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23 Jul 20. Mikros Systems Corporation Opens West Coast Office in Ventura, California. Mikros Systems Corporation (OTCQB: MKRS), an advanced technology company specializing in electronics technology for advanced maintenance in military, industrial and commercial applications, announced today that it has opened a new facility in Ventura, California.
“Our new office is just a few miles from the Navy’s Port Hueneme Division (PHD), where one of our main customers is located,” said Lori Ogles, Mikros VP of Business Development. “Our most recent contract for Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) requires us to be on base at PHD on a weekly basis, so we have opened a new office to support this and to be a ‘home away from home’ for visiting Mikros staff. We’ll also be expanding our business development efforts at PHD, in San Diego and at other west coast Navy facilities.”
Bob Schaefer, who was recently hired to staff the Ventura office, said: “I’m delighted to be the first Mikros employee based here in California, and I’m looking forward to working with the Mikros SYM-3 product line and to coordinating with the Navy stakeholders here. Being so close and talking every day to our customers will allow Mikros to provide even more responsive and effective support.” (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Jul 20. Scottish home for Poseidon fleet reaches major milestone. Facilities to house the Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet have been handed over to Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), marking a major milestone in the Poseidon programme. DE&S, the MOD’s procurement arm, will take control of the £100m strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland.
Clocking in at over 33,000 square metres, the facility includes a three-bay hangar and accommodation for two squadrons, as well as state-of-the-art training equipment and facilities for those working on the fleet of nine Poseidon aircraft.
Designed and built by Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) and local construction partner Robertson, more than 300 employees worked on the building at Lossiemouth during the peak of the two-year project.
“The new Poseidon fleet will reassert the UK in the maritime patrol arena. It will play an invaluable role in our national security for decades to come. The state-of-the-art Lossiemouth facility provides the fleet with an ideal base while helping to create and sustain jobs in Scotland.”
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin
Once operational in the autumn, the facility will be the workplace for 470 additional military and civilian personnel, taking the total number of people working out of the coastal base to about 2,200.
“The new strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth is a great example of successful delivery through co-operative working. DE&S, Boeing Defence UK and Robertson have worked closely since the project began in early 2018 and here we are, just over two years later, taking delivery of this splendid new building. The focus of our work now shifts to preparing it for handover to the RAF later this year.”
Michelle Sanders, P-8A Poseidon team leader at DE&S
The first RAF Poseidon – named Pride of Moray – arrived from the USA and touched down at Kinloss Airfield in February 2020, followed by the second – named City of Elgin – in March. Both aircraft are currently flying from Kinloss until the Lossiemouth facility and runway are formally opened.
“The strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth is going to be an outstanding working environment optimised to support the RAF’s new Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
“But, more than that, it is going to be the home of our new capability where our crews, engineers, mission support staff and contractors will work together to deliver this essential Defence output.
“Delivered by Defence Equipment and Support and Boeing Defence UK, the project has progressed at impressive speed and will deliver exactly what we need in time to meet the arrival of our new aircraft at RAF Lossiemouth in the autumn.”
RAF Air Cdre Richard Barrow
Terence Bulloch, the third aircraft in the fleet, is named after the highest-scoring pilot in Coastal Command during the Second World War. It has completed the painting stage and is having its mission equipment fitted at the Boeing Defence facility in Seattle.
“We are incredibly proud to be handing over this state-of-the-art facility to DE&S after two years of hard work and investment, and we are excited to begin a new phase of Boeing’s partnership at RAF Lossiemouth.
“It’s a further sign of our more than 80-year commitment to the UK and we could not have done it without the support of the local Morayshire community, both on and off base.”
Anna Keeling, managing director of Boeing Defence UK
In the coming months, DE&S will oversee the installation of computers, audio-visual technology and the IT network to ensure the facility meets the RAF’s requirements.
Simulators and training devices for the Poseidon air and ground crews will be delivered and their installation will begin, while a separate ground support equipment (GSE) hangar will also be built by Robertson.
