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Job – Ship Integrated Design Team in Washington
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Job type: Permanent
Category: Building Services Engineering
Job Reference: 357688775
Posted on: 20 Feb 2018
About the Role:
JOIN OUR NAVAL SHIP INTEGRATED DESIGN TEAM The Rosenblatt Ship Design Division of The Columbia Group (TCG) is seeking Naval/Marine Engineers in various disciplines to join our ship integrated design team. The design team which consists of an Integration Program Manager, Naval Architects, Marine Electrical Engineers, Marine Mechanical Engineers, Combat Systems Engineers, and HVAC Engineers will be responsible for modifying an existing class of warship to meet US Navy requirements. The ideal candidates will perform integrated design as well as modifications to existing designs, requiring the application of US naval standards, procedures, and criteria in carrying out the prescribed sequence of related technical tasks. Team members will also be responsible for preparation of assessments, reports and other documentation and/or presentations as required. Marine Mechanical, Electrical Engineers, Drafters & Designers with combatant ship design experience of all levels are encouraged to apply!
22 Feb 18. SEPI rules out Navantia yard closures.
Spanish state-holding company, the Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI), has reported that it will not close any of naval shipbuilder Navantia’s yards but will push ahead with plans to rejuvenate the workforce under a major modernisation programme.
The message was relayed to trade union representatives at a meeting in the Andalucia regional capital of Seville on 21 February by SEPI President Pilar Platero.
Outlining the results of recent talks on a strategic plan for Navantia with the unions, she said they would be looking to improve efficiency by modernising all the shipbuilder’s work centres through new technologies and digitalisation. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Feb 18. Babcock to develop base in Busan, South Korea. Further strengthening its international reach and its presence in South Korea, Babcock International, the highly- skilled engineering company has announced that it is to open a facility in Busan, South Korea’s second largest city after its capital Seoul. With a long – standing presence in the country through its Weapons Handling and Launch System (WHLS) design and manufacture contract for the Jangbogo III submarine programme, and work in the commercial marine market, Babcock is looking to further invest in the country as it drives forward with its global growth ambitions. The company will set up a new office facility in the large Port city of Busan; an ideal location to support Jangbogo III, South Korea’s first indigenous submarine programme, and new business within the wider defence industry. Babcock is working closely with the Busan Metropolitan City Government and the British Embassy to establish its South Korean base with the facility due to be opened within the next few months. A key element of Babcock’s in-country investment is to maximise the pool of local engineering talent to champion Babcock’s marine capability and to grow its Korean portfolio. Speaking at an event in Busan with the Busan Metropolitan City Government to announce the new venture Jeff Lewis, Managing Director, Defence Systems Technology, Babcock said: “Establishing Babcock Korea in Busan will help to support the Jangbogo III programme and will give us access to local skills to support our supply chain, manufacturing and contract activities. “The new site will also provide a platform to seek new opportunities in Korea, predominantly in the marine defence industry but also in other areas where Babcock has capability. “We are delighted to be working closely with Busan City Government which has shown great support and encouragement for us to base ourselves in the city and we look forward to growing our presence in Korea.”
In the latter part of 2017 Babcock further underlined its international defence credentials when it announced that it had successfully secured a seven year contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to continue the manufacture and delivery of WHLS equipment for the South Korean Jangbogo III submarine programme, third boat set. The WHLS features an air turbine pump (ATP) and programmable firing valve (PFV) launch system and is based on the principles used in the WHLS supplied by Babcock. With procurement and manufacture already underway, boat one is due to be handed over to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK) at the end of 2020, and boat two at the end of 2022. Working from its new Korean base and from its UK facility in Bristol, Babcock is well positioned to deliver its long – term commitments to Jangbogo III by utilising a global supply chain network that spans from leading South Korean companies such as Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), to suppliers in the UK, Spain and Germany. Babcock can also reach back into its wider organisation to call on the skills and experience from a plethora of expertise in engineering, project management, supply chain and contract management. In recognition of Babcock’s achievements to date on the delivery of the Jangbogo III programme, Babcock’s team was proud to receive the Association of Project Management’s (APM) Overseas Project of the Year Award 2017. The judging panel acknowledged Babcock’s endeavour of putting the customer first, its ability to overcome complex design challenges, and particularly its ability to deliver highly technical bespoke systems within a challenging programme to ensure continuity of the main build schedule.
