Wednesday, August 18, 2010
DTN News: Pakistan TODAY August 18, 2010 - Pakistan Aid 'Will Not Fall To Extremists'
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 18, 2010: Pakistan has sought to reassure international donors that funds to help victims of its devastating flooding will not fall into extremists' hands. Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the BBC the Taliban would not be allowed to take advantage of the crisis to increase its support. The UN has said it has now raised nearly half of the $460m (£294m) it needs for initial relief efforts. Meanwhile new flood warnings have been issued in some areas of Pakistan. The authorities say as many as 20 million people are affected by the floods. The UN says six million desperately need emergency aid but most still have not received it. Ten of thousands of villages remain under water. There are growing health concerns for those surviving without proper shelter, food or clean drinking water, three weeks after the country's worst natural disaster in modern times began. Overwhelmed Survivors have criticised the government's response to the disaster, saying aid has been too slow to arrive and there are increasing reports of victims staging protests to demand help from the government. Mr Malik said he was satisfied that the government had coped with the initial response but that it had been overwhelmed by the scale of the crisis. The UN says aid has reached only a fraction of those in need "What happened was never expected. In the history of the whole subcontinent there was never such a disaster," he said. Mr Malik said he was aware of the danger that the Taliban could increase its foothold in flood-hit areas by taking on charitable roles and winning support from survivors. But he said this would not be allowed to happen and blamed the concerns on internal "party politics". The US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, also played down the fears, saying stories that extremists groups were the only organisations involved in relief work in some areas were "greatly exaggerated". The UK's International Development Minister, Andrew Mitchell, who has been visiting north-west Pakistan, said he felt the Pakistani relief teams were doing well in getting supplies to many of the victims, in the face of great difficulties. He criticised the international community for being slow to act to tackle the crisis, saying the initial response had been "woefully inadequate", but welcomed the news that Canada and Australia had pledged more money towards the relief effort. However, he said "more needs to be done" and said he hoped for a better response at a UN emergency meeting due to be held in New York on Thursday. US Senator John Kerry, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is also due in Pakistan to view relief efforts. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is travelling to Russia for a regional summit, but is only expected to stay for a few hours. Mr Zardari was criticised after not returning home from a trip to Europe earlier this month to deal with the growing crisis.
'Never expected' There have been fresh flood warnings, with a series of towns in north-west Sindh, close to the border with Baluchistan, placed on high alert. Rising floodwaters, carried by the River Indus, are travelling south and are expected to hit the region soon. Donors are realising the scale of the disaster. But the challenges are absolutely massive and the floods are not over”End Quote Maurizio Giuliano UN spokesman UN officials say the floods are now covering an area the size of England. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread. Aid agencies say six million people are in need of immediate assistance but many have received no aid at all. The distribution of supplies has been hampered by severe damage to the country's infrastructure, with roads and bridges washed away or blocked by landslides. The UN has been struggling to raise the money it says is urgently needed for the immediate relief effort. UN spokesman Maurizio Giuliano told Reuters news agency there had "been an improvement" in donations, but he added: "The challenges are absolutely massive and the floods are not over." Unicef, the UN's children's fund, called for "an urgent effort" from donors. "Two million dollars are needed every day to provide water - this is not sustainable. We don't have two million dollars a day," said Unicef's regional director, Daniel Toole. As well as buildings, large areas of crops and farmland have been washed away, leading to fears of food insecurity in the future. "If immediate steps are not taken, we fear a famine," said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a provincial information minister in north-west Pakistan. "The farmers have lost everything: their crops, their machines, their houses, their seeds." The World Bank has said it is redirecting $900m in existing loans to Pakistan to flood relief and recovery. Pakistani officials have said it could take five years and up to $15bn for the country to recover. BBC Urdu will transmit six daily bulletins in Urdu and Pashto providing vital information including how to stay safe, avoid disease and access aid. Special programmes will be broadcast each day in Urdu at 12.30, 15.30 and 18.30 and in Pashto at 12.45, 15.45 and 18.45 (local times).
