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21 Nov 07. India Data Patterns (India) Pvt Ltd, a private sector player in the development and manufacture of electronic systems for defence and aerospace applications, has inked a deal with Raytheon Company for Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft programme of the Ministry of Defence. Rangarajan, CEO of Data Patterns said that the company has invested in the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and design centre at Sirusseri IT park in Chennai to cater to the emerging needs.

14 Nov 07. At a grand opening ceremony today, American Eurocopter celebrated the opening of their new West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA. This new facility is located on the Long Beach Airport in the Daugherty Skyharbor Complex. American Eurocopter President and CEO Marc Paganini welcomed Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, customers and press to the new facility. American Eurocopter is the number one producer of civil turbine, law enforcement, and air medical helicopters in the United States. The opening of the West Coast Regional Support Facility is part of the company’s overall plan to bring its maintenance and repair services closer to its customers and to improve customer support.


15 Nov 07. Commander, Strike Fighter Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet, Capt. Hal Murdock, relieved the commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, Cmdr. Thomas O’Dowd, Nov. 14, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to lead his squadron. Capt. Stephen Foley, the wing deputy commander, served as the acting commanding officer. O’Dowd has been temporarily assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific in Lemoore, Calif. pending further review.VFA 122 is the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The squadron’s mission is to train aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and fix the Super Hornet. VFA 122 is based out of Naval Air Station Lemoore. (Source: Seawaves Publishing Inc.)

21 Nov 07. The chief executive of TomorrowNow, a US unit of SAP at the centre of a corporate spying scandal that has ensnared the German software group in a high-profile lawsuit, quit yesterday, the company said. SAP also revealed it was looking at options for the troubled unit, including selling it. The newsmarks the latest step in a saga that has represented an unwelcome setback for SAP in its most important market. The scandal broke when arch-rival Oracle filed a lawsuit this year accusing SAP of corporate espionage. It levelled the claims against TomorrowNow, a Texas-based company acquired by SAP to sell software maintenance and support to former Oracle customers. That gave it a crucial role in SAP’s strategy of trying to win over Oracle customers, since the need for continuing support for older software is one of the main reasons companies hesitate to switch suppliers. According to Oracle, TomorrowNow had used the sign-on details of several Oracle customers to access that company’s computers and allegedly remove information about its products. (Source: FT.com)



31 Oct 07. The Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) today signed an agreement to provide “federal recovery coordinators” who will ensure life-long medical and rehabilitative care services and other federal benefits are provided to seriously wounded, injured and ill active duty service members, veterans and their families. The agreement puts into place one of the top recommendations of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, co-chaired by former Sen. Robert Dole and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. Under this agreement the first group of federal recovery coordinators will be provided by VA in coordination with DoD and will be assigned to select military treatment facilities throughout the nation. They will support existing military service and veteran programs and care pro

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