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SU-34 for the Russian AF

India Accelerates SU-30 Fielding

Australian Bushmasters in Iraq

Israel Orders Seven New FPBs

US Army's New Mobile Gun Systems

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Defense Update - September 4th, 2006

Upcoming events September:

MSPO Defense Exhibition - Kielce, Poland
Global Terrorism Conference - Herzlia, Israel
Airborne EW & SEAD conference - London, UK
Ground Vehicles conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Military Logistics conference, Vienna, VA. USA
Net Centric Warfare conference, Asia (Singapore)
DGI Operations conference, London UK
Night Strike, Goos Bay, Canada
Modern Day Marine Exhibition - Quantico, VA, USA
Offshore Patrol Vehicle conference, London, UK

Sensor to Shooter conference, Silver Spring, MD. USA

Africa Aerospace & Defense Exhibition - South Africa

Upcoming events October:

Defendory International 2006, Athens, Greece
Defense Logistics conference, Thatcham UK
AUSA Annual Meeting 2006, Washington DC, USA
Defense Asia 2006 exhibition, Republic of Korea
C4ISR Interoperability Europe conf. Brussels, Belgium
Military & Aerospace repair and Maintenance, (DC, USA)
EuroNaval 2006 exhibition, Paris, France
Asymmetric Warfare & Mine Countermeasures (DC, USA)
Airshow China 2006 exhibition, Zuhai, China
Annual Border Management conf., Washington DC, USA
UV North America, Washington DC, USA
Urban Operations conference, London UK
Night Vision conference, London UK

click here for the full 2006 and 2007 exhibitions and conference guide

Bundeswehr Contracts RDE For New Infantry Suite
Rheinmetall Defence received a Bundeswehr multi-million contract to develop an advanced infantry combat suite for the German infantry. Rheinmetall and EADS are expected to compete for large scale production of the final system, as the program reach maturity around 2009. The new system dubbed idZ-ES will utilize existing weapons and personal gear and focus on the electronic systems, introducing a new wearable computer, advanced voice, data and video communications, C4I system integration a new head gear, and sensors.

India, Russia Agree to Accelerate Delivery of SU-30MKI

Russia will accelerate deliveries of Su-30MKI fighters to India, completing the delivery of 140 aircraft in 2014, instead of 2017. India waived its demand for "indigenization" of the aircraft due to the high cost of local production. HAL is now moving to associate closer with western aerospace industries, highlighting work share in LCA, MRCA and future helicopter business.

Operational Feedback Accelerates Bushmaster's Upgrades

Following troops' complaints about the lack of on-board facilities and limited protection, the Australian Government approved rapid acquisition of a protected, remotely operated weapon station to be installed on teh vehicles, in addition to ongoing armor modification work undertaken by Defense Material Organization and Defense Science & Technology Organization.

Canada Completes CF-18 Phase I Modernization

Boeing International completed Phase I modernization of 80 Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets, enabling Canadian Hornets to become fully interoperable with coalition forces. The program included the installation of an improved radar, supporting AMRAAM missile capability, HAVE-QUICK jam-resistant radios, a combined interrogator - transponder (IFF), stores management systems, mission computers, and embedded global positioning and inertial navigation systems (GPS/INS). Follow-on Phase II upgrades began prototype modification in January 2006.

Mariner UAV Participates in an Australian Maritime Trial

A major trial testing the ability of unmanned aircraft to perform maritime surveillance in Australia’s North West Shelf is taking place this week. Led by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in collaboration with the defense forces and the Joint Offshore Protection Command the surveillance teams will demonstrate their capability to protect against illegal fishing, drug running and illegal immigration.


France to deploy to Lebanon with Heavy Armor & Artillery

France is preparing a first armored unit, the 6th-12th Cuirassiers Regiment to deploy to Lebanon with 13 Leclerc tanks, heavy artillery unit and two mechanized infantry companies, a total of 900 soldiers.

Indonesia Seek 32 VAB Armored Vehicles for UN Contingency

The Indonesian military is planning to purchase 32 armored vehicles from Renault, to support the planned peace-keeping operation in Lebanon. About a 1000 military personnel and their supporting equipment have been prepared for the dispatch to Lebanon while waiting for official decision from the United Nations on the time of departure, concept of operation, and the rule of engagement.

U.S. Army Receives First Mobile Gun Stryker MGS

The U.S. Army has received the first of its Mobile Gun System (MGS) vehicles to equip the Stryker brigades. The 21 ton MGS uses a Stryker AFV chassis equipped with a low profile 105mm gun turret. There will be three MGS assigned to each infantry company.

Russian Air Force to Receive First SU-34 Strike Aircraft

The Russian Air Force is expected to receive the first two SU-34 Fullback strike fighters later this year. Designed as a medium and long range strike aircraft, SU-34 is expected to augment and later replace SU-24 and SU-25 strike aircraft in Russian service. The aircraft is designed to penetrate supersonically an enemy airspace at  treetop level, carry 8 tons of ordnance, and strike from a standoff range of 250km. It is equipped with an armored cockpit to survive small caliber gunfire and missile fragments.

Local Shipyards to Construct new FPBs for the Israeli Navy
The Israeli Navy (IN) ordered seven new Fast Patrol Boats from IAI/Ramta and Israel Shipyards, to replace its obsolete Dvora and Dabur FPBs. The new order includes Super Dvora Mk III and Shaldag II FPBs, types which are scheduled to become operational within the next two years. Both types are operational with the IN since 2003.
US Navy Retires Last F-14D Tomcat
The US Navy will retire its last flying F-14D Tomcat in September. The aircraft from Navy's Fighter Squadron 31 based at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, will be flown for its final destination at the Virginia Aviation Museum. The Navy has retired the veteran jet from its aircraft inventory in favor of the newer F/A-18 Super Hornet.



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