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22 Apr 21. Vulcan Industrial Expands to Larger Facility in Pennsylvania. The Houston-based provider of mission-critical engineering services and systems has expanded to a larger warehouse and service center in Washington, Pennsylvania to accommodate rising demand for its hydraulic fracturing fluid ends and associated products. Vulcan Industrial has expanded into a larger facility in Washington, Pennsylvania to ensure support for its growing business in the Marcellus Shale region. The 7,550-square-foot facility is serving as a warehouse center for Vulcan’s industry leading hydraulic fracturing fluid ends and high-performance valves, seats, plungers and other field components. It is also a service hub offering light maintenance, repairs and modifications.
The expansion comes as a result of steady growth for the company in the region, with Vulcan adding full time sales and field engineering support.
Vulcan’s engineered products support a number of industries including defense, aerospace, auto racing and the energy industry. The company’s recent growth in Pennsylvania has been within upstream oil and gas, where Vulcan specializes in innovations that improve the economics of hydraulic fracturing fleets—providing components with advanced engineering, superior service and in-house metallurgy to help units run longer, better and more economically.
“We see long term sustainability in the region for both operators and service providers,” said Simon Lawrie, President at Vulcan Industrial. “And the increasing demand for our products in 2021 is a testament to the quantifiable value we’re bringing. When efficiency and reducing NPT are the name of the game, experienced fleet managers go with equipment that delivers proven results. This larger facility is going to help us ensure even stronger support for Northeastern fleets with the products and services they need to keep field operations optimized.” As of early April, there were 207 total frac crews operational in the United States.
Vulcan’s facility is located at 325 Meadowlands Boulevard in Washington, Pennsylvania, between Wheeling and Pittsburgh. (Source: PR Newswire)
23 Apr 21. Babcock played key role in Spanish S-80 first in class submarine rollout. Babcock International, the Aerospace, Defence and Security Company, has supported the delivery of a significant milestone for the Armada Española (Spanish Navy), with its customer Navantia unveiling the first in class S-80 submarine in Cartagena Spain. The S-80 programme is the first modern submarine of Spanish design and will deliver a state of the art underwater capability to the Armada Española. Babcock plays an integral role on the platform, bringing to bear our extensive experience and world leading proprietary technology to deliver the Weapon Handling and Discharge Equipment (WHDE) and Acoustic Countermeasures Launchers (ACM) for the four boat class. Throughout design and build stages Babcock developed a bespoke Spanish supply chain to manufacture a significant amount of equipment for the S-80. The weapon tube Outboard Lengths and the Weapon Embarkation Equipment were the largest pieces of equipment manufactured in-country. Babcock will continue to manufacture a significant amount of equipment in Spain for the remaining boats on the programme.
Richard Drake, Managing Director Babcock Defence Systems Technology said: “We are absolutely delighted to support the delivery of a cutting edge sovereign submarine capability for Spain. Congratulations to Navantia and all industry partners involved in the rollout of the first in class, a truly remarkable day in which many years of hard work throughout the supply chain has come to fruition. Babcock’s work on the S-80 class is a testament to our expertise in Weapons Handling and Launch systems and underlines our global naval design, build, commissioning and support capability for submarines. We look forward to continuing the build and commissioning work on the next three boats, and supporting successful Harbour Acceptance Trials and Sea Acceptance Trials before Boat 1 is formally commissioned into the Spanish Navy.”
The first submarine which was unveiled on 22 April, to be named Isaac Peral (S-81), is expected to be delivered to the Armada Española in 2022. This will be followed by the Nariso Monturiol (S-82), Cosme Garcia (S-83), and Matero Garcia de los Reyes (S-84).
21 Apr 21. Italian Aircraft Carrier ITS Cavour Departs Norfolk, Completing F-35B Certification. The Italian Navy flagship, the aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), departed Naval Station Norfolk Apr. 16 after Joint Force operations with U.S. military forces in the Atlantic Ocean. ITS Cavour participated in a sequence of operations with U.S. assets and the F-35 Joint Program Office has delivered a flight clearance recommendation to the Italian Navy for the safe operation of fifth generation F-35B fighter aircraft.