All nine Poseidon aircraft, which are based on the Boeing 737 Next-Generation airliner, are expected to be in the UK by the end of 2021.(Source: Warfare Today/RAF)
17 Jul 20. The Angelus Corp. Celebrates the Completion of its New Global Headquarters. State-of-the-Art Facility Provides the Latest Aerospace and Defense Products and Services. The Angelus Corporation® (“Angelus”), an aerospace and defense products and services company, unveiled its new global headquarters during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, July 10, 2020. The new facility is located at W220 N1051 Springdale Road in Waukesha, WI. on approximately 34 acres of land. A small grand opening event included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon for executive leadership, business partners as well as the Angelus staff. The Angelus Corp. Celebrates the Completion of its New Global Headquarters; State-of-the-Art Facility Provides the Latest Aerospace and Defense Products and Services
Participating in the ribbon-cutting were Jim and Paulette Griffin, Owners; Scott Allen, President; and Nelson William, CEO of Briohn Building Corporation.
The new headquarters features a two-story building with nearly 50,000 square feet of workspace, more than double the size of the previous location. The facility houses associates in a variety of roles that support the company including aerospace engineers, technical support, quality, finance, IT, human resources, marketing and sales, executive leadership, and manufacturing.
Thanks to the combination of Angelus’ products, financial stability, service capabilities and dedicated team, the business has experienced ongoing growth over the past several years. The additional space will enable our company to continue to grow as we look to further develop our product lines. (Source: PR Newswire)
22 Jul 20. Navantia Launches the First Corvette for Saudi Arabia. Navantia successfully carried out at 17:22 hours the launching of AL-JUBAIL, the first of five corvettes built for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). The ceremony was held in slipway number 2 at the San Fernando shipyard, and was chaired by the Commander of RSNF, H. E. Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily; by the Chairwoman of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá; by the Acting CEO of SAMI, Eng. Walid Abukhaled; and by the Admiral of Logistics Support Bay of Cadiz of Spanish Navy, Vice Admiral Ricardo A. Hernández López (Alardiz).
The ceremony started with a Quran recitation made by RSNF officer. Then a video about the Al-Jubail city (which the vessel has been named after) was played, and a time-lapse video was shown in which several months of construction have been summarized and can be seen in Navantia’s website. The national anthems of the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Spain were played thereupon.
The Commander of RSNF highlighted the importance of ALSARAWAT Project, contracted to Navantia, as one of the largest capability-acquisition programs for the RSNF which reflects a strong strategic relation between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kingdom of Spain and enlarges the cooperation between the RSNF and Spanish Navy in shipbuilding, education and training. The Commander of RSNF also indicated that the success of this project is a key factor for ambitious future projects and an enduring partnership.
He also stated that this step comes within the framework of SAMI’s strategy to support the development of the military industries in the Kingdom, as well as enhancing its strategic independence and military readiness.”
The Chairwoman of Navantia highlighted Navantia’s commitment to the RSNF to replicate the successful model implemented throughout many years with the Spanish Navy, and during recent years with other navies such as the Royal Australian Navy, and provide a high capability level both to the RNSF and to the military industries sector of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in the corvette programme and also for future projects.
Next, the ship’s Sponsor, the Commander of RSNF, ordered Capt. Abdullah Alshehri, director of RSNF PMO ALSARAWAT to cut the ribbon on his behalf, and the corvette AL-JUBAIL slid down the slipway and touched the water for the first time.
The AL-JUBAIL has a length of 104 metres, a beam of 14 metres and will be able to accommodate 102 people (crew and additional personnel). It will reach a maximum speed of 27 knots and, among other aspects, it has the capacity to carry 21 days’ supplies on board.
The corvettes are the latest generation of successful Navantia-designed combatants, and incorporate state-of-the-art Navantia products, such as the CATIZ Combat System, DORNA Gun Fire Control System, NAVCOMS/HERMESYS Integrated External and Internal Communications System, MINERVA Integrated Navigation and Bridge System, or COMPLEX-SIMPLEX Integrated Platform Management Platform together with equipment manufactured by Navantia under license such as the Leonardo SUPER RAPID 76mm main gun, Rheinmetall Air Defence MILLENNIUM 35mm close-in weapon system, MTU propulsion engines and diesel generators, and RENK gearboxes.
Since the first steel cutting was made, in January 2019, all the workshops of Navantia, in San Fernando and also in Puerto Real, have been working tirelessly. AL-JUBAIL, hull number 828, has been successfully built despite the slowdown in activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the safety protocols for the launching ceremony required all attendees to have their temperature taken, wear a face mask and maintain the required safety distance.
For the follow-on sister ships, the objective is to recover time and meet the initial milestones, so that the second corvette can be launched in November 2020. After the launching ceremony, Capt. Abdullah Alshehri, director of RSNF PMO ALSARAWAT, witnessed the progress in the construction of ship 830 ALDIRIYAH in slipway number 3.
