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16 Oct 20. Naval Group opens new Port Adelaide base as rapid workforce ramp up continues. Naval Group’s new Port Adelaide base has been officially opened today as the gear up for the move to the Attack Class submarine construction yard gathers momentum.

The Port Adelaide base was officially opened by the Minister for Defence, Hon. Linda Reynolds in front of more than 200 VIPs and Naval Group Australia staff.

The opening coincided with the launch of Naval Group’s first of many major local manufacturing packages for 23 specialised submarine parts in a boost to Australian industry.

Naval Group Australia CEO John Davis said the new facility at Port Adelaide and the Local Manufacturing Package made it a milestone day for Australia and Naval Group.

“The 50-year Attack Class submarine program is already delivering significant benefits to Australia, local industry and local communities,” Mr Davis said.

“Today’s opening of our Port Adelaide base is a significant milestone as we continue to build our workforce in preparation for the exciting move to the submarine construction yard at Osborne.

“In September we welcomed our 250th employee and this new base is an important part of accommodating our growing workforce.

“Port Adelaide has a strong heritage of waterfront industry and proximity to both Osborne and our Keswick office and is an excellent location for our new base.

“Over the past few weeks many of our staff have made the transition to these new offices and we are looking forward to embedding ourselves into the Port Adelaide community over the course of our 50-year program.

“We want to thank all those who have joined us today to celebrate this milestone event for Naval Group, Australia and the local community.”

Naval Group Australia has embarked on an aggressive recruiting campaign with the workforce expected to increase to over 1,700 direct jobs in 2028 with many more indirect jobs being created through the life of the program.

The new office space will be able to host up to 350 employees and provide access to local amenities including a creche, gym, cafes, shopping centre and other local businesses.

14 Oct 20. Milestone For Runway Works At RAF Lossiemouth As Aircraft Return. Work to resurface the runways at RAF Lossiemouth has reached a major milestone with the return of aircraft to the Moray station. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded a £75m contract for the airfield operating surfaces project to VolkerFitzpatrick in August 2019.

For most of the work, which started in May, aircraft continued to operate from RAF Lossiemouth. However, a short period of relocation was needed while the intersection between the station’s two runways was resurfaced. This started in August and saw the RAF’s new P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft being delivered to nearby Kinloss Barracks and operating from there. RAF Lossiemouth’s Typhoons also operated from Kinloss Barracks as well as Leuchars Station.

Works continued night and day, seven days a week to allow the aircraft and their crews to return to RAF Lossiemouth as soon as possible. As a Defence Critical project, work also continued despite the difficulties presented by coronavirus, with various safety measures taken to make the site COVID-19 secure.

The first aircraft to land and use the newly-resurfaced intersection was a Typhoon returning from a training sortie on Exercise JOINT WARRIOR, having taken off from Leuchars Station. The return of the Typhoons will shortly be followed by the P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The RAF currently has two P-8As with a further seven on order from manufacturer Boeing. They are submarine hunters which locate and track potentially hostile submarines.

Home to four fast-jet squadrons flying the Typhoon, it has been some time since RAF Lossiemouth has regularly operated a larger aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon. Resurfacing works are one of many improvements being made, future-proofing the Moray base for years to come. Other improvements include accommodation for personnel, a new Air Traffic Control Tower, upgrades to drainage and electrical supplies, and upgraded facilities for IX (Bomber) Squadron

Russ Liddington, DIO’s Project Manager for the resurfacing works, said: “It is great to see the aircraft return to Lossiemouth and to see the arrival of P-8As is particularly pleasing as it represents a new era in operations from this Station. This significant investment in Scotland introduces a new UK Defence capability and has definitely focused minds and efforts. With this important milestone achieved we can now look to complete the remainder of the project works to enable full use of the airfield for future aircraft operations.”

Wing Commander Pete Beckett, Director of the Lossiemouth Development Programme, said: “The partial completion of the new runway surfaces marks a major milestone in upgrades to RAF Lossiemouth’s infrastructure, with the project expected to be complete mid-2021. This is a really exciting time for RAF Lossiemouth with further upgrades and improvements planned, ensuring the Station is fit for all of the challenges the future holds. Over £400m has been invested in Moray, with the creation of around 550 additional military posts, and employment opportunities for many local contractors.”

