SP's MAI - Issue No. 14 | July 16-31, 2012

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    MILITARY
    Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric kill vehicle in demand

    Raytheon was awarded a $636-million development and sustainment contract to provide the Exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) to Boeing, which is the prime contractor for the groundbased mid-course defence programme.

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    MILITARY / VIEWPOINT
    Need for Seamless Integrated Planning
    By Air Marshal (Retd) V.K. Bhatia

    Forever a victim of its die-hard habit of sensationalising any and every bit of news, the Indian media has once again tried to give an ominous twist to the inter-service relations within the armed forces.

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    MILITARY
    Sagem’s Hammer air-toground guided weapon tested

    French defence procurement agency DGA has successfully carried out the first qualification firing test of the laser terminal guidance version of the AASM Hammer modular air-to-ground weapon built by Sagem (Safran group).

  • MILITARY
    Australian Defence Capability Plan

    The Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare recently released the 2012 Defence Capability Plan (DCP), which has priority projects planned for the four-year forward estimates period. The DCP contains 111 projects, or phases of projects, worth approximately $153 billion.

  • MILITARY
    L-3 bags contract from USSOCOM

    L-3 Communications subsidiary L-3 GCS has been awarded a contract by the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and manufacture very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite systems.

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    AEROSPACE
    Indian Coast Guard - Aviation
    By Rear Admiral (Retd) Sushil Ramsay

    The Indian Coast Guard is the principal agency for enforcement of provisions of all national enactment in force in the Maritime Zones of India (MZI) and provides following services to the nation and marine community.

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    AEROSPACE
    Eurocopter’s Puma Mk2 helicopter upgraded

    The upgrade of UK Ministry of Defence Puma aircraft took a major step forward last week with Eurocopter completing its first internal qualification of the Puma Mk2 aircraft.

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    AEROSPACE
    Second Boeing P-8I aircraft for India completes first flight

    The second Boeing P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy completed its initial flight on July 12, taking off from Renton Field at 3:29 p.m. and landing two hours and 14 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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    AEROSPACE
    Boeing offers mediumsized maritime surveillance aircraft

    Boeing has announced that it is offering a medium-sized maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) to the global market. MSA builds on technologies developed for Boeing’s larger intelligence, surveillance and...

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    AEROSPACE
    MBDA’s meteor firings conclude with lethal display

    Having now completed 21 air-launched test firings, MBDA is on track to deliver the first production Meteor BVR air-to-air missiles by the year end.

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    AEROSPACE
    Alenia Aermacchi introduces MC-27J, multi-mission version of the Spartan

    Alenia Aermacchi has introduced a new version of the C-27J battlefield airlifter, the MC-27J.

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    AEROSPACE
    Sikorsky wins $8.5 billion contract

    The US Army and Navy have signed an $8.5 billion contract with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to buy a baseline quantity of 653 Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters through December 2017.

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    Defence orders in a tailspin
    By R. Chandrakanth in Farnborough

    On the opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow—primarily a commercial aerospace show—a £50 million defence contracts...

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012 | INTERVIEW
    Globemaster C-17 arguably the most efficient airlifter
    By R. Chandrakanth in Farnborough

    The Farnborough skies were clear and a team of international journalists, including yours truly, were all set for a sortie on the heaviest airlifter of Boeing, the Globemaster C-17.

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    Saab unveils new surveillance aircraft

    Defence and security company Saab unveiled its new Saab 340 Maritime Security aircraft which is capable of effectively monitoring large areas and is the key to maritime domain awareness.

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    MBDA launches Spear

    MBDA, Europe’s leading missile systems company, unveiled Spear, a new, high precision surface attack weapon for fast combat aircraft.

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    The Russians are coming
    By R. Chandrakanth in Farnborough

    UAC reworks strategy to take on world market

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    Pratt & Whitney delivers first engines for Boeing C-17s to India

    Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation has delivered the first four F117 engines for the Indian Air Force...

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    Indonesian Air Force to buy second batch of A-29 Super Tucano

    The Indonesian Air Force has signed a commercial contract for a second batch of eight light attack and tactical training A-29 Super Tucano.

