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Monday April 15, 2002

PC News
Sub Command Patch v1.051
A new patch for Sub Command has been released, upgrading the submarine simulation by Sonalysts to version 1.051. details -- download

Desert Siege Patch Available
Red Storm has released a patch for Desert Siege which corrects a balance issue in multiplayer games with two or more people in it. Once the patch is installed, players on different teams but with the same player class (rifleman, support, etc.) will now have the same stats. Previously, players on team #1 would have different stats than players on other teams. This patch only affects multiplayer games and only needs to be installed by players who plan to host a Desert Siege server on their computer. Download

Battlefield 1942 Update
Electronic Arts has revealed new details on Battlefield 1942, the World War II first-person mutiplayer game set for release this summer. New Screenshots

Battlefield 1942 allows players to choose from 16 famous battle sites, including Omaha Beach, Stalingrad and Wake Island, from the four main theaters of World War II including the Pacific, Eastern and Western Europe and Northern Africa. With the ability to control more than 35 authentic Axis and Allied vehicles and select from five distinct character classes, players face many choices when developing their plan of action. The game will deliver dramatic moments of World War II, such as heroically storming or defending the beaches of Normandy, commanding a battleship or dive bomber at Guadalcanal, and taking charge of a tank or an artillery vehicle in Tobruk.

The game's multiplayer mode will support up to 64 players on some maps, and some vehicles will let multiple players cooperate, such as the B-17 with a pilot/bombardier station and two separate gunner positions. The single-player mode will let players compete against unscripted computer-controlled opponents.

Military News
ATK Will Supply MRAAS Precision-Guided, Extended-Range Projectile
ATK is part of an industry team headed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control that has been selected to develop a smart ammunition suite for the U.S. Army's Multi-Role Armament and Ammunition System (MRAAS), which is a candidate armament system for Block 2 of the Future Combat System (FCS).

ATK Ammunition Systems, Arden Hills, Minn., will develop the MRAAS precision-guided, kinetic energy projectile (MRAAS-KE) and support Lockheed Martin in the development of two other complementary rounds that comprise its MRAAS munitions suite. MRAAS-KE will be a derivative of the Tank Extended Range Munition (TERM), a gun-launched, precision-guided munition that is compatible with 105mm and 120mm gun systems.

The MRAAS ammunition suite, which is designed to provide full-spectrum lethality, is also applicable to the Brigade Combat Team Mobile Gun System and the legacy force.

The MRAAS-KE projectile is one of a number of advanced precision munitions programs within ATK's newly formed Precision Systems Group, which is pursuing opportunities in precision armament and ammunition systems. ATK Ammunition Systems is one of four operating units that comprise the group.

United Defense Receives Contract for M88A2 HERCULES
United Defense has received a $58.4 million contract award to produce 27 M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles for the U.S. military. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, calls for 21 U.S. Army vehicles and 6 U.S. Marine Corps configuration vehicles, plus spare parts. Combined with two Long Lead Materials contracts issued in November 2001 and February 2002, the total value of the contract is $71.4 million. The contract includes an option for up to $24.9 million in Systems Technical Support.

"The M88A2 HERCULES capability, deployability and safety are unmatched in the world," said John G. Tile, United Defense's Program Director, Recovery Systems. "With 25 percent more towing muscle, 40 percent more lifting strength, and 55 percent more winching power, it provides a much-needed capability for soldiers, Marines and our Allied forces."

HERCULES is the recovery system of choice for today's 70-ton combat vehicles. With the lowest acquisition, operational and maintenance cost of any 70-ton capable recovery system, HERCULES answers the need for cost-effective, self-supporting heavy recovery performance. Key upgrades from the M88A1 include improved power-assisted braking, improved steering, improved electrical system and increased engine horsepower.

General Dynamics Wins Navy Contract
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a three-year multi-year firm fixed-price contract for target detection devices for the Navy's Standard Missile Program. The cumulative value of this contract, with all options exercised, is $138 million. Work on the program will be performed in Scottsdale and is to be completed by October 2006.

The first year of the contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (53 percent) and the governments of Japan (nine percent), Korea (37 percent), and Spain (one percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.

The Standard Missile is a surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile, mounted on Navy surface ships. It is one of the most reliable in the Navy's inventory, and is part of the weapons suite of more than 100 Navy ships.

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