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Reports of 2 Deals for AH-64D Apaches

There are reports that 2 Asian nations have decided to purchase Boeing’s (BA) AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. These advanced aircraft are in use with the U.S. Army and several allied nations such as Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel and others. They have seen extensive use in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. is currently buying AH-64D Block III versions of the helicopter.

Now it seems that India will be adding them to their inventory. The plan is to purchase 22 aircraft with weapons and other support. Total contract value could be as high as $1.4 billion. India had also been looking at the Russian Mil-28 helicopter. India has recently been looking to more Western sources and already has purchase Boeing P-8 and C-17 aircraft. The deal will include offsets allowing for Boeing purchases and investment in India.

It is also being reported that Indonesia will move out and buy 8 AH-64D. There are less details on this proposal available. Indonesia was looking at using a domestically produced aircraft for this mission but it now seems the Apache is a preferred option.

The U.S. military has invested billions in rotary wing platforms over the last decade as they have been a critical force multiplier. The plans to reduce their spending over the next decade will make contracts like this more important to the bottom line of defense contractors.

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U.S. Marine Corps Uses Oshkosh TerraMax™ UGV Technology to Prepare for Future Missions — Press Release

Marines evaluate multiple Oshkosh TerraMax-equipped MTVRs in convoy operations

Oshkosh to present latest developments on the Cargo UGV initiative at AUVSI 2012

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 6, 2012) — Unmanned tactical wheeled vehicles that have the potential to serve as a force multiplier and reduce Warfighters’ exposure to lethal attacks continue to come closer to reality. The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) and Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), recently conducted the Marines’ first-ever training of multiple unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) in a single convoy using the Oshkosh TerraMax™ UGV technology. The Marines then evaluated the UGVs to determine how they can be utilized to support real-world “dull, dirty and dangerous” missions.

These most recent developments are a continuation of the MCWL’s Cargo UGV initiative, which uses Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR) equipped with the TerraMax UGV technology, and took place during the MCWL’s Enhanced MAGTF Operations (EMO) Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) 2.2, July 24 through Aug. 5 at Fort Pickett, Va. The EMO LOE 2.2 sought to evaluate technologies and capabilities being developed for future missions.

“Seven Marines were trained on our UGVs’ operations in only three days at the EMO LOE 2.2,” said John Beck, chief unmanned systems engineer for Oshkosh Corporation. “That’s a testament to the TerraMax technology’s ease of control and user-friendly design. The capabilities of our highly sophisticated UGV systems require minimal user intervention to complete their missions – opening the door for future logistics operations to be conducted with fewer Warfighters, reducing cost and saving lives.”

Combat-veteran Marines were trained on the Oshkosh UGV technology for the first time in August 2011 and also assessed it in a series of tests in challenging terrain and environments. Following that successful evaluation, Oshkosh delivered a second TerraMax-equipped MTVR earlier this year, and in June the government evaluated two Oshkosh UGVs operating in concert with a manned command-and-control vehicle. Several key tasks were accomplished, including:

TerraMax UGV Technology

The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is designed as a scalable kit. It can be integrated on new-production vehicles, including those built by other manufacturers, or retrofitted on existing vehicle fleets. Vehicles using the TerraMax technology can retain original payload and performance capabilities, and they can run planned missions in full autonomous mode or by “shadowing” a leader vehicle.

The TerraMax technology can function in the same weather conditions and operating environments as manned vehicles, requiring minimal human interaction and operator training. Oshkosh is teamed with the National Robotics Engineering Center of Carnegie Mellon University for perception system and autonomy software development.

The Cargo UGV project is sponsored by MCWL and the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise Robotics Technology Consortium. Oshkosh received a contract for the Cargo UGV initiative in June 2010.

Oshkosh executives will be on hand to discuss the Cargo UGV initiative and the TerraMax technology at booth #4232 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2012.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Air Force Continues Commitment to KC-46A

At a recent conference the Air Force Secretary, Mr. Michael Donley, discussed the key programs for the Air Force’s future. Facing a declining budget situation the Air Force as all of the services may be forced to choose which investments have a higher priorities then others. Not surprisingly the keys for the Air Force will be the F-35, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), space and the KC-46A tanker.

