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09 Sep 20. Australia commits funding to boost Top End defence industry. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have announced a multimillion-dollar investment into Northern Territory-based defence SME capability, with critical infrastructure investment. The Commonwealth government has committed to $490m worth of investment into critical defence infrastructure across the Northern Territory as the nation embarks on the largest defence build-up and modernisation since the Second World War.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds explained the investment provides greater surety for the construction industry in the Top End as the nation continues to recover from COVID-19.

“The Morrison government will inject $190m into existing major projects over the next two financial years to fast-track the delivery of facilities and infrastructure in Defence locations across the Top End,” Minister Reynolds said.

This was reinforced by Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price, who said an additional $300m will be invested in the existing national Estate Works Program over 2020-21 and 2021-22 to help with sustaining the Defence Estate.

“This additional funding builds on the $870m investment in the Estate Works Program announced in May 2020, and which is providing opportunities to local businesses across Australia, including small businesses in the NT,” Minister Price said.

Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, RAAF Darwin, Robertson Barracks, Mt Bundey Training Area and the Delamere Air Weapons Range will benefit from the works package.

“These works will be tailored to ensure that small to medium sized enterprises can bid for this work and will be incorporated into both current and new projects so the Defence Estate is safe and fit-for-purpose for the members of the Australian Defence Force,” Senator McMahon said.

Local industry will be able to tender for works including a health centre, explosive ordnance storage, a gymnasium, mess facilities and additional airfield works. (Source: Defence Connect)

07 Sep 20. $1.1bn infrastructure upgrade for RAAF Base Tindal. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have announced that the $1.1bn worth of infrastructure investment at RAAF Base Tindal has commenced to better support defence operations in the region.

The package is part of this government’s $8bn in planned spending on Northern Territory Defence facilities under Developing Northern Australia initiatives.

As part of Australian commitments under the US Force Posture Initiatives, the $737m RAAF Tindal Airfield Works and Associated Infrastructure project will upgrade the airfield, increase aviation fuel storage, re-invest in ageing base engineering services and provide additional living-in accommodation for posted Air Force personnel.

Turning the sod at the site in Katherine, Minister for Defence Senator Linda Reynolds said RAAF Base Tindal is vital to northern Australia’s air combat capability and support to our allies.

“Over the next decade, the planned works will further enhance Defence air combat capability and our engagement with allies and other nations through the conduct of joint exercises, including our Enhanced Air Cooperation with the United States Air Force,” Minister Reynolds said.

Minister Reynolds added, “A concurrent $437m RAAF Base Tindal redevelopment project will also address critical upgrades to base engineering services including power, water and sewerage to support current and future projected demands on base infrastructure.”

Component 1 of the scheduled infrastructure upgrades, aims to maintain the existing capability at RAAF Base Tindal by addressing functional deficiencies and capacity constraints in existing facilities and infrastructure, and to support growth in demand from the increasing operational tempo.

Component 1 also aims to address the risks associated with non-compliant facilities and to reduce ongoing operating costs by replacing under-utilised or redundant facilities.

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said it’s now more important than ever to back Australian businesses and create more Australian jobs.

“Local businesses, suppliers and Indigenous companies will benefit from this package of works with a target of 70 per cent local participation rate,” Minister Price said.

Component 2 aims to increase the capacity of RAAF Base Tindal to support KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport operations, which are a key part of the core air power role of air mobility, in particular air-to-air refuelling and air logistics support missions.

In addition to this, component 2 also aims to support the US Force Posture Initiatives by improving accessibility to the RAAF Base Tindal for USAF aircraft. The US Force Posture Initiatives is an element of the Force Posture Agreement between the Australian and US governments.

During recent works, managing contractor Lendlease initiated an expo to allow Katherine students to sample trades and speak directly with trade apprentices, trainers, local employers and industry representatives.

“Initiatives like these enable us to build the skills and expertise required to support future Defence capability,” Minister Reynolds said.

Construction is expected to conclude in 2027. (Source: Defence Connect)

03 Sep 20. US Navy commissions NSF Redzikowo in Poland. The US Navy commissioned its new shore installation, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Redzikowo, Poland, on 3 September. The ceremony marked the turnover of the support facilities to the US Navy from the US Army Corps of Engineers. In 2016, NSF Redzikowo was established as the first US installation in Poland. Redzikowo will become the second operational site for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS), which is part of the contribution of the US to Nato ballistic missile defence.

