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Swedish Defense Launch Archer Program

Small Diameter Bombs Loaded on
F-15Es at Lakenheath, UK.

Germany consider buying Patriot PAC-3 for US$298 Million.

Canadian Forces to get the
Vanguard 2 EOD Robots


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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

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

FFW Experimentation To Support Land Warrior

According to Carol Fitzgerald, program manager for the Future Force Warrior (FFW) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD), the program is spiraling mature components to the Land Warrior system, designed for Stryker and current force interoperability. "FFW will transition to the fiscal year 2008 to support the next version of Land Warrior, which supports Future Combat Systems and future force interoperability," she said.

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.

Canadian Forces to Get Vanguard Mk2 EOD Robot

Canadian bomb disposal units will receive the Vanguard Mk2 bomb disposal robot, Under the five year "MINI-ROV" program Canada is buying an initial order worth C$3.7 million plus $1.6 million option. The robot is produced by Ottawa based Allen-Vanguard Corporation. The new EOD robots are scheduled to be delivered within eight months.

Germany is seeking Patriot PAC-3

The Government of Germany has requested a possible sale of 72 PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) missiles, plus 12 each Missile Round Trainers, and their logistical support. Germany has already fielded Patriots with 32 fire units in four air defense wings. The new missiles are expected to enhance remaining squadrons and become part of the future MEADS air defense system. The estimated cost is $298 million.

U.S. Army Gets Initial Supplies of ESBI Side Armor

In an effort to improve the protection of its warfighters, the U.S. Army and USMC are procuring Enhanced Side Ballistic Inserts (ESBI) to augment side protection of the Interceptor Body Armor. The inserts made of ceramic and composite materials, are produced by ArmorWorks and Ceradyne. Both companies expect multiyear orders, totaling US$543 and $611 million, respectively. ArmorWorks started shipping ESBIs in August. Ceradyne's deliveries are scheduled to span from July through November.

New Wireless Network to Support Joint Forces Deployments

The new Wireless for the Warfighter (W4W) wireless network, developed by the Joint Forces Command, provides an advanced wireless capability for faster setup, communication and dissemination of critical data. The initial system will consist of local wireless connectivity but an enhanced system, expected by May-June 2007 will improve coverage, by employing a metropolitan area network (MAN) wireless capability.

Air Force to Deploy F-15E with SDB

USAF F-15Es recently received the new 250 pound Small Diameter Bomb I weapon, offering precision-guided accuracy within 1.2 meters of the aim point. The weapons fielded ahead of schedule with the USAF 494th Fighter Squadron scheduled to deploys to Southwest Asia later this year. The squadron will be the first to use the Air Force's new Guided Bomb Unit-39 bomb fitted with diamond-back wings that enable the weapon to glide to its target from a stand-off distance.

Israel's Army Fields First Cardom Advanced Mortar Unit
The Israeli Army is fielding the Cardom 120mm mortar system with the fire support company of the Nahal (900) infantry brigade. The advanced mortar, developed by Soltam, is mounted on a traversable  plane which provides automatic aiming and fire adjustments performed through the fire control computer or via communications. The mortar replaces 91mm mortars currently deployed in this role. Soltam supplied a different version of the CARDOM system to equip the mortar teams of US Army Stryker brigades.

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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