05 May 10. The US Air Force has selected four potential bases to begin the training of five new squadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri have been identified for the training.
The new ground control station will train pilots on the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper, according to Daily Press. Bases will be selected on the basis of mission requirements, communications infrastructure, reserve component recruiting, facilities, support capacity, timing and cost.
Decisions will be taken in June 2010 after the air force completes an environmental impact analysis on each base. The air force, which plans to fly 65 UAVs by the end of 2013, will launch the new squadrons to staff the increasing number of remotely piloted aircraft. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)
05 May 10. Northrop Grumman Corporation intends to bid as prime contractor for the U.S. Army Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) competition. The RRRP procurement will be managed by the Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The program will replace aging and outdated radar systems at four test centers: White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.; Aberdeen Test Center, Md.; and Redstone Test Center, Ala. These ranges are used for testing U.S. Department of Defense weapons systems, and much of the range radar inventory consists of 1950s and 1960s-vintage radars that no longer adequately meet current and emerging test requirements. The RRRP will focus on implementing modern radar technologies and developing a common architecture to significantly improve performance while reducing the overall life cycle costs.
05 May 10. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will begin modernising its airfields at a cost of $260m to handle take-off and landing of its new aircraft fitted with sophisticated avionics. The IAF will acquire six C130 J Hercules transport aircraft by the end of 2010 and 126 medium multirole combat aircraft to upgrade its fleet, according to The Hindu. The upgrades will include supply, testing, integration and sustenance of the instrument landing system (ILS) and the distance measurement equipment. It will also include the tactical air navigation system, the air traffic management system and the CAT-2 airfield lighting system. In the first phase, 30 airfields will be modernised in 42 months. 20 further airfields, including those of the IAF, the army, the navy and the coastguard, will be upgraded in the second phase. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)
19 Apr 10. Raytheon Company has opened a new office in Portsmouth, England, that will focus on delivering training to United Kingdom customer. Raytheon is currently competing for the U.K. Royal Navy Fleet Outsourced Activities Project. As part of the competitive dialogue now under way, Raytheon is focusing on low-risk, cost-effective training solutions that remain flexible to future challenges. As a member of the Metrix Consortium, Raytheon has also begun providing early training transformation solutions for the U.K. Ministry of Defence for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Program. The Portsmouth facility will enable Raytheon to leverage worldwide training experience and adapt the company’s proven solutions to the United Kingdom. Training activities performed at the site span multiple programs and functions, including delivery, design, development and management support. The Raytheon personnel based at the site will have management responsibility for more than 100 training professionals in the country.
May 10. PEI-Genesis, the international connector assembly specialist, has continued to expand its operations in Europe with the opening of a sales office in Italy. Located in Milan, the office will be staffed by a team of four personnel headed by Nicola Della Malva, Sales Director Ital