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Force Protection Europe (FPE) was established in 2009 to provide a UK-based vehicle support organisation for the world renowned Cougar vehicles (Mastiff, Ridgback and Wolfhound ). Over 700 of these vehicles are in service with the UK MoD and continue to save heroes’ lives. Since its formation, FPE has developed a revolutionary light protected patrol vehicle, Ocelot. In 2010, Ocelot was awarded the contract for the UK’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle Programme and named Foxhound by the MoD. It is the best protected vehicle for its weight and size available today. Patrol, utility load bed and weapons pods offer Ocelot flexibility and fleet coherence.

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21 Feb 11. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. The output from the Nimrod R1 of 51 Squadron RAF continues to add significant value to ISAF and UK Operations. (RAF Ops, 21 Feb 11.)
Afghan Forces conducting OP OMID SHASH were supported by elements of 1st Bn Irish Guards and 2nd Bn The Parachute Regiment. (MoD, 22 Feb 11.)
The Afghan Air Force has taken delivery of its 10th C-27A Spartan transport aircraft. The fleet is eventually to number 20 C-27A Spartan. (ISAF, 22 Feb 11.)
The Defence Secretary welcomed the announcement by the Danish Government of an agreed way forward for its troop contribution. The 750 Danish troops in Helmand have been working with UK troops since 2006. (MoD, 23 Feb 11.)
Estonian soldiers serving alongside 3rd Bn The Parachute Regiment celebrated their Country’s Independence Day on 24 Feb 11. Most of the 165 Estonian troops in Afghanistan are based in Patrol Base Wahid in Northern Nad ‘Ali. (MoD, 25 Feb 11.)
Comment: The MoD arranged a demonstration in Wales (24 Feb 11) of “future technology that could improve living conditions for frontline troops in Afghanistan”. Technology on trial included: concrete cloth that can be cut with a knife; silent portable water heaters and energy sources such as small solar panels. Regrettably, the MoD gave little notice for the media facility and less than helpful travel advice for those who might have attended. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/09, 28 Feb 11)

01 Mar 11. SELEX Communications participated in the final workshop of MICIE project for Critical Infrastructures protection. The final workshop concerning MICIE Research & Development project for Critical Infrastructure protection (“Tool for systemic risk analysis and secure mediation of data exchanged across linked Critical Infrastructures information infrastructures”) took place yesterday at the University of Rome “Roma Tre”. During the meeting, objectives and achieved goals were illustrated. MICIE project was designed, promoted and coordinated by SELEX Communications, a Finmeccanica company, and concerns the design and the implementation of an Early Warning system, able to detect in real time possible risks for Critical Infrastructures, which are those systems, resources and processes which are vital to safety, efficacy and normal functioning of the economic-financial and social system of a Country. Nowadays these infrastructures are more and more interconnected one to the other, to the point that a failure in one of them can easily spread to the others, broadening as a result its consequences with a domino effect, and causing malfunctions even to remote users, whether they’re geographically or functionally distant. Within this project, a technological prototype was created; it can provide operators with information about the Infrastructure risk level, thanks to an online prediction tool, which describes its status continuously. Among other achieved outcomes is the settlement of the indicators responsible for continuity and integrity of Critical Infrastructures ICT data, along with the creation of an exchange network between operators, able to guarantee accessibility, authenticit

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