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  • Hezbollah is Rearming for another round with Israel
    Just over eight months since the Second Lebanon war ended, Hezbollah leaders are already renewing their sabre rattling rhetoric against Israel. Hezbollah has regained most of its strength since the last summer with Israel and that the rate of weapons smuggling has nearly doubled over the past few weeks.

  • Hormuz Straits come into Focus as Gulf Tension Mounts
    The waters in the Arabian Gulf (or Persian Gulf), are highly turbulent these days. The increasing presence of US naval presence, and continued Iranian defiance of UN pressure led Iran to raise the level of alert among its armed forces, in anticipation of a possible attack. While potential nuclear threat in the future is certainly a serious consideration, Iran's domination of the strategic straits of Hurmoz is the imminent threat.

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Aegis Cruiser Intercepts Two Simultaneous Targets on Missile Test

In a first-of-its-kind dual missile defense test yesterday, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) demonstrated simultaneous ship engagements against both cruise and ballistic missile targets. The interceptors included an SM-3 Block IA missile, which destroyed a short-range ballistic missile target in space while an SM-2 Block IIIA engaged a cruise missile threat at a lower altitude.

Israel's TROPHY Defenses Awaiting Procurement Funding

The development of RAFAEL's Trophy Active Protection System has been completed, including integration of the system into current AFVs as well as the introduction of reloading systems, positioning the Isaeli active protection system as the first system available in the West. Initial systems are expected to go into new production and currently deployed Merkava tanks as well as the new Merkava based armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles (Namer). While the system has been approved for production, which still awaits funding allocation. After the recent conflict in Lebanon (July-August 2006), Active Protection Systems were identified as a critical complement for the protection of main battle tanks such as the Merkava Mk4.

ARABIAN SEA (April 12, 2007) - A French Rafale from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier French Navy Ship Charles de Gaulle (R 91) performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis, as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, and Charles de Gaulle, the Flagship of Commander, Task Force 473, are operating in the North Arabian Sea. Stennis and Charles de Gaulle are conducting bilateral exercises and supporting multi-national ground forces in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell
Thales Prepares AESA RBE2 Radar to Fly on Rafale

Thales is integrating the AESA version of the RBE2 radar on the Rafale and is planning to start flight testing soon, following the conclusion of a series of flight tests on Mirage 2000 test-bed aircraft. Series production start-up is scheduled for late 2010. The plan addresses a roadmap recently outlined by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and the Rafale industry team, to equip the French Air Force and Navy with Rafale fighters upgraded with new sensors by 2012.

PSI to Deliver Additional Supplies of PADS Mission Planners

Planning Systems Incorporated (PSI) has been awarded a new $10M contract from the US Army’s Natick Soldier Center for the delivery of Precision Air-Drop System Mission Planners (JPADS-MP). These systems are currently being actively used in Afghanistan and Iraq by the US Air Mobility Command (AMC), the Marine Corps (USMC) and US Special Forces (SOF) on C-130, C-17 and SOF aircraft.

Ionatron Establishes a Military Laser Group

Ionatron (NASDAQ: IOTN) announced the establishement of a new organization focused on the development, engineering, production and support of specialty lasers for military, aerospace, and security customers. Earlier this week Ionatron was awarded a $10 million cost-plus, fixed-fee contract from the US Navy for research, development and demonstration of a transportable laser equipped vehicle which will demonstrate Ionatron's laser guided energy effects, and advanced ultra short pulsed laser. Demonstrations will be completed by April 2009.

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