11 May 10. Turkey’s Aselsan Electronics Industry & Trade Corporation has reached an agreement with Jordan-based King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) to set up a joint venture and start production in Jordan, a company statement said. The two companies have agreed to manufacture several ASELSAN devices in Jordan with domestic resources. Aselsan and KADDB are expected to conclude their negotiations on the joint venture till the end of 2010. Established in 1975 to meet the communications electronics requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, Aselsan began its production at Macunkoy, Ankara facilities in 1980. (Source: WORLD BULLETIN- TURKEY NEWS)
18 May 10. SmartGlass International Ltd., a licensee of Research Frontiers Inc., announced an agreement with Research Frontiers to expand the scope of SmartGlass International’s license to include SPD-Smart aircraft and marine products, and a further expansion of the geographic territory where it can offer these and its SPD-Smart(TM) architectural products. Under the new agreement, SmartGlass International is authorized to manufacture and offer SPD-Smart architectural, aerospace and marine products worldwide. These products include: architectural windows, skylights and partitions; aerospace windows and cabin dividers; and marine windows. Prior to this agreement, SmartGlass International was licensed to offer SPD-Smart architectural products worldwide outside of North America. SmartGlass International is the leading worldwide manufacturer of electronically switchable glass supplied to the commercial, hospitality, healthcare, transport and security, industrial, exhibition and exclusive residential sectors. The company recently tripled its smart glass production capacity with a new factory capable of producing over 400,000 square feet of smart glass per year. This factory, located in Dublin, Ireland, includes state-of-the-art lamination and glass fabrication facilities. SmartGlass International and the SCHOTT Group have an agreement granting SCHOTT the right to sell SmartGlass International’s SPD-Smart products. (Source: Yahoo!)
19 May 10. Portendo AB and BAE Systems have signed an agreement to co-operateon civil and military detection systems for improvised explosive devices. The agreement means that BAE Systems obtains an exclusive license to market, sell and manufacture Portendo’s P.Eye-S in the United States and Canada, for the civil market. The P.Eye-S is Portendo’s first product for remote detection of explosives, providing safer working conditions for security personnel at airports, military establishments, government buildings and other potential targets. The agreement also covers the development of a military detection system for roadside bombs based on this technology. It will, under a separate license agreement, be manufactured and sold exclusively by BAE Systems. This technology can be adapted to vehicle-mounted weapons and sensor systems, such as BAE Systems’ Lemur, helping troops to secure an area and clear concealed explosives from a safe distance.
19 May 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation and EOS Technologies Inc. have teamed to pursue the U.S. Army’s Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station 3 (CROWS 3) program. The CROWS vehicle-mounted stations allow soldiers to locate, identify and engage targets with better accuracy and improved range, while the gunner remains safely inside an armored vehicle. Under the agreement announced today, Northrop Grumman will be the prime contractor and systems integrator if the team is selected for CROWS 3. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Warren, Mich., is expected to release a request for proposals for approximately 10,000 CROWS 3 systems in late 2010. The Army plans to equip its entire inventory of tactical vehicles under the CROWS 3 program, making the total program worth as much as $4bn. EOS provided systems to the Army under the initial CROWS 1 contract and produces a wea