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Defense Update - September 5th, 2006

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Upcoming events September:

Global Terrorism Conference - Herzlia, Israel
Airborne EW & SEAD conference - London, UK
Ground Vehicles conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Military Logistics conference, Vienna, VA. USA
Net Centric Warfare conference, Asia (Singapore)
DGI Operations conference, London UK
Night Strike, Goos Bay, Canada
Modern Day Marine Exhibition - Quantico, VA, USA
Offshore Patrol Vehicle conference, London, UK

Sensor to Shooter conference, Silver Spring, MD. USA

Africa Aerospace & Defense Exhibition - South Africa

Upcoming events October:

Defendory International 2006, Athens, Greece
Defense Logistics conference, Thatcham UK
AUSA Annual Meeting 2006, Washington DC, USA
Defense Asia 2006 exhibition, Republic of Korea
C4ISR Interoperability Europe conf. Brussels, Belgium
Military & Aerospace repair and Maintenance, (DC, USA)
EuroNaval 2006 exhibition, Paris, France
Asymmetric Warfare & Mine Countermeasures (DC, USA)
Airshow China 2006 exhibition, Zuhai, China
Annual Border Management conf., Washington DC, USA
UV North America, Washington DC, USA
Urban Operations conference, London UK
Night Vision conference, London UK

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Bundeswehr Contracts RDE For New Infantry Suite
Rheinmetall Defence received a Bundeswehr multi-million contract to develop an advanced infantry combat suite for the German infantry. Rheinmetall and EADS are expected to compete for large scale production of the final system, as the program reach maturity around 2009. The new system dubbed idZ-ES will utilize existing weapons and personal gear and focus on the electronic systems, introducing a new wearable computer, advanced voice, data and video communications, C4I system integration a new head gear, and sensors.

India to Produce Improved Engines for Upgraded MiG-29s

HAL will produce 120 Klimov RD-33 series 3 extended life-cycle jet engines at its Koraput plant to equip 66 upgraded MiG-29s currently in Indian Air Force service. India and Russia are finalizing the US$1billion modernization program this week.


Active-Mirror, Laser Employed in new  IFF SCOUT Technology

The Pentagon is funding the development of a new combat identification device called SCOUT that will be able to warn pilots, tank gunners or missile operators as they aim their weapons on friendly troops. The new system will identify between Friend and Foe (IFF) utilizing a low-power active optical device that can be patched on the uniform, helmet or around the vehicle's sides. Developed by the MEMS specialist Boston Micromachines Corporation and research partner Boston University, The program is scheduled to mature over the next 12 months and be ready for implementation in within two years.

Condition Based Maintenance for Army Combat Fleet

The US Army will field a comprehensive "enterprise level" maintenance information system for its ground combat vehicle fleet. The system will integrate existing test and diagnostic equipment to develop fleet wide logistic and situational awareness,  implementing modern Condition Based Maintenance service that will enhance the operation and effectiveness of the tactical and combat vehicles of the current force.

U.S. Army Receives First Mobile Gun Stryker MGS

The U.S. Army has received the first of its Mobile Gun System (MGS) vehicles to equip the Stryker brigades. The 21 ton MGS uses a Stryker AFV chassis equipped with a low profile 105mm gun turret. There will be three MGS assigned to each infantry company.




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