Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 25, 2010

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated August 25, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued No. 765-10 August 25, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 25, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued August 25, 2010 are undermentioned;



Aqua Chem, Inc.*, Knoxville, Tenn., is being awarded a maximum $386,000,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, total set-aside contract for water purification systems parts. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army and Marine Corps. There were originally 27 proposals solicited with two responses. The date of performance completion is Aug. 24, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio, is the contracting activity (SPM7MX-10-D-9007).

Petroleum Traders Corp.*, Fort Wayne, Ind., is being awarded a maximum $145,122,449 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, partial set-aside contract for fuel. Other locations of performance are Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was solicited on the Federal Business Opportunities website with 52 responses. The date of performance completion is July 31, 2013. The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-4025).

Graybar Electric, St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a maximum $40,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for maintenance, repair, and operations supplies contract. There are no other locations of performance. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. The original proposal was Web-solicited with six responses. The date of performance completion is Aug. 30, 2011. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM500-04-D-BP25).

LA3P-LLC, Dayton, Ohio, is being awarded a maximum $23,127,287 firm-fixed-price contract for distribution, storage, warehousing, and inventory management services of apparel distribution. Other location of performance is Georgia. Using service is Army. The original proposal was Web-solicited with 10 responses. The date of performance completion is Aug. 25, 2012. The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM1C1-10-C-0021).


L-3 Global Communications Solutions, Inc., Victor, N.Y., was awarded a five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-10-D-1006) with a ceiling of $170,000,000. This effort is for the integration, configuration, test and sustainment of the Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Lite (SDN-L) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Research, Development and Acquisition Center. The SDN-L will provide the tactical communicator an enhanced operational capability; an increase in bandwidth/data throughput; enhanced security capability; and an overall size and weight reduction as compared to existing legacy systems. The work will be performed in Victor, N.Y. The ordering period will be completed August 2015. USSOCOM is the contracting activity.


Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors (LM MS2), Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a sole-source cost-plus-fixed-fee letter contract (HQ0276-10-C-0003). LM MS2 will serve as the Aegis Ashore Engineering Agent providing the engineering and necessary material to support the design of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex; the deployment sites; the integration of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) into the removable deckhouse; the installation, test and checkout of the AAMDS at these sites; and initial site maintenance and logistics support during site transfer to the lead service. This undefinitized contract action will allow LM MS2 to assist in the development of the AA Combat System (AACS) requirements, to include supporting program planning, element capability specification, and concept of operations development. LM MS2 will begin the AACS adaptation, design efforts associated with the configuration of the AAMDS in the removable structure and designing the enclosures for transport. LM MS2 will begin those activities associated with validation and verification of the deckhouse requirements and will facilitate system requirements review in September 2010 and system design review in January 2011 in accordance with the AA Program of Record while the remaining CLINs are evaluated, negotiated, and awarded for the first two years of performance. Contract definitization is expected to be completed by Nov. 19, 2010. The work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. The performance period for the letter contract is from August 2010 through April 2011. The not-to-exceed value of this action is $69,803,250. Fiscal 2010 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds will be utilized to obligate $10,056,426 for this effort. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Woburn, Mass., is being awarded a sole-source modification for $42,977,351 under contract HQ0006-03-C-0047. The modification includes both fixed-price and cost-plus-award-fee line items. Under this cost-plus-award-fee contract modification, Raytheon will continue software maintenance in support of the AN/TYP-2 X-Band Radar. The work will be performed in Woburn, Mass. The performance period is through March 2011. Fiscal year 2010 and 2011 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation funds will be utilized for this effort. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.


National NICC, JV, LLC, Falls Church, Va., was awarded a maximum $45,000,000 contract for the simplified acquisition of base engineering requirements VIII at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. At this time, $3,000 has been obligated. 4 CONS/CC, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., is the contracting activity (FA4809-10-D-C003).

Boeing Co., Derivative Airplanes Program, Seattle, Wash., was awarded $26,000,000 contract modification which will provide one Boeing 737 - C40C leased aircraft. At this time, $26,000,000 has been obligated. ASC/WLVK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8625-10-C-6599).

