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Account Manager – MOD Division in Dorset
Location: Dorset, UK
Job type: Permanent
Category: Defence Engineering
Job Reference: 150610IC2
Posted on: 28 Sep 2018
About the Role:
Morson International are currently recruiting for an Account Manager MOD division. This is an opportunity to join a leading organisation who are working on cutting edge research within the underwater defence domain
Knowledge, Skills and Personal Qualities Required
- The ideal candidate will have a good awareness of how maritime defence of the UK is conducted (e.g. Anti-Submarine Warfare), the equipment and tactics used, the environment in which it is undertaken and the threats posed. They will have a good understanding of future requirements and an awareness of future developments.
- Degree educated in a related discipline.
- Experience of the maritime defence domain (underwater or above water) is essential. Operational or end-user experience would be extremely beneficial, such as evidence of serving in the Royal Navy or as a MOD employed civilian scientist/engineer.
- Must have a good understanding of the MOD structure and the roles and responsibilities of key MOD stakeholders
- Has recent knowledge of maritime defence research and maritime defence projects, ideally including the low technology readiness level S&T space.
- Experience of bid or proposal management and ideally knowledge of the Shipley process
- Ability to work effectively without supervision, identifying and pursuing opportunities as they arise and seizing the initiative.
- A high standard of staff work in order that an effective argument on paper can be produced and the work of others can be positively reviewed. This person will be familiar with the production of business cases. As an individual they will be comfortable and confident when presenting information to others, at any level of seniority, in a public forum. The sensitive nature of the business will require a high degree of personal integrity. Excellent communication skills are key
- The key challenge is to identify, grow and deliver new business for relevant research in current and emerging markets
- Formulation and implementation of the strategy for new research opportunities in existing and emerging maritime defence S&T, ensuring synergy and alignment with the overall company strategy
- Representing the company at external events and maximising the engagement opportunities for customers and the supply base. Management of the account map and engagement plan
- Customer engagement and satisfaction
- Maintaining a strong relationship with other divisions within the company and supporting the exploitation of R&D through the product chain Behavioural Requirements
- Highly motivated, enthusiastic and delivery focused
- Equally at home when leading a team or working as part of a larger group, gets involved in working within a team to deliver, flexible
- Able to form a view that others will want to buy into, promotes a “can do” attitude and encourages innovative solutions
- A skilled negotiator
- Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
- Excellent written and oral presentation skills
- Enjoys meeting people, visiting and hosting customers and stakeholders
Candidates must hold or be able to achieve the required level of security clearance.
This is an excellent opportunity to join an interesting, market leading business who work and extremely varied work in a supportive environment
02 Oct 18. Orbital UAV expands US operations. Orbital Corporation has celebrated the official opening of its purpose built operational facility in Hood River, Oregon. This significant milestone marks the next step in the company’s UAV-focused strategy, providing a base in the heart of the growing US tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market. The US site offers a second world-class facility from which Orbital UAV will focus on the development, build and overhaul of UAV propulsion systems, extending the company’s existing global supply and service capabilities. Orbital UAV will be the primary and exclusive tenant of the facility, and has a five-year lease with an option to extend for two further terms of five years each. The facility is approximately 1,210 square metres, with 930 square metres available for production and engine testing, and approximately 280 square metres of office space.
The new facility provides extended capabilities in:
- UAV propulsion system builds and overhauls:
- Propulsion system and sub-system assembly;
- Propulsion system testing in dedicated engine run-cells;
- Sub-system testing, including pressure and flow testing; and
- Detailed inspection and metrology of components.
- UAV engine development:
- Development of UAV components, systems and engines;
- Engine development and validation testing on both propellers and dynamometers;
- Altitude engine testing simulating conditions associated with flying high altitudes up to 20,000 feet; and
- Environmental testing, including running engines at temperatures from -30 degrees to 60 degrees.
Todd Alder, CEO and managing director of Orbital UAV, said, “Not only will it provide Orbital UAV with an operational base that will better support our key North American customers from a logistical perspective, it also provides the additional capacity to meet increased engine volumes and service demands. The state-of-the-art production environment replicates the technology and engineering expertise of our established facility in Perth, Western Australia.”
Working closely with the construction team, Orbital UAV has ensured the facility will provide the necessary infrastructure and physical environment to meet the rigorous testing and precision production demands of the rapidly evolving UAV market. With key customer Insitu located less than 11 kilometres from Orbital UAV’s new facility, the strategic benefits are significant.
