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08 Oct 10. Having established a large presence in Melbourne, Australia, Dytecna Asia Pacific is now starting to build an excellent Ground Power product base for the worldwide aviation sector supplying ground power to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Qantas, Emirates and Boeing. This business is now taking Dytecna’s UK capability into the Australian market and has been very successful in working collaboratively with the UK sites in Malvern and Welshpool on a range of Australian programmes offering export potential. Dytecna is currently working on a number of key UK MoD programmes and International projects providing engineering solutions for not only vehicle integration, armouring, simulation, electronic systems, HUMs and support services. The Dytecna brand is now seen in USA, Canada and Australia as our capability and products have become more visible to a wider business community.

07 Oct 10. With a formal ceremony and live fire demonstration of the D-30 Howitzer, the Afghan National Army officially opened the Artillery Branch School at the Kabul Military Training Center, Oct. 4. The school will serve as the foundation for the professionalization of the ANA artillery branch. In addition to opening the new branch school and the awesome display of firepower demonstrated in the artillery live fire exercise, the new school will officially be partnering with the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Okla. This pioneering partnership between the ANA and the Fires COE will serve as a model of collaboration and outreach between the professionals of the Fires COE and the newly formed Afghan Artillery Branch. This initiative also showcases the professionalism of the Fires Center and will provide opportunities for instructor exchanges, professional development exchanges via VTC and student staff group partnerships with the equivalent Afghan student staff groups. (Source: ASD Network)

07 Oct 10. The two-year-old U.S. Defense Department’s ISR Task Force soon will become a permanent fixture within the Pentagon’s top intel office.
Shifting the task force to the office of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence (OSD-I) will “broaden our aperture beyond Iraq and Afghanistan over the coming months and years,” Marine Col. Anne Weinberg, chief of the task force’s operations division, said Oct. 7. Defense Secretary Robert Gates created the group in 2008 to speed the purchasing of ISR platforms and their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, where combat commanders and troops had been pleading for greater numbers of data-collecting systems. DoD officials and analysts say much of the outfit’s success stems from its independence from the Pentagon’s cumbersome programming and budgeting process. (Source: Defense News)

Oct 10. In a classic example of Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground’s ability to be innovative and inventive in order to keep customers’ costs as low as possible, staff have adapted an existing CV paint shop oven so that it can double-up as a hot climate chamber. The modern, fully-compliant 18m-long x 8m-wide x 5m-high gas-fired oven was built to service Bruntingthorpe’s CV refurbishing business. It has a specially-reinforced grid floor able to carry a battle tank or the largest HGV recovery truck. Under-floor air extraction ensures even heat distribution and prevents hot spots.

AIR BASES

11 Oct 10. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has consolidated its C-130 Hercules workforce and squadrons under No 84 Wing. Under the restructuring, No 37 Squadron’s C-130 Hercules fleet will move under
No 84 Wing Command and operate alongside C-130 workforce training at No 285 Squadron. The restructu

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