14 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 June 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: June 13 AFNS 14 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 12 AFNS 14 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 11 AFNS 14 Jun 2010
- Tanker operation fuels half of U.S. Central Command's air assets AFNS 14 Jun 2010 -- In some form or fashion, every Airman deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility feels the effects of round-the-clock air operations, but perhaps none are more in tune with it than those working at the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron in Southwest Asia.
- Iraqi Forces Kill 2 Suspects in Firefight AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- Iraqi forces killed two, suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates, wounded two others and arrested seven more during two combined security operations conducted near here June 12, military officials said.
- Many dead in attack on Iraqi bank RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Casualty reports of an attack on Iraq's Central Bank in the capital Baghdad vary, with various sources saying the attack claimed the lives of at least 16 people.
- 15th Sust Bde hands mission off to the 3rd Sust Bde Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- The 15th Sustainment Brigade "Wagonmasters" handed over the sustainment mission for United States Divisions - North and Center to the 3rd Sustainment Brigade during a ceremony here May 25.
- Election, transition proves Iraqi stability Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- Troops and equipment continue to leave Iraq as the drawdown deadline approaches. In their place, the Iraqi people are stepping up to take control of their country, a spokesman with U.S. Forces Iraq said.
- Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing from the Pentagon Arlington, Virginia DoD 14 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Paul Brinkley, Director, DoD Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan; Jack Medlin, Regional Specialist, U.S. Geological Survey International Programs; Kathleen Johnson, Mineral Program Coordinator, USGS
- NATO Struggles to Train Afghan Army, But Officials Cite Progress VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- The sound of gunfire and yelling punctures the air as Afghan soldiers run through a recent exercise at the Kabul military training center. Firing blanks from their rifles, they advance on an identified enemy position as their NATO trainers watch. While thousands of young Afghans are being run through their paces, this class may be one of the most important, because it is training the new leaders of the Afghan army.
- Afghanistan-Pakistan: Allies Wait Each Other Out As Militant Attacks Intensify RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- Think of Pakistan and Afghanistan as a giant chessboard. General Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, head of the Pakistani Army, sit on its opposing ends.
- ANA finds weapons on mission to remote village Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and their Afghan National Army (ANA) and police counterparts visited the remote village of Kwajangur for the first time June 6.
- Green Mountain Boys make a difference in Afghanistan Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- The soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been working hard to make a difference during their deployment to Afghanistan, the brigade's commander told reporters recently.
- Press Conference to Launch Report ‘Setting the Right Priorities: Protecting Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Afghanistan’ United Nations 14 Jun 2010
- New Regional Command Stands Up in Afghanistan AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- A new regional command took charge of international forces in southwestern Afghanistan today, military officials said.
- Afghan, International Force Clears Haqqani Stronghold AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- International Security Assistance Force officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that Fazil Subhan, a Haqqani terrorist network commander known to facilitate foreign fighters, was killed along with multiple insurgents by Afghan and international forces in a two-day offensive in Khost province last week, military officials said.
- Britain cannot ‘lose nerve’ in Afghanistan, UK defense secretary IRNA 14 Jun 2010 -- Afghanistan remains "vital" to the UK's national security and Britain cannot lose its nerve in the nine-year old war, Defence Secretary Liam Fox warned Monday.
- Strengthening Afghan Army Key to NATO Exit Strategy VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- The sound of gunfire and yelling punctures the air as Afghan soldiers run through a recent exercise at the Kabul military training center. Firing blanks from their rifles, they advance on an identified enemy position as their NATO trainers watch. While thousands of young Afghans are being run through their paces, this class may be one of the most important, because it is training the new leaders of the Afghan army.
- New Surveys On Afghan Minerals Raise Hopes In Kabul RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- New aerial surveys of Afghanistan have revealed a far greater amount of mineral riches than previously estimated.
