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THE FIRST ITALIAN BUILT EUROFIGHTER TRANCHE 3 TAKES TO THE SKIES — Press Release

image007The first Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 made by Partner Company Alenia Aerrmacchi has successfully completed its first flight. The aircraft performed “very well,” according to Alenia Aermacchi test pilot Mario Mutti. The multi-role jet flew for about an hour. “All flight controls were exercised with the systems and aircraft performing as expected,”said Captain Mutti.

The aircraft is the 64th Eurofighter for the Italian Air Force and embodies a number of under the skin changes that effectively allow a full exploitation of the most advanced present and future capabilities of the platform and of its on-board systems and sensors.

Eurofighter Tranche 3 aircraft, with their 100s of modifications, changes and additions, represent a major achievement in the evolution of the world’s leading combat aircraft.

The Tranche 3 standard embodies a number of changes that effectively enhance the aircraft’s performance and which allow for future upgrades making it more attractive to current and potential export customers.

Photo courtesy: Alenia Aermacchi

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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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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.

Exhibit Information

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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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.

 

Photo courtesy of Fairview Microwave

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Oshkosh Defense Introduces New M-ATV Variants at SOFEX 2014 — Press Release

Expanded M-ATV family of vehicles delivers extreme off-road mobility and protection for a wider range of missions

OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 5, 2014) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), is introducing new Mine-Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX), taking place May 5-8 in Amman, Jordan. Oshkosh is evolving the combat-proven M-ATV family of vehicles to meet a more diverse range of mission requirements and needs for armed forces in the Middle East, North Africa region, and around the world.

The expanded global M-ATV family of vehicles includes two multi-mission models – the M-ATV Standard and M-ATV Extended, each with multiple variants. The M-ATV Standard is designed to provide response and support capabilities for a range of offensive and defensive missions in off-road environments. The M-ATV Extended 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. Variants include:

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 M-ATVs deliver industry gold standard off-road performance and feature common components, such as the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system, and offer integrated cab crew protection. Collectively, the family meets a wider range of protection, performance, payload and transportability requirements for peacekeeping, internal security, border security, special forces, counterinsurgency and conventional military operations.

“The Oshkosh M-ATV already stands alone as the battle-tested, highly mobile MRAP of choice for a full range of missions,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “Our new M-ATV variants expand on this life-saving platform to address a more diverse mix of mission profiles and specialized functionality, threat levels and cost targets, so troops get the vehicle that’s right for their specific needs.”

The latest generation Oshkosh M-ATV will be on display at SOFEX 2014. The M-ATV has been in service with U.S. Forces since 2009 to meet an urgent need for a lighter, more mobile MRAP vehicle. The global M-ATV family of vehicles are configured to perform in various mission profiles, in a standard or extended wheel base.

Oshkosh Defense’s unique systems integration processes and expertise allows command, control, communications and computer (C4) equipment for the M-ATV to be integrated at the vehicle design stage. A “first-pass” approach helps optimize ergonomics, reduce system interference and minimize costs. Oshkosh also offers the full range of sustainment services through its Integrated Product Support (IPS) group to support everything from M-ATV training and technical manuals to maintenance and parts support.

To date, Oshkosh Defense has received orders for nearly 10,000 M-ATVs from the U.S. military and Middle East armed forces, including the United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

L-ATV on Display

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

The Oshkosh L-ATV uses the TAK-4i intelligent independent suspension system to enable 25 percent improved wheel travel and 70 percent improved speeds in off-road terrain compared to today’s best-performing MRAP vehicles in off-road environments.

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

Oshkosh leadership will be available to discuss the expanded Oshkosh Global M-ATV family of vehicles and the Oshkosh L-ATV, C4I and systems integration capabilities, as well as the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services, at SOFEX booth #A604.

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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Pasternack Expands Family of SMP and Mini SMP Connectors — Press Release

Over 100 New Varieties of SMP and Mini SMP Connectors Up to 65 GHz Offered by Pasternack

April 9, 2014 – Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, expands inventory of SMP and mini SMP connectors, specially designed for many wireless and military applications including high density interconnect modules, radar equipment, wireless base stations and medical lab equipment.

Pasternack’s new SMP and mini-SMP (also referred to as SMPM) connectors are miniaturized push-on interconnects commonly used in high density, blind-mate systems that can operate up to 65 GHz. Standard SMP connectors are offered in a high frequency 40 GHz version as well as a low frequency 8 GHz version, while the mini SMP connectors will operate up to 65 GHz. This product release from Pasternack includes over 100 unique connectors in eight different SMP connector configurations including coaxial SMPs, PCB mounted SMPs, non-sealed and hermetically sealed SMP terminals, SMP shrouds, coaxial mini SMPs, PCB mounted mini SMPs, and hermetically sealed mini SMP connectors.