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Related News - More News On Pakistan’s Flood Disaster
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In Flooded Pakistan, a Lack of Basic Supplies — New York Times
Pakistan flood aid inadequate, U.N. warns — McClatchy News
U.N. Sounds Alarm on Aid for Pakistan — New York Times
UN hopes to stave off ‘second wave of death’ in Pakistan — National Post
Despair as flood aid trickles in — The Age
Pakistan Pledges Transparency To Ensure Flood Aid Arrives — Radio Free Europe
Insurgents, Police Clash Amid Pakistan Flooding — New York Times/Reuters
Pakistan Floods Could Sweep Away Weak Gov’t? — CBS News Pakistan: An Urgent Call for Aid — New York Times editorial
Pakistan drowning: Floods could sink government — Ralph Peters, New York Post
Pakistan: A Trade Deal to Help Rebuild – New York Times editorial
Terrorists Capitalize on Pakistan’s Floods — Marisa Porges, Wall Street Journal
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 18, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued August 18, 2010 (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 18, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued August 18, 2010 are undermentioned;
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DTN News: North Korean Plane Crashes In China Source: DTN News / AOL News Terence Neilan Contributor
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 18, 2010: A North Korean fighter jet crashed in China amid speculation that the pilot was trying to defect to Russia, according to South Korean intelligence officials cited today.
The pilot "died on the spot" after crashing into a makeshift house, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported, adding that Beijing was investigating the incident and was in communication with North Korea. No one else was reported killed or wounded.
According to photographs of the wreckage said to have been taken by a Chinese resident, the plane appeared to be a Soviet-era MiG-21, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
The agency quoted an unidentified intelligence official as saying the plane was thought to have lost direction after leaving North Korea and crashed about 155 miles across the Chinese border, in Fushun County, Liaoning Province, on Tuesday.
China has a repatriation pact with North Korea, and often returns defectors back to Pyongyang, which could explain why he may have been headed to Russia, Yonhap added.
An eyewitness, Cao Yunjuan, 54, told The New York Times today that he saw the plane going down, but that "There was no blast," which could rule out speculation that the plane was downed by the Chinese military.
North Korea is undergoing severe food shortages, largely as a result of international sanctions imposed for its illegal missile and nuclear tests. There are reports of a growing number of defections of desperate North Koreans.
But a defection by air is "highly unusual," the BBC reported, and could prove an embarrassment to the Pyongyang regime. Defections by air to South Korea occurred in 1983 and 1996.
In its brief report from Beijing, Xinhua said the crashed plane "might" be from North Korea.
But Mike Gething, an aviation analyst from the defense publisher IHS Jane's, told The Daily Telegraph: "It is a MiG-21 'Fishbed' and from the markings, it is North Korean."
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DTN News: The W62 Died For Our Sins ~ Nuclear, Biological And Chemical Weapons
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 18, 2010: The United States has dismantled the last of 1,725 W62 nuclear warheads. Designed in the 1960s, the 115 kg/253 pound device had a yield of 170 kilotons. All were manufactured between 1970-76 and were used in Minuteman ICBMs. Over the last five years, the W62 warheads on 300 Minuteman III missiles were replaced with refurbished warheads of more recent design and manufacture. These were W87 warheads, that were originally built for the Peacekeeper missile, which carried ten W87s each. But the last Peacekeeper was retired last year, for cost and disarmament treaty reasons. The W87 warheads were checked over and reconfigured to work on the Minuteman. The W62 did not have as many safety or reliability features as the W87, and was more expensive to maintain. The W87 is a 1980s design. Each Minuteman now carries one warhead, although it was designed to carry three W62s. But the START II disarmament treaty restricts the missiles to one. It took about $250 million to modify the W87s to work on Minuteman. One missile a week was converted, which is why it took so long. Both warheads contained a hydrogen (fusion) bomb, but the yield of the W87 is 300 kilotons. Both weapons, with their Re-entry Vehicle equipment, weigh about 363 kg/800 pounds each.
