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07 Aug 19. Burns & McDonnell breaks ground on military readiness centre in US. Burns & McDonnell, along with subcontractors, has started construction on a new $15.2m military readiness centre at Fort Carson in Colorado, US. IICON Construction and representatives of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs also participated in the ground-breaking ceremony of the Space Battalion Readiness Center. Spread across 45,170ft² on a 15-acre site, the facility will host the 117th Space Battalion of the Colorado Army National Guard (CO ARNG). It will also be home to two companies involved in providing satellite transmitted digital imagery for warfighting operations.

Army National Guard 117th Space Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Michael Lane said: “This facility will serve as a state-of-the-art epicentre of Army National Guard Space Operations. We will train, learn, improve and, if necessary, operate from this location to support warfighters across the world. We are especially happy to join the Fort Carson community and our active-duty colleagues in the 1st Space Brigade, where our proximity will enable many multi-component training opportunities. Breaking ground on this new facility is a long-sought milestone that will help drive a new level of readiness for Colorado Army National Guard Space Soldiers.”

The Space Battalion Readiness Center will operate as a centralised location for federal, state, and local personnel.

A training ground will allow space forces to conduct continuous global space force enhancements, space support, space control, and contingency activity. The facility will also have mission-oriented team collaboration centres, workstations, and equipment storage space. Burns & McDonnell is the prime architecture and engineering firm for the project. The company is responsible for providing project management, quality control, and design services, as well as civil, structural, mechanical, fire protection and telecommunications engineering. Construction is expected to be completed in October 2020. (Source: army-technology.com)

07 Aug 19. Airbus expands helicopter capability in Malaysia. Airbus Helicopters has opened a new regional ‘completion and delivery centre’ (CDC) in Malaysia, the company said on 6 August. The CDC, which is located at existing facilities in Subang near the capital Kuala Lumpur, will enable Airbus Helicopters to complete assembly and deliver rotary-wing aircraft to regional customers in Southeast Asia. Airbus Helicopters said the CDC can accommodate up to four medium-sized helicopters at any one time and is capable of assembling and delivering up to 20 helicopters per year from across all its rotorcraft models. It added that the centre builds on the capabilities offered at its Subang facilities, which already encompass maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) and full-flight simulator training. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

07 Aug 19. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) opened a 30,000-square-foot building at its Lufkin, Texas, facility, and announced approximately 125 new jobs coming to the site over the next six years.

“This expansion allows us to maximize production for our customers worldwide while adding a substantial amount of new jobs to the area,” said Anthony Pittman, site director at Lockheed Martin’s Lufkin Operations facility. “Lockheed Martin is committed to partnering with local and state governments, community partners and area universities to grow our workforce and our local economy.”

“I am proud to recognize Lockheed Martin’s continued investment in our community through this new building and the new high-wage jobs it’s creating,” said Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown. “Lockheed Martin is one of the largest employers in the county, developing some of the most advanced technology right here in Lufkin.”

Lockheed Martin’s Lufkin Operations facility was established in 1995 and became part of Lockheed Martin in 1997. Its approximately 250 employees perform circuit card assembly, wire harness assembly and final assembly, integration and testing for programs such as the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) guided missile, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) guided missile, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) guided missile and the Tactical Missile System (TACMS) guided missile.

MARITIME

05 Aug 19. Brazil expected to start sea trials for first-of-class Riachuelo submarine. The Brazilian shipbuilder Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN) – a joint venture between Naval Group and Odebrecht Engenharia e Construção – and the Brazilian Navy will begin sea trials of the first of four Riachuelo-class diesel-electric attack submarines, Riachuelo (S40) in August, the navy told Jane’s on 1 August. The sea trials are scheduled to last until the first half of 2020, while commissioning of the submarine is scheduled to take place in October 2020, the navy said. Riachuelo was launched in a ceremony that took place at the Itaguaí Naval Complex on 14 December 2018. A 533mm Naval Group F21 heavyweight torpedo and a mock-up of an MBDA Exocet SM39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile will be launched during Riachuelo ‘s sea trials, the navy said. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

05 Aug 19. PT PAL cuts steel for Indonesian Navy’s fifth, sixth KCR-60M vessels.

Key Points:

  • PT PAL has begun work on Indonesia’s fifth and sixth KCR-60M fast attack craft
  • The vessels are expected to join the Indonesian Navy fleet in 2022