“I am very proud for the success of ITS Cavour’s ‘Ready for Operations’ campaign,” said Italian Navy Capt. Giancarlo Ciappina, commanding officer of ITS Cavour. “Our allies will soon perceive the Italian Navy and the Italian Armed Forces as a whole, as enhanced cooperative partners thanks to the strategic enabler that the fifth generation aircraft carrier capability would represent, in either specific maritime or wider joint operations.”
An F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) test team embarked on ITS Cavour to conduct sea trials, a series of tests and functional activities to create a safe flight operating envelope for the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the 5th generation aircraft aboard the recently upgraded ship.
The F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) team from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD comprises almost 200 people with the engineering and test pilot expertise and experience to conduct F-35B envelope expansion flight test, two specially instrumented developmental flight test aircraft, and support equipment.
During the sea trials, two F-35Bs of the ITF were embarked aboard Cavour and carried out more than 50 flight missions in challenging weather conditions sea states, a night session, around 120 vertical landings, 115 short take-offs with the aid of the ski jump, and two vertical takeoffs. These activities were followed by a sufficient amount of data analysis, yielding the information telling the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and the Italian Navy how to safely conduct F-35B flight operations on Cavour.
“It was a privilege to work alongside our Italian counterparts while they certified their flagship to launch and recover the cutting-edge F-35B,” said Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. “I look forward to continuing to build upon our trans-Atlantic bridge, enhancing our collective capabilities and strengthening partnerships with our NATO allies.”
An F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) test team embarked on ITS Cavour to conduct sea trials, a series of tests and functional activities to create a safe flight operating envelope for the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the 5th generation aircraft aboard the recently upgraded ship. The F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) team from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD comprises almost 200 people with the engineering and test pilot expertise and experience to conduct F-35B envelope expansion flight test, two specially instrumented developmental flight test aircraft, and support equipment.
“It is extraordinary how the crew of ITS Cavour and the Integrated Team have reached, so quickly, a very high level of synergy and integration with great professionalism and a strong common will to achieve the ambitious goal,” Ciappina said.
In coordination with the Italian Navy, USMC MV-22s conducted shipboard landing qualifications on the deck of the Italian Carrier ITS Cavour. These flights increase interoperability between the Marine Corps and the Italian Navy, and increase the operational reach of Naval forces.”
The V-22 Osprey is a multi-engine, dual-piloted, self-deployable, medium lift, vertical takeoff and landing tilt-rotor aircraft designed for combat, combat support, combat service support, and Special Operations missions worldwide. The platform’s primary function is amphibious assault transport of troops, equipment and supplies from assault ships and land bases.
Also while operating in the western Atlantic, ITS Cavour collaborated with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55). They conducted a three-day interoperability exercise with support from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11. ITS Cavour also conducted dual-carrier operations alongside USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), marking the first time a Gerald R. Ford-class and Italian carrier operated jointly.
ITS Cavour departed Norfolk after disembarking the ITF personnel prior to completing the necessary preparation to undertake the last phases of the Ready for Operations campaign before returning to Italy. Cavour was also greeted by a performance by the U.S. Fleet Forces band as an expression of goodwill between the U.S. and Italian navies.
For decades, the bond between Europe and North America has made NATO the strongest alliance in history. Conducting training and exercises alongside allies and partners increases our collective capacity and capabilities as well as increased interoperability with the U.S. forces.
U.S. 2nd Fleet exercises operational authorities over assigned ships, aircraft, and landing forces on the East Coast and the Atlantic.
From Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs (Source: ASD Network)
21 Apr 21. Royal Navy confirms two new fast patrol boats. HMS Ships Dagger and Cutlass confirmed as the new fast patrol boats. The Royal Navy can confirm the Her Majesty the Queen has approved the names of two new fast patrol boats, which will be based in Gibraltar, as HM Ships Dagger and Cutlass. Dagger is a name new to the Royal Navy. It was due to have been assigned to a weapon-class anti-submarine escort in late World War 2. But, the conflict ended and the ship was cancelled.
Only one previous HMS Cutlass has served under the White Ensign. During the 1970s with her sisters Scimitar and Sabre, not the same vessels which later served in Gibraltar. She was used to train Royal Navy and NATO warships to deal with the threat of fast missile/torpedo craft as part of the First Fast Training Boat Squadron. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
19 Apr 21. Anson, the fifth of seven Astute class attack submarines being built for the Royal Navy, has been launched at the BAE Systems site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. The 7,400-tonne nuclear-powered submarine, officially named at a ceremony in December, emerged from the Devonshire Dock Hall and entered the water for the first time earlier today. The launch was a special moment for the Barrow shipyard, which is celebrating its 150th year and a long and proud relationship with the Royal Navy. Anson will now begin the next phase of its test and commissioning programme, before leaving Barrow for sea trials with the Royal Navy next year.