- US Discovers Stunning Mineral Reserves in Afghanistan VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- A leading U.S. newspaper reports U.S. geologists have discovered nearly one trillion dollars' worth of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Denies Involvement With Afghan Taliban VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Pakistani political and military officials are denying a report that alleges the country's intelligence agency has direct links with the Afghan Taliban.
- North Dakota Soldiers Return from Haiti Humanitarian Mission Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- North Dakota Soldiers working in Haiti returned home yesterday after spending more than three weeks there on a humanitarian mission. The Soldiers, who serve with the 191st Military Police Company, left May 19 to take part in the U.S. Southern Command's New Horizons mission.
- Louisiana Guard Begins Shoreline Protection Project AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- The Louisiana National Guard started shore protection operations in Cameron Parish June 12 by staging Hesco barrier wall equipment that will be placed along eight miles of shoreline by members of the 928th Sapper Company, 769th Engineer Battalion.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Officials announces initial test transmissions from GPS satellite AFNS 14 Jun 2010 -- Officials from the Space and Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Wing announced that the first GPS IIF satellite, launched May 27, has begun test transmissions of the new safety-of-life (L5) navigation signal.
- Joint Task Force-Bravo members help victims of Guatemala disaster AFNS 14 Jun 2010 -- Servicemembers from Joint Task Force-Bravo transported 12,800 pounds of relief supplies June 3 to four areas of Guatemala affected by Tropical Storm Agatha and the Pacaya volcano eruption.
- Latvian President Visits BALTOPS 2010 Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- The president of Latvia met with U.S. and U.K. military leaders in Ventspils during a visit June 10, in support of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise 2010.
- Truman Concludes Port Visit to Marseille Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Marseille, France, June 12, concluding a four day port visit to the second largest city in France
- GW Departs on Summer Patrol Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan June 14, once again getting underway just four days after returning to port.
- Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Says Goodbye to a Leader Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Navy Munitions Command (NMC) CONUS East Division held a change of command ceremony at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown's Cheatham Annex June 4.
- USS New Orleans Arrives in Mexico in Support of Southern Partnership Station Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- USS New Orleans, along with Amphibious Squadron 5 (PHIBRON 5), 24th Marines and other embarked units will arrive in the port city of Manzanillo, Mexico, June 15, as the ship's first stop in support of this year's annual Southern Partnership Station (SPS).
- Bluetails Hold Change of Command Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, the "Bluetails," conducted an airborne change of command ceremony June 13 in the skies above aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
- Lynn Discusses Cybersecurity Cooperation With Canadian Leaders AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- U.S. and Canadian servicemembers are working side by side in defense of North America and fighting side by side in defense of freedom in Afghanistan. Now officials want to expand that cooperation to the cyberworld.
- Lynn: Cyber Attack Would Affect U.S., Canadian Links AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- The links between the United States and Canada are so strong that a cyber attack on one would be felt within milliseconds by the other, and both countries must work together to improve cybersecurity, the deputy defense secretary said here today.
- SSBN Successfully Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (Gold) conducted two Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Test (FCET) resulting in the successful flight of two Trident II D5 missiles, June 8 and 9.
- NEIC Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command (NEIC) held a change of command ceremony aboard Dam Neck Annex June 11.
- Bataan Marks Maintenance Availability Halfway Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) reached the halfway mark of a regularly scheduled maintenance availability at the BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair facility June 14.
- Sixth Fleet Commander Remains Committed to Global Alliances, Maritime Ops Navy NewsStand 14 Jun 2010 -- U.S. Navy 6th Fleet's commander reaffirmed the Navy's commitment to global alliances and ongoing maritime operations, specifically in the Europe-Africa region, during a media roundtable June 14 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
- Test cell Airmen prep F-16 engines for flight AFNS 14 Jun 2010 -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon engine testing facility, called the "hush house," is anything but what its name implies. Outside the soundproof structure, the decibels from roaring engines are hardly detectable. Inside, however, jet engines run at ear-splitting, full-volume afterburner, as 35th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion test cell Airmen make sure the units are functionally safe and ready for flight.