The Redzikowo AAMDS base is under construction and is expected to begin operations before 2022.

Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central (EURAFCENT) commander Rear Admiral Scott Gray said: “In the years to come, Redzikowo will play a critical role in the defence of Europe, as an important operational asset.

“And in the navy’s tradition, this is why we chose not to simply dedicate this installation, but to commission it, to man our ‘ship’ and bring it to life.”

NSF Redzikowo now features offices and multi-purpose facility (MPF) with residential and catering facilities, along with security and public works buildings, general warehouse, fire stations, and sports facilities.

NSF Redzikowo is located at a former military and civilian airfield, which is 225 miles from Warsaw and will be operated along with the Polish Force Protection Battalion.

Sailors assigned to NSF Redzikowo and AAMDS Poland will carry out regular training with the Force Protection Battalion and local emergency services departments. After its completion, NSF Redzikowo will become the second facility of the US Navy to employ Aegis Ashore. The first was the NSF Deveselu in Romania, which was set up in October 2014. In 2018, US Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) opened a new headquarters building for the Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) in Bahrain. (Source: naval-technology.com)


10 Sep 20. RNZN’s HMNZS Te Kaha begins sea trials after refit period. The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha has started sea trials in Canada following a refit period. The Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN) Anzac-class frigate HMNZS Te Kaha has started sea trials in Canada following a refit period.

RNZN said in a tweet: “Back to sea. #HMNZSTeKaha sailing past the historic Fisgard Lighthouse as she commences the first of her intensive sea trials off Canada’s West Coast.

“A welcome return to sea after a period at CFB Esquimalt where she’s been undertaking a significant systems upgrade.”

In March 2018, Lockheed Martin announced that HMNZS Te Kaha arrived in Canada to begin the shipyard industrial refit phase of the Anzac Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project.

Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC) is the Combat Systems Integrator (CSI) for each Anzac-class frigate.

As per a sub-contractual agreement, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards is responsible for the refit and installation of the new systems under the supervision and direction of LMC.

Refit work on HMNZS Te Kaha started on 1 May 2018 in Victoria, Canada.

The upgrade programme was carried out in equipment purchase, detailed design and installation phases.

In 2014, the New Zealand Government signed a contract for the upgrade of the RNZN’s two Anzac-lass frigates and approved a sum of NZ$446m for the project.

In December 2017, the government approved an additional NZ$148m to the initial budget to accommodate the cost overrun for combat system equipment installation.

Refit of the second frigate, HMNZS Te Mana, started on 1 May 2019.

The entire contract for the refit programme covering the two frigates has an expected completion date of 2020. In July this year, the RNZN’s new HMNZS Aotearoa was commissioned at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland. (Source: naval-technology.com)

09 Sep 20. RoKN receives first upgraded KDX-1-class destroyer. The first upgraded Gwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-1)-class destroyer has been returned to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) after completing a modernisation programme aimed at improving the vessel’s combat management system (CMS) and other sensors. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement that Yang Manchun (pennant number DDG 973) officially returned to service on 9 September following a ceremony held at the Jinhae Naval Base in South Gyeongsang Province.

DAPA said the upgrades included replacing the ship’s ageing combat management system (CMS) with a modern, locally developed one that can not only handle three times as much data as the previous CMS but also process the information 100 times faster.

To enhance its anti-submarine warfare capabilities, the 135.4 m-long destroyer has been fitted with a much more advanced towed array sonar system that is similar to the one found on the RoKN’s FFX-series frigates. (Source: Jane’s)

04 Sep 20. Destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) Sails Away from Ingalls Shipbuilding. Destroyer Delbert D. Black departed from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division today, sailing to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.

“Our shipbuilders have done an excellent job throughout the construction of Delbert D. Black preparing the new Aegis destroyer to join the Navy’s fleet,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said. “Today we celebrate the continued monumental achievements of our shipbuilders with great pride, and we look forward to continuing to build state-of-the-art Navy destroyers for years to come.”