“This facility has been delivered thanks to Orbital UAV’s talented teams in the US and Australia. We can now build on this fantastic achievement and continue to help shape the UAV industry,” said Alder. (Source: Defence Connect)
28 Sep 18. Royal Navy begins work on £11m headquarters of HMS Cambria. The UK Royal Navy is set to transform an existing industrial site in Wales into the future headquarters for its lead Royal Naval Reserve unit HMS Cambria. South Wales director Matthew Kennerley, HMS Cambria commanding officer commander Steve Fry, Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Association chairman captain Brian Thorne, and Commander Maritime Reserves commodore Martin Quinn collaborated to study plans for the new location. Located at Roath Dock in Cardiff Bay, the £11m headquarters will replace the existing Cambria building at Penarth and serve as the centre for the maritime reservists across the region.
Quinn said: “The Royal Navy is fully committed to having a presence in Wales and today marks a significant milestone in ensuring this commitment is realised.
“I am excited to see this project develop. It will deliver state-of-the-art training and accommodation facilities for the Royal Naval Reserve for many years to come.”
Once built, the latest facility will provide new and advanced training and classroom suites, accommodation, and administrative services.
In addition, the building will feature other amenities such as social and fitness facilities for use by the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve and University Royal Naval Units, and will also have easy access to the waterfront and docking facilities for visiting navy vessels.
The new facility is expected to cater to the needs of the Royal Navy and Reserve Forces over the next 50 years under a long-term lease in agreement with Associated British Ports. (Source: naval-technology.com)
05 Oct 18. US Navy Christened Guided-Missile Destroyer Frank E. Petersen Jr.. The US Navy christened the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121) Saturday, Oct. 6, during a 10:00 a.m. CDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. is the first ship named in honor of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps officer promoted to brigadier general. When he retired in 1988 after 38 years of service, he was, by date of designation, the senior-ranking aviator in the Marine Corps and the United States Navy. At the ceremony, the principal speaker was Gen. Alfred Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps. D’Arcy Neller, wife of General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Dr. Alicia J. Petersen, widow of Frank E. Petersen Jr., will serve as ship’s sponsors. In a time-honored Navy tradition, the two sponsors will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.
“The future USS Frank E. Petersen Jr. will serve for decades as a reminder of Lt. Gen. Petersen’s service to our nation and Navy and Marine Corps team,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “This ceremony honors not only Petersen’s service but also the service of our nation’s industrial partners, who, for centuries, have helped make our Navy the greatest in the world.”
The future Frank E. Petersen Jr. will be the 71st Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and is the 5th of 21 ships currently under contract for the DDG 51 program. The ship will be configured as a Flight IIA destroyer, which enables power projection, forward presence, and escort operations at sea in support of Low Intensity Conflict/Coastal and Littoral Offshore Warfare, as well as open ocean conflict.
The future Frank E. Petersen Jr. will be equipped with the Navy’s Aegis Combat System, the world’s foremost integrated naval weapon. The ship will also incorporate Cooperative Engagement Capability that when combined with the Aegis Combat System, will permit groups of ships and aircraft to link radars to provide a composite picture of the battle space—effectively increasing the theater space. The capability is designed to provide the Navy with a 21st century fighting edge. The nearly 9,500-ton Frank E. Petersen Jr. is 509.5 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots. (Source: US DoD)
02 Oct 18. Corner Brook to receive first Victoria-class fit of new modular mast. Key Points:
- The Royal Canadian Navy Victoria-class submarine HMCS Corner Brook is to be fitted with the L3 Calzoni Universal Modular Mast, acquired under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme
- The system will provide extremely high-frequency satcom capability for the RCN’s submarines
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) HMCS Corner Brookis to become the first Victoria-class boat to receive a new modular communications mast.
The L3 Calzoni Universal Modular Mast (UMM) has been acquired via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme with the US Navy (USN). The new mast is being fitted while Corner Brook undergoes deep maintenance in an extended docking and work period (EDWP) at Victoria Shipyards in Esquimalt, British Columbia. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
02 Oct 18. Hyundai to launch New Zealand’s naval fleet tanker in April 2019. Key Points:
- A fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy will be launched in April 2019
- Country is on track to receive its largest-ever naval vessel by 2020
South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will launch a fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) in April 2019, the service has confirmed.
