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Sep 06. Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Program Provides Vital Support to Military Systems Integration. The Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence Bruce Billson today officially launched Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Agreements between a group of industry partners (BAE Systems Australia, Saab Systems and ASC) and Defence that will establish a newly developed Master of Engineering degree in Military Systems Integration in Adelaide. Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Program and the partner companies will invest up to $7.86m over the next five years in a program that directly focuses on the critical high-technology skills shortage in Military Systems Integration. The course was developed by the partner companies in conjunction with the University of South Australia and with support from the Government’s SADI Program.

30 Aug 06. Rolls-Royce Corporation is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to build a long-term strategic relationship to meet the business needs in the area of helicopters, reports Business Line. Rolls-Royce Corporation, which is a long-term supplier of aero-engines to the Indian military, is currently in the race for bagging the 197-unit army helicopter requirement. Director (OEM Sales and International Business Development), Rolls-Royce, Jim Payton said that the commercial bid may open in the next 60 days for the army`s 197 helicopters requirement. The company has partnered with Bell Helicopters for the army order. The Rolls-Royce model 250-C47S engine would power the Bell 407 that is being offered to the Army. The first phase of the programme involves the delivery of 60 commercial off-the-shelf Rolls-Royce model 250-C47S engines for the Bell helicopters. The subsequent three phases of the programme involve local assembly and co-production of additional 137 engines with HAL. Rolls Royce has a licence-manufacturing partnership with HAL since 1956. HAL has been manufacturing the Adour Mk811 for the Jaguar since 1978. It would also licence manufacture the Adour 871 for the new Hawk AJT.

24 Aug 06 – Savi Technology, a provider of active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based supply chain solutions, today announced it is offering a RAND (Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) licensing program on Savi’s intellectual property for active RFID products, which are based on the ISO 18000-7 active RFID air-protocol standard. Savi Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT], launches the program with a Quick Start plan that will be available through Dec. 31, 2006. At the same time, Savi will also offer a Regular license plan which does not have a limited period of availability. Companies that execute a licensing agreement under the Quick Start plan will pay lower up-front fees as an encouragement to early participation in the licensing program. Savi Technology has a full family of active RFID products, including tags and readers. Companies interested in Savi Technology’s IP licensing programs should email licensing@savi.com or visit us online at: www.savi.com/licensingprogram.shtml

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