Steve Timms, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Submarines business, said: “The launch marks an important milestone in the Astute programme and seeing Anson enter the water at such an advanced state is a tangible demonstration of everyone’s hard work over the years. Designing and building nuclear-powered submarines is a national endeavour and days like this bring a huge sense of pride for our workforce, our partners in the submarine enterprise and our UK supply chain, not to mention our communities. We now look forward to a successful test and commissioning phase and working alongside Anson’s crew to prepare the submarine for operations with the Royal Navy.”
The Astute class boats are the largest and most advanced attack submarines ever built for the Royal Navy. Measuring 97 metres in length, the boats can circumnavigate the globe submerged, producing their own oxygen and drinking water.
The first four submarines in the class, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush, HMS Artful and HMS Audacious, have been handed over to the Royal Navy, with a further two boats currently under construction at our Barrow site. Working alongside the Submarine Delivery Agency and Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems is also a member of the Dreadnought Alliance, helping to deliver the UK’s next class of nuclear deterrent submarines. Two of the four submarines are under construction, with the first due to enter service in the early 2030s. Approximately 10,000 people work on the Dreadnought and Astute programmes at our Barrow site. To deliver these complex programmes, we continue to invest in and develop our employees and recruit new talent. Over the next five years, we expect to recruit more than 200 graduates and 1,500 apprentices.
18 Apr 21. The bow of HMS GLASGOW, the first City Class Type 26 frigate being built for the Royal Navy, has been rolled out of the build hall at our BAE Systems shipyard on the River Clyde. In a move that lasted 90 minutes, the forward section of HMS GLASGOW which contains the bridge, operations room and accommodation spaces, was manoeuvred into position on the hardstand at our Govan yard where it will be joined by the aft section in the coming weeks.
HMS GLASGOW is the first in a new generation of cutting-edge Type 26 frigates, designed and built in the ship’s namesake city. Supporting more than 4,000 jobs across the UK, the programme is making a significant contribution to the nation’s economic recovery by maintaining much-needed skills and capabilities. To date, more than £1bn has been invested across the programme’s supply chain, with more than 100 suppliers globally.
Simon Lister, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Naval Ships business, said: “The emergence of HMS GLASGOW is a very proud moment for everyone involved and is testament to the skills and passion of our workforce. We have now completed the construction of all units of the ship and in the coming weeks our skilled teams will bring the hull together for the first time.
“The roll out is a huge milestone for the Type 26 programme. It’s evidence of our solid progress in building the first of a new class and presents an opportunity for us to celebrate the progress being made with our colleagues, our suppliers, our customer and the City of Glasgow.”
Pat Browning, Type 26 Programme Team Leader, Defence Equipment and Support, said: “The Type 26 is a highly capable ASW warship designed for joint and multinational operations across the full spectrum of warfare and will serve at the heart of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet for decades to come.
“The roll out of the forward section of HMS GLASGOW; the first of the Type 26 class, hails a landmark moment for this cutting-edge vessel and a huge step forward for the programme. I pay tribute to the hard work and skill of all those involved in the design and manufacture of this ship and look forward to seeing the two halves of the ship coming together at BAE Systems’ shipyard on the Clyde in the coming weeks”.
While HMS GLASGOW moves out into the open air for the first time, work continues on the second in class, HMS CARDIFF, with construction to start on HMS BELFAST later in the year.
The Type 26 frigate is an advanced anti-submarine warship, which will deliver critical protection of the Royal Navy’s Continuous At Sea Deterrent and Carrier Strike Group. The ships will replace the UK’s Type 23 frigates, with the first set to enter service in the mid-2020s.
Each Type 26 will be equipped with a range of world-class capabilities including the Sea Ceptor missile defence system, a 5-inch medium calibre gun, flexible mission bay, Artisan 997 Medium Range Radar, and towed array sonars. The flight deck will be able to accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook, while the mission bay can quickly adapt to house and deploy vessels, vehicles and containers.