- Manas Transit Center Sends Relief to Southern Kyrgyzstan AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- Military officials at the U.S. Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, are providing humanitarian aid to the country’s southern region following days of violent ethnic clashes there.
- JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion breaks ground on new complex Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- The Joint Base Lewis McChord Warrior Transition Battalion ceremoniously broke ground on a new $52 million, 245,820-square-foot barracks complex project being constructed near Madigan Army Medical Center June 1.
- Countering IED tactics at JRTC Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, prepped for their missions at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), here, through a series of pre-rotational classes.
- APG, Maryland detail BRAC status, opportunities for small business Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- Representatives from the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs and its Base Realignment and Closure Small and Minority Business Advisory Board sponsored an informational meeting on Aberdeen Proving Ground Friday to discuss installation transformation and business opportunities.
- Army Directs Global Inspection of Armor Plates Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- The Army recently issued a message for all troops and units to inspect their body armor, specifically the Enhanced Small Arms Protective Inserts, or ESAPI, in search of a specific model that was not made according to contract requirements.
- Army Warrior Transition Unit Comprehensive Transition Plans now automated Army News 14 Jun 2010 -- Warriors' comprehensive transition plans received a new look and system June 1 as the automated CTP system officially began.
- From kinetics to culture: 26th MEU Marines learn valuable lessons USMC News 14 Jun 2010 -- A long gravel road paved in heat waves led to a small village with only a handful of people milling around dressed in foreign clothing, all of which could be found in countries of the middle east and southwest Asia.
- First Lady Visits Camp Pendleton AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- First Lady Michelle Obama greeted more than 3,500 servicemembers, civilians and their family members yesterday at the Mainside parade field here.
- Departments Cooperate on Electronic Health Records AFPS 14 Jun 2010 -- The nation may never become entirely “paperless” in the way it documents patient medical records, but the military and veterans health care communities are on the right path and have the technologies in place to one day be very close, officials said last week.
- Russia to test Bulava missile in 3rd quarter - top general RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Russia will carry out its next test launch of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile in the third quarter of the year, a deputy defense minister said on Monday.
- French defense minister calls Russia strategic military partner RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Russia and France are strategic military partners, the French defense minister said Monday.
- Annual OSCE security conference opens in Vienna RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- An annual conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) opened on Monday in Vienna's Hofburg Congress Center.
- NATO week starts in Armenia RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- A NATO week started in Armenia, the country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.
- June 14, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Jun 2010
- Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, 6/14/10 The White House 14 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 14, 2010
- ATK Awarded Additional $41 Million to Deliver Non-Standard Ammunition (NSA) for Afghan Security Forces ATK 14 Jun 2010 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a $41 million contract modification to supply additional non-standard (non-NATO) ammunition to the Afghan Security Forces (ASF), under an existing three-year contract with the U.S. Army.
- New BAE Systems CV90 Variant Improves Protection and Flexibility BAE Systems 14 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems has unveiled a new build standard of its highly-regarded CV90 tracked armoured vehicle - named Armadillo. The armoured personnel carrier variant is displayed for the first time at this week's Eurosatory exhibition in Paris.
- BAE Systems Unveils Ultra Lightweight Warrior Soldier System with up to 35 Percent Weight Savings BAE Systems 14 Jun 2010 -- Specifically engineered for the way troops fight today, BAE Systems' Ultra Lightweight Warrior (ULW) system of innovative body armor is designed to offer adaptable protection and dramatic weight savings for soldiers.
- BAE Systems Debuts new Tactical Remote Turret (TRT) at Eurosatory BAE Systems 14 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems is launching its newly designed tactical remote turret, the TRT-25, at Eurosatory in Paris. The turret is displayed for the first time on the Company's new RG41 vehicle.
- BAE Systems Unveils Brand New 8x8 Combat Vehicle at Eurosatory BAE Systems 14 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems is launching its latest 8x8 addition to the battle-proven RG range of vehicles at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris. The new vehicle, known as the RG41, is displayed for the first time at Eurosatory.
