Saturday, March 28, 2015

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DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.

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India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA completed a successful test flight yesterday. Developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the unarmed missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI against a Lakshya target over the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, off the coast of Odisha. Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations confirmed the successful engagement.

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The biggest saving reported in 2014 was in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and F-135 engine program, together, these procurement programs decreased $7.4 billion in the cost of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E), procurement and infrastructure spending over the 32 production years (from $398.5 bn to $391.1 bn). The current average F-35A price is $108 million (with engine), $4 million lower than lot 7 prices.

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The US Army has allocated its Continental-US (CONUS) Based THAAD to deploy to South Korea on emergency situations, a South Korean military source confirmed Sunday.

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The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) notified Nexter Systems of the Leclerc tank renovation contract. This order constitutes the third operation launched by the French Ministry of Defence under the SCORPION programme intended to modernise the French Army's contact forces.

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A new Russian UAV is designed with an air cushion that enables operation from rough surfaces. The drone called 'Chirok' (Teal) will be able to operate from uneven surfaces, scattered with stones and obstacles (up to 20cm high), as well as soft sand, high grass, snow-covered or wetland terrain, as well as water surfaces.

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Boeing and the Saab Group have conducted a feasibility test launching a Small Diameter Bomb (SDB I) GPS guided aerial bomb from coupled to an M-26 rocket launched from an MLRS rocket launcher. The Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) allows the artillery system to reach targets from significantly longer distances, and engage hard-to-reach targets, while maintaining the Small Diameter Bomb’s flight maneuverability and accuracy.

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General Dynamics Land Systems and Thales Australia are teaming to bid to the Australian Defence Land 400 Phase 2 - Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability (MCRC) Request For Tender. The Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV) fleet will support seven mission roles identified within the LAND 400 Operational Concept Document (OCD). The Australian tender seek a military-off-the-shelf (MOTS) based capability, and maximise Australian industry content. Through-Life Support for the MCRC is being acquired under a collateral contract. First delivery of the CRV is expected in 2020 with first unit achieving initial operational capability (IOC) three years later.

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What seems to be the final stage of negotiation between India and France over the procurement of 126 Rafale fighter jets is turning into a circus, where New Delhi is walking on a tightrope, between approving the deal with dramatic cost increase (compared to the original budget) or ditching the plan, risking further delays in the IAF modernization.

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Airbus Defense & Space was awarded a contract worth several million euros to supply the german Army with 36 VPJ-R6 'smart' C-IED jammers for its armored vehicles. The new devices use ultra-fast 'SMART' Responsive Jamming Technology selectively jamming threats frequencies while maintaining the rest of the radio band open for friendly communications

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