20 Feb 18. Lockheed Martin opens new Australian corporate headquarters. Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has officially opened defence technology company Lockheed Martin Australia’s new corporate headquarters in the country. The new site has been named Lockheed Martin Australia House and is located on the edge of Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle. It is expected to facilitate the company’s corporate and business development functions in the region.
The facility features the latest and advanced Lockheed Martin Endeavour Centre, which is a purpose-built unit that has been specially designed to improve exploration opportunities and support new developments with key partners.
Lockheed Martin International executive vice-president Rick Edwards said: “For more than 70 years, Lockheed Martin has invested in Australia, building long-term capability through our defence, innovation, space and technology programmes.
“This building is symbolic of our continued commitment and enduring aspiration to be Australia’s partner of choice for defence, aerospace, sustainment and technology solutions, as well as a valued and contributing member of the broader Australian community.”
Lockheed currently employs more than 900 staff across every mainland state and territory of the country, while additional 3,200 jobs are supported by the company’s programmes, primarily in advanced manufacturing and high-technology industries.
Lockheed Martin Australia chief executive Vince Di Pietro said: “It is in this spirit of partnership that Lockheed Martin advanced technologies were selected to form the backbone of Australia’s current and future defence capabilities, including next-generation pilot training, combat systems integration, rotary wing systems and sustainment, fifth-generation air-combat capability and over-the-horizon radar capability and surveillance across air, sea, land and space.”
23 Feb 18. US Navy Christened Expeditionary Fast Transport Burlington. The US Navy christened its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, the future USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10), during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. The future USNS Burlington, designated T-EPF 10, will be the first ship in naval service to honor Burlington, Vermont’s largest city. The first Navy ship Burlington (PF-51) was named for Burlington, Iowa and served during WWII. The principal speaker is U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Mrs. Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy, Senator Leahy’s wife of 55 years, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.
“This ship honors Burlington, Vermont, a city that embodies American values and its patriotic, hardworking citizens for their support and contributions to our Navy,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Burlington, like the other ships in the EPF program, will provide our commanders high-speed sealift mobility and agility. I am thankful for this ship and her crew who will serve our nation for decades to come, and I am thankful for our industrial force teammates whose service makes this great ship possible.”
With an all-aluminum shallow-draft hull, the EPF is a commercial-based catamaran capable of intra-theater personnel and cargo lift providing combatant commanders high-speed sealift mobility with inherent cargo handling capability and agility to achieve positional advantage over operational distances. EPF class ships are designed to transport 600 short tons of military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots. The ship is capable of operating in shallow-draft ports and waterways, interfacing with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and on/off-loading a combat-loaded Abrams main battle tank (M1A2).
22 Feb 18. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy’s 21st Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin. Ship sponsor Jodi Greene completed the time-honored tradition and authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve as the sponsor of the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul,” Greene said. “I look forward to supporting the ship and its crew throughout the building process and the life of the ship. I know the people of Minneapolis and Saint Paul will proudly support her when she is commissioned and officially enters the Navy fleet.”
The Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered five ships to the U.S. Navy to date. The future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul is one of eight ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.
“We are proud to build another proven warship that allows our Navy to carry out their missions around the world,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin vice president of small combatants and ship systems. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Navy to continue building and delivering highly capable and adaptable Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships to the fleet.”
LCS 21 will be the second vessel named for the Twin Cities. SSN-708, a Los Angeles-class submarine, served as the first USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul and was decommissioned in 2008. Her name honors the Twin Cities’ patriotic, hard-working citizens for their support of the military.
