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Upcoming events September:

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

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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.
Royal Navy to Modernize Sonar 2054 on Vanguard Subs
The Royal Navy is upgrading the 2054 sonar abroad four of its Vanguard Class ballistic missile submarines. Lockheed Martin UK will use the Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) business model. Based on open architecture ARCI will enable the Royal Navy to continuously refresh is Sonar 2054 suites as new technologies become available. The ARCI program has been providing continuously increasing sonar capability at decreasing cost to the U.S. Navy's submarine force since 1998.

India to Produce Improved Engines for Upgraded MiG-29s

HAL will produce 120 Klimov RD-33 series 3 extended life-cycle jet engines at its Koraput plant to equip 66 upgraded MiG-29s currently in Indian Air Force service. India and Russia are finalizing the US$1billion modernization program this week.


Active-Mirror, Laser Employed in new  IFF SCOUT Technology

The U.S. Army is funding the development of a new combat identification device called SCOUT that will be able to warn dismounted troops, pilots, tank gunners or missile operators as they aim their weapons on friendly troops. The new system will identify between Friend and Foe (IFF) utilizing a low-power active optical device that can be patched on the uniform, helmet or around the vehicle's sides. This new technology was developed by the MEMS specialist Boston Micromachines Corporation and research partner Boston University, The program is scheduled to mature over the next 12 months and be ready for implementation in within two years.

Condition Based Maintenance for Army Combat Fleet

The US Army will field a comprehensive "enterprise level" maintenance information system for its ground combat vehicle fleet. The system will integrate existing test and diagnostic equipment to develop fleet wide logistic and situational awareness,  implementing modern Condition Based Maintenance service that will enhance the operation and effectiveness of the tactical and combat vehicles of the current force.

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.

New EHF Satellite Support of Current Terminals Confirmed

Northrop Grumman demonstrated the capability of current tactical Milstar Satellite Communications (SATCOM) terminals to operate with the company's Extremely High Frequency (EHF) satellite communications payloads, developed for the Advanced EHF system. The Lockheed Martin-led team is currently under contract to provide three satellites and the mission control system.

Oskosh, GDLS to Pursue New Tactical Vehicle Family

The Office of Naval Research has selected General Dynamics Land Systems and Oshkosh to propose Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) conceptual designs, mock-ups, modeling and simulation to perform tradeoff analysis for the evaluation of these future vehicles.  Work is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2007. The new family will provide more survivable vehicles with greater payload capacity than current HMWWVs.

US Missile defense to Evaluate DSP based Shared Sensor

Raytheon will demonstrate the viability of sharing Defense Satellite Program/Space Based Infrared Surveillance High Systems as a "full-earth sharing senor assembly", providing threshold early warning for the missile defense program. The evaluation will enable the Pentagon to assess its requirements for the future Alternative Infrared Satellite System. Under the US$54 million two year evaluation program Raytheon will demonstrate basic integrated senor assembly capability against requirements goals derived from the Defense Satellite Program/Space Based Infrared Surveillance and High Missile Warning/Missile Defense requirements.

BAE Systems Bofors Wins Swedish Artillery Order

BAE Systems Bofors has received a contract worth SEK 40 million (US$5.5 million) from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for detailed design work on the Archer self propelled, truck based 155mm artillery gun program. The contract includes an additional option worth up to SEK 50 million (US$6.8 million). BAE Systems Bofors previously delivered two demonstrator guns that are now undergoing testing by the Swedish Armed Forces. Order of the final development of a series of 24 guns, to equip two artillery battalions is planned for 2007-2008 with the first delivery in 2009. Final delivery is scheduled for two years later.




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