Newscast: August 10, 2007

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  • Is Ahmadinejad Growing Suspicious of Bashar's Real Intentions?
    Apparently, the real reason behind Ahmadinejad's visit in Damascus last month was to warn his Syrian friend against taking any evasive action on the mutual strategic alliance, which lately seems to be undergoing growing uncertainties.
  • ChemBio/Radiological Terror: A Threat Warning from Al Qaeda
    Responding to suspected 'dirty bomb' threat against New York, precautionary procedures were taken, special sensors deployed on street, water and air patrols, and higher security employed at checkpoints in lower Manhattan and on bridges and tunnels entering the city. While today's was probably false alarm, such matter is not taken lightly since the threat is real.

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US Army TACOM To Improve the Protection of Bradley, Strykers

The US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) has launched the Bradley Urban Survivability upgrade, with a $15 million order awarded to BAE Systems. The Bradley Urban Survivability Kit (BUSK) includes various elements designed to enhance the protection, capabilities and functionality of the Bradley Combat Systems in urban operations. The kits will be shipped and installed in theater on fielded vehicles with minimal modifications. Under another $120 million award by TACOM, GDLS will expedite hull protection kits to augment deployed Stryker vehicles until the end of 2007. The command also released awards worth almost half a billion to sustain Abrams tank modifications.


More MRAP Orders to Force Protection, GDLS Canada

The Marine Corps Systems Command awarded about $70 million order to Force Protection Industries, Inc. for the production of 125 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles. The is the fifth order awarded to the company. It covers 25 4x4 armored patrol vehicles (Category I) and 100 heavier (Category II) 6x6 vehicles. The vehicles are expected to be delivered by December 2007. Earlier this week General Dynamics Land Systems Canada received a third production order worth $338 million for 600 RG-31 Category II Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for the US Marine Corps. This is a new and extended variant of the RG-31 Mk5, already operated by the US Special Operations Command and Army. The vehicles are scheduled for delivery by March 2008. These vehicles will be produced by GDLS Canada in will be manufactured by Demmer Corporation of Lansing, Michigan and By BAE Systems OMC of Benoni, South Africa.

RAF Receives First Block 5 Typhoons

The first two Multi-Role Typhoon aircraft were delivered this week to No. XI Squadron at RAF Coningsby, UK. The aircraft, capable of both air/air and ground attack missions will become operational by the second half of 2008. Assuming their air-to-ground role the aircraft will be fitted with RAFAEL Litening III targeting pods and Enhanced Paveway II dual mode (GPS/laser) guided bombs. The two Typhoons are Block 5 aircraft, part of the remaining Tranche 1 purchase of 55 aircraft. Tranche 1 aircraft already delivered to the RAF and to the Italian Air Force will be converted to the same multi-role standard.

Iraqi, Georgian Forces to get US Jammers in Iraq

The Pentagon will equip Iraqi and Georgian forces deployed in Iraq with vehicle mounted Improvised Explosive Device (IED) jamming systems. The Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems and Sensors (LM MS2) division a $51 million modification to previously awarded contract for the production of 523 Symphony systems, developed and produced by the Canadian company Allen-Vanguard (TSX: VRS). An additional order of 477 systems is also expected to complete the requirement for 1,000 units. Over 300 of the currently ordered programmable jammers will be delivered to Iraqi forces. Additional 150 will protect vehicles carrying additional 1,200 troops expected to deploy from Georgia later this year. Georgian troops will patrol the border with Iran, in an effort to reduce weapons smuggling.

Sniper Detection to be Integrated on Army Weapon Station

DoubleShot Inc. will develop for the US Army a vehicle mounted acoustic counter sniper system integrated into the Remote Weapon Station (RWS), used on the Stryker armored personnel carrier. The system will utilize the latest version of the Boomerang III acoustic detection system, mounted on the Protector Remote Weapons Station built by Kongsberg. The system will be produced under a 10 million contract awarded by the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command (ARDEC). The system is expected to be completed within a 12 months.


Raytheon Equip US Army Scouts with More LRAS3

Raytheon was awarded production contract for Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance Systems (LRAS3). The US Army has fielded over 700 LRAS 3 systems and the new $113 million award will continue the acquisition and support through 2013. The multi-sensor system packs second generation Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor, a Global Positioning System interferometer, an eye-safe laser rangefinder and a Day TV (DTV) camera. This integrated sensor suite enables scouts elements to detect, recognize, identify and geo-locate distant targets while remaining outside the threat's acquisition and engagement envelope. Systems are deployed HMMWVs, and Stryker armored vehicles. It can also be dismounted on a tripod.


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