The Freedom-variant LCS team is comprised of Lockheed Martin, shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox and more than 800 suppliers in 42 states.
22 Feb 18. BMT has successfully completed sea trials for the first of two 48m patrol boats destined for the Qatar Coastguard. Partnering with ARES Shipyard (ARES), the duo have designed and built 17 patrol boats from advanced composites in just 36 months – 18 months ahead of schedule. The last in the series – the 48m ARES 150 HERCULES has just completed sea trials which have been hailed a success with the vessel achieving a maximum speed of 37 knots.
The total order from the Qatar Ministry of Interior, Coastguard has comprised of three different vessel sizes: five of 24 metres, 10 of 34 metres and two of 48 metres.
BMT has been responsible for the Naval Architecture, including hull development, class level design and engineering work on all three vessel sizes. BMT’s team of naval architects and engineers have worked closely with ARES to develop the designs for the vessels which meet the customer’s stringent performance and comfort requirements.
John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT comments: “It’s fantastic to see yet another one of our designs in the water – a great achievement that the team can be extremely proud of. ARES 150 HERCULES represents a high-quality patrol boat with fantastic seakeeping ability, minimum noise levels and high manoeuvrability. ARES is a talented and skilled yard and we’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with the team.”
Kerim Kalafatoğlu, Chairman and Executive Director at ARES Shipyard says: “These boats break two important records – firstly, they have become the largest composite hull military ship to have ever been built in Turkey and secondly, with its speed of 37 nautical miles an hour, it is the world’s fastest offshore patrol vessel (OPV). It is exciting to also report that the outstanding performance of the first ARES 150 HERCULES has also led to an immediate order for a further three vessels.”
20 Feb 18. Brazilian Navy Starts the Riachuelo Class Submarine Integration Phase. A ceremony held on Tuesday (20) in the Rio de Janeiro city of Itaguaí – where the PROSUB (Submarine Development Program) naval complex is located – marked the beginning of the integration phase of the four submarines of the Riachuelo class, which is considered one of the largest technological development projects in progress in the country. The event was attended by the President of the Republic, Michel Temer, who in his speech highlighted the importance of PROSUB, not only for the protection of Brazil’s immense coast, but also for the generation of employment and the development of national technology.
“The recognized excellence of our naval industry gives us the certainty of the success of this endeavor. We are making steady progress in this comprehensive and audacious project,” he said. “Prosub is a key player, not only in our defense policy, but in our strategy for scientific and technological development,” said the president, who asked the audience for a round of applause in honor of the professionals involved in the manufacture and assembly of submarines. “Built by the hands of Brazilians and Brazilians who put their talent at the service of the nation”.
The PROSUB phase started today involves processes of high technological sophistication and is the last step before the launch of the submarine at sea, scheduled for the second half of this year.
Defense Minister Raul Jungmann underscored the Brazilian dimensions that, in the future, will be protected by submarines: 7,400 kilometers of coastline, the largest coast of the South Atlantic. “It should be remembered that approximately 90% of all our oil reserve is in the Brazilian Sea. We need to be able to defend, control, and deter, and this is an essential instrument for Brazil, its progress and development, and to ensure peace and sovereignty,” said the minister.
Navy commander Admiral Eduardo Leal Ferreira recalled that the program has intensive participation of universities and research centers which, among other benefits, generates technology transfer to the country. The Admiral also stressed that PROSUB has so far trained professionals, and generated approximately 16,000 direct and indirect jobs.
“The Program has a multiplier effect for sectors of the economy, with the training of hundreds of engineers and technicians, in addition to the collaboration of national companies, high value-added technology and trained professionals that stimulate the Defense Industrial Base and contribute to social and economic development,” said the navy commander, noting that, because it is a long-term program, PROSUB needs the security of resources to avoid having its timeline impaired.
