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19 Aug 22. Systematic launches new features for SitaWare suite. New features bolster in-app video capabilities, as well as improvements in situational awareness and intelligence sharing.
Systematic is pleased to announce the latest updates to its SitaWare suite of products, with major new features in SitaWare Frontline and SitaWare Edge allowing users to maximise their situational awareness and share even more intelligence with other operators.
SitaWare Frontline and SitaWare Edge users are now able to watch live video feeds from UAVs within the application; and are able to take snapshots from feeds for sharing through chat attachments. Position information for objects of interest is also automatically added to the image metadata, along with the display of the viewshed information. This allows for the smooth creation of intelligence products and improvements to situational awareness and the recognised intelligence picture. Furthermore, SitaWare Frontline users can record video streams for later replaying in the app or sharing to other users.
“The ability to manage, process, watch, and share video from the SitaWare Frontline and SitaWare Edge platforms is an absolute game-changer in the modern battlespace,” Hans Jørgen Bohlbro, Vice President, Product Management, Defence, said. “In an age where more devices have the ability to transmit video to improve situational awareness to troops on the ground, the ability to distribute precious video intelligence across a wider range of customers helps to support smarter decision-making and support greater understanding of the operational environment.”
Intelligence boost to Headquarters
As part of the update process, SitaWare Headquarters has also received new capabilities, helping to deliver intelligence-led capabilities to users, as well as to its underlying network base.
AI-assisted kinematic track correlation allows for the joint common operating picture to be efficiently compiled when using radars and electronic warfare sensors, using prediction models to remove duplicate tracks, as well as anticipating future moves based on historic track information.
Dead-reckoning and furthest-on-circle tools also help to evaluate the likely position of lost tracks, and further help support the use of open-source intelligence tools such as ADS-B and AIS. These new capabilities allow for more intelligent decision-making, as well as ensuring a comprehensive joint common operating picture that is shared across the land, sea, and air domains. Integration with Systematic’s new intelligence platform, SitaWare Insight, also allows seamless gathering, fusion, dissemination, and analysis of data from internal and third-party open sources.
The backbone for SitaWare Headquarters, SitaWare Headquarters Communications (SHC), has also received new capabilities through the upgrades. These include improvements to the synchronisation algorithm to allow for reductions in bandwidth overheads to maintain connections, while retaining high levels of redundancy and optimising network efficiency. This has also helped with scalability improvements, which allow for more nodes in a SHC-based network before the system has to breakup into multiple networks. This also allows for more data to be shared across an SHC network before users experience latency and CPU-load interference.
“Scalability is a key differentiator in the SitaWare suite’s offering. We have the ability to scale upwards and downwards as the user or operation requires and do so with a very small a hardware footprint. These latest improvements to SHC will continue to allow users of our SitaWare Headquarters product to operate confidently in complex network and operational environments,” Bohlbro said.
07 Sep 22. Defense Metals Signs Mineral Exploration Agreement with McLeod Lake Indian Band. Defense Metals Corp. (“Defense Metals” or the “Company”) (TSXV: DEFN) (OTCQB: DFMTF) (FSE: 35D) is very pleased to announce it has entered into a Mineral Exploration Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the McLeod Lake Indian Band regarding its Wicheeda Rare Earth Element (“REE”) exploration project located 80 kilometres northeast of Prince George, Canada.
The Agreement addresses the immediate interests of the parties with respect to mineral exploration activities related to the project, and puts into place a framework for communication and cooperation going forward. In addition to providing McLeod Lake Indian Band with meaningful input into how these activities are to proceed, the Agreement provides current economic opportunities for the community and establishes a roadmap for potential future commercial involvement as the exploration activities advance.
“We are delighted to have the McLeod Lake Indian Band engaged with Defense Metals and the opportunities presented by the Wicheeda exploration project,” said Craig Taylor, CEO of Defense. “We look forward to building a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with the McLeod Lake Indian Band through the implementation of this initial agreement.”
“McLeod Lake Indian Band has always been open to working with companies that respect our rights, laws and interests in the protection of our lands, and that provide meaningful economic and commercial opportunities for our community,” said Chief Harley Chingee. “We are therefore pleased to have completed this initial agreement with Defense Metals, and look forward to its successful implementation.”