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    AEROSPACE / SHOW REPORT | FARNBOROUGH 2012
    The NH90 marvels crowds at airshow

    The NH90 new generation helicopter was displayed at Farnborough airshow. The NH90 NFH is the most recent and most flexible helicopter for naval...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    BAE Mantis concept demonstrator to fly in the UK

    BAE Systems has announced its intention to re-fly the Mantis UAS concept demonstrator – this time in UK airspace.

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    US Navy to land UAV on aircraft carrier

    A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System programme office tested communication software for the UCAS-D programme...

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Selex set to rollout new Falco Evo UAV

    Selex Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has announced a further export customer for its Falco Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS).

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    AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Taranis passes the test

    Taranis, the UK’s unmanned combat air system technology demonstrator, has successfully completed a series of key tests on the way to commencing...

  • AEROSPACE
    Gripen NG flying with Raven ES-05 AESA radar

    The Gripen NG test aircraft is now flying with a Selex Galileo Raven ES-05 AESA radar installed, following extensive testing with an earlier AESA prototype.

  • AEROSPACE / UNMANNED
    Laser powers Lockheed Martin’s Stalker UAS for 48 hours

    Lockheed Martin and LaserMotive, recently demonstrated the capabilities of an innovative laser power system to extend the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flight time to more than 48 hours.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / VIEWPOINT
    Second Jilani-Geelani nuptial
    By Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch

    If Pakistan had any sincerity in mending fences with India, it would not have sent Jilani to India after he had been unceremoniously kicked out...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    India-Pakistan joint group on maritime borders

    The meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Working Group to work out a mechanism for release of fishermen and their boats who cross maritime borders inadvertently was held recently.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    Anti-counterfeiting day observed

    The world observed ‘anti-counterfeiting day’ on June 13, 2012. The issue of counterfeiting is big in India and as per the latest report by the Ministry of Home Affairs large quantities of fake Indian currency notes (FICN)...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / CYBER
    Averting catastrophe in cyberspace: core requirements

    The information revolution has transformed every facet of commerce and culture, including the military enterprise.

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    INTERNAL SECURITY
    London Olympics, tighter airport security

    Britain’s Olympic security plans fell under fresh scrutiny, with a newspaper reporting that several people on a terror watch list have been waved through airport border controls...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    British tabloid ‘tests’ Olympic security

    Olympic Games organisers in London said they were looking into a tabloid’s report claiming that a worker had been able to sneak a fake bomb...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Munich massacre

    The Munich massacre is an informal name for events that occurred during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Bavaria in south West Germany...

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    INTERNAL SECURITY / BREACHES
    Atlanta Summer Games bombing

    The tragic bombing of Centennial Olympic Park, a popular hub for athletes and spectators, took place during an open-air concert, and claimed the lives of two people.

  • INTERNAL SECURITY
    India and Mozambique sign security cooperation pact

    India and Mozambique have signed an agreement on security cooperation. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mullappally Ramachandran signed the agreement with Jose Mandra, Minister of Interior, Government of Mozambique at Maputo, Mozambique.

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    CORPORATE
    Boeing, Elbit Systems to collaborate to market Hermes 450 and 900 UAS

    The Boeing Company and Elbit Systems signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the marketing and sales of Elbit Systems’...

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    CORPORATE
    New Raytheon Standard Missile factory almost ready

    Raytheon Company’s all-up-round Standard Missile production facility in Huntsville, Alabama, is nearing completion.

  • CORPORATE
    ITT Exelis, EADS North America and Cassidian join forces in electronic warfare

    ITT Exelis, EADS North America and Cassidian, the defense and security division of EADS, will work together to provide enhanced electronic warfare solutions, particularly in the area of aircraft survivability equipment.

  • CORPORATE
    Sagem and MTU Aero Engines create JV

    Sagem (Safran group) and MTU Aero Engines announced the signature of an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture, AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions GmbH to provide safety-critical software and hardware for military and civil aviation applications.

  • CORPORATE
    Rosoboronexport, Selex Elsag, Selex Galileo and WASS join hands to grow patrol aircraft market

    The Russian defence export agency JSC Rosoboronexport and the Finmeccanica companies Selex Elsag, Selex Galileo and WASS have signed, at the Farnborough Airshow...