The corvette program, which entered into force in November 2018, strengthens the immediate future of Navantia and benefits all the company’s shipyards and its auxiliary industry, especially the entire Bay of Cádiz.
Specifically, it will suppose a global workload of around seven million hours that, translated into employment, will reach the figure of 6,000 jobs annually during the next 5 years. From these, more than 1,100 will be direct employees, more than 1,800 employees of the auxiliary industry Navantia and more than 3,000 indirect employees generated by other suppliers. There will be more than 100 auxiliary companies that collaborate in it.
The program, whose last ship should be delivered in 2024, includes, in addition to construction, Life Cycle Support for five years, from the delivery of the first ship, with the option of another five additional years.
On the other hand, the contract also includes the supply of various services such as integrated logistical support, operational and maintenance training, supply of training and training Centers for the Combat System and Platform Control System for ships, Support to the Life Cycle, previously mentioned, and the systems for the maintenance of ships in the RNSF Jeddah Naval Base. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Navantia)
21 Jul 20. Russian Navy sees surge in naval shipbuilding milestones in July. The Russian Navy witnessed a surge in shipbuilding activities during July, with multiple commissioning, launch, and laying-down events held at shipyards across the country.
Keel-laying ceremonies for six major platforms were held at three of Russia’s leading naval shipyards on 20 July.
Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch laid down the first two Project 23900 Universal Landing Ships, Ivan Rogov and Mitrofan Moskalenko, at its yard in Kerch.
The shipyard was awarded a contract worth RUB100bn (USD1.3bn) for the first two ships of the class in May. Designed by Zelenodolsk Design Bureau, the Universal Landing Ships will have an overall length of around 220 m, a displacement of about 25,000 tonnes, and will be capable of carrying 20 heavy helicopters as well as 900 marines. The two ships are expected to be delivered by 2026-27.
On the same day, Sevmash Shipyard laid the keels for a more two Yasen M (Project 885M)-class submarines, Voronezh and Vladivostok, at its yard in Severodvinsk, bringing the total number under construction to eight. A contract for the latest pair was awarded during the Army 2019 exhibition held in June 2019. The first Yasen M-class submarine, Kazan, has been undergoing trials since 2017 and is expected to be delivered in 2020.
Two modified Admiral Gorshkov (Project 22350)-class frigates, Admiral Yumashev and Admiral Spiridonov. (Source: Jane’s)
22 Jul 20. Russian Navy accepts newest Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov. The Russian Navy has accepted its newest Admiral Gorshkov class of Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov. According to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, the ship’s receiving ceremony and the St Andrew’s flag raising was held on the Neva roadstead.
Frigate Admiral Kasatonov is scheduled to participate in the Main Naval Parade. Russian Navy commander-in-chief admiral Nikolay Evmenov said: “The frigate Admiral Kasatonov, which successfully completed the state tests, was accepted into the navy on the Neva roadstead, on the traverse of the Senate Square.
“The navy has been replenished with another ship that can effectively solve the tasks set in the far sea and ocean zones.”
The new frigates feature stealth capabilities and carry high-precision weapons. They are being built by Severnaya Verf (United Shipbuilding Corporation).
With a displacement capacity of 5,000t, the 135m-long and 16m-wide vessels can cruise at speeds of about 30k. The ships can accommodate around 200 people. The first frigate, Admiral Sergei Gorshkov, joined service in November 2013. The third and the fourth ships, Admiral Golovko and Admiral Isakov, are anticipated to join the navy within the next two years. In May this year, the Russian Navy accepted delivery of the strategic ballistic missile carrier submarine Knyaz Vladimir from the Sevmash shipyard. Laid down at Sevmash in 2012, the vessel delivered is the improved Borei-A class project of the fourth-generation nuclear submarines. (Source: naval-technology.com)
16 Jul 20. Nuclear-Powered Submarine “Prince Oleg” Floated Out. Today, July 16, at the Sevmash Production Association JSC (part of OSK JSC), a solemn ceremony was held for the floating out of the strategic missile submarine of the Borey-A project, the “Prince Oleg.”
The event was attended by representatives of government, the Ministry of Defense, the Navy, the United Shipbuilding Corporation, JSC PO Sevmash, Central Design Bureau MT “Rubin,” and the government of the Arkhangelsk region.
