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20 Aug 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation recently held its sixth annual meeting for international users of its Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulator (CEESIM) systems. The meeting is aimed at keeping users updated on system developments while providing a forum to collaboratively identify potential opportunities for improving system performance, product support and customer service. Military and civilian personnel from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Norway and New Zealand attended the meeting, which was held in Munich, Germany, on June 18-19. They were joined by a team of specialists in all aspects of CEESIM engineering and support from Northrop Grumman. The agenda included electronics warfare (EW)-related presentations from both military and industrial user perspectives, including a demonstration of the company’s Environment Generation and Analysis software, a new graphical user interface and other new product developments. The Northrop Grumman CEESIM system is an industry-leading, advanced technology simulator that generates complex dynamic electromagnetic environments to simulate true-to-war conditions. This enables military specialists to test and evaluate the performance of advanced EW systems such as radar warning receivers, electronic countermeasures and signals intelligence systems. Northrop Grumman’s CEESIM is currently used to support a variety of international airborne, naval, missile and ground-based sensors/platforms including the Typhoon, Tornado, EuroHawk, F-35, NH-90, Tiger and A400M. Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems produces deployable radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) simulators for use on test and training ranges at military installations worldwide. The company’s RF and IR simulators test the world’s most advanced EW warning systems, IR/ultraviolet missile approach sensors and radar-warning receivers and jamming systems. These simulators are in use internationally, not only in Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, Italy and New Zealand, but also in several other European, Middle East and Far East countries.

22 Aug 12. RPAS CivOps 2012 conference, which will take place at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium on 4 & 5 December 2012. The RPAS CivOps 2012 conference is being organized by UVS International, in cooperation with the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and is coordinated with the European Commission (European RPAS Steering Group), EASA, Eurocontrol, JARUS, SESAR Joint Undertaking, ULTRA Consortium, EUROCAE WG73 on UAS and WG93 on Light RPAS. This conference will bring together representatives of the following communities and organizations:
– Current civil RPAS operators [commercial & non-commercial (research, governmental non-military)] (operator = person, organization or enterprise engaged in or offering to engage in an RPAS operation);
– Organizations currently involved in preparing the future regulations for civil RPAS on a national & European level (incl. ERSG, EASA, EUROCONTROL, JARUS, SESAR JU, EUROCAE WG73 & WG93 on Light RPAS, ULTRA Consortium);
– Manufacturers of civil RPAS (all aircraft types of all sizes);
– Manufacturers of sub-systems for RPAS (including imagery & non-imagery sensors);
– National aviation authorities;
– European Commission, Directorate General Enterprise & Industry;
– European Commission, Directorate General Mobility & Transport;
– European Commission, Directorate General Research;
– European Commission Joint Research Centre;
– Insurance companies (underwriters & brokers);
– National associations involved with RPAS;
– National working groups involved with RPAS;
– Current & potential customers of flight services supplied with RPAS.
The objectives of this conference are to:
– Increase awareness relative to currently on-going civil RPAS operations (commercial & non-commercial; non-governmental & governmental);
– Give a selected number of current civil RPAS operators the possibility to state their requirements (re: regulatory matters &

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