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27 April 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • Airpower Summary: April 24 AFNS 27 Apr 2010
  • Iraqi Forces Arrest 11 Terrorism Suspects AFPS 27 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested 11 terrorism suspects in combined operations yesterday and today in Iraq, military officials reported.
  • 4-2 SBCT takes another step forward Army News 27 Apr 2010 -- With the stroke of a pen, the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division took another step forward towards the responsible reduction of forces in Iraq, transferring responsibility of Joint Coordination Center Abu Ghraib to their Iraqi Police partners during a ceremony here April 20.
  • Forces in Afghanistan Find 6 Roadside Bombs AFPS 27 Apr 2010 -- The discovery of six roadside bombs, including one that insurgents were in the process of planting, highlighted operations in Afghanistan yesterday and today, military officials reported.
  • Airmen build facilities for warfighters AFNS 27 Apr 2010 -- As 30,000 servicemembers continue to pour into the region as part of the troop surge in Afghanistan, a 15-man team of Airmen with the 1st Expeditionary RED HORSE Group here is building structures for warfighters.
  • UN Urged Not To Leave Southern Afghan City RFE/RL 27 Apr 2010 -- The head of Kandahar's provincial council has urged the international aid community not to pull out of the troubled southern city.
  • UN Moves Some Staff Out Of Kandahar RFE/RL 27 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations has moved some staff members out of Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar and asked local staff to stay home due to the deteriorating security situation.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Kandahar violence escalates despite Karzai vow IRIN 27 Apr 2010 -- Three weeks after President Hamid Karzai promised better security and government services in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar Province, escalating armed violence has killed dozens of people, according to human rights organizations.
  • U.S. drone strike kills five in Pakistan, 14 since Friday IRNA 27 Apr 2010 -- A US drone aircraft killed at least five people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region Monday, locals said.
  • Suspected militants kill tribal elder in Pakistan IRNA 27 Apr 2010 -- Suspected militants have killed a known and pro-government tribal elder after he and his five colleagues were kidnapped in Bajaur tribal region, his family and officials said on Monday.
  • Two militants killed in Swat, 18 nabbed in Kohat IRNA 27 Apr 2010 -- Two militants including commander were killed during security forces operation in Khalezai area of Swat, officials sources said on Monday.
  • U.S. Forces Stay Near Haiti Through Hurricane Season AFPS 27 Apr 2010 -- The American military’s role in Haiti will decrease substantially after May, but the United States will maintain a scaled-down presence in the area through hurricane season, a top military commander said today.
  • Secretary-General requests rapid boosting of Haitian mission’s technical capacity UN News Centre 27 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Security Council to endorse a rapid strengthening of the technical capacity of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to enable it provide better support to recovery efforts following January’s earthquake in the Caribbean island nation.

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  • DoD News: Contracts for April 27, 2010
  • GE and Rolls-Royce Propose Fixed Price Offer for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Engine to Significantly Drive Down Costs; Offer to create and accelerate engine competition & change procurement process GE Aviation 27 Apr 2010 -- General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce today announced that they have offered to the Pentagon a fixed price offer on their F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
  • "All systems go" for the Helios IIB satellite built by Astrium EADS 27 Apr 2010 -- The in-flight acceptance of the Helios IIB satellite has been successfully completed by Astrium on behalf of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and under delegation from the French space agency, CNES. Helios IIB will now enter its operational phase serving the partner countries France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece and Germany. CNES will be responsible for in orbit operations.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches First Minotaur IV Rocket for U.S. Air Force Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Apr 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it successfully launched the first Minotaur IV rocket in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 (HTV-2) program. The Minotaur IV rocket is the newest in the Minotaur family of launchers that Orbital produces for the U.S. Air Force under the Orbital/Suborbital Program-2 contract.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers 10,000th GMLRS Rocket To The U.S. Army Lockheed Martin 27 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] marked the delivery of the 10,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket during a ceremony held at its Camden, AR, facility today. GMLRS is an all-weather, precision strike, artillery rocket system that achieves greater range and precision accuracy requiring fewer rockets to defeat targets and limiting collateral damage.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $1.5 Million Contract for Lightweight Kinetic Energy Net Armor Lockheed Martin 27 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Army Applied Aviation Technology Directorate has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $1.5 million contract that continues development of the Kinetic Energy Net (KEN) armor design. KEN is a modular composite armor system developed by Lockheed Martin that is lighter than current aircraft armor, but offers comparable protection.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 150th Firefinder Shelter to the U.S. Army Northrop Grumman 27 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced on-schedule delivery of the 150th Operations Central (OC)/Shelter for the Firefinder AN/TPQ-36 Radar System to the U.S. Army. This Firefinder radar system configuration, commonly referred to as the Q36, is an integrated radar system that detects and tracks hostile mortar rounds, artillery shells and rockets, instantaneously locating their source. It can handle simultaneous fire at multiple locations, detecting and reporting positions on the first round and is suitable for rapid deployment missions. The Firefinder AN/TPQ-36 (Q36) is a C-130 transportable, ground mobile on HMMWV vehicles, helicopter transportable and easy to move across the battlefield.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Mine Detection Pods Ahead of Schedule Northrop Grumman 27 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered, ahead of schedule, all Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 2 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) pods to the U.S. Navy.
  • Oshkosh Defense Awarded $19 Million for In-Theater M-ATV Support Oshkosh 27 Apr 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has received two awards for more than $19 million from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to provide in-theater support for MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV) in Afghanistan. These awards add an additional 60 Oshkosh field service representatives (FSR) that will provide support in Afghanistan through May 2011.
  • Oshkosh Defense Receives $79 Million for M-ATV Protection and Remote Weapon System Kits Oshkosh 27 Apr 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has received two awards valued at more than $79 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,750 add-on rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) protection kits and more than 1,000 kits to support remote weapon systems for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). Work for both orders is expected to be completed in September 2010.

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