03 Dec 13. BAE Systems Australia opens F-35 titanium plant. BAE Systems Australia opened a titanium machining facility in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, on 4 December to support its involvement in the Lockheed Martin F-35 global supply chain. The AUD10m (USD9m) facility will manufacture vertical tail fin components for the international F-35 programme as well as other commercial and defence aerospace projects. In operating the facility BAE Systems will collaborate with local engineering firm Rosebank, which will provide specialised treatment and metal finishing services for the titanium components at a nearby unit that is scheduled to open in early 2014. The manufacturing initiative was announced in 2011 as a partnership between BAE Systems Australia, Rosebank and the South Australia government. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
03 Dec 13. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) company Olaeris has selected North Carolina as its top choice for a U.S. headquarters facility. They are currently engaging Piedmont economic development leaders to identify the most promising location for what they believe can become a leading R&D hub to the global UAS industry. The first facility is expected to employ nearly 200 engineers, technicians, programmers, pilots, trainers and support personnel. A key electronics component supplier to Olaeris has also expressed interest in opening a facility next to them, once a site has been chosen. (Source: UAS VISION)
02 Dec 13. Russia mulls training ranges for all military districts. Russia is planning to construct training ranges at its four military
districts, to facilitate hosting of large-scale exercises involving all branches of its armed forces, First Deputy Defence Minister general Arkady Bakhin revealed. In an interview with Echo Moskvy radio, Bakhin said the first such training range is being built in the Nizhny Novgorod region for the Western Military District. Construction of the range, which is also known as Mulino, is expected to be complete in the summer 2014, according to Bakhin. (Source: army-technology.com)
03 Dec 13. During BRIDEX, the Government of Brunei, represented by the Ministry of Home Affairs, and CAE, jointly announced that the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) Sdn Bhd will establish a comprehensive Emergency Management and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence that will support Brunei and ASEAN disaster preparedness. The CAE Brunei MPTC’s Emergency Management and Crisis Management Centre of Excellence will support the Brunei Ministry of Home Affairs and Brunei National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) in training and preparing for various forms of local and regional emergencies and disasters.
02 Dec 13. Russia starts new early missile warning radar site construction in Arctic. Russia has started the construction of a new advanced early missile warning radar site in the country’s northern region, Aerospace Defense Forces commander major general Alexander Golovko has revealed. Golovko was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that the site is being builtnear the town of Vorkuta, which is situated just north of the Arctic Circle. The construction forms part of the comprehensive missile early-warning network Moscow, which is expected to complete by 2018. Four easily relocatable Voronezh-class radar stations have already been added to the network, according to the news agency. (Source: army-technology.com)
27 Nov 13. BAE Systems to expand presence at the Australian Marine Comple. BAE Systems Australia has signed agreements with local authorities to expand its presence at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson, Perth, the company announced on 28 November. The long-term lease agreements secure shorefront land and the adjacent seabed. They signal BAE Systems’ continued investment in the AMC facility, where it undertakes construction, repair, upgrades, and refits of Royal Australian Navy (RAN) vessels. BAE Systems Australia’s maritime direct