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INEGMA and Orient Planet Join Forces to Deliver Effective PR Strategies for Defense, Security and Risk Industries — Press Release

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Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA and Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet

The Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), a strategy and security consultancy, research house, and leading conference organizer in defense, security, and risk industries; and Orient Planet, one of the Middle East’s fastest growing integrated marketing and communications companies, recently entered into a joint venture to establish a new unit called Orient PlanetINEGMA. The specialized unit aims to effectively deliver Public Relations (PR) and strategic communication campaigns targeting the defense, security, and risk domains.

Orient PlanetINEGMA’s well-developed PR and marketing solutions will be infused with insights and analyses to ensure focused and comprehensive strategies. It will leverage on its expertise, resources, and extensive knowledge of the Middle East region to provide thorough approach to the communication needs of its regional and international clients. The new unit offers a range of services including media relations, publicity, marketing communications, crisis management, event management, research, brand marketing, community relations, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, media training and monitoring.

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA, said: “At INEGMA, we recognize the importance of having focused and powerful communication strategies that are tailored to fit the needs of security and defense industries. These strategies must be consistent and properly delivered through most effective means. This is why our partnership with Orient Planet is a welcome development. Its outstanding track record of providing relevant communications and PR strategies fully complements our commitment to excellence and high quality service. Through Orient PlanetINEGMA, we will offer communication solutions for the very dynamic and complex defense, security, and risk industries, and there create relevant PR and marketing strategies. Clients in the defense and security sectors will be assured of sophisticated, timely, and significant solutions to their PR and marketing needs.”

Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet, said: “Orient PlanetINEGMA is the first of its kind PR unit in the region to offer a diverse range of communication-based services in highly specialized industries of defense, security, and risks. We are pleased that we are bridging this gap in the market with INEGMA whose expertise in these three areas are widely recognized. Orient Planet INEGMA will help companies in these domains to further establish their brand and identity and effectively reach their target audience.”

With offices in Dubai (Headquarters), Washington D.C., Brussels, and Beirut, INEGMA has built a reputation for supporting the flow of specialist insight, knowledge, and information into the region from the outside, and from within the region to partners as far as Washington D.C. and Tokyo. INEGMA brings together the reach of a strong international network with specialist expertise and proven competence across a spectrum of advisory areas. These include, but not exclusive to, risk mitigation, strategic communication, and defense trade.

Orient Planet, on the other hand, is recognized for its expertise to craft creative and comprehensive communications and marketing strategies across any platform – whether traditional or digital media. Its end goal is to form empowered and lasting relationships between its clients and their target market audience. The company provides wide-range of services, while its client portfolio includes some of the foremost corporate brands in the Arab World. To date, it has a network of offices, branches and affiliates in most Middle Eastern countries.

Photo courtesy of Orient PlanetINEGMA.

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Pasternack Expands Line of F Attenuators Operating from DC to 3 GHz — Press Release

New 75 Ohm Broadcast Attenuators for HD Video Applications from Pasternack

July 8, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, announces their expanded line of 75 Ohm F attenuators. This new line of F-type attenuators is perfect for broadcast, HDTV and satcom applications in the L and S microwave bands up to 3 GHz.

Pasternack’s new F attenuators are available in 1 to 10 dB values in 1 dB steps, with 16 and 20 dB values also available. These F 75 Ohm fixed attenuators are widely used in the broadcast industry for signal leveling and to attenuate (or reduce) strong input signals to sensitive broadcasting equipment.

The new 75 Ohm F attenuators from Pasternack operate from DC to 3 GHz at a max power of 2 Watts, making them high definition TV compatible. Pasternack HD attenuators are constructed with brass bodies that are tri-metal plated for added durability. The center contacts are gold plated which provides low loss and uniform signal strength for the life of the product. These F attenuators meet IEC 60169-24 standards and are compatible all other standard F-type components.

