Monday, April 26, 2010

Harris Corporation Receives $20 Million Order from U.S. Department of Defense for Falcon III(R) AN/PRC-117G Multiband Manpack Radios

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Wideband Radios Support Streaming Video and Secure Broadband Voice and Data Access, Giving Warfighters Advanced Situational Awareness in Operations

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS - News), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $20 millionorder from the U.S. Department of Defense for Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio systems, accessory kits and other tactical communications products.

The field-proven Harris AN/PRC-117G provides warfighters with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlefield through wireless, high-bandwidth communications, enabling applications such as streaming video, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat, and connectivity to secure networks. The AN/PRC-117G's wideband networking capabilities give warfighters on the move and field commanders critical real-time information through a man-portable radio that is significantly smaller, lighter and more capable than legacy units.

"The AN/PRC-117G was designed to meet the warfighter's current and future needs for reliable and secure access to mission-relevant information when and where they need it," said Steve Marschilok, president,Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. "The AN/PRC-117G, with its software-defined architecture, offers the flexibility to continuously and rapidly deliver on evolving requirements, enabling both compatibility with legacy radios and the ability to integrate powerful new capabilities."

The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G and Falcon III® family of radios have been widely adopted by the U.S.Department of Defense and key allies. The U.S. Marine Corps recently purchased AN/PRC-117G radios, as did the Australian Department of Defence, which ordered multiple models of the Harris Falcon III radios.

The AN/PRC-117G is the first JTRS SCA-certified and NSA Type-1 certified wideband manpack radio system. With its fully integrated and NSA-certified High Assurance Internet Protocol Equipment (HAIPE) networking encryption, the AN/PRC-117G provides the highest level of information assurance connectivity to tactical commanders and deployed forces in the field. This capability enables direct classified calls and data exchanges between levels of command on the battlefield.

The AN/PRC-117G manpack radio development has followed the U.S. Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program's Enterprise Business Model (EBM). By adhering to the DoD's open-standards approach to radio technology, the Harris AN/PRC-117G radio gives customers a future-focused technology platform that easily integrates pre-planned upgrades and new capabilities based on emerging requirements.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets -- with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated April 26, 2010

Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated April 26, 2010
Source: U.S. DoD issued April 26, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - April 26, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued April 26, 2010 are undermentioned;
CONTRACTS
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~ConocoPhillips Co.,
Bartlesville, Okla., is being awarded a maximum $175,530,512 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other locations of performance are in Colorado and Kansas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0478).
~Equilon Enterprises, dba Shell Oil Products - Shell Mobile, Houston, Texas, is being awarded a maximum $195,168,989 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is Deer Park, Texas. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0469).
~Calumet Sales Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a maximum $132,208,000 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is in Louisiana. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0466).
~Placid Refining Co., LLC*, Port Allen, La., is being awarded a maximum $107,362,766 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0468).
~Gary-Williams Energy Corp.*, Denver, Colo., is being awarded a maximum $105,637,244 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation fuel. Other location of performance is in Oklahoma. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0475).
~Hunt Refining Co., Tuscaloosa, Ala., is being awarded a maximum $52,684,167 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation fuel. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Defense Energy Support Center. The original proposal was Web solicited with 27 responses. The date of performance completion is April 30, 2011. The Defense Energy Support Center, Fort Belvoir, Va., is the contracting activity (SP0600-10-D-0465).
~Caterpillar, Inc., Mossville, Ind. is being awarded a maximum $5,116,120 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, long-term contract delivery for tractor crawlers. Other location of performance is in Illinois. Using service is Navy. There were originally two proposals solicited with one response. The date of performance completion is Jan. 30, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM500-01-D-0059-043).
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
~Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee/cost-plus-award-fee modification with a total value of $151,862,595 under contract HQ0276-10-C-0001. The modification will exercise options to provide system engineering, program management, and other efforts to complete the development and test of the Aegis BMD Baseline 4.0.1 weapon system and to conduct the installation, test, and checkout of the Aegis BMD Baseline 4.0.1 weapon system modifications aboard four Aegis cruisers or destroyers. The work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. The performance period for these options is from April 2010 through Dec. 31, 2013. Research, development, test and evaluation funding fiscal 2010 will be used to incrementally fund this effort in the amount of $9,950,000. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0276).
NAVY
~Engineering Management Concepts,
dba Tetra Tech EMC, Camarillo, Calif., is being awarded a $17,690,714 cost-plus-fixed-fee indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide specialized engineering services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s Range Department. Services to be provided include planning, test operational support, test support and coordination, and engineering analysis and reporting. Work will be performed in Camarillo, Calif., and is expected to be completed in April 2015. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal; one offer was received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., is the contracting activity (N68936-10-D-0037).
~Harris Corp., Government Communications Systems Division, Melbourne, Fla., is being awarded a $6,196,501 firm-fixed-priced indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the full rate production and support of 63 tactical aircraft moving map capability digital map computers, 47 digital video map computers, and 41 extension housings in support of multiple aircraft platforms. Work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla., and is expected to be completed in April 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-10-D-0050).
~Rolls Royce Engine Services-Oakland, Inc., Oakland, Calif., is being awarded a $6,189,471 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-09-D-0006) for the repairs of up to seven T56-A-427 Series IV engines for the E-2C and C-2 aircraft. Work will be performed in Oakland, Calif., and is expected to be completed in December 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
ARMY
~ ARINC Engineering Services, Annapolis, Md., was awarded on April 22 a $13,733,424 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics support and parts for the MI-17. Work is to be performed in Iraq, with an estimated completion date of March 2, 2012. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aviation and Missile Center, CCAM-AR-A, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-09-C-0028).

