07 Jun 06. Army Blocks Airport Development. The land under many civil airports in Poland belongs to the Military Property Agency (AMW). This is true of the Cracow-based Balice airport, Strachowice near Wroclaw, Szwederowo close to Bydgoszcz, Szymany near Olsztyn and the airport in Zielona Gora. It is a headache to all the companies managing them. They cannot take out loans for investment, because banks demand a mortgage – which the firms do not have – as collateral. The army is the owner of the land and the companies only rent it. Worse still, airports located on military land are unable to take advantage of a historical opportunity – EU funds. To apply for them, you also need to have the rights to the land you want to invest in. A few weeks ago the transport ministry decided to help the airports and drafted an amendment to the act on the AMW, which would make the army hand over rights to AMW land to provincial governments. But the defence ministry is protesting against this move as the ministry would rather sell the land and invest the funds gained in the modernisation of the army. The draft amendment is still at the stage of interministerial consultations. (Source: Polish News Bulletin/FT.com)
12 Jun 06. Harris Corporation announced its plan to use resources from its Government Communications Systems Division and its RF Communications Division to
bring total systems integration capabilities to governments and
Ministries of Defense around the world. The Harris International Business team is currently working on projects such as border surveillance systems designed to reduce the threat of terrorist entry and drug trafficking, and large wireless communications applications for emergency response during national disasters.
08 Jun 06. Airbus will build an assembly plant for its A320 planes in the northern Chinese coastal city of Tianjin, the government said Thursday, in a move that could boost sales amid fierce competition from Boeing.
13 Jun 06. Navy Eyes New Base Concept To Support Small-Sized Riverine and Littoral Craft. The Navy is considering the creation of hubs in places like Bahrain and Guam to support the new fleets of small-sized vessels it is fielding to operate on inland waterways and in littoral areas, an admiral said recently. The new hubs, which are provisionally dubbed Global Fleet Stations, would be positioned in strategic places globally and likely would include supplies ashore as well as a “mother ship” in place to provide the logistics and maintenance support to sustain the Navy’s forward-deployed, small-draft riverine craft, said Rear Adm. Joseph Walsh, director of Submarine Warfare (N77). (Source: Defense Daily)
13 Jun 06. Dytecna was successful in winning the exporter of the year at the Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce Award ceremony at Birtsmorton Court. This was a reflection of the success achieved by Dytecna in winning business
in Australia, Japan, Poland, Algeria and Netherlands providing engineering
design for Mobile Systems and HUMS technology. With the growing success of the business Dytecna is also moving both its Malvern Engineering Facility and Surrey office to new larger premises. The Chessington office will relocated to Weybridge in June and the Spring Lane facility will begin to relocate to a 4 acre site attached to the QinetiQ facility in July. Plans are in place for the new Malvern factory to be fully operational by October giving Dytecna the options for planning the growth achieved in winning majors contracts such as “Falcon” with BAE Systems Insyte Ltd and BOWMAN ID&C programmes with General Dynamics UK Ltd. Official opening of the new facility will take place in October.
05 Jun 06. Nepal: Status of Armed Forces. The Armed Forces’ Minister explained the changed status of Nepal’s Defence and Security Forces. His Majesty’s Government of Nepal had been renamed as the Government of Nepal and the Royal Nepal Army as the Nepal Army. HM The King was no