“Pasternack expands its 75 Ohm product offering to now include 75 Ohm HD type-F attenuators that operate to 3 GHz,” says Gerry Camacho, VP of Technical Marketing at Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. “Our new line of F attenuators are available in 1 dB steps up to 10 dB, which are a good solution for signal strength leveling.”

The new 3 GHz F attenuators are in-stock and available to ship from Pasternack now. For additional information and details about these HDTV attenuators, please visit http://www.pasternack.com/pages/Featured_Products/f-attenuators.htm. For inquiries, Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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ORBIT Communication Systems and Inmarsat sign MOA for Global Xpress ® government aero terminals opportunities — Press Release

3 July, 2014 – Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services and ORBIT, a leading provider of satellite communication, Earth observation, tracking & telemetry and communication management systems, have entered into a Memorandum of Arrangement (MOA) regarding the manufacture of aviation terminals for Global Xpress (GX) serving the government market. GX is the next generation of global mobile broadband services operating in Ka-band, strengthening Inmarsat’s position as the world leader in global mobile satellite communications.

Inmarsat and ORBIT will work closely to identify specific opportunities in which ORBIT’s technical offering is best suited to driving the uptake of GX by end-users requiring airborne satellite broadband connectivity.  Under the arrangement, ORBIT will provide airborne tracking and communication GX antenna terminals, addressing further prospects identified in the government market, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and fixed and rotary wing platforms.

“We are delighted to be announcing this new collaboration with ORBIT,” said Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government. “Global Xpress offers significant opportunities in the Government aviation market, providing the world’s first global high-speed broadband service, which is capable of supporting the most advanced, bandwidth hungry applications virtually anywhere in the world.”

“ORBIT is proud to be part of this important alliance with Inmarsat. Inmarsat’s selection of ORBIT’s products is a vote of confidence in our Ka-Band VSAT antennas solutions and excellent rapport with the Government sector worldwide”, said Ofer Greenberger, the Chairman of ORBIT -CS, Inc., and CEO of ORBIT-CS, Ltd.

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Turkey Delays missile defense decision to August 30

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US Navy destroyer conducts longest ever surface-air engagement with new SM-6 missiles

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Oshkosh Defense Showcases New Variants of MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles at Eurosatory 2014 — Press Release

M-ATVs can be seen during the daily live demonstration and on static display in the Oshkosh booth

OSHKOSH, Wis. (June 16, 2014) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), will unveil its new MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants to military leaders and dignitaries from around the world at Eurosatory 2014 in Paris, starting today through June 20. Oshkosh has expanded its combat-proven M-ATV Family of Vehicles to serve a spectrum of mission requirements and needs for armed forces around the world.

“Our M-ATVs provide extreme off-road mobility and are consistently selected as the MRAP of choice by leading militaries for a full range of missions,” said U.S. Army Major General (retired), John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “We’ve worked closely with our customers to develop, test and produce our new M-ATV variants – each one equipped for a specific mission profile with specialized functionality to support the most challenging operations you can imagine.”

Expanded M-ATV Family of Vehicles

The global M-ATV Family of Vehicles includes two multi-mission models – the M-ATV Standard and M-ATV Extended – with many variants. The M-ATV Standard model provides response and support capabilities for a range of offensive and defensive missions in off-road environments. The M-ATV Extended model delivers increased capacity for additional troops and equipment to support a wider assortment of mission profiles, such as mounted infantry support, explosive ordnance support and command-and-control.

The M-ATV Family of Vehicles includes:

  • M-ATV Standard Base (SXB)
  • M-ATV Standard Upgrade (SXU)
  • M-ATV Standard Special Forces (SXF)
  • M-ATV Extended Intervention (EXI)
  • M-ATV Extended Engineer (EXE)
  • M-ATV Extended Command (EXC)

All Oshkosh® M-ATVs deliver the industry’s highest level of off-road performance and feature common components, such as the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension and integrated crew protection systems. The M-ATV platform meets a wide range of protection, performance, payload and transportability requirements for peacekeeping, internal security, border security, special operations, counterinsurgency and conventional military operations.