SEAKR Announces Successful In-Orbit-Test of On-Board Processors Hosted on the IS-14 Satellite

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SEAKR Engineering, Inc., a privately held company, today announced that SEAKR's Application Independent Processor (AIP), which is a component of Cisco IP Routing in Space (IRIS) payload hosted on Intelsat's IS-14 commercial GEO communication satellite, has successfully passed In-Orbit-Testing. IRIS is the first space router onboard a GEO satellite and will be used in a Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) for the DoD in the first quarter of 2010.

The IRIS program, lead by Cisco, will provide the ability to integrate terrestrial and space communications nodes through a common network layer protocol and enable U.S. and allied military forces to communicate seamlessly. Having an IP network node in space will avoid the latency and cost associated with a double-hop to the teleport, thereby dramatically increasing the efficiency, flexibility, and data throughput of satellite links and communication networks. IP-based routing in space is a path to achieve multi-protocol interoperability while enhancing operational performance.

SEAKR Engineering developed and delivered the IRIS payload processors that are used to host the Router and Software Defined Radio functions necessary for on-board routing. Due to a tight schedule, driven by commercial communication satellite procurement cycle, and the significant processing requirements, SEAKR selected their AIP architecture for this mission. Paul Murray, SEAKR's Director of IP and Reconfigurable Processors states, "Our ability to meet the demanding processing requirements and tight schedule is a testament to the scalability and flexibility of the AIP processing architecture. IRIS represents the most powerful reconfigurable processor ever flown, and was delivered on a time frame consistent with commercial communication satellite procurement. The on-board processing performance that this architecture provides enables new capabilities for future space borne assets. For instance, IRIS is flying the processing horsepower to provide over 48 Gbps of real-time JPEG2000 compression, or the equivalent to almost a TeraFlop of processing. This level of processing performance really opens up new capabilities for our customers."

Traditionally, signal processing in space has been performed by Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) which are hardwired and not reconfigurable. A challenge with putting processing on board a commercial communication satellite is that they are normally designed for 10 to 15 year lifetimes, where protocols and applications can change dramatically over the course of a decade. In order to overcome this challenge, and "future proof" the system, the processor needed to be reconfigurable. "The AIP processors were specifically designed to allow for complete reconfiguration on-orbit and supports multiple simultaneous images," Murray said. "This means that you can upload new applications, OS, or waveforms without removing the original 'golden' images. This fault tolerance and reliability is critical for high reliability missions and is native to our AIP processors architecture. As protocol and standards change new waveforms can be uploaded to address the changing mission or customer base."

Another challenging aspect of IRIS was the qualification of a high performance reconfigurable computer for a 15+ year GEO mission. Stringent requirements for shock, vibration, thermal, and radiation environments had to be tested and qualified. Scott Anderson, SEAKR Engineering President said, "The IRIS AIP processor is the culmination of more than a decade worth of technology development and qualification. We're honored that our investment in this area enabled us to work with Cisco Systems and deliver a product of this capability to the IRIS program. This is the second successful flight of the AIP architecture with the first flight being used as a Hyperspectral Image Processor. To date, we've used this architecture for software defined radios, HSI processors, JPEG2000 image compression, as well as other payloads. We've proven that our investment in this area has developed a flexible and scalable architecture that we can build on for our next generation systems."

About SEAKR Engineering

SEAKR Engineering is a world-leading provider of advanced state-of-the-art electronic avionics for space and airborne applications. Since its inception in 1982, SEAKR has delivered over one hundred flight units. SEAKR leading edge space avionics include Cisco IP routers as well as software-defined radios, high-performance payload processors, modular C&DH, and solid state recorders. Contact: Dave Jungkind, (303) 790-8499.

Northrop Grumman Selects Virginia for New Corporate Office

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Move will bring company leaders closer to federal government, key customers

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LOS ANGELES, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC - News), announced that it will locate its new corporate office in Virginia, concluding a search that also included the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

"We are pleased to have identified Virginia as the home for our new corporate office. Virginia, Maryland and the District put forward compelling, competitive offers. Our final decision was driven largely by facility considerations, proximity to our customers, and overall economics," said Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president. "We are very appreciative for the tremendous assistance we received from Governor O'Malley and the State of Maryland, Mayor Fenty and theDistrict of Columbia, and Governor McDonnell and the Commonwealth of Virginia as well many local counties and municipalities."

Northrop Grumman is currently conducting negotiations with several building owners in the Falls Church/Arlington area, with a specific building selection to be announced soon. The company expects to initiate operations in the new corporate office in summer of 2011 with approximately 300 people. Northrop Grumman currently employs approximately 40,000 people in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and is the largest industrial employer in both states.

"The foremost priority of our Administration is creating new jobs and getting our economy back on track," saidVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell. "Today's announcement that Northrop Grumman, a Fortune 100 company, is moving to Virginia is a major step forward in this effort. Northrop Grumman and the Commonwealth ofVirginia have long shared a close and positive working relationship. To gain the corporate headquarters of one of the largest defense and global security contractors in the world is a testament to the strong business climate that we are focused on continually improving. This Administration will keep taxes and regulations and litigation at a minimum to attract job creators from around the world to our state to ensure more new opportunities for all Virginians. I welcome Northrop Grumman to Virginia. I know the company will be a great corporate citizen and partner, and I thank Wes Bush and his team for their investment in the future ofVirginia."

"We were fortunate to have so many great choices in this region, where Northrop Grumman has such an extensive business base," Bush said. "We are grateful to Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb of Virginia, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Congressman Jim Moran, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin ofMaryland, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the entire congressional delegations of both states for their strong and continued support of the defense industrial base and job creation that is critical to the economic success of the Mid-Atlantic region."

Following the move of the corporate office, Northrop Grumman will remain the largest aerospace company inCalifornia with approximately 30,000 employees. Its Aerospace Systems sector is headquartered in Los Angeles County, and each of the company's other four sectors have major facilities in the state. "Northrop Grumman is proud of its longstanding involvement with Los Angeles," Bush said, "We will continue to have a strong commitment to Los Angeles and the region and look forward to working with them for many years."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Lockheed Martin, Magestic Systems, Nikon Metrology Win Innovation Award for F-35 Program

Defense News: FORT WORTH, Texas, April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT - News), jointly with Magestic Systems, Inc. (MSI) and Nikon Metrology, has won a first-place JEC Innovation Award in composites manufacturing for technology used in the production of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.

