Rapid Fire 2011-02-22: Military Vehicle Electronics

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* Will Middle East unrest prompt governments to boost defense spending? Or kill/ delay existing arms deals, as has already happened in Iraq? * Meanwhile, Japan is considering its acquisition path for new fighters. The F-2 program didn’t go quite as hoped, but Japan is still looking at a collaborative F-X project to field an advanced fighter, and possibly an engine project as well. * Well, this is clever. Sentient, whose Kestrel MTI software helps Australian Heron and ScanEagle operators detect small moving targets, has developed an add-on that’s especially good at finding lifejackets in the ocean. A task that’s much harder than you’d think… * Raytheon gets $42.8 million contract to train Afghan air force pilots in an undisclosed Arab Gulf country. UAE is a good bet. * Ukraine is investing UAH 3.5 billion ($440 million) to build the Sapsan multiple-rocket launch system with a range of up to 280 kilometers (174 miles) that is expected to enter service in 2015. * MBDA has an initial customer for their drop-in MPCV, which uses the Mistral short-range air defense missile, and for the accompanying IMCP/PCP local air defense command system. * Navy’s free-electron laser reaches key developmental milestone ahead of […]

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