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31 May 2011 Military News

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Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for May 31, 2011
  • ATK Introduces Hostile Fire Indication Capability for its AAR-47 Missile Warning System ATK 31 May 2011 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced that its recently-developed Hostile Fire Indication (HFI) capability upgrade for the AAR-47 Missile Warning System has been approved by the Department of the Navy for Fleet introduction. In addition to the AAR-47's longstanding, combat-proven ability to detect incoming missile threats, the new HFI capability provides enhanced protection through detection of smaller-caliber weapon fire and rocket propelled grenades. ATK is the first company to deliver this key capability as part of a proven missile warning system.
  • CASSIDIAN delivers 3rd phase of RDTM project as Toulon military base goes into operation EADS 31 May 2011 -- The RDTM (Réseaux de Desserte Terre et Marine) project was awarded to Cassidian by the DGA on 31 December 2009 and is part of the transformation process to upgrade the networks operated by DIRISI (Direction Interarmées des Réseaux d'Infrastructure et des Systèmes d'Information de la défense).
  • CASSIDIAN to protect Canadian Naval Vessels against laser-based Attacks EADS 31 May 2011 -- Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will develop innovative solutions to protect ships of the Canadian Navy against new types of asymmetric threats.
  • General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded $744 Million Contract to Build Mobile Landing Platform Ships General Dynamics 31 May 2011 -- General Dynamics NASSCO announced today that it has received from the U.S. Navy a $744 million modification to its Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) contract to fully fund construction of the first two ships of the new ship class. Construction of the first ship will begin immediately, with delivery to occur by the spring of 2013. The contract includes an option for the construction of a third MLP which, if exercised, will increase the total contract value to approximately $1.3 billion.

Other Conflicts

  • 31 May 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 31 May 2011
  • Sharp divide remains on how to resolve Libyan conflict – UN official UN News Centre 31 May 2011 -- Parties to the Libyan conflict remain sharply divided on how to start peace talks, with the Government adamant on a truce, including the cessation of an international bombing campaign, and the opposition demanding that Muammar al-Qadhafi and his family first relinquish power, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.
  • Zuma: Gadhafi Not Ready to Leave VOA 31 May 2011 -- Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has opened a consulate in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, saying the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is over.
  • War Crimes Suspect Mladic Extradited After Serbia Rejects Appeal RFE/RL 31 May 2011 -- Serbian authorities have extradited Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic to the UN-backed International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, where he will face genocide, war crimes, and other charges stemming from his role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
  • Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic transferred to UN tribunal for trial UN News Centre 31 May 2011 -- The Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was today transferred to the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to face charges of genocide and other crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.
  • Mladic On Plane For Hague After Appeal Rejected RFE/RL 31 May 2011 -- Serbian authorities have confirmed that Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic is aboard a plan on his way to The Hague for trial for alleged war crimes.
  • Mladic on his way to The Hague - Serbian minister RIA Novosti 31 May 2011 -- Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military chief, is being flown to The Hague where he will face a tribunal on war crimes and genocide charges, Serbian Justice Minister Snezana Malovic said.
  • Mladic Appeal Rejected by Serbian Judges VOA 31 May 2011 -- Serbian judges have rejected an appeal by wartime General Ratko Mladic against his extradition to The Hague. The decision clears the way for Mladic to face war-crimes charges.
  • India, Pakistan inches forward in talks on Siachen IRNA 31 May 2011 -- India and Pakistan on Tuesday inched forward in their talks on Siachen saying it has enhanced understanding of each other's position and agreed to continue the discussions in a meaningful and result-oriented manner.
  • Sudan: UN efforts under way to assist civilians displaced from Abyei UN News Centre 31 May 2011 -- The United Nations said today that humanitarian operations in Sudan are under way, focusing on identifying the location of the tens of thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent clashes in the disputed town of Abyei and responding to critical relief needs.
  • North-South Sudan Agree on Demilitarized Zone Along Border VOA 31 May 2011 -- North and south Sudan have agreed to set up a joint security mechanism to manage tensions along their disputed frontier once the country splits into two in July. The deal establishes a demilitarized zone to be jointly monitored under international supervision. Ethiopia is offering to send peacekeepers to act as a buffer between opposing forces.
  • Sri Lanka: UN expert calls on Government to probe executions captured on video UN News Centre 31 May 2011 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on Sri Lankan authorities to thoroughly investigate the apparent execution of several men by Government soldiers, saying a disputed video of the incident seems to be authentic.
  • Growing Insecurity Raises Concerns in the DRC VOA 31 May 2011 -- A resident of the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province says both local and foreign armed groups have intensified attacks on unarmed civilians there.
  • SOMALIA: Under-fives make up almost half of Mogadishu casualties IRIN 31 May 2011 -- Hundreds of children younger than five have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, accounting for almost half of all trauma cases in May, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
  • OPT: Freedom of movement in Gaza gets a boost IRIN 31 May 2011 -- The opening of Rafah on 28 May, the only official border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, has created a lifeline for Palestinians living in Gaza, but some, mostly refugees, will still be restricted to their localities because they lack identification papers.
  • Ivorian Refugees Strain Resources in Liberia VOA 31 May 2011 -- Ivory Coast is still reeling from a post-electoral crisis that killed at least 3,000 people and displaced more than a million after former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to U.N.-certified winner of last November's election, Alassane Ouattara.

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