World military update

France signals intent on technology transfer to Brazil

France and Brazil are expected to sign a key military co-operation accord in the coming months that could lead to significant French arms sales and to the possible transfer of technology to help Brazil build Latin America’s first nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed on 12 February that France wished to supply Brazil with a conventional diesel-electric Scorpene submarine, helicopters and fighter aircraft and to provide “technology transfers so that they can be built in Brazil”
Brazil orders ECPINS electronic navigation system

Canada-based software systems company OSI Geospatial has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin worth USD925,000 to supply the Brazilian Navy with six Electronic Chart Precise Integrated Navigation Systems (ECPINS). Brazil will receive the ECPINS W (SUB), a submarine version of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), which is intended to replace paper charts in naval vessels
UK government reveals financial costs of Iraq and Afghanistan

Official UK government figures released on 19 February show that the cost of fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to reach GBP3.37 billion (USD6.61 billion) for Fiscal Year (FY07); an increase of GBP1.57 billion on 2006. According to the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Spring Supplementary Estimate, the department is asking the Treasury for an additional GBP1.37 billion war funding to pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through to the end of March 2008
Raytheon secures Paveway IV bomb support for UK RAF’s Tornadoes

BAE Systems has awarded Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) a GBP8.5 million (USD16.5 million) contract to support the integration and flight trials of the Paveway IV dual-mode precision guided bomb (PGB) onto the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Panavia Tornado GR4/4A strike aircraft. The contract, announced on 20 February, is scheduled for completion in 2010 and will focus on providing weapon system performance documentation, advice to the development of the aircraft stores management systems and flight clearance of the weapon onto the aircraft
Afghan army prepares to increase commonality with NATO

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials have said that the Afghan National Army’s (ANA’s) inventory of Soviet-era D-30 howitzers will soon be upgraded with new NATO-standard aiming systems. The modifications are part of joint strategic planning by ISAF nations and Afghanistan’s defence ministry to boost the ANA’s most urgently needed capabilities, or ‘enablers’
Source: Jane’s defence journal

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