An F-35 Lightning II, marked AA-1, lands on 23 October 2008 at Edwards Air Force Base.

The 2010 JEC Innovation Award was presented in Paris in recognition of the cured laminate compensation (CLC) process – an innovative composite manufacturing solution for achieving precision, as-built laminate thickness without costly post-cure machining. This new metrology-assisted process is used in the production of composite parts for the F-35 and was developed specifically to pre-measure and correct the thickness of cured composite wing skins for the F-35. The technology will result in significant cost savings to Lockheed Martin and its F-35 global supply network.

"The award spotlights a highly innovative process in the most innovative fighter production system ever devised," said Mike Packer, Lockheed Martin vice president of Manufacturing Strategy & Processes. "This process increases production of right-first-time composite parts, using both MSI's Ply Compensation™ System (PCS™) and Nikon Metrology's Laser Radar technology."

The award was presented at an April 13 ceremony during the opening of the JEC Show in Paris. A jury of renowned international experts selected the best composite innovations, based on their technical interest, market potential, partnership, financial impact and originality. The JEC Show is JEC Composites' annual conference focused on the application and advancement of composites. JEC Composites is the leading network supporting the global composite industry.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grummanand BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team F136.

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 $45.2 billion.

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Navy Awards Aurora Contract to Develop Sensor System to Monitor Airframes for Damage

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CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - 04/26/10) - The Navy has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract to develop an innovative sensor system to perform damage detection and evaluation. Aurora will utilize state-of-the-art structural health monitoring (SHM) sensors developed by Metis Design Corporation to create a system that can readily be added to airframes to perform non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of composite parts. Such a system would have potential to replace costly and complex manual inspection techniques for composite airframes. These inspections require physical and visual access to components, which is not always available on complex air vehicle platforms.

SHM has the capability to detect small defects in composites with high-resolution accuracy, including incipient damage that is not easily detectable. Additionally, SHM systems spot changes in the material over time, which can be used to monitor airframes for damage incurred during routine operation. This system can be used not only to perform NDE on components, but also to monitor the airframe over its entire life. The knowledge gained from the vehicle health management sensors decreases the down-time of the vehicle while increasing the safety of the crew. According to the project's manager, David Kordonowy, "Interpreting the sensor signal into meaningful information -- where the damage is and how extensive it is -- has been a major challenge to structural health monitoring until now. Our NDE/SHM concept addresses this difficulty by using calibrated sensors with robust algorithms to detect damage that cannot be seen with the naked eye."

The NDE/SHM contract builds on Aurora's work with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation on the CH-53K Helicopter. Aurora is a Tier I Supplier to Sikorsky on the CH-53K Heavy Lift program, supplying the Main Rotor Pylon (MRP) and No. 1 and 3 Engine Nacelles.

About Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences designs and builds robotic aircraft and other advanced aerospace vehicles for scientific and military applications. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production plants in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS and a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. To view recent press releases and more about Aurora please visit our web site at www.aurora.aero.

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DTN News: Indian Air Force To Equip 40 Su-30MKI Fighters With BrahMos Missiles

Defense News: DTN News: Indian Air Force To Equip 40 Su-30MKI Fighters With BrahMos Missiles
Source: DTN News
(NSI News Source Info) NEW DELHI, India - April 26, 2010: The Indian Air Force will arm 40 Su-30MKI Flanker-H fighters with BrahMos missiles, the head of BrahMos Aerospace, Dr Sivathanu Pillai has said. This would make India's fleet of Russian-built fighters "absolutely unique" in firepower, he added.Dr Pillai was speaking to Russian media agencies at the Defense Services Asia (DSA)-2010 exhibition currently underway here.
According to Dr Pillai, the first tests of BrahMos air-launched missiles were scheduled for 2011, while the first fighter test flights with missiles on board would take place only in late 2012.
The IAF's fleet of Su-30MKI aircraft is also due for a massive upgrade programme to be carried out by the Irkut Corporation. Corporation vice-president Vladimir Sautov mentioned in February this year that the modernization program ''...includes re-equipping of some 100 Su-30MKI fighters, which are currently in service with the Indian Air Force."
"It is being carried out by the Rosoboronexport, the Sukhoi Design Bureau and NPO Mashinostroyeniya. If things go well, we may offer modernized Su-30MKI fighters to our other foreign partners as soon as 2012," he added.
NPO Mashinostroyeniya is the parent firm for the BrahMos programme from whose original design the current BrahMos missile is derived.

