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11 Jun 12. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has agreed to an operating lease of a suite of SitaWare Command & Control (C2) software through Systematic’s in-country partner, Eagle Technology. The 3-year agreement will support NZDF’s command and control (C2) training programme of the New Zealand’s ground forces. SitaWare will be introduced into a number of training environments during the lease period to expose as many personnel as possible to operating in a digital environment.

15 Jun 12. Thales UK’s state-of-the-art Sonar 2087 – fitted to a Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate – has played a vital role in a major international anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Gulf of Oman. HMS Westminster and a Trafalgar-class submarine led the RN’s involvement in Exercise Arabian Shark, a test of Coalition navies to deal with submarines in the Arabian Sea. During the exercise, the RN described the combined ASW capabilities of the ship and helicopter sonar as being ‘the best in the world’. Westminster is one of seven Type 23 ships fitted with Sonar 2087, a towed array system that enables frigates to hunt the latest submarines at considerable distances and locate them beyond the range from which they can launch an attack. This type of frigate also carries the Merlin helicopter that is fitted with the Thales FLASH dipping sonar. The combination of 2087 and FLASH makes the Type 23 a formidable anti-submarine warfare operator. The 2087 system is a low frequency active sonar, consisting of both active and passive sonar arrays. The system is manufactured at Thales sites in the UK (Cheadle Heath in Manchester and Templecombe in Somerset) and France (Brest). During the exercise, the Royal Navy described Westminster as having ‘the best submarine-hunting helicopter in the world (an 829 Naval Air Squadron Merlin) and the world’s best submarine-hunting sonar (2087).’ The British duo joined warships from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan for the exercises which have been held in the Middle East region on a regular basis for the past decade. The exercise involved the ASW surface ships trying to ‘sink’ the hunter-killer submarines, while simultaneously trying to avoid being sunk by their stealthy submariner counterparts. The main aims of the exercise were to strengthen military relationships and improve war-fighting techniques of all the navies involved.

12 Jun 12. Micron Technology, Inc. introduced a new class of 1GHz, 2-gigabit (Gb) and 4Gb, 30-nanometer (nm) DDR3 devices, strengthening the company’s comprehensive DDR3 portfolio. Designed for the high- performance networking and discrete graphics markets, the new devices feature industry-leading low power use while delivering speeds up to 2133 megatransfers per second (MT/s). Micron supports its customers in highly competitive market segments with a broad portfolio of DRAM and non-volatile memory devices that meet the demand for high-performance, cost-efficient memory solutions. “Micron has been successful in creating a complete DRAM portfolio, and this product offering rounds out the broadest DRAM offering in the industry,” said Mike Howard, senior principal analyst, DRAM and Memory at iSuppli. Optimized for the demanding, performance-driven discrete graphics and high-speed networking markets, the new DDR3 devices provide the latest SoCs/GPUs with ever-increasing bandwidth required for this space. Industry-leading suppliers AMD and LSI are among the latest technology and IP partners for these products, both having worked closely with Micron throughout the development process. Micron relies on its ecosystem partnerships to deliver greater product reliability and compatibility, which, in turn, optimizes customers’ time to market and design costs.

11 Jun 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the U

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