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DTN News: South Korea Studies North's New Battle Tank
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including Jung Sung-Ki, Defense News
(NSI News Source Info) SEOUL, South Korea - August 18, 2010: South Korean military and intelligence authorities are scrutinizing the performances of North Korea's latest main battle tank, believed to be the latest modification of the Soviet-built T-62, officials here said Aug. 17.
The North's Korean Central Television made public footage of the Pokpung-Ho (Storm) days ago. The rare release of such footage by the secretive North Koreans occurred in the tense aftermath of the March sinking of a South Korean warship near the western sea border. Last month, South Korean and U.S. forces flexed their muscles during massive air and naval drills off the eastern coast of the peninsula, despite Pyongyang's warning that it would respond to the war games. "The new tank appeared to have better mobility, survivability and firepower than the existing Chonma-Ho (Pegasus), apparently," a South Korean Ministry of National Defense official said on condition of anonymity. "We're still analyzing the … tank based on the footage from Pyongyang's state television station. The release of footage of the Pokpung-Ho was quite rare, as the existence of the new tank had sometimes been regarded as a rumor." The Pokpung-Ho also is dubbed the M-2002, as the tank is presumed to have been rolled out in 2002, he added. The North Korean People's Army is known to operate up to 800 T-62 variants. Beginning in the late 1970s, North Korea started to produce a modified version of the 115mm gunned T-62 tank, and since then is believed to have made considerable modifications to the basic Soviet and Chinese designs. According to a recent analysis published by Seoul's Defense Agency for Technology and Quality, an affiliate of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the Pokpung-Ho is believed to be armed with either a newly developed 125mm or 115mm main gun. The improved version would be mounted with a 14.5mm KPV anti-aircraft machine gun, which is more powerful than the 12.7mm gun on older tanks, the analysis states. Other improvements for the Pokpung-Ho include a laser rangefinder, an infrared searchlight and an up-to-date fire control system, according to the publication. The North Korean Army is believed to have about 3,900 tanks, and only one elite mechanized unit would operate Pokpung-Hos. The South Korean Army operates about 2,300 tanks, many of which will be replaced by the state-of-the-art K2 Black Panther main battle tank and modified K1A1 tank. The K2, rolled out in 2007, is an amphibious tank armed with a locally developed 120mm/55-caliber stabilized smoothbore gun. Its 1,500-horsepower engine can power the tank to 70 kilometers per hour on paved roads and 50 kilometers off-road. It can cross rivers as deep as 4.1 meters. Meanwhile, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed Aug. 16 that North Korea flew an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance or as a decoy after it fired nearly 1,200 artillery shells toward the disputed western sea border last week. It was the first time that a North Korean drone had been spotted over the western waters, the scene of deadly naval battles in the past decade. "The drone flew over the North's waters, some 20 kilometers north of South Korea's Yeonpyeong islands," said Lt. Col. Won Young-sup at the JCS' public affairs office. He declined to elaborate on the specifications of the North Korean spy plane.
