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25 Jan 21. The Aerospace Corporation Opens UK Subsidiary to Support Key U.S. Ally in Space, Boost UK Space Role. The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) announced its opening of The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd (Aerospace UK), a wholly owned, UK-based subsidiary.
As an extension of Aerospace’s role as an objective technical advisor for the space enterprise, Aerospace UK will support a key U.S. ally under contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Aerospace UK will provide technical support as the UK develops a new set of space policies and initiatives. For 60 years, Aerospace has operated a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) dedicated to solving the hardest problems for the U.S. space enterprise and its allies.
“Establishing Aerospace UK demonstrates Aerospace’s commitment to advancing the global space community and stronger, deeper partnerships with U.S. allies,” said Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace president and CEO. “We are pleased to provide the technical expertise and strategic insights that have made us a trusted partner to the U.S. space enterprise to support the UK in shaping its future in space.”
The UK is emphasizing space in planning for future defense, security and national prosperity, with specific focus on developing domestic launch facilities, a new position, navigation and timing system and a major new satellite communications capability.
Aerospace UK draws on 60 years of independent technical expertise and insight that Aerospace—as a nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC)—provides to the U.S. military, government space leaders and U.S. allies to help them make technically informed space policy decisions. Aerospace UK will function in a similar independent role, providing access to Aerospace experts while also deploying local technical specialists.
Gina Galasso will serve as the managing director of Aerospace UK. She has spent over 35 years helping Aerospace customers navigate the complex issues of space, including 15 directly supporting allied governments.
“The UK is poised to take its place as one of the world’s most important sovereign space nations,” said Galasso. “The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd will facilitate a truly UK approach that will strengthen our allies’ space capabilities.”
About The Aerospace Corporation
The Aerospace Corporation is a U.S.-based national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,200 employees. With major locations in El Segundo, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the Washington, D.C., region, Aerospace addresses complex problems across the space enterprise through agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership. For more information, visit www.aerospace.org. Follow us on Twitter: @AerospaceCorp.
About The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd
The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd is the wholly owned UK subsidiary of The Aerospace Corporation. Headquartered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, this small-to-medium enterprise is focused on supporting a number of different government organizations in the UK space economy. The company has been established to support UK efforts in a variety of space areas, including launch, space situational awareness, systems acquisition, and program management. For more information, visit www.aerospace.org/uk.
27 Jan 21. Henderson Shipyard lauded as sovereign capability ‘powerhouse.’ Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has commended the progress of the federal government’s SEA 1905 Phase 1 during a visit to the Henderson Shipyard in Western Australia.
According to Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, the federal government’s plan to explore a variant of the offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the new Mine Countermeasures and Survey Vessels under project SEA 1905 Phase 1, has helped establish Henderson shipyard in Western Australia as a sovereign capability “powerhouse”.
During her visit to the Henderson precinct on Monday, 25 January, Minister Reynolds welcomed the progress made in recent years, which she said has brought forward the delivery of the replacements of the Huon Class vessel from the 2030s to the mid 2020s.
“These vessels will help Navy navigate more confidently throughout the region, and safely clear minefields with the use of autonomous technologies,” she said.
Defence has released an ‘Invitation to Register and Request for Information’ on Austender for various components of the mission management system, the integration of the system, and the construction of a toolbox of robotic and autonomous systems that the new vessels will require.
“This is all part of the Morrison government’s unprecedented investment in a National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise, with Henderson being one of the two major shipbuilding hubs in Australia, along with Osborne in South Australia,” Minister Reynolds said.
At present, Henderson is housing the construction of three classes of vessels, which include:
- 21 Guardian-Class vessels;
- 10 of the 12 Arafura Class OPVs; and
- Six Evolved Cape Class vessels.
This would build on the eight ships already built and delivered from Western Australia, with another eight ships currently under construction at Henderson.
“With a total of up to 45 ships to be built in WA, shipbuilding has gone from zero to boom in seven years because of the Morrison government’s significant investment. Our commitment to shipbuilding in Australia is unprecedented in its scale and ambition,” Minister Reynolds said.
The Anzac Class fleet is also undergoing a major midlife upgrade at Henderson, which includes upgrades to systems modernisation activities, and quality-of-life improvements for the crew.
“Today, around half of Australia’s surface combatant fleet and all six Collins Class submarines are home ported in WA,” Minister Reynolds said.
“With plans highlighted in the 2020 Force Structure Plan to build two multi-role sealift and replenishment ships, a Pacific Support Vessel, and an ice-rated replacement for Ocean Protector in Australia, additional major docking facilities will be required in the near future to supplement the capability of the Captain Cook Graving Dock in Sydney.
“The construction of such a facility would be an enormous boost to our sovereign shipbuilding and sustainment industry, and the West Australian government’s forward leaning approach and commitment to this work is crucial to Defence.”