About McLeod Lake Indian Band
McLeod Lake Indian Band is part of the Tse’khene group of Aboriginal peoples. The main community of McLeod Lake Indian Band is located near the unincorporated village of McLeod Lake, approximately 150 kilometers north of Prince George.
About Defense Metals Corp.
Defense Metals Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral deposits containing metals and elements commonly used in the electric power market, defense industry, national security sector and in the production of green energy technologies, such as, rare earths magnets used in wind turbines and in permanent magnet motors for electric vehicles. Defense Metals owns 100% of the Wicheeda Rare Earth Element property located near Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Defense Metals Corp. trades in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “DEFN”, in the United States, under “DFMTF” on the OTCQB and in Germany on the Frankfurt Exchange under “35D”. (Source: PR Newswire)
08 Sep 22. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is accelerating development of high temperature materials through its Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing Carbon/Carbon (SCRAM C/C) to support emerging hypersonic and high-speed weapons.
“We are pioneering a rapid fabrication process that does not require tooling to manufacturing aerospace-grade, continuous fiber integrated composite structures,” said Dan Olson, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems for Northrop Grumman. “This manufacturing advancement will deliver capability to the field much faster than traditional methods, and ensures our warfighters have the latest technology and advanced weapons to counter both existing and future threats.”
SCRAM is an industrial, true 6-axis continuous fiber-reinforced 3D printer, which enables the fabrication of integrated composite structures. These structures then undergo a proprietary manufacturing process and turned into C/C to service the high temperature materials community where complex, near-net shapes are required.
Historically, C/C manufacturing techniques have been labor intensive. By introducing process automation, the manufacturing time and cost can be reduced by up to 50 percent over traditional methods delivering capability to the field faster. Process automation has also shown a measurable uptick in component quality and consistency.
Northrop Grumman is printing continuous fiber composites at a large scale, an achievement that is unprecedented in the additive manufacturing industry. The company’s process does not require long-lead tooling and incorporates in-situ consolidation of the composite, which dramatically changes the cost paradigm to manufacture high temperature composites. The company has been awarded multiple patents on SCRAM technology.
08 Sep 22. Acquisition, Sustainment Office Supports Microelectronics Vision. The Department of Defense’s one-year supply chain report focuses on addressing challenges in high-priority areas critical to operational readiness, including a central component in nearly all advanced military capabilities — microelectronics. Signed last month, the $54.2 bn CHIPS and Science Act represents a clear national consensus for the need to revitalize domestic capabilities for microelectronics, as well as a realized milestone in the Department’s strategic roadmap to address supply chain vulnerabilities in the defense industrial base (DIB).
Virtually every DOD system and critical infrastructure component is dependent on microelectronics technology. The same is true for the commercial sector; almost everything Americans use on a daily basis contains microelectronics.
“The need to onshore semiconductor manufacturing, as well as bolster research and workforce development in this critical supply chain sector is now,” said Dr. Christine Michienzi, Chief Technology Officer for Industrial Base Policy. “The U.S. cannot continue to be reliant on foreign sourcing for a capability that is key to sustaining current Department of Defense systems, as well as developing new technologies that are critical to national and economic security.” (Source: US DoD)
07 Sep 22. Scientists harness quantum tech to detect enemy submarines.
Equipment developed by Defence Science Technology Laboratory will measure changes in earth’s gravity. British military research scientists are testing new gadgets that would allow them to detect enemy submarines using quantum technology, which measures distortions of the Earth’s gravitational field.
Experts at the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) are experimenting with quantum clocks, using new tech they say might be able to replace traditional timekeeping and navigational instruments.
One example shown to the Telegraph is a strontium optical lattice clock, which measures the passage of time by counting the vibration of atoms.
Quantum scientist Dr Matt Himsworth of DSTL explained that these types of clocks are so sensitive that merely raising or lowering their height above the earth has a measurable effect on them.
He said: “They’re so sensitive now that they can measure tiny fluctuations in gravity.” Minute changes in gravity caused by a large object passing underneath the clock would be enough to alter its readings, he said.
Naval expert Chris Parry, a former commander of the navy’s Amphibious Task Group, said the quantum clock technology could be used to detect enemy submarines in a similar way to current methods, which rely on picking up magnetic fields.
He said: “It would act in a similar way to a magnetic anomaly detector – which enables detection through anomalies in the Earth’s magnetic field.”
