24 Feb 11. Dates fixed for Owning The Night 2. Clarion Events confirmed during IDEX that the dates for Owning The Night 2 will be February 8-9 at The Land Warfare Centre, Warminster, UK.
24 Feb 11. Changes in BATTLESPACE schedule. Due to the agreed dates for Owning The Night being in February 2012, the BATTLESPACE Publishing schedule will be changed to meet these dates. The November Night Vision Issue will be cancelled and moved to the January/February issue which will be a joint Shot Show/Owning The Night issue covering ballistics, weapons and Night Vision with Special Distribution at the Shot Show and owning the Night. BATTLESPACE is the official Publication for Owning The Night and will cover the event with special email news issues prior to and during the event.
25 Feb 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation is highlighting a wide range of its key capabilities and programmes at the Australian International Air Show, including unmanned aircraft systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), airborne early warning and control systems, fire control radars and infrared countermeasures. The air show takes place at Avalon near Geelong, Victoria from 1-6 March. Northrop Grumman’s exhibit in the U.S. pavilion is at 3C 12 in Hall C and the company’s business centre is located at N11. In addition, a full-scale, reconfigurable Global Hawk can be seen in the outside display area at EN-E3. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Global Hawk’s first non-stop international flight from Edwards Air Force Base in California to RAAF Edinburgh near Adelaide.”The Australian Air Show provides an excellent opportunity for Northrop Grumman to meet with the Australian Defence Force, regional customers, and partners to discuss how best to respond to current and emerging needs,” said John Brooks, president of Northrop Grumman International Inc. and vice president of business development for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. “Our ISR and security capabilities across the company are well matched to meeting the region’s growing defence and security requirements.” Northrop Grumman’s airborne surveillance capability will be highlighted with models of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS), the lighter than air Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) and Fire Scout, the vertical unmanned aircraft system (VUAS) multi-role UAV on display. “BAMS, based on our proven Global Hawk platform, is ideal for Australia. It’s a transformational capability that has the speed and endurance to watch over Australia’s vast land and maritime jurisdictions. Global Hawk would also make an ideal national security asset, performing a wide array of civilian roles, such as response to natural disasters, bushfires, environmental monitoring and drug interdiction in addition to its very considerable military tasking,” said Brooks. The MQ-4C BAMS UAS, which recently completed its Critical Design Review, is based on a maritime derivative of the combat-proven RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft with sensors, and is a multi-mission maritime ISR system that will provide a continuous on-station presence while conducting open-ocean and littoral surveillance of targets. Construction of the first BAMS UAS aircraft began in September 2010. The company will present scale models of the entire family of Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fire control radars, including the AN/APG-81 radar for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As the central combat sensor aboard the F-35, the AN/APG-81 represents the most advanced fighter AESA in the world, providing unprecedented air-to-air, air-to-ground and high-resolution synthetic aperture radar images for the war fighter. Northrop Grumman is developing up to three LEMV long endurance, lighter than air hybrid airship systems for the U.S. Army. This system is designed to be optionally manned, providing the flexibility to operate with or without a crew on board and sustain altitudes of 20