Minister Reynolds added: “I have witnessed first-hand the hive of activity at Henderson that demonstrates the Morrison government’s determination and commitment to creating a sovereign industrial shipbuilding capability.” (Source: Defence Connect)
27 Jan 21. Plans making up part of shipyard upgrade by BAE are approved. A plan making up a major programme of works by BAE has been approved. Barrow Council has given the green light to amend a planned extension to Devonshire Dock Hall with two new buildings. BAE had asked to change the previously approved plans to allow for removal of 3000mm inner brick wall from the western boundary of the site and replace it with a 3000mm tall steel palisade fence. The plans form part of a £300m upgrade to the shipyard to deliver Dreadnought submarines. (Source: News Now/https://www.nwemail.co.uk/)
27 Jan 21. HMS Queen Elizabeth assumes role as new fleet flagship. HMS Queen Elizabeth today assumed the role of Fleet Flagship as the Royal Navy moves closer to deploying the world’s most technologically advanced carrier strike group.
Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Jerry Kyd was received on the aircraft carrier to mark the transfer of the role from HMS Albion, while Royal Navy ships and shore establishments were informed by a signal at 1330.
The First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin, said: “The position of Fleet Flagship is a symbol of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s importance to the nation, not just in restoring our carrier strike capability, but as a rolling statement of British commitment to global security, prosperity and trade.
“It’s right that we bestow such a historic title now. In the coming months HMS Queen Elizabeth will lead the most ambitious Royal Navy deployment in decades. She will be a focal point as we look forward to an extraordinary year.”
It was announced last week that the UK’s new Flagship and Lightning Force of F-35B stealth strike fighters will also be complemented by a detachment of the fifth-generation aircraft from the US Marine Corps, and a US Navy destroyer during her first operational strike group deployment.
HMS Queen Elizabeth and her strike group will spend time developing collective war-fighting skills when NATO navies gather for exercise Strike Warrior off Scotland during the spring, before departing for the Mediterranean.
Commanding Officer, Captain Angus Essenhigh, said: “It is a fantastic privilege for Queen Elizabeth to be made the Fleet Flagship as we prepare to sail at the heart of UK’s very high readiness Carrier Strike Group. We look forward to doing the nation proud as we deploy on operations for the first time.”
Last year, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, confirmed that HMS Queen Elizabeth will be at the centre of a Carrier Strike Group deployment to the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and East Asia. She will embark F-35B from 617 Squadron (the “Dambusters”), Royal Navy Merlin helicopters, and be escorted and supported by Royal Navy Type 45 destroyers, Type 23 frigates and support ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
Assault ship HMS Albion had been flagship since March 2018, deploying to the Indo-Pacific for 10 months; to the Baltic for major multi-national exercises; and latterly to the Mediterranean leading NATO security patrols and experimental warfare trials. Her sister, HMS Bulwark, previously led the Fleet for four years.
Commanding Officer of HMS Albion, Captain Simon Kelly, said: “While it is with some sadness that we hand over the responsibility to HMS Queen Elizabeth, we are proud to be part of the transfer which marks a new era for the Royal Navy and the nation.” (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
26 Jan 21. LR11 submarine rescue vehicle to ship for Indo-Pacific navy. UK-based Forum Energy Technologies has disclosed the completion of a new free-swimming submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) for an Indo-Pacific navy. The new vehicle, designated LR11, is being supplied to Submarine Manufacturing & Products (SMP) as part of a larger submarine rescue equipment package. While neither Forum nor SMP have identified the navy in question, Janes understands that the end customer is the People’s Army of Vietnam Navy. SMP was awarded a contract in 2018 to supply a complete submarine rescue equipment solution – including a transfer under pressure (TUP) system, an SRV, work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), atmospheric diving suits, and a submarine emergency ventilation and decompression system (SEVDS) – for installation on a new purpose-built submarine rescue ship. Images released by the company show the vessel concerned to be Yet Kieu , a Damen 9316 multipurpose submarine search and rescue ship built by the Z189 shipyard in Hai Phong. According to Forum, the new LR11 SRV can operate at depths of up to 600 m and will be capable of rescuing up to 17 people at a time. It is divided into two sections: a command module for pilots and a rescue chamber for the submarine crew. While building on earlier LR-class SRV designs produced by Perry Slingsby Systems – acquired by Forum Energy Technologies in February 2007 – LR11 offers increased power and utilises an advanced auxiliary thruster control system that allows for operations in high current conditions. The vehicle is able to attach to submarines at angles of above 40°. LR11 will be shipped at the end of January. It will undergo final sea trials with its customer during the first quarter of 2021. (Source: Jane’s)
28 Jan 21. Third batch of Rafale fighter jets from France land in India. The third batch of three Rafale fighter jets, which took off from France’s Istres airbase, has touched down at an airbase in India. The third batch of three Rafale fighter jets, which took off from France’s Istres airbase, has touched down at an airbase in India. The Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed landing of the jets on 27 January. Multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) of the UAE Air Force provided mid-air refuelling to the three Rafale fighters. The latest delivery of the fighter jets will further boost the striking capability of the IAF.
A tweet from the Indian Embassy in France read: “Three more Rafale jets take off from France for a non-stop flight to India with mid-air refuelling by UAE MRTT; adding more strength to India’s air power. Wishing our amazing pilots smooth flight & safe landing with superb fighter jets.”
