Newscast: September 26, 2007

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Recent News Analysis:

  • Syria's Chemical Weapons Proliferation Hydra New!
    Parallel to its nuclear development ambitions, Syria dramatically expanded its chemical warfare capabilities. This feature outlines some of the recent developments and brings vivid images showing the extensive buildup in Al-Safir base, where on 25th of July this year, a mysterious explosion killed 15 military personnel.
  • Assad's "big secret" A Joint Iran-Syrian-DPRK Nuclear Program?
    There have been persistent allegations that Syria's regime wants to create its own nuclear weapons capability. Will the recent "air show" mystery over northern Syria bring these covert actions to light?

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Air Launched Weapons - Sept 24-26, 2007. Arlington, VA. USA
Joint Urban Operations - Sept 26-28, 2007. Washington DC, USA
Military Antennas - Sept 26-28, 2007. Georgetown Univ. Washington DC, USA
INMEX India 2007 - Sept 27-29, 2007. Mumbai, India

October planned events:
Joint Search & Rescue, 1-3 Oct. Washington DC, USA
Helitech 2007 - U.K. 2 - 4 Oct, Imperial War Museum, London UK
Modern day Marine 2- 4 Oct., Quantico, VA. USA
AUSA Annual Meeting 2007, 8 - 10 Oct., Washington DC, USA
MilComms 2007, 9 - 10 Oct. London, UK
Milipol 2007, 9 - 12 Paris, France
Naval & Defense 2007, 9 - 12 Oct. Busan, Rep. of Korea
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TechNet Europe 2007, 16 - 19 Oct. Stockholm, Sweden
Seoul Air Show, 16 - 21 Oct., Seoul, Rep of Korea
Coastal Surveillance 2007., 17 - 18 Oct. Singapore
Intelligence Analysis and Processing., 22 - 24 Oct. Washington DC USA
Border Management Summit., 22 - 25 Oct. Washington DC, USA
NATO/EU Air Systems Requirements Conference, 24-25 Oct. Riga, Latvia
Heli-Asia 2007., 24 - 25 Oct. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Energizing Indian Aerospace., 25 - 26 Oct. New delhi, India
MILCOM 2007., 28 - 31 Oct. Orlando, FL, USA

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AeroVironment Launches Global Observer HALE UAS for SSSOCOM

AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) will develop and build three high altitude, long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial systems for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The contract includes development and production of one Global Observer platform and ground station and options for the delivery of two additional aircraft and one additional ground station, resulting in a potential contract value of $108 million. Tim Conver, chairman and chief executive officer of AV Considers the new platform to introduce a brand new value proposition – affordable persistence in the stratosphere.

Britain to Deliver 72 Typhoons to Saudi-Arabia

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Government of Saudi Arabia has reached agreement with the UK Government to purchase 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The agreement follows plans outlined in December 2005 to modernize the Saudi Arabian Air Force. Under the terms of the current agreementthe new Typhoons would replace Tornado ADV fighters and other aircraft currently in service with the Royal Saudi Air Force. (more...)

Russia Modernizes Tactical Air Defense

Following the initial deployment of the S-400 strategic anti-missile air defense system, the Russian Army plans to embark on a modernization of its tactical air defense assets, with the fielding of a modernized version of the Tor-M2 (SA-15 Gauntlet) and BUK M3 (SA-11 Gadfly) missiles. Upgrades and life extension programs will also be performed with the SA-8 (Gecko) mobile air defense units, mobile short range Tunguska missile-gun system and Strela 10 (SA-13 Gopher). (more...)

The Iranian Air Force flew the new Saeqeh , V tailed F-5 reversed-engineered F-5 on Septembe 2007. Photo: ISNA, by Amir Pourman
Saeqeh - Iran's New Thunderbolt

The Iranians flew last week the first two aircraft from the new Azarakhsh (Thunder) fighter family. These fighters were locally built and are based on adaptations of reversed-engineered, modified (twin-tail) American F-5 platforms developed by IRI, the Air Force and Iran's Defense Ministry. The development of the aircraft began in the late 1990s and proceeded through different designs and prototype phases. The current version named Saeqeh (Thunderbolt), represent the second type of the Azarakhsh fighter. The Iranians described these fighters The first version of the Azarakhsh  twin-tail F-5 derivative developed in Iran. Photo: MEHRas similar to the American F-18 Hornet. An earlier model was flown for the first time last month at Isfahan. The development of the Azarakhsh was first announced in September 2006.

British Forces To Field MWMIK – A New Long Range Patrol Vehicle

The Playmouth based DML Company will supply the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) with Mobility Weapons-Mounted Installation Kit (MWMIK) to be used for long range patrols in Afghanistan. MWMIK continues a long tradition of long range desert patrol vehicles, pursued by the British forces since the early 20th century, and clearly demonstrated its validity in the Western Desert in WW2 and during the first gulf war. (more...)

Insight Technologies to Equip US Marines with Night Sights

Insight Technology, Inc. was selected to provide the Marine Corps with Individual Weapon Night Sights, Image Intensified (IWNS-I2) systems. The total worth of the contract over the two year period until 2009 could reach $53 million. These devices provide individual marine riflemen a rifle combat optic compatible night sight.

Robotic FX Wins US Army Tactical Robot Contract

The U.S. Army has awarded a five year contract worth up to $280 million to supply up to 3,000 small robotic vehicles, designed to combat IEDs and clear caves and buildings in combat areas. The contract is part of the Army's response to a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement from commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army requires thousands such robots, weighing less than 50 pounds each to assist troops to clear objectives in urban areas and combat IEDs. (more...)

USAF To Deploy a New Persistent Video Surveillance from BAE

BAE Systems, Advanced Technologies will develop a wide area video surveillance system called ARGUS, offering real-time, persistent surveillance with high-resolution video. The company was awarded $18 for the development and transitioning ARGUS to the Air Force.

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