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Israel Aerospace Industries Australia will continue operating Israel Aerospace Industries Heron unmanned air vehicles in Afghanistan until at least December 2011, following extension of a lease contract with Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler. The Australian Defence Force flew its first Afghan Heron mission for NATO last January. Aug 17, 2010

Thales, Alenia Space Satellite builder Thales Alenia Space on Sept. 7 announced that it had begun work on TurkeyOs Gokturk high-resolution optical Earth imaging satellite system, which company Chief Executive Reynald Seznec said is the first time a satellite with such high resolution had been sold for export. Gokturk, scheduled for launch in 2013, will carry an optical imager that Thales Alenia Space officials said would be similar to the one on board FranceOs two Pleiades imaging satellites, scheduled for launch in 2011. The Pleiades spacecraft are capable of distinguishing objects 70 centimeters in diameter in black-and-white mode, and 2.8 meters in diameter in color. The Gokturk contract was originally signed in mid-2009 after a long competitive-bid process managed by the Turkish government. The contract, which was valued at 250 million euros ($325 million), included substantial technology transfer to Turkey as one of its conditions. Aug 22, 2010

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