Pratt and Whitney Military Aftermarket Services, San Antonio, Texas, was awarded a $22,312,435 contract modification to provide the overhaul of core module with a quantity of 12 to support the F100-229, F-15 and F-16 aircraft. At this time, $22,312,435 has been obligated. 448 SCMG/PKBCB, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity (FA8121-10-C-0019-P00001).

Northrop Grumman Space Technology, Clearfield, Utah, was awarded a $17,032,118 contract modification for the Electrical-Electronic Equipment Test Station. At this time, $3,781,981 has been obligated. AFNWC/PKME, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting agency (F42610-98-C-0001; modification number not yet assigned).

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $9,919,890 contract for the Space Protection Program survivability and vulnerability analysis. At this time, $24,802 has been obligated. 5 5 CONS/LGCD, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity (SP0700-03-D-1380) .

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., McLean, Va., was awarded an $8,994,657 contract to provide funding for the situational awareness in space, air, land and sea program. At this time, $591,814 has been obligated. Air Force Research Laboratory/RIKE, Rome, N.Y., is the contracting agency (FA8750-10-C-0158).

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded a $7,848,501 contract modification for the MQ-9 System Development and Demonstration Increment I program, incorporating: a credit for stopped work; an overrun for on-going activities; and additional scope for high capacity starter/generator and AWM-103 for Hellfire development effort. At this time, $3,595,959 has been obligated. ASC/WIIK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (F33657-02-G-4035, 0023 36).

Rycars Construction, LLC, Kenner, La., was awarded a $9,488,821.53 contract to provide for Project #900064, Building 169 renovation at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. At this time, $9,448,222 has been obligated. WR-ALC/PKOC, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8501-08-D-0009-0008).

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DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated August 25, 2010

DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated August 25, 2010
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DTN News: Russia Denies Deployment Of S-300 Missiles In South Ossetia

DTN News: Russia Denies Deployment Of S-300 Missiles In South Ossetia
Source: DTN News / Ria Novosti
(NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia - August 25, 2010: There is no truth to the Georgian Foreign Minister's statement that Russia has deployed S-300 air defense systems in South Ossetia, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. "There are no Russian S-300 systems on the territory of South Ossetia. There is no need for it," the source said. "The protection of the Russian military base as well as South Ossetia is carried out by Buk air defense systems," the source said, adding that the former Georgian republic's landscape would restrict the deployment of S-300 systems. Earlier on Wednesday, Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said Russia had deployed S-300 systems in South Ossetia. "Russia has deployed S-300s in the occupied Abkhazia... I assure you that while Russia has not announced this yet, the Russian S-300s are also deployed in the Tskhinvali region," he said. South Ossetian Defense Minister Valery Yakhnovets also refuted the statement. He said South Ossetia has no need for S-300s "at the present time." Russian Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said on August 11 Russia had deployed S-300 systems in Abkhazia - a statement that angered Georgia but failed to surprise the U.S. State Department which said the systems appeared to have been in place for the last two years. "It is our understanding that Russia has had S-300 missiles in Abkhazia for the last two years... We can't confirm whether they have added to them or not," Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008 after winning a brief war with Georgia over South Ossetia. Russia signed agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia earlier this year on establishing permanent military bases in the republics. The bases are located in Gudauta, on Abkhazia's Black Sea coast, and in South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali. Each base hosts up to 1,700 servicemen, T-62 tanks, light armored vehicles, air defense systems and a variety of aircraft.

DTN News: Russian, French Warships To Hold Exercises Sept. 3-6

DTN News: Russian, French Warships To Hold Exercises Sept. 3-6
Source: DTN News / Ria Novosti
(NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia - August 25, 2010: Russia's Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser will take part in a joint exercise with French warships on September 3-6, a Russian Navy spokesman said on Wednesday. The warships will practice joint maneuvers at sea, replenishment of supplies, ship-to-ship transfer of goods, and helicopter landings. The Pyotr Veliky is on its way to the Northern Fleet's base in Severomorsk after the Vostok 2010 exercises in Russia's Far East.

