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17 July 2006 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • US Pacific Commander Orders New Detainee Policy VOA 17 Jul 2006 -- The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific has ordered his chief lawyer to develop a policy for the treatment of detainees, to be ready in case his troops find themselves in a conflict
  • Muster to test deployment capable numbers AFPN 17 Jul 2006 -- The Air Reserve Personnel Center conducts a muster for nearly 150 individual ready reservists July 20 and 27 at the Buckley Annex here to test the readiness of the force.
  • National Guard Ahead of Schedule for Operation Jump Start AFPS 17 Jul 2006 -- National Guard troops flowing to the Southwest border are highly visible to drivers at an Interstate 35 inspection station north of this Texas border town as soldiers assist U.S. Border Patrol agents scrutinizing every northbound vehicle.
  • USS Grapple Transfers to MSC Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- The recovery and salvage ship USS Grapple (ARS 53) was decommissioned and transferred to Military Sealift Command (MSC) in a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek July 13 after completing 20 years of accomplished service.
  • Stennis Conducts Fleet Replacement Squadron Flight Qualifications Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) conducted fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications (FRSCQ) in July to train pilots how to safely operate in, and around, an aircraft carrier at sea.
  • MCMRON 3 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- A change of command ceremony for Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 3 was held a Naval Station Ingleside’s Base Fitness Center, July 7.
  • Sailors, Coast Guardsmen Build Friendships in Indonesia Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- Sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and high endurance cutter USCGC Sherman (WHEC 720) watched children’s faces light up at an Indonesian orphanage July 13 as a delivery of gifts from the U.S. Navy was unveiled during the Indonesia phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).
  • U.S., Indonesian Navies Increase Operability at Sea Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- Seven ships, two helicopters and two maritime patrol aircraft from the U.S. and Indonesian navies operated together for five days in the Java Sea beginning July 13 during the longest at-sea portion of the six-phase Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2006 exercise series.
  • Task Force 59 Aids in Departure of 42 American Citizens from Lebanon Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- Two Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters aided in the voluntary departure of 42 American citizens from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, July 17.
  • New Distance Support Processes Ensure LCS Stays in the Fight Navy NewsStand 17 Jul 2006 -- The Surface Warfare Enterprise’s distance support team is developing a new process of distance support for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) which will have a core crew of about 40 operator/technicians for a ship the size of a frigate.
  • International anti-terrorism exercise starts in Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2006 -- A 10-day international anti-terrorism exercise will start Monday in Kyrgyzstan, the Defense Ministry said.
  • Press Gaggle by Tony Snow The White House 17 Jul 2006
  • Daily Press Briefing US Department of State 17 Jul 2006

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for July 17, 2006
  • ATK and Lockheed Martin Test Fire First-Stage Motor for Proposed U.S. Navy Intermediate-Range Missile ATK 17 Jul 2006 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that they have successfully test fired a first-stage booster motor under the Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (SLIRBM) Booster System Demonstration for the U.S. Navy.
  • FMV ORDERS THE NEXT GENERATION VEHICLE SYSTEM SEP BY BAE SYSTEMS HÄGGLUNDS BAE Systems 17 Jul 2006 -- Today FMV (the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) placed a development order, valued at around 500 million Swedish Kronor, for the next generation military vehicle system SEP from BAE Systems Hägglunds.
  • BAE SYSTEMS TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION IN WIRELESS TACTICAL NETWORKS BAE Systems 17 Jul 2006 -- BAE Systems has received a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation in wireless tactical network protocols for the U.S. military.
  • U.S. AIR FORCE, BAE SYSTEMS COMPLETE CONCEPT TESTING OF RETRIEVABLE FIBER-OPTIC TOWED DECOY BAE Systems 17 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Air Force and BAE Systems have completed design, development, and testing of a conceptual deployment and retrieval mechanism for BAE Systems’ AN/ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy for use on the U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
  • Boeing to Expand UK Defense Presence in Support of FRES Program Boeing 17 Jul 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] is expanding its presence in the UK with the establishment of a new facility in Bristol, England, to support its growing defense business activities. The new facility, part of the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Boeing Defence UK, Ltd., will support Boeing's efforts on the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) program.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AND ATK TEST FIRE FIRST-STAGE MOTOR FOR PROPOSED U.S. NAVY INTERMEDIATE-RANGE MISSILE Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2006 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) announced today that they have successfully test fired a first-stage booster motor under the Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (SLIRBM) Booster System Demonstration for the U.S. Navy.
  • Boeing Receives U.S. Air Forces Europe Aircrew Training Contract Boeing 17 Jul 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a $31 million U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE) contract to provide academic and simulator training to USAFE aircrews at six sites in the European theater. The contract follows similar awards earlier this year from the U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and the U.S. Air Combat Command (ACC), extending the training services Boeing has provided to its customers for more than 18 years.
  • Boeing Begins Airworthiness Testing of Upgraded AWACS Aircraft Boeing 17 Jul 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has conducted a successful first test flight of an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft upgraded under the Block 40/45 program, the largest enhancement in the history of the U.S. Air Force E-3 AWACS fleet.
