Rapid Fire 2011-07-29: Intrepid Tiger II
- A recent meeting of theÂ Defense Business BoardÂ at the Pentagon recommended the creation of a singleÂ Defense Logistics Organization (DLO) [PDF]. The Board argued that a single DLO with sole responsibility for supply, maintenance and transportation would increase logistics effectiveness and efficiency.
- The former Director of National Intelligence, Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, tells theÂ Aspen Security ForumÂ that the United States shouldÂ stopÂ unilateral drone attacksÂ and work in closer partnership with countries where unmanned campaigns are conducted. See embedded video at the bottom of this entry.
- Raytheon’sÂ Second Quarter ResultsÂ show net sales of approximately $6.2 billion, a slight increase on corresponding figures for 2010. The company’s Chairman and CEO attributes a strong second quarter performance to its ‘focus on execution and cost reduction strategies’.
- A US Marine Corps OfficerÂ tellsÂ the Lexington Institute’sÂ Capitol Hill Electronic Attack ConferenceÂ that the service is preparing to undertake tests on the newÂ Intrepid Tiger IIÂ [PDF] communications intelligence and jamming pod.
- Israel and India are reportedly negotiating to buy 3 moreÂ IL-76 Phalcon AWACs aircraft, to follow the current order of 3. IAI had been touting the long-rangeÂ G550 CAEWÂ used by Israel and Singapore as an even better follow up.
- EADS attributes its ‘solid results’ for theÂ first half year 2011Â to strong demand in the commercial aviation sector. The company reports that revenues increased in the first six months of 2011 by 8% to â‚¬21.9 billion ($31.2 billion).
- Dassault accuses Safran ofÂ holding up talksÂ in relation to the French Government-backed deal to swap assets with Thales.
- The US Army awardsÂ Olin CorporationÂ aÂ $29 million contractÂ to provide Small Caliber Ammunition for Caliber .50, 7.62mm and 5.56mm.
- Russia is studying the possibility ofÂ deploying paratroopersÂ as part of its multi-branch Arctic contingent. Â This may be extended to helicopter regiments by 2020, when Russia’sÂ arms procurement programÂ is due to be completed.
- A number of blog articles haveÂ highlighted the problemsÂ the Indian Air Force faces in keeping its ageing fleet of Soviet-built fighters airworthy. This may have proved influential upon recent decisions taken in relation to India’sÂ Medium Multi-Role Combat AircraftÂ (M-MRCA) competition.
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