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15 December 2005 Military News

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  • ATK, DARPA and ONR Achieve First-ever Flight Test of a Scramjet Powered by Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel ATK 15 Dec 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) successfully ground-launched and flew a hypersonic scramjet-powered vehicle from the Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. in a pre-dawn launch on Saturday, Dec. 10. This was the first-ever free flight of a scramjet-powered vehicle using conventional liquid hydrocarbon jet fuel. The launch and flight test were part of the Freeflight Atmospheric Scramjet Test Technique (FASTT) program sponsored by DARPA and ONR.
  • BAE Systems welcomes publication of Defence Industrial Strategy BAE Systems 15 Dec 2005 -- BAE Systems welcomes today the publication of the Defence Industrial Strategy for the United Kingdom. The Defence Industrial Strategy paper, published following consultation with industry, recognises the skills and capabilities that will be needed to equip and support the UK armed forces and ensure the defence industry remains a world-leading sector.
  • General Dynamics Delivers First Production Stryker MGS Vehicles General Dynamics 15 Dec 2005 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), yesterday delivered the first two of 72 low-rate initial production (LRIP) Stryker Mobile Gun System (MGS) variant vehicles to the U.S. Army at Anniston (Ala.) Army Depot.
  • US Air Force Declares Initial Operational Capability for Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor Fighter Lockheed Martin 15 Dec 2005 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-22A Raptor, the world’s only 5th generation fighter aircraft, surpassed a monumental milestone today when the United States Air Force declared that the Raptor has reached initial operational capability.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Provide Fleet-Introduction Services Northrop Grumman 15 Dec 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a U.S. Navy contract to provide a wide range of support services for new-construction and in-service ships, including DDG 51 destroyers, LPD 17 amphibious transport dock ships, the Navy's LHD 8 amphibious assault ship, Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), the DD(X) multi-mission combat ship and the LHA(R) amphibious assault ship.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Follow-on Contract to Provide Advanced Security Systems to Protect U.S. Forces Deployed in Southwest Asia Northrop Grumman 15 Dec 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will continue providing integrated security solutions to U.S. Air Force bases in Southwest Asia, under a one-year, $26 million contract with options that could be worth up to $80 million over three years.
  • Thales and DCN announce intention to combine naval businesses Thales 15 Dec 2005 -- Michèle Alliot-Marie, Minister of Defence, Thierry Breton, Minister for the Economy, Finance and Industry, Jean-Marie Poimboeuf, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCN and Denis Ranque, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thales, today signed a joint declaration of intent with a view to combining the French naval businesses of Thales and DCN within DCN and the acquisition by Thales of a 25% interest in DCN.
  • U-TacS awards datalink contract to Cubic Thales 15 Dec 2005 -- UAV Tactical Systems Ltd (U-TacS), the Elbit Systems/Thales UK joint venture company for Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) subsystems, has awarded Cubic Defense Applications a £29M (approx.) contract to supply its advanced data link technology for the MoD’s WATCHKEEPER programme. Cubic has subcontracted its UK partner, Ultra Electronics, to assist in development and supplying the data links for this critical UK defence program.

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