The KC-46A currently being developed by Boeing (BA) will go into service later this decade to replace the aging KC-135 fleet. In terms of total cost it is one of the largest current defense programs. If the Air Force follows through with the first 170 odd aircraft the cost will be about $35 billion. There are plans to buy another 300 or more.

If there are as significant reductions to the defense budget as being discussed then the KC-46A like so many other programs may see quantities cut. This could be either the total procured or the annual buys. It could also see it being maintained at the expense of other investment programs such as new UAV or space programs.

Tankers are a key force multiplier for the United States. Declining amounts of strike assets increase the reliance on the tanker fleet. The need for the KC-46A is well established and it is a program now that the commitment to Boeing has been made that the U.S. really cannot afford to reduce. Whether this holds true remains to be seen.

U.S. Army Takes Excalibur One Step Further

For the last several years the U.S. Army has been investing in the Excalibur guided 155mm artillery shell. As aerial weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) have proven GPS guidance is a significant force multiplier for munitions. The U.S. still has substantial numbers of towed and self propelled 155mm artillery pieces so improvements in that weapons accuracy helps generate fire power in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The original Excalibur utilized laser guidance similar to the Hellfire Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) fired from helicopters and ground vehicles. Raytheon (RAY) though has been given contracts to add the GPS guidance to the round. In April the company received a contract for production of 2,000 of the 1a-2 version. This Excalibur 1 has been in service since 2007.

The 1b version will see improvements in manufacturing and reliability. A contract was awarded last week for continued development of this by Raytheon. The value is about $36 million.

The improvements of the 1b are based on a series of test firings and development work conducted over the last year or so. It is designed to enter production with a lower cost per round and with higher levels of reliability. It represents an incremental improvement to the Excalibur concept.

The Excalibur is just one part of many different improved weapons in development for the U.S. military. These include the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and new infantry weapons. In many cases these will replace weapons originally developed during the Eighties.

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Longbow LLC Delivers 400th Longbow Fire Control Radar to the U.S. Army — Press Release

Longbow LLC Delivers 400th Longbow Fire Control Radar to the U.S. Army

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), marked the delivery of the 400th LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) at a ceremony held today at a Lockheed Martin facility in Orlando, FL. The combat-proven LONGBOW FCR is fielded with the U.S. Army and eight international customers.

“The LONGBOW FCR is a true battlefield force multiplier,” said Col Shane Openshaw, U.S. Army program manager for Apache. “The system’s advanced air and ground targeting capabilities provide critical support for ground troops while limiting the aircrew’s exposure to threats.”

“As operational missions change, the LONGBOW FCR continues to meet the needs of the Warfighter,” said Jerry Garman, LONGBOW LLC president and director of LONGBOW programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “High system reliability and low-cost, two-level maintenance ensures the fire control solution is readily available to the Apache aviator.”

“The LONGBOW FCR provides our nation’s warfighters with enhanced situational awareness and actionable intelligence – critical capabilities required to engage on today’s battlefield,” said Steve Considine, LONGBOW LLC vice president and director of LONGBOW aviation programs at Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command awarded the initial LONGBOW FCR production contract in 1995. Work is performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Orlando and Ocala, FL, and Northrop Grumman facilities in Baltimore, MD. Delivery of an additional 25 systems currently contracted will be complete in 2012.

For more than a decade, the LONGBOW FCR has provided Apache aircrews with target detection, location, classification and prioritization. In all weather, over multiple terrains and through any battlefield obscurant, the radar allows automatic and rapid multi-target engagement. The LONGBOW FCR integrates with the LONGBOW HELLFIRE missile, enhancing the Apache’s lethality fourfold and increasing survivability sevenfold.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.0 billion.

For additional information, visit our web sites:

http://www.lockheedmartin.com

http://www.northropgrumman.com

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

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Northrop’s HART Allows Information Distribution to the Battlefield

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Northrop Grumman (NOC) a contract to continue further development of their Heterogeneous Airborne Reconnaissance Team (HART) system. The contract has a value of just over $46 million.

