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08 May 19. Lockheed partners with Red Hat to deliver faster F-22 upgrades. Lockheed Martin has partnered with Red Hat to create an open architecture to accelerate the delivery of software capabilities to the US Air Force’s (USAF) F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

The open architecture created by the companies is based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. The companies worked together through an eight-week residency in Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to modernise the application development process for the service’s fleet of F-22 jets.

The collaborated effort enabled Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to replace the waterfall development process previously used for F-22 Raptor upgrades as it was unable to get critical capabilities to the troop faster. The company found the platform no longer fit to support its drive for software-led innovation. Lockheed implemented an agile methodology and DevSecOps practices that suit the needs of the USAF.

Lockheed Martin F-16/F-22 Product Development vice-president Michael Cawood said: “When you have a world-renowned platform like the F-22 Raptor, adversaries are constantly looking for ways to counter it. This means we must constantly add capabilities and improve the F-22. And we must do it faster than ever before.

“By working with the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs team, we changed everything, our toolchain, our process, and most importantly, our culture.

“With our new culture firmly rooted in DevSecOps and agile, and a more flexible platform based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the F-22 team will continue its work to ensure the Raptor meets America’s defence needs.”

The focus of the project was also to enable Lockheed to create a team culture rooted in innovation and collaboration to transform its approach to application development. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs has helped the company to execute the agile transformation process. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

06 May 19. Leonardo Signs MoU with CDP and ELITE for the Sustainable Growth of the Aerospace and Defence Supply Chains. Today saw the unveiling of the first group of Leonardo suppliers joining ELITE through the “ELITE Leonardo Lounge”: 22 companies, with a combined revenue of 360m Euros and more than 2,400 employees – LeonardoCompany.com.

  • The aim of the memorandum of understanding is to provide CDP’s financial support for the growth of Leonardo’s supply chain and is part of the initiatives launched by the national AD&S champion with the LEAP2020 programme and ELITE;
  • The agreement represents a best practice at the international level, and fits within the framework of a programme in which ELITE and the CDP Group will commit for the growth of Italy’s supply chains, pillars of the Italian economy;
  • For Leonardo, the signing of the MoU will help improve the sustainability and performance of its business, while contributing to the development of a system made up of solid companies, with a strong background for investments, that are able to innovate and compete internationally;
  • For CDP, the agreement is a step, in line with the goal set by its Strategic Business Plan to support 60,000 Italian companies, through an integrated offer to support their innovation, growth and internationalisation needs;
  • For ELITE, the agreement represents the first example of a virtuous model for supporting the real Italian economy, which has always been at the heart of its mission.

Leonardo, CDP and ELITE today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) dedicated to supporting the growth of the companies that make up Leonardo’s supply chain. The agreement which is linked to the partnership announced by ELITE and Leonardo last February and is part of Leonardo’s LEAP2020 programme provides for the launch of a partnership aimed at fostering the growth of Leonardo’s strategic suppliers, providing structured financial and non-financial tools and solutions to accelerate their growth and support their development plans.

Leonardo, CDP and ELITE have decided to pool their own strengths in order to support the manufacturers on their paths of growth and development by adopting a system approach. The aim of the agreement is to launch a concrete collaboration among the parties for the study, research and evaluation of possible solutions for the member companies of the “ELITE Leonardo Lounge”, with the goal of improving their financial soundness and supporting their consolidation and dimensional growth process.

Consistent with its role as the National Promotional Institution, CDP promotes Italy’s development, responsibly using the country’s savings to foster growth and employment by supporting company innovation and the competitiveness, infrastructures and the nation as a whole. With its new 2019-2021 Business Plan, CDP foresees the mobilisation of 83bn Euros of its own resources in loans to companies over the three-year period, through an integrated offer focused on innovation, growth and international expansion. With the goal of reaching 60,000 enterprises over the period of the plan, this offer covers areas such as facilitated credit arrangements, interventions to support exports and internationalisation, alternative financing instruments, support for access to credit for companies, and equity interventions.

With this aim in mind, CDP has identified some of Italy’s main strategic sectors that have a significant impact on the development of our country’s competitiveness, launching specific initiatives such as this agreement in the Aerospace and Defence field intended to support companies in those sectors.

ELITE is London Stock Exchange Group’s international platform, launched in Borsa Italiana in 2012 in collaboration with Confindustria with which it shares the goal of supporting the best Italian companies by increasingly exploiting synergies and seeks to accelerate companies’ growth through an innovative process of organisational and managerial development aiming at making already deserving enterprises even more competitive, more visible and more attractive to investors at global level.

The international ELITE community currently has reached the number of 1,160 companies, of which more than 700 are Italian, with a total of 84bn Euros in revenues and 490,000 employees.

