18 Sep 08. IPL, the Bath-based software services company, has signed a key framework contract for the supply of software services to Thales UK. This framework has already led to IPL carrying out a significant amount of work on a Thales Software Radio programme, an ongoing development of a Personal Mobile Radio based on the Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) system. IPL has deployed a substantial team of software professionals on-site at Thales locations in Basingstoke, Reading and Wells and at IPL’s own secure premises in Bath. Members of the team are working on the radio software and its supporting applications.
12 Sep 08. Alenia Aeronautica’s long delayed deal with Boeing to jointly build the C-27J tactical transport aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and Army should be
finalized by the end of November, an official said Sept. 12. “The principal elements of the deal are in place, and we just need to finalize the legal details, which should be done by the end of November,” said Alenia North America CEO Giuseppe Giordo. An Alenia source reported at the end of this summer’s Farnborough Air Show that the deal was completed, but both sides have fallen silent since. Giordo said work on the planned production line for the aircraft in Jacksonville, Fla., would now commence, with Boeing joining after the signature. “Boeing people are actually already teaming with Alenia staff on this,” he said. Boeing will join Alenia, the developer of the C-27J tactical transport, and prime contractor L-3 Communications in the deal to supply 78 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force and Army signed in June 2007. (Source: Defense News)