16 Jan 11. Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) announced today the closing of a transaction where Lockheed Martin acquired an equity stake in AMMROC, joining shareholders Sikorsky Aerospace Services, which owns an equivalent share, and Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), the principal shareholder. The addition of Lockheed Martin brings significant aerospace sustainment and service capabilities allowing AMMROC to further expand its service offerings in the fixed-wing market segment. Linking this new expertise to AMMROC’s developing capability in the rotary-wing segment allows AMMROC to become a leading global provider of military aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces and other military operators both globally and regionally. With the combined strength of the partners and an aggregate investment that exceeds US$800m, AMMROC draws on decades of experience and expertise in aerospace engineering, material support, logistics, maintenance, component repair, overhaul and training, to deliver a fully integrated MRO support program by a single provider.
19 Jan 11. Kongsberg Maritime’s simulation division and Vestfold University College has signed a framework agreement to further explore activities and projects of joint interest within research and development of maritime simulators from an innovation and human factor perspective. The agreement which was signed 22nd December 2010 comprises extensive R&D project plans and the use of an Interactive Simulator Laboratory (SIMSAM lab) at Vestfold University College, which will serve as a R&D facility. The agreement will include several R&D projects involving maritime simulators in different aspects. The on-going project, called SIMAR – Simulation of Demanding Maritime Operations, with the aim of improving simulation training by enhancing focus on human factors is the first project to be established. Both Kongsberg Maritime and Vestfold University College are major players in the SIMAR-project, in addition to the University in Oslo, Norway and Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Other R&D projects under consideration are communication and team training for best practice in maritime simulation and environmental/fuel efficient surveys for Green Ship training.
18 Jan 11. Tachyon Networks, developer of aXiom end-to-end satellite solutions for fixed, portable and comms-on-the-move (COTM) applications and Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced their intention to cooperate in the development of end-to-end airborne COTM solutions for military and government markets. This broad-based cooperation will focus on solutions for manned and unmanned aircraft, initially fixed-wing and later rotary wing aircraft, which require full-motion HD video transmission capabilities.