The Type 26 is the original variant of BAE Systems’ Global Combat Ship, which supports a close partnership between the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. Australia and Canada both selected a variant of the Type 26 design for their anti-submarine frigate programmes, supporting greater operational, training and intelligence ties between the three nations.
16 Apr 21. USS Oakland Commissioning Ceremony. The Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the future USS Oakland (LCS 24), will be commissioned at 10:00 a.m. PST on Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Oakland, California. Due to public health and safety concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the commissioning will be a private event. The ceremony will be live-streamed for those unable to attend. The following link will become active approximately five minutes prior to the event (9:55 a.m. PST): https://allhands.navy.mil/Live-Stream.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker, will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Ms. Kate Brandt, Google Sustainability Officer, is the ship’s sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy tradition when Ms. Brandt gives the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”
Cmdr. Francisco X. Garza, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is the ship’s commanding officer and leads a crew of 70 officers and enlisted personnel. The 3,200-ton Oakland was built by General Dynamics/Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. The ship is 421 feet in length, has a beam of 103 feet, and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship is powered by two gas turbine engines, two main propulsion diesel engines, and four waterjets to reach speeds up to 40-plus knots.
“The USS Oakland crew is excited and ready to bring our ship to life and join the fleet,” said Garza. “We are privileged to be a part of this ship and embody the spirit of the people of Oakland. As plank owners and future crew members build a positive legacy for this ship, the city of Oakland will experience those successes with us.”
Oakland is the third ship to bear the name. She is the 12th Independence-variant LCS and the 297th ship to join our battle force. The littoral combat ship is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, while capable of open-ocean tasking and winning against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft. The LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. USS Oakland will be homeported at Naval Base San Diego, California. (Source: US DoD)
20 Apr 21. Saab Makes 1st T-7A Delivery. The aft fuselage was designed and built by Saab, under the T-7A partnership with Boeing. Upon arrival in St Louis, the Saab aft section will be spliced to the forward fuselage, prior to installation of the wings, fins and tail assembly to become a complete static test airframe. This airframe will be used for structural testing on the ground during the EMD phase of the program.
The T-7A Red Hawk is an all-new advanced pilot training system designed for the U.S. Air Force to train the next generation of combat pilots for decades to come. The aircraft has benefited from Saab and Boeing’s “breaking the norm” approach to military aircraft design, engineering and production, which saw the preceding T-X aircraft go from concept to first flight in just 36 months. (Source: ASD Network)
20 Apr 21. Indian Navy commissions first squadron of Dhruv ALH Mk III helicopters. The Indian Navy (IN) commissioned its first naval air squadron equipped with the indigenously designed and built Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) in a ceremony held on 19 April at INS Hansa in Goa, on India’s southwestern coast. Named ‘Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 323’, the unit will for now field the three helicopters handed over to the IN by the state-owned manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 5 February, the last day of the Aero India 2021 defence exhibition in Bangalore. Among other tasks the helicopters will be used for coastal surveillance, armed patrol, and search-and-rescue operations. The twin-engined rotorcraft are the first of 16 of the type ordered by the service in 2017. Another 16 ALHs were ordered at the time for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), with HAL also delivering the first three examples to the service in early February.
The 5.5-tonne Mk IIIs will supplement, and eventually replace, the IN’s and ICG’s depleting fleets of licence-built Chetak (Aérospatiale Alouette III) light utility helicopters (LUHs) that entered service from 1969 and are reaching the end of their total technical life. According to HAL, the remaining helicopters under the respective contracts are in “various stages of production and flight tests” and slated for delivery within the agreed schedule by late 2021. (Source: Jane’s)
16 Apr 21. USAF’s HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter completes developmental tests. A joint Sikorsky and US Air Force (USAF) test team has completed the developmental test programme of the new HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter. A joint Sikorsky and US Air Force (USAF) test team has completed the developmental test programme of the new HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter. The final testing under the programme focused on the aircraft’s weapons systems. It was conducted at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, US. It showcased the weapons’ performance while optimising configurations of the weapon system.
413th Flight Test Squadron HH-60W flight chief Joe Whiteaker said: “The timely completion of this test programme represents an amazing accomplishment by the HH-60W Integrated Test Team.
“The team consistently overcame tremendous adversity through a mix of innovation and sheer determination.”
Manufactured by Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky Aircraft, the helicopter is designed to conducting day or night combat search and rescue operations for the joint force.
