23 Oct 09. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Group has set up the subsidiary ATLAS Naval Engineering Company (ANEC) in Yangsan City, Republic of Korea. ANEC will be a design and development partner for the Korean Agency for Defence Development (ADD) and the Ministry of Defence. By establishing its subsidiary ATLAS intends to intensify its relationship with the Korean Navy and will also enhance its presence on the Korean market and towards its customers.
23 Oct 09. New NATO centre to co-ordinate Afghan security forces’ training. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has established a new NATO headquarters in Kabul to centralise all training of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). In line with ISAF commander General Stanley McChrystal’s latest calls for more rapid growth of the indigenous security forces, the new NATO Training Mission Afghanistan headquarters will be wholly responsible for training the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) as well as ANA institutional training and ANP reform at district level and below. (Source: Jane’s)
03 Nov 09. DCNS opens Institute of Naval Occupations. As part of its knowledge sharing policy, DCNS has opened an Institut des Métiers, or Institute of Naval Occupations. The Institute will strengthen knowledge sharing between different generations of DCNS employees and promote the acquisition of skillsets in line with the Group’s new activities. The Institute will be progressively opened up to partners and subcontractors. Maintaining skillsets is critical to DCNS’s future. The Institute will promote skill and knowledge sharing in key areas of expertise. As a result, most of the training courses will be conducted by DCNS employees. The Institute has just opened at the Group’s Lorient shipyard with a first batch of new DCNS recruits who have just completed apprenticeships. They will receive one month’s training covering a range of general and technical topics designed to acquaint them with the naval shipbuilding environment and practical applications of their skills at other DCNS facilities. Over the following 12 months, each recruit will be assigned to a mentor, typically an experienced employee who has volunteered to dedicate his or her last year before retirement to knowledge sharing.
Nov 09. PEI-Genesis continues European expansion with opening of
sales office in France. PEI-Genesis, the international distributor specialising in the rapid assembly of multi-pin connectors, has opened a fully staffed sales office in France as part of the company’s plans to expand its operations throughout continental Europe.
Led by country manager Jean-Noel Galliot, the four-strong French team will be based at Bussy Saint Georges, which is located about 30km east of Paris.
04 Nov 09. Consortium headed by Rheinmetall to build demonstrator for first comprehensive system for protecting Bundeswehr bases abroad. A consortium led by Rheinmetall Defence of Düsseldorf, Germany, is to build a prototype version of a fully networked system for protecting Bundeswehr camps, semi-static bases and similar installations. Germany’s Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) awarded the project engineering contract to Rheinmetall, Thales Defence Deutschland and Diehl BGT Defence. The consortium plans to demonstrate the prototype’s functionality and efficiency at the Bundeswehr’s base in Meppen, Germany, as early as next year.
03 Nov 09. The Norwegian Air Force (NAF) is facing an unforeseen investment cost related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the service’s future combat jet. The municipality of Bodo has proposed relocating the NAF’s main northern air base away from the Arctic town over fears that takeoff noise levels of the F-35, also called the Lightning II, could be significantly higher than those of the F-16, the NAF’s current fighter. (Source: Defense News)
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
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