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17 Feb 17. Chemring Group PLC (“Chemring” or “the Group”) is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). The Middle East and North Africa is a region of long-standing strategic importance to Chemring, and the Group’s activity in the region has grown significantly in recent years. Chemring has achieved notable commercial successes within the region with sales of products from across its three business segments – Countermeasures, Sensors & Electronics, and Energetic Systems.
16 Feb 17. Airbus heads up new aerospace skills centre in India. Airbus has signed an agreement to establish a ‘centre of excellence’ in Hyderabad, Telangana, to support the development of aerospace skills in India, the company announced in a press release on 15 February.
The pan-European group said that a memorandum of understanding was signed at the Aero India 2017 show in Bangalore with the government of Telangana, southern India, the National Skill Development Corporation India, and AeroCampus, an aerospace training facility in France. Airbus added that the skills centre will train candidates ranging from high school graduates to experienced aviation personnel on aircraft manufacturing; logistics; maintenance, repair, and overhaul; ground handling; and special aviation processes. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
15 Feb 17. Fincantieri begins construction of Italian Navy’s multipurpose offshore patrol ship. Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has held a steel cutting ceremony for the Italian Navy’s multipurpose offshore patrol ship (PPA) to mark the start of construction works on the unit.
The event took place at the company’s shipyard in La Spezia, Italy.
The PPA is the first of seven proposed units and is to be built as a part of the Italian Navy’s plan to renew the operational lines of its vessels, which was approved by the Italian Government and Parliament and commenced in May 2015. Plans have been outlined for the construction of nine new units under the initiative, which includes seven PPAs, one multipurpose amphibious unit or landing helicopter dock (LHD), and one logistic support unit or logistic support ship (LSS). Delivery of the vessels is currently scheduled for 2021. The 132.5m-long PPA will be equipped with the capability to address a wide range of functions, from patrol with sea rescue capacity to civil protection operations. The most highly equipped version will also be able to function as the first line fighting vessel. Units will also be capable of operating high-speed vessels, such as rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB) up to 11m in length via use of lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The PPA vessels can operate at speeds of more than 33kn, and are able to accommodate 171 crew members and features a combined diesel and gas turbine plant (CODAG) and an electric propulsion system. It will also be equipped with the ability to supply drinking water, as well as electricity with 2000kW of power to land. Fincantieri previously conducted the steel cutting ceremony of the Italian Navy’s logistic support ship’s (LSS) stern section in February last year, at its shipyard in Sestri Levante, Genoa, Italy. (Source: naval-technology.com)
14 Feb 17. BAE Systems names its new floating dry dock in San Diego, US. BAE Systems has officially named its new floating dry dock at its San Diego shipyard in the US, as part of a wider effort to enhance its naval ship repair capabilities. The new 950ft-long, 205ft-wide facility is the largest floating dry dock in California, and has a design lifting capacity of 55,000t. The dock is to be paired with another dry dock