State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a steel-cutting ceremony for two more KCR-60M fast attack craft on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL). Steel for the vessels, which will be the fifth- and sixth-in class overall, were cut on 2 August at PT PAL’s facilities in Surabaya. According to specifications provided by the company, these vessels will inherit the main design features of the first four vessels in the class. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

05 Aug 19. Taiwan donates refurbished patrol boats to Nicaragua. Taiwan has donated five refurbished interceptor boats to the Nicaraguan military to strengthen its naval operations. The Taiwanese boats will be used to patrol the coastline and combat illicit trafficking at sea as part of Managua’s security strategy to combat organised crime – “Muro de Contención” (containment wall). The transfer ceremony took place on 25 July at the facilities of the recently created naval forces’ 2nd battalion in Puerto Sandino in the León department. Managua has also strengthened its naval forces with the commissioning of two Damen Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boats, Soberanía I (409) and Soberanía II (411), on 21 June. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

04 Aug 19. Thailand conducts ceremonial launch for second Krabi-class OPV. Key Points:

  • The Royal Thai Navy has launched its second Krabi-class offshore patrol vessel
  • The vessel will strengthen the service’s maritime border control and marine resources protection capabilities

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has held a ceremonial launch ceremony for its second Krabi-class missile-capable offshore patrol vessel (OPV).

The ship, which will be in service as HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (552) once commissioned, underwent its ceremonial launch at the RTN’s Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip, Chonburi, on 2 August, the RTN announced on its official website on the same day.

The OPV is the second vessel of its class. Its sister ship, HTMS Krabi (551), was commissioned into service in August 2013. Both vessels are based on the UK Royal Navy’s River-class OPVs, which entered service between 2003 and 2007.

Like Krabi, Prachuap Khiri Khan was built by state-owned Bangkok Dock under a technology-transfer agreement signed with BAE Systems. It was laid down in June 2017 and first took to the water in late August 2018.

The vessel has an overall length of 90.5m, an overall beam of 13.5m, and a draught of 3.5m. It has a top speed of 25kt and a range of 3,500n miles at 15kt. The OPV will be fitted with a combat, navigation, and communication suite provided by Thales and will be capable of launching Boeing’s Harpoon surface-to-surface guided-missiles via four (two twin) launchers mounted diagonally amidships. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

03 Aug 19. The U.S. Navy commissioned USS Billings (LCS 15) – the nation’s eighth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – in Key West, Florida. This milestone places the ship, built by the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) -led team into active service.

“Billings was designed to operate and adapt to a rapidly changing environment,” said Joe DePietro, vice president of Small Combatants and Ship Systems at Lockheed Martin. “She is equipped and ready for today’s threats and easily modifiable to meet the threats we may not even be aware of yet. Our team is confident Billings will be what the Navy needs when the fleet needs it.”

Unique among combat ships, LCS is designed to complete close-to-shore missions and is a growing and relevant part of the Navy’s fleet.

  • It is fast — capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots.
  • It is automated — with the most efficient staffing of any combat ship.
  • It is lethal — standard equipped with Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and a Mark 110 gun, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute.
  • It is flexible — with 40 percent of the hull easily reconfigurable, integrating capabilities like the Longbow Hellfire Missiles, 30mm guns, and manned and unmanned vehicles targeted to meet today’s and tomorrow’s missions.

“Having now commanded two freedom class LCS variants, I would like to report that these ships are truly impressive and will fit well in the niche they have been designed for,” said LCS 15’s Commanding Officer, Commander Nathan Rowan. “They are fast, maneuverable, and their weapon systems are some of the most accurate I’ve witnessed on any platform of which I’ve previously served.”

There are seven ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant LCS is built. The next Freedom-variant in the class is LCS 17, the future USS Indianapolis, which was delivered in late July.

“On behalf of the proud 2,000 men and women who transform flat steel into a fast, agile surface combatant,” said Jan Allman, CEO of Fincantieri Marinette Marine, “we are honored to support the U.S. Navy, and we congratulate the outstanding crew of the USS Billings.”

07 Aug 19. Philippine Navy revives ASW capabilities with commissioning of ex-South Korean corvette. Key Points:

  • The Philippine Navy is reviving a long-absent ability to hunt submarines with the commissioning of an ex-South Korean corvette
  • The vessel will build up anti-submarine competencies and transition the service over to its new José Rizal-class frigates

The Philippine Navy has revived a long-absent anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability with the commissioning of ex-Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) Po Hang-class corvette, BRP Conrado Yap .