Oshkosh L-ATV on Display

Oshkosh Defense also will have its Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) on display at Eurosatory 2014. The L-ATV meets a global need for a new level of protected mobility for a light vehicle and replaces decades-old vehicle fleets that lack protection capabilities against today’s most significant threats, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Oshkosh L-ATV platform was selected for the U.S. Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program’s current Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase and is undergoing rigorous U.S. Government testing. The JLTV program will fill the current tactical wheeled-vehicle capability gap between larger MRAP vehicles and the aging High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) fleet.

The Oshkosh L-ATV uses the company’s proprietary TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system to deliver 25 percent improved wheel travel. Based on extensive testing that represents 85 percent of the Earth’s terrain, the L-ATV is proven to perform at speeds 70 percent faster than traditional MRAP vehicles in off-road environments.

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The Oshkosh M-ATV SXF variant and L-ATV Base variant, in addition to an integrated product support (IPS) kiosk showcasing Oshkosh’s vast support services will be showcased on-site at Eurosatory in Hall 5 at Booth D657. Leaders will be available to discuss the vehicles and the company’s broader portfolio of technologies and services.

There will also be live demonstrations of Oshkosh TerraMax® UGV technology on an M-ATV SXB variant equipped with a mine roller at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the show outside of the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

 

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

 

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®,McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

 
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Complete Line of Break-Over Type Torque Wrenches Released by Fairview Microwave — Press Release

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Fairview Microwave Adds Over 20 New Break-Over Torque Wrenches for Use on RF Interconnect Components

June 16, 2014 – Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces the release of a new portfolio of beak-over type torque wrenches used to precisely fasten connections between components and systems.

Fairview Microwave has added a broad range of these break-over type torque wrenches suitable for multiple RF connector types including 1.0mm, 2.4mm, 2.92mm, 3.5mm, 7mm, SC, SMA, SMC, SSMA, SSMC, Type N and TNC designs. These RF torque wrenches are offered with hex sizes (also called bit size) of 5/16”, 5/8”, 15/64”, 5/32”, 1/4”, 9/16”, 13/16”, 3/4” and 25/32”. The maximum torque values of these break-over wrenches are preset and range from 2 in-lbs to 14 in-lbs depending on the chosen configuration.

Fairview’s break-over style torque wrenches feature a unique pivoting joint that “breaks” when the preset torque force has been reached. This prevents the connector coupling nut from being over tightened and damaged. The new break-over torque wrenches from Fairview are made with a nickel-plated steel wrench head that is connected to a light weight, ultra-durable anodized aluminum handle. Each torque wrench comes calibrated in compliance with ANSI/NCSLZ540-3 and ISO_10011 standards. These RF torque wrenches are secured inside a properly labeled wooden box for convenient storage.

“Our new series of preset break-over torque wrenches provide an accurate and consistent means of applying the proper mating force for a wide variety of RF connector types”, explains Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave, Inc. “The break-over action prevents over-torqueing for optimal RF performance while minimizing wear-and-tear on the connectors.”

Fairview Microwave’s complete family of RF break-over torque wrenches are available from stock and can ship same-day. For additional details on the new RF torque wrenches and the company, please visit http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/break-over-torque-wrenches.html. Fairview Microwave can be contacted by phone at +1-972-649-6678.

 

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About Fairview Microwave

 

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in Allen, Texas.

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Hovermast – a bird’s eye view over the hill

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US Navy evaluates laser weapons to augment ground-based air defense counter-UAS capability

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Watergen serves cold refreshment for French VBCIs

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Pasternack Releases New Family of Millimeter Wave Antennas — Press Release

WR-15 Waveguide Antennas Operating from 50 GHz to 70 GHz New from Pasternack Enterprises

June 4, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, releases a new family of high frequency, WR-15 waveguide antennas, which are perfectly designed for high-bandwidth applications including point-to-point links, GigE wireless LAN, millimeter radiometry, uncompressed HD video, FMCW radar, millimeter scintillometry, campus networks, and multi-gigabit wireless communications.

