01 Mar 13. The Combined Services Cricket Association can confirm that the Inter Services Twenty20 Tournament 2013 (IST20 2013) will, once again, be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Tuesday 18 June 2013. This is the sixth year in a row that Services cricket has been hosted by Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s, and the fourth year running for the Inter Services Twenty20 Tournament. The Inter Services Twenty20 Tournament is a triangular competition between the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force senior XI sides and is fiercely competed for; the Royal Air Force will be looking to retain their crown having won in 2011 and 2012. This is one of the few tournaments that provide an opportunity to watch 3 games of high quality Twenty20 cricket in one day. The Combined Services Cricket Association is also pleased to announce that IST20 2013 has chosen Combat Stress as the supported charity, Heineken UK as the event sponsor and CricketWorld.com as the media partner.
01 Mar 13. DCNS and Odebrecht celebrate inauguration of Brazilian Navy submarine construction facility. On 1 March 2013, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, officially inaugurated the Metal Structures Manufacturing Unit (UFEM), which comprises all the industrial facilities and special tooling needed to manufacture the outfitted hull sections of Scorpene submarines under the PROSUB programme (PROgrama de SUBmarinos). The ceremony was attended by Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, Celso Amorim, Minister for Defence, Sergio Cabral, Governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Marco Antonio Raupp, Minister for Science, Technology & Innovation, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, brazilian Navy, high representatives of the Brazilian Navy and the French Ministry of Defence as well as Patrick Boissier, Chairman & CEO of DCNS, and Marcelo Odebrecht, CEO of Odebrecht. This latest milestone reflects the ongoing success of DCNS’s partnership with Brazil and the excellent progress of the PROSUB programme. The PROSUB programme covers the design and construction of four Scorpene conventional submarines and associated shore-based infrastructure through a technology transfer agreement*. Under the agreement, DCNS is providing expertise for the design of the naval base and the infrastructure needed to build and maintain the submarines. DCNS’s role includes the overall design, definition of functional specifications based on requirements, technical assistance for the construction phase, site supervision and acceptance of completed work and industrial equipment. This new manufacturing unit offers approximately 55,000 sq.m. of covered space, 150-tonne gantry cranes and high-capacity presses for the handling and forming of weldable, high-yield steel alloys. These facilities will be used to manufacture the outfitted hull sections of the submarines.
26 Feb 13. Saab Remote Tower System for LFV passes Site Acceptance Testing. The Saab Remote Tower (r-TWR) system under deployment for LFV, Sweden’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), has passed Site Acceptance Testing (SAT). The system is the industry’s first to achieve this milestone, leading the way for full operational certification later in 2013. For LFV, Saab has deployed r-TWR technology at Sundsvall and Örnsköldsvik Airports to provide the Remote Tower Center (RTC) in Sundsvall with high resolution video of the airports. The Swedish Transportation Authority will begin the certification process for operational use in February. (Source: ASD Network)
28 Feb 13. Raytheon Company delivered the first Standard Missile-6 all-up-round to the U.S. Navy from its new integration and testing facility in Huntsville, Ala. SM-6 defends naval vessels against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. Raytheon opened the doors of its new $75m, 70,000 square-foot, all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in November 2012. The facility features advanced tools and the latest pr