This is the capability that the service last had on its Rizal (Auk)-class and PCE 827-class corvettes, the bulk of which were transferred from the United States to the Philippines in the 1960s and 1970s. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

01 Aug 19. Vietnam takes delivery of two refurbished vessels from Japan. The Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance agency has taken delivery of two refurbished vessels from Japan. The vessels, which bear the pennant numbers KN-595 and KN-596, were handed over by Vietnamese company Hong Ha Shipbuilding to the agency on 30 July. In response to questions from Jane’s, a Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson clarified on 2 August that the vessels are part of a donation of six vessels that was announced by Tokyo in 2014, and approved by then foreign minister Fumio Kishida in August that year. The donation was done at the request of Vietnamese leaders to assist the country in bolstering its maritime law enforcement capabilities, said the spokesperson. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

AIR

08 Aug 19. Second batch of IAF Apache helicopters arrives in India. A second batch of four Boeing ‘AH-64E(I)’ Apache Guardian helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station (AFS) on the outskirts of New Delhi on 30 July. A Boeing spokesperson told Jane’s on 7 August that the four twin-engined rotorcraft, which are part of a USD2.02bn order placed by the service for 22 of these platforms in 2015, were flown from the United States to India aboard an Antonov An-124 ‘Condor’ strategic airlifter and have joined an equal number of Apache Guardians that were similarly delivered to the same location on 27 July. Boeing said all eight platforms were delivered a few weeks before schedule, adding that delivery of the remaining 14 Apache Guardians is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Official IAF sources said the delivered Apaches are being assembled and flight-tested at Hindon AFS before being officially handed over to the IAF by the end of August. Thereafter, the IAF is expected to fly the aircraft to Pathankot AFS, which is located close to India’s border with Pakistan, for their formal induction into the service in early September.

Senior IAF officers said that a squadron of 10 Apache helicopters will be based at Pathankot, while a second squadron is expected to be stationed in northeastern India, close to the country’s disputed border with China. The remaining two Apaches will be held as reserves in the event of accidents or combat losses, they added. India ordered the Apaches in a deal that combined a Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) with Boeing and a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement with the US government. The DCS part of the procurement includes the platforms (without engines and sensors), logistical support, spares, and after-sales service. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

05 Aug 19. Aero Vodochody revises L-39NG trainer aircraft certification plan. Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody AEROSPACE has revised the certification plan of its L-39NG turbofan-powered military trainer aircraft. According to the new plan, the company seeks to proceed with the certification of the L-39NG in full trainer configuration as opposed to the previous plan of securing certification for basic training configuration. Aero stated that the revision in the development and certification plan is driven ‘mainly by customer demands’.

The company also noted that the move will help improve the overall certification process in terms of costs and administrative requirements. Scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year, the full trainer configuration of the L-39NG aircraft will be able to support advanced and LIFT training.

Aero Vodochody president and CEO Dieter John said: “There are two main reasons that led us to change the plan. The full trainer configuration has received such outstanding market resonance that we decided to merge the basic and full trainer certification because the majority of our customers are interested in a full trainer aircraft, in which pilots can be exposed to complex operational scenarios thanks to a state-of-the-art Virtual Training System. The second reason is to reduce costs by combining two steps into one.”

The new schedule seeks to achieve Light Attack certification in the third quarter of 2021, as originally planned. The first prototype under the L-39NG project made its maiden flight in December 2018 at Aero Vodochody Airport.

Aero is currently performing ground vibration tests on this prototype and will resume in-flight tests from next month. Meanwhile, the second prototype has started static tests in the Czech Aerospace Research Centre in Prague. Aero added that the fourth L-39NG aircraft will join flight tests in October while the third will undergo fatigue tests at the end of this year.

Omnipol president Jiří Podpěra said: “Progress of the L-39NG project to the next stage and subsequent acquisition of an internationally respected certification is a key step for our dealing with business partners.”

Omnipol is the strategic partner of the L-39NG project. (Source: airforce-technology.com)

