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GDLS gets additional $358 million
for More M1A1/A2 Retrofits

Qinetiq is developing a wide area, high resolution sensor capable of simultaneously tracking large numbers of moving vehicles in dense urban area.

Raytheon's new personal networking communicator demonstrated advanced voice, data and video communications  during recent Land warrior tests.

DRS To Develop Miniature EO/IR Payload for FCS Class I UAV


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VT Group & Lockheed Martin Win UK Training Program

The Ministry of Defense selected Ascent, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and VT Group, as the preferred bidder for the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), providing military flying training to the UK Armed Forces for the next 25 years. The group will train all new UK military aircrew across the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army Air Corps, starting from aircrew selection up to the point the students are ready to fly in their operational aircraft. UKMFTS is considered the first step in a multi-billion pound program to overhaul military flying training.

Goodrich to develop Mini-IR Camera for Special Forces' UAV

Goodrich will develop a miniature ShortWave InfraRed (SWIR) sensor to fit the Spectre-Finder initiative, an air-launched mini UAV which will provide off-board sensing in support of future Air Force Special Operations Command concepts of operation. The camera to be used in the new payload will include a 640x512 indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) sensor, custom dual field-of-view lens and laser pointer for use in day or night operation allowing reliable imaging and performance in any weather or environmental conditions. Goodrich's Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (SUI) team has pioneered the design and production of shortwave infrared detectors, arrays, cameras and systems utilizing advanced InGaAs imaging technology for industrial, commercial, military, agricultural and scientific markets.

DARPA to fund QINETIQ's Wide-Area Imaging Sensor

QinetiQ will develop a lensless imaging sensor for the Large Area Coverage Optical Search While Track and Engage (LACOSTE) program pursued by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Qinetiq secured a two-year US$5 million research funding from DARPA to support the program. The new sensor will provide persistent tactical surveillance and precision tracking capabilities.

GDLS Awarded More M1A1/A2 Retrofits

In addition to the contract for the modernization of 180 M1A2 SEP announced Nov. 29, 2006, General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded additional US$353 million for the modernization of 350 M1A1 tanks into M1A1 Abrams integrated management (AIM) vehicles, to be completed by Dec. 31, 2010. An option for 50 additional tanks was also included in the contract. Under a parallel order, GDLS received an order amounting about 40% of a US$48 million order for loader's thermal weapon sights for the M1A1 and M1A2 Abrams Tanks. These sights will be part of the Tank Urban Survivability Kits (TUSK) currently being installed on U.S. Army Abrams M1A1 and A2 tanks.

India, Indonesia Join Forces to Support Russian Made Arms

Indonesia and India are planning to jointly produce military equipment and maintain their common Russian-made hardware, with a bill on the cooperation set to be deliberated soon. Indonesia has agreed to buy Russian weapons worth US$1 billion during the next five years, with the first shipment not expected until next year. Indonesia has relied heavily in the past on the United States for its weapons and military equipment. That changed when the U.S. slapped an embargo on the country in 1992 after soldiers committed human rights abuses in East Timor.
(Jakarta Post)




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