is Rearming for another round with Israel
Just over eight months since the Second Lebanon war ended,
Hezbollah leaders are already renewing their sabre rattling
rhetoric against Israel. Hezbollah has regained most of
its strength since the last summer with Israel and that
the rate of weapons smuggling has nearly doubled over the
past few weeks.
Straits come into Focus as Gulf Tension Mounts
The waters in the Arabian Gulf (or Persian Gulf), are highly
turbulent these days. The increasing presence of US naval
presence, and continued Iranian defiance of UN pressure
led Iran to raise the level of alert among its armed forces,
in anticipation of a possible attack. While potential nuclear
threat in the future is certainly a serious consideration,
Iran's domination of the strategic straits of Hurmoz is
the imminent threat.
Thales is integrating the AESA version of the RBE2 radar on
the Rafale and is planning to start flight testing soon, following
the conclusion of a series of flight tests on Mirage 2000 test-bed
aircraft. Series production start-up is scheduled for late 2010.
The plan addresses a roadmap recently outlined by the French
Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and the Rafale industry team,
to equip the French Air Force and Navy with Rafale fighters
upgraded with new sensors by 2012.
Planning Systems Incorporated (PSI) has been awarded a new
$10M contract from the US Army’s Natick Soldier Center
for the delivery of Precision
Air-Drop System Mission Planners (JPADS-MP).
These systems are currently being actively used in Afghanistan
and Iraq by the US Air Mobility Command (AMC), the Marine Corps
(USMC) and US Special Forces (SOF) on C-130, C-17 and SOF aircraft.
Ionatron (NASDAQ: IOTN) announced the establishement of a new
organization focused on the development, engineering, production
and support of specialty lasers for military, aerospace, and
security customers. Earlier this week Ionatron was awarded a
$10 million cost-plus, fixed-fee contract from the US Navy for
research, development and demonstration of a transportable laser
equipped vehicle which will demonstrate Ionatron's laser
guided energy effects, and advanced ultra short pulsed laser.
Demonstrations will be completed by April 2009.