Since its first HH-60W flight in May 2019, the team has logged in over 1,100 test hours across six aircraft.
Some of the developmental tests that Jolly Green II underwent included aircraft performance, communications systems, environmental tests at McKinley Climatic Lab, as well as aerial refuelling.
According to the USAF, the test aircraft will be upgraded for operational use before it is shifted to respective Air Force rescue unit.
The combat rescue helicopter’s developmental test mission will move to the ‘Combat Search and Rescue Combined Test Force’ for follow-on testing at Nellis AFB next year.
413 FLTS commander lieutenant colonel Wayne Dirkes said: “I am incredibly proud of the many people from so many organizations who have come together to pull off a really challenging test programme.
“The team’s relentless focus on keeping the end in mind, aligning activity with their goals and moving forward quickly with discipline resulted in execution of a safe and highly successful test programme in the face of incredible pressure.”
In February 2020, the USAF revealed the name of its HH-60W helicopter at the 2020 Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida. USAF’s Moody AFB received the first two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters in November last year. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
13 Apr 21. USAREURAF (US Army Europe and Africa) is to receive two new units and retain three German sites due to growing operational requirements. US Army Europe and Africa will receive two new units in the coming months and retain three sites previously scheduled to be returned to the German government due to growing operational requirements in the European theatre.
The units will be a Multi-Domain Task Force and Theater Fires Command. Combined, they will bring approximately 500 Soldiers, 35 local national positions and 750 Family members to US Army Garrison Wiesbaden.
The Multi-Domain Task Force-Europe will be comprised of field artillery; composite air and missile defence; intelligence, cyberspace, electronic warfare and space; aviation and a brigade support element. The Theater Fires Command will improve readiness and multi-national interoperability by integrating joint and multi-national fires in exercises and operations, in support of US Army Europe and Africa.
“The Theater Fires Command and Multi-Domain Task Force in Europe will enable US Army Europe and Africa to synchronise joint fires and effects, control future long range fires across all domains and will create more space, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities in Europe,” said Col. Joe Scrocca, the spokesman for US Army Europe and Africa.
The Theater Fires Command is expected to activate 16 Oct. 2021 and the Multi-Domain Task Force is expected to activate on 16 Sept. 2021.
The sites that will be retained are Mainz Kastel Station and Mainz Kastel Housing in Mainz-Kastel, and Dagger Complex in Darmstadt.
Our operational requirements are outpacing facility construction and renovations as we continue to work through setting facility conditions for the new units we expect to receive as Army approves the structure. We are thankful for all of our host nation employees, without whom we could not accomplish our important mission.
“New strategies and a continuously changing operations environment requires more capacity to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure for increased capabilities to support our Allies and partners,” said Maj. Gen. Chris Mohan, commanding general for 21st Theater Sustainment Command. “We’ve worked closely with German officials to come to an agreement on retaining these sites and are very appreciative of their continued support.” (Source: joint-forces.com)
21 Apr 21. Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s Nomination of Dr. Ely Ratner as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs.
“I welcome the President’s nomination today of Dr. Ely Ratner as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs. Ely has already proven an invaluable member of our team as Director of the China Task Force, and his deep knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region will prove invaluable as we begin to shape our operational concepts and strategy for dealing with threats and challenges in that part of the world. There is simply no better person for the job. I am grateful to Ely for his commitment and willingness to serve, and I look forward to working with him. I urge the Senate to confirm Ely as soon as possible so he can take up this important work for our nation.” (Source: US DoD)
16 Apr 21. President Joe Biden has selected Mara Karlin, a well-known figure in Washington defense circles, to serve as assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, the White House announced Friday. If confirmed, Karlin would take the lead role in developing the next National Defense Strategy, a guiding document for the Defense Department’s future plans. Karlin currently serves as the acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs; Melissa Dalton, a defense expert most recently of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has been serving as the acting assistant secretary of defense for strategy. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
21 Apr 21. USN Rear Adm. William J. Houston for appointment to the grade of vice admiral, and assignment as commander, Naval Submarine Forces; commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and commander, Allied Submarine Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Houston is currently serving as director, Undersea Warfare Division, N97, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.
16 Apr 21. USMC LG David G. Bellon for reappointment to the grade of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Marine Forces Reserve; and commander, Marine Forces South. Bellon is currently serving as commander, U.S. Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, Louisiana.
