Rapid Fire: 2010-04-28

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* Russian Novator’s promotion of its containerized SS-N-27 Klub-K CMS cruise missiles extend and highlight new dimensions of the terrorist threat as “the ultimate concealed weapon,” offers second-strike for smaller states outside the rules of war, and raises the priority for persistent cruise missile defenses. * On a related note, the emergence of surveillance-strike complexes and missiles as the new coastal artillery, has far-reaching naval implications. * Russian president says he’s interested in NATO proposal to develop a common missile defense system. * Liquid-fueled rockets, or solid fuel? MBDA’s Bayern Chemie says don’t choose – use gelled propellant to get full safety and variable thrust. * Raytheon and EAI finish ground tests of their TALON 70mm laser-guided rocket. * 418th Flight Test Squadron paradrops 77,000 pound load out of a C-17A, at 25,000 feet, to test the parachutes for NASA’s Ares I solid rocket booster. * Supermaaaan! US Army Golden Knight parachutist sets the official world distance record in a wing-suit. * Picking soldiers’ brains: US OSD wants small business input on cognitive readiness in modern military operations. * Harris snags a $35 million contract from the Defense Commissary Agency to provide IT support for distribution of commissary goods to […]

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