  • EADS Wins MoD MASC Contract for Study EADS 17 Jul 2006 -- EADS Defence & Security Systems (DS) UK today has announced the award of a £ 250,000 study contract by the Ministry of Defence to study and define a MASC Enhanced Manned Rotary-Wing Solution for use on the two Future Aircraft Carriers (CVF). EADS DS UK will be required to detail the latest technology developments and capabilities for use in airborne surveillance support to these vessels. The contract forms part of the MoD’s Maritime Airborne Surveillance and Control (MASC) programme.
  • The U.S. Navy orders additional aircraft carrier-based JETI Systems from EADS EADS 17 Jul 2006 -- The subsidiary EADS North America Defense Test and Services, part of EADS Test & Services, announced the receipt of a U.S. Navy contract for two additional aircraft carrier-based Jet Engine Test Instrumentation (JETI) systems, which brings the total systems provided to the U.S. Navy to 17. Of these, 11 are sea-based systems.
  • EADS North America is the test system supplier of choice for the new VH-71A U.S. Presidential Helicopter EADS 17 Jul 2006 -- The subsidiary EADS North America Defense Test and Services, part of EADS Test & Services, has received a U.S. Navy contract to develop applications software for the Shaft Engine Test Instrumentation (SETI) programme that enables the company’s Shaft Engine Test System to support the new VH-71A U.S. Presidential helicopter.
  • GE F110 and F404/F414 Fighter Engines Expand Capability and Global Presence GE Aviation 17 Jul 2006 -- General Electric Company's F110, F404 and F414 engine families have successfully powered fighter aircraft since the 1980s. And yet these engines have a bright, long-term future through the infusion of new technologies, integration of commercial engine designs, and expansion of aircraft applications worldwide.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.5 Million Contract to Validate Focal Plane Array Technology Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded approximately $1.5 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to validate and investigate focal plane array technology that will improve the size, weight and power of target detection and recognition systems, while also lowering their cost.
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE T-50 GOLDEN EAGLE OFFERS COST-EFFECTIVE TRAINING SOLUTION FOR MODERN AIR FORCES Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2006 -- Just 24 months after receiving the low-rate initial production contract, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) delivered its first T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainers to the Republic of Korea Air Force.
  • C-130J SUPER HERCULES: DELIVERING AGILE MOBILITY AND GLOBAL RESPONSE FOR ANY MISSION, ANYWHERE AND ANY TIME Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] officials today briefed reporters attending the Farnborough International Air Show on how the C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft is both delivering capability to meet modern threats and is an active participant in crisis relief operations around the world. Company officials also described how the C-130J's flexibility and multimission capability can help air forces meet short and long-term emerging requirements.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN F-22 AND F-35: THE 5TH GENERATION REVOLUTION THAT WILL TRANSFORM DEFENSE STRUCTURES WORLDWIDE Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2006 -- With the F-22 Raptor reaching U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Capability last December and the scheduled first flight of the F-35 Lightning II later this year, the 5TH Generation of fighter aircraft is now a reality. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], which produces both aircraft, detailed some of the battle-changing advantages and unmatched capabilities the world's only 5TH Generation Fighters™ now bring to the United States and its allies.
  • Excellence in Team Spirit Celebrated at Green Bay (LPD 20) Christening Northrop Grumman 17 Jul 2006 -- One of America's most unique and spirited communities was honored Saturday, July 15, as the U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship LPD 20 was christened "Green Bay" at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) shipyard in New Orleans.
  • Northrop Grumman Reveals First Advanced Hawkeye Fuselage Northrop Grumman 17 Jul 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has mated the major subassemblies of the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye test aircraft at its St. Augustine, Fla., manufacturing center into a single fuselage structure, taking the E-2D program another milestone closer to the scheduled first flight in the summer of 2007.
  • Northrop Grumman to Supply Infrared Countermeasures for U.S Air Force Northrop Grumman 17 Jul 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded the first delivery order of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at a potential of $49.5 million by the U.S. Air Force, Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to deliver Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system hardware and support for the C-17 and C-130 transport aircrafts. The total value of the five year IDIQ contract has an expected ceiling of $3.2 billion.
  • Pratt & Whitney F117 Engine Achieves Four Million Hours of Dependable Power for the C-17 Globemaster III Pratt & Whitney 17 Jul 2006 -- Pratt & Whitney's F117 engine program has logged more than four million flight hours of operation for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. Supporting military, disaster relief and humanitarian missions around the world, the F117-powered C-17 serves the strategic airlift and mobility needs of the U.S. Air Force and the British Royal Air Force.
  • Raytheon's SLAMRAAM Achieves Successful System Critical Design Review Raytheon 17 Jul 2006 -- Raytheon Company's Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) passed another significant program milestone by successfully completing System Critical Design Review (SCDR) last month.
