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Latest Eurofighter Typhoon Passes NATO Agency Certification

The Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has received Type Acceptance from the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency NETMA for the final Tranche 1 standard, known as Block 5. This configuration represents the last build standard in Tranche 1 and, with the R2 Retrofit program ongoing across the four Partner Air Forces, will be the standard to which all earlier Typhoons are brought up to. This will also be the capability standard of the 18 aircraft on order to the Austrian Air Force. The first Block 5 aircraft was delivered to the Spanish Air Force, (Spanish single-seater SS011). Further improvements are currently in the planning stages, with the integration of a Laser Designator Pod into Tranche 1 aircraft destined to join the Royal Air Force in 2008.

Orders worth US$122 Million Launch Production of 200 MRAPs

The first orders for large volume production MRAP vehicles were issued this week to BAE Systems and Force Dynamics. The two contracts, totaling over US$122 million are funding the production of the first 200 vehicles, to be delivered to U.S. services within the next four months.

Netherlands Orders Six Chinook CH-47F (NL) From Boeing

The Defence Materiel Organization of the Dutch Ministry of Defense ordered six new-build CH-47F (NL) Chinook helicopters from the Boeing Company [NYSE: BA]. These Netherlands-unique version helicopters will offer advanced avionics, improved situational awareness and survivability features and special operations equipment. The aircraft will be delivered between July 2009 and January 2010.

US$2 Billion to be Invested in 'Iridium Next' Constellation

Iridium plans to deploy its next generation 'Iridium Next' satellite constellation within the next 7 years. The new network will extend the capacity and availability of the current system by offering high capacity and short messaging data communications for mission critical applications. The company expects the new constellation will be fully operational in the next decade. Through NEXT, Iridium plans to extend its current voice communications services to offer high bandwidth data, voice and short messaging services based on modern IP- based architecture.

SAIC Awarded US$32 Million To develop Persistent ISR Capability

Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) was awarded a $32 million USAF contract to demonstrate new persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability. The company is already engaged in a DARPA program called Persistent Operational Surface Surveillance and Engagement (POSSE) - system-of-systems effort aims to provide persistent surveillance and exploitation capabilities needed to help counter the wide range of threats, facing deployed troops and allies.

Republic of Korea to Upgrade Reconnaissance Asset

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has been awarded a $28 million contract through the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency for the support and upgrade of RC-800 reconnaissance aircraft and associated ground stations used with the Republic of Korea's Peace Krypton system. Peace Krypton collects reconnaissance imagery of selected areas during long-range missions. Installed on a militarized special mission former Hawker RC-800XP series business jet used by the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKF), the aircraft carries synthetic aperture radar (SAR) providing tactical intelligence imagery of large areas across the demilitarized zone.

DRS to deliver Infrared Sights for U.S. Army Combat Vehicles

DRS Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: DRS) was awarded a $124 million contract to provide Horizontal Technology Integration Second Generation Forward Looking Infrared (HTI SGF) sighting systems to the U.S. Army. These systems are used on the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank System Enhancement Package (SEP) and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

Cubic to Supply Air Combat Training System to Australia

Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corporation (Amex: CUB), will providing Australia’s first-ever instrumented air combat training system under a new contract with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) worth nearly $10 million. The company was required to deliver the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pods and Individual Combat Aircrew Display Systems (ICADS) in time to support Talisman Sabre exercise – a joint training exercise scheduled for summer 2007. The new Australian air combat training system is interoperable with U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) systems to permit a joint training programs and is also intended for deployment to multiple RAAF and joint training sites, including the RAAF’s Tindal Air Base and Delamere Air Weapons Range.


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