In 2018, in line with its Industrial Plan, Leonardo initiated a programme of an in-depth analysis of activities with its suppliers, at the group level, dubbed “LEAP2020”, with the objective of strengthening its supply chain in order to make it sustainable in the medium to long term. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the base of suppliers in certain high-impact categories, contributing to their dimensional and qualitative growth; to help a selected pool of partners to grow, that are integrated into the Leonardo production ecosystem and capable of competing in the market, including at the international level, consolidating centres of excellence in certain technologies and managing “critical” relationships with uncompetitive suppliers.

Thanks to Leonardo, the first group of 22 companies accepted into ELITE as part of Leonardo’s supply chain was announced today, through the ELITE Leonardo Lounge, a model developed in co-design to meet the specific needs of those companies. The agreement with ELITE allows those suppliers in Leonardo’s supply chain who decide to join the programme to structure their growth and expansion plans, where high transversal skills are required, particularly in terms of international development and internal organisational structure.

This first group of companies in Leonardo’s supply chain that is today setting out on its own path originates from 11 Italian regions and operates in the Aerospace and Defence industry, providing further confirmation of the importance of this sector in the country’s real economy. The companies have a combined turnover of 360m Euros and employ more than 2,400 people.

Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo: “We are very happy about the agreement with CDP and ELITE because it represents another step forward on the path that we have undertaken, in accordance with our Industrial Plan and with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, to build a supply chain that is robust and reliable in the Aerospace, Defence and Security (AD&S) sector in Italy. We firmly believe in the value of this initiative, and we are convinced that the collaboration agreed upon with CDP and ELITE can bolster the development of the entrepreneurial framework, which is a fundamental element of the national economic and industrial system”.

Fabrizio Palermo, CEO of Cassa depositi e prestiti: “The Defence and Aerospace sectors represent a significant portion of the country’s industrial and technological assets, with important implications for our economy, including in terms of spin-offs. By adopting a system approach, we have begun a structured collaboration aimed at actively contributing to sustainable growth, the creation of new technological skills and the internationalisation of Italian companies operating in these sectors. Thanks to an integrated and wide-ranging offer of financial products, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti is able to offer concrete support to the companies, including SMEs, that make up Leonardo’s manufacturing supply chain, helping to support their competitiveness even beyond our national borders”.

Raffaele Jerusalmi, Chairman of ELITE and CEO of Borsa Italiana:

“We are proud to present today this important system agreement with CDP and Leonardo, which aims to support the economic growth of our industry. Production chains as a matter of fact represent a strategic asset of the Italian economy and promoting their sustainability and further growth is one of the fundamental elements of ELITE’s mission. Thanks to an integrated collaboration model, ELITE will offer those companies that are part of Leonardo Lounge an international programme of preparation and mentorship to support their managerial, strategic and governance growth as well as to facilitate their access to sources of capital in order to further boost the growth of the companies in Leonardo’s supply chain”. (Source: Google/https://www.newswiretoday.com)

03 May 19. Jacobs wins US Army contract to support West Desert Test Center at DPG. Jacobs has secured an estimated $27m contract from the US Army to continue supporting the West Desert Test Center at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) in Utah, US. The direct award bridge contract is valid for 15 months. Jacobs has been performing field range testing and laboratory support services work at the test site for the past 15 years.

Work includes conducting field range testing, as well as chamber and laboratory tests for chemical and biological simulants and pollutants.

As part of the contract, Jacobs is required to conduct an evaluation of the functionality of detection, dissemination and decontamination systems, as well as individual protective equipment. The company delivers technical support, including evaluation of equipment and procedures and facilitation of field exercises and training at customer sites.

Furthermore, the contract includes on-site training for civilian first responders and members of the US Army and foreign partners in handling chemical and biological incidents.

The training programme comprises classroom instruction, practical laboratory exercises and field training. Jacobs aerospace, technology and nuclear senior vice-president Jennifer Richmond said: “Our work at Dugway Proving Ground sustains Jacobs’ position as a leading provider of range and test and evaluation services to the army and US Department of Defense.

“This direct award bridge contract enables us to continue our longstanding partnership providing leading-edge, solutions-driven innovation in the increasingly important area of chemical and biological defence.”

Established in 1942, DPG is the country’s test centre for chemical and biological defence.

The facility conducts testing and support to enable forces and allies to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and explosives (CBRE) hazards. West Desert Test Center is the DPG’s testing area and is involved in planning, conducting, and analysing results of developmental and production tests.

Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District awarded a contract to Jacobs. The company will provide architect and engineer services to renovate the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) headquarters buildings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. (Source: army-technology.com)


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