The second batch of three Rafale aircraft took off from Istres airbase in France and arrived India on 3 November 2020.
The first batch of five jets arrived in India in July and was formally inducted into the IAF in September. Following the induction, the five aircraft became part of the ‘Golden Arrows’ 17 Squadron.
Earlier, India signed deals to acquire 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation. The final lot of jets is expected to be delivered by April 2022.
Of the 36 jets, six will be trainers while the remaining 30 will be fighter jets. India has also deployed this multi-role aircraft in the ongoing military standoff with China. The new fleet of Rafale fighters is performing sorties in eastern Ladakh, India, stated PTI. In addition, the Indian Air Force is acquiring a new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system ‘Hammer’. This weapon system is being procured to be integrated with the Rafale jets. Currently, IAF is equipped with Rafale, Sukhois, LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000s and MIGs, in addition to Apache and Chinook helicopters, and transport aircraft such as the C-130Js and C-17 Globemasters. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
28 Jan 21. US Army introduces Version 6 Apache helo. The US Army has begun inducting the latest Version 6 (V6) standard of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter, with the first examples delivered to operational units in early 2021. A group of AH-64E version 6 Apache helicopters depart the Boeing manufacturing facilities at Mesa, Arizona, on 13 January bound for Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. The aircraft were delivered to the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.
The service announced on 26 January that the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington became the first operational unit to receive the V6 Apache helicopter following deliveries direct from Boeing’s Mesa production facility in Arizona. Imagery released by the army showed at least seven helicopters to have made the journey.
This latest V6 configuration comprises a Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (MDSA), which greatly extends stand-off and is a game-changer against a complex and hybrid threat, an improved cognitive decision aiding system (CDAS), software upgrades, and an upgraded mission processor. It also includes a new maritime targeting mode, as well as aided target detection/classification; multimode laser image blending; a radar frequency interferometer (RFI); passive ranging/range extension; fire-control radar enhancements; Longbow integrated maintenance support system ground analysis software improvement; an interactive electronic technical manual upgrade; and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW)-embedded diagnostics. Boeing has previously told Janes that Version 6 also increases the range of the mast mounted fire-control radar from 8 to 16km. (Source: Jane’s)
26 Jan 21. US Army receives final UH-72A, prepares for UH-72B deliveries. The US Army received its final Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Laktoa support helicopter in the third quarter of 2020, ahead of the commencement of UH-72B deliveries in 2021. Speaking to Janes and other media on 26 January, Airbus Helicopters chief executive officer Bruno Even said that the last of 463 UH-72As was delivered from the company’s factory in Columbus, Mississippi, in September 2020 (though not announced at the time), with the first of 17 UH-72B standard Lakotas set to arrive later this year.
Derived from a European platform, the Lakota is licence-built at Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Columbus, Mississippi. Since deliveries commenced in 2006, the US Army and National Guard have amassed nearly 800,000 total flight hours.
The US Army originally procured the Lakota to free up front-line types such as the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and enable the phasing out of older types such as the Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’ and OH-58A Kiowa Warrior. The Lakota comes in seven configurations for missions including training, border security, search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, VIP transport, and range support.
First revealed in late August 2020 at the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual tradeshow, the UH-72B is essentially a US Army version of the latest civilian model H145 helicopter. “The [US] Army is leveraging the benefits of a commercial off-the-shelf programme by receiving product improvements and enhancements through the evolution of the aircraft, without investing any government money into the development of those capabilities,” Airbus said at the time. (Source: Jane’s)
21 Jan 21. The Bell 412 Surpasses 40 Years of Flight. To date, there have been more than 1,100 Bell 412s delivered across the globe, logging over 6.5 million flight hours. Since the introduction of the Bell 412 in 1981, Bell has developed 11 different variants, the latest being the recently unveiled Subaru Bell 412 EPX. The evolution of the Bell 412 is a testament to the incredible flexibility and durability of the aircraft, a utility helicopter with designs originating from the world-renowned and venerable Huey.
Customers continue to rely on the rugged and reliable Bell 412, which carries operators through parapublic, offshore, emergency medical and even VIP missions every day. From moving employees to oil rig sites off the coast of Africa, to fighting fires in Australia, to presidential duties in Asia, the platform brings exceptional performance, impressive cargo-carrying abilities and power to each job.
The most advanced version of the platform, the Subaru Bell 412EPX, now has an increased maximum internal weight of 12,200 pounds, and an external weight of 13,000 pounds and can carry up to 5,000 pounds of goods with a cargo hook. Having the widest loading door in its class enables quick unloading and loading into a spacious cabin that seats 14 passengers.
As a joint partnership between Bell and Subaru to support the Japan Ground Self Defense Force, the Subaru Bell 412 EPX benefits from a more robust main rotor gearbox that has 11% more horsepower capability. It has been certified to run without oil (run dry) for up to 30 minutes for improved safety along with other evolutionary features. With these upgraded capabilities, the aircraft maintains its highly revered status as the true workhorse in the industry. (Source: ASD Network)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
25 Jan 21. Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Transgender Service in the Military.
I fully support the President’s direction that all transgender individuals who wish to serve in the United States military and can meet the appropriate standards shall be able to do so openly and free from discrimination.
