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03 May 12. ITT Exelis has opened a new office at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) to support a broad range of ongoing program activities with the U.S. Army.
“This new facility provides us with the opportunity to better respond to
customer needs with on-the-ground support,” said Chris Bernhardt, Exelis
executive vice president and president of the Electronic Systems division. “From communications to electronic warfare technologies, we work hand-in-hand with the Army, and this office underscores our commitment to supporting its critical missions.”
The Exelis office, located at the heart of the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center, is led by Joanne Powell, vice president for Army Programs for the Exelis Electronic Systems division. Powell joined Exelis in 2003 after a 33-year career with the Department of Defense. She retired as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Communications, Fort Monmouth, N.J., for the PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, Va. Since joining the company, Powell has worked at facilities in Fort Wayne, Ind., Clifton, N.J., and at the Exelis office in Fort Monmouth as well.
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04 May 12. Tony Graham, The Ministry of Defence’ Director Ships, formally opened a new maritime technical advice centre based at Innova Campus, Rosyth in Fife. The opening celebrates the collaboration between QinetiQ and the Ministry of Defence and their joint investment. It will ensure the future availability of leading edge Signatures, Structures and Survivability for maritime customers needing advice, assessment and analysis. The event gave an opportunity to those attending to further understand the work of the skilled staff at Rosyth, who are focussed on helping to ensure that the crews of Royal Navy, their ships and equipment are well protected. Staff also support elements of the merchant fleet and the growing energy industry. Sarah Kenny, Managing Director of QinetiQ Maritime, explained some of the work undertaken at the Centre
“I am delighted by the formal opening of the Centre today. Besides showing our commitment to the area, this is an important milestone in refreshing the existing capabilities and retaining the connection to the historic home of Naval Construction research.
“Every ship and every energy production platform at sea generates “noise”, be it audible, vibration, electrical, radar or magnetic. Running engines, operating standard equipment, passage through water, generating electricity or pumping oil – all these create a detectable signature. The noise signature can also be thought of as a measure of wasted energy, and as increased wear and tear. To maintain effective capability, operational units must sustain high levels of signature hygiene. It makes the naval ship less likely to be detected by the enemy, and reduces waste. Less vulnerability to detection increases the probability of survival. Sensing equipment, whether in a mine or as part of an aggressor’s combat system, may be countered and even negated by an effective signature control regime.

01 May 12. Cambridge Airport, UK, returns to EBACE in May (Stand No 780) where it will be talking up its plans to further expand the airport with a major infrastructure upgrade and development of airport land into a vibrant business hub. Its owners, the Marshall Group, are preparing to embark on a £20m investment programme to open up the green field site to the south site of the runway, kick-starting the next phase of enhancements at the expanding East of England airport. Ground-breaking is scheduled for early July. The investment will focus on a new taxiway, which will provide a key access route to the south of the runway. Spend will also centre on a major rehabilitation of the runway which will enhance its performance and maintain the airport’s critical asset for a further 12 years. The project will also deliver significant environmental benefits through the implementation of an improved d

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