In addition to the construction of the four conventional submarines, PROSUB plans to design and construct the first Brazilian submarine with nuclear propulsion and the necessary infrastructure for the construction, operation and maintenance of the two models. (Issued in Portuguese; unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Brazil Ministry of Defense)
19 Feb 18. First Texan II trainers delivered to RAF Valley. The first of 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft to be operated under the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme have been delivered to Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley on Anglesey. The first two aircraft were received on 16 February, from where they will be used to deliver the Basic Flying Training phase of the Fixed-Wing portion of the UKMFTS for RAF and Royal Navy pilots from 2019 through to 2033.
Affinity Flying Services Limited – a 50/50 joint venture of Elbit Systems UK and Kellogg Brown and Root Limited – secured a GBP500 m (then USD721 m) contract in February 2016 to provide the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and its Ascent Flight Training partner with the Fixed-Wing portion of the UKMFTS programme. The Texan II will form the second in a three-node training system that will have students perform their primary flight training on Grob 120TP Prefect piston-engined platform before progressing onto the Texan II and then the BAE Systems Hawk T2. With no twin-seat version of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II and the twin-seat Eurofighter Typhoon T3s retired, fast jet students will follow their UKMFTS training syllabus with a mixture of real-world flying on other types and synthetic training on their intended platforms before joining an operational unit. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Feb 18. Russian Navy begins aerial refuelling training for its combat pilots. The Russian Navy is training its combat pilots in the techniques of aerial refuelling for the first time in recent history, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 19 February.
Pilots from the Naval Aviation Directorate and the Baltic and Black Sea Fleets flying Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker’ and Su-24 ‘Fencer’ combat aircraft recently conducted more than 100 contacts with Ilyushin Il-78 ‘Midas’ tankers.
While Western navies have utilised air-to-air refuelling (AAR) for their combat aircraft for many decades now, this has been done to extend the operating radius of their carrier-based fighter and attack platforms. This has typically been done by fitting ‘buddy-buddy’ refuelling pods to carrier-based aircraft, and through the use of land-based tankers when feasible. However, the Russian Navy tends to use its sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , for fleet defence rather than as a fixed-wing carrier strike platform. As such, its carrier-based Su-33 ‘Flanker’ and MiG-29K ‘Fulcrum’ aircraft are not required to fly the same distances to attack shore-based targets as Western carrier aircraft typically are, hence do not utilise the ‘buddy-buddy’ or land-based AAR systems of the West. Most Russian naval aviation, including the Su-30SM and Su-24s used in these training exercises, is land based and so would utilise land-based tankers for AAR. Russia recently boosted the military capabilities located in its Kaliningrad enclave with the arrival on 13 December 2016 of the first Su-30SM to be fielded by the Baltic Fleet. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Feb 18. Lockheed Martin begins assembly of first HH-60W CRH helo. Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly of the first Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) for the US Air Force (USAF), ahead of the type’s maiden flight planned for the end of this year. The assembly of the Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft, which was announced by Lockheed Martin on 20 February, includes installation of the new Tactical Mission Kit (TMK), the integration of sensors, radar and multiple defence systems, as well as a new fuel system that features dual internal fuel tanks. These new fuel tanks total 3,000 litres, nearly doubling the capacity of the internal tank on a UH-60M Black Hawk. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
20 Feb 18. UK supports commitment to set up Nato’s modernised Command Structure. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has set out its commitment to establish a modern Nato in order to ensure that the North Atlantic Alliance is able to effectively meet growing security challenges.
The UK is set to contribute nearly 100 personnel to Nato’s upgraded Command Structure as part of the initiative.
Speaking at a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Nato is the cornerstone of our defence but we live in an uncertain world, with the confrontation and conflict we face shifting and evolving.
“Nato must modernise at the same pace, so we can respond better and faster to deter those that threaten our safety and way of life.”
The Alliance also discussed a variety of issues regarding the modernisation of Nato, including burden sharing, cooperation with the European Union (EU) and efforts taken, as well as the ongoing adaptation of the Command Structure.