DTN News: British Forces Jackal Keeps Proving Its Worth In Afghanistan

DTN News: British Forces Jackal Keeps Proving Its Worth In Afghanistan
Source: MoD UK
(NSI News Source Info) LONDON, U.K. - August 25, 2010: When purchase of the latest batch of Jackal vehicles was announced at Defence Equipment & Support's Defence Vehicle Dynamics event in June 2010 it took the number of Jackal vehicles procured for UK forces to more than 500. The announcement, by Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Peter Luff, to procure another 140 of the 2A version of the weapons-mounted patrol vehicle at a cost of £45m was another vote of confidence in a vehicle which has enabled British patrols to keep in touch with the enemy, often in the toughest of Afghan terrain. Around 40 of the Jackal 2As are due to be delivered this month. Jackal is the best known of the high mobility transporter vehicles delivered by Babcock over the last few years. The original contract to produce the vehicles was signed as an Urgent Operational Requirement in 2007. The contract has since delivered with huge success. Jackal vehicles are produced by Babcock under an alliance with Supacat, the prime contractor and design authority. Supacat is responsible for design, development, prototyping, integration and programme management, while Babcock takes responsibility for detailed production planning, purchasing and manufacture at its Devonport factory. Perfect partnership has been the key for the project co-ordinators at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). Alan Stephen, DE&S' high mobility transport vehicle project manager, said: "The success of the Jackal programme has been grounded on a combined effort between the project team and industry, who have shown great will to achieve and the ability to take risk to continue delivery. "My team is thoroughly committed to achieving the best solution for the soldier on the ground, as early as possible, as economically as possible. "We can't rest on our laurels though, and are continually examining ways of making an excellent vehicle even better. Regular good communications direct with theatre and excellent backbriefs from returning brigades assist in identifying where we should be looking at improvements. "Of course it does help motivation that it's a very well-liked vehicle which has delivered an important capability to Operation HERRICK." The vehicles are built by a team of up to 130 Babcock employees working on the Devonport pulse production line, along with a smaller project management team of 25. The pulse production line involves dividing the total manufacturing activity into a series of 12 equally balanced packages or 'cells', and the vehicle is physically moved, or 'pulsed', from one area assembly to the next on a daily basis. Application of a 'lean' philosophy has identified and eliminated any non-value-adding activities, and serves to ensure that the demanding delivery schedules and critical quality and reliability requirements are met. This is coupled with highly effective supply chain management to reduce lead times, ensure quality and reliability, manage obsolescence, and ultimately drive down the cost of construction and ownership. Production runs at a rate of one vehicle a day. Babcock Land Systems Director, Chris Dunn, said: "The Jackal vehicle has been a resounding success, having proved its versatility; combining speed and manoeuvrability with unparalleled cross-country performance over Afghanistan's harsh terrain." We are delighted to be working in alliance with Supacat to deliver these vehicles reliably and consistently within the shortest possible timescales. "Further, we have established Babcock as a company that can be relied upon to deliver vehicles of exceptional quality at record pace and, being OEM [Original Equipment Manufacture] independent, we are also talking to other vehicle designers about building their vehicles for upcoming programmes in the UK and abroad." Jackal - the story so far... *In service are three Army variants based on the high mobility transporter - the 4x4 Jackal in three variants (1, 2 and 2A), the 6x6 Coyote and the 6x6 MEP (Military Enhancement Programme) vehicle. *The MEP was procured as the base vehicle for the Soothsayer programme, which was cancelled in 2009 - 35 vehicles were produced. *The first Jackal contract was placed on 28 July 2007, and the first vehicles entered service in November 2007 - vehicles were in theatre in early 2008. *Follow-on buys occurred in 2008 to bring the total to more than 200. *On 9 April 2008, the contract was signed for more than 100 more Jackals - these were at the Jackal 2 build standard and entered service in August 2009. *On 12 May 2010, a contract was signed for around 140 Jackal vehicles, at the Jackal 2A build standard. *Approximate contract value of the various buys is £174m for Jackal 1 and £45m for Jackal 2A. *More than 70 Coyote vehicles have been built - the Coyote is the light vehicle in the Tactical Support Vehicle family and entered service in August 2009. *The Jackal 2 contract and the Coyote contract were awarded together, with the number of vehicles changing during the buy - the combined value of the two contracts is £140m. This article is taken from August 2010 edition of desider - the magazine for Defence Equipment and Support.
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DTN News: U.S. Army Orders 1,100 Oshkosh Defense Vehicles To Support The National Guard And Reserve

