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Aerojet Wins SLIRBM Engine Development Contract

by Staff Writers
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2006
Aerojet has won a $4.96 million contract from the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs to develop a rocket motor over the next year for the Navy's new Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile, the Sacramento Business Journal reported Monday.

The newspaper described the SLIRBM as "a medium-range ballistic missiles to be launched from submarines" and "a next-generation armament intended to deliver a payload to a target as far as 1,100 miles away within 15 minutes of launch."

The paper said the Navy "appeared to have dropped plans to equip the missile system to carry either conventional or nuclear weapons, and that it now is envisioned as a conventional-strike weapon, which could be fired from the same subs as sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles. "

Source: United Press International

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Israel Probes Naval Missile Defense Failure
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2006
An Israel Navy inquiry into the Hezbollah missile strike on an advanced Israeli warship in July has recommended against penalizing senior officers on the vessel, the Jerusalem post reported Monday. Four Israeli sailors were killed when a Chinese-built C-802 guided missile supplied by Iran to Hezbollah hit the INS Hanit on July 14 during the first week of the Lebanon war.

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