The Department will immediately take appropriate policy action to ensure individuals who identify as transgender are eligible to enter and serve in their self-identified gender. These changes will ensure no one will be separated or discharged, or denied reenlistment, solely on the basis of gender identity. Prospective recruits may serve in their self-identified gender when they have met the appropriate standards for accession into the military services. This revised policy will also ensure all medically-necessary transition related care authorized by law is available to all Service members and will re-examine all cases of transgender Service members that may be in some form of adverse administrative proceedings.
Over the next 60 days, I look forward to working with the senior civilian and military leaders of the Department as we expeditiously develop the appropriate policies and procedures to implement these changes.
The United States Armed Forces are in the business of defending our fellow citizens from our enemies, foreign and domestic. I believe we accomplish that mission more effectively when we represent all our fellow citizens. I also believe we should avail ourselves of the best possible talent in our population, regardless of gender identity. We would be rendering ourselves less fit to the task if we excluded from our ranks people who meet our standards and who have the skills and the devotion to serve in uniform.
This is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing to do. (Source: US DoD)
25 Jan 21. Change of British High Commissioner to Canada: Susannah Goshko.
Ms Susannah Goshko has been appointed British High Commissioner to Canada in succession to Mrs Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque CMG. Ms Goshko will take up her appointment during August 2021.
Full name: Susannah Goshko
Married to: Matt Goshko
2019 to 2021
FCDO, Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary
2018 to 2019
FCO, Head of Intelligence Policy Department
2017 to 2018
Department for Exiting the European Union, Deputy Director
2013 to 2017
Washington, Head of Political Team, then Political Counsellor
2010 to 2013
Nairobi, First Secretary – Economic and also Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN Habitat
2007 to 2009
FCO, Head of Pursue Team, Counter-Terrorism Department
2006 to 2007
FCO, Head of Rule of Law and Europe Team, Human Rights Department
2004 to 2006
Washington, Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2001 to 2004
Havana, Second Secretary – Political
2000 to 2001
FCO, Desk Officer for Central Africa, Africa D
22 Jan 21. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Cuba: Sir George Hollingbery KCMG. Sir George Hollingbery KCMG has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba in succession to Dr Antony Stokes LVO.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said, “Sir George Hollingbery brings a wealth of experience to the role, including from his time as a Trade Minister. I look forward to working together as we continue to build on the UK’s important relationship with Cuba.”
Sir George Hollingbery said, “I am honoured to have been appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Cuba and I hugely look forward to taking up the role. The relationship between our two countries has been carefully fostered and deepened by my predecessors and I look forward to continuing the work.”
Full name: George Michael Edward Hollingbery
Spouse: Janette Hollingbery
2017 to 2019
Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Meon Valley, Hampshire; Minister of State, Department for International Trade (2018 to 2019). (Did not stand in 2019 General Election)
2015 to 2017
Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Meon Valley, Hampshire; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (2016 to 2018); Lord Commissioner, HM Treasury (2015 to 2016)
2010 to 2015
Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Meon Valley, Hampshire; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary (2012 to 2015); Member Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (2010 to 2012)
2006 to 2010
Winchester County Council, Deputy Leader
1999 to 2006
Winchester County Council, Councillor
25 Jan 21. LG (Promotable) Charles A. Flynn, deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
25 Jan 21. LG Bryan P. Fenton, senior military assistant to the secretary of defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., to commander, Joint Special Operations Command; and commander, Joint Special Operations Command Forward, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
25 Jan 21. MG Steven W. Gilland, commanding general, 2d Infantry Division (Combined), Eighth Army, Republic of Korea, to deputy commanding general, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas.
25 Jan 21. MG Omar J. Jones, commanding general, Military District of Washington; and commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region, Washington, D.C., to deputy commanding general, Installation Management Command, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
25 Jan 21. BG Edmond M. Brown, deputy director/chief of staff, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to commanding general, Combat Capabilities Development Command, U.S. Army Futures Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
25 Jan 21. BG Thomas R. Drew, military deputy, Talent Management Task Force, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to director, Talent Management Task Force, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
25 Jan 21. BG Brett T. Funck, deputy commanding general (Operations), 10th Mountain Division (Light); and acting senior commander-Fort Drum, Fort Drum, New York, to deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
25 Jan 21. BG Clair A. Gill, deputy commanding general (Support), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to director, Army Aviation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
25 Jan 21. BG Guy M. Jones, deputy commanding general (Maneuver), 2d Infantry Division (Combined), Eighth Army, Republic of Korea, to deputy director/chief of staff, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
25 Jan 21. BG Michael C. McCurry II, director, Army Aviation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., to director, Force Development, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.
25 Jan 21. BG Mark C. Quander, commandant, U.S. Army Engineer School, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to commandant of cadets, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
25 Jan 21. BG Jeth B. Rey, director, J-6, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, to director, Network Cross Functional Team, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
25 Jan 21. BG William A. Ryan III, senior advisor to the Ministry of Defense, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Afghanistan, to chief of staff, U.S. Army Central, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
25 Jan 21. BG Curtis D. Taylor, commander, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to commanding general, National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Fort Irwin, California.
