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  • Rapid Fire: 2011-01-20

    US long-term economic security requires cuts in defense spending, argues Michael O’Hanlon of the liberal Brookings Institution. Saudi Arabia wants to produce 70% of military equipment locally using foreign technology transfer, plans to offer greater investment incentives. That particularly significant in light of their massive purchases in the pipeline – but building that much industry from [...]

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  • Galileo GPS Project Faces More Certain Future

    Galileo concept (click to view full) EUR 1.9 billion short, and up to 4 years late, and still a big security issue with China; German CEO becomes Wikileaks casualty; Satellite receiver test. (Jan 18/11) The European Union is cooperating with a number of outside investors to replace the USA’s free Global Positioning System service with an alternative under [...]

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  • The USA’s New Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)

    General Dynamics Team Trimaran LCS Design (click to enlarge) Engine contracts; Griffin missile to replace NLOS-LS? (Jan 17/11) Exploit simplicity, numbers, the pace of technology development in electronics and robotics, and fast reconfiguration. That was the US Navy’s idea for the low-end backbone of its future surface combatant fleet. Inspired by successful experiments like Denmark’s Standard Flex ships, the [...]

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  • Nimrod Was Actually a Fine Hunter: Britain’s MRA4 Program

    Nimrod MR2 at work (click to view full) GBP 200 million estimated to terminate the program. (Jan 17/10) British naval theorist Sir Julian Corbett saw the navy’s proper role as “directly or indirectly either to secure the command of the sea or to prevent the enemy from securing it.” Airpower plays a prominent role in both of those [...]

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  • US Navy to Lean on CANES to Integrate Shipboard Networks

    Networking the Navy (click to view full) Milestone B pass. (Jan 10/11) The US Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program is designed to streamline and update shipboard networks to improve interoperability across the fleet. The primary goal of the CANES program is to build a secure shipboard network required for naval and joint operations, and [...]

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  • Rapid Fire: 2011-01-19

    Crunch time for General Dynamics and Boeing cases. They argue that the government improperly invoked the state secrets privilege, in order to hide information that would help them prove their side of cases surrounding the A-12 naval stealth fighter’s program cancellation liabilities. Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system is a “stupid idea” driven by the French military, [...]

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  • Desert Chameleon APCs for Kuwait

    Desert Chameleon (click to view full) In mid-January 2011, Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) announced an initial delivery of their new 6×6 wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) design to Kuwait’s Ministry of the Interior. The vehicle’s full size cannon may be unusual for policing forces, but it is not unusual for interior ministry troops around the world [...]

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  • Enhancing Brazil’s AMX Light Attack Fighters

    AMX/A-1 light fighter (click to view full) $250 million overhaul contract. (Jan 17/11) In the late 1980s, Embraer and Aermacchi launched The AMX project, a joint Italian/Brazilian program to create a lead-in fighter trainer and light attack aircraft. The result was a capable jet, especially in the light attack role, which entered service with Brazil in 1990 as [...]

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  • Maintaining France’s LaFayette Frigates

    FS La Fayette (click to view full) DCNS recently announced a EUR 60 million (about $80 million) contract for through-life support (TLS) services from 2011-2015 to the French Navy’s 5 La Fayette Class frigates: F710 La Fayette, F711 Surcouf, F712 Courbet, F713 Aconit, and F714 Guepratte. The new TLS contract will come into effect in spring 2011, [...]

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  • US Contracts for Next-Gen Tactical Radio Upgrades

    MBITR on 101st in Iraq (click to view full) 2010 update. (Jan 5/11) Tactical radios are one of the quiet lifelines of the battlefield. They can also be be a very quiet pain in the nether regions. After-action reviews by US troops in Iraq have cited lack of compatibility among available communications systems, creating pressure to modernize. Yet [...]

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