PLANT CLOSURES, JOB LOSSES AND STRIKES

07 Aug 19. Demise of Harland and Wolff strikes at Belfast’s identity. End of 166-year shipbuilding tradition, with 15,000 employed as recently as 1970s. Workers demand that the government steps in and nationalises the Harland and Wolff shipyard. As Harland and Wolff entered into administration on Tuesday, Robert Mahood stood in the shadow of the famous shipyard’s two yellow cranes, Samson and Goliath, coming to terms with the end of a long association with his community and his family. The shipyard, which built the Titanic and many other vessels, large and small, closed on Monday. Barring a miracle, it is unlikely to reopen, at least in its current iteration. The moment marks the end of a 166-year shipbuilding tradition on the Lagan river, which runs through Belfast, and is more evidence of the decline of Northern Ireland’s once formidable industrial prowess. “It’s the end of an era, all right,” said Mr Mahood, a 64-year-old docking master who has worked at H&W since 1971. “My father started here in 1941, and his four brothers worked here, and so did my nephew. It looks like I’ll be the last.” The High Court in Belfast appointed BDO as administrators of H&W, which has failed to attract a buyer since it was put on the market last year by Dolphin Drilling, a company controlled by the Olsen shipping family of Norway, which has owned the yard for 30 years.

Mr Mahood and the 122 other permanent workers have effectively occupied the yard for the past week. They are frustrated and angry at the failure of local politicians — especially the Democratic Unionist party, which has strong ties to Belfast’s loyalist community, for whom the shipyard is part of their identity — to push the UK government to intervene to save the business. “All they are giving us is a scripted line — ‘we tried everything to get new money and save the shipyard, but we failed’,” said Joe Passmore, the Unite union representative at H&W. John Parker, the industrialist who began as an apprentice at H&W and was its chief executive and chairman from 1983 to 1993, said he was “saddened . . . for all employed and all those down the years who have striven to create a future”. Industrialist John Parker is concerned about ‘the thinness of Northern Ireland’s industrial base’ © Charlie Bibby/FT Sir John said a solution was needed “given the thinness of Northern Ireland’s industrial base”, adding that the receiver, the government or a development body “should be working with local business and investors to explore if a viable business can be developed around the exceptional facilities” at the yard. For now, there seems little prospect of a rescue. Part of the problem is that H&W is a shadow of its former mighty self.

As recently as the 1970s it employed 15,000 people. But it has not been a significant factor in Northern Ireland’s economic life for years, and has not built a ship since 2003. It has survived on scraps, such as repairing oil rigs and wind-energy pylons. Yet its demise is deeply symbolic, because H&W is indelibly associated with the history of Northern Ireland. When Ireland was partitioned in the early 1920s, almost all the island’s industrial base was in Belfast. It included the shipyard, aerospace company Short Brothers, Gallahers cigarette factory, and a huge textile industry. Harland and Wolff is synonymous with the loyalist identity of the working-class community in east Belfast © Peter Morrison/AP Those names were synonymous with the loyalist identity of the working-class community in east Belfast, which has been an influential force in northern Irish society, and which has always made up the bulk of their workforce. “In school, loyalist boys were steered towards Harland and Wolff or Shorts, and the girls went to Gallahers,” Mr Mahood recalled. “Thirty or 40 years ago, when the workers at Harland and Wolff took holidays, all of east Belfast went on holiday.” Recommended UK business & economy Is the UK’s shipbuilding strategy under water? Catholic workers were shunned as recently as the 1970s and 1980s. “There is no denying that it was a loyalist bastion, but it is very different now and the workforce has changed,” Mr Passmore said. Hugh McKeaveney, a Catholic from republican west Belfast who is one of those still working at H&W, said: “It’s been good to me for 40 years — I built a good home because of it.”

The shutting of H&W comes at an especially difficult time for Northern Ireland. Another icon of Belfast manufacturing — the old Short Brothers aviation business on a site next to H&W that is now owned by Bombardier — is for sale. Unlike the shipyard it has attracted interest from investors, including strategic buyers and private equity groups. HMS Belfast is launched from H&W in 1938 © Fox Photos/Getty Images Gallahers and Michelin, the tyremaker, have also shut operations in Ballymena, outside Belfast. Most economic forecasts suggest the region will be the worst affected if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on October 31. As Mr Mahood kept watch at the shipyard on Tuesday, there was no sign of any politicians offering solutions. The only caller was Hubert Bauer, a German tourist and shop steward at IG Metall, the country’s giant trade union. “I heard that this was happening, and I came here to express my solidarity,” he said. “We have problems like this in Germany, too.” (Source: FT.com)

MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL

06 Aug 19. Moscow reinstates Cold War recovery, repair regiments. Russian ground forces are reinstating recovery and repair regiments, which appear to be returning to their previous significant operational role, the Krasnaya Zvezda (‘Red Star’) newspaper reported on 24 July, with additional coverage by the RIA state news agency Novosti and other media into August. Each regiment comprises two battalions and deploys with major formations. The first new regiment was formed in 2018 in the Central Military District (CMD) in the Urals, with battalions located near Kemerovo and Samara. Others are now being established near Yurga in central Siberia. They will be equipped with REM-KS 8×8 heavy repair and recovery vehicles, mobile workshops, and Taifun-VDV 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 25 July. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