25 Jan 21. BG Joel B. Vowell, deputy director, Strategic Planning and Policy, J-5, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, to commanding general, U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), Japan
22 Jan 21. The new NDIA International Division Chair and Vice Chair. Greg Hill, Vice President, Global Trade Compliance, Leonardo DRS, will lead the Division as the Chair for the next two years. Alan Merbaum, PMP, MSc, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, will support Greg as the newly elected Vice Chair.
22 Jan 21. USMC ESM James K. Porterfield, currently assigned as the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major, Camp Pendleton, California, has been selected to replace Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Paul G. McKenna as the command senior enlisted leader for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
28 Jan 21. New shadow Australian defence minister unveiled. Richard Marles has been replaced as shadow defence minister following a reshuffle from federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. Federal member for Gorton, Brendan O’Connor, has replaced Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles as shadow minister for defence, as part of a reshuffle of the Labor’s front bench. Marles, who has served as shadow defence minister since 2016, will now take on an expanded portfolio, serving as Labor’s spokesman for science, national reconstruction, employment, skills and small business. Following the announcement, Labor leader Anthony Albanese said O’Connor is well suited to the defence portfolio, given his policy experience. Member for Burt, Matt Keogh, who will continue to serve as the Labor opposition’s shadow minister for defence industry, welcomed O’Connor to the defence portfolio. (Source: Defence Connect)
27 Jan 21. Heavy-lift helicopter: Sikorsky and Rheinmetall expand German industrial partnership on CH-53K.
- Teaming agreement renewed: Sikorsky and Rheinmetall continue to count on German industrial team
- Bavarian Mittelstand company Reiser strengthens education and training of maintenance staff
Berlin/Düsseldorf/Berg, January 27, 2021 – Sikorsky and the members of the German CH-53K industry team have reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation through a new teaming agreement. Christian Albrecht, International Business Development Manager at Sikorsky, was pleased with the latest development: “We have been working intensively and in close coordination to develop a concept on how to best operate and maintain the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter. The German industry is the perfect partner for this and guarantees the greatest possible degree of independence from foreign companies. We are all the more pleased that we have recently been able to win another exclusive partner,” said Albrecht.
The US helicopter manufacturer is bidding for the production and operation of the Sikorsky CH-53K (King Stallion) as the Bundeswehr’s new heavy-lift helicopter. To this end, Sikorsky had formed a team of leading German technology companies at an early stage, including Rheinmetall, MTU Aero Engines, Autoflug and Hydro Systems – and now also Reiser Simulation and Training. The Bavarian medium-sized company is strengthening the German CH-53K industrial team as a subcontractor to Rheinmetall.
Mike Schmidt, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Aviation Services GmbH, was pleased about the strengthening of the German CH-53K team: “Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH is a proven specialist in the German aviation industry. Rheinmetall and Reiser will combine their technological experience in the field of training and simulation and together provide a high-quality offering that meets all the standards of the Bundeswehr.” In this context, Schmidt referred to the already existing and successful cooperation between Rheinmetall and Reiser on the NH90 Sea Lion transport helicopter.
Having cancelled the so-called STH (“Schwerer Transporthubschrauber”, heavy-lift helicopter) tender last year, the German Ministry of Defense is currently soliciting bids for the former competitors from the US government in a so-called Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. Such a program typically provides for the purchase of the basic version of an aircraft. In the case of the CH-53K, the basic version already fulfils all relevant mission requirements of the Bundeswehr. One of the major reasons for this is the CH-53K’s air-to-air refueling capability which is available as standard and which greatly expands the aircrafts operational radius.
CH-53K: Substantial workshare in Germany
The substantial participation of numerous German companies also underlines the importance of the project for Germany as an industrial location. Should the Bundeswehr procure the transport helicopter, a large part of the value creation of the CH-53K would take place in Germany. For German industry, this would mean new long-term jobs in the high-tech sector and an important transfer of know-how.
Reiser will contribute its expertise in the field of training and simulation to the project – especially in simulation offers and technical solutions for training maintenance personnel. The company is a proven partner for Bundeswehr training systems, for example in the NH90 project for the army and navy as well as for the Eurofighter of the German Air Force. Reiser thus ideally complements Rheinmetall’s expertise in the field of simulation in the STH project.
Given the advanced progress of the project, Dr Roman Sperl, Managing Director of Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, said now was exactly the right time to join the promising and immensely powerful industrial team. “We are very excited to be part of the CH-53K team now. We are experienced in working with Rheinmetall and together we will contribute to ensuring maximum operational readiness of the CH-53K.” Sperl was convinced by the performance of the Sikorsky helicopter: “This helicopter sets a whole new technological standard. In our view, the Bundeswehr is well advised to choose the most innovative product and the best German industrial team.”
The CH-53K (“King Stallion”) is currently the most modern, intelligent and powerful heavy-lift helicopter on the market. Series production of the CH-53K in the US is progressing according to plan. Currently, more than 30 aircraft are in various stages of production. The first CH-53K is scheduled to enter service in 2023/24. The CH-53K successfully completed a two-year series of tests recently, including extensive fly-by-wire tests, sea trials and air-to-air refuelling, as well as further exercises under operational conditions. The US programme is now moving into a training period for the aircrews and technicians who will be involved in operational testing in spring. The CH-53K fleet has already completed thousands of flight hours.