Withdrawing the ship, and its floating out from the Sevmash construction hall marks the completion of a significant stage in the construction of nuclear submarines. The nuclear-powered missile submarine “Prince Oleg,” known as a nuclear submarine cruiser in Russian terminology, was built to the improved Borey-A project design, and belongs to the fourth generation of nuclear-powered submarines designed for the Russian Navy. The designer is TsKB MT Rubin.
Before the floating out, Father Benjamin performed the ceremony of blessing the crew and consecrating the submarine.
At the ceremony, words of greeting were delivered by the First Deputy Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Aleksey Alsufiev, Admiral Alexander Vitko, Chief of the Main Staff of the Navy, Leonid Strugov, First Vice President of OSK JSC, Mikhail Budnichenko, General Director of Sevmash Production Association, General Director of Central Design Bureau MT Rubin Igor Vilnit.
Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnichenko noted the significance of today’s event for the company and the fleet. “These boats will define the face of the Russian Navy in the 21st century,” he said. “I sincerely want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who, hand in hand with us for all these years, painstakingly built this ship every day. The result of that labor is this ship which we see today.”
By tradition, the crew commander of the nuclear submarine “Prince Oleg,” captain of the 2nd rank Igor Golubev, broke a bottle of champagne on the side of the nuclear-powered ship. At a speed of about one meter per minute on a slipway train, the ship began to move toward the open gates of the workshop, and then into the enterprise’s bulk pool.
After the withdrawal from the boathouse of the agro-industrial complex “Prince Oleg,” factory and state tests are awaited. They will be provided by the delivery team of Sevmash under the leadership of the responsible deliverer Mikhail Polzikov and the crew of the ship.
The solemn ceremony of laying the keel of the submarine “Prince Oleg” was held on July 27, 2014. The lead submarine of the Borey-A project series, “Prince Vladimir,” is already serving in the Northern Fleet. The St. Andrew’s flag on the ship was hoisted at Sevmash on June 12, 2020.
The Prince Vladimir differs from the first three Borevs (the Yury Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh) by its lower noise level, more advanced systems for maneuvering and keeping at depth, as well as weapon control.
Work is continuing on the construction of three more production nuclear submarines of the Borey-A project: on the slipways of JSC Sevmash, Generalissimus Suvorov, Emperor Alexander III, and Prince Pozharsky are being worked on.
According to the Naval Doctrine of the Russian Federation, in future submarines of this project, which are being built in a large series, will form the basis of Russia’s naval strategic nuclear forces.
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com) (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Sevmash JSC)
21 Jul 20. Indian Air Force expects delivery of first five Rafale fighters in late July. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is expecting delivery of the first five of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighter aircraft before the end of July, according to a 20 July statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi. The aircraft are expected to be inducted at Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India on 29 July “subject to [the] weather”, said the MoD, adding that no media coverage is planned on arrival. The final induction ceremony will take place in the second half of August.
“IAF aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapon systems, and are fully operational now. Post arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest,” added the MoD.
India ordered 36 Rafales in 2016 for EUR7.9bn (USD9.04bn) and took delivery of the first of these fighters in a ceremony held in France in October 2019. This aircraft was initially expected to be one of four Rafales to be ferried to Ambala AFS in April or May for induction into the IAF’s 17 ‘Golden Arrows’ squadron, which is set to operate a total of 18 Rafales. The delivery, however, was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Jane’s)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
20 Jul 20. Ministry of Defense Advisors Program Seeks Applicants. One small Defense Department program has a big global impact. The Ministry of Defense Advisors Program, or MODA, was established in 2009 during the height of the troop surge in Afghanistan. The goal was, and still is, to standardize the selection and training of the DOD’s highest civilian performers and transform them into the world’s best advisors, DOD officials said.
Since 2010, MODA has recruited, trained and deployed 600 senior DOD civilians, and is highly regarded by senior DOD leaders and ministerial heads around the globe, they added.
The program is now overseen by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency through the Defense Security Cooperation University and the Institute for Security Governance. MODA personnel work with other DSCA institution capacity building elements to ensure projects are aligned with other security cooperation activities, including global training and equipping and foreign military sales. Deployed personnel are embedded in partner-nation defense ministries to best achieve national security and foreign policy objectives.
