(NSI News Source Info) JERUSALEM, Israel - June 19, 2010: Israel's UN envoy has told the world body that the Jewish state is entitled to use "all necessary force" to prevent activists sailing from Lebanon to Gaza, Israeli media reported on Saturday. In a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported by radio stations and Internet news sites, Ambassador Gabriella Shalev was quoted as saying that Israel suspects that organisers may be linked to Lebanon's Hezbollah.
(NSI News Source Info) QUITO, Ecuador - June 19, 2010: The last time this Andean nation went to war was in 1995, when it fought Peru over a rugged stretch of mountains called the Altos de Cenepa. But that hasn't stopped Ecuador from engaging in one of the fastest military buildups in the hemisphere. From 2000 to 2009, military spending in Ecuador spiked more than 240 percent to $1.8 billion in constant dollar terms, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
(NSI News Source Info) SANAA, Yemen - June 19, 2010: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) called on Yemen's eastern tribes to rise against the government and threatened retaliation for alleged air strikes in the area, the US monitoring group SITE said on Friday. "Bear (arms)... and defend your honor, land and homes" in response to air attacks in May by the Yemeni military in the Wadi Obeida region in Marib province, SITE quoted the Al-Qaeda splinter group as saying. "We ... will not stand idle over what is happening to our women and children in Wadi Obeida," SITE quoted the statement as saying.
DTN News By Roger Smith (NSI News Source Info) OSH, Kyrgyzstan - June 19, 2010: Kyrgyzstan, an obscure country with a coveted location in Central Asia, is in serious danger of fragmenting. The crisis here, ebbing for now after days of ethnic violence and military atrocities, could have ramifications all the way to Washington and have rippling effect on other Central Asian Republics (CARs).
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - June 18, 2010: An Iranian national has pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to illegally export US fighter jet parts toIran, which he purchased from a US undercover agent, the Department of Justice has said. Omid Khalili was charged in January along with a co-conspirator still at large identified only as Masun. He was arrested in March on arrival in Miami -- presumably from Iran -- and pleaded guilty in a US District Court in Alabama.For his nine-count indictment on conspiracy, money laundering, smuggling and violations of US laws banning sensitive exports to Iran, Khalili faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a one million dollar fine if convicted, the Justice Department said.
(NSI News Source Info) EVERETT, Wash., - June 18, 2010: The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner flight test fleet passed 1,000 hours of testing yesterday. The program estimates that it is about 40 percent through the test conditions required to certify the first version of the all-new jetliner.
(NSI News Source Info) DALLAS, TX, - June 18, 2010: Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently proved in a series of demonstration tests that its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) vehicle can perform detailed logistics tasks without human control. The testing was conducted at the Lockheed Martin facility in Littleton, CO, for several military attendees.The SMSS vehicle performed all autonomous operations flawlessly, including: • correctly following a road network, • safely maneuvering through a building complex, • avoiding obstacles inserted in its path, including mannequins simulating people, • following a person using only optical tracking, exercising real-time obstacle avoidance, and • navigating to a person who issued a “come-to-me” command.SMSS also demonstrated its ease of operability in real-time controller-to-controller hand-offs, allowing different operators to take control of the vehicle as it arrived at new locations. Operators also disengaged autonomy and went on board the vehicle to control it manually, showcasing user options in commanding the system.
(NSI News Source Info) PARIS, France - June 18, 2010: The French Army, which will receive its 200th VBCI wheeled combat vehicle next week, will deploy a dozen of them to Afghanistan during the summer. (DGA photo) Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, will deliver the 200th Véhicule Blindé de Combat d’Infanterie (VBCI) to the French Army on June 23. The VBCI is manufactured by an industrial consortium between Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense, and a total of 630 units have been ordered by DGA. The total cost of the VBCI program, including development, pre-production engineering and production, is estimated at 2.86 billion euros.
(NSI News Source Info) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - June 18, 2010: General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a seven-year contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center for the Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) project. The company will modernize the ground system and network for NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite (TDRS) constellation. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a total potential value of approximately $642.2 million, including options. The period of performance is from June 21, 2010, through June 20, 2017.
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON, - June 18, 2010: Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier by sales, will halve its corporate presence at the Farnborough Air Show outside London next month as part of stepped-up cost-consciousness on behalf of its clients, Chief Executive Robert Stevens said."We are not going to look at the world the same way going forward as we looked at the world in the past," he told reporters Thursday at a company event to showcase big-ticket programs such as its F-35 fighter jet, new coastal combat ship and ballistic missile defenses.