Offered in this release are four high gain WR-15 horn antennas operating between 50 GHz and 70 GHz and are available in 20 dBi, 24 dBi, 34 dBi and 42 dBi gain models. Pasternack’s WR-15 waveguide horn antennas pairs seamlessly with the recently added 60 GHz transmit/receive development system (PEM003-KIT) which enables companies to experiment and develop applications in the globally-unlicensed 60 GHz frequency band. Using two of Pasternack’s WR-15 beam antennas rated to 42 dBi gain (PE9881-42), a user is able to transmit and receive a 60 GHz signal at a distance of one kilometer (km), making these antennas an ideal solution for high frequency point-to-point backhaul.

Also available in this new release is Pasternack’s new omni-directional millimeter wave antenna (PE-W15A001), a vertically polarized WR-15 waveguide connected antenna using a standard UG387/U flange that operates between 58 GHz and 63 GHz. This omni-directional millimeter wave antenna has a 30 degree vertical beam width and a 360 degree horizontal gain variation, making it ideal for short range wireless communications, indoor networks, high frequency applications and 60 GHz development systems. The millimeter wave omni-directional antenna is constructed with a durable brass waveguide input and light-weight aluminum body.

“The addition of these 60 GHz WR-15 antennas is a great complement to our growing lines of millimeter wave products that help address the emerging markets around 60 GHz technology”, says Gerry Camacho, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Pasternack.

The new millimeter wave antennas with a WR-15 waveguide flange as well as the 60 GHz transmit/receive development system are in-stock and available to ship from Pasternack now. For additional information and details about these products, please visit http://www.pasternack.com/pages/Featured_Products/60-GHz-WR-15-Antennas.htm. For inquiries, Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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About Pasternack

A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier that offers the industry’s largest selection of passive and active RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping.

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Fairview Microwave Debuts New Lines of Tunable RF Filters — Press Release

Tunable FiltersTunable Band Pass and Band Reject Filters Operating Between 100 MHz and 3 GHz New from Fairview Microwave

Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, announces their new lines of band pass and band reject tunable filters.

Fairview Microwave’s tunable RF filters are commonly used in lab environments for testing many frequency bands including PCS, UHF, PMR, Tetra, LTE, and WiFi. The tunable band pass filters and band reject filters, also known as band-stop filters or band-rejection filters, are effective in band selection or frequency discrimination with high attenuation greater than 50 dB possible, allowing for excellent noise, harmonic and adjacent-band reduction. Fairview’s tunable filters are designed with ruggedized aluminum casings with critical surfaces being silver plated, making them highly durable in a demanding environment.

Fairview’s latest release includes 6 bandpass filters capable of octave-band tuning from 125 MHz to 3 GHz depending on configuration, and a 5% pass band. They employ a 5-section tunable design and have a mechanical dial accurate within 1%. Also offered by Fairview, are 5 new band-reject models with octave-band tuning ranges from 100 MHz to 2 GHz depending on configuration, and a 1% reject band. These band reject filters use a 3-section design and have a mechanical dial tuner accurate to 0.5%. Each of the new bandpass filters and band reject filters from Fairview are rated to 50 Watts CW power handling and are designed with N female connectors.

“Tunable filters are frequently used by RF design engineers in EMC/wireless test environments to ensure their systems are operating properly in a crowded RF/microwave spectrum environment. These filters provide a handy solution for pre-tuning desired signals and rejecting unwanted interference”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave.

Fairview Microwave’s all new family of tunable RF filters are available from stock and can ship same-day. For additional details on the new bandreject and bandpass filters and the company, please visit http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/band-pass-and-band-reject-tunable-filters.html. Fairview Microwave can be contacted by phone at +1-972-649-6678.

