05 Dec 08. The Boeing Company working with industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, today completed the successful intercept of a target warhead in the most challenging test to date of the United States’ only long-range ballistic missile defense system. “This test demonstrated that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system can defeat a long-range ballistic missile target,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. “This intercept is further proof that GMD can provide our nation with an effective defense against the threat of long-range ballistic missiles.” The GMD system test began at 3:04 p.m. Eastern time when a long-range ballistic missile target lifted off from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. Military operators launched an interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base to intercept this threat-representative target. As the interceptor flew toward the target, it received target data updates from the GMD fire control system, which collected and combined data from four different sensors, the most ever for an intercept test. The sensors were the Aegis Long Range Surveillance and Track system in the Pacific; the AN/TPY-2 radar temporarily located in Juneau, Alaska; the Upgraded Early Warning Radar at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; and the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) in the Pacific. After flying into space, the interceptor released its exoatmospheric kill vehicle, which tracked, intercepted and destroyed the target warhead. This end-to-end test of the GMD system was the most realistic and comprehensive to date.
08 Dec 08. Dassault Aviation and INCAT’s parent company, Tata Technologies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ESO services. Under the terms of the MoU, INCAT, a global leader in Engineering Services Outsourcing (ESO), will provide Dassault Aviation with Engineering Services in a number of critical domains, in support of the Indian Air Force MMRCA program, which involves significant offset requirements. INCAT has been selected as a key offset partner for ESO delivery to help fulfill these offset requirements. Utilizing INCAT’s robust Global Delivery model, the services will be delivered largely from the recently established INCAT HAL Aerostructures Limited (IHAL) dedicated aerospace engineering services centre in Bangalore, India, and backed up by INCAT’s delivery teams in France and the U.S. The agreement is testament to INCAT’s expertise in the aerospace market and its commitment to growing this capability in India as evidenced by the recent joint venture with HAL. Eric Trappier, Executive Vice-President International of Dassault Aviation says: “It is essential to find partners with the right expertise and experience in both aerospace engineering and working in India. INCAT and Tata Technologies have proven credentials in both these areas.” Lokesh Srivastava, CEO of IHAL, comments: “This MoU marks a significant milestone since the formation of IHAL and is a sure sign of the solid demand for our services.” (Source: Google)