U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates chose the Navy League convention to spell out some hard truths about future funding. After paying tribute to the thousands of sailors and marines deployed on combat operations in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan, Gates noted that the Navy has been the most vocal of the U.S. armed services in protecting its force size.
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Here at the Singapore Airshow, Raytheon Missile Systems (Stand U01) is showcasing its Fish Hawk standoff antisubmarine torpedo. While the weapon has been under development for some time, this is its inaugural promotion at a major international exhibition, highlighting the interest in it from the Asia-Pacific region.
BAE Systems is offering technology and systems integration expertise to ship owners whose vessels are threatened by pirates in locations such as off the Somali coast. Despite BAE’s aerospace heritage, the company is downplaying the role of aerial surveillance and control. The solution lies in better and longer range sensors aboard the ships to detect approaching threats, it says.
Here is a scenario produced by Northrop Grumman that demonstrates the thinking behind the Navy-UCAS program:
Helicopter rebuilding firm Overseas Aircraft Support (Static Display No. 37 and 38) and Wings & Rotors Museum, on Friday formed a partnership to fly three UH-1 Hueys and an OH-58 Kiowa 5,000 miles across the U.S., culminating in a flight to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., this Memorial Day (May 26).
The endless string of overseas military engagements and long-running missions–from Desert Storm to Southern Watch to Kosovo to the most recent Operations Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom–have inflicted wear and tear on the U.S. inventory of fighter aircraft.
EMS Satcom (Hall 4 Stand C17E) has been selected by the French Navy as part of a team that includes Eclipse and France Telecom to provide a broadband high-speed data solution for six of its maritime patrol aircraft, with an option for two more.
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