The vessel, which will be in service as HMNZS Aotearoa (A 12) once commissioned, was laid down in August 2018 at HHI’s facilities in Ulsan. It was acquired under the NZD493m (USD324m) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) programme to replace its decommissioned fleet oiler, Endeavour. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
02 Oct 18. UK Royal Navy’s new Type 26-class frigate to be named HMS Birmingham. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed that a new Type 26 or City-class frigate for the Royal Navy will be named HMS Birmingham. The 6,900t anti-submarine warship is the fourth Royal Navy vessel to be named after the UK city. The Type 26-class ships have been designed for use by the navy to provide advanced protection to the country’s fleet of nuclear deterrent and the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. Once in service with the Royal Navy, HMS Birmingham will have the ability to carry out a range of other operations across the world. HMS Birmingham is the fourth of eight Type 26 frigates to be named, the other three being HMS Glasgow, HMS Belfast and HMS Cardiff.
Williamson said: “Three of our nation’s ships have proudly borne the name Birmingham. Those ships won five battle honours. Today, in honour of this great city, we will be naming one of our eight Type 26 global combat ships HMS Birmingham.”
Being the first three frigates to be constructed by BAE Systems on the Clyde in Scotland, HMS Glasgow, HMS Belfast, and HMS Cardiff are slated to enter service with the Royal Navy beginning in the 2020s.
HMS Birmingham will be part of the second batch of frigates to be ordered in the early 2020s. Alongside announcing the vessel’s name, Williamson also confirmed that the two amphibious assault ships, HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, would not be withdrawn from service early. (Source: naval-technology.com)
01 Oct 18. Second Admiral Gorshkov frigate nears completion. Construction of the Russian Navy’s second Project 22350 frigate is almost complete, with the ship poised to begin factory trials in November, Severnaya Verf shipyard’s director general has told Jane’s. “The second Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov, is now 99% complete,” Igor Ponomaryov said. “The first phase of the ship’s factory trials is scheduled for November, and both factory and state trials will be completed next year. We’re planning to deliver the ship to the navy by the end of 2019 or even earlier.” Construction of the third and fourth Project 22350 ships, Admiral Golovko and Admiral Isakov, is also well under way, he said. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
01 Oct 18. Philippine Navy’s fourth batch of MPACs to inherit Mk III design. A fourth batch of multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) on order for the Philippine Navy (PN) will largely inherit the design of the Mk III vessels that were commissioned in 2017, an industry official has told Jane’s. The official, who spoke at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition on the condition of anonymity, described the fourth batch as featuring mostly internal modifications to accommodate more equipment such as troop-carried firearms, and ammunitions.
“The MPACs will not have the assault ramp found on earlier boats. Like the Mk III boats, the fourth batch will also be designed to deploy missiles,” the official said, in reference to the Rafael Defense Systems’ Spike Extended Range (ER) surface-to-surface missiles found on hulls 488, 489, and 491. The PN currently operates a fleet of nine MPACs, which have been ordered in three separate batches of three boats each. The Philippine Department of National Defense approved the acquisition of a fourth batch of three vessels in late 2017, Jane’s has been informed. According to information provided by the industry official, vessels in the fourth batch will each feature an overall length of 17m, an overall beam of 4.76m, and a hull draught of 2.1m. Propelled by waterjets, the platform can attain a maximum speed of 47kt, and a maximum mission range of 350n miles at 30kt. Besides Spike-ER missiles, other weapons that can be accommodated on the vessel include two stern-facing 12.7mm machine guns, and one remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). It will have a crew complement of seven, and accommodate between 8 and 10 fully equipped troopers. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
30 Sep 18. NCSIST, Lung Teh team up on stealthy assault craft concept. Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has teamed up with local shipbuilder Lung Teh to produce a 25m assault craft concept with low-observability features. The concept, which was on display at the 2018 Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition, has been produced in anticipation of demand for such a platform both locally and overseas, said a NCSIST official who spoke to Jane’s on 28 September.
“There are no contracts yet from Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense, but the vessel has been designed for future requirements, and we have done the project in consultation with the [Republic of China Navy],” said the official.