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About Fairview Microwave

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in Allen, Texas.

 

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Alion Awarded $2.8M DTRA Contract to Develop Improvements to Nuclear Detection Technology — Press Release

Technology Solutions Firm to Conduct R&D and Engineering on Next-Generation Methods to Pinpoint Explosive Substances

McLean, VA — May 29, 2014 — To counter the continuing threat of nuclear-fueled explosives, such as dirty bombs, sophisticated detection methods are required. Historically, the Department of Defense and other agencies used Helium-3 (He-3) to detect neutrons emanating from Special Nuclear Material (SNM). The supply of He-3, an extremely rare non-naturally occurring substance, is rapidly drying up. To address the critical need for a means to detect neutrons that does not rely on He-3, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) awarded a $2.8 million contract to Alion Science and Technology to develop enhancements to a replacement technology.

Alion, a global engineering, R&D, IT and operational solutions company, will support DTRA by developing new methods to use an advanced detection system that uses boron-coated “straws” – literally bundles of thin copper tubes with a coating of boron, an abundant element.

Current He-3 detectors are omnidirectional, so they can only alert users to the presence of neutrons. Under the contract, Alion will develop methods to make the boron-coated straw detector directional, so that a search team can pinpoint the location of the source of neutrons and thus react to threats more effectively.

Alion engineers also will research how to increase the detector’s efficiency by exploring new straw geometries and will focus on miniaturizing and speeding up the electronics. Additionally, Alion will review various manufacturing technologies to reduce the technology’s overall production costs.

“By researching the means to make the boron-coated straw detector more precise and more reasonable to produce, Alion can help DTRA employ improved technologies to mitigate threats effectively and keep warfighters and citizens safe,” said Terri Spoonhour, Alion Senior Vice President and Distributed Simulation Group Manager. “But, beyond providing a drop-in replacement for He-3 detector components, this engineering effort opens up a number of possibilities for new or enhanced portable systems that can be carried into questionable areas or permanently installed to protect ports and depots.”

Alion’s teaming partner is Proportional Technologies Inc. of Houston. The period of performance runs until March 1, 2017.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly changing environments. Building on over 75 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. For more information, visit www.alionscience.com.

This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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BERRY AVIATION, INC. RECOGNIZED BY BECHTEL FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES PROJECTS — Press Release

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS, May 27, 2014 – Berry Aviation, Inc. (BAI) announced today that it has been recognized for exemplary work on projects by Bechtel’s government services business unit at the company’s annual Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure subcontractor and Supplier Recognition Awards. The event honors outstanding subcontractors and suppliers that supported
Bechtel’s government services business unit in work such as environmental clean-up, national security science, construction, facility start-up, and nuclear security and operations during 2013.

As one of the approximately 13,000 subcontractors and suppliers that Bechtel works with each year, Berry Aviation, Inc. was recognized along with 19 other companies and specifically received the Key Small Business Award for its work providing airlift services to the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll along the Pacific Rim. Working, as
a subcontractor to Bechtel, Berry Aviation transported in excess of 30,000 passengers and 650,000 pounds of cargo during over 2,900 fixed and rotor-wing flight operations around the Atoll in 2013.

“Our subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers help strengthen the critical work we do through performance, value, and innovation,” said Craig Albert, President of Bechtel’s government services business unit. “These awards recognize those who not only met our high standards for quality—they went above and beyond for mission delivery.”

Berry Aviation’s Kwajalein Team was also recognized previously in 2013 as a Team of the Quarter for outstanding support, professionalism, and personal sacrifice during NASA’s Equatorial Vortex and Metal Oxide Space Cloud Experiments.

