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Enhanced FireScout UAV Completes Initial Flight Testing

An enhanced version of the FireScout Vertical Takeoff UAV (VTUAV) completed an initial series of flight tests conducted by the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman. The Navy plans to use Fire Scouts on board the Littoral Combat Ship, where sailors will operate both manned and unmanned helicopters to support operational requirements.

German Army Launches € 380 Million Program for Division C2

The FüInfoSys Heer, a new command and control (C2) system developed for the German Army will enter production soon in 2007. The planned procurement will equip 1,500 vehicles. Delivery of the first batch is expected to complete by 2012, under the current € 380 Million contract. Deliveries will begin starting 2007 to German Army units as well as the joint German-French Brigade. The system will be produced by the FüInfoSys Heer joint-venture established between, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Landsysteme.

Comtech to Supply Satellite Transceivers for Army FBCB2

Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. will supply mobile satellite data transceivers to equip U.S. Army vehicles through the "Blue Force Tracking" of the brigade's command and control systems (FBCB2). This latest order will include the delivery of Comtech’s Model 2011E, under a $2.7 million order for the Army Movement Tracking System program, for which Comte already received orders worth $361.4 million. The total MTS contract value is $418.2 million.

Spain Orders Artillery Locating Radars from Saab Microwave

The Spanish army will field the ARTHUR weapon locating radars, following today's announcement of a €59 Million (U.S. $78 million) order, by Norwegian based Saab Microwave Systems AS. The recent acquisition is significant for Saab, as it represents the company's first major deal in Spain. Delivery will start at the end of 2007, and continue through June 2009.

Slovenia Orders AMV, SP Mortars from Patria

The Slovenian Ministry of Defence has today signed agreements with the local company Rotis and Patria of Finland, covering the procurement of 135 Patria AMV 8x8 vehicles as well as Patria Nemo 120 mm single-barrel mortars to the Slovenian Army. The total value of the program is about € 278 million. Production will gradually be transferred to Slovenia in 2007 and 2008.

Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Win Space SAR Contracts

Northrop Grumman (NOC) Space Technology and Lockheed Martin (LMT) were awarded two contracts amounting about U.S. $49 million each, for the development of candidate architectures for a future space-based, Synthetic Aperture Radar / Surface Moving Target Indication (SAR/GMTI) imaging system. The Space Radar (SR) will provide global, persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability.

Boeing to Produce 10 Additional C-17s for U.S. $2 Billion

Pentagon awarded a U.S. $2 billion contract to Boeing Co. (BA), for 10 additional C-17s. According to Boeing, the recent international C-17 orders and commitments, and the 10 new Air Force order would keep Boeing's C-17 production line in Long Beach, California running until late 2009.

Indian Navy Outlines Growth Plans

The Indian Navy has put forward a requirement of U.S. $25 Billion to equip the Indian Navy's five year force buildup plans. According to Indian Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, "The navy currently has 136 ships and building of 33 more ships is underway in our shipyards".

Spatial Integrated Systems Develops USV Sensor Controls

Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. (SIS) will develop a Multi-Purpose Sensor System (MPSS) for the Autonomous Maritime Navigation (AMN) Program designed for future naval surface autonomous vehicles (USVs). The system will integrate electro-optical, electro-magnetic, and acoustic sensors processed on a geographic 3D 'world' to represent the vehicle's situation awareness and control.

Merger of BAE Systems, VT Group's Naval Activities Considered

Last week the UK based BAE Systems plc and VT Group plc announced that they are discussing the combination of their surface ship building and naval support businesses into a joint venture.
BAE Systems’ submarines business will continue to operate independent of the JV. The announcement will better position the British shipbuilding capabilities which face tough competition in the European market. BAE System's current shipbuilding activities involve the Type 45 anti-aircraft destroyers and Astute class submarines, produced for the Royal Navy. BAE Systems is seeking to strengthen its submarine activities with parallel strategic ventures.

AASM Passes First Operational Test

On December 1, France’s defense procurement agency (DGA) successfully completed the first operational test firing of the AASM modular air-to-ground weapon. The weapon, developed by Sagem Defense Group, a member of the Safran Group (SAF) is destined to equip the French Army’s and Navy’s Rafale planes by 2007.


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