“It was a privilege to be the first to land on our newly resurfaced runway today! My team have been working exceptionally hard from Leuchars Station and Kinloss Barracks to deliver Typhoon and Poseidon operations, and I am delighted that all our aircraft can now return back to RAF Lossiemouth. We are back in business as a next-generation maritime patrol and fighter station! Tomorrow we will welcome the first of our Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft to their new home with Team Lossie. My thanks go to my team, and contractors VolkerFitzpatrick for their hard work in successfully delivering the main runway on time.” Station Commander RAF Lossiemouth, Group Captain Chris Layden

Keith Maplethorpe, VolkerFitzpatrick development director, said: “The collaborative efforts of all parties to ensure the continued resurfacing of RAF Lossiemouth is to be applauded. The arrival of the Typhoon onto the intersection was a spectacular sight, and our team will continue to work hard to ensure all remaining sections of the airfield are resurfaced on schedule to allow RAF Lossiemouth to resume its normal duties and operate larger aircrafts from site.”

Work on the remainder of the airfield operating surfaces continues and is expected to be completed next spring. (Source: Warfaretoday/RAF)

13 Oct 20. SIG SAUER Announces Expansion of New Hampshire Operations to Rochester. SIG SAUER, Inc., a leading New Hampshire manufacturer, is pleased to announce an expansion of its New Hampshire operations to the city of Rochester, New Hampshire.

Ron Cohen, President & CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. began, “we are incredibly excited about completing the acquisition of a new facility in Rochester which gives SIG the much-needed flexibility to expand our manufacturing operations in the region and grow our workforce.”

SIG SAUER is poised to acquire a multi-building campus in Rochester, to relocate its Dover operation and expand overall New Hampshire operations, located within Crossroads Industrial Park situated on 35+ acres with up to 210,000 sq./ft. of space. This expansion is spurred by the need for additional manufacturing space and SIG SAUER’s continued market growth.

“The expansion of SIG SAUER’s New Hampshire operation is exciting and welcome news as our economy continues to grow,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “We pride ourselves on working hand-in-hand with our partners in the private sector to expand economic opportunity for working families across the Granite State – and this partnership between the State of New Hampshire, City of Rochester, and SIG SAUER does just that.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome SIG SAUER to Rochester. The new location will provide great job opportunities to our state’s workforce and offer advanced manufacturing capabilities to the region,” added Mayor Caroline McCarley, City of Rochester, NH. “I also admire their commitment to work with our high school students in the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center to gain skills that can be transferred into a wide variety of career paths.”

The expansion of SIG SAUER operations in New Hampshire is a result of a collaboration with the city of Rochester and the state of New Hampshire, including the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority.

“This partnership with SIG SAUER provides an exciting opportunity for the City of Rochester and will bring in 300 new, high-quality jobs to the city,” said James Key-Wallace, executive director of the BFA. “We were pleased to work closely with the state of New Hampshire and the city of Rochester to make this happen. Our collaborative approach shows New Hampshire is committed to growing our businesses here in the state and is always looking at creative opportunities. We want Granite State companies to know they can count on us for innovative solutions when they are ready to expand their operations.”

SIG SAUER’s world headquarters is located at Pease International Tradeport in Newington, New Hampshire and the company operates six additional locations across the state of New Hampshire, in addition to operations in Arkansas and Oregon.

12 Oct 20. Woolpert Establishes UAS Hub in New Jersey. Woolpert is opening an office that will serve as the firm’s aviation research and unmanned aircraft systems hub in the National Aviation Research and Technology Park in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The space will support Woolpert’s full suite of UAS and urban air mobility personnel, technology and equipment, which includes platforms, sensors and advanced data processing systems.

Woolpert has supported the design, engineering and geospatial needs of airports and air bases worldwide for multiple decades and has been operating UAS commercially since 2012. The firm is at the forefront of researching, developing and integrating UAS technologies for the Federal Aviation Administration, airports and governmental agencies. Most recently, the firm was contracted to develop UAS airfield application guidelines and UAS airport response standards.

