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Update: Last U.S. Combat Brigade Pulls Out of Iraq

Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was crossed the Kuwait-Iraq border on before dawn today. (check AP report by Rebecca Santana). It was the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 2nd Infantry Division that pulled back from Iraq,...

Update: U.S. Army Awards Enhanced NVG Contracts to ITT, DRS and L-3

The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (REDCOM) have ordered 660 Enhanced Night Vision Goggles (ENVG) from three manufacturers for testing, toward massive fielding of new ENVGs in upcoming years. The awarded companies are ITT, L-3 Insight Technology and DRS Systems. The three contracts,...

U.S. Marines Receive New Command Vehicles

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first two of 52 upgraded Command and Control variants of the Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) to the U.S. Marine Corps. The remaining 50 vehicles are to be delivered over the next two years. The vehicle provides a mobile...

Updated: Russia to pay €1.37 Billion for Two French Helicopter Carriers

Updated December 30, 2010: Following a tender held earlier in October 2010, the bid submitted by the consortium of France's DCNS and STX teamed with the Russian naval yard OSK was selected as the winning proposal. As a result, France will construct two Mistral...

Abdul Rahman Awad, Leader of the Lebanese Fatah-al-Islam Terror Group Killed

The leader of a Lebanon-based al Qaeda affiliate Fatah al Islam has been killed while attempting to travel to Iraq to join the insurgency. Abdul Rahman Awad, the group leader, was killed along with his deputy, Ghazi Faysal Abdullah, also known as ' Abu Bakr...

Predator Crash on a Training Mission Due to Human Error

A U.S. Air Combat Command accident investigation board determined the cause of a crash of a Predator MQ-1 B unmanned aerial vehicle at Southern California Logistics Airport during an April 20 training mission was human error. According to the report, the crash was caused...

Runaway FireScout Roams over Washington

A 'runaway' MQ-8B FireScout flew for 20 minutes out of control on August 2, 2010, travelling about 23 miles from the U.S. Navy Webster Field in Maryland toward the capital the CNN reported today. As ground communications failed, the unmanned helicopter continued to fly away...

Despite Slumping Revenues, Elbit System’s Order Backlog Continues to Grow

Elbit Systems reported today revenues of US$603.3 million in sales for the second quarter of 2010, 18% below its reported revenues in second quarter of 2009 and 2.4% below the consecutive (Q1/2010) quarter. The company's sales have been dropping for the past two quarters,...

Sensor Developer ICx to Merge into FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:FLIR) has submitted an offer to merge ICx Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq GM:ICXT) into FLIR Systems. ICx Board of Directors has unanimously accepted FLIR's offer to pay $7.55 in cash for each of ICx shares. The transaction could be completed in the fourth...

Update: Israel MOD Formally Orders the F-35A Stealth Fighters

Israel will be the first country to receive the F-35 through the United States government’s Foreign Military Sales process. beginning in 2015. In August 2010 Israel's defense minister Lt. General (Ret) Ehud Barak has given the go-ahead to a $2.75 billion purchase of 20 fifth...

IAI Financial Report Shows Continued Growth

IAI's 2010 second quarter and half-year financial report released today reflects continued improvement in the company's business performance, despite perceived slowdown in global defense market and slow recovery in commercial aviation market. IAI has reported today sales of US$840 million, an increase of 26%...

India Shortlists the European Typhoon and French Rafale for $10 Billion Fighter Buy

The Indian Air Force has concluded the technical assessment of six fighter aircraft proposed for the Medium MultiRole Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program. According to media reports, both Typhoon and Rafale were shortlisted for the next phase.

Elbit Systems Expands the VIPeR into a Family of Robots

Elbit Systems is expanding its family of man portable unmanned ground systems with the introduction of two new models. During a recent exhibition the company displayed the new robots, in addition to a wide range of advanced land and C4I solutions. The new members of the VIPeR family of intelligent and portable robots include the Mini-VIPeR and Maxi-VIPeR, which join the VIPeR robot, already operational in the Israel Defense Forces under the Hebrew name "Pazit." All VIPeRs are designed for portability and high mobility; the robots are configurable for multiple types of missions by add-on sensors, modules and payloads, tailored to specific tasks.

FBI Hunts Nuke Technician as Suspect in ‘Dirty Bomb’ plot

It has been widely established by counter-terror agencies around the world, that terror groups remain highly interested in such "dirty playthings" writes Defense-Update.com analyst David Eshel in today's post. Al Qaeda's senior leadership has publicly expressed a desire to acquire some weapons of mass destruction, including radiological...
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