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EADS America Delivers the
First UH-72A Helicopter

EADS North America officially delivered the U.S. Army’s first UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter today, marking the beginning of this major defense program with a requirement for up to 322 rotary-wing aircraft and a potential total life-cycle value of over $2 billion. EADS North America is to deliver a second UH-72A before year-end, responding early to the Army’s rapid phase-in schedule for the helicopter, which will be used on logistical and support missions within the United States. Forty more light utility helicopters currently are in the production cycle for delivery to the Army during 2007 and 2008.


Mid-East Defense Market rises by Petrodollars, Iranian Threat

Forecast International has significantly raised its forecast figures for the Middle-East defense market, compared to its 2005 forecast. Its current projections show regional military spending topping out at $86.5 billion in 2008 and then easing slightly to about $82.9 billion by 2011. First on the list is Saudi Arabia, expected to spend tens of billions of dollars in the coming years revamping its military forces.

Lockheed Marin Tests Centralized Control of Multiple UVs

Further progress is reported on the centralized control of multi-UAVs. Lockheed Martin reported today (December 11, 2006) about successful tests conducted with four different unmanned systems, controlled from one centralized control device.

Russia Deploys new Topol-M Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

The Russian military deployed the first unit of its new, mobile Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles. According to Moscow based Interfax news agency, the missile systems are operated by the Teikovo division under control of the Strategic Missile Forces in the Ivanovo region, northeast of Moscow. The unit operates about 40 shelters and silos, where Topol-M missile are located since they were deployed with Russian military in 1997. The mobile Topol-M missiles are less vulnerable to the technical reconnaissance of an enemy. Russian officials said that production of mobile missile will continue over the next few years. Topol-M missiles are expected to form the core of Russia's strategic missile force.

Singapore to Receive 66 Leopard 2A4 Tanks

Germany intends to sale to Singapore 66 Leopard 2A4 tanks which are withdrawn from German army units. The tanks will be refurbished prior to delivery. 30 spare tanks, supporting equipment and training, to be provided by the German Army, will also be included in the package. Singapore currently operates a derivative of the AMX-13 light tank which lacks the protection and firepower of modern MBTs. Singapore has recently fielded a new version of the Bionix III armored infantry fighting vehicle. Development of the Terrex 8x8 troop carrier is underway under cooperation between Singapore and Turkey.

Sri Lanka Acquires Four MiG-27s from Ukraine

Sri Lanka will buy four MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine. According to the local media, Sri lanka received the used planes for US$ 9.8 million. The aircraft will be overhauled by the Ukraine prior to delivery. Sri Lanka bought its first MiG-27 ground attack planes in 2000. Sri Lanka acquired a first batch of MiG-27s from Ukraine, but these were lost to hostile actions and accidents. Today, the Sri Lanka Air force is run with a handful of K-fir Israeli jets and F-7s Chinese made ground attack aircraft.

L3COM Unveils VideoScout MC Receiver & Exploitation System

L-3 Communications' Advanced Products & Design released today a new version of the portable video exploitation and management system known as VideoScout-MC. The system has built-in L/C- or L/S-band receiver, to directly receive video and telemetry data from manned or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The new system acts as a remote video terminal as well as a video exploitation and management system. VideoScout-MC deliveries will begin the first quarter of 2007.

SAIC to Market 3D Holographic Displays from Zebra Imaging

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will market to defense and government users the 3D holographic imaging systems developed by Zebra imaging. The holograms and displays created by these systems provide large scale omni-directional 3D viewing. It also offers 3D imaging systems design, development and engineering services to government and commercial clients in defense and intelligence, industrial design, and petroleum exploration.


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