28 Oct 08. Savi and Litium Mobile Applications, a consulting firm for mobility and visibility solutions, announced a teaming agreement throughout Scandanavia. The partnership will leverage their technical and marketing strengths to deliver Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other wireless-based solutions to government, defense and commercial organizations. The partners have initiated go-to-market and project management support throughout the Scandanavian region (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland), having already worked together to deliver the Savi Consignment Management Solution (CMS) that automatically locates, tracks and manages in-transit supplies for the Swedish Armed Forces and Denmark Ministry of Defence.
28 Oct 08. Saab AB and Simrad Optronics ASA forms a joint venture under the name Vingtech Saab AS. The company is owned 51 % by Simrad Optronics and 49 % by Saab. The plans for a joint venture was first announced in April this year, provided Norway decides to purchase Gripen. Since both Simrad Optronics and Saab anticipate stronger Nordic defence cooperation in the future, it was agreed not to wait for the aircraft purchase decision. The market potential for the projects that will be started at Vingtech Saab is estimated to reach a value above NOK 1bn over the next five to ten years. If Norway decides to purchase the Gripen system, Saab and Simrad Optronics have identified possible programmes for the first ten years to more than NOK7bn. The company will develop and market various products, mainly in the area of high tech optronics.
Oct 08. Finmeccanica announced joint partnership with Mubadala Development Company, an Abu Dhabi-based investment company to manufacture aerospace composite components for civil aircrafts at the recently announced Abu Dhabi-based composites plant. By 2010, the plant will manufacture components such as spoilers, flap-track fairings and, through this agreement, will develop primary structures including outboard flaps, horizontal and vertical stabilizers. Alenia Aeronautica, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica, will provide technology, technical assistance and specialized training as well as transfer composite aerostructure manufacturing work to the new composites plant. Alenia Aeronautica will also provide support to develop the manufacturing processes that are needed for international industrial certifications. Activities will begin this year and are expected to reach capacity by 2011. (Source: Google)
29 Oct 08. C2SAT has signed a frame agreement with Seanet Maritime Communications AB for the delivery of 60 stabilised VSAT antenna systems. Initially two antennas will be delivered to Seanet for immediate test
installation on ships. Seanet will focus on the business area’s maritime GSM services which the company in the autumn received several new orders. Seanet announced recently that the company aimed to focus and concentrate on maritime GSM services, and decided to cancel the antenna project C-Max. The decommissioning involves cost savings of around 300,000 SEK per month and the possibility to more focus as a Maritime operator. In connection with the now signed framework agreement, C2SAT will take over some equipment from Seanet’s discontinued antenna project.
31 Oct 08. Thales has formed a new cryptography team in Australia. The team will deliver enhanced products, services and support to a wide range of financial services, government, defence and enterprise customers, as well as critical infrastructure operators. In a rapidly growing market, the move enables Thales to capitalise on new opportunities while leveraging its unique local and global capabilities. The company’s commercial cryptography capability was previously offered through Verizon Business. Several Verizon staff have migrated to Thales Australia in order to provide continuity of support for existing customers. They will join colleagues already supporting defence customers. The new team w