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19 Jul 06. BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin have signed an agreement that defines how F-35 support services will be provided in the UK through the life of the F-35 Lightning II program. Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Mike Turner, BAE Systems chief executive officer, ratified an extension to their existing Teaming Agreement during Farnborough.

18 Jul 06. Northrop Grumman and SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (S&AS), a Finmeccanica company, have signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement to further strengthen their collaboration in the manufacture and sale of Northrop Grumman Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems, including the AN/AAQ-24(V) NEMESIS and the GUARDIAN™ system.

19 Jul 06. QinetiQ and Boeing collaborate on MTDS demonstrator. Mission training demonstrator at RAF Waddington enters experimental stage. The crucial experimental phase of the £7.8m / 30 month UK Mission Training through Distributed Simulation – Capability Concept Demonstrator (MTDS – CCD) programme, developed by QinetiQ, Boeing and other Team ACTIVE members, is currently taking place at RAF Waddington. Now a third of the way into this programme, the experimental phase involves a series of 10 events to help define the requirements for full UK MTDS. Developed to address the MOD’s overall Network Enabled Capability (NEC) programme, the CCD will demonstrate how a comprehensive and realistic synthetic training environment could transform aircrew training.

19 Jul 06. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and Cranfield University signed a 20-year partnership agreement to offer a wide range of top-level courses at the new DAE University, which will open its doors in Dubai this October. The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties in February, and will enable the institute to offer the first aerospace-focused business and engineering Master and Doctoral programmes in the Middle East.

17 Jul 06. Robowatch Technologies and the South Korean company dU HITEC signed a contract for wide-ranging cooperation. The new partner takes over sales and marketing of the mobile security robot for the Asian continent. dU HITEC will also contribute to the development of future robotic applications and, jointly with Robowatch, work in opening up markets in other Asian countries. Putting this into practice, dU HITEC has established a network for research and development (dU ROBO), production (dU ANI) and marketing (dU PRECISION).”On the basis of our close collaboration with Robowatch, we will evolve as the leading provider of intelligent security and defence robots in Asia,” is the expectation of Kyeong-Hoon Lee, CEO of dU HITEC. The sales structures are going to be completed setting up by the end of October 2006.

18 Jul 06 Team JCA — led by Raytheon Company with EADS CASA North America — debuted its first Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA), a C-295 military transport, at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) held at RAF Fairford. Team JCA last month submitted two bids to the JCA joint program office. The bids are centered on EADS CASA’s combat-proven CN-235 and C-295 transport aircraft. The C-295 that debuted at RIAT has been configured by Team JCA with representative systems that would be used by U.S. Army and Air Force evaluators during the Early User Survey (EUS) portion of the JCA competition. EUS is scheduled to begin this fall.

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