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19 Apr 07. Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy have teamed to successfully complete a major update to Standard Missile-2 (SM-2). The improvement, called a “Maneuverability Upgrade,” provides SM-2 with substantially increased performance against new, anti-ship weapons while delivering increased capability to the warfighter. The team included representatives from the U.S. Navy Standard Missile program office and Naval Weapons Station/Seal Beach and a cross-section of manufacturing and engineering employees from Raytheon Missile Systems. Team members worked to develop, produce and validate the performance upgrade to the weapon. The improvement strengthens Standard Missile’s position as the world’s premier ship area air defense weapon.

16 Apr 07. General Dynamics Itronix(R) announced a reseller agreement with Ashburn, Va.-based Telos Corporation for provision of rugged computing equipment for Army customers in office environments. The agreement includes rugged handhelds and laptops, including the Duo-Touch(TM) Rugged Tablet PC, GoBook(R) VR-1 semi-rugged notebook and the award-winning GoBook XR-1 fully rugged notebook. Telos is a prime contractor under the Army Desktop and Mobile Computing-2 (ADMC-2) program. As part of the Army’s Small Computer Program, ADMC-2 focuses on leases and purchases of personal computers, notebooks, ruggedized notebooks, tablets and personal digital assistants as well as printers, digital cameras, video teleconferencing equipment, projectors, displays and high-definition television units. All military services and the Department of Defense agencies may also use the contract, if desired. Vendors have a 10-year period of performance — a three-year base period, three two-year options and a one-year option — with a maximum ceiling of $5bn under the ADMC-2 contract which is managed by the Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems’ (PEO-EIS) of the Army Small Computer Program.

13 Apr 07. Nissan Motor Company, NEC Corporation and its subsidiary, NEC Tokin Corporation, are forming a joint venture company – Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) – to focus on lithium-ion battery business for wide-scale automotive application by 2009. (Source: just-auto.com editorial team)

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