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23 Jul 10. Chemring Group and NADI sign MOU to expand relationship
in ASEAN region. David Price, Chief Executive, Chemring Group PLC and Tan Sri Dato’ Ahmad Johan, Executive President, National Aerospace and Defence Industries Sdn Bhd (NADI), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Farnborough International Air Show. The MOU expands the existing relationship between the two companies in the ASEAN region and raises it to a new strategic level. Under the MOU the NADI owned company, SME Ordnance, will be able to offer the full range of products and technical capabilities, such as military pyrotechnics and demolition stores, which have become available within the Chemring Group through its own expansion over recent years. This expansion in capability will position SME Ordnance as a strong regional centre to support the demands of the Malaysian Armed Forces and those of the adjacent countries in the ASEAN region. The MOU builds on the successful 25 year relationship in pyrotechnics manufacturing between Chemring Defence and SME Ordnance Sdn Bhd, which established SME’s pyrotechnics manufacturing capability at Batu Arang, Malaysia, and lead to it becoming a key supplier to military customers in the region.
“Chemring Group PLC intends to develop its international markets outside the US and Europe through strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Signing this agreement with SME Ordnance is an important component of our strategy and provides a long-term partnership with transfer of advanced technology to develop an important part of the ASEAN region”, said David Price, Chief Executive, Chemring Group

26 Jul 10. Link Microtek, the specialist supplier of microwave and RF components and systems, has been appointed as UK representative for HBH Microwave GmbH, the German manufacturer of power amplifiers and custom specified components. The agreement was signed with Globes Elektronik, which is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of HBH products and services. Located near to the technology hub of Karlsruhe, HBH designs and manufactures active products and subsystems operating at frequencies up to 70GHz, including amplifiers, MMICs, converters, phase shifters and attenuators.

26 Jul 10. BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman today announced additional members to their GCV team in their bid for the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) competition.
BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman GCV teammates include:
— QinetiQ North America
— Saft
“We have built a team that has extensive experience and innovation in the
development and production of combat systems and subsystems,” said Mark
Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Ground Combat Vehicles at BAE Systems. “With this team we bring more to our customer by providing a vehicle that will meet the Army’s requirements for a highly survivable platform that can adapt to a constantly evolving and changing operational environment; from humanitarian relief to a full scale battlefield.”
Each teammate will bring a different capability to GCV that will help to
strengthen the BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team offering. As the prime
contractor, BAE Systems will provide the overall program management and systems integration for GCV and will also be responsible for providing the vehicle design, structure, logistical support as well as the readiness and sustainment of the platform. Northrop Grumman will serve as the C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) lead. QinetiQ North America will provide the electric drive propulsion system or E-X-Drive(tm) for Ground Combat Vehicles. The E-X-Drive is the key component of the hybrid electric drive system, which minimizes electrical demand, saves on vehicle fuel costs, improves reliability, provides higher dash speed and acceleration and increased on-board and off-board power. Saft will provide the energy storage system for the GCV. The BAE Systems-Northrop G

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