DTN News: Sochi Summit Seeks To Break Curse Of Afghan Heroin
(NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia- August 18, 2010: Afghanistan is the world's largest opium producer, and analysts say a regional approach is the key to winning the global war on drugs. It is the second four-nation meeting of its kind. The first one was held in Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe last year. Back then leaders focused on cross border projects, security issues and economic recovery of the region. This year the event’s agenda remains the same. Russia is reluctant to get involved in military action in Afghanistan, but continues to seek a role in settling the conflict. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has met with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai. Russia has been showing its commitment to financially assist the region and Afghanistan in particular. Just several months ago, Russia wrote off the last portion of Afghan debt – $12 billion overall. In connection with this, Russia’s president announced today at the summit that “Russia firmly supports all efforts on the part of Afghanistan to restore peace in the country. We also support the Afghan government’s fight against terror and are ready to provide any help needed to tackle the problem,” Medvedev said. For Russia, Central Asia is a traditional sphere of interest and it has always been sensitive to the instability of the region caused by the Afghan problem. Drug trafficking and Islamic radicalism spreading from Afghanistan are the main security threats. In addition, the drug trade is the main source of finance for Afghan militants. Russia, which became the world’s largest consumer of heroin after the US-military alliance occupied Afghanistan, is striving to break up the drug channeling. An estimated 30,000 people die in Russia annually due to drug abuse, a third of the total world drug death toll. Opium and heroin are pouring into Russia and further into Europe by way of the northern route over the Afghan-Tajik border. Also, Tajiks need no visas to visit Russia, which eases the risk for drug traffickers. Tightening security on the border is one of the central issues of the four-sided talks. President Medvedev is also pushing energy and transportation projects to facilitate economic recovery in the region. Last year Russia finished construction of a major hydroelectric power plant in Tajikistan which produces 12% of all the country’s energy needs. Several other ambitious projects with multi-million investments are being discussed at the talks. Sealing off Afghan’s heroin flow Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan stretches 1,200 kilometres, which is approximately 750 miles. Tajik border guards are being trained by the Russian Federal Security Service under a deal signed back in 2004. The use of different weapons, physical education, combat tactics, and survival techniques are all part of the course. Turning a boy into a soldier is a hard task in itself, but getting him ready to guard one of the trickiest borders in Central Asia is even more difficult. Training sessions are held every day regardless of the time of year. Despite extreme summer heat the troops train in full combat harness to get accustomed to it since it is what they will have to wear on the job. Every six months trained soldiers are sent to guard the border while new conscripts arrive, continuing the cycle. “Terrorism, drug and arms smuggling, and human trafficking have put this region in the global spotlight. That is why there are currently over 20 international organizations, including the UN and the OSCE working in Tajikistan alone,” informs representative of Russian Federal Security Service in Dushanbe Anatoly Mikheyev. Afghanistan produces over 90% of all opium in the world. According to the UN, the death toll from opiates in NATO countries is five times more than all the NATO soldiers who died in Afghanistan since 2001. In Russia, the government says Afghan heroin kills more people in just one year than the whole ten-year-long Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan did. The USSR’s decade in the country resulted in the loss of approximately 15,000 troops. According to Rashid Abdullo, an independent political analyst and the author of dozens of articles about Tajikistan, the flow of drugs is unlikely to stop no matter how strong the border is. “This problem may have various technical solutions. But it will never be fully solved while there is fighting in Afghanistan and global demand for opiates,” said Abdullo. Afghan opium production has grown by a third since the US-led invasion in 2001. It is thought the billion dollar black market brings more money than all foreign investments put together. That is why it is unlikely that even the most advanced border-control system possible would solve the problem completely; for the smugglers, business is simply too good. Aleksandr Selivanov from the Moscow State University for the Humanities believes that there is no way to resolve the situation in Afghanistan without improving the security situation. “It’s not possible to do so because there is currently no stability, and if there is no stability, there is no control,”Selivanov told RT. “A way out could be just building the ring of security and stability with the help of all stake holders in the region, in Central Asia. Mainly, it’s Russia, it’s Afghanistan, it’s Pakistan, and of course it should be, in a way, Iran, [as well as] Tajikistan.” “I don’t think [it is possible to solve the problem by just destroying the poppy fields], because opium makes 52% of the Afghan GDP, and in the heroin market its record is 92% of the world market, so the whole economy is based on the drug market,” Selivanov noted.
