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01 Apr 04. 5 Squadron was re-formed at RAF Waddington, under the command of Wing Commander W R (Bill) Hughes. 5 Squadron’s 20 personnel will enlarge to about 300 soldiers and airmen as the Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) system enters service with five Sentinel R1 aircraft. Comment: ASTOR will provide long range surveillance and target acquisition, from the five aircraft and eight mobile ground stations. ASTOR’s in-service date is September 2005, when two aircraft and two ground stations should have been accepted into service from Raytheon Systems Ltd. The Sentinel R1 is a militarised version of Bombardier’s Global Express business jet. The estimated procurement cost of ASTOR, as at 31 Mar 03, was £1,002m. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 04/18, 3 May 04)

03 May 04. Saab and Linköping University signed a Letter of Intent
to establish a joint center of excellence called LinkLab. The aim of the joint venture is to consolidate and expand common research and technical development in the field of aircraft systems, with focus on advanced systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV:s).
This latest venture is a means of further strengthening and coordinating the collaboration projects currently being conducted by Saab and Linköping University. With LinkLab, the parties aim to create a renowned and respected center of excellence for research and technological development in the field of aviation.

03 May 04. Mark Barclay was appointed as Managing Director of the newly created Thales Avionics Strategic Business Line “Avionics Services Worldwide” Through this appointment, Thales reinforces its commitment to provide world-class services to its customers. He will be based in Toulouse, with operations in Edison, Seattle, Montreal, Singapore, UK and Châtellerault (France).

05 May 04. Shareholders of General Dynamics elected Robert Walmsley, to its board of directors. Shareholders also re-elected directors Nicholas D. Chabraja (who is also chairman and chief executive officer), James S. Crown, Lester Crown, William P. Fricks, Charles H. Goodman, Jay L. Johnson, George A. Joulwan, Paul G. Kaminski, John M. Keane, Lester L. Lyles and Carl E. Mundy, Jr.

28 Apr 04. Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Sidney E. Fuchs president of its TASC business unit, effective May 1. He reports to James O’Neill, corporate vice president and
president of the company’s Information Technology sector.

Apr 04. Aline Borne will be replacing Elsa Dlacroix as Thales Press Relations Officer for Thales Communications, now Thales Land & Joint Systems.

06 May 04. Northrop Grumman Corporation has promoted Thomas Arnsmeyer and David Nastase to vice presidents within its Information Technology (IT) sector. Thomas Arnsmeyer heads security and infrastructure solutions in the sector’s Federal Enterprise Solutions business unit. He oversees programs with the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Transportation Security Administration, among others.

27 Apr 04. Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Eugene G. Payne, Jr., has been nominated for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. Payne is currently serving as the chief of staff, Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Kansas City, MO.

27 Apr 04. Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Robert D. Papak has been nominated for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. Papak is currently serving as the chief of staff, II Marine Expeditionary Force Augmentation Command Element, Camp Lejeune, NC.

30 Apr 04. Brigadier General Vincent E. Boles, Commanding General, 3d Corps Support Command, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, to Commanding General, United States Army Ordnance Center/Commandant, United States Army Ordnance Schools, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

30 Apr 04. Brigadier General Charles W. Fletcher, Jr., Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, United States Army, Washington, DC, to Commanding General, Military S

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