Rapid Fire 2011-08-17: Switchblade UAV

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* Russia’s state-run Rosoboronexport reveals that it has lost $4 billion-worth of defense export contracts with Libya. * Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells the National Defense University that the United States can enact budget cuts without compromising national security. * Protests across Israel have prompted a rethink of defense expenditure plans. The Government is considering starting its five-year spending plan in 2013. Investment in training, missile and rocket interception systems are expected to compensate for troop reductions. * The Technical Director of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory says at AUVSI North America 2011 that the US Marines see the AeroVironment Switchblade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as a suitable armed platform for top-down attack capability. * The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force claims its re-equipment program is steadily progressing despite problems with delivery and funding. Col General Alexander Zelin added that Russia’s T-50 stealth fighter will be delivered by 2014-15. * Russia’s Aviastar reveals at the MAKS 2011 air show that it plans to test fly its first production Il-76MD transport aircraft by 2012. Meanwhile, the state-owned aircraft and air defense manufacturer United Industrial Corporation (Oboronprom) announced plans to boost its contract portfolio to $21 billion by the end of 2011. * China labels rumors that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency provided access to the US Black Hawk stealth helicopter destroyed in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as ‘groundless […]

* Russia’s state-run Rosoboronexport reveals that it has lost $4 billion-worth of defense export contracts with Libya.

* Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells the National Defense University that the United States can enact budget cuts without compromising national security.

* Protests across Israel have prompted a rethink of defense expenditure plans. The Government is considering starting its five-year spending plan in 2013. Investment in training, missile and rocket interception systems are expected to compensate for troop reductions.

* The Technical Director of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory says at AUVSI North America 2011 that the US Marines see the AeroVironment Switchblade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as a suitable armed platform for top-down attack capability.

* The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force claims its re-equipment program is steadily progressing despite problems with delivery and funding.  Col General Alexander Zelin added that Russia’s T-50 stealth fighter will be delivered by 2014-15.

* Russia’s Aviastar reveals at the MAKS 2011 air show that it plans to test fly its first production Il-76MD transport aircraft by 2012. Meanwhile, the state-owned aircraft and air defense manufacturer United Industrial Corporation (Oboronprom) announced plans to boost its contract portfolio to $21 billion by the end of 2011.

* China labels rumors that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency provided access to the US Black Hawk stealth helicopter destroyed in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound as ‘groundless and ridiculous’.

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