Daily Rapid Fire: 2011-09-22 | UTC; Defense Industrial Base; Resolution to Discontinue

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* The 1st USAF CHIRP (Common Hosted Infrared Payload) launches aboard SES SA’s Orbital Star 2.4 variant satellite, riding an Ariane 5 rocket from the spaceport in French Guiana. It wasn’t easy, but this is the 1st time the USAF has hosted a military satellite payload on a commercial satellite, and their 1st wide field-of-view infrared staring payload. CHIRP will power on in 30 days, and begin experiments. * The USA’s 1st JHSV fast transport catamaran, USNS Spearhead, has been christened at Austal’s Mobile, AL yard. * Alenia North America delivers C-27A tactical transports #12-14 to the Afghan Air force, from the 20-plane program. * Pakistan has begun fielding Chinese Type 022/ Azmat Class Fast Attack Catamaran missile boats. * Russia has reportedly given the go-ahead for full production of the SU-34 Fullback long-range strike fighter. * Elbit Systems lands a contract for perimeter security systems at Haifa port, networked back to the Security Center. Israel has one of the world’s most advanced maritime surveillance systems – mostly based on shore. * It’s done: United Technologies buys Goodrich for $16.5B ($18.4B counting net debt assumed). Meanwhile the Virginian-Pilot reports that General Dynamics plans to acquire the Metro Machine Corp. ship-repair […]

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