- Lockheed Martin F-35 STOVL Variant Flies Supersonic Lockheed Martin 14 Jun 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time June 10, achieving a significant milestone. The aircraft accelerated to Mach 1.07 (727 miles per hour) on the first in a long series of planned supersonic flights.
- IAI/ELTA Systems Awarded Contracts Worth $35 Million (USD) to Supply UAV Intelligence and Communication Payloads Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI/ELTA), has been awarded contracts worth in total $35 million by two foreign customers to equip their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with IAI/ELTA's intelligence surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) and communication payloads.
- IAI presents Electric Tethered Observation Platform at Eurosatory 2010 Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will present a model of the first in its new product line of Hovering Air Vehicles (HAV's) - Electric Tethered Observation Platform (ETOP) at Eurosatory 2010. HAV's are designed for both military and civilian applications.
- IAI's Heron UAV Exhibited at the German Air Force's Pavilion at the International Aerospace Exhibition and Conferences 2010 in Berlin Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- A full-size model of Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was on display as part of the German Air Force's exhibition at the International Aerospace Exhibition and Conferences 2010 (ILA) in Berlin, June 8th-13th.
- Israel Aerospace Industries Presents Unique Quality Assurance and Control Software Platform for Heron TP UAV Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- At the fifth annual congress on quality assurance and control software, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), presented an efficient, user-friendly platform that enables the writing and running of simultaneous software tests, both manual and automatic.
- France orders Sagem RVT remote video terminals for direct reception of images from drones Sagem (Safran group) 14 Jun 2010 -- Sagem (Safran group) has signed a contract with French defense procurement agency DGA to supply its new Remote Video Terminal (RVT) to units in the French army’s 61st Artillery Regiment deploying the SDTI Sperwer tactical drone(1).
- Defense Information Systems Agency Selects Northrop Grumman for Joint Logistics System Northrop Grumman 14 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a delivery order under the Encore II contracting vehicle to advance interoperability between combat support (CS) and command and control (C2) systems and produce an integrated picture of the battlespace for the combatant command and joint task force commanders to plan, execute and control logistics operations.
- Boeing and Northrop Grumman Partner for Missile Defense Agency Contract Competition Boeing 14 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Northrop Grumman Corp. [NYSE: NOC] today announced a strategic partnership to pursue the competitive development and sustainment contract for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
- Lockheed Martin Successfully Completes Key Test Milestone for First Mobile User Objective System Satellite Lockheed Martin 14 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced that they have successfully completed a significant test milestone for the first satellite in the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) program.
- Boeing and Northrop Grumman Partner for Missile Defense Competitive Contract Northrop Grumman 14 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced a strategic partnership in pursuing the competitive development and sustainment contract for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
- Oshkosh Defense Receives Awards Valued at $173 Million to Supply New and Recapitalized HEMTT A4s to U.S. Army Oshkosh 14 Jun 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has received a two awards valued at $173 million from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) for more than 600 new and recapitalized Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT).
- Raytheon to Develop New Airborne TOW Launcher Raytheon 14 Jun 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will develop an airborne launcher designed to employ radio frequency-guided TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided) missiles. The new TOW airborne launcher will be compatible with past, present and future versions of the TOW missile.
- ThalesRaytheonSystems Awarded $21.8 Million to Modernize U.S. Army AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Radars Raytheon 14 Jun 2010 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a $21.8 million contract by the U.S. Army to upgrade multiple AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense radar systems. This award is an option to the existing upgrade contract originally awarded in June 2007.
- Department of Defense Awards Technology Expertise Contract to SAIC SAIC 14 Jun 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), to provide technical services to help secure mission critical data and strengthen sharing capabilities at DoD components and other government agencies. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a ceiling value of $2 billion for all nine awardees.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $517 Million Agreement for U.S. Army Airship With Unblinking Eye Northrop Grumman 14 Jun 2010 -- A new hybrid airship weapons system, just larger than the length of a football field, will take to the skies in just 18 months to provide an unblinking, persistent eye for more than three weeks at a time to aid U.S. Army troops in Afghanistan, according to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) officials.