DTN News: U.S. Army Orders 1,100 Oshkosh Defense Vehicles To Support The National Guard And Reserve
Source: DTN News / Oshkosh Corporation
(NSI News Source Info) OSHKOSH, Wis. - August 25, 2010: Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received a delivery order modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) to supply more than 1,100 trucks and trailers to the National Guard and Reserve as part of the U.S. Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) fleet. “This award demonstrates the government’s confidence in the Oshkosh FMTV program,” said Mike Ivy, vice president and general manager of Army Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “Every truck delivery is important. We are especially pleased to support the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. We are anxious to do all we can to help modernize these important components of our national security.” Deliveries for this latest award, valued at more than $180 million, will remain on the original contract timeline and be completed by April 2012. The award includes three FMTV truck variants and two different trailers, which will be produced at the company’s facilities in Wisconsin. The five-year FMTV contract awarded to Oshkosh Defense is for the production of an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers, as well as support services and training through fiscal 2013. The government has exercised contracts for more than 7,300 trucks and trailers to-date. The FMTV is a series of 17 models ranging from 2.5-ton to 10-ton payloads. Vehicles feature a parts commonality of more than 80 percent, resulting in streamlined maintenance, training, sustainment and overall cost efficiency for the U.S. Army. Photo Caption: Oshkosh Defense produces the U.S. Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) fleet, which is comprised of 17 models, including the Oshkosh FMTV Dump, pictured here. Oshkosh also provides support services and training through the contract, which runs through fiscal 2013 and could include an estimated 23,000 trucks and trailers. 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 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 ®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies. Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that the Company believes to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s future financial position, business strategy, targets, projected sales, costs, earnings, capital expenditures, debt levels and cash flows, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. When used in this presentation, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “should,” “project” or “plan” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include the impact on revenues and margins of the projected decrease in M-ATV production rates; the cost of any warranty campaigns related to the Company’s products; the cyclical nature of the Company’s access equipment, commercial and fire & emergency markets, especially during periods of global economic weakness and tight credit markets; the duration of the ongoing global economic weakness, which could lead to additional impairment charges related to many of the Company’s intangible assets and/or a slower recovery in the Company’s cyclical businesses than equity market expectations; the expected level and timing of U.S. DoD procurement of products and services and funding thereof; risks related to reductions in government expenditures in light of U.S. defense budget pressures and an uncertain DoD tactical wheeled vehicle strategy; the potential for the U.S. government to competitively bid the Company’s Army and Marine Corps contracts; the Company’s ability to start production under the FMTV contract at targeted margins; the consequences of financial leverage associated with the JLG acquisition, which could limit the Company’s ability to pursue various opportunities; risks related to the collectability of receivables, particularly for those businesses with exposure to construction markets; risks related to production delays as a result of the economy’s impact on the Company’s suppliers; the potential for commodity costs to rise sharply, particularly in a future economic recovery; risks related to costs and charges as a result of facilities consolidation and alignment; risks associated with international operations and sales, including foreign currency fluctuations and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; risks related to disruptions in the Company’s distribution networks; and the potential for increased costs relating to compliance with changes in laws and regulations. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update such forward-looking statements. All operating results included in this press release reflect results from continuing operations only. The operating results of Geesink B.V., Geesink Norba Limited and Norba A.B., (collectively, Geesink), which comprised the Company’s former European RCV business, and of the Company’s former European fire apparatus business, BAI Brescia Antincendi International S.r.l. (BAI), have been reclassified for all periods presented to discontinued operations due to the Company’s sale of these businesses in July 2009 and October 2009, respectively.
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DTN News: Lockheed Martin Receives $111.4 Million Contract Modification For F-22 Raptor Sustainment