DSTL’s quantum research, carried out as part of the National Quantum Programme, aims to take laboratory-grade scientific equipment and turn it into practical gear for use by industry and the armed forces alike.
Other items being examined by the DSTL quantum lab at the organisation’s Porton Down headquarters include quantum accelerometers, which Dr Himsworth said can be used to replace current GPS-based navigation technology.
Quantum clock-based sensors are not quite ready for sending to sea, as DSTL principal scientist Dr Susannah Jones explained.
She said: “If you are trying to detect gravity, that’s a fundamental force.
“You have to shield [the sensor] from all of the other forces to a high degree of accuracy.”
Current tech can only achieve that accuracy under lab conditions – and requires a laboratory-sized setup instead of something small and portable.
DSTL said it has contributed to funding 70 quantum-focused PhDs at universities across the UK as part of the national drive to find new military and commercial uses for quantum technology.
Earlier this year quantum scientists from the University of Birmingham scored a world first after using a quantum gravity gradiometer to detect a hidden underground tunnel. The occasion marked the first time a quantum gradiometer had successfully been trialled outside a laboratory.
(Source: Daily Telegraph)
07 Sep 22. British Army and DE&S ERCoE experts test Ghost robotic dog.
The trials also includes the evaluation of the Boston Dynamics ‘SPOT’ robotic dog. The British Army’s 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment soldiers are testing the Ghost Robotics-developed V60 Quadruped robotic dog’s capabilities. The capability demonstrations are being carried out by the soldiers, in partnership with experts from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group’s (FCG) Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise (ERCoE).
Testing involves putting the advanced robotic system through its paces in various use-case areas for the British Army’s frontline commands.
FCG Expeditionary Robotics Centre of Expertise lead engineer Dave Swan said: “In the modern battlespace, robotics are becoming increasingly important in allowing soldiers to operate faster, for longer.
“The Ghost V60 quadruped offers increased situational awareness for soldiers on the ground. It has the potential to act as the eyes and ears for military personnel on the frontlines, increasing accuracy in identifying and acquiring targets.
“This offers many potential use cases for the British Army, from delivering mission-critical supplies, scoping out hazardous areas, or performing combat tasks that are deemed too dangerous for humans. Ultimately, the Ghost V60 quadruped is designed to reduce the risk-to-life and the burden on military personnel.”
The Ghost V60 quadruped is designed to navigate complex urban and natural terrains at a maximum speed of 3m/s and can carry a payload of up to 10kg.
The non-autonomous, agile, and durable all-weather ground drone can be deployed via parachute, helicopter, and air landing. It is operated using a control pad. Featuring cameras on the front, rear, and sides to provide 360° views, it can be fitted with Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) imaging systems.
The Boston Dynamics robotic dog, dubbed ‘SPOT’, is also being tested by the FCG, along with quadruped. (Source: army-technology.com)
06 Sep 22. Red Cell Partners Launches DEFCON AI. Red Cell Partners (“Red Cell”), an incubation firm building rapidly-scalable, technology-led companies that are bringing revolutionary advancements to market in national security and healthcare, announced the incorporation of DEFCON AI. DEFCON AI is a high-growth software company building tools to model and simulate complex scenarios to provide operationally-relevant insights to empower data-driven decision making. The company’s initial focus will center on the modern military logistics environment beginning with redefining how defense leaders train and prepare for mobility and logistics operations in contested environments.
DEFCON AI is co-founded by Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General (retired) Paul Selva, an Operating Partner at Red Cell and DEFCON AI’s Chief Strategy Officer, Grant Verstandig, Red Cell’s CEO, and the Executive Chairman of DEFCON AI, and Yisroel Brumer, PhD, Red Cell’s President, and the CEO of DEFCON AI.
The DEFCON AI co-founders are united by a shared mission to develop powerful technology that will augment partners’ abilities to make decisions and problem solve in complex, real-world scenarios. In its initial design, DEFCON AI will target the operational-level decision maker, helping them move resources faster, better, and safer under a variety of conditions.
In recent history, global supply chain challenges stemming from weather, war, and the pandemic have plagued industries indiscriminately. At its inception, DEFCON AI is building a dynamic environment to test and deploy operational concepts that will shape the training of command-and-control leaders and by implication –deployed teams on the forward edge. Ultimately, the team believes that an adaptive and resilient AI environment that allows for complex training, planning, and execution in an increasingly unstable and uncertain world will be a critical tool for leaders and organizations looking to better predict, prepare, and respond to the logistics challenges of today.