“Presentation of this Key Small Business Award from Bechtel speaks volumes about the program and team that BAI has built since standing up operations at Kwajalein in 2003,” commented Sonny Berry, President and CEO of Berry Aviation, Inc. “Our folks at the atoll have continued to go above and beyond. They provide a quintessential example of our company’s expertise in providing OCONUS and remote site airlift support.”

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors. These include: overall performance; the ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time; the ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones; and meeting expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure’s Acquisition Services Managers and Project Managers. Final recommendations were approved by senior leadership.

Berry Aviation, Inc. is a trusted leader in private aviation, with a portfolio of services that includes Government, Private Charter, both Scheduled and On-Demand Freight, Maintenance, and FBO operations. Since its founding in 1983, BAI has grown into a dynamic company with a focus on providing innovative solutions within the Aerospace industry that increase value for customers and end-users. Headquartered in San Marcos, Texas, the company has the knowledge, experience, and manpower necessary to operate on short notice with safe, reliable aviation services. More information on the company’s awards, services, certifications, history, and industry leadership can be found on the website at www.berryaviation.com.

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

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1st B-52 Upgraded with Innovative Boeing CONECT System

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 12, 2014 -- The U.S. Air Force has introduced into its B-52 fleet the first aircraft upgraded with an advanced communications system, developed by Boeing [NYSE: BA], that keeps the bomber ahead of emergent threats while improving aircrew …

B-1B crews validate Ellsworth’s long-range strike capability

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AFNS) -- Two B-1B Lancer aircrews flew a 30-hour, non-stop, long-range precision strike training mission from Ellsworth to strike targets on a range near Guam before landing back on base as part of a Global Power …

SM-3B performs first launch from land-based unit

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Esri UK appoints David Brandin-Lain to senior role strengthening support to Air Domain customers — Press Release

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Aylesbury, May 12th 2014 – Esri UK, the leading provider of geospatial information exploitation capability to UK Defence and National Security, has strengthened support for its Air Domain customers with the appointment of David Brandin-Lain. His primary role, at Esri UK, will be to ensure that the company’s world-leading geo-spatial capabilities are optimised to meet Defence requirements within the Air Domain

Brandin-Lain joins from the Royal Air Force (RAF), where he was a Squadron Leader for the Intelligence Branch. Mentioned in the 2014 New Year’s Honours as a recipient of the AOC’s Commendation, his remit included managing the RAF’s Air Intelligence Centre’s team of 50 analysts, providing dedicated air intelligence support to the RAF, PJHQ and aviation assets throughout Defence.

With a background in military intelligence, Brandin-Lain has extensive hands-on geo-spatial analysis experience, having cross-trained in both disciplines at the Royal School of Military Survey and the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre. He led the Geographic Support Team at the Defence Geographic Centre and, more recently, acted as a Military Advisor to the Geospatial Team at the Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

“As world-leaders in geospatial solutions for the Defence community, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to our customers,” commented Adrian Friend, Head of Defence, National Security & Public Safety at Esri UK. “Brandin-Lain’s exceptional experience will prove invaluable for our Air Domain customers, and his impressive track record of using his research, analysis, strategic planning and presentational skills will be a great asset for the company.”

About Esri UK

Esri UK is the leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) technology, helping businesses become more profitable and public service more efficient through a better understanding and analysis of location-based information. Esri UK offers an extensive range of GIS technology and professional services and is the only company in the UK providing a complete and entirely integrated GIS solution.

Esri UK has been providing GIS solutions for over 20 years to a wide range of markets including Central & Local Government, Utilities & Telecommunications, Defence & National Security, Education, Public Safety and Commercial. Customers include Birmingham City Council, Defra, the Environment Agency, Metropolitan Police Service, Ministry of Defence, Ordnance Survey, RSA Group, Scottish Power and The Crown Estate.

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Congressman Garamendi Supports Travis and Beale Air Force Bases in Defense Bill Debate — Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Early this morning, the House Armed Services Committee completed consideration of the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03) voted in favor of the bill. The legislation was voted out of Committee 61-0 and awaits a vote on the House Floor in the next few weeks.

