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First Flight of a Franco-Israeli MALE UAV.

US Army Explains Decision not to consider Trophy APS

India Selects RAFAEL Spyder short-range Air Defense System


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Defense Update - September 12th, 2006

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Upcoming events September:

Global Terrorism Conference - Herzelia, 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

click here for the full 2006 and 2007 exhibitions and conference guide

First flight of an Israeli-French MALE UAV in France

The Système Intérimaire de Drone Male (SDIM) unmanned aerial system made its first flight from Istres air base flight test center in Southern France. A Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, SDIM program is led by the French armaments procurement agency (DGA) and is developed under cooperation between EADS and IAI/MALAT. When fully developed, SDIM will be deployed by the French Air Force as a strategic ISR asset.

Long-Delayed Euro Hawk Contract Expected In October

Next month Northrop Grumman expects to at last receive the long-delayed contract for Germany's first Euro Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, which the German military hopes to have operational as a signals intelligence platform by 2010. (Aerospace Daily)

FFW Experimentation To Support Land Warrior

According to Carol Fitzgerald, program manager for the Future Force Warrior (FFW) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD), the program is spiraling mature components to the Land Warrior system, designed for Stryker and current force interoperability. "FFW will transition to the fiscal year 2008 to support the next version of Land Warrior, which supports Future Combat Systems and future force interoperability," she said.

India Selects SPYDER To Replace Short Range SAMs

The Indian Army is all set to acquire the Israeli quick-reaction Spyder air defense system, developed by RAFAEL, which would enhance the capability to overcome the vulnerability of its formations to threats from the air. According to India Defence online magazine, the army has finalized plans to acquire four regiments of the Spyder systems, equipped with Derby surface-to-air radar guided missiles and Python-5 infra-red missiles as part of a contract worth over US$250 million, awaiting the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). The new systems will replace the army's Russian-made OSA-AKM and Strela-10M missile systems.


US Army Demonstrates Advanced First Responders' Network

First Responder's Mobile Communications System was recently demonstrated by the US Army Communications - Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). The rapidly deployable communications system provides first responders with wireless connectivity, situational awareness and 3-D location and tracking in the absence of a fixed communications infrastructure while bridging interoperability gaps between defense and civil support missions.

Royal Navy Names OPV(H) to Patrol the Falklands
Next month the Royal Navy is scheduled to receive HMS Clyde, a new 80 meter Helicopter carrying Offshore Patrol Vessel [OPV(H)]. The ship is destined for the Falklands Islands, deploying to the South Atlantic next Spring. It is owned by the shipbuilder, the VT Group and chartered to the Ministry of Defence for a period of five years. Clyde has a flight deck capable of accepting helicopters up to the size of Merlin (EH-101). It accommodates a crew of 36 plus 20 places for embarked forces.
US Army Explains Its Decision Against Trophy

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A, Sorenson, the Army’s deputy for acquisition and systems management explained why the US Army opted against the Israeli Trophy active protection system, in an article published in the  Armed Forces News Service. Among the considerations are immaturity of the system, lack of reloading capability, and collateral damage risks.

Autonomous Air-Refueling Engagement Demonstrated

DARPA and NASA performed several test flights demonstrating the capability to conduct autonomous aerial refueling by unmanned aircraft. The demonstration was conducted with a NASA F/A-18 configured to operate as an unmanned test bed. Utilizing the demonstrated techniques, future unmanned systems will be able to automatically locate the tanker, form up, accept clearances, refuel, and disengage without any human intervention.

Luftwaffe Pilots to Use Israeli Pilot Rescue Radios

Tadiran Spectralink, a member of the Israeli Elisra Group, announced today a receipt of an initial order worth US$8 million, from the German Air Force, for the supply of the advanced PRS-434G/SV Personal Survival Radio (PSR). Additional orders are expected to follow with additional quantities ordered by other branches of the German military. The systems were specifically developed to meet the customers' requirements and specifications. The company plans further bids for other European PR/SAR projects, as other NATO members follow the German program. The company expects furtehr sales and upgrades for its ARS-700 Airborne Interrogator and Guidance System, already fielded by several NATO nations.




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