Newscast: July 3, 2007

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  • Former Mossad Agent Meets Mysterious Death in London
    Another mystery death occurred last Wednesday in downtown London, when Ashraf Marwan, an Egyptian billionaire and son-in-law of the late President Nasser, was found dead outside his flat in the posh Carlton Terrace in Central London. According to Scotland Yard investigating, no suicide note has sofar been discovered and Police are thus treating his death as "unexplained".
  • Rafah's Subterranean Tunnel City: The Gateway to Hamastan
    By seizing the so-called "Philadelphi" route along the Gaza- Egyptian international borderline, Hamas has finally taken full control of all exits and border crossings into the Gaza Strip- where they are about to create an Islamic Fundamentalist Hamastan.

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Royal Navy Tests Enhanced Block IV Tomahawk Cruise Missile

The Royal Navy released today images from firing trials launch of its newest Block IV Tomahawk long-range Land Attack Missile (TLAM) conducted recently off the US coast. The missile was fired from the 5,200 ton attack submarine HMS Trenchant used one of her torpedo tubes to launch the missile, which then flew over the Gulf of Mexico, striking a target hundreds of miles away with pin-point accuracy. During the 60 minute test fight the missile reached heights of 10,000 feet and speeds of 500 miles an hour. The Royal Navy plans to field the new missile with existing Trafalgar class submarines next year.

GDLS to Deliver 165 New AFVs for Stryker Brigade Teams

General Dynamics Land Systems will supply the US Army 165 Stryker eight-wheeled combat vehicles under a $257 million delivery order awarded by The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The order is part of a an existing $5 billion firm fixed price contract for the delivery of the Stryker family of vehicles. Under the current order GDLS will deliver 31 Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV), 25 Reconnaissance Vehicles, 14 Fire Support Vehicles, 11 Engineer Squad Vehicles, 46 Command Vehicles, 19 Medical Evacuation Vehicles, and 19 Mortar Carriers. The contract also funds the supply of 88 Remote Weapons Stations in the Block II Configuration to be installed on the fighting vehicles.

Israel, Germany Cooperate in the Development of Loitering Weapons

Representatives of the Israeli and German ministries of defense signed an agreement to cooperate in the development of new types of loitering weapons. According to the agreement, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the German Rheinmetall Defense Company (RDE) will cooperate in the development of network-centric systems that will provide land forces with the means for persistent surveillance, targeting and attack of high value targets by loitering munitions.

Fy 2008 Secures Funding for Increased MRAP Procurement

The Pentagon has approved the expansion of the MRAP program to 21,400 vehicles. The US Army plans to increase its fleet of MRAP vehicles from the previously planned 2,300 to 17,700 vehicles. The Marines's allocation will remain at 3,400 and special operations forces will receive about 300 (170 have already been ordered). This plans will virtually phase out the HMMWV from use in combat patrols and high risk missions. Responding to the urgent requirement, the Army plans to have all 17,700 MRAPs in theater by April 2009. To accommodate this plan all suppliers are expanding their production facilities to speed up deliveries, reaching several hundred vehicles per month by the autumn of 2007.

More details Clarify Contractor's Role, Plans for CISCHR Radios

The US Department of Defense selected Harris and Thales Communications Inc. as the two contenders to compete for multiyear deliveries of new 'multiband radios' to the US armed forces, as part of Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS). The Consolidated, Interim, Single-Channel, Handheld Radio (CISCHR) award has consolidated all handheld radio purchases for the U.S. Department of Defense, thus accelerating the transition and reducing cost of JTRS technology. Thales and Harris , the two contenders participating in the CISCHR at this stage, will compete to win future delivery orders, which will ultimately determine contract value. As further JTRS systems are matured, more participants are expected to be added to the program.

AEGIS Destroyer Demonstrates Unique Anti-Missile Capability

A Standard SM-3 Block IA Missile launched from the USS Decatur (DDG 73) destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile target during a flight test that marked the completion of the destroyer's Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT). It was the first time that an SM-3 was fired from a destroyer. Previous tests involved missiles launched from Aegis cruisers. The exercise was the first to involve Aegis ships from three nations, operating together to test the performance of their combat systems against a variety of naval threats. It was the third intercept of a medium-range target with a separating re-entry warhead and the ninth successful intercept for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program. The test represents the Aegis BMD system's ninth successful ballistic missile intercept in 11 attempts.


BAE Systems To Supply Thermal Sights worth of up to US$1 Billion

BAE Systems BAE Systems has been awarded a US$183 million award for production of thermal weapon sights. The order is the first award under a five-year indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the supply of up to 3,000 per month. The total potential worth of the program could reach $1 billion. TWS uses BAE Systems’ microbolometer thermal imaging technology to enable warfighters to see deep into the battlefield regardless of ambient light, both day and night. The new order was issued by the US Army's PEO Soldier. The company is already under contract to produce and deliver more than 29,600 Thermal Weapon Sites II (TWS-II) under a five-year, $295 million contract administered by the Communications-Electronics Command. More than 11,000 TWS-II sights have been delivered toward this contract. The US Army has a requirement for up to 150,000 TWS devices, worth over $2.3 billion. Under similar IDIQ procurement programs, the Army recently awarded $63.5 million to Raytheon for 5,000 AN/PAS-13s and $14.3 million to DRS sensors and targeting systems.

Israel's Navy to Equip with IAI's POO, MiniPOP EO Payloads

The Israeli Navy will equip its surface vessels and patrol boats with the POP electro-optical stabilized payload system, developed and produced by Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Tamam Division. Sofar the Israeli Navy relied on an older version of the MSIS EO systems, developed by Elbit Systems' ElOp fielded through the 1990s. The systems being supplied by Tamam are based on the POP (Plug-in Optronic Payload) and MiniPOP payloads, which include advanced day and night (thermal) cameras and laser rangefinders. Tamam recently expanded its line of MiniPOP 8" (21 cm) sized payloads, with the introduction of a new stabilized multi-sensor system including a color day camera with a Near infra-red (NIR) capability, a 3-5µm continuous zoom thermal imaging camera, an eyesafe laser range-finder and a laser pointer. The MiniPOP also provides enhanced image processing and automatic video tracker capabilities. The MiniPOP weighs up to nine kilograms, depending on the configuration.

An Asian Country Selects Elbit's ETC Computers for a C4 Program

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) will supply Enhanced Tactical Computers (ETC) computers, advanced communication controllers and additional command & control packages under a US$80 million multi-year order awarded by an unnamed Asian country. The contract will be performed over the next four years. The ETC is one of the major building blocks for Elbit Systems' Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) systems.


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