- IAI Introduces WindGuard- Radar System for Self Protection of Armored Fighting Vehicles at Eurostory 2010 Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' ELTA Systems Ltd. (IAI/ELTA), a Group and subsidiary of IAI, will introduce for the first time its new radar system for the self protection of armored fighting vehicles- the WindGuard.
- IAI/ELTA Systems Awarded $35 Million (USD) Contract For Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) Self Protection Pods Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' ELTA Systems Ltd. (IAI/ELTA), a Group and Subsidiary of IAI, has been awarded a $35 million contract by a foreign customer to provide Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) self-protection pods designed to protect airborne platforms from Surface-to-Air and Air-to-Air weapon systems. IAI/ELTA's ECM is a unique, advanced lightweight pod equivalent in size and weight to an air-to-air missile.
- Israel Aerospace Industries Presents Strikes, a 122 mm Precision Rocket, at Eurosatory Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will unveil a series of effective and affordable weapon systems at this year's Eurosatory Symposium & Exhibition in Paris, June 14th-18th, 2010 (Booth E-700). These systems share the common vision of affordability and precision, transforming "statistical" artillery into precision weapons. IAI's vision of future weapon systems stresses the ability to create highly precise systems that enable the support fire elements to do their jobs faster, more accurately and with much less collateral damage.
- Israel Aerospace Industries Introduces its Ground Target Acquisition & Designation System Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will introduce the new, lightweight, portable Ground Target Acquisition & Designation System (GTADS), at the Annual Eurosatory Symposium & Exhibition in Paris, June 14th - 18th, 2010 (Booth E-700). The GTADS is a self contained, tripod mounted, gyro-stabilized EO/IR/LP/LRF/LD system, based on IAI/TAMAM Division's field proven MiniPOP, integrated with a tablet tactical computer, an eyepiece/joystick hand control and display grip, a north finding module and a power pack.
- Panhard and IMI Display Integrated Vehicle Protection Solutions Israeli Military Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Panhard has joined IMI to display Active Protection Systems (APS) and advanced weapon stations solutions from IMI on two of its armored vehicles, on display at Eurosatory 2010
- IMI Introduces Advanced Armor Solutions Multi-Threat IED-EFP & RPG Protection Systems from IMI on Display at Eurosatory 2010 Israeli Military Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel Military Industries, (IMI) the primary designer and manufacturer of passive and reactive armor for Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) is demonstrating enhanced armor protection technologies at the Eurosatory 2010 developing new and advanced armor protection solutions to the market.
- IMI’s 120mm Multi-Purpose Tank Round Enters Operational Testing Israeli Military Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- IMI has completed the development of a 120mm version of IMI's High Explosive Multi-Purpose Tracer (HE-MP) M339 Tank Round and has entered low rate initial production, delivering limited series of several hundred rounds, are scheduled to be used for operational testing (OT).
- IMI to Release New Non-Lethal and Intelligence Configurations of its Unique Air Burst Ammunition, Expanding the Applications of IMI’s Widely Deployed Ammunition for Urban Warfare and the Digital Battlefield Israeli Military Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- A powerful force multiplier in urban warfare, Air Burst Ammunition – MPRS (Multi-Purpose Rifle System) – from Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) is the result of intensive cooperation with the IDF, incorporating first-hand experience gained in fighting terrorists in densely populated areas. Two new configurations which will further enhance capabilities on urban and digital battlefields are due to be released this summer.
- IMI Displays Red Sky-2 Air-Defense System at Eurosatory 2010 Israeli Military Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- IMI's Red Sky-2 mobile, modular Very-Short Range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system will make its European debut at Eurosatory 2010. Offered as an upgrade to existing Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), Red Sky-2 is introducing a logical evolution, and cost effective enhancement of existing assets, introducing unique capabilities unmatched by much larger and more expensive systems.
