Rapid Fire 2011-04-11: S-500 Air Defense System

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* Israel’s Iron Dome rocket/artillery defense system in action. * Israel’s Elbit Systems sues government of Georgia in UK court for $100 million in connection with military contracts signed in 2007. * RAF Tornado takes out a Libyan tank. * Still cutting: UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says news reports that Libyan operations are prompting a rethink of defense budget cuts are wrong. * RAF MQ-9 Reaper UAV notches 20,000 operational flying hours in Afghanistan. * Russia’s Almaz-Antei design bureau expects to complete development of the next-generation S-500 air defense system by 2015-2016. * Georgia expects to meet technical requirements for NATO membership in 2-3 years.

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