Many of Pasternack’s SMP and mini SMP connectors are in smooth bore, limited detent and full detent versions. These SMP connector designs allow for varying degrees of mating engagement force and de-mating disengagement force. Full detent is useful when a positive lock and retention is needed under demanding environmental conditions. Limited detent and smooth bore SMP and SMPM connector versions help when many mates and de-mates are required. They reduce the risk of damage to circuit boards by decreasing the amount of force required when mating and de-mating a connector pair. These SMP and mini-SMP connectors are fully compatible and mate-able with Corning Gilbert® GPO™ and GPPO™ connectors.

“SMP connectors continue to be popular options for use in many military and commercial products. Our customers will benefit from this newly expanded variety of in-stock SMP and Mini-SMP products,” says Steve Ellis, Interconnect Product Manager at Pasternack Enterprises, Inc.

The new SMP and mini SMP connectors from Pasternack are in-stock and available now. You can browse the entire offering by visiting http://www.pasternack.com/pages/Featured_Products/smp-and-mini-smp-connectors.htm. Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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About Pasternack Enterprises, Inc.

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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Latest Armoured Vehicles from World’s Leading Suppliers will be on display in Dedicated Feature Area — Press Release

COUNTER TERROR EXPO 2014, 29-30 APRIL 2014 AT OLYMPIA, LONDON

Press Release – 8th April 2014

From the protection of individuals – whether VIPs or NGO personnel – to SWAT operations, armoured vehicles have a key role to play in the defence against terrorism. The nature of the threat is constantly evolving, however, and so too are the requirements placed on the manufacturers of armoured vehicles. At Counter Terror Expo 2014, visitors will be able to view and experience the very latest security solutions from the world’s leading armoured vehicle suppliers within a dedicated Armoured and Support Vehicle area.

Bringing together buyers and suppliers from across the world, Counter Terror Expo, now in its 6th edition, is the premier international event of its kind. Jim Clarke, Director of Special Projects for Millbrook, one of the exhibitors, commented: “[We] exhibited at the Counter Terror Expo for the first time in 2013 and found it to be a very successful event, with lots of useful connections made. We found the calibre and focus of delegates in attendance at Counter Terror to be of the right level, in terms of subject matter and their position as key decision makers”.

Millbrook, a company with extensive experience in the design, test, development and manufacture of discreet and covert OEM platforms, will be showcasing a discreetly armoured vehicle that is fully integrated with a selection of C4ISTAR systems.

In addition to new vehicles being revealed for the first time, the Expo will also feature a range of the most advanced up-armouring, upgrade and retro-fi t options and accessories. As Guerman Goutorov, Chairman of Streit Group, another key exhibitor, said: “We are providing security solutions, manufacturing and redesigning our vehicles to make them suitable for the constant changes in the world’s threat levels”. Streit Group’s main focus for Counter Terror Expo will be on its newest models for VIP and Homeland Security markets as well as the launch of its Armored Riot Control Vehicles.

Amongst the other exhibitors showcasing their latest products and solutions in the Armoured and Support Vehicle area will be Digital RF, Land Rover, OVIK and Tyron.

David Thompson, Event Manager, Clarion Defence & Security, commented: “The reputation that Counter Terror Expo has built up since its inception has led to many of the world’s leading companies in the counter-terrorism and security arena wanting to exhibit. This is particularly the case in the field of vehicle armouring which is why we have a dedicated Armoured and Support Vehicle area. This will be a must-visit area for anyone with responsibility for the protection of personnel at risk of attack from terrorist and other groups with intent to cause harm”.

To register for either a free Exhibition Only Pass or a full Conference Delegate Pass, visit: www.counterterrorexpo.com/register

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EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON – 20 YEARS STRONG — Press Release

Peter Weger makes his maiden flight in Eurofighter typhoon.

Peter Weger makes his maiden flight in Eurofighter typhoon.

Europe’s biggest defence programme marks a 20 year anniversary today as it celebrates the first flight of the Eurofighter Typhoon on 27th March 1994.

Since that day in Manching, Germany, when Development Aircraft 1 (DA1) was flown by Test Pilot Peter Weger, over 400 Eurofighter Typhoons have been delivered with six international customers operating the aircraft and a seventh signed up.

The milestone was marked this week at Eurofighter’s main European offices close to Munich where Test Pilots from all the four nations that make up the Eurofighter programme came together to re-live the maiden flights made in Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain. They were joined by the General Manager of NETMA, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Farnell, the Chief Executive Officer of Eurofighter, Alberto Gutierrez, Board Members of both organisations and Eurofighter employees.

Alberto Gutierrez, said: “This is an historic day for the European defence industry. We have built up a fantastic legacy in this aircraft and established the foundation of today’s defence industry in Europe through unprecedented co-operation and a determined focus to build and deliver a world-class product.