The National Aviation Research and Technology Park is dedicated to facilitating the advancement of aviation research, technologies and innovation. The NARTP has collaboration agreements with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Rowan University, Stockton University and the National Institute of Aerospace. It is located in an Aviation Innovation Hub that includes the adjoining FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center and Atlantic City International Airport, which serves as a Smart Airport Research Test Bed Facility.

The FAA technical center is dedicated to the research, development and sustainment of the National Airspace System. The site is physically and technologically secure, with easy ingress and egress for pilots and operators.

“From a relationship standpoint, it will be extremely valuable to be able to interact daily with colleagues and clients,” Woolpert Vice President Thomas Mackie said. “From a collaboration perspective, the park has created a think tank-like atmosphere that is helping propel aviation research and technology projects worldwide. We’re excited to be a part of it.”

Woolpert’s existing aviation and UAS staff will utilize the Egg Harbor Township office, and the firm has hired five full-time employees who will be based at the site. Additional hires are expected later this year.

“We are very pleased to have Woolpert join us at the National Aviation Research and Technology Park as we continue to develop and strengthen an aviation industry in southern New Jersey,” NARTP Chairman Sam Young said. “We welcome them and assure them of our strong support and commitment to their success and growth.” (Source: UAS VISION)

MARITIME

14 Oct 20. MHI launches first of new class of submarines for JMSDF equipped with lithium-ion batteries. Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched the first of a new class of diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) equipped with lithium-ion batteries.

The new 3,000-tonne submarine, which has been named Taigei (with pennant number SS 513), entered the water on 14 October in a ceremony held at MHI’s facilities in Kobe City.

According to the JMSDF, the new boat has a crew complement of about 70, an overall length of 84 m, a beam of 9.1 m, a draught of 10.4 m, and a standard displacement of about 3,000 tonnes, meaning that it is almost the same size as the Soryu-class SSKs, which are 84 m long, 9.1 m wide, 10.3 m depth, and have a standard displacement of 2,950 tonnes.

Taigei means ‘big whale’ in Japanese and was the name borne by a submarine tender in the Imperial Japanese Navy.

The new boat, which is expected to enter service in March 2022, has also been referred to as ‘29SS’. This designation refers to the year ‘Heisei 29’ in the Japanese calendar (2017 in the Gregorian calendar).

The new submarine, which cost about JPY80bn (USD758.7m) to build, is powered by a diesel-electric engine generating 6,000 hp.

The JMSDF said that the new boat is equipped with lithium-ion batteries in place of lead-acid ones, just like the final two of 12 Soryu-class boats for the JMSDF: Oryu (SS 511) and Toryu (SS 512). Oryu was commissioned in March 2020 while Toryu is expected to enter service in March 2021. (Source: Jane’s)

09 Oct 20. Japan’s converted Izumo-class carriers will not feature a ‘ski-jump’ ramp for F-35B operations. The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has decided that its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers will not be fitted with a ‘ski-jump’ ramp to facilitate operations of the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, Janes has learnt. Instead, each vessel will have the bow section of its flight deck, which is currently trapezoidal, modified into a square shape, similar to that found on the United States Navy’s Wasp- and America-class amphibious assault ships.

This change will enable the ship to safely operate the F-35Bs by mitigating turbulence during take-offs and enabling the aircraft to take off and land on the port side of the flight deck, maintaining a safe distance from the ship’s island, a JMSDF spokesperson told Janes on 8 October. He also confirmed that the modifications to JS Izumo and JS Kaga will be made in two main stages to coincide with the vessels’ periodic refit and overhaul programmes, which take place every five years. As Janes reported in June, the service has already begun the process of converting Izumo. (Source: Jane’s)

AIR

14 Oct 20. First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for search and rescue missions. NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by the three Armed Forces. 13 helicopters have already been delivered to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) for the Maneuver III Battalion in Agoncillo.