The working definition of a ministry of defense advisor is a proven subject matter expert who can be an executive coach and mentor to a foreign partner. The advisor is not a liaison, consultant or tutor, officials explained, but rather is a relationship builder who demonstrates empathy, humility and respect while forming trust-based partnerships through daily interaction and personal engagement.
It’s someone who can leverage those relationships to get to the root of the problem or capability gap and facilitate the partner’s problem-solving effort, an official said. Last and most important, the official said, a minister of defense advisor is someone who enables enduring, local solutions that build partner capacity.
Finding local solutions to local problems is the primary objective of any ministry of defense advisor serving in a partner nation. Security cooperation professionals are trained to develop and implement a total capability for the partner, using all of the tools in the security cooperation toolbox. MODA program candidates and the advisors they become have complementary and unique roles in the security cooperation enterprise as the professionals who are able to influence and shape outcomes supporting the partner and American national security goals through their daily proximity to the partner and expertise.
Minister of defense advisors are increasingly important as the global U.S. footprint expands into territories that are important to the National Defense Strategy, national security interests and the security cooperation mission, officials said. Stepping up to the challenge to serve as a minister of defense advisor requires careful consideration of the following, they added:
- Candidates should be GS-13/14/15 permanent DOD civilian employees;
- Candidates will engage in high-visibility, ministerial-level advising; and
- Candidates will undergo six to seven weeks of training, which will include the Strategic Advisor Course.
Interested candidates should submit the following as part of their application package to mailbox email@example.com:
- A cover letter summarizing why the candidate would be a good fit;
- A narrative chronological resume;
- A current SF-50 with social security number and birthdate redacted;
- References from the candidate’s current supervisor and at least one supervisor from any previous deployments; and
- Component approval.
Minister of defense advisor opportunities can be found here https://www.dcpas.osd.mil/Expeditionary/Positions
20 Jul 20. Royal Marines Commando unit created to shape the Future Commando Force. A select group of commandos will form a new Vanguard Strike Company to shape how the Royal Marines Commandos of the future will operate around the globe. These trailblazers will have access to game-changing technology and weaponry as they head on their first deployment next year. The Royal Marines are currently undergoing a bold modernisation project – known as the Future Commando Force programme – which will overhaul how the world-famous green berets operate.
As part of this restructuring, more than 150 Royal Marines and Army Commandos will come together this autumn to form the Vanguard Strike Company.
The company will head on its maiden deployment in mid-2021 after further trials later this year and ongoing equipment, structural and tactical experimentation associated with the Future Commando Force.
Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Matt Holmes, said: “The Vanguard Strike Company will lead and inform how the Royal Marines and Army Commandos will operate and fight in a dynamic, technological era of warfare.
“We envisage several of these networked sub-units persistently forward deployed around the globe, with an array of sophisticated enabling capabilities, to present dilemmas to adversaries whilst supporting partners. These will all be at high-readiness, as a capable forward contingency force at the core of the Royal Navy’s Littoral Response Groups.”
The deployment next year will see the first practical demonstration of kit, equipment, training and organisational change necessary to shape the concept further and bring it quickly to the forefront of the Royal Navy’s contribution to national security.
The elite commandos will work in small, versatile teams that will be tailored for the respective mission they will be facing – calling on areas of expertise and hone skills necessary to bring an advantage depending on the type of operation.
This will give the UK a more agile and lethal capability, ready for missions anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, whether that’s for war-fighting, specific combat missions such as commando raids, or providing humanitarian assistance.
This is about returning commando forces to their roots: to operate at reach and in all theatres, including the arctic, as the spearhead of operations.
It has already been announced that Royal Marines Commandos will have a new uniform as part of the bold transformation.
Fit for a new era of warfare, it is in keeping with the maritime traditions of the Corps and honours their Commando forebears through insignia.
The NATO procured uniform – which is being procured from USA-based firm Crye Precision – is lighter-weight, has higher tear-strength, is faster-drying and is more breathable than typical 50/50 cotton/nylon clothing.
The Vanguard Strike Company will wear this uniform on their first deployment. (Source: Royal Navy)
21 Jul 20. NASA’s Glenn Research Center Director Marla Pérez-Davis has appointed Susan Motil as the next deputy director of the center in Cleveland. Motil, a 31-year veteran of NASA, most recently managed the Orion Program’s European Service Module Integration Office (EIO). She succeeds Pérez-Davis, who was named center director in January. Motil will assume the deputy director role immediately. She will share with the center director responsibility for planning, organizing, and managing the agency level programs and projects assigned to the center. (Source: PR Newswire)
17 Jul 20. Ms. Heidi Grant, currently assigned as the director of the Defense Technology Security Administration, Arlington, Virginia, has been selected to assume responsibility from Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, as the director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Arlington, Virginia.
