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Friday October 25, 2002

PC News
Napoleon Movie Trailer
GMX Media has released a movie trailer from its upcoming RTS, Napoleon. Napoleon is based on the battles that took place between 1803-1812. Napoleon is game that allows players to simulate Napoleon's historical battles on a large scale. Movie download Thanks to Cuirassier for bringing this to our attention.

Delta Force - Black Hawk Down Delayed
NovaLogic today announced that the worldwide release of Delta Force - Black Hawk Down has moved to Q1 2003.

"We feel that we need to invest some additional time in 'polishing' the title to make sure that when it does hit the streets, it will be a benchmark for the genre," stated Lee Milligan, President of NovaLogic. "We know that a number of fans will be disappointed with the delay, but they can be sure that the game will be worth the wait."

Set in Somalia in 1993, Delta Force – Black Hawk Down is based upon and around the Operation Restore Hope and Task Force Ranger campaigns and follows members of the elite Delta Force, U.S. Army Rangers, 10th Mountain Division and the Night Stalkers as they participate in a number of daring raids against the oppressive Somali warlords in and around Mogadishu.

New Screens,Movie: Rainbow Six 3 Raven Shield
We have 10 new screens from, the latest in squad-based tactical shooter series. Developed by Ubi Soft's Montreal studio, in close collaboration with Red Storm Entertainment, Rainbow Six: Raven Shield features a brand new Tom Clancy storyline in which Team RAINBOW is led all over the world in a string of dramatic operations. The game will utilize graphics technology provided by the next-generation Unreal engine to power 15 new single-player missions that include the discovery of a cache of biological weapons and stopping an armed gang from terrorizing a London bank. Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield has been delayed until February 2003 and the multiplayer demo will be released in mid-November.

FilePlanet is hosting a GameSpy exclusive movie from Ubi Soft's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield called "Oil Refinery". Movie Download

New Screens: Lock On
We have 5 new screens from Ubi Soft's, Lock On: Modern Air Combat. This week we see an early example of the new Su-25 “Frogfoot” cockpit, as well as a couple examples of point-source lighting, and two high resolution screen shots, a Su-27 cockpit and a MiG-29 tailing a F-15.

Lock On: Modern Air Combat combines a broad scope of game play that includes a dynamic battle generator, an immersive combat environment, and in-your-face action. Choose from eight U.S. and Russian jets that range from the tank-killing A-10 Warthog and, ground-pounding Su-25 Frogfoot to air superiority fighters like the F-15C Eagle and Su-27 Flanker. Filled with intense campaigns, realistic flight modeling and flexible game options, Lock On will provide unlimited game play action to both novice and veteran flight sim fans. Release Date: Spring 2003.

Military News
Lockheed Martin Delivers First Production Raptor
Lockheed Martin has officially delivered the first production F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter to the U.S. Air Force. The formal acceptance documents for the aircraft were signed at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company facility here on October 23.

The aircraft, the tenth Raptor built, is a Production Representative Test Vehicle (PRTV) and is the first aircraft to be purchased with production phase funds. It will be flown to the service's flight test center at Edwards AFB, Calif., in the next few weeks. Raptor 10 will then be readied to successfully support the F/A-22 program's Dedicated Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (DIOT&E) phase, scheduled to begin next year.

At Edwards, Raptor 10 will be assigned to the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) detachment, serving alongside Raptors 07, 08, 09 and 11 to demonstrate the F/A-22 is suitable for operational use.

AFOTEC's DIOT&E mission is to demonstrate the Raptor's lethality, survivability and reliability in a simulated operational environment. DIOT&E is currently scheduled to begin during the summer of 2003.

The Raptor will replace the aging F-15 Eagle as America's premier front- line fighter jet starting in 2005. The F/A-22's transformational yet balanced design of stealth, supercruise speed and extreme agility, along with its advanced integrated avionics and overall user-friendliness, will allow the F/A-22 to help the Pentagon shorten future wars and save American and allied lives.

TUAV Goes Into Full Rate Production In US
United Industrial Corporation announced today that the U.S. Army has approved full-rate production for the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) program, the Company's ongoing program to develop the Army's next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This accomplishment is the culmination of a series of successfully achieved milestones since 1999, and marks the first time in U.S. history that any UAV program for the military has progressed to the full-rate production stage.

Under the full-rate production stage, the Army is committed to fielding and supporting the TUAV program over the next twenty years. This will be realized in part through yearly TUAV production contract awards to United Industrial, beginning in fiscal 2003, and continuing through 2007, by which time it is anticipated up to 60 TUAV systems will have been ordered by the Army. The Company expects to begin deliveries on the first procurement phase for nine TUAV systems in November 2003. The value to the Company on this first year's production contract is expected to be more than $80 million. Further, the Company anticipates similar numbers to be ordered over the subsequent four fiscal years.

Commenting on the historic event, Richard R. Erkeneff, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Industrial, said, "We made a commitment to the U.S. Army and in record time -- 33 months from contract go ahead -- the production decision was made. Without the talent and dedication of our UAV team, we would not have achieved these results. The advancement of our TUAV program to this historic stage reinforces our position as a valued, long-term partner with the Army. This achievement also underscores the high growth expectations that we have always had for our UAV business and highlights our leading role in this fast-growing niche market. We are delighted to apply our expertise to provide the Army with this exciting new capability geared for our country's twenty-first century defense needs."

Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System Successfully Launches Missile At-Sea
A U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile was launched Oct. 16 from USS Stethem (DDG 63), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer underway in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.

The Block III missile flew a fully guided 565-mile flight at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) western test range complex. Seconds after launch from the ship’s vertical launch system, the Tomahawk missile transitioned to cruise flight, utilizing global positioning satellite navigation to a target on the range. The test was part of the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS) technical evaluation process.

TTWCS is the next generation cruise missile weapons control system. It was developed by Lockheed Martin, Management and Data Systems in Valley Forge, Penn., and is scheduled for fleet introduction in 2003.

The test flight demonstrated a new weapons control system capability called Launch Platform Mission Planning (LPMP). This capability enables individual ships to plan and execute Tomahawk cruise missile strikes with Block III missiles and soon to be implemented Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles.

LPMP was developed to reduce weapons system reaction time by speeding up the mission planning process. TTWCS will provide additional warfighting flexibility by allowing a launch platform or a command and control node to redirect Tactical Tomahawk to a new target while in flight. Tactical Tomahawk recently demonstrated its initial capabilities during the first contractor flight test in Aug. 2002. The missile is scheduled for fleet introduction in 2004.

Tomahawk missiles are deployed throughout the world’s oceans on numerous surface ships and submarines, including Aegis-class cruisers, guided-missile destroyers, and Seawolf- and Los Angeles-class submarines.

As in all Tomahawk flight tests, air route safety was carefully planned in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration. For safety purposes, the Tomahawk could have been guided by commands from safety chase aircraft.

The test marked the 401st Tomahawk flight test.

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