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US Navy, Marines to Pursue Joint Small, Tactical UAV

The U.S. Navy UAS program office PMA-263 is planning to expand the family of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operated by the Navy and Marine Corps. PMA-263 intends select a Small Tactical UAS (known as STUAS or Tier II UAS) in a competition to be opened by fall 2007. The required system would deliver persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support for tactical level decisions and unit level defense, as well as protecting Navy ships and Marine Corps land forces. The Marine corps are being provided with such services in Iraq, received under contract from Boeing, utilizing its ScanEagle UAS.

USAF Evaluates Non Lethal Beam Weapon for Air Base security

The Active Denial System (ADS) developed by Raytheon for the US Air Force Research Labs has entered extended user evaluation phase, and is currently deployed with the Air Force's 820th Security Forces Group (SFG) at Moody air force base in Georgia, USA. 820 is the first unit selected to conduct these tests. The system will be evaluated in assisting troops in securing base perimeters, checkpoints and entry control points during peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance, and crowd dispersal.

India Destined MiG-29K Makes First Flight in Russia

The first MiG-29KUB carrier-based fighter developed for the Indian Navy took off at the Russian Zhukovsky aircraft test centre on January 22. a contract to supply the Indian navy with multi-role sea-based fighters, signed by MiG on January 20, 2004, provides for the delivery of 12 single-seater MiG-29K and four two-seater MiG-29KUB jets, including services, training and support. (Image galery: RIA Novosti, Sergey Pyatakov)

Solidica Develops 'Smart Armor' for the US Marine Corps

Solidica, Inc. will demonstrate a 'smart armor' concept under a US Marine Corps program funded by US$1.6 million award. The program will demonstrate how an armor, embedded with special sensors can perform damage assessment immediately after being effected by hostile fire and alert the vehicle's health management system about the level of damage suffered in combat.

U.S. Plans Deployment of Missile Defense in Eastern Europe

Planning to extend the coverage of its missile defense system, the US opened formal negotiations with Poland and the Czech Republic about basing elements of the U.S. anti-ballistic missile system in Eastern Europe. The purpose of these systems will be to provide for a 'first line of defense' against attacks by 'rogue states'. The interceptors will provide protection for both Europe and the continental United States, from single missile firings or small salvos of ballistic missiles launched from Iran or North Korea. However, the steps are causing significant concern in Russia.

Northrop Grumman, RADA Team for Tactical Rocket Shield

One month before the planned decision on Israel's Tactical Rocket Shield, Northrop Grumman is improving the positioning of its Skyguard High Energy Laser Defensive System toward the Israeli Ministry of defense, by teaming with RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: RADI). Under the teaming agreement between the Israeli company and Northrop Grumman's Space & Mission Systems division, the two companies will cooperate in performing contracts resulting from the procurement of the Skyguard system, in case such system is selected by the State of Israel.


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