Global military update

US Congressman raises concern over 3Com sale
The proposed USD2.2 billion acquisition of US technology company 3Com Corporation by US private assets firm Bain Capital LLC with a Chinese partner should be carefully scrutinised, a member of US Congress has said. The proposed tie-up would give a minority stake in 3Com to Chinese organisation Huawei Technologies, a communications company with close ties to the Chinese military

UK chancellor confirms rise in defence spending
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has confirmed predicted increases in defence spending over the next few years and reiterated defence commitments already made, in the UK government’s 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). Presenting the 2007 Pre-Budget Report and the outcome of the CSR to the House of Commons on 9 October, Darling said the review, which began in 2005, “continues the longest period of sustained real increases in Ministry of Defence (MoD) expenditure in almost three decades” by providing for 1.5 per cent average annual real growth over the three years up to 2010-11
US reaffirms award of NMT contract to Raytheon

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reaffirmed the US Navy’s decision to award a USD960 million Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) contract to Raytheon, rejecting a challenge by rival bidder Harris Corporation. The ruling by the GAO, announced on 1 October, gives Raytheon the green light to continue development of the satellite-based command, control and communications system

Contract signed for Australia’s largest-ever warships
The Australian government has signed a AUD3.1 billion (USD2.8 billion) contract with Tenix Defence for the construction of two 27,851-ton amphibious ships based on the BPE strategic projection ship designed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. The landing helicopter docks, measuring 230.8 m long and slated for delivery in 2013 and 2015, will be the Royal Australian Navy’s largest-ever ships
Nigerian Navy reveals progress against illegal offshore activity
The Nigerian Navy has said it has seized 236 ships, tug boats and barges in an effort to crack down on oil thefts and other illegal offshore activity in the past three years. Crude oil theft has been reduced by 80 per cent during this period, according to Naval Director of Information, Henry Babalola. He attributed the success to increased naval patrolling and the tactic of arresting the criminals’ ‘depot’ ships. Owned by wealthy cartels, the ships receive stolen crude oil from smaller vessels for onward transportation across the oceans
Source: Jane’s defence journal

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