The aluminium-hulled concept, which displaces approximately 50 tonnes at full load, can accommodate a crew complement of four. Propelled by two water jets, the platform can attain a maximum speed of 35kt, and a standard mission range of 200n miles at 25kt. Among operations that the vessel has been designed for include high-value target escorts, reconnaissance, and protection of key installations. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Oct 18. Hybrid Air Vehicles has achieved a significant milestone with the award of a Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd a Design Organisation Approval. This is an important milestone on our path to getting the production Airlander 10 in service with customers. It is also a major achievement: just eight other organisations hold an EASA Design Organisation Approval (DOA) for type certifying large aircraft. Being granted a DOA gives HAV the ability to undertake a full flight test programme towards the type certification of Airlander 10. While HAV has previously operated the prototype Airlander under both CAA and EASA permission, the DOA is a critical step towards type certification. Throughout the process, HAV and EASA built a good working relationship. “As an organisation, we have worked hard to make sure that we were thoroughly prepared for every step of the DOA process. As a result, we have succeeded in securing our DOA,” comments Safety & Airworthiness Engineer Nikky Pittkin, who was a key part of driving the programme forward within HAV. “Now we are working with EASA specialists to establish the certification basis for our aircraft so that we can work towards type certification of Airlander 10.”
“Achieving our DOA was always an important milestone in our Airlander 10 production plan,” adds Executive Director Nick Allman. “Working directly with EASA, we have made excellent progress on developing the appropriate regulations for an aircraft like Airlander. Having our DOA will support our preparation for a type certification programme as we move ahead with the production aircraft.”
HAV expects the type certified production Airlander 10 aircraft to be in service with customers from the early 2020s, with the order book currently open to both organisations and individual purchasers.
03 Oct 18. Lebanon Air Force to receive MD 530G helicopters. The Lebanon Air Force will receive six MD 530G light scout attack helicopters from MD Helicopters. The current firm, fixed-price award is the third delivery order received by the company under its light scout attack helicopter indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract valued at $1.4bn. The contract was awarded to the company by the US Army Contracting Command for a period of five years. In addition to supplying the new MD 530Gs fleet, the current award includes the delivery of initial logistics support for the helicopters, as well as aircraft systems, ground support equipment and related services. The six light scout attack helicopters are expected to receive a US Army Airworthiness Release by December next year, while deliveries to the Lebanon Air Force are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020. The MD 530G configuration designed for the Lebanon Air Force is fitted with an upgraded mission equipment package that will enable the service to meet a wide range of mission profiles.
MD Helicopters chief executive officer Lynn Tilton said: “With advanced avionics, integrated weapons and mission management systems, and an armament suite that delivers both precision lethality and suppressive fire capabilities, we are honoured to receive this order, and look forward to delivering these highly capable aircraft to the Lebanon Air Force.”
The range of equipment includes a mission configurable armament system, 62mm ballistic armour protection, .50 calibre HMP 400 machine gun pods, M260 seven-shot rocket pods and 70mm/2.75in advanced precision kill weapons system rockets. The attack aircraft also features a ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system inclusive of main and auxiliary tanks, and a WESCAM MX-10D electro-optical/infrared laser designator, as well as a Scorpion helmet-mounted cueing system, in addition to the Falcon III RF-7850A-MR multi-channel airborne networking radios with advanced encryption standards. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
02 Oct 18. Airbus Helicopters Fully Operational as UK MFTS Aircraft Service Provider. Airbus Helicopters completion of delivery of 29 Helionix-equipped H135s and three Helionix, hoist-equipped H145s earlier this year, marked the end of the delivery phase of the MFTS contract. Today, the company has completed its service provision build up and is fully embedded at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley, supporting Ascent’s Training delivery from newly modernised facilities. On 1st April 18, the precise date of the RAF Centenary, Airbus Helicopters was confirmed by Ascent and the Ministry of Defence as being ready for training use for the UK MFTS rotary wing element. Since contract signature on 16 May 2016 to ready for training on 1st April 2018, Airbus Helicopters has delivered on time and to cost against an extremely demanding timescale.
The Entry into Service of the H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter in 2018 marks 45 years and three generations of Airbus Helicopters aircraft providing continuous military flying training in the UK; following the selection of the SA341 Gazelle in 1973 for the Navy, Army and the RAF Central Flying School (Helicopters) and the choice of AS350 Squirrels in 1997 for the Defence Helicopter Flying School.
