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18 Dec 12. British Antarctic Territory: Queen Elizabeth Land. During a visit (18 Dec 12) to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by HM The Queen, the Foreign Secretary announced that the Southern part of the British Antarctic Territory has been named Queen Elizabeth Land. The naming commemorates The Queen’s 60-year reign.
Comment: The previously unnamed Queen Elizabeth Land is around 169,000 square miles (437,000 square kilometres), nearly twice the size of the UK. The British Antarctic Territory was claimed by the UK in 1908 and designated as a separate Overseas Territory in 1962. Argentina has objected to the new naming as part of the UK’s “anachronistic imperialist ambitions”. British Antarctic Territory: Queen Elizabeth Land
During a visit (18 Dec 12) to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by HM The Queen, the Foreign Secretary announced that the Southern part of the British Antarctic Territory has been named Queen Elizabeth Land. The naming commemorates The Queen’s 60-year reign.
Comment: The previously unnamed Queen Elizabeth Land is around 169,000 square miles (437,000 square kilometres), nearly twice the size of the UK. The British Antarctic Territory was claimed by the UK in 1908 and designated as a separate Overseas Territory in 1962. Argentina has objected to the new naming as part of the UK’s “anachronistic imperialist ambitions”.

18 Dec 12. Brazilian Air Force contracts Denel to advance A-Darter missile production. Denel do Brazil received a contract from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to prepare its Sao Jose dos Campos facility for large-scale production of the A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM). Valued at R1.4m ($0.67m), the contract includes the construction of an industrial park at Sao Jose dos Campos for the missile, which is currently undergoing final testing and is close to entering full-scale production. Denel do Brazil technical manager Everton de Paula said the agreement marks another step forward towards the effective implementation of technology transfer. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

20 Dec 12. Boeing will continue to provide engineering and scientific support for U.S. space situational awareness under an Innovative Research and Optical Site Support (IROSS) contract extension from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Under the 18-month, $67m extension, Boeing Directed Energy Systems will provide engineering support, conduct research, and maintain and enhance telescope and electro-optical systems at the Starfire Optical Range in New Mexico and the Maui Space Surveillance Complex in Hawaii. Boeing also is assisting with efforts to modernize major observatory systems at the Maui complex, and helping to return the systems from a period of testing and upgrades to full operational status.

21 Dec 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Electronic Systems sector campus in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been appraised for the second time at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Maturity Level 5, the highest rating possible. The campus received the rating for a broad range of systems, software and hardware engineering processes with aspects of program management, organizational management, training, logistics and supply chain management. Northrop Grumman has earned more than 40 CMMI® Maturity Level 5 ratings. CMMI® is a process improvement framework that defines a set of objective standards for assessing an organization’s full range of engineering and organizational processes. Higher maturity levels signify lower risks for successful program execution. The Northrop Grumman Rolling Meadows campus designs, develops and manufactures advanced electronics for customers worldwide.

02 Jan 13. Boeing Co has signed a deal allowing it to buy nearly 1,100 acres of land at the site of its 787 jet factory in South Carolina, a deal that gives it room to expand production. The acquisition gives Boeing the option to buy the land its factory currently sits on, and the deal

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