09 Sep 10. Harris Corporation officially opened its new U.K. Customer Briefing Centre yesterday in a ceremony attended by members of Winnersh Borough Council. The new Customer Briefing Centre is located within Harris’ European Hub and acts as a significant draw to potential customers across the UK & internationally – raising the profile of Winnersh and the surrounding area, and bringing potential revenue into the area (as well as partners, contractors and systems integrators). The Centre is one of the clearest indicators of Harris Communications’ ongoing success in the UK and highlights the company’s continued commitment to Winnersh. To put this in context, the company has invested in over $7m worth of equipment for the centre. Paul Taylor of Harris told BATTLESPACE that Harris Corporation was investing $65m in new facilities world-wide. The core purpose of the Customer Briefing Centre is to provide clients with a real and practical understanding of Harris’ product set – and how they function in combat or non-combat scenarios. It is also a venue for holding customer workshops – where we can discuss market trends, product roadmaps and demonstrate ways in which Harris’ equipment can be integrated with other systems. The Centre is staffed by up to five of the Applications Engineering team and supported by systems engineering and sales team members – however, this is dependent on the customers and their brief. Two staff have a permanent assignment to the facility to keep the equipment, literature and demonstration equipment up to date.
07 Sep 10. NATO plans to keep its Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Va., despite Pentagon plans to shutter U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sept. 7. In other news, he told reporters in Washington the alliance will expand plans for a theater missile defense system into a “territorial” system to which he hopes Russia will contribute. U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office on Sept. 7. (AFP) NATO leaders have “no plans to move” ACT elsewhere, Rasmussen said, adding that he expects the command will remain in the southeastern Virginia town no matter the fate of Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). (Source: Defense News)
02 Sep 10. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane marked the opening of a new special weapons assessment facility Aug. 26.
“The new special weapons assessment facility is another asset to ensure we are the stewards of technology in the future,” said NSWC Crane Commanding Officer, Capt. Charles S. LaSota. “This facility allows us to rapidly and efficiently test, analyze and field weapons and ammunition.”
The facility features a firing range with the ability to track ballistics in 100-yard increments up to 1,400 yards away. Additionally, an electronic target acquisition system is integrated to improve the process of analyzing internal and external ballistics data when ammunition is fired. A large concrete wall separates the range into two sections.
“Adding the concrete wall was imperative,” said Chuck Zeller, U.S. Navy small arms technical warrant holder.
“We can now operate concurrent testings, making the range safer and ammunition and weapon testing more efficient.”
The facility includes an internal armory and multiple ammunition magazines, saving NSWC Crane professionals time and money by eliminating the need to transport items from off-site locations. The new ammunition conditioning bay enhances NSWC Crane’s ability to test and analyze ammunition in different environmental conditions by allowing it to be heated or cooled to precise temperatures. Observation bunkers, located at 600, 1,000 and 1,400 yards down range, allow workers to quickly and efficiently replace used targets and are equipped with high-definition video recorders to allow for accurate visual records. NSWC Crane is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command wi