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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):

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

23 - 26

Alexandria, VA, USA

ITEC 2007 Simulation & Training

24 - 26

Cologne, Germany

Black Sea Defense & Aerospace

24 - 27

Bucharest, Romania


India Floats Self Propelled Artillery Tenders

Last week India's Telegraph newspaper reported that the Defense Ministry of India issued two tenders for the supply of 155/52 caliber artillery systems, both truck mounted and self propelled guns (SPG).

New Russian Missile Submarine to be Launched

The Yury Dolgoruky, a 'fourth generation' (Project 955) Borey class nuclear missile submarine is expected to be launched this week at the Sevmash submarine shipyard in the northern Arkhangelsk Region. The new submarine is the first vessel expected to be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile (the naval version of the SS-27 Topol M). The submarine will undergo sea trials in 2007 and, pending the completion of the Bulava missile testing, is scheduled to be fully equipped with weaponry in 2008.

KA-50 helicopter was selected to equip the Russian Special ForcesNew Gunships for Russian Special Forces

Russia is planning to purchase several dozens of the Ka-50 Black Shark and Ka-52 Alligator helicopters to boost operations of special-forces, the ITAR-TASS news agency said last week. Series manufacture for Ka-50/52 helicopters resumed at a plant in Arsenyev last year after a lengthy downtime. The Ka-50 lost a Russian Air Force tender to supply attack helicopters to the Russian Army, which selected the Mi-28N. However, Kamov has been selected to construct helicopters for Russian special-forces. Both single seater Ka-50 and twin seater Ka-52 will be built, the later designed as a command aircraft. Weighing 11 tons, each helicopter will be able to carry up to two tons of armament and cargo to a range of 260 km at a ma maximum speed of 300 km/hour.

18 Additional Longbow Apaches For the US Army

Boeing will produce 18 additional AH-64D Apache Longbow Helicopters for the US Army, under a recently awarded contract worth $276. These helicopters will be delivered by mid 2009. With this new order, Boeing is on contract to supply 45 new-build Apache Longbows for the US Army, in addition to 96 remanufactured AH-64A Apaches, to be converted unto AH-64Ds. The new U.S. Army Apache Longbow aircraft, to be built in the Block II configuration, are in addition to the 501 remanufactured AH-64D Apache Longbows built between 1997 and 2006 under two five-year, multi-year contracts.

Almaz Antei Expands, Pursuing New Air Defense System

The Russian missile developer Almaz Antei is broadening its research and development capabilities in an effort to meet the development challenges of the 'fifth generation air defense system'. The new system pursued by Almaz Antei will be developed as a networked defense system providing nation wide coverage, and will also have the capability to intercept objects in space. Two month ago Almaz Antei concern was named by the Russian military industrial commission as the main contractor for the system. The concern will be integrating eleven new government owned enterprises, mainly electronic producers, bringing the number of enterprises under its control to 57.

THAAD Scores 2nd Kill In An Endo-Atmospheric Intercept

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system scored a second successful kill during a flight test conducted over the Pacific Ocean, last week (April 5th, 2007). The test demonstrated the successful 'hit-to-kill' intercept of a "mid-endoatmospheric" (inside Earth's atmosphere) unitary (non-separating) target. Earlier this year, the first flight test conducted at PMRF demonstrated THAAD’s ability to intercept a threat representative target in the high endo-atmosphere.

Army Funds Development of Stand-Off IED Detector

Planning Systems Incorporated (PSI) received funding to continue development of its Maverick Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection system. The funding was awarded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) through the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Ft. Belvoir, VA. Based on PSI's patented Ground Penetrating Radar technology, Maverick enables the detection of IEDs from stand-off distance. PSI is expected to deliver a system for evaluation within 6 months. PSI has been involved with various developmental systems, such as gunshot location, precision military air drop, on-the-move landmine and IED detection. In August of 2005, PSI became a wholly owned subsidiary of Foster-Miller, Inc., a QinetiQ Company.

DRS to Supply $52 Million Worth of FBCB2 Hardware

DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) has received a $52 million contract to provide rugged Appliqué Computer Systems and peripheral equipment for the U.S. Army’s Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program. The order covers the supply of more than 5,700 sets including processors, displays and accessories.

India Plans to Expand AEW Capability

India is expected to expand its fleet of airborne warning and Command Systems (AWACS) adding up to five additional platforms to the three Il-76 PHALCON aircraft currently under construction with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in September 2007. The remaining two will be delivered by 2009. Under the US$1.1 billion PHALCON deal with Israel, New Delhi has an option to acquire three to five more AWCs from Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) that would be delivered during 2009-12.

iRobot Receives $14 Million Order for PacBots

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) received a US Navy order worth $14 million, part of an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract to supply of PackBot man transportable robotic systems to the US forces. The recent order brings the total value of orders received from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to $66 million. The total worth of the IDIQ contract could reach up to $264 million. Delivery has started in March 2007 and will continue through the end of 2007. The U.S. military’s MTRS program has requirements for up to 1,200 robots through 2012. To date, iRobot has delivered more than 800 PackBot robots to a broad range of military and civilian customers worldwide.

BAE Systems To Build 57mm Turrets for the Fourth LCS

BAE Systems has received its second contract from General Dynamics for $7.2 million to supply a 57-mm Mk 110 Naval Gun system to be installed on the U.S. Navy's fourth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 4) as its main armament. The contract includes options such as spare parts and training. The gun is scheduled to be delivered in 2008.

EO Turrets for the British Army's Future Lynx

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) WESCAM was selected to provide Electro-Optical (EO) payloads for the United Kingdom’s Future Lynx Program. The company will supply 56 MX-15Di turrets including Electro-Optical (EO) sensors and laser designators, to be installed on British Army Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopters (BRH) and Royal Navy’s Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft (SCMR), both types are expected to become operational with British forces by 2013 and 2014. Systems delivery will begin in late in 2009 and continue through 2014.


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