Rapid Fire 2011-07-25: Digital Army Program (DAP)

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* Airborne Mobility Command point to the increase in airdrops over Afghanistan over the past five years as evidence of the growing importance of Joint Precision Aerial Delivery Systems (JPADS) to operations. * The French Government’s agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Dassault for the production and purchase of Heron TP long range UAVs is expected to cost $500 million. * Elbit announces that the Israeli Ministry of Defence has awarded the company with a $40 million follow-on order for the Digital Army Program (DAP) [PDF]. The announcement comes as the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announces that it has embarked upon the follow-up phase of the DAP. * A leaked memo written by the UK’s Chief of the General Staff appears to contradict assurances made by the Government that no more troops will be made redundant before the end of the Afghan campaign in 2015. The news comes after the United Kingdom National Defence Association (UKNDA) branded recent memo leaks as examples of deliberate disinformation from within the Ministry of Defence (MoD). * Ahead of next month’s Operation Nanook 2011, Canada’s annual arctic military exercises, Defence Minister Peter MacKay reveals that the number of Canadian Rangers has increased since 2007. * The US Navy deployment to Libya, counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and budget issues make a […]

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