25 Jan 21. Delta Line SA and Helix Linear Technologies Announce Global Partnership. Delta Line SA and Helix Linear Technologies are pleased to announce the development of a global strategic partnership, combining Delta Line’s motion solution products and services with Helix Linear’s engineering and advanced manufacturing capabilities in linear motion systems. With the demand for complete motion systems increasing and legacy pneumatic and hydraulic linear technologies transitioning to electromechanical solutions, forward-thinking companies recognize the need to collaborate with technology experts offering full-scale global engineering support to bring their mechatronics projects to success. The Delta Line – Helix Linear Technologies partnership combines an incredible depth of knowledge in motors and drives, linear technology expertise, and global sales and support network to support customers in their motion projects.
Helix Linear Technologies is a global manufacturer and supplier of linear motion components in the medical device, security, semiconductor, aerospace, electromechanical, and defense industries.
Helix Linear Technologies and Delta Line SA announce a global partnership in the liner motion industry.
“We are convinced that the Delta Line – Helix Linear Technologies partnership will be a powerful collaboration. Helix Linear’s expertise in all facets of linear technologies is a great addition to the Delta Line portfolio of motion solutions. We are confident this will help to generate industry-leading platforms in combination with Delta Line’s current set of companies (Fulling Motor) and brands (E&D drives),” says Massimo Malgorani, Managing Director of Delta Line. “Our warehouse in Switzerland, along with global engineering and commercial support, will allow us to increase our level of service and drive powerful impact for our clients’ linear motion projects.”
“We have a shared vision,” states Chris Nook, CEO of Helix Linear Technologies. “We will work together to drive innovation in the linear motion industry while focusing on the level of service we provide to each client. Our manufacturing capabilities and custom linear motion solutions, combined with Delta Line’s portfolio of companies and expert team, make this an incredible opportunity. ”
Delta Line will distribute Helix Linear products in Europe and North America beginning in January 2021.
About Delta Line
Offering a unique platform of motion control solutions, Delta Line provides everything from single components to highly customized motion systems up to 1kW. Delta Line has a wide-ranging product portfolio that includes DC and brushless DC motors, stepper motors, linear actuators, gearboxes, encoders, and intelligent drives. Alongside its headquarters and state-of-the-art logistics center in Switzerland, the company has an experienced technical network operating in Europe and the United States. Delta Line provides rapid response to markets that include healthcare, robotics, textile, power tools, industrial machinery, security/access control, and agriculture. Among Delta Line’s portfolio are prestigious motor and gearbox companies Fulling Motor (a Delta Line company), E&D (a Delta Line Brand) and Helix Linear Technologies. For more information visit: www.delta-line.com
About Helix Linear Technologies
Helix Linear Technologies is a global manufacturer of lead screws, acme screws, linear actuators, and stepper motor actuators. Helix specializes in prototype development and turn-key linear motion systems for the medical, life-science, semiconductor, aerospace, electromechanical, and defense industries. Using innovative product designs and industry-leading engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Helix solves real-world linear motion challenges for its customers, building a foundation for their long-term success. (Source: PR Newswire)
27 Jan 21. Changeover of positions at Accuracy International which affects points of contact for military / police sales in Europe as well as Commercial / Retail Sales and Marketing. Over the next few months, Alice Bond will be handing over the European Military and Police Sales to my colleagues Guy Jackson and Luke Colman, as I will be taking on the new position of Commercial/Retail Sales and Marketing Manager for Accuracy International.
25 Jan 21. MARSS Group has appointed Andrew Forbes as the Managing Director of the company’s newly created headquarters in Riyadh. In this newly created position, Andrew will work to drive new business and further develop the company’s presence in the region. Andrew served a long and distinguished career in the British Army, with 26 years in the Royal Corps of Signals. During this time, he served multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving an MBE for his work in 2004. In 2009, he returned to civilian life and continued building on his already impressive credentials with a series of roles in military organisations and the defence sector – including NATO. His final position prior to joining MARSS was as the Head of Middle East and North Africa at Airbus. Stepping into the new role, Andrew will focus on expanding and developing his team, as he looks to pass on his years of experience, by helping local engineers and graduates develop their skills and expertise. He will also have wider Group strategic input, as the company looks to continue its impressive growth. This role also aims to support Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s broad economic plan to reduce its reliance on oil and diversify its economy.
28 Jan 21. Stefan Schaffhauser takes over as the new CEO of the Traco Power Group. In keeping with a long-term succession plan, the previous CEO, Markus Dalla Monta, will retire as of July 2021, following a 35-year career at Traco Power. Stefan Schaffhauser will assume the CEO position with the beginning of the business year on April 1, 2021. As of this date, he will lead the Traco Power Group together with the CFO, Adrian Berger. As before, Rolf Caspar – company owner and Chairman of the Board – will continue to concentrate his efforts on strategic issues in the firm, in conjunction with the board of director members, Jennifer Caspar and Ueli Wampfler. During the past three years, Stefan Schaffhauser managed the international business team at Traco Power as their managing director, effectively contributing to a positive corporate development. Prior to his career at Traco Power, Schaffhauser was employed at various industrial enterprises in management positions and as a business consultant. Stefan Schaffhauser obtained a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management at the ETH (Confederated Technical University of Switzerland) in Zurich.
