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Lockheed Martin successfully tests CKEM missile against simulated urban target

RAFAEL Unveiled the 4x4 Golan Heavy Armored Vehicle

US Navy is planning to deliver the Amphibious Transport Dock Ship LPD-14 by December 06.


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28-29 / Offshore Patrol Vehicle conference, London, UK

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3 / Defense Logistics C4I conference, Thatcham UK
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9-11 / AUSA Annual Meeting 2006, Washington DC, USA
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31 / Night Vision conference, London UK
31/10 - 5/11 Airshow China 2006 exhibition, Zuhai, China

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RAFAEL's Golan Proposed to the US Marine Corps

RAFAEL is testing the new 15 ton Golan wheeled armored vehicle, eyeing future IDF and USMC requirements for heavy armored vehicles, designed for asymmetric and urban warfare. RAFAEL is teamed with US based PVI company and the Merkava program Office (Mantak). IMI is developing a similar vehicle based on a commercial off-road 4x4 Tatra chassis, dubbed Wildcat, for similar applications.
Boeing to demonstrate Focused Lethality for SDB

Boeing is developing a Focused Lethality Munition warhead for the Small Diameter Bomb to improve the Air Forces' operational flexibility attacking targets in a dense urban environment. The new warhead employs multi-phase blast explosive and a composite carbon fiber warhead case, allowing for pinpoint strikes with low collateral damage.

New Kinetic Missile Tested against an Urban Target

Lockheed Martin performed a second successful test of the Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM), against a reinforced urban structure. The next two tests scheduled for this year will demonstrate the weapon's ability to defeat enhanced reactive armor. The US Army identified these capability gaps for the Infantry Brigade Combat Team and the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. These gaps could be bridged by future deployment of CKEM at both close extended ranges.

Advanced AESA Radar to Enter Flight Test on F-15

Raytheon delivered the US Air Force the latest version active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system. Following the integration on the F-15 at Boeing's St. Louis facility, the program will begin its final phase of developmental testing. The F-15C (V)3 AESA will provide a central element in the mid-life upgrade to the F-15C weapon system. The radar has been selected to equip the Singapore Air Force F-15S.

More E/O Payloads Aerostats, Predators

Raytheon will supply 27 MTS-A payloads to equip Predator unmanned aerial systems under a $27 million Navy contract. Deliveries are expected by February 2008. The Army is also ordering new E/O payloads. A contract worth US$25 million was awarded last week to FLIR Systems Inc. for the supply of StarSAFIRE payloads to equip Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment System (RAIDS).

MECAR to Supply 105mm Tank and Artilley Ammo

The Belgian gun maker MECAR has received orders totaling more than $20 million from three clients, in North Africa and two Europe. The significant, new North African order includes the supply of 105mm tank ammunition and demilitarization equipment while the European contracts consist of orders for 20mm training ammunition and 105mm SMK artillery ammunition.

India to Get US Amphibious Ship by December

The US Navy is expected to deliver the 'USS Trenton' (LPD-14) an Austin class amphibious transport dock ship to the Indian Navy by December this year. The 35 year old amphibious vessel is undergoing refit at Norfolk, Virginia. The Indian Navy is also negotiating a purchase for six multi-role maritime helicopters for use off the Trenton. The ship, with the capacity of 1,500 personnel and troops, will come with four landing craft to transfer personnel and supplied.

New Titanium based Composites for the US Navy

Liquidmetal Technologies received a US$2 million US Navy contract to fund a 24 months development program of Titanium based composite alloys, providing very high strength, corrosion resistance and net-shape forming capabilities based on the company's proprietary alloy technology. Lockheed Martin - Missile and Fire Control Systems is sub-contractor on this project.

Laying the Foundation for the International Blackhawk

PZL Mielec will become the assembly center for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. International BlackHawk program. Sikorsky will make a strategic investment in PZL Mielec to expand its manufacturing capabilities, introducing factory improvements and tooling to support assembly of various helicopters, including the International BLACK HAWK. The MOU anticipates initial component deliveries in 2008 and International BLACK HAWK deliveries beginning in 2010, enabling Sikorsky to focus primarily on the domestic US market.

Sri-Lankan Navy Sink 11 Tamil Tiger Ships

In one of the largest clashes in Sri Lanka's conflict in recent years, the Sri-Lankan navy said it had sunk 11 Tamil Tiger rebel ships loaded with troops and weapons during a five-hour sea battle, killing around 70 separatists. (Associated Press)




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