17 Jul 20. The Department of Defense announced today that William Moore has been selected to be the new director and chief executive officer of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). The DeCA director position has been vacant since June 2017. In November 2017, DOD leadership asked retired Navy Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, CEO of Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), to step into the DeCA leadership position as interim director and later special assistant for commissary operations to the assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs. He has been overseeing both organizations simultaneously for the past 33 months.
21 Jul 20. Metamaterial Inc. Announces Partnership with ADI Technologies to Access Defence Markets. Metamaterial Inc. (the “Company” or “META”) (CSE: MMAT), a developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites, announced today that it has partnered with ADI Technologies, Inc. to access defence markets in the U.S., the U.K, Europe, and Israel.
ADI Technologies provides marketing and consulting services to international companies to sell products and services to government organizations. ADI Technologies has a track record of successfully marketing and selling high tech products into the U.S. U.K., European, and Israeli defence markets. Under the terms of the agreement, ADI Technologies will provide sales support for META’s NanoWeb® and metaAIR® products and services. The agreement is for a one-year term expiring July 2021.
“The aerospace and defence sectors have always been a key area of focus for META,” said George Palikaras, President and CEO of META. “ADI Technologies brings over 40 years’ of experience in the government acquisition system, coupled with knowledge of the specific regulations and rules. This new partnership will allow our products to be introduced to key government organizations and supporting companies in the United States and other countries.”
META is working with some of the world’s leading companies in the aerospace and defence sector including Airbus, Satair, Lockheed Martin Canada and Boeing. META is currently working with the U.S. military to integrate NanoWeb® into diving and gas masks to prevent fogging in all conditions. NanoWeb® is a proprietary transparent conductive ultra-thin film material that can conduct a record 10,000 Watts/m2.
“META has unique proprietary technology and applications that can add tremendous value to companies in the defence sector as well as government agencies,” said Jerry Brown, President at ADI Technologies. “Their product lines are so advanced that we see a substantial opportunity to address new and existing operational requirements in areas such as de-icing, de-fogging, EMI shielding, laser protection and telecommunications.” (Source: PR Newswire)
20 Jul 20. Rafael Announces $1.3m Strategic Industrial Partnership With Australian Company Naeco. This Cooperation Will See the Two Firms Come Together to Export Advanced Cooling Systems As Part of Rafael’s Defense Solutions Global Supply Chain.
RAFAEL Australia has announced a $1.3m strategic industrial partnership with Australian company Naeco Pty Ltd, a Brisbane-based precision engineering small business specializing in thermal management.
Naeco has pioneered a world-first liquid cooling system for airborne radar, communication systems and electronic warfare (EW) equipment. RAFAEL is a world leader in the development and manufacture of airborne systems, including the BNet communication system and EW technologies, which are currently employed by numerous leading air forces around the world.
This industrial cooperation between RAFAEL and Naeco will see the two firms come together to export these advanced cooling systems, as part of RAFAEL’s global supply chain, to provide its customers with state-of-the-art defence solutions. In an environment of unprecedented disruption, this agreement will provide new export opportunities for products designed, developed and manufactured in Australia, creating local jobs in the process.
“RAFAEL was very impressed with the performance of Naeco and its technology during testing,” said Ido Spitzer, RAFAEL Australia’s General Manager.
“Following the establishment of VRA in Australia as a joint venture between RAFAEL and the Varley Group, we are delighted to enter into partnership with another Australian SME that shares our culture of innovation and collaboration. This partnership will lead to additional work packages for an Australian business at a time of significant uncertainty for local industry. We are particularly excited by Naeco’s comprehensive manufacturing and engineering expertise specifically in the high-end aerospace sector.”
Naeco’s Managing Director, Nathan Andrews, said the agreement was a significant step for the company. “We are extremely proud of our new partnership with RAFAEL, an internationally recognized leader in defense industry. RAFAEL’s focus on partnering with innovative small businesses like Naeco makes this new venture both a natural fit and an enormous opportunity for our company to continue developing our world-leading capabilities.