DTN News: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Talks With Afghan, Pakistani Leaders
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources including Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press Writer
(NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia - August 18, 2010: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday offered Pakistan support in dealing with catastrophic floods as he hosted the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on efforts to stabilize the region. Medvedev began his meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi by expressing condolences over the floods that have killed about 1,500 and affected some 20 million people — or one Pakistani in nine. "We are mourning together with you and we are ready to provide all the necessary assistance," Medvedev said. A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane delivered relief supplies to Pakistan on Tuesday, and another such flight will be conducted Thursday. The four presidents are expected to issue a statement after their talks urging stronger international support for the flood victims. The four-way talks at Medvedev's seaside residence will also focus on fighting terrorism and drugs spreading from Afghanistan. The Russian president has previously held similar talks, seeking to strengthen Russia's clout in the volatile region. Before the joint meeting, he held separate bilateral talks with Zardari, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Tajik leader Emomali Rakhmon. "Russia fully supports Afghan efforts to restore civil peace in the country," Medvedev said in televised remarks at the start of the meeting. "We support the Afghan government's fight against terror and are ready to provide support for that." Medvedev's foreign affairs adviser Sergei Prikhodko told reporters Tuesday that Russia was looking into a possibility of selling more helicopters to Afghanistan. NATO has urged Russia to provide helicopters and training for the Afghan air force and to train more local police. Moscow has responded that it is willing to help — fearing that a return to power by Taliban extremists would destabilize ex-Soviet Central Asia and threaten Russia's security — but not for free and suggested that NATO help pay the costs. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters Wednesday that Moscow would soon provide a free shipment of firearms for the Afghan Interior Ministry and step up training of its personnel. Russian officials previously said that they planned to train about 200 Afghan policemen this year. The Russian support for NATO- and U.S.-led operations so far has been limited to offering transit for railway shipments of non-lethal supplies and air corridors for weapons supplies, as supply routes through Pakistan have come under increased Taliban attack. Russian officials also have strongly urged NATO and U.S. forces to do more to stem a flow of drugs from Afghanistan to Russia. Medvedev told Karzai Wednesday that tackling Afghan drugs requires strong international cooperation. "It's our common problem, a problem for all countries of the region, and we must take consistent and coordinated actions," he said. Afghanistan provides more than 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the world, and the bulk of it flows through ex-Soviet Central Asia and Russia. The problem of drug abuse is of vital concern for Russia — where cheap, abundant Afghan heroin has helped fuel a surge in addiction rates, and injection drug use has been a key factor in the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.
DTN News: China Growing Strategic Interests In Cambodia
(NSI News Source Info) BANGKOK, Thailand - August 18, 2010: China has donated more than 250 trucks to Cambodia after the United States withheld a shipment of military vehicles in response to Phnom Penh’s recent expulsion of 20 Uighur refugees, local media reported. The donation was announced by Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on his return from Shanghai, the Phnom Penh Post newspaper reported. Hor Namhong said China would donate 257 military trucks and 50,000 military uniforms. Military Trucks produced by China. He said the gesture was made by Beijing of its own accord during a meeting in Shanghai between China’s President Hu Jintao and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen. “[Hun Sen] did not ask them, but they know our requirements, and [Hu Jintao] promised to provide further military assistance in the future,” he said. China has growing business and strategic interests in Cambodia, and is Phnom Penh’s most important investor. In the past four years Cambodia has approved more than 6 billion dollars of Chinese investment. Much of that is in infrastructure, particularly hydropower dams. The investment figure excludes 880 million dollars in Chinese grant and aid during that period. It also excludes 1.2 billion dollars in economic assistance awarded by China immediately after Cambodia expelled the 20 Uighur asylum-seekers in December at Beijing’s request. Both countries denied any link between the two events, though that denial was not widely believed. The expulsion of the Uighurs drew strong criticism from Washington, which promised penalties for Cambodia’s failure to meet its international obligations. Cancelling the shipment of US trucks was the first of those punishments. Human rights workers have expressed rising concern at growing ties between private business and the military in Cambodia after Hun Sen encouraged business leaders to “adopt” military units. Cambodian military regularly guard huge private land concessions across the country, and have been used in the past to evict the rural poor.
DTN News: Pentagon Blocks 400 million Dollar Missile Defense Contract
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(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 18, 2010: The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it has blocked a 400 million dollar contract with Lockheed Martin because a component in an army missile defense system had failed to pass key tests. "A safety device on board the missile has not passed qualification tests as yet," said Richard Lehner, spokesman for the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency. As a result, the agency withheld the contract to build the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile (THAAD), until the problem is fixed and it passes the required tests, he said. The THAAD missiles, which are designed to intercept incoming short and medium-range ballistic missiles in the outer edges of the Earth's atmosphere, were expected to play a key role in US plans to shield US forces in the Middle East against Iranian missile attack. Cheryl Amerine, a Lockheed Martin spokeswoman, said the contractor was working closely with the Pentagon to resolve the problems with the device, called an optical block switch. "We are confident a solution is in place that will allow production to begin next month. We have taken responsibility for delivering the successful optical block switch solution as promised," she said in an email.