Javier Salto, General of the Air Force highlighted that: “For the Spanish Air Force, the NH90 provides an essential asset capable of performing a wide range of missions, including tactical transport of troops and logistics support in peacekeeping or reconstruction missions and, of course, the main search and rescue missions in hostile conditions which is one of the most demanding and complex missions for helicopter units. The NH90 is particularly suited to operating in hot and high conditions and will prove to be a real asset to the critical missions performed by the Spanish Air Force” said Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, Head of NH90 programme at Airbus Helicopters and President of NHIndustries.

The NH90 will provide all three of the Spanish armed forces with a versatile and modern transport system helicopter that offers unrivalled military capabilities. The Spanish variant of the NH90 features next-generation General Electric CT7 8F5 engines, a personalized communications system and a sophisticated electronic warfare system developed by Indra and will be supported by training devices (including full flight simulators), automatic maintenance equipment (SAMe), and automatic mission planning system (AMPS) developed as well by Indra. Airbus Helicopters in Spain is involved in the manufacturing of the fuselage and the avionics software development and integration

14 Oct 20. Embraer delivers six A-29 Super Tucano to The Philippine Air Force. All six Super Tucano aircraft ordered by The Philippine Air Force (PAF) have been officially handed over to the Air Force today. The aircraft will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, counter-insurgency missions, advanced training and are part of PAF’s ongoing modernization plan.

“The Philippine Air Force takes pride in welcoming the six A-29B Super Tucano from Embraer Defense and Security into the blue fold of our skies as part of our fleet. The addition of these close air support aircraft is a great leap in our air power capability as we soar together in our flight to a more capable and credible Air Force for the nation and its people,” Lieutenant General Allen T. Paredes AFP, Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force.

“It is an honour to deliver these six A-29 Super Tucanos to The Philippine Air Force,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “Delivering an aircraft amidst a global pandemic is challenging, but we were committed to go the extra mile every step of the way to have the aircraft in the hands of PAF to fulfil their security missions.”

These aircraft will be operated and maintained by the 15th Strike Wing, the PAF’s end-user. In November 2017, a firm order of six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft for the Philippine Air Force (PAF) was made after a comprehensive public bidding process.  The A-29 Super Tucano is a durable, versatile and powerful turboprop aircraft capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways. To date, the Super Tucano was selected by 15 air forces worldwide.

13 Oct 20. First UH-60V Black Hawk released to service by US Army. The first Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to be upgraded to the UH-60V standard has been released into service by the US Army. Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Colonel Joseph Parker, hosted a formal signing ceremony to mark the release to service of the UH-60V Black Hawk. (DVIDS)

The milestone, announced by the service on 9 October, was marked by a release ceremony held at Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) in Texas, and came some six months after the US Army completed its initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) for the configuration in April.

Redstone Defense Systems is the lead contractor for the effort, which involves replacing the analogue avionics of the UH-60L (itself an upgraded UH-60A) with a digital set up provided by Northrop Grumman. The work is done in partnership with the US Army Prototype Integration Facility.

The UH-60V digital cockpit provides a near-identical human-machine interface with the latest UH-60M-standard Black Hawk in service with the US Army and international operators. It brings the army’s Black Hawks into alignment with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) open architecture standard that supports integration of off-the-shelf hardware and software, so enabling the rapid insertion of capabilities when platform upgrades are selected.

With the US Army to convert 760 of its approximately 2,000 Black Hawks to the UH-60V configuration, the service has a final goal of fielding 1,375 UH-60M and 760 UH-60V platforms by the time the programme is complete. The essential difference between a UH-60M and UH-60V is that the former has thicker chord rotor blades, while the latter retains the slightly thinner blades of the original UH-60A model from which it is derived. (Source: Jane’s)