16 Apr 21. USMC LG George W. Smith Jr. for reappointment to the grade of lieutenant general, and assignment as commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force. Smith is currently serving as the deputy commandant for plans, policies, and operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
16 Apr 21. USMC MG Edward D. Banta for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy commandant for installations and logistics, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Banta is currently serving as commander, Marine Corps Installations Command; and assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics (facilities), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
16 Apr 21. USMC MG Kevin M. Iiams for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general, and assignment as commanding general, Training and Education Command. Iiams is currently serving as the assistant deputy commandant for combat development and integration; and deputy commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
16 Apr 21. USMC MG William M. Jurney for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general, and assignment as commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Jurney is currently serving as commanding general, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command; and commanding general, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.
19 Apr 21. Taylor Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ SmallCap: “TAYD”) the world leader in providing innovative shock and vibration mitigation solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Thornton Tomasetti to manufacture and distribute the Pumpkin™ Mounts absorber.
- Pumpkin Mounts are the next generation of shock and vibration isolation technology for critical systems and structures.
- Originally developed by Thornton Tomasetti and its innovation accelerator TTWiiN, Pumpkin Mounts feature a symmetry that resists multi-directional lateral and vertical loads.
- It can support a payload in tension, compression or under shear for isolation of wall or bulkhead-mounted fixtures on all structures, including naval and commercial vessels subjected to extreme shock and vibration.
Offering significantly improved performance over standard devices, Pumpkin Mounts provide enhanced load capacity that can withstand repeated shock, along with reduced high-frequency noise and efficient use of space. Unlike rubber mounts, which require secondary devices to avoid tearing and failure, Pumpkin Mounts are resistant to high-tension forces.
19 Apr 21. Mouser Electronics and QuickLogic Corporation Sign Global Distribution Agreement. Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry’s leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, today announces a global distribution agreement with QuickLogic® Corporation, a developer of embedded FPGA IP; ultra-low-power, multi-core, voice-enabled systems-on-chips (SoCs); and endpoint artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. Through the agreement, Mouser now stocks QuickLogic’s EOS™ S3 microcontroller- and FPGA-based platform and QuickFeather development kit.
The EOS S3 sensor processing platform is a multi-core SoC that enables a vast array of concurrent sensor applications, from basic to computationally demanding algorithms for smartphone, wearable, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The EOS S3 platform available from Mouser integrates an ultra-low-power Arm® Cortex®-M4F microcontroller subsystem and embedded FPGA (eFPGA) fabric, with optional Sensory Low-Power Sound Detect (LPSD) for on-chip voice recognition. The heterogeneous architecture of the EOS S3 enables designers to partition their software and use cases across the variety of cores to optimise their system for lowest power consumption.
The QuickFeather development kit is a small form factor system ideal for enabling the next generation of low-power machine learning (ML)-capable IoT devices. The QuickFeather, powered by the EOS S3, is based on open source hardware and compatible with the Adafruit Feather form factor. The board is built around a 100% open source software ecosystem, including SymbiFlow FPGA tools, Zephyr and FreeRTOS real-time operating systems, and Renode). Additionally, a multitude of third-party software is available for a variety of sensor processing, voice, and AI/ML use cases, including SensiML and Google’s TensorFlow Lite for Microcontrollers.
23 Apr 21. Personnel change on the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG. In light of the transformation resulting from the Group’s strategic reorientation, Jörg Grotendorst, until now Rheinmetall AG Executive Board member for Automotive, has asked the Supervisory Board to relieve him of his duties. The structure of the Executive Board will be modified accordingly, enabling it to address forthcoming challenges during the course of Rheinmetall’s strategic reorientation. Following elimination of the Automotive holding and the resulting direct control of all Group divisions by the Executive Board, this body will now consist of three rather than four members: Armin Papperger, as Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG, as well as members Helmut P. Merch (Finance) and Peter Sebastian Krause (HR). Citing the prime reason for his decision, Mr Grotendorst stated that due to the strategic reorientation, maintaining a division of responsibilities based on the old separation of the Group into Defence and Automotive entities no longer made sense, a view shared by the Supervisory Board and his fellow Executive Board members. It is felt that a leaner, more agile management structure is necessary in order to bind the two divisions that emerged from the former Automotive organization – Sensors and Actuators and Materials and Trade – more closely to the three former Defence divisions, particularly with regard to achieving the sought-after transfer of technology between all Group divisions. Armin Papperger, the Chairman of the Executive Board, and his colleagues Helmut P. Merch and Peter Sebastian Krause, and Ulrich Grillo, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, thank Mr Grotendorst for his services, and wish him all the best on the road ahead.
