Rapid Fire: 2010-02-25

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* Pentagon officials brief Congress on terms of $35 billion aerial tanking competition, release final RFP. * Spanish defense minister says 7 member governments backing the A400M military transport plane have reached agreement in principle. Details said to be forthcoming on Thursday. * Israel’s “Iron Dome” rocket/artillery defense system faces skepticism in Israel. * US Army’s new Afghan airdrop system: just heave it out the door… * US Army Patriot missiles headed to Poland in April 2010. * UK parliamentary panel criticizes Defense Ministry for losing track of sensitive equipment and wasting hundreds of millions of British pounds. * BAE brings cutting edge “shake, rattle and roll” testing equipment to UK from USA; aimed at Warrior WCSP and FRES-Scout armored vehicle programs. * New engine support contract for France’s Rafale – or just approval to negotiate one? * USAF STRATCOM may have lifted its thumb drive ban – but the US Army hasn’t.

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