08 Oct 20. Images confirm China is operating J-15 fighter aircraft from third batch. Images published by Chinese state-owned media on 7 October have provided further evidence that the Shenyang Aircraft Company (SAC) has continued production of the J-15 carrier-borne multirole fighter, with at least two aircraft from the third batch now confirmed to be in service. One of the images, which were released by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)-sponsored China Military Online website, shows two J-15 fighters attached to the PLA Naval Aviation University taxiing during a training course held in late September. One of the fighters bears production number ‘0206’ – indicating that it is part of the second batch – while the other bears number ‘0306’: an indication that it belongs to the latest, third production batch. A second image shows another J-15 bearing production number ‘0303’. Although the location of the training course was not revealed, Janes understands that the aircraft have been operating from the training facility at Huangdicun. The latest developments come after China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its second aircraft carrier, Shandong , in December 2019. About three months later, SAC, which is a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), indicated that it had resumed production of the J-15. The manufacturer had released images showing at least one J-15 painted in green primer, suggesting that the aircraft was part of a new batch. (Source: Jane’s)

MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT

PERSONNEL

12 Oct 20. USAF members transfer and stand up first USSF in Okinawa. Members from the US Air Force (USAF) 16th Space Control Squadron, 16th Expeditionary Space Flight-Alpha (ESPCF-A) have transferred to the US Space Force (USSF). The personnel are the first USAF members to transfer and stand up the first USSF unit in Okinawa, Japan. They are a part of the 2,400 USAF personnel who chose to transfer. USSF 16th Space Control Squadron, 16th ESPCF-A deployment commander captain Devin Rushing said: “It’s absolutely amazing to have this opportunity and responsibility.

“When other service members see space force on our chest, we are aware we are the first members of the USSF they have interacted with.”

The key responsibility includes electromagnetic interference resolution and satellite environment awareness for the US and the allies.

It is also responsible for the joint force integration with the sister services.

The constant monitoring of the important SATCOM links offers the joint-troop enhanced lethality.

USSF 16th SPCS, 16th ESPCF-A crew commander 1st lieutenant Monica Callan said: “We support the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, as well as the flying missions out of Kadena Air Base.

“Additionally, we work with the US Army providing them vital information. It is really amazing talking across the different services and units because you get to learn about their culture and how they operate.

“Personally, I love protecting communication during their missions. Knowing those service-specific details really adds a human aspect to those missions and reiterates how important our job is.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)

08 Oct 20. US Army Europe and US Army Africa to merge as commander pins on fourth star. U.S. Army Europe Commander Gen. Christopher Cavoli received his fourth star as the service plans to merge the command with U.S. Army Africa, the service’s secretary told Defense News in an Oct. 8 interview.

“Gen. Cavoli was promoted yesterday to his fourth star,” Ryan McCarthy said. “I’m very excited for him and his family, he’s a very talented officer.”

Cavoli was nominated earlier this year for a promotion, and the Senate confirmed the advancement Sept. 30. He has served as U.S. Army Europe commander since January 2018.

The Army believes elevating U.S. Army Europe to a four-star command is “necessary,” McCarthy said. “That’s why we advocated and pushed hard and got that done because, in his capacity, as U.S. Army Europe commander he is the joint force land component commander, and in that capacity if war breaks out on the continent, this is the officer leading all of those NATO elements under that umbrella.”

The only other Army component command with a four-star billet is U.S. Army Pacific, which received that fourth star in 2013 when Gen. Vincent Brooks took over.

In conjunction with elevating the command to a four-star billet, the Army “is merging” Army Europe and Army Africa, something McCarthy said is “largely administrative.”

“It’s a merger of two entities, so you look at where do you find synergies and where do you find redundancies, and you make those adjustments accordingly. It’s a tremendous responsibility for Gen. Cavoli, but he’s clearly up to it,” McCarthy added.

Army Europe is based in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Army Africa is based in Vincenza, Italy. McCarthy did not say whether that meant a consolidation of physical headquarters, but when asked if the physical headquarters in Germany would remain, he said he believed that would be the case.

It is also unclear what will happen with the leadership of U.S. Army Africa. Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling assumed command in July. He previously served as the U.S. Army Europe deputy commanding general.

“Restoring the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe to the rank of general, with four stars, is an important signal to our allies of American commitment and how important Europe is in our strategic thinking,” retired Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former U.S. Army Europe commander, told Defense News Oct. 8. “It is therefore also a clear signal to the Kremlin of our resolve.”

