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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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