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02 Nov 11. TenCate opens new production facility in France for lightweight armour systems for aerospace applications. TenCate Advanced Armour EMEA opens its new facility in Primarette, France, for the production of lightweight armour systems for aerospace applications on Thursday 3 November 2011. The facility has obtained the Aerospace Quality Certification EN9100:2009, AS9100, JIS Q 9100:2009. After signing a first major contract for aerospace armour solutions in December 2009, TenCate Advanced Armour started a design and qualification process for lightweight armour systems for several aircraft platforms. The extensive design and qualification process was finalised in 12 months, where parts of the systems have been tested against the highest quality requirements as well as environmental and mechanical requirements. TenCate Advanced Armour has now finalised a dedicated aircraft armour facility of 1600 square meters in Primarette. In this facility, aircraft protection is produced according to strict aerospace standards. The facility has obtained the Aerospace Quality Certification EN9100:2009, AS9100, JIS Q 9100:2009. The aircraft protection design, development, qualification, production, after service and support are integrated at the site and are being handled by a dedicated program office of TenCate Advanced Armour. Steen Tanderup, Managing Director of TenCate Advanced Armour comments: ‘We are very pleased with the commitment from our customers to have TenCate supply these lightweight protection kits for their aircraft. TenCate is committed to support our customers with these state of the art armour materials to protect all key areas and systems of their aircraft.’ The TenCate lightweight armour protection system has been designed to meet the toughest requirements in every day usage.

03 Nov 11. St Helena: An Airport at Last. The International Development Secretary said (3 Nov 11) that all conditions had been met to enable the Government to finance an airport for St Helena. A design and build contract valued at just over £200m has been signed with Basil Reach Ltd.
Comment: At present the only way to get to St Helena is by an infrequent mail boat, RMS St Helena, from Cape Town. The boat is now towards the end of her life and the islanders (or ‘Saints’) have been promised an airport for many years. St Helena is possibly best known as Napoleon’s home in exile, from 1815 untilhis death in 1821. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/43, 07 Nov 11)

04 Nov 11. Saab Barracuda invests in speed and quality. Saab Barracuda has invested in a brand new production line at its Gamleby facility in Sweden. A new coating line can now double the output of signature management products compared to the previous line. The new coating line will also deliver lighter weight products, by using less paint and new types of fabric. Saab Barracuda, with its head office in Gamleby, Sweden, has been active in the field of camouflage, heat mitigation and signature management technology for more than 50 years. The company is the world leader in this market area and sees an increased demand for Signature Management Systems all over the world.

06 Nov 11. A report by the UN nuclear watchdog next week will support allegations that Iran has built a nuclear weapons testing facility, Reuters reported on Saturday. In its report, Reuters cites sources stating that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has obtained satellite pictures of a large steel container for carrying out tests with high explosives that could be used in nuclear weapons. The images of the site at Parchin, near Tehran, and other evidence lend credence to allegations by IAEA member states that the installation was intended for nuclear-related explosives testing. (Source: FT.com)
04 Nov 11. DMI has opened a new office in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The office is located in close proximity to Ft. Huachuca, home to the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command

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