17 Nov 09. Abu Dhabi Aviation and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have reached an agreement to set up in the UAE a joint venture to operate in the field of maintenance and training for helicopters. The two companies agreed to participate in the formation of a limited liability company to carry out certain services and activities in the fields of helicopter repair and overhaul, customisation, modification and upgrading, and the sale of helicopter spare parts and accessories. Also the JV shall work in association with other local companies in the development of a fully integrated helicopter pilot training center to be set up in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
16 Nov 09. BAE Systems has formed a team to compete for the next development phase of the U.S. Navy’s primary intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting, or ISR&T, system. The team is competing for a contract to transition the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy to an application-based system through the DCGS-N Prime Mission Product, known as DCGS-N PMP. The BAE Systems-led team consists of BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Sun Microsystems, MTCSC, Space Dynamics Laboratory, InVisM, and Athena consulting. DCGS-N, the network-centric operations “backbone” for the Navy, enables the actionable and timely distribution of ISR&T data, processes, and systems. It helps naval commanders make better decisions in major combat operations.