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21 Jun 05. New redundancy terms for members of the Regular Armed Forces were announced by Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Don Touhig. The new terms will provide the Armed Forces with redundancy arrangements that are better related to an individual’s length of service and provide a generous package for those leaving the services. This change will not affect Service personnel leaving as part of the restructuring announced in July 2004 unless individuals decide that they would prefer to leave on the terms offered by the new Armed Forces Pension Scheme.

22 Jun 05. BAE Systems has opened an advanced avionics laboratory at its facility in Johnson City. The working laboratory provides customers with real-time, interactive demonstrations of a broad range of capabilities, including network-centric technologies that enable interoperability while seamlessly and securely connecting platform operators to the global information grid. The lab features BAE Systems’ N~COnnexTM solutions, providing connectivity, information assurance, and data management to the platform for network-centric operations. An adaptable system comprising hardware and software elements, N~COnnexTM fuses information from an array of sources to bring enhanced situational awareness and real-time information to warfighters. It also combines the company’s human-machine interface capabilities — including helmet-mounted displays, active sticks, trackballs, and specialized mission software — to optimize situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness. The lab’s operators employ the technologies in a variety of realistic operational scenarios. The lab also is capable of networking with other labs, both within and outside of BAE Systems, to create alternative real-time scenarios using other assets that are located at geographically dispersed locations.

22 Jun 05. BAE Systems officially opened its new 31,000-square-foot MicroIR(r) Products Manufacturing Facility today at its Infrared Imaging Systems facility, Five Forbes Road, Lexington, Mass. Within three years, the MicroIR(r) Products Manufacturing Facility expects to produce more than 32,000 infrared (IR) modules and 9,000 weapon sights and camera systems each year, more than double the present rate. The modules are produced for a variety of customers including the
armed forces and first responders. Eventual capacity in this facility
could be even higher after 2008 through multi-shifting and
product/process/equipment improvements. BAE Systems’ uncooled MicroIR(r) technology converts the heat (IR energy) from the scene of interest into a real-time video image, allowing the user to “see” through darkness, smoke and other common obscurants. This technology is at the core of IRIS military and commercial products, such as the Thermal Weapon Sight II and Stryker Thermal Imaging Modules, as well as a variety of commercial MicroIR(r)products.

17 Jun 05. Salon Le Bourget 2005 sees the launch of a new aerospace consultancy based in Gascony – the heart of Europe’s aerospace industry. Within the French administrative regions of Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine the aerospace sector now employs close to 100,000 people. Some of the world’s most advanced aerospace technologies are developed, tested and produced in Gascony and the surrounding areas. Aerospace businesses located in south west France have combined annual turnovers in excess of €50 billion. Managing relationships with these organisations is essential if this globally important market is to be penetrated successfully. Avions de Gascogne (AdG) provides Marketing, Sales, PR & Public Affairs, Events & Exhibitions management, Industrial Benefits & Offset, Proposal Writing, Translation, Travel and Accommodation services to companies doing business with the multitude of aerospace prime contractors located in South West France. Located between Toulouse and Bordeaux, AdG offers on-the-spot customer relationship management at a fraction of the cost of servicing

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