DTN News: Government Prefers French Rafale Buy, Tech Transfer Says Brazil Defense Minister Nelson Jobim

Defense News: DTN News: Government Prefers French Rafale Buy, Tech Transfer Says Brazil Defense Minister Nelson Jobim
Source: DTN News / WSJ
(NSI News Source Info) BRASILIA, Brazil - April 26, 2010: Brazil's government is leaning strongly toward the purchase of French Rafale fighter jets as part of a long-studied procurement due to advantageous technology transfers promised with the offer, Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said Wednesday.
Speaking at a hearing in Brazil's congress, Jobim said the French offer was the only one among three finalists in the bidding process that could guarantee full technology transfer sought by the government.
"This is a political option for the government," Jobim said.
Jobim said the Defense Ministry would submit a final technical report to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva within the next 15 days with its recommendations related to the purchase.
Brazil's government has been studying the purchase of 36 fighter jets to renew its aging air force fleet. The purchase is expected to cost the government up to $4 billion or more.
Among the finalists alongside France's Dassault Aviation (AM.FR) Rafale fighters are Sweden's SAAB's (SAAB-B.SK) Gripen jets and the American Boeing Co.'s (BA) F-18 Super Hornet fighters.
The indication of the Brazilian government's preference for the French fighters is not entirely a surprise, however. President Lula hinted Brazil would likely buy the Dassault fighters during a state visit by French President Nicholas Sarkozy in September.
Government authorities from both Sweden and U.S. have nonetheless recently paid visits to Brazil in an effort to try to help sell fighters from their countries while final technical recommendations are being prepared.
The Brazilian Air Force, in an earlier technical report, had indicated a preference for the Swedish fighters because of cost considerations and long-term technical advantages related to fleet renewal.
The Dassault Rafale bid has been given special consideration, however, as it comes alongside a recent strategic package offered by France to also sell Brazil 50 military helicopters and five submarines, one of which will be nuclear-powered.

DTN News: CN-235 To Be Displayed At Expo Indonesia 2010 In Bangladesh

Defense News: DTN News: CN-235 To Be Displayed At Expo Indonesia 2010 In Bangladesh
Source: DTN News / Antara News
(NSI News Source Info) JAKARTA, Indonesia - April 26, 2010: CN-235, a product of Indonesia`s strategic airplane industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI), will be displayed at Expo Indonesia 2010 in Bangladesh on May 11 to 13, 2010.
Indonesian ambassador in Dhaka Zet Mirzal Zainuddin said the exhibition will display various export products of strategic and non-strategic industries in Indonesia.
Some of the products of strategic industries included CN-235 of PT DI, military vehicles and equipment of PT PINDAD, and railway coaches of PT INKA.
The automotive products also to be displayed at the event will include multi purpose vehicles like Suzuki APV, Toyota Avanza, and GT products.
Expo Indonesia 2010 will have the theme "Integrated Expo 2010: Discover Indonesia, the Beauty Unlimited".

