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24 February 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Hits The Target With The Design And Delivery Of The First Laser System For F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) BAE Systems 24 Feb 2005 -- BAE Systems Avionics at Crewe Toll Edinburgh has successfully designed and delivered the first laser system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) underpinning key UK collaboration on this major US programme.
  • Boeing Rolls Out First KC-767 Tanker for Italian Air Force Boeing 24 Feb 2005 -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) officials and their Italian Air Force customers revealed the first KC-767A advanced aerial refueling tanker during ceremonies today at the Boeing site in Wichita, Kan.
  • Lockheed Martin-MDA-U.S. Navy Aegis BMD Weapon System Guides Missile to Target Intercept Lockheed Martin 24 Feb 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System with its Standard Missile (SM)-3 successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target outside the earth’s atmosphere during its descent phase of flight today. The Aegis Weapon System, aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), and range sensors confirmed a direct hit of the missile target over the Pacific Ocean. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System and serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent for Aegis BMD. Raytheon Company develops the SM-3.
  • Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Intercepts Target in Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Test Raytheon 24 Feb 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System and Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) destroyed a ballistic missile outside the earth's atmosphere during an Aegis BMD Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean. Raytheon Company develops the SM-3. Lockheed Martin develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System.
  • ROSOBORONEXPORT TO MONOPOLIZE ARMS TRADE RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2005 -- It seems that the Tula-based Instrument Engineering Bureau, the only producer of high precision weapons in Russia, has unveiled its products at the Abu Dhabi arms fair for the last time, writes Russky Kuryer.

Other Conflicts

  • UN/KOSOVO VOA 24 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations envoy to Kosovo says a timetable is in place that could lead to negotiations on the region's future later this year. Separate talks between Pristina and Belgrade are to resume shortly.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Question mark hangs over future role of peacekeepers IRIN 24 Feb 2005 -- With just over a month left to run on their current mandate, the 10,000 UN and French peacekeeping troops in Cote d'Ivoire face an uncertain future in which their role may have to be redefined.
  • 14 Maoists rebels killed by Nepalese troops IRNA 24 Feb 2005 -- In the latest clashes in Nepal since the king imposed emergency in Nepal, 14 Maoist rebels were killed by Nepalese troops on Wednesday.
  • Cost of UN peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan will top $1 billion in first year UN News Centre 24 Feb 2005 -- More than $1 billion will be needed to fund the first year of the proposed United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan, set up to help the vast region stabilize and its people rebuild their lives after a 21-year civil war.
  • PALESTINIAN / CABINET VOA 24 Feb 2005 -- Palestinian lawmakers today (Thursday) approved a new government made up of reformers and technocrats ending a political crisis that almost toppled Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.
  • LEBANON/SYRIA VOA 24 Feb 2005 -- As diplomatic pressure mounts on Syria to remove its troops from neighboring Lebanon, Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister said Damascus will continue redeploying its troops, there, in accordance with the 1989 Taef Agreement, which put an end to Lebanon's civil war.

News Reports

  • TOGO: Isolated Gnassingbe makes whistle-stop visit to Gabon and Libya IRIN 25 Feb 2005 -- Faure Gnassingbe, the army-installed president of Togo, flew to Gabon and Libya on Thursday to discuss a way out of his growing international isolation with two of Africa's longest-serving leaders.
  • TOGO VOA 24 Feb 2005 -- Togo's military-installed president is trying to avoid more international sanctions, as he visits several African capitals. Togo's opposition is renewing calls for the son of the late, long-ruling leader to step down immediately.

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