“This legislation is very important for the military communities in my district. I am glad we were able to develop a bipartisan bill to provide for a smart and strong defense,” said Congressman Garamendi. “While every bill can be improved, this legislation is a good step forward.”

Supporting Travis and Beale Air Force Bases

Throughout the process, Congressman Garamendi has supported the vital missions at Travis and Beale Air Force bases, which are both located in the 3rd Congressional District. Travis is located in Fairfield and carries out an Air Mobility mission. Beale, located near Marysville, carries out an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.

“The work of Travis and Beale Airmen is crucial for America’s 21st Century national defense. The ability to rapidly collect intelligence and deploy defense assets is key to advancing our national interests: winning on the battlefield, preventing conflicts, and responding to humanitarian disasters,” Congressman Garamendi said. “In promoting the interests of the bases, my office has an excellent partner in the Solano and Yuba/Sutter communities. I am grateful for their support.”

Faced with Congress’s constraining austerity budgets, the President’s Budget proposed phasing out the KC-10 tanker and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, which are based at Travis and Beale respectively. Congressman Garamendi inserted NDAA language that would prevent the premature retirement of these aircraft (click here for text of this language and click here for text of the entire NDAA). This language was included in the “Chairman’s Mark” of the NDAA and the amended version voted out of Committee.

“I am proud to support language in the NDAA that would prevent a dangerous capability gap in our Air Mobility and ISR missions,” said Garamendi. “We can’t put the cart before the horse by retiring the KC-10 before the KC-46 is ready to meet our Air Mobility needs. Similarly, the top commander for American troops in South Korea, Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, recently testified before Congress and said that the U-2 is essential for knowing what the North Korean regime is doing – just one example of how the information the U-2 provides strengthens our national defense and saves lives.”

Congressmen Garamendi and Jon Runyan (R-NJ-03), who are co-chairs of the Air Mobility Caucus, introduced bipartisan legislation that would prevent gaps in the Air Mobility mission with the transition from KC-10 to KC-46 tankers.

Garamendi also added language to emphasize the critical and complementary capabilities that High Altitude ISR assets such as the Global Hawk Block 30 and the U-2 provide to combatant commanders. These highly specialized platforms and the Airmen at Beale who support the overall ISR capability play a vital role in executing U.S. defense strategy. The language also speaks to the capability of the KC-10 Extender (click here for the text).

Increasing Oversight of Pentagon Spending

Congressman Garamendi offered several proposals to look for ways to eliminate wasteful Pentagon spending on projects that do not advance America’s national security. The Committee failed to accept his commonsense proposals to evaluate the nuclear triad, B-61 gravity bomb in Europe, and the far over budget MOX facility in South Carolina. However, the Committee did adopt Garamendi’s amendments to direct the Department of Defense to provide the defense committees with briefings on the justification for both the Long-Range Standoff Weapon (LRSO) and the requirement to reach a 50-80 new plutonium pits per year. Additionally, the Committee incorporated his proposals to direct increased oversight and accountability of money spent on the war in Afghanistan.

“There is agreement across the political spectrum that there is waste in the Pentagon budget that comes at the expense of critical defense missions, job creating investments in education and infrastructure, and responsible deficit reduction. My proposals aim to address the most glaring examples of waste: outdated Cold War era nuclear weapon systems and massive corruption in Afghanistan. I am glad that we reached common ground on some of these proposals,” said Garamendi.

Highlights of the NDAA

The NDAA would:

· Increase troop pay by 1.8%;

· Reject proposals to reduce military commissary benefits (Garamendi is a cosponsor of the Save Our Military Shopping Benefits Act, which also prevents reductions in this earned benefit);

· Combat sexual assault in the military through a variety of bipartisan proposals. The bill would eliminate the “good soldier defense” – a consideration of general military character toward the probability of innocence in sexual assault prosecutions. It would also call for a review of the terms of discharge for those who are victims of sexual offenses, to ensure that they have not been persecuted for reporting crimes. Victims would also be consulted as to their preference for prosecuting offenders by court-martial or through civilian courts; and

· Increase funding for behavioral and psychological health programs to address the scourge of suicides within the military.