In addition, the respective defence ministers of the Nato allies discussed whether to implement a design that would include proposals for a new Command Structure for the Atlantic and a command to upgrade the movement of military forces across Europe.
The proposed Command Structure was influenced by senior British staff and is anticipated to help support the Alliance to command and control its operations wherever required.
UK armed forces currently play a leading role in Nato’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), providing the framework battlegroup in Estonia and a company to the US-led eFP battlegroup in Poland.
Williamson also welcomed the arrival of Danish forces into Estonia and the announcement that France is slated to return to support the UK-led force next year. (Source: army-technology.com)
19 Feb 18. Lithuania and Germany sign PoI on affiliation of units. The defence ministries of Lithuania and Germany have signed a Protocol of Intent (PoI) on the affiliation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf to a division of the German Army.
The arrangement is intended to allow brigades of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to participate in training exercises with divisions of armed forces of other nations.
The current agreement will help ensure the readiness of the Iron Wolf Brigade to operate within a higher military unit. It will also deliver better interoperability with the German-led Nato Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.
The Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf is intended to take part in the first exercise and training with the German division. It is expected to offer enhanced capabilities for the Nato EFP battle group as soon as this year.
Officers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are expected to be posted to the headquarters of the German division.
Lithuania National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “We have to ensure our ability to act together in an organised and fluent manner for our allies’ actions to be effective. Therefore, the affiliation will give the Iron Wolf Brigade the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience, and increase interoperability with the German Army, including the German-led Nato EFP Battalion in Lithuania.
“This is an important example of military cooperation between Lithuania and Germany that shows a lasting partnership and mutual support.”
The countries have also increased cooperation among them, with Lithuania procuring Vilkas / Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles or PzH2000 self-propelled artillery systems from Germany. (Source: army-technology.com)
21 Feb 18. Navy Command Master Chief Karl W. Parsons, currently assigned as the command master chief of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight, Carrier Strike Group Two, Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia, has been selected to replace Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin J. Higginbotham as the command senior enlisted leader for Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
20 Feb 18. BG Robert I. Miller, who has been selected for the grade of major general, from commander, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, to director, medical operations and research, Office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, Virginia.
20 Feb 18. BG Gentry W. Boswell, deputy director of operations, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to commander, 36th Wing, Pacific Air Forces, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
20 Feb 18. BG Christopher E. Craige, who has been selected for the grade of major general, from chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to director for plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart-Mohringen, Germany.
20 Feb 18. BG Peter J. Lambert, who has been selected for the grade of major general, from director of intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
21 Feb 18. Ethiopia’s ruling coalition likely to remain stable after appointing consensus replacement for outgoing PM by end-March. Key Points:
- The ruling EPRDF coalition is likely to agree on a consensus candidate during its congress scheduled for March, probably the head of the Oromo People’s Democratic Organisation secretariat, Abiy Ahmed.
- Ahmed’s appointment would ensure the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front remains the EPRDF’s most influential member, while the government will approve new legislation to facilitate foreign participation in energy and infrastructure development.
- Disloyalty in the military is likely to be successfully prevented, while the more carefully crafted state of emergency is unlikely to worsen cycles of civil unrest in the Amhara and Oromia regions.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, chairperson of the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM), resigned on 15 February.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation resulted in the Council of Ministers imposing a state of emergency on 16 February for six months, subject to parliamentary approval within 15 days. The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition, of which the SEPDM and three other ethno-linguistic parties are members, accepted Desalegn’s resignation and are likely to agree on an ethnic-Oromo replacement. Desalegn will remain prime minister until a successor is appointed. He stated that resigning was necessary in order for the government to resolve grievances motivating civil unrest in the Amhara and Oromia regions. The grievances stem from land grabs by businesses affiliated with EPRFD member the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), uneven redistribution of economic benefits under the flagship Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), and limited Oromo and Amhara representation in senior central government posts, which are dominated by the TPLF. In an effort to address these, the EPRDF’s executive committee held evaluative meetings and issued a statement on 29 December 2017. The leadership said that it would undertake “corrective measures” but did not offer specific proposals. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
21 Feb 18. Airbus Helicopters and TAI collaborate on MRO. Key Points:
- New arrangement positions Airbus Helicopters for expansion in key regional market
- Agreement is also reflective of Thailand’s growing emphasis on developing MRO capability
Airbus Helicopters has expanded its profile in Thailand through a new agreement with state-owned Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) to support locally operated platforms, the company told Jane’s on 20 February.
