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21 Mar 11. Navistar Defense, LLC today held a grand opening for its new location in Madison Heights, Mich. The office is in proximity to the company’s U.S. Army TACOM customer and houses more than 180 employees. Navistar was previously located in Sterling Heights, Mich., until it outgrew the space.
“We are proud to be a part of the Madison Heights community while we work to provide our warfighters with the best vehicle solutions possible,” said Archie Massicotte, president, Navistar Defense. “Our engineering team in Madison Heights provides system technical support to continually enhance our MaxxPro MRAP vehicles as well as other vehicle product lines.”
Since receiving its original International® MaxxPro® Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle contract in May 2007, Navistar has emerged as one of the leading providers of MRAP vehicles. Navistar currently supports a vehicle fleet of more than 30,000 vehicles in 26 different countries. These vehicles include MaxxPro units, International® MXT vehicles and military commercial off the shelf variants such as general troop transport vehicles, water tankers, fuel trucks, wreckers and more.
10 Mar 11. The new avionics centre at Cassidian’s Friedrichshafen site in Immenstaad entered service today. In this modern building, the development and production departments of Cassidian’s avionics section will from now on be working directly alongside each other, enabling them to benefit from short communication paths and the very latest production technology. The conditions are thus in place to further improve the development of business, which was already making positive progress. Cassidian employs around 1,450 people in Immenstaad, 400 of them in the avionics sector. In addition to development and production, the employees are also responsible for project management and sales of avionics products. Examples of products include avionics systems for the A400M military transport aircraft, obstacle warning systems and radar altimeters for helicopters, digital map generators for aviation, radar electronics for satellites, and data and crash recorders for aircraft, also known as black boxes. The staff also work on new developments and contract work for other companies in the aerospace industry. There are now roughly 100 employees working in close proximity to each other in the new building, with a direct link to the existing engineering house. With its 2,200 square metres of floor space, the new building provides a future-oriented opportunity for the many and varied avionics activities at Cassidian’s Friedrichshafen location. The new laboratory and integration area comprises 1,500 square metres, and is designed as a ‘clean room’ for technologically demanding work. A further 700 square metres of office space are reserved for the management of the avionics section, sales staff and the project management teams.
23 Mar 11. Textron Systems has opened a new facility located in Ottawa, Canada. Through this new facility, which will initially operate as a business office, Textron Systems will bring the broad capabilities of Textron Systems’ operating units to Canadian customers. Textron has a long-standing relationship with Canada, employing more than 1,800 people there. Bell Helicopter, also a Textron company, was recently awarded a 10-year, $640m contract to provide support services for the Canadian Forces CH146 Griffon fleet. In addition, over the last four years, Textron companies Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Textron Defense Systems, AAI and Textron Marine & Land Systems have purchased more than $3.5 billion of supplies manufactured by Canadian companies.
22 Mar 11. Raytheon Co