HART is a system installed on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms that allows the sending of video feed to a hand held device used by ground troops. The idea is that the troops can ask for either live or historical video and imagery of the local area to aid them in developing situational awareness and engaging the enemy.

The HART program is more then a system on an individual Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) but allows the control and linking of several platforms. These can be directed to collect data or provide the historical data.

This type of program continues to illustrate the advantages and force multiplier that UAV’s and data networks provide the U.S. military. The way HART is configured it speeds up the delivery of requested information by making it go directly from the collection system to the user. In the past while imagery could be collected by aircraft, UAV and other systems there was a period of time when it was analyzed, exploited and disseminated. A system like HART minimizes that time period.

As these kind of systems get more sophisticated, robust and available the amount of intelligence to aid combat operations at the pointy-tip of the spear is not only increased but the quality is much higher. This becomes a significant combat enhancement for the U.S. and its military.

Photo from Sugarmonster’s flickr photostream.

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Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy Is ‘Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable’ for USAF Operations — Press Release

Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy Is ‘Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable’ for USAF Operations

MARIETTA, Ga., March 9 /PRNewswire/ — The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Center has rated the C-5M as “effective, suitable and mission capable” based on results from OT&E testing completed in January 2010.

The OT&E phase spanned four months, evaluating various performance aspects to validate the capability and reliability of the C-5M. These positive test results enable the Super Galaxy to continue to support critical missions flown in support of world-wide operational contingencies.

“The C-5M test was a resounding success because of teamwork between the test team, the user, the contractor and the program office,” said Col. John Scorsone, Director of Test and Evaluation for Air Mobility Command. “The integrated test team will now transition to an integrated fielding team which will build on past relationships to help this program achieve even more record-breaking results.”

In addition to setting 42 world records last year, the C-5Ms delivered needed cargo to the warfighter during OT&E and continue to perform combat support missions today. Performance during OT&E proved the modernized A and B models of the C-5 are redefining strategic airlift for the military and will be a force multiplier for decades to come.

Payload and range improvements in the C-5M enable a fully loaded aircraft to fly unrefueled for more than 5,000 miles and bypass traditional en route stops. This not only saves thousands of gallons of fuel, but decreases the amount of time needed to get precious cargo to the warfighter’s destination.

“The C-5M is a game-changer and we are excited about the world record-breaking capabilities it provides those protecting freedom across the globe,” said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin C-5 program vice president. “We greatly appreciate the dedication and exceptional work of the Air Force active and reserve crews flying and maintaining the C-5M during OT&E.”

Current USAF plans call for 52 fully-modernized C-5Ms by 2016 with the next delivery scheduled for September 2010 to Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

For additional information, visit our Web site:

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/

Source: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

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EchoStorm Releases Next Generation Software for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance — Press Release

EchoStorm Releases Next Generation Software for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance

adLib Gives High and Low Bandwidth Users Unparalleled Access to Full-Motion Video and Data

Suffolk, VA – EchoStorm Worldwide, the global leader in video and data management technology, today announced the release of its latest product version, adLib 3.6, the company’s pioneering video and data management software for improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

The new version boasts unmatched capabilities for capturing, indexing, archiving, searching, and disseminating full-motion video (FMV) and associated data. The software can process a range of data formats to give low bandwidth users access to low-fidelity, situational awareness FMV and high bandwidth users access to high-fidelity, exploitation FMV.

“adLib supports both situational awareness and exploitation users better than any other ISR software in the marketplace,” said David Barton, President and Chief Technical Officer at EchoStorm. “By giving a wider range of users access to high impact, near real-time ISR, it becomes an indispensable force multiplier in the national defense and intelligence communities.”

adLib’s new features include the following:

§ Federation: Enabling access to content within the enterprise and across enterprise borders.

§ Open standards (WS-I) compliant Web service interfaces allowing for third-party integration.

§ Enhanced support for Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB) standards including:

o Standard 0601.3 UAS Datalink Local Metadata Set.

o Standard 0604 Time

o EG 0104.5 Predator UAV Basic Universal Metadata Set.

§ New UAV platform supported:

o Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout support.