U.S. APPOINTMENTS

09 Aug 19. President Donald Trump announced Thursday night that Joseph Maguire, the leader of the National Counterterrorism Center, is his new pick to be the acting director of national intelligence. Maguire will take over for outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whose last day with the administration is on August 15. The announcement came not long after Trump tweeted that Sue Gordon, the country’s No. 2 intelligence official, is resigning. Gordon served as the principal deputy director in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (Source: CNN)

INDUSTRY

06 Aug 19. Collaboration between AMC and TAFE SA to streamline Defence jobs pathway. The Australian Maritime College (AMC) and TAFE SA will help deliver an advanced maritime workforce for the Australian government’s $90bn Naval Shipbuilding Program through a streamlined pathway for students. The new engineering education pathways were officially launched at an event featuring students and staff from 20 South Australian schools in Adelaide last week. It is estimated that up to 15,000 jobs will flow from the continuous construction of a new fleet of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels, 9 Hunter Class anti-submarine frigates, 12 Future submarines and 21 Pacific Patrol boats.

AMC principal Michael van Balen AO said that the flexible education pathway aimed to encourage students to complete the courses they needed to qualify for future jobs: “Under the new pathway, graduates of seven TAFE SA programs now qualify for automatic entry into the Australian Maritime College’s world-famous degree programs.”

“They will also receive credits that shorten the time it takes to complete their degrees by up to one-third.”

He said the maritime industry was in a transformative phase: “The shipyard of the future is becoming increasingly digitised and the demand for people with advanced skills and capabilities has intensified. The purpose of this education pathway program is to make sure that a young person in Adelaide, who might want to start in welding, is given every opportunity possible to keep upskilling and if desired move into other fields of the maritime industry as their personal skills, confidence and expertise grows.”

The agreement follows AMC’s recent partnership with the Naval Shipbuilding College to deliver courses aligned with the needs of the naval shipbuilding industry.

The director of defence industries at TAFE SA Penny Johnston said the education pathway established in Adelaide would help students in South Australia and beyond to get a job in the massive ship and submarine building programs.

“These are more than just jobs, they are career pathways that will be ongoing for the next 20-30 years and it is our intention to make sure that as much of the workforce as possible is Australian, and that South Australians are given every opportunity possible to get the qualifications they need to participate in these incredible projects,” Johnston said.

TAFE SA’s Associate Degrees in Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil Construction (Design Drafting) and (Site Management) will receive automatic entry with credit into AMC’s maritime engineering programs.

The Diploma of Engineering –Technical and the Diploma of Project Management have been mapped with automatic entry with credit into the AMC maritime and logistics management degree.

Further details about the TAFE SA-to-University credit transfer scheme is available https://www.tafesa.edu.au/apply-enrol/uni-pathway-programs/tafe-to-uni-credit-transfer?ct_i=&ct_u=UNITAS&ct_a=o&mode=najax.

INDUSTRY TEAMINGS

06 Aug 19. YellowScan Appoints New US Distributor. YellowScan, a supplier of UAV LiDAR Solutions, has announced a new US distribution partnership with Frontier Precision, a company that has been dedicated to its clients for more than 30 years. YellowScan customers will benefit greatly from their extensive experience delivering survey, mapping, engineering, construction, GIS, forensics, law enforcement, forestry, water resources, and many other markets throughout the western United States.

“It is essential for YellowScan to have distributors that are close to their clients and that have the technical and business experience to support the use of our products in many different vertical markets” says Cliff Holle, General Manager at YellowScan Inc. “Frontier Precision brings a well-earned heritage of customer support, technical excellence, and professionalism that will benefit our current users and future customers alike.”

“We are looking forward to integrating the YellowScan LiDAR Drone Systems into our existing UAS product portfolio, in order to further provide our customers with top notch solutions for their UAS/Drone applications,” said Dennis Kemmesat, president and CEO of Frontier Precision. “Each day, drones revolutionize how data is collected and analyzed — with applications for seemingly every industry. What kind of drone you need is just as important as where you purchase it. Frontier Precision is your expert in training, industry applications, and aircraft — from the ground up.” (Source: UAS VISION)

02 Aug 19. Saudi Arabian Military Industries and Paramount Group Sign High-Level Collaboration Agreement On Defence and Security. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Paramount Group, the global aerospace and technology company, announced the signing of a high-level defence collaboration agreement, in step with Saudi Arabia’s vision for the creation of an integrated defence industrial ecosystem.

