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L-3 Mission Integration has conducted the maiden flights of the first Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to be converted into a special mission platform under the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program.
The US Army completed a successful test of Tamir interceptor missile from the new Multi Mission Launcher (MML) developed under a US Army initiative.
The Marine Corps plans to buy or lease active protection systems (APS) for its M1 Abrams main battle tanks, Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for combat development and integration, told members of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on seapower April 13. that are vulnerable to proliferating anti-tank guided missiles.
The U.S. Army successfully fired a Stinger missile from its newest launch platform last week. The test was part of a demonstration of the Army's new Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) platform's Multi-Mission Launcher (MML).
Raytheon Missile systems will provide precision guided mortar bombs to the US Marine Corps, under a contract worth $98 million awarded this week by the Pentagon. The contract with the U.S. Marine Corps has a maximum 60-month effective period, with five 12-month ordering periods.
Israel has delivered 16 retired U.S.-supplied Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan to help the Hashemite kingdom deal with the threat of Islamic State (ISIS) which currently control large areas along its borders with Syria and Iraq. The transfer provided at no cost was kept in secret since last year but was recently leaked by an unnamed U.S. official and published by Reuters.
The US Army intends to develop and field a new family of specialized vehicles to support 'joint forcible entry' missions. The Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) general-purpose troop carrier is the highest priority in this plan. Fast, agile and safe to drive on and off road, ULCV will provide troops the survivability and protection by avoiding the roads vulnerable to IEDs and ambushes, gaining freedom of movement by traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes.
The US Army is seeking to field a new air defense system comprising two types of missiles, capable to protect military forces against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Rockets, Artillery and Mortars. The truck mounted system called ‘Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 Intercept (IFPC Inc. 2-I) is designed for rapid deployment on contingency operations.
The biggest saving reported in 2014 was in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and F-135 engine program, together, these procurement programs decreased $7.4 billion in the cost of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E), procurement and infrastructure spending over the 32 production years (from $398.5 bn to $391.1 bn). The current average F-35A price is $108 million (with engine), $4 million lower than lot 7 prices.
The US Army has allocated its Continental-US (CONUS) Based THAAD to deploy to South Korea on emergency situations, a South Korean military source confirmed Sunday.
The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems $1.2 billion contract develop and produce Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPV) based on Bradley chassis to replace the 50 year old M-113 Armored Personnel Carriers that haved served the army since the Vietnam War. The contract worth $1.2 billion (with options) will fund the production of 318 vehicles.
In this edition: Israel capital booming | A new vulnerability to affect Israel financial companies | US Senate to hold hearing on increasing cyber-crime against financial sector | A new cyber branch established by US Army | China capable of launching cyber-attacks against US power grid | Kaspersky Lab blocked more than 1 million cyber-attacks between 2013 and 2014 | Iran officially a real player in global cyber war | The man behind ISIS's "Twitter Jihadi" facing life imprisonment | Australian government begins review of cyber security strategy | Kenya breaks 'Chinese-run cybercrime network' | Nigeria: Cisco warns banks, others of increased cyber attacks | Raytheon opening new cyber research center in UK | China would have signal intelligence center in France | Cyber space international building: EU and USA promoted cyber security dialog
The Joint Tactical Light Vehicle program moves forward on schedule - on Friday December 12, 2014 the US Army released to three potential suppliers a final version Request for proposal for the procurement of 55,000 armored vehicles, clearing the way for contenders AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense to submit proposals.
Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Centre (ECBC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground assisted by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Smith Detection, demonstrated recently how a standard chemical agent detector can be hacked into an explosive material detection sensor. The modified device can already detect roughly a dozen compounds including TNT, RDX and EGN. Future efforts could increase the number of detectable compounds.