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21 November 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Enterprise Aces TSTA/FEP Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2005 -- The crew of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) surpassed expectations with the successful conclusion of its Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Phase (FEP) Nov. 19.
  • Last U.S. Navy Sea King Helicopter Delivered Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2005 -- The last U.S. Navy Sea King helicopter to be delivered was received by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) team lead Bob Kelly, H-3 Sea King deputy program manager, in early November, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Toughest Battlefields Are Not in Iraq, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 21 Nov 2005 -- The toughest battlefields no longer are in Iraq, but in the American and international media, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says.
  • Revamped portal better information gateway AFPN 21 Nov 2005 -- Users who sign on to the Air Force Portal will find an improved system that not only looks better, but is more user-friendly and effective.
  • Global health records system goes electronic AFPN 21 Nov 2005 -- The Department of Defense achieved a major milestone today, when it launched AHLTA, its global electronic health record system.

  • Israeli navy to receive two new German submarines - report IRNA 21 Nov 2005 -- Israel's navy is to receive two new sophisticated German-made submarines, built at a German dockyard and partially financed by the German government, the weekly Focus news magazine report

  • ARMY PLANS TO PURCHASE HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS: MND CNA 21 Nov 2005 -- The army is planning to purchase new helicopter gunships to beef up the nation's defense capabilities, but the type and quantity to be procured have yet to be determined, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.

  • PAF chief for purchase of F-16 planes now IRNA 21 Nov 2005 -- The chief of Pakistan Air Force Kalim Saadat has called for purchase of F-16 planes from the United States now, indirectly opposing the deferment as announced by President General Pervez Musharraf.

  • Bush Thanks Mongolia For Support RFE/RL 21 Nov 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush today visited Mongolia, where he expressed appreciation for the country's support in Iraq and Afghanistan, and compared the struggle against Islamic radicalism to the Asian country's battle against communism.
  • Bush Thanks Mongolia for Help in Afghanistan, Iraq VOA 21 Nov 2005 -- President Bush is in Mongolia on the last stop of an eight-day trip to Asia which has also taken him to Japan, South Korea, and China

Defense Industry

  • Brimstone Completes Operational Testing With a Flurry of Strikes Boeing 21 Nov 2005 -- Brimstone, the anti-armor, air-to-surface missile built for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF), successfully finished operational testing and is ready to be deployed in the field.
  • The NH90 Reaches the Top EADS 21 Nov 2005 -- The tests were conducted by the Eurocopter product team made up of experimental test pilot Philippe Boutry, flight test engineer Denis Trivier, and flight test technician Jean-Claude Rabany.
  • U.S. NAVY ANNOUNCES INITIAL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY FOR SURTASS TWIN-LINE 29A TOWED ARRAY Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has announced that the first Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) Twin-line 29A (TL-29A), developed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), is certified for deployment. The certification follows an extensive eight-month evaluation program, including five sea tests that demonstrated a robust and dependable sensor system capability. The array was developed from the TB-29A array architecture utilized on submarines.
  • T-50 MAKES ITS INTERNATIONAL AERIAL DEBUT AT DUBAI AIR SHOW Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2005 -- The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer made its international aerial debut showcasing its supersonic capabilities and technological advances today at the Dubai International Air Show. Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) is the prime contractor for the T-50 program, and Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] is principal subcontractor.
  • Northrop Grumman Reaches Significant Generator Light-off Milestone on New Orleans (LPD 18) Northrop Grumman 21 Nov 2005 -- Two diesel generators for New Orleans (LPD 18) were energized for the first time on Nov. 15 at Northrop Grumman's shipyard here, providing electrical power for many of the ship's systems. This significant schedule milestone was accomplished less than three months after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region. Participating in the milestone event were, (l-r) Brad Skillman, LPD 18 prospective commanding officer; Allen Summerall, LPD 18 chief engineer; and Frank Laska, ship's test engineer for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, who started up the generators.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded $558.6 Million Contract Modification For New Generation Aircraft Carrier, CVN 21 Northrop Grumman 21 Nov 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received a $558.6 million contract modification to exercise an option under a previously awarded contract for continuation of work on the new generation nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, CVN 21. A total of $85.2 million has been funded under current continuing resolution authority.
  • RAFAEL Unveil the Skylite B Mini UAV Rafael 21 Nov 2005 -- RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd conducted a demonstration of its new tactical mini-UAV, SkyLite B, for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) today.
  • Raytheon's Cobra Judy Replacement Program Completes Preliminary Software Closeout Review Raytheon 21 Nov 2005 -- Raytheon Company's Cobra Judy Replacement (CJR) Mission Equipment Program has successfully completed its preliminary software closeout review.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED NEARLY $15 MILLION FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS MISSILE DEFENSE RADAR UPGRADES Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2005 -- The Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $14.9 million contract to provide post-production support for its AN/TPS-59(V)3 mobile long range air defense radars. These radars support the Marines' peacetime and wartime operations around the globe, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Uzbekistan Rejects EU Criticism Of Andijon Trial RFE/RL 21 Nov 2005 -- Uzbekistan has rejected European Union criticism about the trial of 15 men convicted of organizing an uprising in the eastern city of Andijon, calling it "unprecedented political pressure."

  • EGYPT: UNHCR office temporarily halts operations IRIN 21 Nov 2005 -- The Cairo office of the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, closed indefinitely on Sunday, bringing its operations relating to asylum applicants to a halt following a mass sit-in by Sudanese asylum seekers and refugees.

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