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EADS wins $550m UAE command-and-control deal

February 23rd, 2011 by David No Comments

EADS has won a contract worth $550m to supply the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) armed forces with a new command and control system.

The deal was announced by Cassidian Systems, EADS’ defence and security division, at the IDEX defence industry show taking place in the UAE.

Cassidian will work with its joint venture company Emiraje in the UAE.

Thales wins extension to Nato Afghan comms contract

February 21st, 2011 by David No Comments

Nato has extended Thales’ contract to operate the secured communications and information systems for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Thales has operated the ISAF system for almost four years already, with over 7,000 Nato users utilising the network across Afghan territory.

The system uses satellite, point-to-point radio links, fibre optics, secure VoIP and video on demand. It also offers data storage and backup capabilities for users and military business applications.

Army expands use of truck armour add-ons

February 17th, 2011 by David No Comments

The US Army has announced the introduction of add-on modular armour packages to its logistics fleet of trucks.

The heavy tactical trucks include the new M915-A5 line-haul tractor, palletised load system PLS-A1, and heavy equipment transporter HET-A1.

Up-armouring its trucks forms part of the the Army’s Long Term Armor Strategy, which it laid out within the 2011 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy.

The document uses experiences learnt in the Afghan and Iraqi counter insurgency campaigns and lays out plans for the service’s 290,000 truck fleet to 2025.

Obama asks Congress for $671bn 2012 defence budget

February 15th, 2011 by David No Comments

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve a defence budget of $671bn for the fiscal year 2012.

The Pentagon said the budget was declining overall, with funding for overseas contingency operations down $41.5bn, largely from the winding down of operations in Iraq.

The budget consists of a $553 base budget, with a further $117.8bn to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US Army’s portion of the base budget is $144.9bn, the US Navy and Marine Corps get $161.4bn, while the US Air Force share is set at $150bn. The Defense Department itself spends $96.8bn.

India re-opens towed gun tender

February 11th, 2011 by David No Comments

India has re-floated its intention to buy towed and tracked artillery system, requesting bids from manufacturers in the US, Britain and France, according to local media.

The country has delayed the modernisation contract since its 2006 origination, but now has US congressional approval to receive 145 M-777 A1 ultra light guns from BAE Systems US via the US government’s foreign military sales arrangement.

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