Russia is among the most dangerous countries for journalists
these days, plagued by attacks on reporters who seek to expose
official corruption and other murky abuses.
Opposition on the rise in Iran
While no definite proof has surfaced over any direct, or indirect
involvement of American intelligence agencies in the latest
bombing in Zahedan, the US should certainly be interested
inflaming ethnic and political opposition inside Iran.
Bradley fighting vehicles, Abrams main battle tanks and Command
Variant HMMWVs will be equipped with ICS as part of the fThe
first Integrated Computer Systems (ICS) were delivered last
week to the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.
The prototype units supplied by the ICS team will provide mobile
FCS elements with computing, networking and information assurance
resources to enable current force vehicles to be a part of the
FCS network.irst spin-out of FCS future force technologies in
2008. The ICS team include General Dynamics C4 (NYSE:GD) and
Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL).
BAE Systems and Thales have formed a teaming arrangement to
provide combat identification technologies for ground vehicles.
Such capabilities are pursued by NATO forces as well as the
US Army and Marine Corps. The U.S. Army is expected to seek
proposals later this year. The team plans to offer the battlefield
target identification (BTID) device that combines a millimeter-wave
CID technology developed by Thales. BAE Systems will provide
vehicle and network integration services, based on its extensive
experience with the US Army.
The Israel Air Force (IAF) received this week the medium-altitude,
long endurance Heron Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system developed and produced by Israel
Aerospace Industries (IAI). The Heron UAV (IAF designation "Shoval")
has already been operational with the IAF through since the
2006 conflict in Lebanon, when an IAI owned Heron was employed
by joint IAI / IAF teams throughout the conflict. Its performance,
endurance, payload capacity and multi-sensor carrying capability
introduce new potential for the multi-task usage of UAVs. Heron
is the largest and heaviest of the IAF's UAV fleet, capable
of carrying the largest payloads, introducing more flexible
payload mix, compared to other UAVs in IAF service.
The Lockheed Martin-led Mobile User Objective System (MOUS)
team is on-schedule toward completion of the Critical Design
Reviews (CDR) phase in March 2007, where the detailed design
of the U.S. Navy's MOUS is examined, ensuring all requirements
are met. The ground system and terminal waveform software developed
by team member General Dynamics C4 have recently passed the
CDR for all segments of the ground system as well as the terminal
waveform software to be inserted into waveform libraries to
be used in future JTRS radios.
When fielded, MOUS will establish the U.S. military's next-generation
narrowband global mobile satellite communications system.
Textron Systems U-ADD guided
dispenser was flown through a full mission for the first
time during a demonstration held by the US Air force UAV Battlelab
in October 2006. U-ADD was controlled throughout its flight
by the GuideStar flight control system, developed by Athena
Technologies. A U-ADD Product Improvement activity will be ongoing
starting in 2007 with the US Air Force’s UAV Battlelab,
Creech AFB, NV.
BAE Systems has developed a prototype advanced power management
system designed to provide military tactical wheeled vehicles
with substantial capacity to generate electric power, addressing
a critical warfighter need. When installed in a standard HMMWV
the new power system delivers sufficient electricity to operate
electronic mission systems on board combat vehicles, including
subsystems such as electronic warfare, situational awareness,
communications, and vehicle prognostics and diagnostics, eliminating
the need to operate dedicated generators to power the mission
Exercises Option for 22 PacBot EOD Robots
The German Federal Defense Force (Bundeswehr) is exercising
an option to buy 22 additional PacBot
EOD robots from iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT). The company
reported the receipt of an order worth over US$2.8 million for
the follow-on order. In 2006 the Germans procured 18 robots
from the company. iRobot expects to deliver the robots in Q2
2007. To date, iRobot has delivered more than 800 PackBot robots
to a broad range of military and civilian customers around the
protection Offload Production to Armor Holdings
Force Protection Industries, Inc. awarded Armor Holdings,
Inc. (NYSE: AH) a production order worth US$40.7 million for
the production of Cougar Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles for the USMC. This is
the first order resulting from the teaming agreement announced
by the two companies last year. The companies are discussing
continuation of the cooperation on follow-on Cougar production,
should Force Protection receive additional U.S. Marine Corps
MRAP orders. Deliveries will be made in 2007. Force Protection
has also reached teaming agreement with General Dynamics, for
joint production of Cougar vehicles.