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01 Nov 12. Sikorsky Aircraft has expanded its support of the Colombia Armed Forces BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet by opening an office in Bogota, Colombia. In addition, Sikorsky will open South America’s first BLACK HAWK helicopter training center in Melgar, Colombia, in early 2013. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

31 Oct 12. Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory (SIL) to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker. The lab, known as “SIL 0,” opened on Sept. 12 — three weeks ahead of schedule — at Boeing Field in Seattle. It will be used to test commercial avionics and software for integration into the KC-46A Tanker. Three more SILs will open at Boeing Field and a fifth will open in Everett, Wash., by the end of 2013. Boeing Field also is home to the program’s Boom Assembly Center, which opened on Oct. 16, and the Finishing Center, scheduled to open in late 2013, where military hardware and software will be installed onto the commercial 767 airframe on which the tanker is based.

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30 Oct 12. Recently, the third and last of the Royal Moroccan Navy’s new Sigma class frigates was subjected to its Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT). All Thales systems on board of the ship as well as the functional chains for Anti Air Warfare, Anti Surface Warfare and Electronic Warfare performed flawlessly. Tacticos, Thales’s Combat Management System is the first CMS in the world to have been successfully teamed with the MBDA VL MICA. The ship was commissioned in September 2012. Thales equipment on board of Allal Ben Abdallah includes the Tacticos Combat Management System, the SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar, the LIROD Mk2 fire control radar, the Target Designation Sights, the UMS 4132 KINGKLIP Hull Mounted Sonar, the TUUM-4 Under Water Telephone, the EW Suite (integrated ESM Vigile 100 S & ECM Scorpion 2L), the integrated navigation system (INS), the Bathythermograph Mk21 and the integrated communication system. Mid 2011 and end last year, the other two ships of this class, Tarik Ben Ziyad and Sultan Moulay Ismail, were commissioned so that the program is now concluded and in warranty phase.

02 Nov 12. QinetiQ, through a combination of its Paramarine advanced marine design software and it’s Through-Life Submarines Support Services has assisted the MoD in its on-going submarine safety programme. The project that QinetiQ undertook evolved from HMS Astute grounding in 2010. As part of the post incident review it was identified that enhanced information was required to help in the assessment of safety for stability of a submarine that had grounded. QinetiQ were tasked with the development of a decision support tool that would help to establish the condition of a grounded submarine whilst taking into account a range of variables such as the condition of the sea bed and state of the tides. This would assist in the rapid assessment of the state of a submarine given that in some cases there is limited information to base a response on. The project was carried out for the In-Service Submarines Team which is part of the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) MoD agency, responsible for all Royal Navy in-service submarines (Trafalgar, Vanguard & Astute Classes) and for supporting the introduction of new submarines into service. QinetiQ have an unrivalled knowledge in the field of submarine manoeuvring and control performance, design, optimisation and safety with over 25 years’ experience and have worked with navies around the world including the UK Royal Navy, the Canadian, Norwegian, Italian, and Dutch Navies and submarine constructors such DCNS, Fincantieri, Navantia and BAE Systems. QinetiQ provides an extensive range of submarine through-life support services and tools including Paramarine software, a world leading submarine design solution, and range of Submarine & Propulsor Design, Performance, Optimisation & Safety Services

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