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12 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • ATK Reaches Production Milestone in Small-Caliber Ammunition ATK 12 Apr 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) achieved a significant production milestone in small-caliber ammunition by delivering 1.2 billion rounds to the U.S. Army in its Fiscal Year 2005, which ended on March 31. ATK operates the U.S. Army’s Lake City small-caliber ammunition plant in Independence, Mo., where it produces a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, 50-caliber and various other small-caliber rounds.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Delivers First Fully Functonal Helmet - Mounted Display System For Gripen BAE Systems 12 Apr 2005 -- ROCHESTER, U.K. -- BAE Systems has delivered to Saab AB the first fully functional Gripen helmet-mounted display system, including a high-speed optical head tracker. This event follows the May 2004 first flight of the mechanical Gripen helmet.
  • Oshkosh Truck's Self-Navigating Robotic Truck Advances in Qualifying for Department Of Defense's DARPA Grand Challenge Oshkosh 12 Apr 2005 -- Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK] announced today that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has chosen the company’s TerraMaxTM robotic vehicle for evaluation for the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 -- a 175-mile, off-road race in the Mojave Desert for completely autonomous vehicles. Of 195 teams originally submitting race entries, DARPA, a part of the Department of Defense, chose 118 for further review based on vehicle designs and capabilities.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket Carrying U.S. Air Force's XSS-11 Satellite Orbital Sciences Corp. 12 Apr 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that it successfully launched the U.S. Air Force's Experimental Small Satellite Number 11 (XSS-11) satellite aboard a company-built Minotaur I rocket. The mission originated on Monday, April 11, 2005, at 9:35 a.m. (EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA (VAFB) when the Minotaur rocket ignited its first stage motor and lifted-off from its West Coast launch site. Approximately 12 minutes after launch, the XSS-11 satellite was inserted into its targeted orbit of approximately 850 kilometers above the Earth. Yesterday's mission was the third flight the Minotaur I space launch vehicle, all of which have been successful.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches New Medium Range Target For U.S. Missile Defense Agency Orbital Sciences Corp. 12 Apr 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a new Medium Range Target (MRT) vehicle for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The mission served as a risk reduction flight demonstration for the new target vehicle and collected critical data for a number of missile defense-related sensors that were activated for the test.
  • Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project Office Inaugurated at Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky 12 Apr 2005 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Canadian government officials today formally inaugurated a new Canadian Maritime Helicopter Project (MHP) office located here in the company's main manufacturing facility.

Other Conflicts

  • Reformed UN could be even more effective in preventing global threats - Fréchette UN News Centre 12 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations is a more effective prevention instrument than many realize, but with reform, it can be far more useful in fighting poverty, promoting human rights, stopping the spread of illicit weapons and keeping violence in check, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today in Stockholm.

  • KAMIKAZE TERRORIST INVOLVED IN HOSTAGE-TAKING IN BESLAN IDENTIFIED RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2005 -- A kamikaze terrorist was identified as a result of the molecular-genetic examination during the investigation of the terrorist attack on Beslan, Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Shepel said.
  • Chechen Government Says 1,700 People Missing in Republic RFE/RL 12 Apr 2005 -- The pro-Russian Chechen government constitutional rights committee said today that nearly 1,700 people have been abducted in Chechnya and are still missing.

  • State Official Outlines U.S. Financial Commitment to Peace in Sudan Wasghington File 12 Apr 2005 -- In morning remarks April 12 at the Oslo Donors' Conference on Sudan in Norway, Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick outlined the U.S. financial commitment to achieving and maintaining peace in Sudan
  • SUDAN: Attack on Darfur village condemned, donors meet in Oslo IRIN 12 Apr 2005 -- The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the African Union (AU) have strongly condemned the recent destruction of a village in the western Sudanese state of South Darfur by armed militias.

  • AFRICA: Regional emergency force set up IRIN 12 Apr 2005 -- A 5,500-strong rapid-reaction force of East African peacekeepers has been established, leaders from the region announced at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, on Monday.