DTN News: Lockheed Offers Warranty For Missile Interceptor
* Interceptor deliveries have been delayed * Holdup hinges on subcontractor's safety switch * Production is "badly needed" - U.S. general
Source: DTN News / Reuters By Jim Wolf
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON, - August 18, 2010: Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) offered to assume additional liability to start production of part of the multibillion dollar U.S. shield against ballistic missiles, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Tuesday. Army Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly told reporters he thought it was fair for Lockheed to take financial responsibility for costs related to any further production delays involving interceptor missiles for its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. "So I'm very open to do that with Lockheed," O'Reilly told a defense writers' breakfast, adding that the interceptor production was "badly needed." Lockheed's initiative would come amid stepped-up efforts by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to get more bang for the Pentagon's buck. Gates is seeking to free more than $100 billion in overhead savings over five years to invest in forces in the field and modernizing their kit. O'Reilly said the Missile Defense Agency was eyeing potential competitive bids worth as much as $37 billion over the next five years as it moves away from sole-source contracts. Contractors are already jockeying for a potential $600 million annual contract to continue development and sustainment of the sole long-range missile defense, known as ground-based midcourse, or GMD. A $419 million THAAD production contract has been withheld from Lockheed because a part made by a subcontractor has yet to pass all qualification tests. The piece is a safety device manufactured by Moog Inc (MOGa.N) called an optical block switch. It is designed to prevent accidental missile launch, said Richard Lehner, an agency spokesman. O'Reilly said Lockheed, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier by sales, had offered to assume liability for any stop-and-restart production line costs pending completion of the switch's qualification, expected in February. Lockheed, the THAAD program's prime contractor, said it was confident that it had a solution in place that would clear the way for a production go-ahead next month. "We have taken responsibility for delivering the successful optical block switch solution as promised," Cheryl Amerine, a company spokeswoman, said in an email to Reuters. She did not respond to questions about the company's increased risk. Lockheed anticipates that delivery of its interceptors for the first THAAD battery will start in the fourth quarter of this calendar year, Amerine said. O'Reilly said he had personally discussed the holdup with officials of the United Arab Emirates, which is seeking THAAD systems worth as much as $7 billion through a government-to-government sale and which would be the system's first overseas customer. THAAD operates alongside other elements of the emerging missile shield, which the United States has said is designed to thwart attacks that could be launched by countries like Iran and North Korea. THAAD interceptor deliveries originally were supposed to have begun in March. The first ground units were delivered to the U.S. Army about 18 months ago. They have been through extensive tests and are in "very good position to be ready to deploy" except for the interceptors, O'Reilly said. The delayed production contract would cover 26 interceptors and a third and fourth THAAD batteries, using funds appropriated by Congress for this fiscal year. It also would include an option for another 22 interceptors using fiscal 2011 funds, Lehner said. A spokeswoman for East Aurora, New York-based Moog, Ann Luhr, said her company was barred by contract from commenting on its programs as a subcontractor. On another subject, O'Reilly said the Missile Defense Agency had concluded that an experimental airborne laser aboard a modified Boeing Co (BA.N) 747 had twice the range originally expected. The chemical oxygen iodine laser is to be tested again early Wednesday at a California range after two delays, first tied to a problem with a target missile, then to a glitch in the targeting system's software, O'Reilly said. The goal is to shoot down a target more than 100 miles away, twice the range demonstrated in a Feb. 11 test, and it may even have greater range than that, he said. Last year, Gates reduced the Airborne Laser program as part of Pentagon budget belt-tightening. Boeing provides the aircraft, battle management and overall systems integration. Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) supplies the megawatt-class laser and Lockheed supplies the beam control and fire control systems. (Editing by Toni Reinhold and Bernard Orr)
DTN News: Lockheed Martin Receives $260 Million M-TADS/PNVS Production Contract
