Newscast: April 5th, 2007

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  • The Shat-el-Arab incident: Bluff or Coercion
    There are some highly intriguing military issues pondering over the 23rd March incident where two British boarding parties were captured by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Sofar no explanation has been offered over this embarrassing incident by an authoritative source in Britain.
  • Chlorine Gas Attacks: Paradigm in Unconventional Terror
    Last Friday's triple chlorine-gas suicide attacks that hit Fallujah, Ramadi and Amiria, almost simultaneously, sent shockwaves all over Iraq, raising the specter of further widespread use of chemical weapons by terrorist groups in Iraq and the entire region. The brutal attack by suspected al Qaeda suicide bombers also sent a chilling message to Sunni tribal leaders who have rebuffed the Islamic terrorists.

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Lockheed Martin, Gibbs to Pursue High Speed Amphibious Vehicles

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Gibbs Technologies will develop a family of High Speed Amphibious (HSA) vehicles designed specifically for military operations. The new vehicle will reduce the risk of marines and Special Forces units by dramatically reducing the sea-to-shore transition time. According to Rich Lockwood, Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensor's vice president for Mission Systems, "HSA minimizes that risk, allowing forces to move safer and faster - and with capabilities that make it a powerful asset in a net-enabled force."
An artists concept of the Amphibious Combat Craft - Riverine (ACC-R), a 35- foot amphibian capable of speeds of 40 mph on the water and 65 mph on land being developed by Gibbs Technologies and Lockheed Martin. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

A Growing Market for Synthetic Training and Simulation in Europe

The European Military Synthetic Training and Simulation Markets earned revenues of $1.1 billion in 2006. Frost & Sullivan finds estimates this market segment to reach $1.8 billion in 2015. "As European countries increase cooperation in joint military training programs to promote improved training efficiency and cost reductions in net-centric warfare (NCW) environments, the markets for military synthetic training and simulation will expand, " explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Marie-France Mann. "The switch to joint training will mean that a series of networked simulation devices will need to be procured even as current systems will have to be upgraded, networked or replaced."

FCS Team Selects Centralized Controller Provider

Lockheed Martin was selected by the FCS team to develop the Centralized Controller to provide a single, hand-held device to be used by warfighters of the FCS 'Unit of Action' (UA), allowing them to operate and control various unmanned systems. The controller will provide access to over 750 remotely controlled assets within each brigade at any particular time. The potential value of the Centralized Controller contract, which will be finalized shortly and will run through 2014, is in excess of $35 million.

Green Light for New Typhoon Capabilities

Eurofighter Typhoon is moving a step forward to become a true multi-mission fighter. By the end of March 2007 Eurofighter GmbH, the aircraft manufacturer was officially contracted to extend the capabilities of the aircraft beyond those already delivered with Tranche 1, based on the Main Development Contract. The next stage will focus on air-to-surface capabilities and communication improvements.

L-3 Integrated Systems Selected for Nimrod R1 Upgrade

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) was selected by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) to become the preferred bidder for a planned upgrade of the RAF Nimrod R1 electronic reconnaissance aircraft fleet. L-3 IS was awarded a contract worth more than GBP 11.5 million ($21.7 million) to carry out the risk reduction studies for HELIX Assessment Phase Stage 3, a major mission system upgrade to the capabilities of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Nimrod R1 electronic reconnaissance aircraft fleet.

Successful Test Sets UGS Path for Planned 2008 Spin-Out

Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) developed as part of the Future Combat System family of combat systems was recently tested by the US Army in an urban warfare test and received positive after action feedback from the troops. The US Army plans to introduce UGS to the current force as a spin-out of FCS, as early as 2008.

Canada Orders 36 Sniper Targeting Pods for CF-18s

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has received a Canadian MOD contract of an undisclosed value, for 36 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). Pods are to be Sniper ATP's integrated on the CF-18 Hornet to provide full ATP capability with no aircraft modifications and no operational limitations. Deliveries will beginn in April 2007. The Canadian Forces are the seventh operator of the Sniper. Other operators include the USAF and US Air National Guards, as well as the air forces of Norway, Poland, Oman, Belgium and the UK.

Mk38 Mod 2 remotely controlled naval gun systems are installed on US Naval ships to provide ship protection at ranges about 2000 meters . The system is based on the Typhoon weapon station, developed by RAFAEL.Remotely Controlled Turrets Protecting Naval vessels

The growing threat of hit-and-run and suicide attacks on naval vessels operating in littoral water is motivating the world navies to equip their vessels with advanced, high performance close-in defenses capable of repelling such attacks. Remotely controlled gun turrets are among the systems considered for this role. The US Navy is fielding the Mk 38 Mod 2, based on the Typhoon weapon station developed by RAFAEL, while the German Navy selected the Italian HITROLE system for its F125 frigates.

US Army Fields Improved Gunner Protection Kit on Humvee

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny has designed a new armor shield that improves the protection for HMMWV gunners in combat situations. The system includes a combination of steel, transparent armor windows and rear-view mirrors configured to provide protection against rifle fire and IED blasts, allowing the gunner to maintain a protected posture while performing mission objective with full visibility through the windows. The system was transformed from conceptual design models to full-scale production in just six months. With over 2,500 of the systems fielded, O-GPK is currently in mass production at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. The plant is expected to ship 7,500 kits by July 2007 and 20,000 by 2008.


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