13 Apr 11. Insitu Pacific announced today that the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer and service provider will be the new Australian distributor of iRobot Corporation’s line of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). The new relationship will simplify logistics and training for Australian and New Zealand customers seeking to acquire and operate the operationally proven UGVs provided by iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robots division. Insitu Pacific will support the growth of iRobot products and services in Australasia by establishing a facility in Brisbane for on-site training, full repair services and inventory storage. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)
14 Apr 11. Battelle and Levant Power Corporation jointly announced today the two companies plan to develop and commercialize wave energy harvesting technology for ocean systems. Providing consistent, uninterrupted power to sensors, vehicles and communications systems for ocean borne-devices is an industry-wide challenge. Battelle and Levant say that challenge can be overcome by OceanGen power units which could facilitate expansive deployment of advanced and innovative ocean-borne devices. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)
14 Apr 11. Schutt Industries, the leading manufacturer of trailers for the US Military, including the Light Tactical Trailer (LTT) announced the appointment of OVL as the distributor for their products in the Middle East and Africa. OVL has extensive experience in both territories where they are the exclusive distributor for AM General parts. Along with distribution duties, OVL will perform other niche market opportunity specific tasks. (Source: ASD Network)
14 Apr 11. Lockheed Martin will respond to the government’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the next phases for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM). The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command issued the RFP for Engineering and Manufacturing (EMD) and Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) on JAGM on April 13. The scope of the JAGM EMD contract will be to “complete all major component and subsystem critical design reviews (CDRs), a system-level CDR, component and subsystem testing, design verification testing, engineering development tests and production prove-out tests on the six threshold JAGM platforms.” In addition to the EMD requirements, the RFP calls for three fixed-price LRIP options, as well as two fixed-priced advanced procurement items for “long-lead” components that drive the hardware delivery schedule. Lockheed Martin is partnered with some of the industry’s leading suppliers on the JAGM program. Aerojet, a GenCorp company, will provide the JAGM rocket motor for all six threshold JAGM platforms. GenCorp is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., with production facilities in Camden, Ark. Marvin Engineering, headquartered in Inglewood, Calif., will provide launchers for all six threshold platforms. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) will provide the multi-purpose warhead with high HELLFIRE commonality. GD-OTS is headquartered in Saint Petersburg, Fla., with production in Niceville, Fla.
18 Apr 11. Fluor Corporation and Turner Facilities Management Ltd of
Scotland have formed a joint venture to execute current work and pursue additional contracts in infrastructure support and other contingency logistic opportunities that support the United Kingdom’s (UK) armed forces operating in Afghanistan. The joint venture known as Fluor Turner will support the MoD by providing infrastructure support services including project management, property services and facility operations and maintenance expertise. By building on Turner Facilities Management’s 25 years of experience supporting the MOD in operational theatres and Fluor’s global U.S. military support in Afghanistan and Iraq, the MOD can expect excellent performance matched with unique field experience.
21 Apr 11. Deltek Inc. will partner with LogiKal, a specialist project management consultancy, to deliver its Enterp