Worldwide military update

Iraqi 350ERs set to receive General Atomics suites, ground stations

New Iraqi Air Force (IQAF) Beechcraft King Air 350ER intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft are to be fitted with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) suites and associated ground stations, it has been awarded. The contract – announced on 11 June – revealed that the 350ER ISR aircraft will be fitted with GA-ASI AN/DPY-1 Lynx II synthetic aperture radar/ground moving target indicators, L-3 WESCAM MX-15i electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera systems, Control of Lynx And Workstation (CLAW) software and high-bandwidth datalink systems

BONUS MkIII waits in the wings
An enhanced version of the BONUS 155 mm sensor-fuzed munition projectile is under development by Nexter Munitions and BAE Systems Bofors to meet new operational scenarios. The BONUS MkIII Laser is aimed at a wider set of targets and more restrictive rules of engagement than was the case when the BONUS requirement was originally raised
Turkey plans talks with KAI for KT-1 basic trainer aircraft
Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defence Industry (SSM), Ankara’;s civilian arms procurement agency, is set to begin contract talks with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) over the procurement of at least 36 KT-1 basic trainers. KAI is the only company left in the bidding process following the elimination of Embraer last week — which was bidding with its EMB-314 Super Tucano aircraft — following evaluation from a committee consisting of SSM and Turkish Air Force representatives
ASC chooses Hansen Yuncken to design RAN’s AWD shipyard
Australian shipbuilder ASC has awarded a AUD100 million (USD84 million) contract to Hansen Yuncken to design and construct the shipyard for the Royal Australian Navy’;s (RAN’s) new air warfare destroyers (AWDs). Under the contract, which was awarded on 27 June, final designs for the new shipyard are scheduled to be completed in September 2007, with construction to commence in October 2007 and be completed by October 2009

Value of Chinese companies soars following investment deal
Chinese defence companies listed on the country’;s stock exchanges have surged this week following an announcement on 22 June that foreign companies will be conditionally allowed to invest in firms producing military equipment. In making the announcement, Beijing’;s Commission of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defence (COSTIND) said the move was designed to expand financial and technical support, boost innovation and improve the competitiveness of China’;s defence industry

US Congress votes to withhold FMF funds for Egypt
The Egyptian Navy’;s fast missile craft programme and other weapons purchases could be hampered by recent moves in the US Congress to pre-condition USD200 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Egypt, US defence officials told Jane’;s on 26 June. On 22 June US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded USD41 million to VT Halter Marine, Inc, to modify the command-and-control systems on three vessels Egypt is purchasing from the US through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’;s (DSCA) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme
Brunei keeps up pledge with release of updated White Paper

Brunei has released an update to its 2004 Defence White Paper in line with its earlier pledge to review the policies outlined in this inaugural study every two to three years and report on progress of the ambitious force development plan it laid out. One locally based foreign diplomat previously described the White Paper, Brunei’s first, as an effort to “think comprehensively on force development and the strategic environment”

Russia, NATO hit stalemate over CFE treaty
The extraordinary conference of the signatories to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty), held in Vienna on Russia’s initiative from 12 to 15 June, ended with no statement adopted, its participants having failed to reach a compromise. In their opening statements, both Russia and NATO underlined the importance of the CFE regime as a cornerstone of European stability and explained their “rather different” approaches to saving it

US pledges boost in military aid for Israel, threatens conditions for Egypt

US President George W Bush has pledged to increase military aid to Israel over the course of the next decade. Following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert 20 June, Bush stated that he is committed to reaching a new 10-year agreement that will give Israel the increased assistance it requires “to meet the new threats and challenges it faces”

China draws up industry reforms in bid to raise competitiveness
Beijing is set to introduce a series of defence industry reforms designed to expand financial and technical support, boost innovation and improve the competitiveness of China’s defence industry. A draft of the measures – which has already been approved by the Chinese State Council and is currently being written by Beijing legislators into a new policy – includes the conditional allowance of foreign and domestic companies to invest in Chinese firms, and the gradual adoption of boards of directors

Hungary employs K-1P automated fire-control system

The 12th Air Defence Missile Brigade of the Hungarian Air Force, headquartered in Gyor, is using the K-1P automated fire-control system to control its upgraded 2K12M2 Kub-M2 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and its newly acquired Mistral short-range air-defence systems, writes Miroslav Gyurosi. Able to connect to NATO-standard automated and older legacy systems, the KP-1 is based on the earlier 9S44M K-1 Krab, but retains little more than the original wheeled vehicle

MANPADS used in RN Lynx attack

The Board of Inquiry into the loss of Royal Navy (RN) Lynx AH.7 XZ614 in Iraq on 6 May 2006 has concluded that the helicopter was shot down using a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), writes Doug Richardson. The type of missile likely to have been used in the attack was identified, but no details were given in the unclassified section of the board’s report that was released to the public

Russia tests a new ICBM
Russia launched a new model of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the Plesetsk test centre on 29 May, writes Doug Richardson. The missile was fired from a modified version of an existing transporter-erector-launcher (TEL), and the target was at the Kura test range at Kamchatka in the Far East

Tetraedr unveils EO sensors for SAM systems
Tetraedr displayed two new electro-optical (EO) devices intended to maintain the combat capabilities of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in the presence of heavy jamming at the MILEX-2007 exhibition held in Minsk, Belarus, on 22-25 May, writes Miroslav Gyurosi. One was a totally rebuilt version of the 9Sh33 Karat daylight TV camera used by the S-125 Pechora (SA-3 ‘Goa’); the other was a passive thermal imager
Source: Jane’s Defense Journal

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