DTN News: Lockheed Martin Receives $111.4 Million Contract Modification For F-22 Raptor Sustainment
Source: DTN News / Lockheed Martin
(NSI News Source Info) MARIETTA, Georgia,- August 25, 2010: Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE: LMT] has received a $111.4 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for sustainment of the F-22 Raptor fleet, resulting in a contract value of $709 million. This modification is for the 2010 Follow-On Agile Sustainment for the Raptor (FASTeR) sustainment contract, which was issued initially in 2008 and extended in 2009. FASTeR is a Performance-Based Logistics contract providing weapon systems sustainment of the F-22 fleet at all operational bases for the 2010 calendar year, including training systems, customer support, integrated support planning, supply chain management, aircraft modifications and heavy maintenance, sustained engineering, support products and systems engineering. “Our focus in sustaining the F-22 Raptor fleet is total support to our customer by helping enable higher readiness rates, more sorties, faster response and lower life-cycle costs,” said Scott Gray, F-22 Program vice president of sustainment for Lockheed Martin. “Our mature supplier base ensures the F-22 receives efficient support anywhere in the world and provides the fastest, most effective link between customer requirements and delivered capability.” F-22 Raptors are assigned to seven U.S. bases. Flight testing takes place at Edwards AFB, Calif. Operational tactics development is ongoing at Nellis AFB, Nev. Pilot training occurs at Tyndall AFB, Fla. Operational F-22 aircraft are assigned to Langley AFB, Va.; Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Hickam AFB, Hawaii. The world’s only operational 5th generation fighter, the F-22 boasts a unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, situational awareness and lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry to make it the world’s best air dominance fighter and to enable it to deter and defeat current and emerging threats. For more information on the F-22, visit 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.
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DTN News: U.S. Army Adjusts Ground Combat Vehicle Program Acquisition Strategy

DTN News: U.S. Army Adjusts Ground Combat Vehicle Program Acquisition Strategy
Source: U.S. Department Of Defense No. 768-10 August 25, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - August 25, 2010: Following a comprehensive review of its Ground Combat Vehicle program, the Army today announced that it has cancelled the original contract solicitation and will issue a revised Request for Proposals (RFP) that will better ensure an achievable, affordable and timely infantry fighting vehicle. The review was conducted by both the Army and Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OSD (AT&L)) as part of a continuing effort to ensure that all Army acquisitions effectively and affordably meet the needs of our soldiers. The contract cancellation was made at the earliest stage of the acquisition process, resulting in up to a six month delay of the program, which will best ensure the long-term success of the Ground Combat Vehicle program by better aligning vehicle capabilities with the anticipated needs of future combat operations. In May 2010, the Army partnered with OSD (AT&L) to conduct a thorough study of the Ground Combat Vehicle program, referred to as a Red Team analysis. The Red Team review recommended that the Army prioritize the planned vehicle’s capabilities to meet achievable goals within the program’s acquisition schedule. This holistic review included an examination of vehicle capabilities, operational needs, the acquisition strategy, program schedule and technology readiness. In conjunction with the Red Team recommendations, the Army determined that it must revise the acquisition strategy to rely on mature technologies in order to reduce significant developmental risk over a seven year schedule following the initial contract award. The refined RFP will result in a vehicle that provides soldiers with critical armored protection in the modern combat environment. Based on these recommendations, the Army, in consultation with OSD (AT&L), determined that withdrawing and revising the RFP was the most prudent means of ensuring long-term programmatic success. Details of the specific RFP changes are still being finalized. The Army anticipates issuing the new solicitation within the next 60 days.
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DTN News: Chinese Military Assistance To Pakistan And Implications For India

