28 Jun 10. NATO Secretary General welcomes steps towards new NATO Headquarters. “I welcome the awarding, by the Belgian government, of the contract to build a new NATO Headquarters. When NATO moved into the current Headquarters in 1967, it had only 16 members; today, there are 28 Allies, with more countries aspiring to join. The new Headquarters, which is planned to be complete by 2015, will be of a sufficient size and flexibility for the new NATO. It will also use the latest environmental technologies, to be as sustainable and affordable as possible in its operation.”
I thank Belgium for providing the land on which the new premises will be built, and for the professionalism with which it has managed this important project.
30 Jun 10. Jean-Paul Herteman, Chief Executive Officer of Safran, today inaugurated Sagem’s new “François Hussenot” facility, the main Research & Development center for the Safran Electronics division, in Massy, near Paris. Also attending the ceremony was Vincent Delahaye, mayor of Massy. Today’s inauguration was a major milestone in the extensive restructuring and development effort at the Massy plant, which started in 2008 and was supported by an investment of 60 million euros. It also marks a pivotal step in the development of Safran Electronics, by bringing together various teams within this division at a central site. The new Massy site spans some 51,000 square meters (550,800 sq ft) and is designed for up to 2,300 employees. It consolidates personnel from eight different facilities, previously scattered in the greater Paris area. The “François Hussenot” facility inaugurated today is the largest part of the site, with 1,000 employees, mainly involved in R&D, and floorspace of 20,000 square meters (216,000 sq ft). It houses 17 R&D spaces and three laboratories, featuring world-class installations. With ergonomic specialists contributing to the architectural design process, this facility offers an outstanding working environment, and the layout was designed to facilitate collaborative working between the different specialized trades and project teams.
23 Jun 10. A joint venture of Tata Advanced Systems Ltd has sought land near Hyderabad from the Andhra Pradesh government to set up a defence equipment manufacturing facility. The joint venture, Nova Integrated Systems Ltd, was established in 2008 to develop, manufacture and support a range of defence and aerospace products including missiles, radar and electronic warfare systems. The proposed unit near Hyderabad would be its first facility. (Source: Google)
22 Jun 10. The King’s Troop: Move Contractor Selected. The MoD announced (22 Jun 10) that Morgan Sindall, a construction company, had been awarded a contract to move The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery from St John’s Wood Barracks to Napier Lines, Woolwich. Work is to start in September 2010 and to be complete in November 2011.
Comment: The lease on St John’s Wood Barracks ends in 2012 and attempts to secure an extension were not successful. Three companies were invited to tender for the move, which involves accommodation and training facilities for 171 personnel and 132 horses. The value of the above contract has not been released, other than that it is ‘Category D’ (£10m to £20m). (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/25, 28 June 09)
23 Jun 10. India set to launch fifth Talwar-class frigate. A fifth Talwar-class (Project 1135.6) frigate for the Indian Navy is expected to be launched at Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia, on 23 July. The 4,035-ton Tarkash will then undergo combat systems integration prior to sea trials and commissioning in late 2011, Indian and Russian media reported on 18 June. (Source: Jane’s Navy International)
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
23 Jun 10. The DoD will return 22 U.S. Army, Europe, sites in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany, plus the Giessen General Depot between 2010 and 2015. These site clos