16 Apr 21. AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs and OEMs, announced today that Ellen M. Lord, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment for the United States Department of Defense, has been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ms. Lord, 61, served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment for the United States Department of Defense from August 2017 until January 2021. In this role, she was responsible for all matters pertaining to acquisition; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. Prior to her government service, Ms. Lord served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems from October 2012 to August 2017, where she led a multi-billion dollar company with products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace and infrastructure protection. Prior to that, she served in other leadership positions at Textron Systems and related companies. Ms. Lord is the former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and has previously served on the boards of the U.S. Naval Institute, the U.S. India Business Council and the Defense Technology Initiative. She was recently appointed to the board of Voyager Space Holdings and serves as an advisor to a number of companies. She earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Connecticut College. Ms. Lord currently is an independent aerospace, defense and industrial consultant.
20 Apr 21. The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that its Board of Directors has extended the company’s age-65 standard retirement to age 70 for President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David L. Calhoun. Mr. Calhoun, 64, has served as Boeing’s President and CEO since Jan. 13, 2020. While the Board’s action extends the mandatory retirement age for Mr. Calhoun to April 1, 2028, there is no fixed term associated with his employment. Boeing also announced that Executive Vice President, Enterprise Operations and Chief Financial Officer Gregory D. Smith has decided to retire from the company, effective July 9, 2021. Boeing is conducting a search for Mr. Smith’s successor. Mr. Smith said, “Boeing is one of the world’s greatest companies. I could not be prouder of the 140,000 people who work hard every day to deliver on our promises to all stakeholders and live our foundational values. With the company well positioned going forward, the timing is right for me personally to begin a new chapter outside of Boeing. I will always cherish and be grateful for the experiences I have had, and the relationships I have made, in my thirty years at Boeing.” Smith was appointed chief financial officer in 2011 and later served in expanded roles as the executive vice president of Finance, Enterprise Performance and Strategy, and more recently executive vice president of Enterprise Operations, Finance and Sustainability. He served as the company’s interim CEO, immediately preceding Mr. Calhoun. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he was corporate controller and vice president of Finance, serving as the company’s principal interface with the board of directors’ audit committee to ensure regulatory compliance. Smith currently serves on the board of directors of Intel Corporation, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Community Physicians Group. He plans to remain active in business and philanthropic roles.
19 Apr 21. Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute today announced the appointment of Gregory J. Touhill as director of the SEI’s CERT Division. A federally funded research and development center, the SEI helps government and industry organizations develop and operate software systems that are secure and reliable. The SEI’s CERT Division is known around the world for its culture of innovation in cybersecurity areas such as cyber incident management, malicious software analysis, cyber resilience, insider threat detection and mitigation, and cyber workforce development. (Source: PR Newswire)
15 Apr 21. Andrew Petrou, Chair of the Board of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research (DAIR) Centre, today announced that aerospace industry and government relations veteran Maryse Harvey will serve as DAIR’s new Executive Director, effective immediately. Ms. Harvey, a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in government decision-making, advocacy, public affairs and not-for-profit management, previously served four federal ministers, including her role as aerospace advisor to the Minister of Industry. Ms. Harvey has also previously held positions as Senior Vice-President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and Director of Government Relations at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). As owner of MH2 Advisory Services, her recent work with DAIR and other clients focused on governance, strategic planning, government and stakeholder relations, and executive coaching. (Source: PR Newswire)
19 Apr 21. Incora™ announced today that Kevin Erickson has been appointed chief people and diversity officer. Effective April 19, 2021, Erickson leads the company’s global human resources (HR) function, with responsibility for Incora’s people strategy including driving diversity, equity and inclusion while fostering a “one-Incora” culture that inspires and motivates employees around a shared set of values and goals. Erickson has deep and extensive experience in international HR disciplines and processes, and a demonstrated history of developing best-in-class global HR and communications organizations. Incora is a leading provider of innovative supply chain solutions to aerospace and defense, as well as automotive, industrial, pharmaceutical, and other industries. It provides a comprehensive suite of supply chain management solutions – including inventory management, Just-in-Time (JIT), Chemical Management Services (CMS), kitting, and 3PL / 4PL services. Incora is dedicated to understanding customer needs and providing innovative new products, services and customized solutions that deliver on its promise of reducing complexity and increasing reliability for customers. It has a global footprint with 60+ locations across 18 countries. Prior to joining Incora, Erickson served as the chief human resources officer at Signature Aviation plc (formerly BBA Aviation plc) where he was responsible for transforming separate HR functions into one with strong shared service centers, centers of excellence, improved strategic business partnership and significant process improvement. Before joining Signature, Erickson held several executive roles at Ingersoll Rand, including vice president HR for Club Car, vice president HR for Global Integrated Supply Chain, and vice president HR for Trane Commercial Systems. While at Ingersoll Rand, he successfully led the organization through many change programs, developed strategic workforce plans for key growth initiatives and served as a trusted advisor on cultural transformations. He held similar roles at Elementis plc, a UK-based chemical company, as well as GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals.
