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June 23, 2014

Headlines June 23, 2014

News:

U.S and Iraq talking over legal immunity for troops -

The U.S. and Iraqi governments are revisiting the controversial issue of legal immunity for American troops, the key sticking point that prompted a complete withdraw of troops in 2011.  

U.S. advisers to Iraq will earn combat pay -

Special operators being sent to Iraq will receive combat pay, even though they will not be going as part of a combat mission, the Pentagon’s press secretary said June 21. 

 

Business:

French Scorpion vehicle deal takes shape -

French Army planners, procurement officials and a three-company group are working on terms and conditions of a draft contract aimed at launching a 5 billion euros (US $6.8 billion) Scorpion equipment modernization this year, the biggest European program for land weapons, a company executive and defense official said.

U.S. missile defense system hits target in key test -

The U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing June 22 hit a simulated enemy missile over the Pacific in the first successful intercept test of the program since 2008, the U.S. Defense Department said. 

Government services market undergoing sweeping change -

Federal agencies’ increasing reliance on technology and changing buying behaviors are shaking up the $225 billion government services market.  

Artillery experiment shows deepening U.K.-French ties -

London is in talks with Paris to allow British troops to train on a French system artillery system this year, according to sources, the first step in a sweeping review of all British artillery requirements, from mortars to guided rockets to 155mm artillery. 

NAWCAD seeks to counter unguided anti-air threats -

The US Navy has invited industry and academia to propose defensive aids technologies that could safeguard helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft from attack by rocket-propelled grenades and similar unguided munitions. 

DCNS wants Navy to extend lease on Adroit -

DCNS is in talks with French authorities to stretch out a three-year lease to the Navy of the Adroit, an offshore patrol vessel the company built with its own funds and aimed at the export market, a spokesman at the naval shipbuilder said June 20.  

Babcock wins U.K. submarine weapon handling and launch support contract -

Babcock has been awarded a five-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to support the Weapon Handling and Launch System and Submerged Signal Ejector equipment used on all classes of UK in-service submarines and their associated training rigs.

Elbit beats rival IAI in Swiss Air Force UAV bid -

Elbit Systems has beaten rival Israel Aerospace Industries in a high-stakes bid for US $280 million in prospective UAV sales to the Swiss Air Force.  

Indian Army kicks off final carbine trials -

The Indian Army began the final round of confirmatory trials in support of its requirement for 44,618 close quarter battle 5.56 mm carbines and 33.6 million rounds of ammunition on 9 June, defence industry officials told IHS Jane’s .  

Fox among the hens: Algeria’s big Fuchs APC Order -

Reports out of Germany suggest that Rheinmetall Defense has just signed a EUR 2.7 billion ($3.675 billion) contract with Algeria for 980 Fuchs (Fox) 6×6 wheeled armored personnel carriers. 

BrahMos Aerospace appoints new CEO -

Senior missile scientist Sudhir K Mishra has been chosen to take over as chief executive officer and managing director of the Indo-Russian JV BrahMos Aerospace, replacing A Sivathanu Pillai.  

Major Finmeccanica companies to become divisions -

As part of a bid to centralize management and cut down on wasteful overlaps, Finmeccanica’s new CEO, Mauro Moretti, is to transform the group’s owned companies – including AgustaWestland and Alenia Aermacchi – into mere divisions. 

 

Defense:

House OKs defense spending bill with 1.8 percent pay raise -

The House approved a $570 billion defense spending proposal June 20 that would save the A-10 aircraft fleet, prohibit another base closure round and reject most of the Pentagon’s planned pay and benefits trims. 

U.S. House passes appropriations bill, Senate looks deadlocked -

In a flurry of activity that wrapped up early on the afternoon of June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives pushed through several controversial amendments to the $570.4 billion 2015 defense appropriations bill before handing its version of to the Senate for its own markups this summer.

The military now has x-ray guns -

Superman had X-ray vision. Now, so does the United States military, in the form of an X-ray gun that can see through fabric, rubber and aluminum to find drugs, money, explosive liquids and even people. 

Canadian lawmakers push for part in U.S. BMD -

The Canadian government is studying a recommendation that it become a partner in the US continental missile defense system, either by contributing locations for radars or by conducting research into improving the system.  

 

Veterans:

Government’s PTSD treatment for veterans lacking, report finds -

Despite spending billions of dollars a year to treat military service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the government has little evidence that its efforts are working, according to a new report commissioned by Congress. 




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Headlines December 17, 2014

News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut - Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea - Northrop Grumman has won...
 
 

NASA launches new Micro-g NExT for undergraduates

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015. Micro-g NExT challenges students to work in teams to design and build prototypes of spacewalking tools to be used by astronauts for spacewalk training in the...
 
 
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Storm fails to quench liftoff of secret reconnaissance satellite

The fiery launch of an Atlas V (541), among the most powerful of the venerable Atlas family, briefly dispelled the gloom over Californiaís Central Coast on the evening of Dec. 12. A team of personnel from United Launch Allianc...
 

 
Coast Guard photograph

Navy demonstrates unmanned helicopter operations aboard Coast Guard cutter

http://static.dvidshub.net/media/video/1412/DOD_102145893/DOD_102145893-512×288-442k.mp4 Coast Guard photograph An MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS is tested off the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast...
 
 
GPS-OCX

GPS III, OCX successfully demonstrate key satellite command, control capabilities

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the worldís most powerfu...
 
 

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully demonstrates 3D printed rocket propulsion system for satellites

Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test of its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. The MPS-120 is the first 3D-printed hydrazine integrated propulsion system and is designed to provide propulsion for CubeSats, enabling missions not previously available to these tiny satellites. The project was funded out of the NASA Office of Chief...
 




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