Rapid Fire 2011-03-16: Brazilian Obsolescence

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* UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox says preliminary government approval of $30 billion plan to modernize 4 Vanguard-class SSBNs is expected soon. * Northrop Grumman board OKs spinoff of Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilding unit to NG shareholders. * Brazil’s military hardware is obsolete and not fit for deployment, according to Defense Ministry sources. * Israeli naval commandos commandeer a cargo ship sailing from Turkey to Egypt with weapons bound for Gaza. * Mile Marker secures $6.8 million in contracts to supply hydraulic winches to the US Army Tank-Automotive Armament Command (TACOM). * Telos gets $4 million task order to provide cybersecurity services to the Defense Manpower Data Center under the $9 billion NETCENTS contract.

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