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12 Sep 11. Tata group’s Hyderabad aerospace projects in trouble. The Tata group has been told that it is not entitled to the land it was allotted for its ambitious aerospace projects in Hyderabad, an embarrassing development for both Ratan Tata and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. Hyderabad’s urban planning agency is arguing that the land which was meant for Tata Advanced Systems’ projects lies in the so-called ‘growth corridor’ where industrial activity is not allowed, senior government officials told ET. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority’s decision to reject the land allotment is at odds with the decision of another Andhra Pradesh government agency and will imperil plans by the Tata group to make components for Sikorsky helicopters and Lockheed Martin’s C-130 Hercules military transport plane. (Source: Google)
12 Sep 11. ManTech International Corporation dedicated a new facility near the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG).
ManTech expects to have 300 to 500 technology jobs at the location supporting U.S. Army programs at APG. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
08 Sep 11. ATK will relocate its corporate headquarters as of October 1, 2011 to Arlington, Virginia, where the company will expand its existing office space. The company will continue to maintain a strong presence in Minnesota, including approximately 210 Minnesota-based corporate employees. In total, ATK employs approximately 2700 people in Minnesota. ATK currently employs approximately 3500 people in the Mid-Atlantic region, where it operates facilities in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
09 Sep 11. Opening of $620m Horseshoe Barracks at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today officially opened Horseshoe Barracks and common user facilities with the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, at Headquarters 1st Brigade, RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. The facilities, costing some $620m, include working Australian Defence Force accommodation, training facilities, a combined mess, fitness, health and community facilities. Senator Feeney said that the project, delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Division, was completed on time and within budget. The project has improved base engineering services at Edinburgh. This included substantial upgrades to electrical, water, sewage, storm water, gas, communications, security and transport infrastructure.
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison welcomed 7RAR’s relocation to South Australia, saying the move greatly enhanced Army’s training ability.
12 Sep 11. Turkey is in talks with the United States to provide a base for a fleet of U.S. Predator drones now stationed in Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday. On Sunday, the Washington Post reported the U.S. government was considering a request from Turkey for a fleet of surveillance drones to be based in Turkey to carry out operations against Kurdish separatists based in northern Iraq. Citing unnamed senior U.S. military officials, the newspaper said Washington had not yet made a decision on the request. (Source: Aviation Week)
05 Sep 11. Type 45 Destroyers: Entering Service. The Defence Equipment Minister confirmed (5 Sep 11) that fourth of Class DRAGON was due to be declared in-service in 2012, fifth of Class DEFENDER in 2013 and last of Class DUNCAN in 2014.
Comment: ‘Warship World’ (September 2011) reports that the MoD anticipates buying the latest US maritime ‘eavesdropping’ equipment to sustain the RN’s shipborne signals intelligence and surveillance capability. Communications electronic support measures are being procured for the six Type 45s in order to meet the requirements of Project Shaman. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS,