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F-35 Lightning II Resume Flying – ‘Blade Crack Caused By Stressful Testing’

An F-35A aircraft slated for Operational Test at Nellis AFB, Nev., completes a check flight from the Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 factory Oct. 15, 2012 - Photo: Lockheed MartinF-35 Flight will resume soon, following the decision of the US Air Force to end the precautionary grounding of the entire fleet of 51 Joint Strike Fighters, after the discovery of a cracked engine blade in one of the stealth jets.

LEADERSHIP: China Is No Paper Tiger

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PHILIPPINES: Invading Malaysia And Chasing Off China

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PEACEKEEPING: The UN Goes Hard Core

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THAILAND: Islamic Terrorists Agree to Peace Talks

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INFANTRY: Tweaks Are Not Enough

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Industry-friendly pricing announced for 2014 Security Technology Live Exhibition — Press Release

Security Technology Live today announced a radical new pricing model for exhibition space at the event, which will bring the whole commercial and domestic security industry together at the NEC, Birmingham from 13 – 15 May 2014.

Stand space rates for Security Technology Live will start at just £200 per sqm for the first 50 exhibitors to sign up for the show irrespective of stand size, and a number of exhibitors have already booked their locations to take advantage of this unique “Founding 50” special rate.

Security Technology Live 2014 will also run over 3 days rather than the more traditional 4. The shorter open period means exhibitors will be able to make significant savings straight away on stand build and other show costs such as hotel bills, subsistence as well as reducing the time staff are spending away from the office, helping to maximise return on investment in exhibiting at the show.

Clarion Defence and Security Managing Director Tim Porter stated:

“By running Security Technology Live over 3 days we are not only helping our exhibitors save money on setting up for the show, we’ve also been able to reduce our own venue costs significantly too – and we feel it is only fair to pass these savings onto exhibitors in the form of lower prices than those of comparable 4-day shows.”

The show will also benefit exhibitors by having a clear and dedicated focus on the commercial and residential installer community, who will be attracted by a well-targeted visitor marketing campaign constructed with the sole aim of delivering an audience of installers, VAR’s and distributors to the NEC in May 2014.

Porter added

“Exhibitors at Security Technology can be confident that Clarion will be investing 100% of our marketing budget into attracting the security channel and installer demographic from across the UK and Europe. If your market is the security channel, every penny we spend goes into attracting the visitors you want to meet”

Security Technology Live will take place 13 – 15 May 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact Philip Hunter, Event Director on T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7776 or email [email protected]

www.securitytechnologylive.com

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PHOTO: Barricade Drill

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Australia Requests Buying 24 Super Hornets

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super_hornet_pairAnticipating potential delays and uncertainty about the future of the F-35A, the Australian Defence has requested to buy up to 24 Boeing Super Hornet fighters - 12 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and 12 EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack aircraft from the USA, at an estimated cost of $3.7 billion

Mini-Robots for the US Army

February 28, 2013 by · Comment
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minirobotsThe US Army awarded iRobot and QinetiQ North America two procurement orders for small robotic vehicles, representing the new class of small/miniature robotic systems designed for counter-IED and surveillance missions.

Air Force to Try Again with LAS Contract and Sierra Nevada

In a blow to the newly reorganized Hawker Beechcraft the U.S. Air Force after conducting a second source selection due to that company’s protest again selected Sierra Nevada for the Light Air Support (LAS) contract. That U.S. company will team with Brazil’s Embraer to provide the Afghan Air Force several modified turboprop aircraft. The initial contract is worth $950 million.

If all goes well there may be other customers for the system optimized for use in counter insurgency and non-conventional warfare. There were only two bidders with Hawker utilizing a version of their T-6 trainer already in use by the U.S. military.

An earlier attempt to award the contract late last year to Sierra Nevada was halted on Hawker’s protest which was upheld by the General Accountability Office (GAO). This led to a re-evaluation of the proposals submitted with Sierra Nevada being selected a second time.

As with the first attempt there is nothing to stop Hawker from protesting if they believe the source selection was conducted unfairly.

The selection of a non-U.S. aircraft has already received some criticism from Congress.

