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Americas * The Army released a Sources Sought notice (W15QKN-15-X-7820), looking for one vendor that can bundle together a series of aftermarket improvements to the M4A1 carbine. The package, to be called the M4A1+, includes increased accuracy, rails, mounting surfaces, neutral, non-black, color, coatings, backup sites and a kitchen sink full of other, smaller improvements. * U.S. Northcom chief Adm. Bill Gortney told a Senate committee – in the course of expressing angst at the prospect of continued sequestration budget rules – that the U.S. might be facing a renewed cold war. The Administration to date has been reluctant to use the term. * NATO officials are contradicting a Canadian government report to Parliament that Russia had acted aggressively toward one of its ships in the Black Sea. * The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye prop planes are off on their first carrier deployment, five of them having been assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). In addition to having twice the observation resolution, the glass cockpit allows the co-pilot swap between flying duties and helping handle the information inflow. * Argentina is joining a quickly growing list of nations producing their own drones. The INVAP-produced UAVs will reportedly be capable of […]
Americas

* The Army released a Sources Sought notice (W15QKN-15-X-7820), looking for one vendor that can bundle together a series of aftermarket improvements to the M4A1 carbine. The package, to be called the M4A1+, includes increased accuracy, rails, mounting surfaces, neutral, non-black, color, coatings, backup sites and a kitchen sink full of other, smaller improvements.

* U.S. Northcom chief Adm. Bill Gortney told a Senate committee – in the course of expressing angst at the prospect of continued sequestration budget rules – that the U.S. might be facing a renewed cold war. The Administration to date has been reluctant to use the term.

* NATO officials are contradicting a Canadian government report to Parliament that Russia had acted aggressively toward one of its ships in the Black Sea.

* The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye prop planes are off on their first carrier deployment, five of them having been assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). In addition to having twice the observation resolution, the glass cockpit allows the co-pilot swap between flying duties and helping handle the information inflow.

* Argentina is joining a quickly growing list of nations producing their own drones. The INVAP-produced UAVs will reportedly be capable of staying in the air for 12 to 20 hours, providing the ability to be useful as ship-launched observers. The initial investment is reported to be $238 million.

Europe

* The French Navy is now considering the NH-90s to be fully capable in anti-submarine duties (French), now that they have successfully launched MU-90 torpedoes from the helicopters.

* Russia is officially abandoning (Russian) the Antonov AN-70 project into which it has invested billions of rubles. This was not unexpected, given the hostilities between Russia and Antonov’s Ukraine. Antonov is located primarily in Kiev and its outskirts, fairly distant from the relatively acquirable real estate in the eastern parts of Ukraine. Russia has been pushing increased planning and procurement with the domestic firm Ilyushin in recent months.

Middle East

* Very happy with its anti-ship missile designs of late, Iran is opening up a production line to pump them out. The country claims their Qadir missiles have a 185 mile range. The Persian Gulf ranges from 35 miles wide to 230 miles wide.

Asia

* The U.S. has reportedly officially added THAAD to the resources it would supply to South Korea in an emergency. China has been openly nervous about an American anti-missile system sitting so close to its borders.

* Aerospace maintenance firm TAE saw its management buy out its holding company, Air New Zealand, becoming an entirely Australian-owned firm, which may have figured in its recent contract win as the primary maintainers of the coming F-35 engines of the RAAF.

Today’s Video

* The Fire Scout (MQ-8B) maritime drone is tested aboard the USS Fort Worth (LCS-3)…

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