World defence developments

USN awards Raytheon Zumwalt-class MSE contract modification

Raytheon Systems has been awarded a USD993.4 million contract modification for mission system equipment (MSE) and engineering support services that are part of the ship design and integration effort for the US Navy (USN) Zumwalt-class destroyer programme. Work on the 14,564-ton destroyer will include: total ship’s computing infrastructure; acoustic sensor suite element – including the bow array sensor suite; dual-band radar; electro-optic/infrared sensors; ship-control system; identification friend or foe; commons array power and cooling systems; electronic module enclosures; and Mk 57 vertical launcher system

SRTZ-2TM system offers ARM protection
The SRTZ-2TM (stantsiya radiotekhnicseskoy zaschiti) self-protection system, offered as an optional part of Tedtraedr’s S-125-2TM Pechora-2TM upgrade of the S-125M Neva-M (SA-3 ‘Goa’) surface-to-air missile system, is intended to protect the battery’s SNR-125-2TM tracking and guidance radar from attacks by anti-radiation missiles (ARMs), writes Miroslav Gyurosi. It is intended to deal not only with basic ARMs, which rely solely on passive-radar homing, but also with missiles that incorporate an integrated inertial/GPS guidance system allowing the attack to continue if the target radar shuts down or switches to a blink operating mode
The deal is sealed: Project Salam secures UK-Saudi strategic alliance

The announcement on 17 September of the purchase of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks set to start a wave of multibillion-dollar defence deals in the Middle East thanks to surging global crude oil prices. The long-trailed Saudi contract is the culmination of more than a decade’s work by BAE Systems and the UK government’s Defence Export Service Organisation to export the fourth-generation fighter to the UK’s biggest defence equipment customer
US may ratify UK defence co-operation treaty in 2008, says RUSI conference speaker

The Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty signed by the UK and the US is likely to be ratified by the current US administration before the end of 2008, according to a senior figure that played a key role in the transatlantic negotiations. He added that while the specific details remain to be clarified, it is expected that the treaty will be applicable to areas such as missile defence, surface-ship radar systems, the achievement of interoperability of tactical radio systems, co-operation to tackle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and programmes such as ASTRA

US Congress hears further presidential request to increase spending on ‘war on terror’

US President George W Bush will ask Congress for further USD42 billion to fund operations in the ‘war on terror’ in 2008 (FY08), US defense Secretary Robert M Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee on 26 September. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), Gates added that the request would bring the total supplement for FY08 to USD190 billion
Source: Jane’s defence journal

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