DTN News: Chinese Military Assistance To Pakistan And Implications For India
Source: - 8/25/2010
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 25, 2010: Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan acknowledged that no relationship between two sovereign states is as unique and durable as that between Pakistan and China. Pakistan China relations started from 1950 when the former broke diplomatic ties with Republic of China and recognized Peoples Republic of China. With the passage of time relations between both the countries strengthened as they have India as a common enemy. Both the countries support each other on international issues too. China supports Pakistan on Kashmir issue while the later supports China on Tibet, Taiwan and Xinjiang issues. Hussain Haqqani a senior Pakistani diplomat pointed out that “For China, Pakistan is a low cost secondary deterrent to India while for Pakistan, China is a high value guarantor of security against India.” China also favours tension between India and Pakistan, as in this way India remains busy in South Asia region and it could not challenge China in international arena. Chinese Military aid to Pakistan Lisa Curtis of Heritage Foundation, a Washington based think tank, mentioned in an article that “Chinese policy towards Pakistan is driven primarily by its interest in countering Indian power in the region and diverting Indian military force and strategic attention away from China” China is the biggest arms supplier for Pakistan. For transfer of technology and know-how also Pakistan depends on China in a big way. China transferred 36 M9 ballistic missiles though it officially acknowledged it only in 1992.. From then on, the defence ties between the two nations have gone from strength to strength s later on China also supplied JF-17, F-7 aircraft and different kinds of small arms and ammunition to Pakistan. Pakistan’s 70 percent of armed forces aircraft and Main battle Tanks (MBT) were procured from China. China gave more than 400 military aircraft, 1600 MBT and more than 40 navy ships. Most of Pakistani missile projects are started by China. China has not only modernized Pak army but it also established joint projects in Pakistan. J-10 and JF-17 are the latest Chinese version of Russian aircraft SU-27 and Mig-29. JF-17 Thunder aircraft was jointly developed by Chinese and Pakistanis at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra. It is an advanced multi role light Combat aircraft. Initially Chinese missiles would be fitted in JF-17 and later the aircraft would be equipped with more sophisticated radars and missiles. Besides JF-17 other important joint projects include K-8 Karakorum advance training aircraft, Al Khalid Tanks, Babur cruise missiles,F-22 naval frigates, AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) etc. China also constructed Gwadar Deep Sea Port and assisted Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in developing space technology. Heavy Rebuild Factory (HRF) at Taxila was established through Chinese assistance. China helped Pakistan in the development of nuclear programme also. According to a US intelligence agency report, China had transferred not only the nuclear weapons designs but also weapon grade uranium so that Pakistan can build two nuclear bombs. China built two nuclear reactors in Chasma and also wanted to build two more nuclear reactors there but could not so far. 054A anti-submarine frigate which was built in Huangpu shipyard was sold to Pakistan navy. Chinese Defence minister Liang Guangile, while meeting Noman Bashir, Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff in December 2009 in Beijing reiterated that Chinese armed forces would like to improve its friendly ties with Pakistani Defence forces. General Liang confirmed that Pakistani navy would receive a total of eight F-22 P 3000 tonner Frigates from China. However Pakistan wants to acquire 4000 tonner ships too besides F-22 P Frigates. Chinese leadership is willing to give 4000 tonner ships to Pakistan. Pakistan also acquired 120 Chinese C 802 long range anti-ship cruise missiles. China had also given second ERIEYE radar-equipped SAAB 2000 to Pakistan and would also give Shaanxi ZDK-03 airborne early warning aircraft. China would be establishing military bases abroad. At least one military base would be established in Pakistan. A Chinese military base in Pakistan would pressure India and would counterbalance US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Not only this, Chinese military base in Pakistan would also facilitate China to curb the uprising of Uighurs who are demanding an independent nation in Xinxiang province. China is liberally assisting Pakistan not only on diplomatic, defence, technical, nuclear fronts but also on economic front. More than 60 Chinese companies and about 10000 Chinese workers are involved in 122 projects in Pakistan. Chinese investment has already crossed $7 billion and it would enhance to $10 billion this year. Visit of Chinese delegation State Councillor and Minister for National Defence of China, General Liang Guanglie, led a 17 member delegation to Pakistan on May 23, 2010 on a two- day visit. The visiting delegation met Pakistani President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister and top military generals including General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff and General Tariq Majid, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee. Both General Kayani and General Majid appreciated China for its whole hearted support to Pakistan. The defence ministers of both the countries signed three agreements ostensibly to enable Pakistan to fight terrorism. Under these agreements, cooperation and strategic communication between the armed forces of both the countries would be enhanced. Army, Navy and Air Force of Pakistan and China would participate in joint military exercises. The ministers also agreed to share intelligence to weed out the menace of terrorism. Chinese defence minister also promised to provide four trainer aircraft to Air Force and 60 million Yuan (US dollars 8.78 million) to Pakistani defense forces. Both Pakistani President and Prime Minister highlighted the strong friendly ties between China and Pakistan. However during the talks President Zardari alleged that Indian intelligence is behind the terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also charged that there is ample proof that an Indian intelligence agency is assisting terrorist organizations in Pakistan through Afghanistan. Gilani stated that Pakistan wants to eradicate terrorism from its soil but it needs China’s support to counter terrorism. Gilani also lauded Chinese companies namely China National Electronic Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) and China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) for giving credit to Pakistan Defence forces. General Liang stated that China want to make Pakistan self-reliant and does not desire to keep it dependent on China. He promised that China would provide more spare parts, assembly units, over hauling facilities and additional joint venture projects to Pakistan in future. What Next? India should try to counter the nexus between Pakistan and China as the military and nuclear ties between both the countries are being strengthened. China is still clandestinely supplying nuclear and missile technology to Pakistan. Although United States has confirmed information about this unholy alliance but it appears that US does not want to give credence to these glaring evidence. India has also not made any active opposition to this unhealthy relationship. India should muster international support against the illegal proliferation activities of China. It is high time when India adopted a tangible campaign against illegal proliferation of China. Not only this, China should also comprehend that the pressure of Taliban is escalating very rapidly in nuclear Pakistan, which may be dangerous phenomenon for the world. China must utilize its clout so that the impact of Taliban reduces in Pakistan and terrorists are unable to gain control of nuclear devices.
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DTN News: Lebanon TODAY August 25, 2010 - Lebanon In Factional Power Struggle