26 Jan 21. Ironwave Technologies LLC, www.iwtllc.com, a leading provider of RF and microwave solutions, announced the addition of Anthony Lisuzzo to its advisory board. Mr. Lisuzzo has an extensive experience in bringing industry and government together in the research, design, development and deployment of sophisticated electronic and cyber defense systems and providing capabilities to protect industry and government intelligence, information, communication, command and control systems. (Source: PR Newswire)
22 Jan 21. Omega Optical Holdings, LLC (Omega or the Company), a leading precision optics platform backed by Artemis Capital Partners (Artemis), announced today that Dr. Michael J. Cumbo has been appointed President and CEO, effective February 1st. Dr. Cumbo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the optics and photonics industry to Omega. Artemis formed Omega Optical Holdings, LLC in August 2020, upon the acquisition of Omega Optical, LLC, a manufacturer of precision optical filters and coatings, and plans to target further complementary acquisitions. Dr. Cumbo will lead all strategic and operational initiatives to position the platform for long-term growth. Dr. Cumbo is an experienced optics and photonics industry leader with a successful track record of building world-class optical technology companies in the life science, defense & aerospace, semiconductor, and industrial OEM markets. Cumbo joins Omega from his previous role as CEO at AIM Photonics, the U.S. Defense Department’s $600m photonics hub in Albany, NY, where he will continue to serve as an advisor to AIM’s Leadership Council. Prior to AIM Photonics, Cumbo spent 30 years driving growth and technology development at market-leading optics businesses across the globe, most recently serving as Vice President at AMETEK-ZYGO and as President of IDEX Optics & Photonics. (Source: PR Newswire)
22 Jan 21. PACEM Solutions International and PACEM Defense LLC, announce the appointment of Cory Mills as Executive Chairman and Rana Al Saadi as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Both Mr. Mills and Mrs. Al Saadi will continue to be integrally involved in setting the strategic priorities and overseeing new business initiatives for PACEM. Mr. Mills is a highly decorated combat veteran with experience in multiple theaters of operation. He is co-founder and Executive Chairman of PACEM Solutions International and PACEM Defense LLC, which acquired AMTEC Less Lethal Systems, Inc., in 2018. For most of his adult life, Cory Mills has honorably served U.S. military, diplomatic, and USAID missions. After Mr. Mills was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he served as a subcontractor for the U.S. State Department from 2005-2010. During this time, he worked with thousands of diplomatic missions in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and the U.S. Consul in Erbil. In 2016, the Republic of Iraq credited PACEM with assisting operations which led to the raising of Iraq’s flag at the Fallujah Governor’s Office for the first time in nearly three years. Prior to this, ISIS was flying the flag of the Caliph in Fallujah. Mr. Mills is also a Member of the Dept of Defense (Pentagon) Defense Business Board, a member of the Council for National Policy, and a regular Newsmax “Insider” on national security issues under the banner, “Middle East Downrange.” (Source: PR Newswire)
22 Jan 21. PACEM Solutions International and PACEM Defense LLC, announced the appointment of Andrew Knaggs to Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Knaggs has been the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2020 and succeeds Cory Mills who will continue as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and will play an integral role in the company’s long-term strategy. In congratulating Mr. Knaggs, Mr. Mills stated, “Andrew is an exceptional leader with a keen understanding of our customers, our offerings, and the geopolitical environment that we operate in. There is no one better suited to lead PACEM’s continued growth.”Mr. Knaggs has led a diverse career with a broad range of executive leadership experiences. He has been a candidate for U.S. Congress, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-based corporate law firm, a decorated combat veteran, and a U.S. Army Special Forces officer. He is also currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and a member of the advisory board of Evolution Metals Corporation. Mr. Knaggs earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. (Source: PR Newswire)
REST OF THE WORLD APPOINTMENTS
24 Jan 21. Kleos Space S.A (ASX:KSS), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, has appointed Procalculo Prosis as its Exclusive Territory Agent for Colombia and Panama Government users. Kleos Chief Revenue Officer, Eric von Eckartsberg, said: “Procalculo Prosis will provide significant access to key decision makers in Colombia and Panama. Procalculo Prosis is an established and well-respected provider of GIS mapping software, location intelligence and spatial analytics in the region and our maritime intelligence data will further enhance and complement their offering. Under the initial two-year agreement, Procalculo Prosis will exclusively promote and sell Kleos’ data products to government customers in Colombia and Panama and non-exclusively to other users in the region. As Kleos’ territory agent, Procalculo Prosis will provide on-the-ground operational support for Kleos and will be the primary contact for both sales and support to government whilst also servicing non-government clients in the region. Kleos’ radio frequency geolocation data will improve the detection of illegal maritime activity in the seas, coasts and canals of Colombia and Panama, as well as oversee ports and customs operations. The region has expansive coastlines on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the Caribbean Sea and includes the Gulf of Panama.