“Twenty years ago, none of us could know how the world would change and few, if any of us, could have anticpated the challenges that this would bring. Now more than ever it is vital that we maintain and develop our European capabilities both in the commercial and military domains. It is in all our interests to do this.”

The Spanish-born CEO added: “The Eurofighter Typhoon that Peter Weger first flew 20 years ago is very different to the one that flies today. From the outset, the aircraft was built with capability enhancement in mind and the process of enhancement is what delivers a long-term return on investment. The Eurofighter is now the backbone of a number of air forces and will be in service for decades to come. It is a significant European asset and one which showcases to the world the very best in technology and innovation.”

NETMA’s General Manager, Graham Farnell said: “The dream of our predecessors, some 30 years ago, of a world-class European Fighter Aircraft, became a reality on 27th March 1994. This success could not have been reached without a huge amount of hard work and dedication from so many people in so many organisations across Europe.”

“The aircraft they built is now fully operational in the air forces of Germany, Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and with our partners in Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Soon it will also be delivered to Oman. It is defending skies and providing a 24/7 watch over Europe, the Middle East – and around the Antartic region. The challenges we face today are no less demanding than those which our predecessors had when they set out to develop this aircraft. We now need to show the same resolve, determination and vision that they had.”

While it was DA1 that first flew in Germany in 1994, it was the British who next took to the air with DA2 a few days later on 6th April. Italy followed in June 1995 and Spain in August 1996. Today, Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft are built at Final Assembly Plants in all four countries.

In total more than 225,000 flying hours have been accumulated with unprecedented levels of reliability. The aircraft has also seen active service in Libya, has been used on Baltic patrol exercises and has recently been showcased at one of the world’s leading air-to-air combat training events, Red Flag, at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Peter Weger, who flew that first flight said: “I had little idea when I made that maiden flight from Manching what an amazing story this would become. I knew I was piloting an incredible aircraft and we had something special. It is certainly one of those days that lives with you for the rest of your life.”

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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace Delivers Antennas For Next-Generation GPS III Satellites 3 through 6 — Press Release

CARPINTERIA, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

The company’s Astro Aerospace strategic business unit delivered the antennas to Lockheed Martin, which leads the industry team developing GPS III satellites in Littleton, Colo. Once installed, eight JIB antennas on each GPS III satellite will deploy to form an RF antenna array.

This is the delivery of the first 32 antennas supporting the third through sixth GPS III space vehicles out of 48 total antennas on order for GPS III space vehicles three through eight. Sixteen more JIB antennas will be delivered in early 2014, according to Dan Johansen, Astro Aerospace Program Manager.

“Astro Aerospace has delivered more than 1,000 JIB assemblies altogether for GPS IIF, GPS IIR and GPS III spacecraft, all with a 100 percent on orbit success rate,” said Johansen. “The antennas we supply are designed to help Lockheed Martin and the Air Force meet affordability and mission assurance goals for the next generation of GPS satellites.”

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian user connectivity.

The JIB antenna is a stored energy monopole that deploys typically in 200 milliseconds. The stowed package is one of the smallest available and most compact for a deployable antenna of a given size. The unit is adaptable and comes in diameters from 0.25″ up to 2″ for impedance matching and in lengths from 12 inches to 25 feet.

Astro Aerospace, a pioneer of space deployable structure technologies, has a perfect record of on-orbit deployments since it was founded in 1958. Having delivered hardware for hundreds of spaceflight missions, it operates under the Aerospace Products group that offers a broad set of mature, proven and affordable products and services. For additional information about Astro Aerospace please visit www.northropgrumman.com/AerospaceProducts

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Fairview Microwave Introduces New Low Loss LL335i and LL142 Cable Assemblies — Press Release

LOW-LOSS-TEST-CABLE-18-GHZNew 18 GHz Low Loss Cable Assemblies Released by Fairview Microwave

March 12, 2014 – Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, introduces a new line of low loss test cables using LL335i and LL142 coax. Rated to 18 GHz, these new low loss cable assemblies are ideal for test environments where a rugged, phase stable cable assembly is required.

Fairview Microwave’s new LL335i and LL142 cables allow for higher power transmission because the resulting higher temperatures do not have a negative effect on the cable due to the thermal stability of the PTFE tape dielectric. Where phase stability requirements are critical, Fairview’s new low loss cables allow for a 75% lower phase shift due to the precise construction of these cables. This cable configuration offers attenuation levels 20 to 35% lower than comparable mil-spec cables.

Fairview’s new RF cable assemblies come equipped with a choice of stainless steel TNC, SMA and N-Type connectors and a heavy duty booting to improve strain relief. These low loss test cables from Fairview are made with LL335i or LL142 coax, which operate at higher power with better phase stability from traditional cables with solid dielectrics. A double shielded flexible coax provides shielding greater than 95 dB and VSWR of less than 1.35:1.