§ Chat ingestion: Allowing one or more chat rooms to be captured, indexed, searched, and related to FMV content. Both IRC and XMPP are supported.

§ New hardware options to greatly reduce power, space, and cooling requirements (including rugged configurations).

§ New Web-based mapping capability that supports multiple user selectable layers which can be configured to point at any WMS compliant server, including Pixia’s nuiGeoServer.

§ Support for FMV based mosaic imagery from EchoStorm’s adLib Image Processing Engine (aIPE) product.

adLib’s upgrades include:

§ Improved CDF support.

§ Improved geo-search accuracy.

§ Enhanced clip cart functionality allowing a number of clips to be selected and downloaded as a single clip.

§ Improved metadata quality and performance of data manipulation.

About EchoStorm

EchoStorm Worldwide LLC is the global leader in video and data management technology. Its products provide defense, intelligence, and supporting agencies with a single, aggregated point of access to all their full-motion video (FMV) and geospatial information. With this access – and the ability to interface with most standards-based systems – EchoStorm technology has become a force multiplier while increasing the reach of analysts and forward-deployed operators to high-impact, near real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data.

EchoStorm is headquartered in Suffolk, Va., and it is a subsidiary of Earl Industries LLC.

For more information about EchoStorm Worldwide LLC, visit www.echostorm.net.

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Alion-Operated Centers Publish Special Edition Journal on Power and Energy Technologies and Initiatives –Press Release

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Alion-Operated Centers Publish Special Edition Journal on Power and Energy Technologies and Initiatives

Technology Solutions Company Helps Promote Awareness of Department of Defense Efforts to Improve Energy Security

McLean, Va. – August 25, 2009 – The Department of Defense (DoD) is undertaking the enormous and challenging task of improving energy security through myriad power and energy initiatives. To chronicle some of the technology advancements, ongoing programs, and successful efforts aimed at providing the military with a reliable and secure power and energy supply, two Information Analysis Centers (IACs) collaboratively published: “Powering the Future Force: New Power & Energy Technologies for the Warfighter.”

The Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, and Testing Information Analysis Center (AMMTIAC) and the Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC), both operated by Alion Science and Technology – an employee-owned technology solutions provider – worked together to publish this special edition journal. With a forward by Alan Shaffer, Executive Director of the DoD’s Energy Security Task Force, this special edition publication highlights topics ranging from wearable power to expeditionary power systems to novel power sources for advanced munitions.

“Energy is a force multiplier – and a limitation. Energy efficiency increases maneuverability, agility, and makes our forces more expeditionary. However, our new systems require ever increasing energy, during a time when getting fuel to forward locations is considered an operation, with vulnerable supply lines requiring additional security forces,” Mr. Shaffer states in the publication’s forward.

Originally distributed to IAC subscribers as a 92-page printed journal, the special edition publication is now available as a free download and features additional content not available in the print version. The table of contents and the expanded digital edition is available at: http://ammtiac.alionscience.com/pdf/AQV4N1.html

“For the Department to succeed in responding to the energy challenge, access to the latest information on energy research is essential,” said Terry Heston, the Defense Technical Information Center’s IAC Program Manager. “DoD IACs are a vital resource in this endeavor. Powering the Future Force is a significant contribution and important first step in the IAC Program’s engagement in addressing this topic.”

The publication was sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center, ATTN: DTIC-I, 8725 John J. Kingman Rd., Ste 0944, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6218. DTIC serves the DoD community as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering and business-related information available today. For more than 60 years, DTIC has provided the warfighter and researchers, scientists, engineers, laboratories and universities timely access to more than 2 million publications covering more than 250 subject areas. Its mission supports the nation’s warfighter.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on 70 years of R&D and engineering expertise, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: naval architecture & marine engineering; defense operations; systems engineering; modeling & simulation; information management & technology; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences; wireless spectrum engineering; and industrial technology. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion employee-owners are located at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, call 877.771.6252 or visit Alion online at www.alionscience.com.

This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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England Continues Plan To Privatize Military Training

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August 18, 2009 — The United Kingdom’s military is much smaller then the United States and as a force multiplier they have moved to maximize the privatization…

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