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U.S. & Canada Defense Update – October 27, 2011

GDLS to Equip Two Brigades with Double-Hull Strykers | Northrop Grumman Delivers Litening G4 Advanced Targeting Pods | Canada to Upgrade LAV III for One Billion US$ | P-8 launches First MK 54 Torpedo

Vietnam – Defense Market Report

Opportunities and Entry Strategies 2011-2016 The Vietnamese defense industry is expected to undergo a period of investment with a considerable increase of expenditure from 2011–2015 (the forecast period), according to a survey by ICD Research. This investment comes from the increasing necessity to improve the...

Iranian Ballistic Missile Scores a Direct Hit on a Target Ship

Iran demonstrated today its capability to hit a floating target with precision guided, short range ballistic missile of the Fatah 110 (M-600) class. Photo: FARS news agency
Iran demonstrated today a new type of short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) based on the Fatah 110 platform, capable of hitting targets at a range of up to 250-300 km with high precision. During an operational demonstration the missile was fired at a target vessel...

U.S. Department of Defense Fears the Budget Axe

The Department of Defense (DOD) budget is facing mounting pressure from both sides of the aisle as lawmakers struggle to rein in trillion-dollar deficits - a market analysis from Forecast International's latest analysis determines. “The extent of the damage remains to be seen, however, as...

LCS Warship Plan: When Does A Split Buy Make Sense?

The U.S. Navy is proposing a change in its plan to acquire a new class of warship called the Littoral Combat Ship. Until this week, the plan of record was to select a winning design from one of two competing teams, with the victorious...

Col. Imam: An Alternative View of the Afghan Campaign

Excerpts from the RT interview with Former Pakistani ISI Operative, Brigadier Amir Sultan Tarar Brigadier Amir Sultan Tarar AKA 'Colonel Imam', a veteran Pakistan Army officer and Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) operative is widely believed to have played a key role in the formation of...

Afghanistan Risks ‘Domino Effect’ After Dutch Pullout

As the campaign in Helmand faces tough opposition from outnumbered and outgunned Taliban, NATO is facing a new threat – this time an internal one. The alliance is fearing a domino effect could follow the Dutch planned pullout from Uruzgan, following the resignation of...

Double Game of the Secret Coalitions in Pakistan

While coalition forces are fighting alongside with Afghan National Army and police are inching forward to gain control of areas in Helmand, another coalition – formed by CIA and the Pakistani Military Intelligence Service – the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) is making significant progress...

Middle East Defense Update

Following are excerpts from recent news articles published in Defense-Update, covering the East Mediterranean, Middle-East & North African defense market. The countries included in this report are: Algeria | Bahrain | Cyprus | Egypt | Iran | Iraq | Israel | Jordan | Kuwait...

European Defense Update

Following are excerpts from recent news articles published ib Defense-Update, covering the European defense market. The countries included in this report are: Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Netherlands | NATO | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Serbia | Slovenia | Spain |  Sweden | Switzerland. For an insight into each of the countries, click on the country name for a detailed report listing the 10...

Air France Jet May have Encountered 100 mph Updrafts

AccuWeather.com reports after extensive research into the weather that may have affected the Air France Airbus A330 on Sunday evening, it is believed that the plane flew into thunderstorms, and the updrafts or turbulence associated with those storms in addition to lightning may have played a role. The...

Obama Administration Scrutinies Defense Spending Bonanza

Does Obama means an end to Defense Sector's prosperity? The election of Democrat Barack Obama as the next American president has left onlookers questioning the future of U.S. defense spending. The Pentagon under the Bush administration witnessed unprecedented budget growth as a result of towering...

Brazil Restarts Big-Ticket Procurement with an Eye to the Future

By Ray Peterson, Forecast International Although Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has no doubt been stirred by Venezuela's military buildup, he also recognizes the need for his own country to rectify its deficient level of armaments in order to strengthen Brazil's position as a regional...

Israel’s immunity gesture will restore terror infrastructure in West Bank

The Palestinian terror infrastructure in the West Bank has been embroiled in an existential ordeal for at least a year: The IDF's successful nightly targeted killings, which employed the element of surprise, have completely impeded its operations. Instead of plotting terror attacks against Israel or...

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