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22 Sep 11. The Boeing Company and the U.S. Army celebrated the opening of the newly renovated H-47 Chinook manufacturing facility. The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the H-47 Chinook’s first flight.
“Boeing has made a $130m investment to create a world-leading aircraft
manufacturing facility to support continuing U.S. and international demand for the unmatched vertical lift capabilities of the Chinook,” said Jean Chamberlin, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Ridley Township-based Mobility division. The factory renovations will allow Boeing to increase Chinook production rates to six aircraft per month, up from the current rate of four per month. The modern facility offers enhanced employee safety and comfort, lower operating costs and reduced environmental impact. The new facility is one of three Boeing facilities recognized for zero waste contribution to landfill.
22 Sep 11. Harris Corporation officially opened the world’s most advanced manufacturing center for the production of tactical radios, assured communication systems and related products. The new 573,000 square-foot center near Rochester, New York, was developed specifically to increase the company’s competitiveness and address the changing requirements of military and public safety communications. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Jefferson Road Operations Center, U.S. Representative Tom Reed joined Harris senior management, employees and special guests to celebrate the facility’s official opening. About 1,100 employees work at the Center, which is located in Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester. (Source: ASD Network)
20 Sep 11. Nato’s early warning X-band radar will be deployed at a military base in Kurecik near the south-eastern province of Malatya, Turkey, Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal has confirmed. “Following land surveys and inspections, as well as legal arrangements, we have decided to deploy the radar to a military base in Kurecik,” he added. The radar will be operated through a base in Germany, with supervision from a
Turkish general, Nato and US officers, as reported by Defense News.
Russia has, however, maintained firm opposition to the deployment of missile defence systems near its borders. The US and Nato claim that the missile shield is to protect Nato members from North Korean and Iranian missile attacks, and not to direct them at Russia. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)
26 Sep 11. L-3 TRL Technology announced the opening of a new international office in Abu Dhabi to expand its presence in the Middle East and provide increased, localised support for its customers and partners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and surrounding countries.
As a leading provider of electronic defence systems, including Counter-RCIED, SIGINT and SATCOM monitoring systems, L-3 TRL’s expansion into the UAE comes as a result of increasing demand for its products and services in the Middle East. In addition to the new Abu Dhabi office, L-3 TRL is also delighted to announce the appointment of the MEA Regional Manager, Adrian Hickey, who will be heading up the new office, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in working with clients in the region.
22 Sep 11. Major milestone: Babcock starts assembly of QE Class
aircraft carriers at Rosyth. The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Peter Luff MP, today witnessed preparations for the start of the assembly by Babcock of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first of two new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, as he visited the firm’s Rosyth dockyard. The first centre block section will be lifted onto the lower mid block on Friday (23 September), marking a major milestone in the build programme and setting the datum point for the rest of the ship. The Royal Navy’s mas