- Paris Debut for IMI's Advanced Remote Weapon Stations Israeli Military Industries 14 Jun 2010 -- IMI is displaying have recently launched two new models of its WAVE line of Advanced, Remotely Operated Weapon Stations. WAVE systems have been fielded with a number of customers, among them NATO and Asian countries.
- EBRC TEAM Panhard 14 Jun 2010 -- A world first at Eurosatory with two companies, Panhard and CMI, unveiling their vision of the SPHINX armoured reconnaissance and combat vehicle (ERBC - Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat) and announcing the creation of an “EBRC team”. The armoured vehicle can be seen on the Panhard stand (C391).
- An ambulance for conflict zones : the PVP HD Stretch Panhard 14 Jun 2010 -- Panhard is developing a version of the PVP HD to meet an essential operational requirement in conflict zones: picking up and transporting injured personnel in an armoured vehicle. The PVP HD Stretch carries essential first-aid equipment for the lightly and more seriously injured. A coherent and perfectly adequate answer to this requirement has been found thanks to the robust and powerful characteristics of the PVP HD.
- THE PVP PERSONNEL CARRIER Panhard 14 Jun 2010 -- Panhard is unveiling a personnel carrier version of the PVP at the Eurosatory exhibition. The PVP APC (armoured personnel carrier), based on a regular French army PVP, has been raised by 150 mm so that six soldiers can be seated in addition to the two crew members. This version of the PVP, which has been delivered to Chili, should be attractive to many countries which take part in peace-keeping operations.
- Force protection is our mission - Rheinmetall at Eurosatory 2010 Rheinmetall Defence 14 Jun 2010 -- In contemporary conflicts, our armed forces find themselves pitted against opponents whose modus operandi often seems irrational, with a strategy dedicated to producing maximum casualties among soldiers and civilians alike. Ambushes, improvised explosive devices, mortar and rocket fire, landmines and attacks by suicide bombers have emerged as the tactics of choice for militant non-state actors in a growing number of countries
- Sagem wins major equipment order from Nexter Systems for 285 VBCI infantry combat vehicles Sagem (Safran group) 14 Jun 2010 -- Sagem (Safran group) has won a new order from Nexter Systems for 285 MOP panoramic observation systems, and the same number of EPS-LT stabilized pointing systems. They will be used on the VBCI armored infantry fighting vehicle, developed and produced by Nexter for the French army.
- ThalesRaytheonSystems adds multi-mission Ground Master 200 to its radar family Thales 14 Jun 2010 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) will expand its Ground Master family of radars to include the Ground Master 200 (GM 200) tactical air surveillance and weapon coordinating radar. The Ground Master family is the latest generation in radars that provide accurate detection against a vast array of modern-day threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles and missiles, at critical ranges and altitudes.
- ThalesRaytheonSystems awarded $21.8 million to modernize U.S. Army AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radars Thales 14 Jun 2010 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded a $21.8 million contract by the U.S. Army to upgrade multiple AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air defense radar systems. This award is an option to the existing upgrade contract originally awarded in June 2007.
- Thales Launches F@stnet-Twin Thales 14 Jun 2010 -- BThales announces today the launch of F@stnet-Twin, extending its range of Software Defined Radio (SDR) to the hand-held level. With its two independent channels, this multi-role, compact and lightweight radio delivers high-level connectivity and interoperability. This innovative radio strengthens Thales’s position as a world leader in the field of Software Defined Radios.
- 14 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 14 Jun 2010
- Press Conference on Launch of 2010 Small Arms Survey United Nations 14 Jun 2010
- After years of debate, ICC Member States agree on definition of aggression UN News Centre 14 Jun 2010 -- Member States of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have agreed on what constitutes the crime of aggression, a long-running source of contention in international law, after nearly one decade of discussion.
- 10 Things You Need To Know About The Ethnic Unrest In Kyrgyzstan RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- RFE/RL senior correspondent Bruce Pannier discusses the ancient history and complex demographics that lie behind the ethnic violence being witnessed in southern Kyrgyzstan. More than 100 people have been killed and some 1,700 wounded in riots and ethnic clashes that began in southern areas four days ago.
- Post-Soviet security bloc to offer emergency aid to Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- The post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization will offer emergency assistance to law-enforcement agencies in Kyrgyzstan, where more than 100 people have died in four days of ethnic clashes.
- Medvedev calls Kyrgyz crisis 'intolerable,' demands firm action RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that the situation in Kyrgyzstan was unacceptable and called for firm action to halt the interethnic violence that has killed more than 100 people.
- Alarmed by inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, UN rushes aid to victims UN News Centre 14 Jun 2010 -- United Nations relief agencies are dispatching emergency aid and staff to Central Asia, where tens of thousands of refugees have crossed into Uzbekistan as they flee several days of deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan.
- Red Cross: No Quick End to Kyrgyzstan Crisis VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it sees no quick end to the crisis in Kyrgyzstan and is launching a preliminary emergency appeal for nearly $10 million to assist 100,000 people affected by the violence.
- Russian-led Security Group Considers Intervention in Kyrgyzstan VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- A Russian-led security group says it has not ruled out military intervention to quell the unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan.
- Southern Kyrgyzstan Gripped by Ethnic Violence VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Southern Kyrgyzstan remains gripped by inter-ethnic violence as bodies of Uzbeks killed by Kyrgyz gangs lay in the streets and a wave of refugees flees the country for Uzbekistan. The death toll following a tense night stood at 117 with fears of much higher figures to come.
- KYRGYZSTAN: Violence in the south escalates IRIN 14 Jun 2010 -- More than 100 people have been killed, hundreds more injured and thousands have fled their homes in southern Kyrgyzstan as fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks entered the fourth day, say officials.
- Situation Remains Tense In South As Death Toll Reaches 124 RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyz health officials now say at least 124 people have been killed and some 1,700 wounded in riots and ethnic clashes that began in southern areas four days ago.
- Post-Soviet security bloc says Kyrgyz government's actions not enough RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- The post-Soviet CSTO security bloc said on Monday that the current steps taken by the government of Kyrgyzstan were insufficient to deal with the ethnic violence in the country.
- CSTO officials gather in Moscow to discuss Kyrgyzstan situation RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Officials from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) gathered on Monday to discuss ways to resolve the crisis in Kyrgyzstan, including possible deployment of a peacekeeping contingent.
- Kyrgyzstan death toll rises to 117 RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- The death toll in Kyrgyzstan's interethnic clashes has risen to 117, the AKIpress news agency reported Monday, updating its earlier figure of 114.
- Israel Approves Inquiry into Deadly Flotilla Raid VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Under international pressure, Israel will investigate the deadly army raid last month on aid ships heading to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
- Israeli Cabinet Votes For Gaza Flotilla Inquiry VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel's Cabinet has unanimously agreed to set up an "independent public commission" to examine last month's deadly raid on a convoy of Gaza-bound aid ships.
- Red Cross: Israel's Gaza Blockade Breaks International Law VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip breaks international law.
- Israel Says To Conduct Probe Into Deadly Flotilla Raid; Turkey Not Satisfied RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel has announced it is setting up a commission of inquiry into the circumstances of its deadly commando raid on the international aid convoy trying to reach Gaza. The Israeli cabinet under Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu gave formal approval for the inquiry today.
- U.S. welcomes Israel's probe into aid flotilla attack RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. welcomes Israel's decision to start an internal investigation into last month's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy in neutral waters, a White House spokesman said on Monday.
- Israel rejects calls on international probe into aid convoy attack RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Israel rejected numerous calls to set up an international panel for investigation into the deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid convoy in international waters, and said it would carry out an internal investigation instead.