DTN News: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Offers Uranium To Iran

Defense News: DTN News: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Offers Uranium To Iran
*Deal heightens fears over Tehran's nuclear program;
Source: DTN News / Itai Mushekwe And Harriet Alexander, National Post
(NSI News Source Info) LONDON, U.K.- April 26, 2010: Iran has struck a secret deal with Zimbabwe to mine its untapped uranium reserves in a move to secure raw material for its steadily expanding nuclear program.
The agreement was sealed last month during a visit to Tehran by a close aide to Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President, The Sunday Telegraph has reported.
In return for supplying oil that Zimbabwe desperately needs to keep its faltering economy moving, Iran has been promised access to potentially huge deposits of uranium ore -- which can be converted into the basic fuel for nuclear power or enriched to make a nuclear bomb.
"Iran secured the exclusive uraniumrights lastmonthwhen minister of state for presidential affairs, Didymus Mutasa, visited Tehran," said a Zimbabwean government source.
The disclosure came after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, visited Zimbabwe last week to show his support for Mr. Mugabe. At an official dinner in his honour on Thursday, Mr.
Ahmadinejad attacked what he termed "expansionist countries" for exerting "satanic pressures on the people of Zimbabwe."
Mr. Mugabe said both Zimbabwe and Iran were targeted by the West because they wanted to manage their own natural resources.
"We remain resolute in defending Zimbabwe's right to exercise its sovereignty over its natural resources. We have equally supported Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear energy as enshrined in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty," he said.
After 30 years in power, Mr. Mugabe has presided over the dramatic collapse of his country, turning one of the most bountiful lands in Africa into a disaster zone that mixes corruption, mismanagement, violence and human rights violations on a scale that almost ranks alongside the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur.
The uranium deal will heighten fears in the West that Iran is stepping up its nuclear program, which intelligence agencies believe is intended to lead to the development of nuclear weapons.
Iran maintains that its efforts are aimed solely at providing energy but the United Nations Security Council is considering imposing harsher sanctions because of its refusal to allow proper monitoring of its nuclear sites.
Yesterday, Revolutionary Guards test-fired five missiles during war games in a waterway crucial for global oil supplies, and a commander warned the Iran's enemies they would regret any attack.
Iran often announces advances in its military capabilities and tests weaponry in an apparent bid to show its readiness for any strikes by Israel or the United States.
Last week, the Pentagon said U.S. military action against Iran remained an option even as Washington pursues diplomacy and sanctions to halt the country's atomic activities.
The semi-official Fars News Agency said the Guards' naval units fired five missiles at a target, without making clear whether they were newly designed missiles.
"Despite the different places from which the missiles were fired, they all hit the target simultaneously and completely destroyed it," Fars said. The missiles were surface-to-surface and surface-to-sea.
The United States is pushing for a fourth round of UN sanctions against Tehran over its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear activities as demanded by the UN Security Council, including proposed moves against members of the Guards.
Most of Iran's uranium came from South Africa during the 1970s, but its stockpiles are running low, The Sunday Telegraph has learned, so access to Zimbabwe's reserves has been granted at a crucial moment.
The government source added: "The uranium deal is the culmination of a lot of work dating back to 2007, when Mr. Mugabe visited Tehran in search of fuel. Now Iran is beginning to reap the benefits."
An official at the Iranian embassy in Harare confirmed Tehran had been offered the uranium rights. "After a lot of diplomatic work and understanding, we have received reports of a deal having been made for Iran to mine not only uranium but also other metals," he said.
Any deal to supply Iran is likely to put Zimbabwe in breach of current UN sanctions on Tehran. Under Security Council Resolution 1737, passed in December 2006, all countries are ordered to "prevent the supply, sale or transfer" of all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology that could contribute to Iran's enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities."
Mr. Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamba, insisted that mining rights had not yet been finalized, but he defended Iran's right to apply for them.
"The Iranians have a peaceful nuclear program. This cannot be said about the Americans, who mined uranium in the Democratic Republic of Congo and went on to produce a nuclear bomb used to attack Japan," he said. "We have our uranium and no one is mining it, until we decide otherwise."
The extent of Zimbabwe's uranium reserves is uncertain, although some experts believe that they may be large. Exploration has indicated that there are an estimated 450,000 tons of uranium ore with some 20,000 tons of extractable uranium.
The Sunday Telegraph, with files from Reuters and National Post
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