The multiple collaboration agreement between SAMI and Paramount Group will see the development of technologies and capabilities across the land, sea and air domains, as well as system integration, in support of Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s economic development plan, which sets an ambitious objective to increase the domestic share of military equipment expenditure to 50% by 2030.

CEO of SAMI, Dr. Andreas Schwer, said: “The collaboration between SAMI and Paramount Group will play a large part in helping to achieve the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. This will contribute significantly to further enhancing the capability of Saudi Armed Forces and increasing local content, in addition to creating new job opportunities and training for Saudi youth to increase their contribution and raise their role in this vital industry and the national economy in general.

He added: “Paramount Group has an established track record of working in partnership with customer countries, helping to create local defence industrial capabilities through technology and skills transfer. We believe there are many synergies between our companies that can be leveraged to build the defence industrial capability that Saudi requires.”

Group Chairman of Paramount Group, Ivor Ichikowitz, said: “Saudi Arabia is important to Paramount Group as much of the technology that we have created over the years has been developed with the Middle East in mind. We share the vision of the Crown Prince and his economic development plan. We are sensitive to the requirements of our customers to establish strategic industrial capability and put a strong focus on assisting governments in creating domestic manufacturing capacity.”

Ichikowitz continued: “Paramount Group has, for many years, been a world leader in the development of technology for asymmetrical conflict, primarily from our experience we had in Africa. Both the technology and expertise now have huge relevance to the security realities facing the Middle East. We have also invested very heavily in developing some of the most modern land forces, aviation, and naval platforms in the world. These platforms have allowed us to compete amongst the best in the world for both developed markets, as well as emerging markets.”

Ichikowitz added: “Paramount Group’s portable manufacturing model has been successfully implemented in a number of countries around the world. Over the years, we have refined this model, which is now perfectly aligned with the declared intent of Saudi Arabia. Where many organisations are still learning this approach, Paramount Group has been implementing projects on this basis for many years and is a viable major partner even in the most sophisticated markets.” (Source: Google/https://www.defenceweb.co.za)

PERSONNEL

09 Aug 19. BAE finance chief Lynas to retire next year, taps Greve as successor. BAE Systems (BAES.L), Britain’s biggest defence company, said group finance director Peter Lynas would retire on March 31 next year and be succeeded by oil and gas industry veteran Brad Greve. Greve has been appointed as group finance director designate. He will join next month and take over from Lynas, who has held the post for more than eight years, on April 1. BAE said Greve had more than 30 years experience with large multinational organisations in the oil and gas industry across Europe, the United States, South America and Africa. Last week BAE said improvements in its maritime and combat vehicle operations helped drive a rise in first-half earnings against a backdrop of geopolitical uncertainty that has dampened hopes for a major order from Saudi Arabia. BAE said that most recently Greve has been the top financial executive responsible for overseeing $20bn (£16.48bn) of annual revenue and $1bn of annual capital expenditure as financial controller of the Wells business at Schlumberger. He will receive a base salary of 610,000 pounds and can participate in the group’s annual incentive and long term incentive plan. (Source: Reuters)

U.S. APPOINTMENTS

07 Aug 19. GD Elects Jim Mattis to Board of Directors. The board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has elected James N. Mattis to be a director of the corporation, effective August 7. Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was elected the General Dynamics board of directors August 7, 2019. Mattis, age 68, is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the 26th United States Secretary of Defense from January 2017 to December 2018. Mattis commanded troops at all levels during his 43-year career as an infantry Marine, retiring in 2013.  His major command assignments included U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation.  At U.S. Central Command, he directed military operations of more than 200,000 military personnel across the Middle East. Mattis previously served on the General Dynamics board of directors from August 2013 to January 2017. (Source: ASD Network)

02 Aug 19. Digital manufacturer Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB) has named Moonhie Chin to its board of directors, effective Thursday, August 1. Chin had served in numerous leadership roles at Autodesk, Inc. since 1989 before concluding her 30-year tenure with the design software giant as Senior Vice President of Digital Platform and Experience. Chin’s long history of driving transformational change at Autodesk—which reported annualized recurring revenue of $2.75bn in fiscal 2019 and boasts over 4 million active subscriptions—was a fundamental factor behind her invitation to Protolabs’ board of directors. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

 

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