  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY CÔTE D’IVOIRE United Nations 12 Apr 2005
  • UN envoy calls for calm along Lebanese-Israeli separation line after overflights UN News Centre 12 Apr 2005 -- A day after arriving to take up his new post, the United Nations envoy for southern Lebanon called on all parties today to maintain "total calm" along the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, citing a Hezbollah drone that breached Israeli airspace yesterday and the most recent Israeli overflights of Lebanese territory.
  • Rebel renunciation of force against Rwanda welcomed by Security Council UN News Centre 12 Apr 2005 -- The recent peace-making statement from a major Rwandan rebel militia based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) provides a significant opportunity to move toward peace in the DRC, national reconciliation in Rwanda and normalization of relations between the two countries, the United Nations Security Council said today.
  • RICE / MIDDLE EAST VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Arab and European officials Tuesday, seeking diplomatic support for a successful Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Ms. Rice's contacts were a follow-up to Monday's meeting in Texas between President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
  • NEPAL/GOVERNMENT VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- Nepal's political opposition has criticized King Gyanendra for consolidating his power by appointing regional administrators. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the king tossed out the government and assumed absolute authority more than two months ago.
  • INDONESIA/ACEH TALKS VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- Negotiators from the Indonesian government and the rebel Free Aceh Movement have arrived for a third round of peace talks in Finland. But the rebels demanded that a cease-fire be called before discussions turn to more substantive issues.
  • DRC: Ituri militia leader arrested IRIN 12 Apr 2005 -- In line with new efforts by the UN mission and the government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to dismantle militias in the troubled northeastern district of Ituri, local authorities announced on Monday the arrest of Kahwa Panga Mandro.
  • UGANDA-SUDAN: Sudanese government troops attack LRA in the south IRIN 12 Apr 2005 -- Sudanese government forces have recently attacked the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) - a Ugandan rebel group - in Mangala, south Sudan, Maj Shaban Bantariza, a Ugandan army spokesman, told IRIN on Monday.
  • BURUNDI-TANZANIA: We are ready for peace talks, FNL rebels say IRIN 12 Apr 2005 -- Burundi's remaining rebel group, the Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) led by Agathon Rwasa, said on Tuesday it was willing to stop fighting government troops.
  • YEMEN: Mine clearance graduates begin field work IRIN 12 Apr 2005 -- The training phase of Yemen's Mine Action Programme (MAP) finished last week, with the last group of trainees graduating from the three-month programme.

News Reports

  • RUSSIA SET TO RENDER ASSISTANCE TO KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan has confirmed its commitment to its obligations within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Eurasian Economic Community (Eurasec), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a consultation between the president and the Cabinet.
  • KYRGYZSTAN TO FACE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ACID TEST RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan is feeling like taking an exam before the international community, Kyrgyz acting foreign minister Roza Otunbaeva told the press conference in Moscow.
  • OSCE IN KYRGYZSTAN: ASSISTANCE OR THE LIMITATION OF SOVEREIGNTY? RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2005 -- An article entitled "The Shoots of the Revolution Already Cannot be Stopped" by Dmitrij Rupel, OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Slovenian foreign minister (Nezavisimaya Gazeta 05.04.2005), is an amazing piece.

  • U.S. / Guyana / Cabinet VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- The State Department Tuesday raised the prospect of a cut in U.S. aid to Guyana after the president of the South American country moved to reinstate a cabinet official allegedly tied to extra-judicial killings.

  • BALKANS / EU VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- An international panel made of experts on the Balkans and senior European political figures says the European Union should convene a special summit next year to map out a path for the countries of the western Balkans to join the 25-member nation European Union. The recommendations of the International Commission on the Balkans were released simultaneously Tuesday in Brussels and Washington.

  • AUSTRALIA EAST ASIA SUMMIT VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- Officials in Canberra have given a cautious welcome to a decision by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to let Australia join a regional summit. The invitation, however, would require Australia to sign a regional non-aggression pact - something Canberra says would conflict with its 54-year-old defense treaty with the United States.

  • EADS Astrium Spain presented the Earth observation instrument of ESA’s SMOS satellite, led by the Spanish Industry. EADS 12 Apr 2005 -- The Secretary General of Industry, Mr. Joan Trullén, the Director of CDTI (Centro para el desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) Mr. Maurici Lucena, the Presidente of EADS CASA Mr. Francisco Fernández Sáinz, as well as the Managing Director of EADS Astrium Spain Mr. Pedro Méndez, chaired this event, presenting the structural and electrical models of the sole instrument on board the satellite.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN RESUMES NORMAL SPACE SHUTTLE EXTERNAL TANK PRODUCTION Lockheed Martin 12 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) marked a successful return to Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) production activities by welding two quarter domes into a half dome tank segment on March 17.
  • Successful launch of Alcatel Apstar VI communications satellite from China Thales 12 Apr 2005 -- The Apstar VI communications satellite, built by prime contractor Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), was successfully boosted into orbit today by a Long March 3B launcher from Xichang satellite launch center in China. Apstar VI offers APT Satellite Holdings Limited (APT), a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, the capability to provide advanced broadband multimedia, new digital television services and traditional telecommunications services to telecom and television operators in the Asia Pacific region.

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