Ingalls has delivered 32 destroyers to the Navy and currently has four more under construction including Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123), Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) and Ted Stevens (DDG 128). In June, Ingalls was awarded a $936m contract for the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, all in support of the United States military strategy. Guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century. (Source: ASD Network)


10 Sep 20. India’s Light Utility Helicopter completes high-altitude trials in the Himalayas. Indian state-owned company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced on 9 September that its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) recently demonstrated its capability to operate in hot weather and high altitudes after successfully completing 10 day of trials in the Himalayas.

The company said in a statement that a comprehensive test plan that included “envelope expansion, performance, and flying qualities” in temperatures up to +32°C was carried out at Leh, which is about 3,300 m above sea level.

It also said the LUH demonstrated its “hot and high hover performance” at the Daulat Beg Oldie Advanced Landing Ground, which is about 5,000 m above sea level.

The platform also validated its payload capability at high altitudes during tests carried out at the 5,400 m-high Siachen Glacier, said HAL, adding that pilots landed the helicopter at the highest helipads of Amar and Sonam.

Both Leh and the Daulat Beg Oldie are located in India’s Ladakh region, relatively close to the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) between India and China. Since May this year the militaries of both countries have been in a standoff over the disputed border.

Under development since 2008, the 3.15 tonne LUH is intended to replace the licence-built Cheetah and Chetak helicopters that have been operated by the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) since the 1960s.

HAL said that it has a confirmed an order for 197 LUHs – 133 for the AAC and 64 for the IAF – which are to be built at the company’s special helicopter manufacturing facility at Tumakuru, 74km north of Bangalore. (Source: Jane’s)

10 Sep 20. Indian Air Force formally inducts first five Rafale fighter aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally inducted into service the first five of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters it ordered in late 2016 for EUR7.9bn (USD9.35bn). The five twin-engined fighters – three single-seat and two twin-seat aircraft –, which had arrived in India from France on 29 July, entered service with the IAF’s No 17 ‘Golden Arrow’ Squadron on 10 September in a ceremony held at Ambala Air Force Station (AFS) in northern India. The ceremony was attended by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, among others.

Four additional Rafales are expected to arrive at Ambala AFS in October, with the remaining nine aircraft required to complete the squadron of 18 fighters scheduled for delivery by mid-2021, according to official sources.

Thereafter, deliveries will begin for the second Rafale squadron, which will be stationed at Hasimara AFS close to India’s disputed border with China. This squadron will also comprise 18 fighters, deliveries of which are expected to be completed by late 2022.

“The Rafale induction has come at an apt time when a tense situation has been created at our borders,” said Singh referring to the country’s ongoing military tensions with China along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in the Himalayas. (Source: Jane’s)

09 Sep 20. More details emerge on upgraded Z-10 helicopter variant. Chinese state-owned media have revealed more details about an upgraded variant of the Zhishengji-10 (Z-10) attack helicopter in service with the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF).

Weihutang, a programme on military affairs from state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), showed images on 7 September of an upgraded Z-10 operated by an aviation brigade of the 79th Group Army and fitted with new engine exhaust outlets pointing upwards – instead of the previous outward/sideways configuration – in an apparent effort to reduce the helicopter’s infrared signature as seen from the ground.

Moreover, the rotorcraft shown in the footage features extra armour panels that have been externally attached to the helicopter. The CCTV footage shows that the panels, which are presumably on both sides of the tandem-seat helicopter, are present in three areas. The first two panels can be seen just below both of the cockpit’s side windows, with the third panel located under the front cockpit window.

The third panel, which is the largest of the three, covers the lower middle section of the housing for the helicopter’s WZ9 turboshaft engine.

The programme quoted unnamed analysts as saying that the armour plates are likely to be made from a new type of composite material that is not only stronger but also much lighter than steel amour.

Weihutang said the upgraded version is also equipped with a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system and a new antenna for the BeiDou satellite navigation system to help “ensure its combat capability in a complex electromagnetic environment”. (Source: Jane’s)

08 Sep 20. Boom to explore Overture configuration for USAF executive transport. Boom Supersonic has received a contract to partner with the US Air Force (USAF) for government executive flight programme exploration. Boom Supersonic has received a contract to partner with the US Air Force (USAF) for government executive flight programme exploration. The contract will finance the study of an Overture configuration designed for the USAF executive transport.

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the USAF are responsible for all executive branch top leadership’s air transport, including Air Force One.

Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl said: “Supersonic flight brings people together, whether for work, family or global diplomacy.

“By cutting travel times we make it possible for US diplomats and executive leaders to connect more frequently in person, meeting challenges and defusing potential crises with a personal touch.

“We’re so proud to help envision a new way for the airforce to provide transport for critical government activities.”

Overture provides the USAF with passenger capacity, speed, sufficient space and power to meet the needs of the required mission system.

Additionally, the aircraft can be set up for several cabin areas, which provide privacy.

Presidential & Executive Airlift Directorate programme executive officer brigadier general Ryan Britton said: “The US Air Force is constantly looking for technological opportunities to disrupt the balance of our adversaries.

“Boom is an example of the American ingenuity that drives the economy forward through technological advances.

“We are extremely excited to team with them as we work to shrink the world and transform the future of executive airlift.”

In addition to being able to transport, Overture can be customised to meet more mission requirements of other airforces and DoD.

Overture can also become part of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF), halving the time for humanitarian and other important air transportation operations. (Source: airforce-technology.com)


08 Sep 20. French Navy retires Lynx from service. The French Navy has formally retired its last Lynx Mk 4(FN) helicopters, bringing the type’s 42-year Aeronavale service career to a close. A last embarkation at sea was completed from 18 to 23 July 2020, when the frigate Latouche-Tréville , the last remaining F70 Georges Leygues-class frigate in Marine Nationale service, sailed with a detachment of two Lynx helicopters for an operational/training mission off Brittany.

Forty Lynx helicopters were purchased by the French Navy from the UK as part of a multinational agreement that also involved Puma and the Gazelle helicopters. Entering service in 1978, the Lynx has fulfilled a wide range of missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), maritime surveillance, over-the-horizon targeting, search-and-rescue, vertical replenishment, maritime counter terrorism, special forces operations, and disaster relief.In June 2019, it was announced that the retirement of the Lynx Mk 4(FN) would be brought forward from 2022 to 2020 to save money. The last five operational aircraft remained in service with Flottille 34F, based at BAN Lanvéoc-Poulmic in Brittany until 3 August. (Source: Jane’s)



08 Sep 20. Joint UK-Qatari Typhoon squadron to be RAF only from 2023. The joint UK and Qatari Eurofighter Typhoon squadron is set to become a Royal Air Force (RAF) only unit from 2023, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed to Janes. Currently located at Coningsby in Lincolnshire, 12 Squadron will become a primary RAF unit (Serial 1) when the UK element returns to its homebase after a planned detachment to Dohar in 2022 to help provide security for the FIFA World Cup. At this time, the Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will stand up its own in-country Eurofighter squadron(s).

“The Joint Squadron will operate for a period of three years, the last six months of which will be spent in Qatar. It will undertake deployed exercises as part of the RAF’s annual Air Exercise Programme, which includes Exercise ‘Epic Skies’ in Qatar, which has always been viewed as an opportunity to strengthen defence co-operation between our two nations. The squadron will also deploy to Qatar in late 2022 towards the end of [its] three-year lifetime. The objective of this six-month deployment will be to support the stand-up and entry into service of the first QEAF Typhoon squadron. After the three-year period, it is anticipated that 12 Squadron will return to the UK and continue to operate as part of the UK’s Typhoon force, with full RAF manning,” the MoD said on 8 September. (Source: Jane’s)


10 Sep 20. Mr Alastair King-Smith has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Albania in succession to Mr Duncan Norman MBE.

Mr Alastair King-Smith has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Albania in succession to Mr Duncan Norman MBE who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr King-Smith will take up his appointment in September 2021.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name: Alastair King-Smith


FCO, Deputy Director, Coronavirus Cross-Government Taskforce

2018 to 2020

FCO, Deputy Director, Multilateral Policy Directorate and Co-ordinator, Global Campaign for Media Freedom

2015 to 2018

FCO, Head of International Counter Extremism

2013 to 2015

FCO, Head of Strategic Communications and Security Campaigns


Nairobi, Acting Deputy High Commissioner


FCO, Acting Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-Secretary


Tel Aviv, Acting Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Political Team

2011 to 2012

FCO, Head of Near East Group

2008 to 2011

Islamabad, Deputy & Acting Political Counsellor; later seconded to Department for International Development (DFID), UK Representative, Punjab