The Honorable Dr. Mark T. Esper, the 27th Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of Red Cell’s National Security Practice will be an inaugural member of the DEFCON AI Board of Directors. He commented, “fast-tracking innovative technologies is more important than ever in this new era of great power competition. If the U.S. military is going to modernize and maintain its overmatch against China and Russia in the years ahead, then there needs to be a much different and better relationship between the Pentagon and the most innovative sectors of our economy. Red Cell intends to play a major role in that transformation, and DEFCON AI is an important step forward as it works to narrow a critical defense gap.”
“There is a massive unmet need in the national security space to provide senior leaders with the necessary software, AI, and advanced analytics for testing, training, and preparing for future disruptions and conflicts. We are also consistently seeing that today’s commercial supply chain networks are not adequately resilient in the face of systemic global disruptions. We conceptualized DEFCON AI, a software platform that will merge next-generation modeling and simulation with AI-driven intelligent agents, to comprehensively address this gap,” commented Red Cell President and DEFCON AI CEO Yisroel Brumer. “Our platforms will enable defense and commercial customers to explore new employment concepts to learn downstream decision impacts in areas such as global mobility, maintenance, and hazard planning.”
General (retired) Paul Selva, DEFCON AI’s Chief Strategy Officer and the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commander of US Transportation Command said, “modeling and simulation in the defense world is one of the most critical and pressing challenges facing the DoD today. I have witnessed first-hand the impact of logistics and supply chain disruptions and believe that the Red Cell team is uniquely suited to build and develop software for addressing these sophisticated problems in the real world. Human reactions in the face of uncertainty are directly correlated to repetition and complexity of training. Enabling today’s warfighters and commercial operators to do this in a simulated environment with verisimilitude to reality, we will better train the people in the field and in doing so, reshape response planning in contested and disrupted environments.”
Red Cell CEO and Executive Chairman of DEFCON AI, Grant Verstandig commented, “the US has not operated in a contested mobility environment since the advent of near peer competition – most certainly we are engaging in and will have to operate in highly contested environments in the future. Building solutions for these complex problems requires not only the world’s finest software engineering talent, but also the highest military insight available. Red Cell’s deep bench of AI talent has proven itself time and again and I am beyond honored to call General Selva a co-founder and partner– he is as deep a thinker on military and mobility issues as exists on the planet. I could not be more excited to join forces with him and with Yisroel to change the paradigm in disruption response.”
About DEFCON AI
DEFCON AI is a modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) company that provides cutting-edge technology solutions for generating operationally relevant insights for decision making in global mobility and logistics. Visit us at defconai.com and follow us on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram).
About Red Cell Partners
Red Cell Partners is an incubation firm building rapidly-scalable technology-led companies that are bringing revolutionary advancements to market in healthcare and national security. United by a shared sense of duty and deep belief in the power of innovation, Red Cell is developing powerful tools and solutions to address our Nation’s most pressing problems. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
06 Sep 22. Boeing Demonstrates Open Autonomy Architecture for Manned-Unmanned Teaming with MQ-25. Boeing [NYSE: BA] has digitally demonstrated a new open autonomy architecture for MQ-25 that will allow the U.S. Navy to increase mission effectiveness by integrating manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capability at speed and scale.
The non-proprietary architecture, based on the government-owned Open Mission System specification, is the foundation for advanced MUM-T. A Boeing-led team virtually demonstrated how other aircraft can use MQ-25’s architecture and task it to conduct tanking and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions – all within the mission airspace and without traditional communications with the ship-based ground control station.
Boeing’s MUM-T demonstration included Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye command and control aircraft, Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and Boeing’s F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter jet. Using their existing operational flight program software and data links, the aircraft safely and efficiently tasked four virtual, autonomous MQ-25s to conduct ISR missions. The F/A-18 also used its advanced tactical data links and Boeing’s conceptual “Project Black Ice” crew vehicle interface, which significantly reduced aircrew workload.
“Large swaths of ocean could be surveilled, identified and targeted when MQ-25 is teamed with carrier-based assets such as the E-2D or the land-based P-8A patrol aircraft,” said Don “BD” Gaddis, director, MQ-25 Advanced Design. “Through this demonstration, our customers saw how this digital, open approach to MUM-T is key to fielding critical warfighting capability at much lower cost and with greater speed and agility.”
