Rapid Fire 2010-05-13: Singapore’s Armory Management

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* Singapore to buy RFID-based armory management system as part of S$ 1.1 billion IT spending package. * PricewaterhouseCoopers: The global aerospace and defense sector experiences strongest M&A deal quarter in 5 quarters. * South Korea’s KIDA: “How to Deal with the Threat of N. Korea’s Special Forces?“ * US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: […]

* Singapore to buy RFID-based armory management system as part of S$ 1.1 billion IT spending package.

* PricewaterhouseCoopers: The global aerospace and defense sector experiences strongest M&A deal quarter in 5 quarters.

* South Korea’s KIDA: “How to Deal with the Threat of N. Korea’s Special Forces?

* US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “I’m not saying that they’re at the highest levels, but I believe that somewhere in [Pakistan’s] government are people who know where Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda is, where Mullah Omar and the leadership of the Afghan Taliban is, and we expect more co-operation…”

* Pakistan looks to accept Chinese Y-8 ZDK-03 AWACS aircraft in 2010. They’re part of a larger sanctions-proofing strategy, and will accompany its new Swedish Saab 2000 AWACS(Airborne Warning And Control System flying radar/C2 platforms) turboprops that are beginning to arrive.

* Elbit’s Hermes 450 UAVs operate from Santa Maria AFB in Brazil, as part of the government’s 2010 UAV evaluations.

* New French VBCI wheeled APCs headed to Afghanistan this summer. They’ll deploy in the Kapisa and Surobi regions.

* Lockheed delivers Norway’s 4th and last C-130J-30 tactical transport.

* General Dynamics completes critical design review of autonomous navigation system for US Army unmanned ground vehicles.

* Northrop Grumman may have to layoff 330 employees at its Fort Eustis, VA Logistics Support Services unit.

* Up to $25 million in Kratos Defense & Security Solutions for development of missile technology for the US Army.

* Wallace and Gromit travel to Kabul to keep streets safe.

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