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31 Dec 13. Boeing will pay nearly $600m in compensation to Turkey for a much-delayed multibillion-dollar airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program that is anticipated to be used initially at the country’s Syrian border. Under a July 23, 2003 contract, priced at over $1.6bn, Boeing was to develop and deliver four AEW&C aircraft to the Turkish Air Force (TSK) in 2008. After years of postponement the aircrafts are expected to be included in TSK’s inventory in the first months of 2014. However, Boeing will pay around $600m Turkey in penalty, to compensate around $637m the country has reportedly paid since the beginning of the project. The program involved 737-700 aircraft, ground radar and control systems, plus ground control segments for mission crew training, mission support and maintenance support. The 737-700 aircraft are planned to be used at the Syrian border and one of the aircraft has been reportedly taking test flights at the border successfully. (Source: OSIR)

31 Dec 13. Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Electronic Warfare Market Forecast Analysis (2014 – 2020). The report provides market analysis of the global electronic warfare market over the next five years. It contains the analysis of drivers, challenges, and restraints impacting the industry. It also discusses about the industry, market, and technology trends that are currently prevailing in the market. It provides the market size of the global electronic warfare market over the next five years and talks about the market share by different sub-sectors for each region. It tracks, analyzes and lays out the market size of the major defense spenders in each region and provides market share by sub-category namely, Electronic Attack, Electronic Support and Electronic Protection. It talks about the leading competitors in the global market and apart from a general overview of the companies; it also provides details on their financial positions, key products, their unique selling points, and key developments. The global electronic warfare market is estimated to be $12.15bn in 2014 and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.50% to reach $15.59bn by 2020. The continuing exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum will be a driving factor for the sector. The market on the whole has numerous competitors who often engage in joint ventures to win major contracts. A typical example would be joint ventures between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to win contracts in the U.S.. Austerity leading to defense budget cuts are said to continue at least till 2016 in two major western markets of the United States and the United Kingdom. The primary market players are from the United States and Europe; these players have the technical know-how and the technology which has been tried and tested in deployments across Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflict zones around the world. The current trend of the market is its transition towards faster and efficient systems that have the ability to pickup frequency hoping with a reduced time lag. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

30 Dec 13. SPAWAR to upgrade EHSS radar and sonar processing capabilities. The US Navy’s (USN’s) Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Pacific is working on upgrades to the Electronic Harbor Security System (EHSS) that will advance the processing capabilities for both radar and sonar used to identify threats to navy ships at ports around the world. EHSS finds, identifies and tracks threats to USN ships and ashore facilities. SPAWAR SSC Pacific is planning to upgrade the system’s radar and sonar processing capability. (SPAWAR SSC Pacific)In 2012 SSC Pacific added functionalities to advance the signal processing capability and provide “information dominance” to operators, Randy Girdwood, proj

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