Under the terms of the agreement, which was signed earlier in February, TAI will be positioned to support helicopters operated by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police for an initial period of two years.
Airbus Helicopters will provide TAI with spare parts, tooling, ground support equipment, training, and technical publications that TAI is able to resell to Thai customers, an Airbus Helicopters spokesperson said.
(Source: IHS Jane’s)
19 Feb 18. HAL engages with local firms over Dhruv production. India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has approached domestic private-sector companies to build under licence the civilian version of its Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). HAL said on 16 February that it has invited expressions of interest (EOI) from local firms with a view to identifying a partner to which HAL will transfer technologies and knowhow to support the licenced-manufacturing proposal. HAL added that that offer, which it claimed is unprecedented in India, is intended to support New Delhi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Acting as design authority and original equipment manufacturer, HAL said the offer is positioned to support anticipated expanding requirements for utility helicopters across several sectors in Indian and export markets. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
15 Feb 18. JetLease, Arista Aviation join for UH-60A rebuild and sale. JetLease and Arista Aviation have revealed that they have combined to provide ex-US Army Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the second-hand market. While the initial agreement was signed about two years ago, the companies have only just revealed details of the arrangement, which involves Arista modifying the airframes and JetLease offering them on a lease or sales basis under approvals granted to the team that allow it to provide them for military and civil applications. There is potential for about 600 ex-army aircraft to eventually be released for the second-hand market, and JetLease and Arista already have 20 ready for delivery, Russell Dise, president of JetLease, told Jane’s. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
22 Feb 18. Envitia Group PLC, the leading provider of geospatial technology and solutions, announced the appointment of Nabil Lodey as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect. Nabil has over 20 years of leading innovative organisations, most recently in the Internet of Things (IoT) software market.
16 Feb 18. Naval Group’s new press officer, Klara Nadaradjane. Klara holds a dual degree from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics and has previously worked for the Spokesperson’s service of the European Commission for the economic and financial portfolio.
12 Feb 18. Steve Collar to Become the Next CEO of SES — Andrew Browne to Become CFO. The Board of Directors of SES has appointed a new President and CEO as well as a new CFO, to take effect on April 5, 2018.
Steve Collar, who is currently CEO of SES Networks, has been appointed as the next President and CEO of SES, becoming CEO Designate with immediate effect. Andrew Browne, who was until recently CFO of O3b Networks and the CFO of SES between 2010 and 2013, has been appointed as the next CFO of SES, becoming CFO Designate with immediate effect. Over the coming weeks, they will work closely with Karim Michel Sabbagh, the current President and CEO, and Padraig McCarthy, the current CFO, in order to ensure a smooth handover.
The Board accepted the decision of Karim Michel Sabbagh to step down from his role of President and& CEO, with effect from the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of SES on April 5, 2018, in order to spend time with his family and to pursue new interests. Furthermore, Padraig McCarthy, CFO of SES, has informed the Board of his intention to retire during 2018 and it has been agreed that he will also step down from his current role at the next AGM on 5 April 2018; he will remain at the disposal of the company thereafter.
The other members of the Executive Committee, being Ferdinand Kayser (CEO SES Video), Christophe De Hauwer (Chief Strategy and Development Officer), Martin Halliwell (Chief Technology Officer), Evie Roos (Chief Human Resources Officer) and John Purvis (Chief Legal Officer), all remain in place. A successor to Steve Collar as CEO of SES Networks will be appointed in due course. (Source: Satnews)
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