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30 Apr 10. Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), Fincantieri’s US subsidiary, and Boeing have announced that Oceaneering International are to enter the team set up a year ago with a view to competing for the imminent tender for the “Ship-to-Shore Connector” (SSC) program which provides for the construction of 80 new generation hovercraft for the US Navy. The announcement came today on the eve of the opening of the “Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition” in Washington, the most important fair in the air-sea defense sector where Fincantieri has a stand as Fincantieri Marine Group, which is responsible for the Company’s activities in the USA. Prime contractor for the team is Marinette Marine which will build the hulls while Boeing will build the propulsion, communication and control systems and the new partner, Oceaneering International, will bring its consolidated experience in the maintenance and assistance of vessels now in service and scheduled for replacement. (Source: ASD Network)

04 May 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation and RUAG Aviation signed an agreement to provide worldwide sustainment and life cycle logistics as an effort to offer a broad capability to countries flying the F-5 Tiger aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, the team will market F-5 aftermarket support, modifications and upgrade programs to countries flying the aircraft.
“This teaming agreement combines the core strengths of both Northrop Grumman and RUAG,” said Dave Werkheiser, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Technical Services Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering Group. “The combination of these capabilities, resources and expertise partnered with the existing capacity of the two entities will result in a team that will best meet the requirements of present and future customers.”
Northrop Grumman is the original equipment manufacturer of the F-5 and has more than 40 years experience with the program.
“By entering the partnership, Northrop Grumman and RUAG Aviation are complementing each other in their fields of expertise,” said Philipp Marc Berner, executive vice president of RUAG Military Aviation. “Our respective clients will benefit from a full range of capabilities, skills and services as we aim to extend the life-cycle of F-5 aircraft in operation.”
As the prime support provider for the Swiss Air Force and other, foreign military F-5 operators, RUAG has extensive experience and infrastructure in place to support the program and has been providing superior support to these operational fleets.

03 May 10. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC announced a new partnership for software joint development with Gedae, Inc. The partnership will bring support for Gedae, Inc.’s software development environment (also named Gedae) to CWCEC’s next-generation of CHAMP VPX DSP engines. Gedae provides a complete development environment for multiprocessor DSP systems. Support for Gedae will enable system designers to easily and quickly develop and field systems based on next-generation CWCEC CHAMP boards.
“We are excited to partner with Gedae to bring support for their comprehensive development environment to our next generation of high performance multiprocessor CHAMP-AV6 DSP engine,” said Lynn Patterson, vice president and general manager, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing. “Gedae, Inc. looks forward to working closely with Curtiss-Wright Controls to speed the deployment of advanced embedded multiprocessor DSP systems,” said Jeremy Lundgren, vice president and general manager, Gedae, Inc.
Gedae Board Support Packages (BSPs) for the CWCEC CHAMP family boards leverage CWCEC’s Continuum IPC™ and Continuum Vector™ software tools. Gedae is an integrated development environment that enables system integrators to design, test, build and deploy multiprocessor DSP applications. The Gedae environment consists of an auto-coding, multiprocessor compiler, high-level language, algorithm library, and debug an

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