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US Air Force Launches Joint STARS Enhancement

Northrop Grumman will enhance the capabilities of its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS), installed on the fleet of E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. The enhancements will introduce improved mobile target precision tracking and engagement capability with the radar's Land/Maritime Mode (ELMM). The technology to be used for the upgrade is an outgrowth of the successful DARPA Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE) program, demonstrated in recent exercises and includes an Advanced Radar Mode (ARM) upgrade to the Joint STARS sensor. During these demonstrations, target coordinates were exported from Joint STARS radars directly to GPS guided JDAM munitions.

Cost Increases Bring LCS-3 to a Halt

The Secretary of the Navy, Donald Winter issued a stop work order to Lockheed Martin Corp. last week, halting work on the second Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for a period of 90 days. The $197.6 million LCS-3 contract was awarded in June 2006. Significant cost increases experienced with the construction of LCS-1 and LCS-3, currently under construction at Bollinger Shipyard, caused the Navy to review the overall acquisition strategy for the program and identify the root cause of the costs growth, in an attempt to bring the program back on track.

GE, Smiths Announce Strategic Business Moves

The British company Smith Group agreed to sell its Aerospace division Smith Aerospace to General Electric Company for US$4.8 billion. The Sale is targeted for completion during the second quarter of 2007. Under a separate move, Smith Detection and GE will establish a joint venture aiming at the homeland security market.

700 new Air/Air Missiles for the Pakistani Air Force

Pakistan continues its shopping spree, acquiring 500 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) missiles and 200 200 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles for its new F-16s, under a US$284 million procurement. According to Raytheon, the missile's producer, This acquisition represents the largest single international AMRAAM purchase to date. Missiles are expected to deliver starting in 2008 and continue through 2011.

Selex to Supply Coastal Defense Radars for Yemen

Yemen will deploy a network of coastal radars, to be supplied under a €200 Million contract awarded to Selex Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company. The new integrated surveillance system, known as VTS (Vessel Traffic System) will be operated by the Yemenite Coast Guard covering about 450 kilometers of coasts along the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, in front of the Eritrean end Somalian coasts. The networked system will include twelve radar stations and two mobile units, six local control centers. The national control center will be located in the capital, Sana'a, and an area control center in the port of Aden. The region has been suffering from maritime piracy, which could be subdued when the system's deployment is completed by 2008. Sofar VTS systems have been deployed in Italy, Greece, Russia, and Poland.


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