For example, the demonstration showed how both the P-8A and E-2D could easily task an MQ-25 teammate with an ISR mission specifying only the search area and no-fly zones. Using an onboard autonomy framework developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, the MQ-25 autonomously did the rest – including validating the command against its operational constraints, planning its route and conducting its search pattern, among many other tasks.
Aurora also created and demonstrated a prototype platform abstraction layer – a software boundary that decouples MQ-25’s flight safety and flight critical components from mission software and sensor hardware. This commercial best practice allows third-party “app” integration on MQ-25. Using an Aurora-provided software development kit, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division created a new radar search application for MQ-25 that was successfully used during the demonstration.
“Aurora’s robust software development kit enables our Navy teammates to rapidly integrate new capabilities,” said Graham Drozeski, vice president of Government Programs for Aurora Flight Sciences. “The platform abstraction demonstration met test objectives for resource sharing between multiple onboard systems and supervisors, and these efforts will greatly reduce government test and certification costs as new capabilities are added over time.”
The demonstration was aligned to the future warfighting capabilities in the Navy’s Unmanned Campaign Framework. Boeing will continue to refine the autonomy, sensors, interface exchanges and crew vehicle interfaces required for MUM-T.
06 Sep 22. President Biden Signs Executive Order 14080 to Implement the CHIPS Act of 2022. (87 Fed. Reg. 52847) – President Biden has signed Executive Order 14080to implement the CHIPS Act of 2022. To coordinate effective implementation of the CHIPS Act across the Administration, the Executive Order establishes an interagency CHIPS Implementation Steering Council. The Steering Council will be co-chaired by National Economic Director Brian Deese, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and the Acting Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Alondra Nelson. Other members of the Steering Council will include Department of State, Secretary Antony Blinken; Department of Treasury, Secretary Janet Yellen; Department of Defense, Secretary Lloyd Austin; Department of Commerce, Secretary Gina Raimondo; Department of Labor, Secretary Marty Walsh; Department of Energy, Secretary Jennifer Granholm; White House Office of Management and Budget, Director Shalanda Young; Small Business Administration, Administrator Isabel Guzman; Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Director Avril Haines; White House Domestic Policy Council, Director Susan Rice; White House Council of Economic Advisers, Chair Cecilia Rouse; White House Office of the National Cyber Director, Director Chris Inglis; and National Science Foundation, Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. The Executive Order establishes six primary priorities to guide implementation across the federal government:
- Protect taxpayer dollars
- Meet economic and national security needs
- Insurer long-term leadership in the sector
- Strengthen and expand regional manufacturing and innovation clusters
- Catalyze private sector investment
- Generate benefits for broad range of stakeholders and communities (Source: glstrade.com)
06 Sep 22. New Heilind distribution centre set to open. Heilind Electronics Europe, a leading global distributor of connectors and electromechanical components, is to open a new state-of-the-art distribution centre early in September 2022 in Upper Silesia, Poland. Heilind has made the investment with a firm strategy to further strengthen and grow its supply chain capabilities. By adding this new warehouse and office complex to its existing infrastructure, Heilind is better able to support growing market requirements, especially across Poland, bordering Czechia and Slovakia, as well as Hungary and Romania.
Located at Poland’s industrial heartland in Mysłowice, the new structure spans 4,000 sq. m. It is inaugurated as a response to increasing customer demand across various industries such as commercial electronics, mil/aero, transport and mechanical.
CEO for Heilind Electronics Europe, Robert Clapp, said: “This distribution centre is a testimony to Heilind’s commitment to our customers and is a major milestone for us.
“We all know distribution is a fast-paced world. The need for availability, short lead times and agility in the market is higher than ever before. So, whilst we have designed a distribution centre to meet our customers’ needs, the new facility will be more than just a warehouse space: it will also boast a showroom where our customers can meet with our suppliers and industry specialists to find out more about our technologies.
“We remain committed to delivering quality electromechanical components adapted to rapidly developing technologies. Heilind associates with over 150 suppliers from around the world, including TE Connectivity, Molex, Amphenol and PennEngineering and we are constantly widening our portfolio. We have recently established cooperations with world-class military connectors manufacturers and engineered access solutions providers Cambion, ITT Cannon and Southco.”