DTN News: Lebanon TODAY August 25, 2010 - Lebanon In Factional Power Struggle * Two die in Beirut clashes sparked by 'personal dispute' ~ BBC News
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(NSI News Source Info) BEIRUT, Lebanon - August 25, 2010: Two men have been killed in clashes in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, between supporters of the Shia Islamist group, Hezbollah, and a rival Sunni faction. The violence erupted in Burj Abu Haidar following a fight outside a mosque. The Lebanese army was later forced to intervene after the fighting spread to neighbouring parts of the city. Leaders of Hezbollah and the pro-Syrian conservative al-Ahbash faction later met and issued a joint statement expressing regret for the violence. Sectarian tensions have risen recently in Lebanon, amid reports that a UN tribunal could soon implicate members of Hezbollah in the assassination in 2005 of the then Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri. Hezbollah's leader has dismissed the tribunal as an "Israeli project".'Personal dispute' The BBC's Maha Barada in Beirut says calm has returned to the city after the armed clashes on Tuesday, during which machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were fired through the streets of Burj Abu Haidar. Security officials said one of those killed was Mohammed Fawaz, a local Hezbollah leader. It is not yet clear who the other casualty was, although an al-Ahbash official said one of its supporters had been killed. A witness, Salah, said he had been inside the mosque in Burj Abu Haidar when he heard a commotion outside and people screaming "calm down". Twenty minutes later, gunshots rang out. "They were shooting at the mosque. I think these people are crazy. They must have gone home to get their friends," he told the Associated Press. The Lebanese army later cordoned off Burj Abu Haidar and forced the rivals to talk The army later cordoned off the area and held a meeting with both parties, who agreed to a ceasefire and for an investigation to be opened. A joint statement said the incident had been the result of a "personal dispute", and that both sides would end their armed presence. "[We] stress that this was an individual unfortunate incident," it added. A spokesman for al-Ahbash, Abdul Qadir al-Fakhani, told the BBC that the incident did not have any political or sectarian background. The fighting was the worst since May 2008, when a political crisis led to street fighting between supporters of Hezbollah and those of the current pro-Western Sunni Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, the son of Rafik. The sectarian strife took country to the brink of civil war in May 2008.
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