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Newscast: October 24, 2007

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  • What is really behind Putin's unprecedented hop to Tehran? New!
    Is it only a coincidence that Israel's Prime minister Ehud Olmert rushed to Moscow two days after the Russian president meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Is it only an attempt to ease Israel's growing concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions? The Russian should be concerned, after the alleged failure of their top notch air defenses in Syria.
  • Syria's Chemical Weapons Proliferation Hydra
    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.

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October planned events:

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

November 2007 - planned events:

DARPA Urban Grand Challenge, Nov. 3, 2007 - Victorville, CA USA
UV North America 2007, Nov. 6-7, 2007 - San Diego, CA, USA
Heli-Power 2007, Nov. 7-8, 2007 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Defense Security 2007, Nov. 7-10, 2007 - Bangkok, Thailand
Aviation Nation 2007, Nov. 7-10, 2007 - Las vegas, NV, USA
Dubai Air Show 2007, Nov. 11-15, 2007- Dubai
Light Armored Vehicles Summit, Nov. 13-15, 2007 - Arlington, VA. USA
Expomil 2007, Nov. 20-23, 2007 - Bucharest, Romania
IDGA's Helicon 07, Nov. 26-28, 2007 - Huntsville, AL, USA
I/ITSEC (Training & simulation), Nov 26-29, 2007 - Orlando, FL, USA
Central European Aerospace, Nov. 28 - Dec 1, 2007 - Budapest, Hungary

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L-3 Awarded Contract for UK Project LISTENER

British MOD has launched the Assessment Phase of Project LISTENER, a program aimed at integrating various sensor to provide actionable intelligence against selected targets. LISTENER will be interoperability with British ISTAR assets and other Coalition information and intelligence systems. Under this assessment phase, the British MoD awarded L3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) a £1 million contract for the 10 months engineering effort which will focus on risk reduction and solution definition.

Boeing Orders More Helmet Displays from VSI

Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI), a joint venture between Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) and Rockwell Collins, recently added over $60 million in new contracts for some 300 units of its flagship product the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS). The recent award represents the eighth production contract since 1996. Since 2000, Boeing has contracted for more than 2,500 systems. VSI is the JHMCS subcontractor for Boeing, acting as the prime contractor for the joint services program.

Upgraded US Navy Hawkeyes Could Enhance Egypt's AEW Fleet

Egypt Egypt is interested in acquiring two E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning Command & Control Aircraft (AEW&C2) from US Navy surplus. The total value of the transaction, funding refurbishment and upgrading of existing platforms by Northrop Grumman, could be about $75 million. Egypt currently operates six E-2C aircraft, which are being upgraded to Hawkeye 2000 configuration. It is anticipated that the new Hawkeyes will be delivered with such configuration as well.

Congress requested adding $45.9 billion to sustain the Global War on Terror

President Bush sent today to the US Congress an update of funding requirements for 2008 to continue funding the Global War on Terror and address other urgent national security needs. The request includes an amendment of $45.9 billion, added to the pending request for $150.4 billion, totaling $196.5 billion of which $189 billion are destined to fund the Department of Defense war effort. Force protection and MRAP vehicle sustainment, reset programs and force protection are among the major spending items.

Singapore Exercises an Option to Buy for Additional Strike eagles

Singapore is buying four additional F-15SG strike fighter aircraft, in addition to the dozen already contracted for. The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that the Singapore Ministry of Defence has exercised an option to purchase eight F-15SGs and has ordered four additional aircraft. The Boeing F-15SG is a derivative of the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle. Next month (November 2007) the aircraft will begin undergoing integration and flight testing at the Boeing facilities in St. Louis and in Palmdale, California. The new aircraft will be first to deploy Raytheon's new APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars.

USMC Releases New Orders for 2,288 MRAPs

The US Marine Corps announced yesterday the release of new orders worth $1.2 billion, for a total of 2,288 new Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicles destined for delivery by the end of April 2008.

Lockheed Martin Expands AFV Offering Through Teaming with Patria

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Patria announced today a teaming agreement to offer the US Marine Corps Patria's Advanced Modular Vehicle (AMV) to compete for the Corp's next generation armored troop carrier known as Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC). The service is expected to release a request for proposals during the second quarter of 2008. Lockheed has expanded its military vehicle offering with the recent introduction of a company funded, production ready JLTV technology demonstrator, as well as prime movers and command vehicles for the USMC, and a rocket carrier and an improved Warrior combat fighting vehicle, both considered for future British army programs.

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