“Fortunately, the Army has the right officer … to assume that new rank,” Hodges added. “He is a strategic thinker, a decisive leader and a committed trans-Atlanticist who values our allies and partners.”

The consolidation comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s plan to move 12,000 troops out of Germany. Details are few and far between on what would move out and when.

Another push from the administration looks to consolidate U.S. European Command and Africa Command, but House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., said Oct. 7 at an American Security Project virtual event that he opposes the effort.

Both the Air Force and Navy have combined Europe and Africa component commands. (Source: Defense News)

08 Oct 20. Next steps for future tri-service recruiting programme revealed. The Armed Forces Recruiting Programme is engaging suppliers for a new recruitment model. The Ministry of Defence has set out next steps in delivering a tri-service recruitment model for the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The new model, which will be in place from 2024, will help ensure that the quantity and quality of candidates meet the needs of all three services, while providing a clearer route for people looking to join the armed forces.

From today, the Armed Forces Recruiting Programme (AFRP) will begin engaging suppliers as part of work to develop the recruitment model and raise the programme’s profile across relevant industries.

The market engagement exercise will be followed by a market interest day, hosted virtually, to provide a forum for discussion.

A formal procurement process will take place later this year.

The AFRP is in the early stages, but the MOD is committed to implementing a more efficient system that will deliver value for money across all the armed forces, who recruit more than 20,000 personnel a year.

With such high numbers seeking to join, it is vital that defence continues to develop a world-class recruiting experience which inspires and motivates new talent, while meeting the needs of the single services and wider defence. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)

U.S. APPOINTMENTS

14 Oct 20. The U.S. Army has tapped David Markowitz to be the service’s new chief data officer, C4ISRNET has learned. An Army spokesperson told C4ISRNET that Markowitz started this week. He steps into the role previously filled by Greg Garcia, who served as both the chief data officer and deputy chief information officer. Garcia continues to serve as acting CIO, as the Army continues its search for someone to fill its top IT slot after the retirement of Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford. The service recently split its CIO/G-6 office into two separate offices with the G-6 position filled by Lt. Gen. John Morrison. Markowitz previously worked in the Army’s G-8 office, where he served as assistant deputy chief of staff. In his new role, Markowitz will be the service’s top data official at a time when the Army is looking to enable multi-domain operations, an effort that can only be made possible with massive amounts of data transferred between sensors and shooters. He is also taking over just weeks after the service completed a massive experiment in Arizona to test emerging capabilities that will enable multi-domain operations. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)

INDUSTRY

INDUSTRY TEAMINGS

13 Oct 20. Mouser Electronics Signs Global Distribution Deal with SemiQ, Expands SiC Power Portfolio. Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, announces a global distribution agreement with SemiQ, a partially employee-owned company that believes continued technological innovation of silicon carbide (SiC) products is the foundation for power electronics in energy industries of the future. SemiQ grows its own SiC epitaxial and is building the most reliable, redundant supply chain with multiple substrate suppliers, multiple epitaxial suppliers, two wafer fabrication facilities, and multiple packaging and testing facilities.

Mouser now stocks a variety of SemiQ’s SiC Schottky diode and MOSFET products, all of which operate with zero switching loss to greatly increase efficiency and reduce heat dissipation, which allows engineers to use smaller heatsinks. SemiQ SiC Schottky diode modules offer enhanced performance with robust SiC chipsets and minimised parasitic package elements. The rugged modules are ideal for applications such as power supplies for DC power equipment, rectifiers for induction heating, and welding equipment.

SemiQ SiC MOSFET modules provide low on-state resistance at high temperatures plus excellent switching performance, simplifying thermal design in power electronic systems. The modules are ideal for applications in solar inverters, power supplies, motor drives, and charging stations. SiC Schottky discrete diodes are easy to parallel with fast, temperature-independent switching. The devices are designed for solar inverters, power supplies, motor drives, and charging stations applications.

PERSONNEL

12 Oct 20. General Sir Patrick Sanders, Commander Strategic Command awards Commander Commendations.

General Sir Patrick Sanders has awarded Commander Commendations to personnel across the organisation for their outstanding service.