2005 to 2008

DFID, Co-ordinator for Integrated Planning and Lessons Learning, UK Stabilisation Unit

2003 to 2004

FCO, Head of Political Planning, Iraq Policy Unit

1999 to 2003

Khartoum, Head of Political, Economic and Information Sections; later Special Adviser for Peace Affairs


Tripoli, Acting Chargé d’Affaires

1998 to 1999

Full-time Language Training (Arabic)

1996 – 1997

FCO, Desk Officer for Russia Political Affairs, Eastern Department


Joined Foreign and Commonwealth Office

(Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

09 Sep 20. Mr Nicholas Hopton has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya in succession to Mr Martin Reynolds CMG.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name: Nicholas Dunster Hopton

Married to: Alejandra Hopton de Echenique

Children: 5

2019 to present

Tripoli, Chargé d’Affaires


FCO, Director, EU (External and Security)

2016 to 2018

Tehran, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2015 to 2016

Tehran, Chargé d’Affaires

2013 to 2015

Doha, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2012 to 2013

Sana’a, Her Majesty’s Ambassador


Full-Time Language Training (Arabic)


Director (Acting) Multilateral Policy Directorate

2008 to 2011

FCO, Head, International Organisations Department


No 10, Policy Unit

2007 to 2008

Cabinet Office, National Security Strategy Team

2003 to 2007

Paris, Counsellor (EU and Economic)

2000 to 2003

Rome, First Secretary (Foreign and Security Policy)

1998 to 2000

FCO, Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe

1997 to 1998

FCO, Agenda 2000 Section Head, European Union Department (Internal)

1995 to 1997

FCO, Press Officer, News Department / Resource Planning Department

1991 to 1995

Rabat (and Nouakchott), Second Secretary (Political/ Information)

1990 to 1991

FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, European Community Department (External)


FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Middle East Department


Joined FCO

(Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

09 Sep 20. Mr Mark Gooding OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Mr Mark Gooding OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand in succession to Mr Brian Davidson. Mr Gooding will take up his appointment during summer 2021.


Full name: Mark Gooding

Married to: Dr Christopher Patrick McCormick

2018 – 2019 FCO, Director, European Union (Future Partnership), Europe Directorate

2017 – 2018 FCO, Deputy Director (Europe North), Europe Directorate

2014 – 2017 Beijing, Minister Counsellor – Political

2011 – 2013 Phnom Penh, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2008 – 2011 Colombo, Deputy High Commissioner and non-resident Deputy High Commissioner to Maldives

2006 – 2008 FCO, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State

2004 – 2006 FCO, Team Leader, EU Budget Team, Europe Directorate

2002 – 2004 Shanghai, Consul – Political, Economic and Press/Public Affairs

2000 – 2002 Full-time Language Training (Mandarin)

1999 – 2000 FCO, Desk Officer (Trade and Development), European Union Department (External) (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)


08 Sep 20. NASA has selected Catherine Koerner as manager of the agency’s Orion Program. In this role, she will be responsible for the development and operations of NASA’s newest spacecraft that will carry astronauts on Artemis missions to the Moon and return them safely to Earth. Koerner begins her new position effective Tuesday, Sept. 8. Koerner will be based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. Most recently, she led the Human Health and Performance Directorate team at Johnson, which works to optimize astronaut performance and reduce health risks associated with human spaceflight. Koerner’s experience includes roles as flight director, space shuttle manager for the Missions Operations Directorate, deputy manager of the Vehicle Office and manager of the Transportation Integration Office for the International Space Station Program. (Source: PR Newswire)



08 Sep 20. Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd and 2Excel Aviation announce that they have formed a team to offer customers joint proposals for operating Airlander aircraft in a variety of roles. This partnership is built on a joint commitment to innovation in aviation. HAV’s Airlander 10 is at the cutting edge of decarbonising aviation and will fly with up to 90% fewer emissions from 2025. 2Excel brings a long history of designing and delivering complex aviation services to commercial and defence customers. 2Excel will work with HAV to develop efficient operations for Airlander’s early adopters in mobility, travel, logistics, and surveillance and communications roles. Together, HAV and 2Excel will tailor operational plans to specific customer requirements, allowing aircraft to be supported by 2Excel’s assured operational and support capabilities. This will ensure smooth adoption of this new aircraft type into revenue service. Airlander 10’s adoption by its first customers will mark an important step on the journey to delivering zero-emissions Airlanders by 2030.

