06 Aug 10. UK enhances army training centre in Canada. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to buy 1,000 battle simulators worth up to GBP20m (USD31.8m) for the British Army’s Suffield facility in Canada, which is being converted into a hybrid-warfare training centre. Details of the tender were released in July by the UK MoD and include “replacing and enhancing the live-fire target capability at the British Army Training Unit (BATUS) by the procurement of a new fleet of approximately 1,000 tank and infantry deployable field firing target mechanisms” . (Source: Jane’s, JDW)
19 Aug 10. The Boeing Company is expanding its St. Louis-area operations with the planned opening of a new manufacturing facility at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. The facility, tentatively scheduled to open in late 2010 or early 2011, will use leased space in an existing building to house assembly and subassembly work. It is expected to initially bring approximately 75 new manufacturing jobs to Illinois. Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg
addressed U.S., state and local officials, Boeing employees, and the media at a ceremony today in Mascoutah. (Source: Yahoo!)
11 Aug 10. The Armenian National Security Council (NSC) has confirmed the extension of the Russian military base in Armenia. The 102nd Russian military base, located in Armenia since 1995, has been extended following agreements in December 2005 on the division of the Soviet-era Red Banner South Caucasus Military District. NSC Secretary Artur Bagdasaryan said the Russian army base will remain in armenia for at least another 49 years, instead of 25 years, with the possible prolongation of the term. He said Russia’s extended military presence would ensure Armenia’s security, with the help of Armenian armed forces.”We have agreements with our Russian counterparts on joint work on a package on the development of the border security concept and the modernisation of border infrastructure,” Bagdasaryan said. (Source: armytechnology.com)
11 Aug 10. Lockheed Martin’s Savi Technology announced the relocation of its global headquarters to Alexandria, Va., in order to be closer to its expanding base of public sector and commercial customers. Savi Technology provides real-time, solutions and services that leverage wireless sensor networks to improve the management, security and integrity of supply chain assets for customers in the public and commercial sectors, including defense, federal civilian government agencies, utilities and energy (oil, gas, chemical), natural resources and aerospace and defense suppliers. The Alexandria headquarters is located at the company’s existing offices at 3601 Eisenhower Ave., and will be the primary office for Savi Technology’s senior leaders and marketing staff. Savi Technology’s previous headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., will be transformed into the company’s Innovation Lab, where more than 150 engineering and support personnel form a global hub to operate like a business incubator designing and developing customer-centric solutions that are leading-edge, cost-competitive and that provide quick and lasting return on investment for users. Company support functions such as finance, human resources, general counsel and IT will remain in Mountain View.
11 Aug 10. NATS hosted Air Commodore ‘Ginge’ Crayford (Assistant Chief of Staff Battlespace Management at Headquarters Air Command) today at its Swanwick Operations Centre in Hampshire, following the successful completion, three years ahead of schedule, of Project Eastern Sunrise. As part of the NATS and MOD strategy for military controllers to operate on the same technical platform and in the same operations room as their NATS colleagues, Project Eastern Sunrise completes the transfer of London Military operations from West Drayton to Swanwick, and the move of the Scottish Area Control Centre to the new NATS Prestwick Centre near Glasg