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U.S. Office of Naval Research Continues Cargo UGV Project with Oshkosh Defense — Press Release

Counter-IED solutions apply industry-leading unmanned ground vehicle technology

OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 7, 2014) — The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) will continue the ground-breaking Cargo UGV project and has awarded a contract to Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), using Oshkosh TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) technology. The ONR is advancing the project originated by the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.

The Cargo UGV project was initiated in 2010 to identify how UGV technology could be integrated into the Marine Corps’ tactical wheeled vehicle (TWV) fleet to reduce Marines’ exposure to threats and to streamline logistics convoy operations. Under the MCWL Cargo UGV effort, two Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVRs) were upgraded with TerraMax systems that enabled fully unmanned operation. Government evaluations revealed that the state-of-the-art autonomous capability offered practical utility in a variety of operational situations. Live force experiments in which combat-veteran Marines were trained to operate the UGVs in concert with manned vehicles furthered the development of concepts of operation for robotic systems in combat environments.

Oshkosh will be attending the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, May 13-15 in Orlando, Fla., to demonstrate the benefits of TerraMax UGV technology and discuss the Cargo UGV project.

“The Cargo UGV project has pushed unmanned technology into the TWV realm like no other effort, and the results have proven how mature and ready TerraMax UGV technology is for use in the field,” said Chris Yakes, vice president of Advanced Products Engineering at Oshkosh Corporation. “We are eager to continue work with the ONR to further demonstrate the readiness level of UGVs and the interoperability of TerraMax technology with other mission systems.”

Under a contract through the Robotics Technology Consortium (RTC), Oshkosh and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) will work with the ONR and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) to integrate ONR-specified counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) technologies onto the Cargo UGV MTVRs to demonstrate force protection advantages of semi-autonomous tactical wheeled vehicles for C-IED missions.

The TerraMax UGV system will be enhanced to intelligently incorporate C-IED payloads, such as ground-penetrating radar and mine roller systems, and the TerraMax OCU will provide over-the-horizon situational awareness to accompanying manned vehicles. The system is highly interoperable, using a widely adopted, non-proprietary open architecture messaging standard that enables modularity and easy integration of new subsystems.

The Cargo UGV project is being conducted as part of the ONR’s SIAFU program to demonstrate an integrated “system of systems” that provides on-the-move, autonomous and multi-platform explosive hazard defeat (EHD) capabilities. The current phase of work will culminate in a technology concept demonstration in 2015.

TerraMax UGV Technology

Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is designed as a modular appliqué kit that can be tightly integrated into modern production vehicles or retrofitted onto legacy platforms. Vehicles equipped with the TerraMax UGV technology can seamlessly collaborate with manned vehicles to carry out missions at full operational tempo. TerraMax UGVs function autonomously across varying terrains and in all weather conditions, day or night – and original vehicle payload and performance are retained.

Developed to support rapid deployment, troops can be trained to oversee TerraMax-equipped vehicles in only a few days to take advantage of an unsurpassed standoff and advance situational awareness capability. The user-friendly operator interface meets the unique demands of troops in the field, enabling warfighters to focus on mission success without undue distraction, and empowering a single operator to supervise multiple autonomous vehicles. Oshkosh is teamed with the NREC of Carnegie Mellon University for perception system and autonomy software development.

Oshkosh also is transitioning technologies from the TerraMax UGV system to provide active-safety features for the manned operation of vehicle fleets, including electronic stability control, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and electric power-assist steering.

Oshkosh representatives will be available to discuss Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology and the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services at AUVSI booth #1022.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax® unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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