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18 December 2009 Military News

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  • DoD News: Contracts for December 18, 2009
  • Boeing Delivers 1st Mk3 Chinook to UK Royal Air Force Boeing 18 Dec 2009 -- Boeing Defence UK Ltd., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA], today confirmed the Nov. 30 delivery of the first converted Chinook Mk3 helicopter to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Following the early delivery, the RAF declared Initial Operational Capability for Chinook Mk3, enabling the aircraft to begin supporting operational needs in locations such as Afghanistan.
  • EADS Defence & Security to equip Swiss military airfields with advanced air traffic control systems EADS 18 Dec 2009 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) will equip Swiss military airfields with a new military approach control system to ensure flight safety in the dense air traffic of Central Europe and in particular over the mountainous terrain of Switzerland.
  • Boeing B-1 With FIDL Avionics Upgrade Completes 1st Phase of Flight Test Boeing 18 Dec 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the first phase of flight test for a B-1 bomber upgraded with new digital avionics. The B-1 Fully Integrated Data Link (FIDL) flight test plan for Phase 1 concluded Oct. 16; it included nine sorties performed by the U.S. Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $134 Million for Stryker Combat Vehicle Work General Dynamics 18 Dec 2009 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), $134 million for work in support of the Stryker family of combat vehicles.
  • General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship Team Delivers Independence (LCS 2) and Lays Keel for Coronado (LCS 4) General Dynamics 18 Dec 2009 -- The General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship Team today delivered Independence (LCS 2), its innovative high-speed trimaran combatant ship, to the United States Navy. The ship was constructed by team member Austal USA in Mobile. The delivery of Independence was preceded by the keel laying of its sister ship, Coronado (LCS 4), on Thursday, December 17.
  • Orbital Awarded Phase 2 Contract for "System F6" Satellite Program by DARPA Orbital Sciences Corp. 18 Dec 2009 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), a world leader in smaller-sized civil government and national security satellites, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase 2 contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VA, to develop the final design for “System F6” (Future Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying Spacecraft).
  • Oshkosh Defense Receives First HEMTT A4 LET Delivery Order Oshkosh 18 Dec 2009 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a $56 million delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply the Army with the first Light Equipment Transporters (LET), a variant of the next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT A4).
  • Thales welcomes Royal Navy frigate’s sonar upgrade Thales 18 Dec 2009 -- One of the Royal Navy’s (RN’s) most advanced Type 23 frigates has re-entered operational service, fitted with Thales’s Sonar 2087 system, following a period of intensive sea trials.
  • Successful launch of Helios 2B satellite Thales 18 Dec 2009 -- The Helios 2B military observation satellite, built for the French Ministry of Defence by EADS Astrium as prime contractor and featuring a very-high-resolution optical imaging instrument produced by Thales Alenia Space, was successfully launched today by Arianespace, using an Ariane 5 rocket, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

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