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Budget cuts dog Austria’s Typhoon programme


As Austria’s nine new Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter aircraft prepare to take over air-policing and quick reaction alert (QRA) duties from the 12 Swiss F-5Es at the end of June 2008, budget cuts continue to plague the operability of the programme. Negotiations on the terms of specification of the remaining six ex-German Air Force Typhoons, which are to be upgraded to Block 5 standard before delivery, are continuing, while an option for six PIRATE (Passive InfraRed Airborne Tracking Equipment) infrared search and track (IRST) sensors and the EuroDASS defensive aids system has been cancelled, since the government does not expect to have to fly any combat missions beyond the air-policing task




South Korea awards Malaysian company for fast attack craft waterjets


Malaysian firm Pesaka Astana has won a MYR15 million (USD4.6 million) contract from the South Korean Ministry of Defence for the provision of waterjet propulsion systems. The waterjets will be fitted in the RoK Navy’s (RoKN’s) new 63 m, 41 kt missile-firing Gumdoksuri-class (PKX) fast attack craft, the first of which – the prototype Yoon Young-Ha – was commissioned earlier in 2008






Iraq suffers worst suicide attack on civilians since March

Fifty-one Iraqi civilians were killed on 17 June by a car bomb in a northern Baghdad market, in the worst suicide attack on civilians since March. The attack came as Iraq’s parliament announced intentions to hold its first sessions outside the US-protected Green Zone due to hard-won security gains and followed praise at the UN Security Council for the progress being made by the country’s national security forces




Eurosatory 2008: Oshkosh open to acquisitions

United States company Oshkosh is open to further acquisitions at home and abroad, senior company figures have told Jane’s. In December 2006 the US vehicle manufacturer completed the takeover of JLG industries to create a giant vehicle specialist company in a deal worth about USD3.2 billion. Speaking at Eurosatory in Paris on 17 June, the company’s marketing and communications manager, Joaquin Salas, said that “the corporation has certainly stated that they are going to continue to grow the business, so whether it’s tomorrow or whether it’s three years from now, you can pretty much count that there will more than likely be another acquisition”






India test fires Agni, Prithvi ballistic missiles

India has conducted successful flight tests of its Agni 3 and Prithvi 2 ballistic missiles. The Prithvi 2 tactical ballistic missile was successfully launched from the Interim Test Range at Chandipur, Balasore, off the Orissa coast at 1026 h local time on 23 May. It achieved a range of 350 km after a flight of 483 seconds’ duration, during which it reached a peak altitude of 43.5 km






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