  • Royal Air Force Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) J A Symons
  • Royal Air Force Flight Sergeant (FS) L Woodley
  • Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) M P Saveal
  • Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) J Taylor
  • Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) K M Cockcroft
  • Royal Navy Commander (Cdr) PJ Coope
  • British Army Staff Sergeant (SSgt) D Barrett
  • British Army Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) P R G Bray
  • British Army Major (Maj) Now Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) R D Brown
  • British Army Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) D R Duncan
  • British Army Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) A W Jefferies
  • British Army Staff Sergeant (SSgt) D L Jones
  • British Army Major (Maj) Now Acting Lieutenant Colonel (A/Lt Col) J S Monument
  • British Army Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) R J Ongaro
  • British Army Sergeant (Sgt) D Punmell
  • Estonian Army Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) P Pikner
  • Civil Service Rachel Davies
  • Civil Service Julie Fleming
  • Civil Service Neil Furber
  • Civil Service Sadiqul Islam
  • Civil Service Michael Wyman
  • Civil Service Mr Mark Ainsworth
  • Team Award – Information Exploitation Team (J6)

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

EUROPE APPOINTMENTS

12 Oct 20. Tim Porter, the MD of Clarion Defence has left the business. There has been a senior management restructure and Tim felt it was his time to move on. Sally de Swart will be taking over running the portfolio.

U.S. APPOINTMENTS

06 Oct 20. AirMap welcomes Simon Crowther as Chief Executive Officer. Simon Crowther has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of AirMap, reports the Unmanned Traffic Management services company. Simon Crowther is an experienced technology leader with a track record of creating winning hardware and software businesses and leading high performing teams. Prior to joining AirMap, he was a Managing Director at Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley, where he invested in technology companies driving disruptive change. Crowther previously served as CEO of Nearmap, an aerial imagery technology and location data company. He holds a BA from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Business and Enterprise from the University of Melbourne. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)

08 Oct 20. The National Defense Industrial Association, one of three main trade groups representing government contractors, has appointed a familiar face to chair its board of directors. Arnold Punaro’s new two-year term as board chair began Thursday and the longtime defense market veteran returns to the role he served in from 2013 to 2015, NDIA said Thursday. He most recently was the board’s vice chair. Punaro succeeds M International CEO Richard McConn, whose two year-term as board president concluded. The vice chair role at NDIA will be taken up by Michael Bayer, president and CEO of Dumbarton Strategies.

Punaro’s career in the sector includes 13 years as staff director for the Senate Armed Services Committee and 14 years as an executive at Science Applications International Corp. He is also the CEO of his own consulting firm. (Source: Defense Systems)

13 Oct 20. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announces that its board of directors has elected Tom Jones corporate vice president and president, Aeronautics Systems, effective January 1, 2021. Jones will succeed Janis Pamiljans, who has announced his intent to retire on February 26, 2021. Pamiljans will continue as corporate vice president, reporting to Warden to support this transition and other company initiatives until his retirement.

09 Oct 20. Red 6, a revolutionary technology firm at the forefront of synthetic air combat training, is proud to announce that Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, Ret., has joined the Red 6 Advisory Board. Ret. General Holmes comes to Red 6 after completing his last tour in the Air Force as Commander, Air Combat Command, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. As the commander, he was responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining combat-ready air, space, cyber, and intelligence forces for rapid employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces were ready to respond any threat. “It goes without saying that I’m humbled to have Ret. General Holmes join our team, and thankful that he is as passionate about our technology and vision as I am,” said Dan Robinson, CEO of Red 6.  Ret. General Holmes, a former fighter pilot with over 4,000 hours, including more than 530 combat hours in the F-15A/B/C/D/E understands high speed dynamic environments and what is needed to train skilled combat pilots. “Part of my job as a General was to think about the future operating environment, and the tools our Airmen will need to do the job we ask them to do in the future. I believe Red 6 has something we need. We cannot afford to train combat pilots the way we always have – we simply cannot produce the numbers required. We should look for new ways to do this, and Red 6 is one of those ways,” stated Ret. General Holmes. (Source: PR Newswire)

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