28 Sep 18. RAF’s Typhoon force prepares to take on Tornado capabilities. Key Points:
- The RAF’s Typhoons are preparing to match the weapon capabilities of the Tornado GR4
- The last Tornado units are set to be retired in early 2019
The UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Typhoon force is preparing to take on all of the weapon capabilities of the soon-to-retire Tornado GR4. These are being integrated onto the Typhoon as part of a wide-ranging upgrade known as Project Centurion, which will see a significant expansion of the Typhoon’s air-to-ground capability. The RAF’s Tranche 1 Typhoons gained a so-called ‘austere air-to-ground’ capability in 2008 using the Enhanced Paveway II dual-mode bomb and Litening 3 laser designator pod: a combination that was used over Libya in 2011. The newer Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 Typhoons gained an advanced air-to-ground capability using the Paveway IV and Litening under the Phase 1 Enhancement (P1EA) in the first quarter of 2013. This has allowed the Typhoon to participate in Operation ‘Shader’ (the UK armed forces’ name for the multinational campaign against the Islamic State), augmenting the Tornado, which can also carry MBDA’s Brimstone ground attack missile and Storm Shadow stand-off cruise missile. To fully replace the Tornado the RAF decided that its Typhoons would need to carry the same weapons, so these are being integrated under the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Enhancement (P2EA and P3EA) packages, which, in turn, constitute Phase One and Phase Two of Centurion. They have been preceded by a Phase Zero (P1EB, or Phase 1 Enhancement Further Work) that primarily delivered man-machine interface improvements, especially for multirole operations. Phase Zero was delivered in December 2017, officially entered service in January 2018, and is now operational on Operation ‘Shader’. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Sep 18. China’s first series-produced FTC-2000G makes maiden flight. China’s first series-produced FTC-2000G advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light attack aircraft conducted its maiden flight on 28 September in China’s southern Guizhou Province. The aircraft, which was designed and built by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation (GAIC), took off at Anshun Huangguoshu Airport and flew for about 10 minutes, according to a report by the state-owned China Daily newspaper. The flight comes after the Xinhua News Agency reported a few weeks earlier that GAIC was series-producing the twin-seat platform to meet the demands from the international market. The multirole aircraft, which appears to be the export variant of the GAIC JL-9G two-seat supersonic turbojet-powered trainer in service with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is being manufactured in the Chinese city of Anshun. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES
01 Oct 18. General Electric has replaced its chief executive John Flannery just 14 months into his tenure, as it warned that trading in its core business supplying equipment for power generation was much weaker than expected. The industrial conglomerate said it planned to take a non-cash charge of about $23bn for writing down the value of goodwill in its power business, and warned that cash flow and earnings for 2018 would fall short of its previous guidance. Mr Flannery’s tenure as chief executive was the shortest of any leader in GE’s 126-year history. Larry Culp, who will replace him, is the first outsider ever to be appointed to lead the company. He had great success as chief executive of the manufacturing group Danaher and was appointed GE’s lead independent director in June. Mr Flannery’s exit was decided by a teleconference of the company’s board after the depth of the problems in power generation became apparent. The change of leadership brought an immediate positive response from the stock market, with GE’s shares marked up almost 15 per cent before the start of US trading. Mr Flannery replaced Jeff Immelt in August 2017, and announced a radical plan to slim the company down, but its shares have lost 54 per cent of their value over the past 12 months. (Source: FT.com)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
04 Oct 18. Command Chief Master Sgt. Philip L. Easton, currently assigned as the command chief master sergeant, U.S. Air Forces Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, has been selected to replace Fleet Command Master Chief Crispian D. Addington as the command senior enlisted advisor for U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.
02 Oct 18. The U.S. Army announced Gregory L. Garcia as the service’s new deputy chief information officer/G-6, a move that fills the Army’s highest civilian IT position and puts leadership in place to help oversee the formulation and execution of command, control, communications, computers and IT systems. Garcia officially assumed the DCIO/G-6 position Oct. 1. Garcia occupied a similar office at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as the CIO/G-6 since 2016. Garcia also spent four years as the executive director for the Army’s Information Technology Agency, where he directed the Pentagon’s efforts to convert to a virtualized desktop environment, which provides a more maintainable, less costly and more secure desktop model. The Army’s CIO/G-6, currently Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, is a dual role-position, reporting to the Secretary of the Army as CIO, and to the Chief of Staff of the Army as G-6. The DCIO/G-6 shares responsibilities with the CIO/G-6 for supervising the Army’s information management and information technology as well as “advises Army senior leadership on IT and communications issues and their impact on war-fighting capabilities.” Garcia replaced Gary Wang, who retired from the position in May. Garcia has been a member of the senior executive service since 2005, served as a special adviser of cyber operations and Secretary of the Air Force A6 Chief Information Office. He has a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
28 Sep 18. Turkish Aerospace Industries and Airbus have signed a collaborative agreement on research and development in secondary structures, such as movable parts, for Airbus aircraft programs. The agreement was signed by Turkish Aerospace President/CEO Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil and Airbus Head of Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Strategy and International Dr. Marco Miklis in a ceremony at the Istanbul Airshow 2018. Underlining that the agreement is important in expanding and developing the technology and innovation research partnership between Airbus and Turkish Aerospace Industry, the President and CEO of the Turkish Aerospace Industry Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil said: “Between our technological partnerships in Turkey, we provide a new and significant contribution. The agreement we have made with Airbus, one of the world’s leading companies, for future commercial aircraft technologies shows that our company is progressively advancing in its technological leaps.”
