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17 August 2005 Military News

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  • US Hopes Accord With Israel Will Limit Military Sales to China VOA 17 Aug 2005 -- The United States and Israel have announced an understanding on the need for consultations before Israel sells military technology to other nations.

  • Fire Scout UAV Successfully Fires Weapons Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems conducted a series of flight tests July 21 at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Ariz., that culminated in two successful launches of a 2.75-inch Hydra-class rocket from the Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV).
  • Navy EOD Divers Conduct Force Protection, Countermeasure Evolution at PANAMAX Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2005 -- Divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 10 partnered with divers from Panama's National Maritime Services (SMN) to work on and observe force protection and mine countermeasures as part of a scenario-driven exercise at FUERZAS ALIADAS PANAMAX 2005 in Panama City, Panama, Aug. 4-17.
  • U.S. Embassy Representative Visits PANAMAX 2005 Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2005 -- Chargé d'Affairs Luis Arrega of the U.S. Embassy in Panama visited the Civil Military Operations Center and was briefed on the status FUERZAS ALIADAS PANAMAX 2005, a training exercise in defense of the Panama Canal involving 15 countries Aug. 4-17.
  • Camden Returns for Final Time Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2005 -- USS Camden (AOE 2) returned to its homeport of Bremerton for the final time Aug. 15 after a seven-month global combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the global war on terrorism.
  • Bataan Serves as Flagship for Multinational Exercise Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2005 -- USS Bataan (LHD 5) served as the flagship for PANAMAX 2005 while underway in the Caribbean Sea, in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) Aug. 4-16.
  • U.S. Military Helps Africans Prepare for Natural Disasters Washington File 17 Aug 2005 -- A tsunami like the one that devastated South Asia in December 2004, killing more than 140,000 people, might never hit East Africa, but if it does, 11 African nations will be ready with a coordinated emergency response, worked out in a partnership with the U.S. military called Operation Golden Spear.
  • Spangdahlem's new airlift mission has room for expansion AFPN 17 Aug 2005 -- The 726th Airlift Support Squadron has not finished moving here from Rhein-Main Air Base, but its new home might have already earned it a bigger airlift mission.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Expanding in War on Terrorism AFPS 17 Aug 2005 -- Once used only for remote reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft technology has rapidly evolved in recent years.
  • Defense Department Recognizes Top Military Installations AFPS 17 Aug 2005 -- Defense Department officials today recognized the "best of the best" among military installations.
  • Army Updates Detainee Operations Information Aug. 17 Army News Release 17 Aug 2005 -- The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents today pursuant to a Freedom of Information (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • Soldiers prepare for Kosovo Force deployment UN News Centre 18 Aug 2005 -- In preparation for their deployment to Kosovo, Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company participated in close quarter combat training Aug. 10.

  • Antiterrorism Exercises Held In Kazakhstan RFE/RL 17 Aug 2005 -- Security officials from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine are due to start two days of antiterrorism exercises today on the Kazakh coast of the Caspian Sea.

  • Jordan's King Signs Deal On Russian Planes RFE/RL 17 Aug 2005 -- Visiting Jordanian King Abdullah signed today an agreement for the purchase of two Russian Ilyushin-76MF military transport planes.

  • State Department Briefing, August 17 Washington File 17 Aug 2005 -- Venezuela, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran, Bin-Laden Article in New York Times/Pursuing al-Qaida Network, U.S. Views of the "Axis of Evil"/Consistency of Policy/Commitment to Principles, South Korea, Zimbabwe, Israel/Palestinians, Mexico, China, Malaysia, Cyprus

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems' F-35 JSF Electronic Warfare Systems Passes Flight Tests BAE Systems 17 Aug 2005 -- NASHUA, New Hampshire -- BAE Systems has successfully completed the first flight test of its Electronic Warfare (EW) system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.
  • Boeing Delivers First AH-64D Apache Longbow for Kuwait Boeing 17 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. government, on behalf of the Government of Kuwait, accepted Kuwait's first AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopter from Boeing (NYSE: BA).
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Bid for Air Force Electronic Attack Requirement Northrop Grumman 17 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), the only U.S. company currently delivering selective-reactive electronic-attack systems, has delivered its proposal for the U.S. Air Force B-52 Stand-Off Jammer System. The Air Force is expected to announce a winner in early October 2005.
  • Northrop Grumman Flies Modernized Firebee Aerial Target for U.S. Navy Northrop Grumman 17 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) reached another milestone for its BQM-34 Firebee aerial target with the latest version's successful first flight featuring an enhanced integrated avionics unit as the vehicle's autopilot. Aerial targets are the U.S. Navy's most realistic means of training sailors and airmen against airborne threats and testing an array of weapon systems, and the avionics upgrade supports the service's aerial-targets transformation plan.

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