Rapid Fire 2010-05-06: Cross-Atlantic Acquisitions

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* Syria provided Lebanese militants with M-600 missiles – a Syrian version of the Iranian Fateh-110 – over the past year, according to Israeli defense officials. * In 2009, European firms shelled out $800 million to acquire US defense firms, while US firms only paid $22 million for European defense firms. The Euro to dollar exchange rate underpinning that trend is shifting just a wee bit, however… * How do you say “Hurt Locker” in Dari and Pashto? ANA’s Sgt. Ajab Han has found 177 IED land mines during his 3 years in Helmand, working alongside British troops. Wonder if he knows how much money he could make in New York. * University of Toronto announces a breakthrough Omni-focus Video Camera, which delivers automatic real-time focus of both near and far field images, simultaneously, in high resolution. * USAF OSR-supported holographic adaptive optics research may slim down computing requirements, allow use for UAVs, high energy lasers and free-space optical communications. * Raytheon’s SM-6 ERAM air defense missile about to begin sea-based flight testing. * TASC in Chantilly, VA secures a $26 million contract to provide analytic services and software support for the US Army’s ISR systems and force structure. * […]

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