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06 Oct 17. Blue Origin to start BE-4 engine testing ‘soon.’ Key Points:
• Blue Origin will start testing its BE-4 engine ‘soon’
• The engine could power future US national security launches
Blue Origin will ‘soon’ start testing its BE-4 rocket engine that could serve as the first stage booster for future US Air Force (USAF) launches.
Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith made the remark on 5 October at the first meeting of the US National Space Council in Chantilly, Virginia. While he didn’t provide more context, Smith’s comment on testing is significant as it is unclear whether the company resumed BE-4 testing after a mishap earlier this year. Blue Origin said in a 14 May Twitter post that it lost a set of powerpack test hardware on one of its BE-4 test stands on 13 May. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
06 Oct 17. Ultra Electronics positions new torpedo countermeasures for SEA 1000. Ultra Electronics is showcasing the latest models of its Defender and Deceptor series of torpedo countermeasures, with an eye on Australia’s SEA 1000 programme.
The new series, which are due for commercial production in 2018, feature programmable motion and acoustic plans that can better defeat the latest generation of torpedoes in the market today, said Douglas Burd, managing director of Ultra Electronics, in an interview with Jane’s at the Pacific 2017 exhibition in Sydney. The Defender is a 1,000 mm by 100 mm vertically mobile countermeasure system that defeats torpedoes by luring it either upwards or downwards. The system transmits an acoustic signal to seduce torpedoes in a 360-degree direction horizontally, and can ascend and descend at a rate of about 1 m per second. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
05 Oct 17. ‘Kastell Pro’ Plate Carrier Launched. Personal survival and protection equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, have unveiled their ‘Kastell Pro’ quick release plate carrier vest for Police and SWAT teams. Made from high quality materials, this innovative vest is equipped with an integrated quick release system which can be activated in less than five seconds and re-assembled in less than 20 seconds.
Kastell Pro Project Manager, Philippe Minchin said: “The Kastell Pro is designed for Law enforcement professionals and security teams who are the first to respond to a call where the use of firearms has been reported or is suspected.
“We developed the Kastell Pro with the input of active and former elite security team operatives. This has resulted in some creative features which maximize the end user’s comfort and movement. The Kastell Pro has a novel waist adjustment system and a position drop system on the back armour plate pocket to offer a better firing position to firearms officers.”
“The plate carrier also comes with removable protectors for the neck, shoulders, groin and coccyx. These enable officers to scale up the level of personal protection in line with the risks they face.”
05 Oct 17. Saudi Arabia agrees to buy Russian S-400 air defence system – Arabiya TV. Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday.
The report came during a visit by Saudi King Salman to Moscow.
The countries also signed a memorandum of understanding to help the kingdom in its efforts to develop its own military industries, a statement from state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries said.
SAMI said the MoU with Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport came in the context of contracts signed to procure the S-400, the Kornet-EM system, the TOS-1A, the AGS-30 and the Kalashnikov AK-103.
It not specify the number of each system or the value of the procurement deal.
It said the procurement was “based on the assurance of the Russian party to transfer the technology and localise the manufacturing and sustainment