Jul 28, 2010 09:01 UTC
Sohn Won-Yil & Nimitz
Bolts put 3 boats out of action in 2010. (July 21/10)
The German Type 214 was selected by Korea over the French/Spanish Scorpene Class that has been ordered by Chile, India, and Malaysia. Some would argue that U-214s are the most advanced diesel-electric submarines on the market, with an increased diving depth of over 400 meters, an optimized hull and propeller design, ultra-modern internal systems, and an Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system that lets the diesel submarine stay submerged for long periods without needing to surface and snorkel air.
South Korea ordered its first 3 KSS-II/ Type 214 boats in 2000, which were assembled by Hyundai Heavy Industries. The Batch 2 order will add 6 more of the 65m, 1,700t boats, effectively doubling the ROKN’s number of modern submarines. The latest development is a $16 million order for Saab electronic systems for the 2nd batch of 214 submarines…
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Jul 26, 2010 12:16 UTC
In July 2010, Odyssey International in Lancaster, PA received a $7 million firm-fixed-price contract for an addition to the existing Criminal Investigation Division lab at Fort Gillem, GA. Work will be performed in Fort Gillem, GA, with an estimated completed date of Jan 27/12. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web, with 6 bids received by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Savannah, GA (W912HN-10-C-0044).
New construction will include additional space for the latent prints lab, trace evidence testing lab, serology/DNA lab, and other facilities to support their expanded future mission. Odyssey will also provide modernize energy monitoring and control systems connection and building information systems, including a mass notification system, fire protection system, and an intrusion detection system. Supporting facilities will include self-contained heating and cooling units; electrical, water, sewer, and gas services; along with other basics like paving, curb and gutter, storm drainage, accessibility for people with disabilities, site improvement and landscaping. “Anti-terrorist measures” will include laminated glass that doesn’t become a lethal hazard in explosions, a lesson from the Oklahoma City bombing.
Fort Gillem currently houses the 3rd MP Group (CID) Headquarters of the US Army Criminal Investigation Command, and will apparently continue to do so. Per the USA’s clever Base Realignment And Closure process, nearby Fort McPherson will close, and Fort Gillem will be downgraded to a military enclave near Atlanta by Sept 15/11.
Jul 26, 2010 11:21 UTC
QinetiQ’s Zephyr is a very high-flying, ultra-light solar powered UAV designed to break existing flight length records. It’s one of the contenders in DARPA’s Vulture program, which eventually expects to field an aircraft whose flight length will be measured in years.
The platform also attracted the independent interest of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, NJ. In May 2009, they issued a $44.9 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to QinetiQ North America in Arlington, VA for 7 Zephyr UAVs and 1 ground station. Work will be performed in Farnborough Hampshire, United Kingdom, and is expected to be complete in May 2014. This contract was competitively procured via a Broad Agency Announcement (N68335-09-C-0194).
The DefenseLINK release cited “up to 3 months continuous operation” as the performance goal, which matched DARPA’s Phase 2 goals. On the other hand…
- Zephyr, and NAWCAD [NEW]
- Contracts & Key Events [NEW]
- Additional Readings [NEW]
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Jul 25, 2010 19:45 UTC
Guest Article by Ian Cookson
If 2008 can be characterized as a year in which private equity buyers battled to acquire aircraft component manufacturers, then 2009 was a time of strategic acquirers fighting to secure defense technologies.
2009 was a relatively strong year for mergers and acquisitions. Defense technology saw a 6% increase in M&A activity in 2009 with a particularly strong second half of the year. This contrasts with M&A activity as a whole, which showed a 9% decline in the number of U.S. transactions across all sectors. M&A activity is likely to continue as the DoD, shaped by the 2010 QDR, shifts away from “big iron” and focuses on high-demand, low density assets such as unmanned aircraft, cyber security, and Command, Control, Communication, intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) technology. Defense contractors and government IT providers, mirroring these shifts in spending priorities, are actively looking to acquisitions to enhance their capabilities. Earnings for our defense IT company index rose 8% (EBITDA) during the year, and defense electronics company earnings rose 5%…
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