Thursday, October 09, 2008
MRAPs for Poland (NSI News Source Info) October 10, 2008: Forecast International reports that an Aug 20/08 land mine attack that killed 3 Polish soldiers in their Hummer is causing the same kind of rethink that other advanced armies have been experiencing.
BAE’s Diverse MRAP Orders The USA’s Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) program has been a long road for BAE Systems. In the wake of the US Army’s belated realization that mine protection was critical for vehicles in theater, BAE’s designs, long-standing experience in the field, and production capacity had made them an early favorite.
The Global C-17 Sustainment Partnership (NSI News Source Info) October 10, 2008: The C-17 Globemaster III remains the backbone of US Air Mobility Command inter-theater transport efforts around the world, and its ability to operate from shorter and rougher runways has made it especially useful during the Global War on Terror.
US Army Stocks Up on Auto-Grenade Firepower as FY 2008 Closes (NSI News Source Info) October 10, 2008: As “Britain’s GMG Order Illustrates 2 Key Trends” discusses, 40mm grenades are a potent battlefield weapon.
Korean Air Force Gets Last Batch of F-15K Fighters (NSI News Source Info) October 10, 2008: The Air Force received its last batch of three F-15K fighters Wednesday from Boeing in the United States under the 40-plane first-phase F-X program to introduce 120 high-end multi-role combat aircraft, Air Force officials said.
Korea’s new F-15K fighters F-15K fighter jet lands
With this latest addition the Air Force has a total of 39 F-15K aircraft, since a unit crashed in the waters off Pohang, some 320 kilometers southeast of Seoul, during a night mission in June 2006. The three F-15Ks were delivered to the Air Force's 122 squadron of the 11th Fighter Wing based in Daegu, they said. “With the gradual delivery of F-15Ks since October 2005, a F-15K squadron has been fully operational since July 1. Another squadron will enter service early next year after pilots undergo related training programs,'' an Air Force spokesman said. In 2002, Boeing's F-15K Eagle was selected for the 40-plane, $4.2 billion first phase of the F-X project. South Korea signed with Boeing over the $2.3 billion, 21-plane second phase F-X program early this year. The U.S. aircraft giant is to hand over the aircraft between 2010 and 2012 under the contract. The F-15K is capable of air-to-ground, air-to-air and air-to-sea missions day and night, in any weather conditions. It has a 23,000-pound payload and can fly at a maximum speed of Mach 2.3, with an operational radius of 1,800 kilometers. A single aircraft costs about $100 million. Its armament includes Boeing's SLAM-ER air-to-ground precision-strike missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs, and AIM-9X tactical air-to-air missiles built by Raytheon of the United States. The third phase of the F-X program is scheduled to begin in 2011 with a focus on equipping the Air Force with stealthy fighters.
Russia notifies EU of pullout from Georgia buffer zones (NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW - October 10, 2008: Russia has officially notified the EU that it has completed the full withdrawal of its peacekeepers from buffer zones adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. "The Russian permanent mission to the European Union in Brussels has handed a note to the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, confirming the full withdrawal of Russian peacekeeping forces from zones adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia," the ministry said on its website. The Russian and French presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy, agreed in September that Russia's full withdrawal from undisputed parts of Georgia should take place on October 10. EU monitoring teams were deployed in Georgia on October 1 in preparation for the handover. The withdrawal of troops following a five-day armed conflict between Russia and Georgia was completed on Wednesday, two days ahead of the deadline.
Russia denies nuclear weapons on ships bound for Venezuela (NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW - October 10, 2008: Russian warships en route to Venezuela to take part in naval exercises are not carrying nuclear weapons, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. "There are no tactical nuclear weapons on board these ships," Andrei Nesterenko told a news conference at RIA Novosti. He said the presence of the nuclear-powered Pyotr Veliky missile cruiser in Latin American and Caribbean waters would not violate the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.