“With RAFAEL’s support, Naeco will expand global exports of Australian defense technology like our liquid cooling system despite challenging global conditions. This partnership will allow us to keep factories open, employ more Australian workers and keep exports flowing in this time of economic hardship”. (Source: ASD Network)
17 Jul 20. Naval Group Australia and ASC search for future submarine engineers. Naval Group and ASC have partnered to start the search for future submarine engineers with the launch of their inaugural graduate programme. Under the programme, eligible engineering graduates will gain experience, training and development on the existing Collins-class submarines.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Materials, Structural, Aeronautical or associated fields can apply for the programme.
Students who will complete their degree by September this year are also eligible to apply.
Once completed, the engineers will be offered a chance to use their newly gained skills on Australia’s future the Attack-class submarines.
Under a two-year programme, the graduates will be employed by ASC in Osborne, Australia.
Graduates will receive a tailored rotation plan across several submarine engineering functions for structured learning and development. Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
Supervised by experienced ASC engineers, the graduates will receive regular mentoring.
Programme completion will be followed by an opportunity to transition into a permanent engineering role within Naval Group Australia.
Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said: “Making the most of Naval Group Australia and ASC’s collective resources and recruitment programs remains a fundamental aspect to ensuring the growth of Australia’s submarine industry.
“Graduates will benefit by having the opportunity to gain hands on experience with two world leading organisations.
“Practical experience will complement the knowledge they have gained from their academic studies which will boost their career prospects enormously.”
Last year, the partners signed their first training initiative for the next-generation of Australia’s submarine builders.
In March this year, PMB Defence and Systems Sunlight won subcontracts by Naval Group Australia to design the main storage batteries for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Attack-class submarines. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 Jul 20. Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, today announced the addition of Regina Holloway as Axon’s VP of Community Impact effective July 13, 2020. Ms. Holloway joins Axon from NYU’s Policing Project where she served as a Senior Program Manager and helped to implement the Neighborhood Policing Initiative in the City of Chicago. Prior to that, she served as a Supervising Investigator with the Civilian Officer of Police Accountability in Chicago. During her tenure as a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School, Ms. Holloway developed housing discrimination investigations that led to the publication of a study in Yale Law School’s Journal of Law and Feminism. Ms. Holloway is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity through a partnership between Columbia University and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African-American Studies from Temple University and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Suffolk University Law School. (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Jul 20. DecisionPoint with its wholly-owned subsidiary CORTEK, a leading provider of mission-critical services to the federal government, has appointed Darin Stolte as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Stolte joins DecisionPoint | CORTEK from Knight Point Systems, recently acquired by Perspecta, where he served as Vice President of Service Delivery. Prior to that, he enjoyed eleven years in a variety of senior roles at STG, Inc., including Vice President of Civilian Programs. (Source: PR Newswire)
20 Jul 20. McKean Defense Group, LLC announced today that Mr. Jeffery L. Cherry, founder and director of Conscious Venture Lab and managing partner of Conscious Venture Partners, LLC/Conscious Venture Fund has been elected to McKean’s board of directors. Mr. Cherry is also the founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and managing partner of The Porter Group, LLC. Mr. Cherry’s career spans more than 34 years in the federal market, and in working with both start-up and mid-size companies focused on growth and cultural change. Early in his career, Mr. Cherry created a successful 8a business that delivered engineering and information technology services to defense and civilian government clients. His most recent work has included the analysis of how companies can achieve competitive advantage – and create societal impact – by tending to the needs of a broad array of stakeholders (customers, employees, communities and shareholders). As a consultant on two books on these principles of “Conscious Capitalism,” he has become a leading voice on the paradigm shift in business towards societal purpose as a path to company performance. These ideas are imbedded into the investment thesis of Conscious Venture Partners, the venture capital firm he founded in 2012. (Source: PR Newswire)
20 Jul 20. Quintillion welcomed General (Ret.) Charles H. Jacoby Jr. as a Senior Strategic Advisor to its expanding team. With over 36 years of experience leading military, governmental, and international institutions, General Jacoby provides expertise that will be invaluable as Quintillion continues to utilize and expand its existing infrastructure to serve and protect the interests of the U.S. and Canada. Having served as the first Army officer to command North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command, General Jacoby has seen firsthand the increase in strategic importance of the arctic region as the climate warms and both commercial and military activity grows. (Source: PR Newswire)
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