Rapid Fire 2011-07-29: Intrepid Tiger II
- A recent meeting of the Defense Business Board at the Pentagon recommended the creation of a single Defense Logistics Organization (DLO) [PDF]. The Board argued that a single DLO with sole responsibility for supply, maintenance and transportation would increase logistics effectiveness and efficiency.
- The former Director of National Intelligence, Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, tells the Aspen Security Forum that the United States should stop unilateral drone attacks and work in closer partnership with countries where unmanned campaigns are conducted. See embedded video at the bottom of this entry.
- Raytheon’s Second Quarter Results show net sales of approximately $6.2 billion, a slight increase on corresponding figures for 2010. The company’s Chairman and CEO attributes a strong second quarter performance to its ‘focus on execution and cost reduction strategies’.
- A US Marine Corps Officer tells the Lexington Institute’s Capitol Hill Electronic Attack Conference that the service is preparing to undertake tests on the new Intrepid Tiger II [PDF] communications intelligence and jamming pod.
- Israel and India are reportedly negotiating to buy 3 more IL-76 Phalcon AWACs aircraft, to follow the current order of 3. IAI had been touting the long-range G550 CAEW used by Israel and Singapore as an even better follow up.
- EADS attributes its ‘solid results’ for the first half year 2011 to strong demand in the commercial aviation sector. The company reports that revenues increased in the first six months of 2011 by 8% to €21.9 billion ($31.2 billion).
- Dassault accuses Safran of holding up talks in relation to the French Government-backed deal to swap assets with Thales.
- The US Army awards Olin Corporation a $29 million contract to provide Small Caliber Ammunition for Caliber .50, 7.62mm and 5.56mm.
- Russia is studying the possibility of deploying paratroopers as part of its multi-branch Arctic contingent. This may be extended to helicopter regiments by 2020, when Russia’s arms procurement program is due to be completed.
- A number of blog articles have highlighted the problems the Indian Air Force faces in keeping its ageing fleet of Soviet-built fighters airworthy. This may have proved influential upon recent decisions taken in relation to India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) competition.
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