23 July 2002 Military News
- First Afghan Army Battalion Finishes Training AFPS 23 Jul 2002 -- The first battalion of the Afghan National Army graduated from training today at the Afghan Military Academy. Afghan and coalition leaders see the Afghan National Army as a stabilizing influence in the war-torn country. The army will be the instrument of the national government and will be trained and equipped to defeat any direct challenge.
- AFGHANISTAN / ARMY VOA 23 Jul 2002 -- The first battalion of U-S-trained Afghan soldiers graduated from basic training today (Tuesday), ready to take up their duties in the new Afghan national army. The freshly minted troops are being assigned to the presidential palace, where concerns about the security of the Afghan president have been running high.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Jul 2002
- LIBERIA / RECONCILIATION VOA 23 Jul 2002 -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has called a reconciliation conference outside the capital, Monrovia, this week in an effort to bring peace to his embattled nation. Prospects for a solid outcome appear bleak. Most members of the opposition and rebels with the group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, LURD, plan to stay away.
- White House Criticizes Israeli Attack on Gaza Apartment Building Washington File 23 Jul 2002 -- White House Criticizes Israeli Attack on Gaza Apartment Building President Bush sees "as heavy-handed" an Israeli warplane's missile attack on a Gaza City apartment building that killed a leader of Hamas who was at the top of Israel's most-wanted list and at least 14 other Palestinians, including nine children.
- BUSH MIDEAST VOA 23 Jul 2002 -- President Bush has condemned the Israeli air strike in Gaza that resulted in the deaths of a leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas and 14 other Palestinians, including nine children. The president says he is concerned that the Israelis hit a building knowing innocent people would likely be killed.
- ISRAEL / ARAB REACT VOA 23 Jul 2002 -- The Arab League has condemned Israel's deadly missile strike in Gaza City and called for United Nations Security Council intervention. Egyptian and Saudi officials also condemned the operation and say the action will only bring Israel more trouble.
- ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 23 Jul 2002 -- Palestinian factions are vowing revenge after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City killed the commander of the military wing of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and 14 others, including nine children. The attack has also drawn strong international condemnation.
- ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 23 Jul 2002 -- An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip late Monday killed the commander of the military wing of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The attack left another 14 Palestinians dead, most of them children, and injured over 100 others.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rumsfeld: Leaking Classified Info 'Outrageously Irresponsible' AFPS 23 Jul 2002 -- Anyone in DoD who would leak classified information to the press is so "outrageously irresponsible" that an investigation to find that person is worth the cost, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said July 22.
- Connie Battle Group Takes on CARGRU-1 Navy Newsstand 23 Jul 2002 -- The Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group (CBG) is facing a new enemy during this underway period -- but this time the enemy is also a friend.
- ATK Awarded $12 Million Contract To Build Composite Parts for F-22 Raptor Control Structure ATK 23 Jul 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has been selected by Vought Aircraft Industries, Dallas, Texas, to supply composite parts for the F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation stealthy air dominance fighter.
- BAE SYSTEMS and Roke Manor Research team to develop revolutionary cellphone radar BAE Systems 23 Jul 2002 -- BAE Systems and Roke Manor Research are teaming to develop in depth the concept of CELLphone raDAR - CELLDARTM - to provide a revolutionary, totally covert and innovative approach to the detection of moving air, land and sea-based objects, maturing a technology which will significantly enhance military capabilities such as air warfare, littoral operations and Homeland Defense.
- EUROFIGHTER completes carefree handling trials BAE Systems 23 Jul 2002 -- The Eurofighter Typhoon Single Seat Development Aircraft (DA2), based at BAE Systems Warton has successfully completed a series of high-risk, asymmetric carefree handling flight trials.
- BAE SYSTEMS selected for Avionics redesign on Air force C-17 Globemaster III BAE Systems 23 Jul 2002 -- BAE Systems Controls has received a $26.2 million contract from Boeing Aircraft & Missile Systems for redesign of System Controllers and Cockpit Indicators (SCCI) for the C-17 Globemaster III. The SCCI redesign will address issues with parts obsolescence, improve reliability, and increase aircraft functionality.
- BOEING and BAE SYSTEMS announce missile defense partnership BAE Systems 23 Jul 2002 -- Farnborough, United Kingdom, July 23, 2002 - The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] and BAE Systems announced at the Farnborough Airshow a memorandum of understanding to support all aspects of global ballistic missile defense.
- BAE SYSTEMS wins Atflir F/A-18 contract BAE Systems 23 Jul 2002 -- BAE Systems has been awarded orders to the value of 8 million, to provide systems and components for Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infra Red (ATFLIR) pods for the US Navy's F/A-18 aircraft. BAE Systems Avionics is a member of the Raytheon Team which recently delivered the first production standard pod to the US Navy via Boeing, following a successful design and development programme.
- Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland Announce Long-term Agreement for US101 Helicopter Lockheed Martin 23 Jul 2002 -- Officials from Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica and GKN company, announced today they have signed a 10-year definitive agreement to jointly market, produce and support a medium-lift helicopter in the United States.
- Lockheed Martin Conducts Two Successful Production Qualification Tests for Guided MLRS Rocket Lockheed Martin 23 Jul 2002 -- Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army recently conducted the third and fourth successful Production Qualification Tests (PQT) of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Both series of three-round ripple-fired Guided MLRS rockets performed nominally.
- F-35 JSF's Final Shape Validates Concept-Demonstration Goals Lockheed Martin 23 Jul 2002 -- England - Engineers have finalized the external design of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with the resulting configuration nearly indistinguishable from the X-35 JSF demonstrator that underwent flight-testing in 2000 and 2001. Design changes - though small - will bring overall performance gains to the stealthy fighter.
- Northrop Grumman Continues Early Aircraft Deliveries Northrop Grumman 23 Jul 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector continues to deliver new and modified U.S. Navy aircraft ahead of schedule. Ongoing production improvements by employees in the sector's St. Augustine, Fla., and Bethpage, N.Y., facilities are getting aircraft into the customers' hands faster than ever.
- Lockheed Martin Plans "System of Systems" Approach For UAVS Lockheed Martin 23 Jul 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, a business area of Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE:LMT], today highlighted its focus on a “system of systems" architecture development approach to determine how to best meet future aerospace power projection requirements.
- Northrop Grumman to Produce Company-Funded Global Hawk Advanced Technology Demonstrator Northrop Grumman 23 Jul 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector announced plans today to produce a company-funded Global Hawk advanced technology demonstrator. Long-lead procurement will begin this year, and the company expects the vehicle will be completed in 2004.
- Northrop Grumman and EADS Complete Compatibility Tests of EADS ELINT Payload in Preparation for Global Hawk Flight Evaluations Northrop Grumman 23 Jul 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector and EADS Systems and Defence Electronics announced the completion of preliminary compatibility testing of EADS' electronic intelligence (ELINT) payload with Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk at the Integrated Systems facility in San Diego, Calif.
- BAE SYSTEMS to develop an integrated mems INS / GPS system for the military market BAE Systems 23 Jul 2002 -- BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of SiNAVTM, an integrated MEMS INS/GPS system for the military market. The fusion of leading MEMS inertial and SAASM GPS technologies offers customers a total navigation solution representing a breakthrough in terms of affordability, size and gun-hardness.
- Boeing and BAE SYSTEMS Announce Missile Defense Partnership Boeing 23 Jul 2002 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and BAE SYSTEMS announced at the Farnborough Airshow a memorandum of understanding to support all aspects of global ballistic missile defense.
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