Rapid Fire: 2010-12-01

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* Bad news, good news: While defense budgets for major weapon systems are facing cuts, stockcall.com believes spending will increase on UAV programs, missile defense, and cybersecurity. * Arms race: Russian President Medvedev warns that a joint Russian/ European missile defense system is needed to avoid another arms race with Russia. * South Africa’s Paramount Group sees opportunity as oil booms and insurgencies begin to fuel African defense spending. See also our 2008 article, “Africa: The Next Defense Market Opportunity?” * French Mirage 2000N conducts the first live firing of France’s new supersonic ASMP-A air-launched nuclear missile. Without the warhead, of course. * A French Rafale F3 fighter from FS Charles de Gaulle isn’t so lucky, ditching in the ocean following a mission over Afghanistan. * Leak proofing: The Israel Defense Force is beefing up cybersecurity safeguards. * US Army working on a Caiman MRAP Ambulance for critical-care patients, with a number of improved technologies. * Kaman’s order backlog for its joint programmable fuzes used in smart bombs totals $128 million into 2012. * Telos snags task order worth up to $32 million to support the Pentagon Telecommunications Center under the $9 billion NetCents contract vehicle. * SecureInfo gets $24 […]

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