The Air Force has struggled the last decade to conduct these large aircraft source selections. The KC-X new aerial tanker program took 3 tries before Boeing (BA) won with a version of their 767 airliner. The CSAR-X combat rescue helicopter was ended after 2 rounds of bids and protests and the Air Force is yet to buy a replacement for their current fleet of MH-60 aircraft.

If Hawker does not protest this will actually be a victory for recent Air Force acquisitions as it only took 2 tries and was awarded fairly quickly. Deliver of the first aircraft, though, is reportedly delayed a full year.

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Sequestration and the US Defense Industrial Base – Dawn over Doomsday?

February 28, 2013 by · Comment
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sequestration-defenseBy morning of March 1, 2013 as mandatory budget cuts will take effect, the US DOD will enter a ruthless, potentially devastating cycle of budget cutting that will be further exacerbated with the planned cutbacks mandated by the sequester. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee Pentagon leaders said today [...]

Contracts for February 28, 2013

Contracts valued at $5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.

Baker’s Larson Appointed to Glendale Planning Commission and Board of Fighter Country Partnership

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PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baker’s Larson Appointed to Glendale Planning Commission and Board of Fighter Country Partnership



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Analysis: The Rehabilitation of Chuck Hagel

Beyond the sequester, the new Pentagon chief plans a fast trip, and a focus on veterans.

Lockheed Martin Tests Vehicle Launched DAGR

February 28, 2013 by · Comment
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DAGR missile launched from JLTV prototype. Photo: Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGR laser guided rocket to launch from a ground vehicle during a series of flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the test, DAGR and two unguided Hydra 70 rockets were launched from a pedestal launcher mounted in the bed [...]

The Real Legacy of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Will Be in Interrogation Rooms

Its depiction of torture ruined its Oscars chances, but that's the very reason this film will live on: Pop culture's portrayals of military practices can shape real ones.

U.S. Steps Up Support for the Syrian Rebels, but Still Won’t Arm Them

John Kerry says "nonlethal" assistance will be supplied.

ITT Exelis Receives $11 Million Order to Provide Communications Equipment for International Customer

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ITT Exelis has been awarded a direct commercial contract valued at $11.6 million to provide a wide range of communications equipment to an undisclosed international customer.



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CPI Aerostructures to Report 2012 Fourth Quarter Financial Results and Conduct Conference Call on Tuesday, March 12th

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EDGEWOOD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) today announced that it will issue its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 prior to the opening of the stock market. CPI Aero’s President & CEO, Edward J. Fred and CFO, Vincent Palazzolo will host a conference call at 10:00 am ET that day to discuss these results as well as recent corporate developments. After opening remarks, there will be



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Brazil Embarks on an AEW&C Upgrade

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r99The Brazilian Air Force is upgrading its E-99 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. Saab Defence and security company announced today it has received an order from the Brazilian company Embraer Defense and Security, for the upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to about US$60 million

Brazil Embarks on an AEW&C Upgrade

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The Brazilian Air Force is upgrading its E-99 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft. Saab Defence and security company announced today it has received an order from the Brazilian company Embraer Defense and Security, for the upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to about US$60 million

Saab receives order for upgrade of mission system Erieye for Brazil

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LINKÖPING, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News: Defence and security company Saab has received order from Brazilian Embraer Defense and Security on upgrade of the Erieye AEW&C Mission System. The total order amounts to 380 MSEK. The contract is for the delivery of an upgrade of the existing Erieye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) systems, as part of the modernization programme for the Embraer 145 AEW&C, named E-99 in the Brazilian Air Force. The E-99 is important withi



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USAF Determined on Super-Tucano for Afghanistan Even at Higher Cost

Embraer delivered today to the Indonesian Air Force the first four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. The photo shows the same model aircraft, in service with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB)US based Sierra Nevada Corp. and Brazilian Embraer will deliver 20 A-29 Super Tucano turboprop powered light air support aircraft to the Afghan Afghan Air Force, under a contract worth US$427 million awarded yesterday by the USAF.

USAF Determined on Super-Tucano for Afghanistan Even at Higher Cost

US based Sierra Nevada Corp. and Brazilian Embraer will deliver 20 A-29 Super Tucano turboprop powered light air support aircraft to the Afghan Afghan Air Force, under a contract worth US$427 million awarded yesterday by the USAF.

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