11 Apr 12. To provide an improved customer service Marshall SV has opened an office in Bristol at the heart of the UK defence industry in the South West. Situated in the commercial sector of the city, the facility will provide the company with space for meetings with customers including the Ministry of Defence, prime contractors and partners. Marshall SV is part of Marshall Land Systems, which is headquartered in Cambridge and has facilities in Mildenhall in Suffolk, Petersfield in Hampshire and near Oslo in Norway. The company provides solutions based on integrated workspaces, vehicle engineering, unmanned systems, survivability systems, commercial fleet support and helps customers across the defence and security industry with capability development.
07 Apr 12. Russian Communists on April 7 protested plans to create a NATO cargo transit base on the Volga River, calling it an “ulcer” on Russia’s territory. About 1,500 people gathered in the central Pushkin Square in Moscow with red balloons, flags and banners, while smaller rallies were held in many regional cities to protest what Communists call a “betrayal” of national interests. Russia recently said that it was looking into NATO’s request to use the Vostochny airport near Ulyanovsk, a city about 550 miles east of Moscow, as a transit hub for non-lethal cargo shipped from Afghanistan. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov attacked “NATO occupation of the Volga” and called upon supporters to foil the plans to set up the base, which he said would become “a major drug trafficking point.” “An ulcer is forming in the center of Russia, which will not only be a transit base for military cargo, but also one of the main drug dens on our territory,” Zyuganov said at the rally. (Source: Defense News)
12 Apr 12. The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs announced the establishment of a new organisation, Fleet Support Unit – Australia, to provide better maintenance support to the Navy. The re-organisation was one of the key recommendations to come out of a review conducted by the Navy’s Continuous Improvement Program and incorporates elements of the Rizzo plan to reform Navy support ship repair and management practices. The review identified that the disparate Fleet Support Units were not empowered to achieve their primary aim of repair and maintenance. The new unit will be an amalgamation of the current Fleet Support Units currently located in different establishments around the country.
11 Apr 12. VCC, a pioneer in the development and delivery of today’s most high-performance, innovative LED indication solutions, has moved its headquarters facility to 12780 Danielson Court in Poway, Calif. The new location provides double the available space for design and development, sales and marketing, and warehousing, a necessity for a company that is seeing tremendous growth in both standard product shipments and custom design contracts.
12 Apr 12. Kenya: Training System Extended. Saab announced (12 Apr 12) that the Company has been awarded an MoD two-year extension contract for the Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation (DTES) training system. The DTES system provides full technical and operational support to Battle Groups exercising in Kenya.
Comment: The original DTES contract was announced on 3 Aug 09 and during the past three years Saab has supported over 20 Exercises, including one which deployed to the UK. As well as the Company’s involvement with the Army in Kenya, Saab provides training facilities in Afghanistan, Canada, Germany and the UK. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/15, 16 Apr 12)
06 Apr 12. Navy Begins Construction on DDG 1002. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works President Jeffrey Geiger to start the fabrication of DDG 1002 during a ceremony at the BIW shipyard in
Bath, Maine, April 4. The ship’s design maturity and production read