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August 11, 2014

Headlines August 11, 2014

News:

As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon –

The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many options on deployment, given the air dominance U.S. forces will have.

 

Business:

Raytheon: FAB-T qualification testing done by year’s end –

Raytheon is on track to finish qualification testing on its Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals by year’s end, a company official said.

DOD night vision demand expected to drop –

The Pentagon’s appetite for night vision devices is declining, according to a market research report by consultants Frost and Sullivan.

AgustaWestland offers AW169 derivative to KAI –

Korea Aerospace Industries and AgustaWestland would jointly develop a derivative of the AW169 if the Italian-British manufacturer is chosen for South Korea’s LCH-LAH helicopter program.

Poland to develop Pirat anti-tank guided missile –

The Polish firm Mesko has started development of a new short-range laser-guided anti-tank guided missile system known as Pirat.

South Korea eyeing Israeli rocket interceptor -manufacturer –

South Korea is interested in buying the Israeli short-range rocket interceptor Iron Dome, its manufacturer said Aug. 10.

Pindad and Rheinmetall-Denel sign ammunition deal –

Indonesian company PT Pindad and Rheinmetall Denel Munition from South Africa – a joint venture between Germany’s Rheinmetall Waffe Munition and South Africa’s Denel – have signed a memorandum of understanding to manufacture ammunition for the Indonesian Armed Forces and other export customers.

Russia not plan new deals on drones with Israel –

Contracts on drones concluded with Israel before are already finalized, whereas the Defense Ministry does not plan new deals in this sphere with Israeli companies, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told ITAR-TASS Aug. 6.

Bolivia selects French air surveillance systems for airspace control –

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced selection of France to provide an air surveillance and air traffic control system, according to an Aug. 1 Bolivian government statement.

 

Defense:

Pentagon struggles to get small-biz tech –

The Pentagon is not nimble. That’s more of a problem than ever in an era where even terrorist groups can increasingly download, buy, or steal sophisticated technology. So how can America’s bureaucratic military stay ahead? While Congress is wrestling with acquisition reform, some experts both inside the Pentagon and out argue that there’s more freedom to innovate within the existing system than most people think.

Hostage: Virtual training needed to address limits of Red Flag –

As fifth-generation fighters outgrow the Air Force’s premiere combat training exercise, the service should look to virtual training for pilots to test the limits of the F-22 and F-35, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said.

 

Veterans:

VA will open scheduling books to outside audit –

Veterans Affairs Department officials will open their scheduling books to outside reviewers in an effort to get an independent assessment of how to fix medical center wait time problems, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said Aug. 8.




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Headlines August 1, 2015

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News Briefs August 3, 2015

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Army photograph by John Andrew Hamilton

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Missile Defense Agency, Raytheon demonstrate SM-6’s new anti-ballistic missile defense capability

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Northrop Grumman-developed stealthy data link validated as combat ready with U.S. Marine Corps

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Lockheed Martin technology helps pilots, UAS operators share data, stay safe

As Unmanned Aircraft Systems take to the skies, it is essential for safety that UAS operators and pilots are aware of each other. To help provide this shared situational awareness, Lockheed Martin has deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management system that is available to the UAS community now. Lockheed Martin’s online Flight...
 




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