- UN rights chief unveils members of independent probe into Gaza conflict UN News Centre 14 Jun 2010 -- The top United Nations human rights today announced the composition of the independent committee tasked with monitoring Israeli and Palestinian investigations into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that ended early last year.
- Top UN officials in Sudan call for more political support in year ahead UN News Centre 14 Jun 2010 -- The most senior United Nations officials in Sudan told the Security Council today that the international community must take a more active role in promoting democracy after the recent national elections, particularly ahead of next year’s referendum on possible southern secession, and also focus on stabilizing the increasingly violent Darfur region.
- UN political chief heads to Sri Lanka for talks on reconciliation and rights UN News Centre 14 Jun 2010 -- The top United Nations political official is heading tonight to Sri Lanka as part of the world body’s continuing efforts to assist authorities in the South Asian island nation tackle key challenges in the wake of last year’s end to the long-running civil war.
- ULFA formally offered to open peace talks IRNA 14 Jun 2010 -- A frontline separatist group in India's restive northeastern state of Assam has formally offered to open peace talks with the government to bring an end to three decades of violent insurgency in the region, officials Sunday said.
- FSB Captures 'Legendary' Ingush Field Commander RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- FSB Director Aleksandr Bortnikov announced on June 9 that the Ingush field commander known as Amir Magas (whose true identity remains unclear) was apprehended during a special operation earlier that day in Malgobek. The website of the Ingushetian chapter of the North Caucasus insurgency, hunafa.com, confirmed Magas's capture early on June 10.
- Nigerian Militants Threaten More Violence over Amnesty Delays VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta say they may resume their fight against the federal government because of delays in delivering the benefits of last year's amnesty program.
- Welfare Group Claims North Korea Has Halted Food Rations to Citizens VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- A South Korean welfare group with contacts in North Korea says the government there has totally stopped supplying food rations to its citizens.
- Iranian Officials 'Seal Office' Of Deceased Ayatollah Montazeri RFE/RL 14 Jun 2010 -- The office of recently deceased Iranian Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri was sealed on June 14 by order of a special clergy court, his son has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda.
- Mottaki: Obama lost great opportunity IRNA 14 Jun 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday that the US President Barack Obama lost a great opportunity provided by Tehran Declaration and instead revealed the true image of US policies to world nations.
- EU foreign policy chief calls for negotiations with Jalili IRNA 14 Jun 2010 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sent an official letter on Monday to Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalill calling for negotiations with him.
- New Iraqi Parliament Begins First Session VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Iraq's new parliament convened Monday for the first time since inconclusive national elections in March.
- Yemen Blames al-Qaida for Oil Pipeline Bombing VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Yemen has blamed al-Qaida for the bombing of an oil pipeline Saturday in the eastern part of the country.
- European arrest warrant issued for Mossad suspect: German official IRNA 14 Jun 2010 -- A European arrest warrant has been issued for an alleged Mossad agent who was recently arrested in the Polish capital Warsaw for his role in the killing of a Hamas official in Dubai, a justice ministry spokesman confirmed here Monday.
- SWAZILAND: Faceless bombers sow insecurity IRIN 14 Jun 2010 -- No individual or group in Swaziland has admitted responsibility for a spate of recent bombings against government and opposition party targets, but their actions are creating a sense of instability in the aid-dependent southern African state.
- 'Red Shirt' Stronghold Waits in Aftermath of Bangkok Crackdown VOA 14 Jun 2010 -- Compared to the Thai capital, Bangkok, Udon Thani is a relatively poor, agricultural province in northeastern Thailand where people are mostly farmers and laborers. It is also a stronghold of Thailand's so-called "Red Shirt" protest movement which has the strong backing of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister.
- Next ISS crew confirmed for June 16 launch RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2010 -- Russian cosmonaut Yury Yurchihin and U.S. astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Shannon Walker were confirmed on Monday as the crew for the next half-year mission on the International Space Station.
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