Airbus Head of Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Strategy and International Dr. Marco Miklis said “We are delighted to have a new level of collaboration with the Turkish Aerospace Industries. We consider the value that Turkish aviation adds to world aviation. As Airbus, we want to contribute together with Turkish Aerospace Industries.”
The Turkish Aeronautics and Aerospace Industries and Airbus will develop a common understanding of advanced production methods for more cost-effective and environmentally friendly aircraft by combining resources and information to develop data-driven capabilities.
04 Oct 18. Kleos Space has announced a world-class advisory board, initially comprising two leading geospatial intelligence and defence advisers from the US and UK. Roger Davies MBE QGM and Karyn Hayes-Ryan are international opinion leaders in their respective specialty areas across security, counter-intelligence, geospatial intelligence, government and defence projects. They will advise Kleos Space on its current Scouting Mission satellite program to deliver maritime radio transmission activity data that is targeted for launch Q2 2019 and future expansion planning into the geospatial intelligence and signals intelligence domains. These appointments will enhance Kleos Space’s operational capabilities – to provide space-enabled, activity-based intelligence, geolocation data-as-a-service (DaaS) to guard borders, protect assets and save lives around the globe. (Source: Defence Connect)
27 Sep 18. Akash Systems, Inc. of San Francisco has brought Brian Holz on board as their Chief Architect, whose expertise in directing the design and construction of satellite constellations will be invaluable. Holz joins Akash Systems just as the company has completed its critical FCC filing for an experimental license, which grants organizations the ability to conduct scientific and research missions. Akash Systems, Inc., focused on resolving the explosive growth of data consumption by enabling smarter and lighter satellite systems, has appointed industry leader Brian Holz as Chief Architect. Holz brings extensive space satellite experience from his work directing the design and construction of satellite constellations for leading commercial organizations. Founders Felix Ejeckam and Ty Mitchell, focus on developing and supplying the next generation of small satellites (CubeSats), and the RF Power Amplifiers that power them. A pioneering new material, GaN-on-Diamond, is at the heart of the company’s RF technology and products. With extensive experience in space systems engineering, program management and executive leadership, Holz will further Akash’s mission of reimagining tomorrow’s communication systems by developing the next generation of small satellites and the components that power them. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb Satellites, and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, O3b Networks. He brings expertise in startup management, global supply chain operations, multi-discipline team leadership and core technology development. (Source: Satnews)
01 Oct 18. Saab has appointed Erik Smith as the new head of the Market Area North America, effective from the 1 October 2018. Erik Smith, currently President and CEO of SDAS (Saab Defense and Security USA LLC), will also assume the position as Head of Market Area North America in addition to his current role. In this expanded role, Erik will be the senior Saab executive in North America, responsible for local market leadership in the U.S. and Canada. Erik has over 18 years of Aerospace and Defense industry experience across a broad cross-section of the marketplace. Since joining Saab in 2007, he has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s Marketing and Sales, Contract, and Program Management organizations.
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
30 Sep 18. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced Brigadier General (Retired) Joseph (Joe) Rank as the Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia. Rank will lead the company’s growing business in the Kingdom with responsibilities for building and cultivating key partner relationships and supporting the Kingdom’s strategic business pursuits. Rank takes over the position from Alan Chinoda who will be returning to Lockheed Martin based in the United States. Rank recently concluded 31 years of service in the U.S. Army, most recently in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East Policy. He has served almost a decade in the region to include positions as senior defense attaché in the United Arab Emirates (2015-2017), Jordan (2011-2014), Lebanon (2010-2011) and Yemen (2004-2006). He speaks Arabic and has a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies from the University of Virginia.
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