(NSI News Source Info) BRUSSELS, Belgium - June 18, 2010: European leaders on Thursday agreed new sanctions on Iran, going further than new UN and US punitive measures, targeting important oil and gas sectors and upsetting Russia in the process. "I believe this is evidence of the clear view in Europe that Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon is fundamentally unacceptable," said British Prime MinisterDavid Cameron, attending his first EU summit since coming to power last month.
(NSI News Source Info) VALENCIA, CA- June 16, 2010: LiveViewGPS, a successful GPS tracking company, is pleased to announce a brand new iPhone Application that will allow LiveViewGPS users who own the LiveTrac series GPS trackers the ability to track their devices in real time from any iPhone.Using the GPS tracking system, users will be able to track their most precious assets from their children to expensive items such as watches, cars or lap tops from the comfort of their iPhone screens.The new application will include programs such as LiveTrac PT-10 GPS Tracker, LiveTrac PT-10, Professional GPS Tracker, LiveTrac RTV5 Vehicle Tracker and LiveTrac RTV10 Nav Tracker.
(NSI News Source Info) WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., - June 16, 2010: Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News) has been selected to continue development of a miniature navigation grade gyro for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that will provide precision navigation for size and power constrained applications. The company will develop the final configuration for a stand-alone micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyro (micro-NMRG) for DARPA's Micro-Technology for Positioning, Navigation and Timing (Micro-PNT) program. Northrop Grumman began the first phase of this effort in October 2005 and was awarded the latest development contract based on past performance, including the successful completion of design, fabrication, and testing of the device, which has met or exceeded the performance goals of each phase. Northrop Grumman's micro-NMRG technology uses the spins of atomic nuclei to detect the rotation of the gyro and will provide comparable performance to a navigation grade fiber-optic gyro in a small size, low power package. The technology could be used in any application requiring small size and low power precision navigation, including personal and unmanned vehicle navigation in GPS-denied or GPS-challenged locations.
(NSI News Source Info) CHARLOTTE, N.C., - June 16, 2010: General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $2.6 million contract by Laser Energetics, Inc. (Pink Sheets:LNGT.pk - News), to produce the new non-lethal Dazer Laser™ - Light Fighting Technologies. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD - News).
(NSI News Source Info) MIRABEL, QC, - June 16, 2010: Bell Helicopter's 407 reached a historic milestone today when Bell delivered the 1,000th production aircraft to longtime customer Shin-Nihon Helicopter Corporation Ltd. at its manufacturing facility here.
(NSI News Source Info) PARIS, France - June 16, 2010: The newest member of Eurocopter’s military helicopter family will be shown for the first time at next week’s Eurosatory defense exhibition with the EC645’s unveiling as a highly capable, medium-sized multirole platform for armed reconnaissance, fire support, observation, airlift missions and search & rescue.
(NSI News Source Info) MARINETTE, Wis., - June 16, 2010: The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team recently accomplished a key milestone by reaching the 50-percent completion mark in the construction of the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). LCS 3, named Fort Worth, is on track for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2012.Fort Worth is being built by Marinette Marine Corporation and is scheduled to be launched later this year. All of the ship’s major equipment has been installed and 100 percent of its modules are under construction.
(NSI News Source Info) LADSON, South Carolina - June 16, 2010: Force Protection, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRPT), a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of survivability solutions and provider of total life cycle support for those products, today announced it has received a modification to contract M67854-07-D-5031 from the United States Marine Corps Systems Command for additional modernization of the U.S. military’s Cougar fleet. The approximate $10.8 million firm, fixed price contract modification includes the design and purchase of 2,654 570-amp alternator kits and related materials. Work will be performed in Ladson, SC, with deliveries scheduled to begin in October 2010 and be completed by March 2011.
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 16, 2010: After years of having their military technology blatantly stolen by China, Russia is no longer selling them much of anything. In addition, the state controlled Russian media is now featuring lots of pundits deploring the low performance of the Chinese arms industry, and how poorly they have copied Russian military technology. A recent flurry of reports disparaged Chinese attempts to copy the Russian Su-33 (an aircraft carrier version of the Su-27). This all rings hollow when you consider how the Chinese have already caught up with a lot of Russian military manufacturers, and are driving them out of business in some areas.
(NSI News Source Info) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - June 16, 2010: Despite being a key ally in the war against terrorism in which Pakistan have rendered innumerable sacrifices, the United States is extending military assistance to Islamabad under strict conditions and stipulations, reflecting the nature of relations between the two countries. According to sources, Washington will deliver 18 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by the end of this month under a series of conditions including an assurance from Pakistan that aircraft would not be used in any conflict with India.