Gates to Curry Favor: Pentagon chief Gates plans to lobby for US candidates in the $10 billion Indian medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition when Indian defense head Antony visits Washington this week.
Possible drastic military cuts by the UK government are worrying US defense officials.
Strategy Analytics: The market for terrestrial military SATCOM components, such as satellite-capable radios, is expected to grow from $423 million in 2008 to $684 million in 2013.
Sound Idea: US Office of Naval Research awards a contract worth up to $7.1 million to a consortium led by North Carolina State University to research the use of acoustics to detect roadside bombs and suicide bombers.
A couple of years ago, it looked like the Land Warrior program was dead due to soldiers’ concerns that the equipment was too heavy and complex. However, after trimming down the system from 17 pounds to 7.2 pounds, the Army is moving ahead with the program.
While those efforts are underway, the US Army still owns more than 900 Land Warrior ensembles, 300 vehicle-integration kits, and related equipment as of October 2009. Now, a new set of contracts enables General Dynamics’ field service engineers to deploy with all Land Warrior-equipped units and provide support for housing, repairing and shipping spare and replacement Land Warrior gear worldwide.