  • Raytheon Upgrading ATFLIR Video Data Link Capability for Ground Mission Support Raytheon 17 Jul 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is upgrading the video data link capability for its Advanced Targeting Forward-looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod under a recently announced $10 million award from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
  • Raytheon's Paveway IV Precision Guided Weapon Hits on U.K. Test Flight Raytheon 17 Jul 2006 -- Raytheon Company's Paveway™ IV dual-mode precision guided weapon was successfully dropped from a United Kingdom Royal Air Force Harrier GR9 in a test over the Aberporth Range in Wales. The test saw the weapon hit within requirements from its intended target.
  • Sikorsky Aircraft To Develop New Versatile BLACK HAWK Offerings Sikorsky 17 Jul 2006 -- FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW - Sikorsky Aircraft today announced plans to develop two new BLACK HAWK helicopter offerings for global market that will provide additional firepower and mission flexibility while building upon the combat-proven heritage of the world's most successful medium lift utility rotorcraft. Sikorsky Aircraft, based in Stratford, Conn., is a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
  • SSSI Receives Support Contract for Navy Fixed Wing Training Aircraft Sikorsky 17 Jul 2006 -- FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW, Sikorsky Support Services, Inc. (SSSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has been awarded a contract to provide support services and maintenance for 382 U.S. Navy fixed wing training aircraft. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
  • Sikorsky Aircraft's Military and Commercial Programs Thriving As Company Charts Path for Future Growth Sikorsky 17 Jul 2006 -- FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW - With a robust order book and busy production lines, Sikorsky Aircraft continues to invest in numerous development programs to pave the way for future growth, Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino said today at the Farnborough International Air Show. Sikorsky, based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
  • CHC Helicopter Corporation and Thales UK announce teaming agreement Thales 17 Jul 2006 -- The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Department for Transport last month announced the formal launch of the Joint Search and Rescue - Helicopter (SAR-H) project to procure a harmonised service for the UK well into the 21st century.
  • Thales UK to supply infra red search & track for tranche 2 Typhoon aircraft Thales 17 Jul 2006 -- And Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) sensors for the second tranche of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the UK, Spain and Italy.
  • Thales UK wins £63m Future Lynx deal Thales 17 Jul 2006 -- Thales UK will play a major role in the Future Lynx helicopter programme following a ten-year, £63 million contract from AgustaWestland for avionics systems for the 70 aircraft being procured by the MoD.
  • Imagery on demand Thales 17 Jul 2006 -- Manned and unmanned platforms need to be capable of working together to execute missions and operate as part of a networked distributed force to conduct successful combat operations in adverse environments.
  • Thales Delivering ISTAR Capability Thales 17 Jul 2006 -- Thales is a prime system integrator for the delivery of capability based ISTAR solutions. The company favours a ‘system-of-systems’ development approach that takes into account all aspects of a capability over its life cycle, not just the traditional equipment and support aspects.
  • EADS and India join forces to develop a missile warning system EADS 17 Jul 2006 -- EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, and the Indian government are poised to strengthen their co-operation in the highly sensitive field of electronic warfare.
  • BAE Systems Receives DHS Safety Act Designation for Infrared Cameras BAE Systems 17 Jul 2006 -- BAE Systems has been awarded SAFETY Act designation and certification by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its family of fixed-mount and handheld uncooled infrared cameras.
  • Eurocopter Air Superiority leads Homeland Security Market in the British Isles EADS 17 Jul 2006 -- Eurocopter helicopters account for 71 per cent of the existing UK and Ireland police surveillance market. Top favourite with Police Air Support units is the EC135 with a 52 per cent share in this market.
  • Thales launches offering for airport security and safety Thales 17 Jul 2006 -- Building on its deep-rooted experience as mission-critical system integrator and prime contractor, Thales intends to work with airport operators who are looking for new approaches to address global security risks and improve protection against evolving threats while facilitating the flow of passengers and goods.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Russia: Putin 'Satisfied' As G8 Summit Winds To A Close RFE/RL 17 Jul 2006 -- The Group of Eight summit of the world's major industrialized nations ends today in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • G8 Summit Adopts Sweeping Action Plan VOA 17 Jul 2006 -- Group of Eight leaders have adopted a wide-ranging plan of action to address world problems; including concern over Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs
  • Analysis: G8 Summit Concludes cfr.org 17 Jul 2006 -- An especially crowded agenda at this year's Group of Eight (G8) summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as distractions in the Middle East, left some wondering what resolutions of substance emerged from the highly orchestrated event
  • Wrap: G8 focus on Mideast, nuclear threat, democracy - Putin aide RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2006 -- The Middle East has dominated talks between Vladimir Putin and his counterparts from the industrialized world during a three-day summit that ends Monday, a presidential aide said.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT A2100 SATELLITE FLEET ACHIEVES 150 YEARS IN ORBIT Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2006 -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) A2100 communications satellite fleet recently achieved a major milestone by accumulating 150 years of successful in-orbit operations. The A2100 satellite series, designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), currently consists of 29 satellites featuring 1156 transponders with an accumulated lifetime of over 6,000 years of successful operations in orbit. The first A2100 satellite, AMC-1, was launched Sept. 8, 1996.

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