Rapid Fire: 2010-02-09

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* Russia’s revised official military doctrine to include preemptive nuclear strikes. * France expects to decide in the coming weeks whether to sell 3 additional Mistral class amphibious assault ships to Russia. * Russia’s PAK-FA stealth fighter: more than 1 development aircraft flying? * US defense appropriations subcommittee chair John Murtha [D-PA] dies. * BAE Systems agrees to pay $450 million in fines to settle misconduct cases in the UK & USA. * France says “non” to financing deadline for A400M military airlift program. * USA to make surplus MRAP mine-resistant vehicles available to allies as quickly as possible. * US SOCOM putting portable ultrasound machines on the front lines. * The Pentagon is studying ways to sustain the rocket motor industrial base after planned cancellation of Constellation program. * Iran has launched UAV production lines and plans to deploy a missile air defense system comparable to the Russian S-300 system, according to the Iranian defense minister. * Lockheed Martin and Kaman Corp. demonstrate an unmanned resupply helicopter for use in Afghanistan. The helicopter is competing against Boeing’s A160T Hummingbird. * Bell Helicopter Textron secures $50.4 million contract from the USMC for long lead materials for new and remanufactured AH1Z […]

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