost. An array of these sensors will be able to detect a rifle from a stand-off distance of 30 meters.


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