Tom Grundy, CEO, Hybrid Air Vehicles, “We are thrilled to be able to offer purchasers of Airlander 10 aircraft the opportunity to have their operations planned and delivered by the experienced team at 2Excel. Their impeccable track record and experience with unique operations is a great advantage for our customers.”



07 Sep 20. KebNi AB, a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market stock exchange in Sweden, focused on becoming a leading supplier of antenna solutions, servicing international government and commercial markets has announced the appointment of Ronald van der Breggen as special advisor to the CEO. In this role Ronald will help develop KebNi’s winning strategy for the large opportunity that the future LEO satellite services represent.

04 Sep 20. André Wall Named CEO of RUAG International. The RUAG International Board of Directors has appointed André Wall as the new CEO. The aviation expert is currently CTO of the Spanish airline Iberia and will take over the management of RUAG International by 1 January 2021 at the latest. CFO Urs Kiener will continue to lead the company until the new CEO takes over.

The search for the demanding position of CEO has successfully come to an end: André Wall has been selected as the new CEO of RUAG International. The 55-year-old engineer is currently the Chief Technical Officer at Iberia and looks back on 25 years of global industry experience in aviation. André Wall was born in 1964 and is a German citizen. He previously served as CEO at SR Technics and Jet Aviation in Switzerland as well as MTU Aero Engines in Germany. Prior to that, he held various management positions at Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Toyota. (Source: Al Defaiya)


08 Sep 20. Alion Science and Technology announced today that Chris Bishop has been named Chief Growth Officer. In this role, Chris will be responsible for the strategic initiatives and business development functions across the company. Chris was most recently Chief Growth and Strategy Officer at Pyramid Systems, a fast-growing, high-end IT solutions firm. Prior to Pyramid Systems, Chris served as Senior Vice President of Growth for ManTech’s Mission Solutions and Services Group. Chris was also previously the Vice President of Business Development for URS Corporation and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development with NCI Information Systems. (Source: PR Newswire)

08 Sep 20. The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today named Ed Dandridge as the company’s senior vice president and chief communications officer, effective Sept. 28. Dandridge succeeds Greg Smith, who has served as interim chief communications officer since July in addition to his role as executive vice president of Enterprise Operations and chief financial officer. Dandridge will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun and will serve on the company’s Executive Council. In this role, Dandridge will oversee all aspects of Boeing’s communications, including business unit communications, corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, leadership communications, employee engagement and corporate branding, as well as channel and content marketing.

10 Sep 20. Leidos (NYSE:LDOS), a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams (U.S. Army, Ret.) as Vice President, Defense Group Logistics, effective immediately. In his role, Williams will support the planning, oversight, and execution of logistics activities across the group, and drive innovation into corporate-wide logistics offerings. (Source: PR Newswire)


10 Sep 20. Galvion, a world leader in innovative head protection systems and power management solutions, has announced the recent appointment of Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Daniel A. Dailey, U.S. Army retired, as a strategic consultant to the Galvion team. SMA (retired) Dan Dailey, is a native of Palmerton, Pennsylvania. Dailey enlisted in the Army in 1989 as an 11B (infantryman). During his 30-year career, Dailey held every enlisted leadership position in the infantry. Dailey was sworn in as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army on Jan. 30, 2015 and relinquished the position on Aug. 9, 2019. In addition to four tours in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, Dailey deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He earned the Bronze Star with Valor for his leadership during the 4th Infantry Division’s two‐month Battle for Sadr City in 2008.  Dailey is a graduate of class 54 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy and the Command Sergeants Major Course. Dailey holds a Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Excelsior College.

11 Sep 20. Lockheed Martin Australia has appointed John Chandler as the new director of the Future Submarine Program combat system integration (FSP-CSI) to lead the design of the combat system for the Royal Australian Navy’s future Attack Class submarines. Chandler will take over the role from the inaugural director, Mike Oliver, who will return to the US following his tenure with the program, which has seen collaboration with the Australian Department of Defence and Naval Group Australia to establish a large, sustainable and highly skilled submarine workforce for Lockheed Martin in Australia. (Source: Defence Connect)


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