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02 Jul 07. Aselsan unveils Igla-armed PMADS. A version of the Aselsan Pedestal Mounted Air Defence System (PMADS) armed with Russian Igla surface-to-air missiles rather than the Raytheon Stingers used in earlier versions was shown for the first time at the IDEF 2007 exhibition in Ankara, writes Michal Zdobinsky. PMADS is currently being built for the Turkish Army in the heavier Atilgan version with eight ready-to-fire Stinger missiles and in the lighter four-version Zipkin version. (Source: Jane’s)
17 Jul 07. i2 UNVEILS MAJOR PRODUCT UPGRADE. i2, one of the world-leading visual analysis software companies, has unveiled the latest major upgrade to its established suite of trusted analytical tools. i2 Analysis Suite 7 combines improved time-saving capabilities and visual enhancements to the trusted software suite that currently serves analysts in more than 2000 government and commercial organisations worldwide. Drawing on the needs of its customers, Analysis Suite 7 has been developed to meet the demands of analysts and researchers, as well as the needs of those who use the finished analytical product, offering significant usability and analysis developments, providing increased support for enterprise deployments, improvements to performance and introducing support for distributed analytical workgroups.
02 Jul 07. Bulava SLBM undergoes successful launch. The Russian ballistic missile submarine Dmitry Donskoi successfully fired an R-30 Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 28 June 2007 from a location in the White Sea, writes Doug Richardson. All three stages operated correctly and the test payload – a single warhead – reached the target area at the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. (Source: Jane’s)
17 Jul 07. A new version of BAE Systems’ image analysis and mapping software enables analysts to evaluate and share intelligence data more effectively by integrating with Google Earth™ and the ESRI® geodatabase. SOCET GXP® v2.3 interacts with Google Earth in real time for quick, 3D color visualization and gives geospatial context to objects of interest, resulting in enhanced intelligence for mission planning. With additional tools for detecting changes from one day to the next, analysts can anticipate conditions such as rough terrain or collapsed bridges and pinpoint operational routes more accurately.
It also provides a direct connection to the ESRI geodatabase, the Environmental Systems Research Institute’s common data storage and management framework. Connection with the database allows users to work with data over secure networks for accurate, timely analysis.
16 Jul 07. Armor Holdings announced the receipt of a new prime contract award by the U.S. Navy for $518.5m to provide Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. (See: BATTLESPACE ALERT Vol.9 ISSUE 15, 14 July 2007, STEWART & STEVENSON WINS MRAP CONTRACT). Robert Schiller, President of Armor Holdings, Inc., said, “We are extremely proud that the Armor Holdings “Caiman” MRAP offering, which maximizes commonality with the U.S. Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV), has been selected by the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense leadership. We also look forward to our continued support for other MRAP vehicle suppliers and to the continuation of the FMTV and Up-Armored HMMWV programs. This new “Caiman” MRAP award adds to our customer’s ability to provide additional quantities of deployable MRAP vehicles by year-end and we are honored to be such a significant participant in this vital program.”
Comment: Sources suggest that a 4×4 version of the Caiman will be offered for the UK’s MPPV Programme by Armor Holdings’ Pinzgauer subsidiary.
16 Jul 07. The Boeing Company, along with industry teammates and its government customer, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, successfully completed a key Airborne Laser (ABL) flight test Friday, dem