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05 Dec 14. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK to deliver six ACTAS Sonar Systems for the Indian Navy. ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and the Indian Ministry of Defense have signed a contract for the delivery of six active towed array sonar systems (ACTAS) for the Indian Navy. The total contract volume is approximately €40m. Delivery of the first system is planned for 2016. The towed array sonar ACTAS operates in the low-frequency range and permits observation of the sea space at ranges in excess of 60 kilometers, depending on the sound propagation conditions of the water. The performance of ACTAS delivers to warships an exceptional operational range advantage over both the operational range of radars and weapons systems employed by submarines. ACTAS can also locate and track surface vessels which permits reconnaissance of both submarines and ships in the same sonar search area. The signing of the contract confirms the pronounced competence in hydro acoustics of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK as a leading supplier of maritime electronic systems in the international market.
05 Dec 14. Thales and ICFO sign a cooperation agreement on laser technology. Thales and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona have signed a cooperation agreement for developing ultrafast mid-infrared lasers at high energy and high repetition rate. With this collaboration, Thales, a leading player in the field of turn-key intense laser system, aims for scientific and societal applications. These new sources enable various applications, ranging from infrared spectroscopy and biomedical imaging, to particle acceleration, attoscience and table top coherent X-ray imaging and spectroscopy. This new collaboration allows Thales to expand its laser activities towards the civil market. ICFO will develop lasers in the 3 to 6 micron wavelength domain delivering ultrashort pulses. Several technologies will be developed during this programme conducted by Professor Jens Biegert’s team, who are at the leading edge of Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) and related pump lasers. With 30 years of experience in laser design, Thales now develops and markets Petawatt-class intense laser systems. In 2012, Thales developed and delivered the BELLA system, the first turn-key intense laser, offering a power of more than 1 Petawatt (1 million of billions of watts) to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. This was followed by the CETAL Petawatt laser in Romania, and Thales was recently awarded a contract by the European research programme Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP), established to produce two intense lasers of 10 Petawatts each, which will be installed in Romania. ICFO is a research centre devoted to the science and technologies of light with fundamental and applied research programs that address standing issues such as health, renewable energies, information technologies, security and industrial processes, among others. The centre hosts over 300 professionals including researchers and PhD students, and collaborates with a wide range of companies around the world. In particular, ICFO’s Corporate Liaison Program includes more than 30 national and international industries and corporations. Likewise, the institute actively promotes the creation of spin-off companies by ICFO researchers.
09 Dec 14. The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force successfully collaborated with Raytheon Company for the first flight demonstration of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J®) equipped with a radio data link. Adding the data link expands the weapon’s situational awareness and allows for in-flight targeting adjustments. Raytheon flew a captive carry mission from the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma to support a Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor exercise. The exercise used the USMC’s recently r