Rapid Fire 2010-05-04: SA-21 Growler

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* NATO’s Review Magazine features: “Maritime Security: Sink or Swim.” * Russia’s moves its newest S-400 Triumf/ SA-21 Growler air and missile defense SAM into serial production. * British worries that US SecDef Gates’ comments on the future force (see also video in right sidebar) may imperil both nations’ plans to replace their Trident nuclear missile SSBN submarines. He does describe some real problems, however. * Nice shot: British sharp shooter kills 2 Taliban machine gunners from 1.5 miles away using a British-built L115A3 long range rifle. * Afghan First: Effort to award US military construction contracts to Afghan firms is slowing down construction, say US officials. On the other hand, too many contracts to foreign firms creates local resentment. * Would a Rafale fighter jet sale to the UAE require a buyback of, or buyer for, its 62 advanced Mirage 2000v9 fighters? * First South Korean Batch 2 F-15K flies with F100-PW-229 engines. * US, European countries launch anti-al-Qaeda military exercise with countries in the Sahara desert region. * When pigs fly? Hungry pigs in Dresden, Germany, almost went flying when they dug up a World War II vintage panzerfaust anti-tank weapon. * Sectra gets SEK 23 million order […]

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