06 Sep 22. Groundbreaking wind measuring and modelling project proves a critical enabler for safe drone operations.
- As part of the UK-Government funded UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Flight programme, UK SMEs Flare Bright and Zenotech publish the results of a groundbreaking wind measurement project at the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) annual meeting.
- Demonstrating that wind models can be validated by real-world wind measuring up to heights of 70 metres shows a way of creating accurate and validated wind maps in urban environments, which will be a critical enabler for future drone operations.
- The world-first project will continue into a third phase after being selected for a share of £73 m in further UK Government funding.
UK SMEs Flare Bright and Zenotech have produced groundbreaking wind measurement results which will be presented today [6 September 2022] at the prestigious 33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) in Stockholm. ICAS is the premier stage to bring together a global array of topics and participants as the only true international forum that covers the world of aeronautics.
Wind modelling of urban, airport and industrial sites is a crucial element in the new landscape of UAV operation and data systems. Accurate validation of highly localised wind models are critical to their adoption, as are the wind measurement tools necessary to validate such models. UK SMEs Flare Bright and Zenotech are publishing a comparison between Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model results, static anemometer data and live flight trials of the SnapShot wind measurement nano-glider close to large buildings at Cardiff International Airport. The results indicate striking correlation between the CFD results and the experimental flight test data, demonstrating a route to accurate validation of localised flow models to aid future UAV operation, as the airport buildings mirror the type of environments in urban areas. This will also be invaluable to other areas where only sparse wind data is available, such as landing on ships and platforms, and for new Vertiports for air taxis.
The SnapShot nanodrone developed by Flare Bright accurately measures wind vectors at exceptionally high update rates and high fidelity. SnapShot can reach areas where anemometers cannot and is significantly cheaper and provides more accurate data than LIDAR. This complements and validates Zenotech’s CFD-models and its AIRSIGHT service – an integrated online service delivering large airspace model datasets on-demand.
Live flight trials using SnapShot at Cardiff Airport were used to validate the aerodynamic data service, including the detection and quantification of detailed aerodynamic features such as vortices in addition to other features like airflow around the buildings, using the SnapShot flight controller as a mobile anemometer.
The world-first results come off the back of SafeZone, an 18-month Future Flight Challenge project funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Following its success in phase two the project has received a third round of funding to enable the delivery of a new live data service to provide real-time information about aerodynamic hazards in urbanised environments.
01 Sep 22. Indra extends the scope of the certifications that guarantee high-quality aerospace and defence and security solutions. Indra, one of the leading global technology and consultancy companies, has recently completed the external assessment process which its industrial procedures undergo in order to ensure maximum quality and reliability in all the technological systems it develops for the aerospace and defence sectors.
It has thus renewed the certifications of its quality system in accordance with the EN 9100/9110/9120 standards, which certify compliance with the requirements for aviation, space and defence organisations, as well as the maintenance of the aeronautical industry, and PECAL 2110/2310, stipulated by NATO to ensure quality in the design, development and production of the respective software and aviation, space and defence suppliers.
Indra has extended the scope of these certifications to a total of 14 work centres, including the new one which carries out the activities of the NGWS/FCAS programme, the most advanced and largest European defence project, for which Indra is the national industrial coordinator.
“Compliance with the highest quality standards ensures the reliability and quality of Indra’s systems for the Defence sector, which, due to their high degree of criticality, must be able to operate in the most demanding environments and under extreme conditions. This also allows us to improve the efficiency of our processes and enhance our competitiveness, with the ultimate goal of offering the very best service to our customers”, explained Félix Torres, Indra’s Director of Quality for Defence and Security.
In fact, the main customers and companies in the sector require their suppliers to comply with these standards, as occurs with the Spanish Ministry of Defence, the various organisations of NATO countries and other international customers served by Indra around the world.
Obtaining this certification forms part of Indra’s commitment to the utmost excellence, achieving customer satisfaction and ensuring compliance with all the applicable legal and regulatory requirements. Moreover, it enables the company to maintain a system that guarantees the most demanding level of quality in each of the projects and operations it undertakes, adapting to and complying with expectations.
Indra has also recently renewed its global quality certificate and extended its coverage to 50 group companies in 16 countries, after being recognised by AENOR as a company whose Quality Management System complies with the principles, processes and best practices established in the international ISO 9001 standard, the most widely-used model in domestic and international customer/supplier relations. (Source: www.joint-forces.com)
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