27 Jan 21. MDA welcomed Amer Khouri as the company’s new Vice President of Satellite Systems. As the leader for this business, Mr. Khouri will be responsible for all business area activities including successful execution of existing programs and the continued growth of MDA’s Satellite Systems business, which is based in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Khouri has an extensive 25-year career in general management, corporate and business development, strategy, product management and marketing. He is a proven leader with a strong track record building and transforming global organizations, developing and implementing winning growth strategies, and executing and integrating acquisitions and business ventures. Mr. Khouri joins MDA from Northrop Grumman where he has worked since 2007. He most recently held the position of Vice President, Commercial Satellites and managed P&L, daily operations and new business development. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Khouri was at Intelsat, the world’s largest fixed satellite services company where he held several senior positions culminating as Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Global Marketing. During that period, Mr. Khouri was instrumental in shaping Intelsat’s strategy and led the company’s worldwide corporate development and marketing efforts. In his early career, Mr. Khouri worked in various engineering and product management roles for Mitsubishi Electric America, PanAmSat and GTE Spacenet. Fluent in English, French and Arabic, he holds a Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering as well as an Executive Master of Science in Management. (Source: PR Newswire)
19 Jan 21. SpaceLink, a company that is redrawing the map of space connectivity, announced it has built out its senior executive team with four highly experienced satellite industry leaders, all with strong track records of success. The company is building a satellite relay system for secure, continuous, high-capacity data relay service between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and the ground to meet pent up demand for fast and affordable access to the growing flood of data available from space. Tony Colucci has been named Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer and Larry Rubin joins as Chief Operating Officer. Both were instrumental in establishing the company’s vision of a service that will help advance humanity to a new age of space commerce, exploration, environmental awareness, and security.
Rob Singh, formerly of Maxar Technologies, has joined as Chief Technology Officer, and David Lihani, formerly of Astrolabe Enterprises, was named General Counsel. Anthony J. (Tony) Colucci, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer: Tony is a global business strategy executive with more than 35 years’ experience in satellites and space. He has held key leadership roles in two international satellite start-ups. His previous roles included VP of Business Development at Space Systems Loral and Deputy Chair of KACOMM, responsible for Loral’s equity investment. He also held senior posts at Hughes, now Boeing, and Rockwell International. Tony has a BS in Astrophysics from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Larry Rubin, Chief Operating Officer: Larry is a highly experienced program management and operations executive with more than 35 years in the space industry. He spent 22 years at Space Systems Loral where he directed more than 20 innovative spacecraft programs, and before that he directed Commercial Systems Engineering at Hughes, now Boeing. Larry has a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan and completed the Management Development Program at UCLA Anderson School of Business. He was awarded a NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for leading the Galileo Probe systems engineering team. Rabindra (Rob) Singh, Chief Technology Officer: Rob specializes in innovative satellite communications solutions and their integration into existing and emerging 5G networks. As VP of Strategy Initiatives and Chief Architect at Maxar Technologies, he developed business strategy and technology roadmaps for disruptive solutions. And prior as executive director of Communications and Payload Systems, Rob was responsible for payload design, build and test on more than 60 geostationary satellites currently operational in orbit. He holds bachelors and masters engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a L
David Lihani, General Counsel: David brings over 25 years of space experience with a focus on corporate governance, commercial transactions, trade compliance, risk management, and national security. His career includes roles at Astrolabe, Maxar, and Virgin Galactic and he was outside counsel to the UAE Space Agency. He also worked at SES, Lockheed Martin, and SAIC and law firms in NY and DC. He began his career as a flight officer in the U.S. Navy and earned a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds an MA from the University of Maryland, and a law degree from George Washington University.
SpaceLink is a subsidiary of Electro Optic Systems of Australia (EOS) and benefits from resources, financing, and advanced technology from its corporate parent, including advanced optical communications. The relay system will optimize access to imagery from Earth observation satellites and will provide continuous communications for human spaceflight. It will provide a secure connection for the defense and intelligence communities and fast data transfer for space agencies. (Source: Satnews)
28 Jan 21. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced the appointment of Leandro Gaunszer as managing director of Viasat Brazil. Based in São Paulo, Gaunszer will lead Viasat’s strategic expansion in the country, helping to connect the unserved and underserved populations to high-speed, reliable connectivity services. Viasat has been operating in Brazil since 2018. With access to the SGDC-1 satellite through its partnership with Telebras, Viasat has been able to help connect thousands of government sites and millions of students under the Brazilian e-government initiative known as Governo Eletrônico – Serviço de Atendimento ao Cidadão (GESAC); bring broadband access to enterprise and residential markets; deliver high-speed in-flight connectivity to commercial and business aircraft; and offer Community Internet hotspot services to communities across Brazil that lack high-quality, affordable internet services. In October 2020, Viasat became the first satellite Internet Service Provider (ISP) to offer high-speed broadband connectivity across 100% of Brazil. (Source: PR Newswire)
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