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05 Jul 12. Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) is launching The Warrior Engineering Challenge at the 41st annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), the world’s largest military airshow and top-rated outdoor family event. The challenge, designed around technology LMUK develops for the British Army’s Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle, will bring together Cadets and students aged 13 and 14 from local schools on Friday and Saturday to work in teams to design and create a fully manoeuvrable, tracked land vehicle. The challenge is part of a company-wide commitment to inspire youngsters to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math’s and will be led and mentored by engineering graduates from Lockheed Martin UK’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) partners, including Atlas Composites, Defence Support Group, SciSys, Moog Components Group and Ultra Electronics. Participating schools include: The Cotswold School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire; Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire; Carterton Community College, Carterton, Oxfordshire; The Ridgeway School, Swindon, Wiltshire; Malmesbury School, Malmesbury, Wiltshire; Marling School, Stroud, Gloucestershire; Greendown Community School, Swindon, Wiltshire and Balcarras School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Over the course of each day, the teams will choose materials to fit within a given budget, work collaboratively under the guidance of their team leader, test the ability of their vehicles and finally compete for the “Champion’s Shield” in the public arena of RIAT where they will need to perform a speed challenge over sand, and endeavour to transport goods from the start to the end of the circuit. Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Tom Burbage and all participants will be given gift bags to commemorate the day. In its sixth consecutive year of sponsoring TRI@RIAT, the interactive portion of RIAT where the public can participate in various simulations and activities from industry partners, Lockheed Martin UK will also be showcasing its F-35 3D Experience Kinect game. Interested participants will be invited to ‘become a 5th generation fighter jet.’ Budding engineers will be able to try their hand at flying the aircraft through urban, rural and dessert terrains, controlling its motion through a series of body movements to negotiate obstacles, refuel and ultimately land the aircraft.
03 Jul 12. Thales Norway will deliver communication, security and soldier integration solutions for the CV90 upgrade programme as part of a Norwegian team lead by Kongsberg. The team, including Kongsberg, Thales Norway and Vinghøg, will supply combat systems for military vehicles to BAE Systems. BAE Systems, Sweden, is the main supplier to the Norwegian Army’s upgrade programme of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle. Norwegian industry has a key role in the modernization of the CV90. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Thales Norway and Vinghøg are major subcontractors in areas such as computers, communications and armaments. “We have agreed to structure the industrial cooperation in such a way that it strengthens the capacity of Norwegian industry to both develop and manufacture systems within key technology sectors that remain important to the Norwegian Armed Forces”, concludes State Secretary Ingebrigtsen in a Ministry of Defence press release. Thales will deliver communication solutions based on the well proven communication node, SOTAS, enabling on-board voice communication (intercom) and easy access to external communication networks. Thales will act as a Trusted Security Advisor for BAE Systems with a holistic approach to security. Security solutions feature the TCE 621/M new mobile IP encryption device for the tactical domain as well as a Trusted Security Filter for separation of network