(NSI News Source Info) ORLANDO, FL, - August 18, 2010: The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $260 million follow-on production contract for the combat-proven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), also known as Arrowhead®, for the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. The Lot 7 contract includes M-TADS/PNVS systems as well as Arrowhead kits, plus spares, for delivery to U.S. Army and several international customers. More than 1,000 kits will be delivered with the completion of the Lot 7 contract, which extends production through April 2013. “Demand by commanders for the Arrowhead-equipped LONGBOW Apache to support current operations remains high,” said U.S. Army Apache Sensors Product Manager Lt. Col. John Vannoy. “LONGBOW Apaches are deployed everywhere our ground forces are to ensure they remain safe and decisive in combat 24/7, worldwide." The Arrowhead kit modernizes the U.S. Army’s TADS/PNVS, known as the “eyes of the Apache,” by upgrading the infrared sensors and associated electronics. Arrowhead provides Apache pilots the most advanced long-range, electro-optical precision engagement and pilotage capabilities, ensuring safe flight during day, night and adverse-weather missions. “Field Commanders describe Arrowhead as a game-changing system in combat,” said Bob Gunning, vice president of Apache Fire Control at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Maintenance time is down and operational time is up; reports from users are that performance has been terrific. We have a great team working the program for us as the Army prepares to modernize the remaining legacy components of the original TADS/PNVS system.” Lockheed Martin rolled out the first Arrowhead system to the U.S. Army in May 2005, and completed integration on the first Apache helicopters in June 2005. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 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 $44.5 billion.
Additional Info - Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA)
Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) completes the modernization of the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system, also known as Arrowhead. The lower M-TADS turret contains the targeting system, which has both day and night sensor assemblies. The M-DSA incorporates updated Laser Rangefinder Designator, TV Sensor, and Laser Spot Tracker components, elements of which were designed in the 1970s. The objective is to modernize the entire DSA system to enhance performance and address obsolescence, as well as to increase the M-TADS/PNVS ability to fully accommodate weapons now in production.Arrowhead, deployed in 2005, modernized the forward looking infrared (FLIR) elements of the TADS and the PNVS. As its capabilities have been integrated into operations in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, its impact on the effectiveness and safety of the Apache AH-64D has continued to be felt. This modernization effort will provide superior technological and precision engagement advantages to the Warfighter. It will ensure the U.S. Army’s Apache helicopter remains the world’s finest attack helicopter well into the future. The state-of-the-art and higher-performance Laser Rangefinder Designator (including an eye-safe rangefinder) and Day Sensor Electronics Unit replace the Laser Transceiver Unit and associated electronics in the Apache’s legacy DSA. The new Day Sensor Structure Assembly incorporates fields of view (FOVs) that match the Arrowhead FLIR FOVs to accommodate image blending. The Modernized TV Sensor incorporates color and low light level sensitivity. The three spinning mass gyros are replaced with a state-of-the-art Inertial Measurement Unit. The new Laser Spot Tracker uses a four quadrant detector and improved processing. A Laser Pointer Marker is added to enhance coordination with ground and air units.
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DTN News: Sultanate Of Oman Acquires Two Additional C-130J Super Hercules
(NSI News Source Info) MARIETTA, Ga.,- August 18, 2010: Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has signed a contract with the Sultanate of Oman for two additional C-130J Super Hercules. Oman ordered its first C-130J in July 2009, for delivery in 2012. The two additional aircraft will be delivered in late 2013 and early 2014. The first aircraft is of the C 130J-30 “long” configuration and the new order is for two C-130J “short” configuration aircraft. “The C-130J is ideally suited to the operating conditions found in Oman and other areas of the Gulf,” said Jim Grant, Lockheed Martin vice president for Air Mobility and Special Operations Forces Programs. “In selecting the C-130J Super Hercules, Oman has recognized all the proven qualities of the world’s most advanced airlifter.” Oman currently operates a fleet of three C-130Hs purchased in the early 1980s. The new C-130J fleet will support Omani operations with its outstanding capability to operate out of remote, austere airstrips. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 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 $44.5 billion.
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