22 Apr 21. Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (“Liberty” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SCAN) (OTCQB: LDDFF) (FRANKFURT: LD2), a leading concealed weapons detection solutions company, is pleased to announce that it has promoted Michael Lanzaro to the role of President & CTO. Michael Lanzaro has over 25 years of management experience leading large high-tech organizations with product development, research and development (R&D), and marketing, as well as profit and loss responsibilities. Prior to joining Liberty Defense, Michael served as Vice President of Engineering for L3’s (LHX-NYSE) Security and Detection Systems division, where he oversaw technology, R&D, and engineering development. As part of his role, he and his team were responsible for the development and certification of the company’s millimeter wave body scanner, high throughput computed tomography checkpoint technology, and checked baggage systems. Prior to joining L3 in 2004, he spent seventeen years at Symbol Technologies, where he last served as Vice President of Engineering for the $700m+ mobile computing systems business prior to its $3.9B acquisition by Motorola. (Source: PR Newswire)
20 Apr 21. The Parsons Corporation board of directors has selected Carey Smith, the company’s chief operations officer, to become its next top executive. Smith will replace current Chief Executive Officer Chuck Harrington on July 1. Harrington is retiring after almost 40 years with Parsons, including serving as since 2008. “After nearly 40 years, I’m proud of the company we’ve built, humbled by the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and pleased that the accomplishments we’ve achieved will deliver a better world,” Harrington said in an April 20 company statement. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)
19 Apr 21. Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) today announced that its board of directors has elected Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. as a director. A distinguished former NASA astronaut who is currently the chief executive officer of Vesalius Ventures, a venture capital firm, Harris is an experienced business leader with significant accomplishments in space exploration and advancement of emerging technologies.
A veteran astronaut, Harris has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. Selected into the Astronaut Corps in January 1990, he was a mission specialist on the space shuttle Columbia in 1993 and a payload commander on the space shuttle Discovery in 1995, becoming the first African American to walk in space. While at NASA, he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and clinical investigations of space adaptation, and he also developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space.
Harris is CEO and managing partner of Vesalius Ventures Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early- to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies. He is a member of the board of directors of U.S. Physical Therapy and Monebo Technologies. He serves as a trustee/director for Salient and Barings investment funds. In addition, he is on the boards of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine – Board on Health Policy, the Texas Medical Center, CHI St. Luke’s Health System, and the Harris Institute & Foundation.
19 Apr 21. SpaceLink, a company that is building an information superhighway for the space economy, today announced that it added three top space industry executives to its team. They bring deep expertise in finance, program management, and the U.S. government intelligence community, to drive forward the relay service that provides secure, continuous, high-capacity communications between LEO spacecraft and the ground. The company named Alan Khalili as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Khalili brings experience from mobile satellite services provider Iridium and he helped found Aireon, a company that leveraged hosted payloads to provide a global air traffic surveillance system. Jim Schwenke joined the team as Vice President, Intelligence Community, bringing experience from BAE Systems, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force. Erik Levine is now Vice President, Space Segment Program Management. He spent much of his previous career at satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral and more recently he was a senior program manager for robotic-assisted surgery company, Intuitive. (Source: PR Newswire)
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