Rapid Fire 2010-12-02: BAE Tops UK Supplier List

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* Number 1: BAE Systems tops money list of UK Ministry of Defence’s suppliers, receiving close to GBP 4 billion (about $6.25B) in financial year 2009/10. * Hybrid birds: Frost & Sullivan predicts that more military satellite programs will follow the UK Skynet 5 model, where private industry builds, owns and operates satellites for military use. * Next Up, Japan: Following the US-South Korean naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, Japan will conduct joint military exercises with the US, involving 44,500 troops, later this week. * Northrop Grumman VP C4I says the US military has made progress with “open architecture” electronics, but needs to make more changes to reap the full benefits. * Raytheon finishes test flights for RAM Block 2 ship defense missile, prepares for production. * Up to $42 million to SAIC for tactical data link engineering and technical support to the US Navy’s PEO for C4I. * Research and Markets: Study identifies India, China, and the Middle East as the fastest growing markets for military ground equipment over the next 12 months. * Hacky Pak: The Pakistan Navy website and other Pakistani government websites were hacked by the self-styled Indian Cyber Army.

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