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19 Dec 13. To expand its outreach in the German and Central European markets Systematic opens a subsidiary in Cologne, Germany. Systematic is an international IT company and one of the world’s fastest growing providers of military interoperability solutions and command and control off-the-shelf software products. This important extension of Systematic’s global network optimizes customer support in the region and also enhances our understanding of the German Armed Forces operational processes.
“The opening of the subsidiary underlines our commitment towards our important customers in Germany and Central Europe and ensures that we are able to deliver the same reliable partner services in the region as we do for many other nations in the mission-critical area of command & control solutions,” says CEO Michael Holm, Systematic.
Located in Cologne, the office is permanently manned by German employees. The subsidiary is headed by the newly appointed Vice President Business Development Central Europe, Sven Trusch. After his period of service as an officer in the German Army, including deployment in several NATO missions, Sven gained experience in the international defence & security IT business. Sven is overall responsible for the German and Central European market and will add his valuable operational experience to the Systematic product suite for future missions. Systematic SitaWare Headquarters, the modular and scalable software suite for military operations, is already operational in the German ‘Einsatzführungskommando’ in Potsdam and will also be part of the new joint command & control system, which is currently developed under the ‘HaFIS’ program.

10 Dec 13. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison announced the company will build its new SLS helicopter line at Lafayette Regional Airport, leading to the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana history. The project will create 115 new direct jobs averaging more than $55,000 per year, plus benefits, while Bell will invest $11.4m in equipment and tooling. LED estimates the aerospace project will result in another 136 new, permanent indirect jobs, for a total of more than 250 new jobs in Acadiana. Bell Helicopter selected Louisiana for the new facility after a highly competitive site-selection process in which several states were seriously considered. Bell Helicopter’s production of the five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter will unveil a contemporary version of the aircraft pioneered by the company more than 50 years ago as the JetRanger. The SLS – or Short Light Single – will focus on safety, efficiency and reliability through the use of advanced technology.

11 Dec 13. Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc., have opened the Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab, as well as the Bell Helicopter/AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manned/Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Lab. Based at Textron Systems’ Huntsville, Ala., location, these labs combine live data feeds, high-fidelity simulated environments and field equipment to enable rapid system integration and testing, and the demonstration and proof of operational concepts. The Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab incorporates AAI’s unmanned platforms, command and control solutions, and training and simulation equipment, along with technologies for real-time collaboration and tasking. Paired with live data feeds, the lab lets customers integrate and troubleshoot new components and assets. (Source: UAS VISION)

17 Dec 13. AgustaWestland announced the opening of a new office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The office will strengthen AgustaWestland’s position in the Far East by better serving existing Customers and promoting future business with military, government and commercial Customers. Attending the successful opening event were more than 100 delegates including customers, dignitaries from local and na

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