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13 Apr 08. The German government opposes plans by the French government to create a European shipyard industry based on the model of aerospace and defence company EADS, Der Spiegel reported, citing government sources. The magazine said in a prerelease of an article to be published on Monday the German Ministry of Defence has ruled out such an arrangement as long as France’s military shipyard DCNS remains state-owned. Germany’s military shipyards are privately owned, including ThyssenKrupp AG’s unit ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). The report said the German government fears the French side is seeking TKMS’s expertise in fuel-cell powered submarines. (Source: Forbes)

15 Apr 08. Indian conglomerate, the Tata Group, may now be eyeing a partnership with famed Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer. The Group has lately begun to hit international headlines on a regular basis after acquiring Anglo-Dutch steel maker, Corus, and premium auto brands, Jaguar and Land Rover. According to media reports, talks apparently are on with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer for a joint venture to produce aircraft. Embraer, the world’s third largest plane manufacturer, is unable to cope with the large orders that it has been receiving for its planes which serve commercial airliners, as well as corporate and individual clients. Its aircraft have also found application in the defence sector. (Source: Google)

14 Apr 08. As part of the six next-generation frigate programme for the Hellenic Navy, DCNS has reached a new milestone by strengthening its partnership with Elefsis Shipyards of Greece and opening its first representative office in the country, in Athens. Greece has expressed its intention to acquire six next-generation frigates in order to modernise its armed forces. DCNS intends to take part in this programme and has proposed the FREMM next-generation multi-mission frigate. To this end, DCNS has strengthened its partnership with Elefsis Shipyards of Greece by signing a new cooperation agreement specifying the industrial organization envisaged for the production of the frigates. This agreement builds on an existing accord signed by the two partners in 2006. In addition, DCNS has opened an office in Athens. At the official inauguration, DCNS Chairman & CEO Jean-Marie Poimboeuf stressed the group’s commitment to establish a long-term presence in Greece. The ceremony was attended by Mr Christophe Farnaud, France’s Ambassador to Greece. Proposed production of the FREMM frigates with Elefsis Shipyards and other Greek industry partners is based on high-value technology transfers and comprehensive partnership for the development and joint construction of one of the most attractive frigates on the global market. This industrial programme will create a significant number of highly skilled jobs in Greece.

17 Apr 08. Raytheon Oakley Systems, Inc., will integrate its user activity monitoring, investigation and forensics capabilities with McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator® (ePO™), an industry-leading security and compliance risk management solution. Raytheon Oakley’s ability to monitor the complete range of endpoint activities and provide DVR-like replay of any policy violation or malicious incident complements and enhances the integrated products’ value to
enterprise as well as government customers. Raytheon Oakley has joined the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance™, a technology partnering program that accelerates the development of interoperable security products and simplifies the integration of those products within complex customer environments. Through the program, Raytheon Oakley will be able to validate the compatibility of specific management functions in ePO with its SureView™ product for enterprise commercial customers and InnerView™ product for government customers.

15 Apr 08. General Dynamics Itronix has introduced the ACES Channel Program to offer greater support for resellers of its rugged computing products an

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