Germany is close to deploying an air-defense system for its forward operating bases in Afghanistan that not only repels traditional air attacks but has a counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) capability, as well. Rheinmetall Defense is concluding tests of a close-area protection system (NBS) with C-RAM capability (DTI March 2008, p. 10) that should be available in the third quarter. The €48-million ($65-million) contract, awarded by the federal agency for defense technology and ...

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