Newscast: April 6th, 2007

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  • The EFP Killer Strikes again in Basra
    The deadly device known as Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP), an offspring of the equally deadly shaped charge IED, used already widely in Iraq and Lebanon claimed the lives of four British soldiers. It seems, that the top killer named "routine patrolling" has reared its ugly head once more in Iraq and at probably the worst possible timing.
  • 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.

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Upcoming Events (April 2007):

Sea-Air -Space 2007

3 - 5

Washington DC, USA

5th Annual DoD Architectures

10 - 12

Vienna, VA, USA

MRO Military

17 - 19

Atlanta, GA USA

LAAD 2007 / Aviation Expo

17 - 20

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


27 - 29


Performance Based Logistics

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Alexandria, VA, USA

ITEC 2007 Simulation & Training

24 - 26

Cologne, Germany

Black Sea Defense & Aerospace

24 - 27

Bucharest, Romania


Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Deploys to The Persian Gulf

A third aircraft carrier, USS NIMITZ, departed from its homeport of San Diego on April 2 to join 5th fleet operating in the Persian Gulf. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG, currently operating in the area.

Force Protection Expand Production Capacity

Determined to lead the heavy wheeled armored vehicle market, Force Protection, Inc. (NASDAQ:FRPT) is expanding its production capacity to reap the maximum share of the MRAP program. Force Protection is expected to reach vehicle production levels of more than 400 vehicles per month by the end of 2007, compared to 50 vehicles per month at the end of 2006. (Defense Market Summary - April 2007 Report)

French Naval Mega Merger Launched

DCN and Thales (Paris: HO.PA) have finalized with the French Government a merger agreement which leads the way to major consolidation in the European naval defense industry. Under the agreement, Thales transferred its naval operations in France to DCN and has acquired a 25% stake in DCN while the French government will retain a 75 % stake in DCN. This transaction will position Thales as "the industrial shareholding partner" of DCN and the terms of governance will allow Thales to play an active role on the Board of Directors to support the development of DCN. There will also be the possibility for Thales to increase its stake in DCN to 35% over the next two years. (Defense Market Summary - April 2007 Report)


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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