“Our new low loss cable assemblies, built with LL335i and LL142 coax, are a valuable addition to our ever-expanding line of high performance RF test cables”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave.  “These low loss, phase stable, double shielded cables offer engineers and technicians improved performance over standard RG-type cables in a rugged design, ideal for heavy-use test environments where repeatability and stability are paramount.”

Fairview’s new low loss cables are in-stock and available to ship today. You can view the complete offering of these coaxial cables from Fairview Microwave by visiting http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/low-loss-ll335i-and-ll142-cable-assemblies-to-18-ghz.html.

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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Polaris TerrainArmor Non-Pneumatic Tires Finalist for Tire Technology of the Year by Tire Technology International — Press Release

Minneapolis, February 20, 2014 – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the company’s TerrainArmor™ Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) was a finalist for Tire Technology of the Year by Tire Technology International.

“Polaris would like to thank Tire Technology International for recognizing TerrainArmor tires as part of their short list for Technology of the Year,’” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “Polaris is the first manufacturer to bring NPT technology to the off-road consumer and defense markets, and we feel the technology will make a great impact on the future of our industry.”

In 2013, Polaris Defense started offering TerrainArmor tires as an option for its military vehicles. This breakthrough technology has proven to be beneficial with military, emergency response and disaster relief teams.

“One of our challenges is getting to the point of need where people are, and usually debris stops us from doing that,” said Kevin Smith of the Salvation Army. “Specifically in the Oklahoma City tornado disaster, the TerrainArmor tires allowed us to reach people who were not served for days.”

Beyond having no flats, TerrainArmor tires offer a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.

The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence were presented in Cologne, Germany, on February 11.

About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim branded apparel.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

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Fairview Microwave Introduces Low PIM Mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 Adapters — Press Release

connectorsLow PIM Mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 Adapters for Wireless Applications Released by Fairview Microwave

February 17, 2014 – Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, introduces a complete line of mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 adapters intended for use in applications requiring low passive intermodulation (low PIM) performance such as cell sites or indoor/outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS).

Mini-DIN adapters used in RF applications are similar in design to 7/16 DIN connectors, but have a more compact body and offer more precise electrical performance. Fairview Microwave’s new 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN adapters offer excellent VSWR performance of 1.25:1 up to 6 GHz. Third-order PIM is guaranteed to be less than -160 dBc using 2 tones at 20 Watts. These low PIM mini-DIN adapters are available in male and female combinations of between-series interfaces for each adapter type including 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN to 7/16 DIN and 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN to Type-N. Two non-low PIM versions are also available.

New 4.1/9.5 adapters from Fairview Microwave are constructed with tri-alloy plated brass bodies and silver plated Beryllium Copper (BeCu) center contacts, allowing low IMD and low attenuation. Additional applications of Fairview’s new lines of 4.1/9.5 adapters include portable sweep testing, telecom installations, wireless infrastructure, OEM in-rack RF routing, in-building systems, and land mobile radio communications.

“This new line of low PIM mini-DIN adapters is ideal for wireless applications requiring low return loss, low IMD, and repeatable electrical performance”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave. “The high quality construction and tri-alloy plating help reduce nonlinearities that can cause distortion in critical communications equipment.”

Fairview Microwave’s new mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 adapters are in-stock and available now. You can view these new products by visiting http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/low-pim-mini-din-4.19.5-adapters.html directly. For additional information, Fairview can be contacted 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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Pasternack Launches Redesigned RF and Microwave Website — Press Release

New Pasternack Website Marries Powerful Search Capabilities with Sleek, Simplified Design

Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave products, recently launched its new website which boasts best-in-class site search functionality, one-page checkout and an updated user friendly interface.

The new 2014 Pasternack website is the first major redesign since the Company’s previous 2012 website overhaul. Most noticeable to the average user is the sites simplified, stripped down look and feel of the new homepage. Pasternack’s main objective with the new site was to provide engineers and buyers the easiest, most intuitive process for searching and finding any of the company’s +40,000 RF components and cable assemblies with as few clicks as possible. The left-hand navigation menu allows the user to drill down into their desired product categories with a single click. Once inside a particular product family, the parametric search parameters allow you to reduce the total number of products displayed in the results with each successive filter applied.

Additional notable features of the new Pasternack website include a new robust site search engine using the search bar on the top of the page. A one-page checkout screen was also developed to smooth out the checkout process, which previously involved numerous pages. Pasternack also instituted a “live chat” feature which allows site users to immediately reach the company’s sales and tech services departments to “chat” in real time about any questions concerning products, applications, pricing and availability.

“We’re really pleased with the recent enhancements to our website as we believe we have created the most searchable, user-friendly website in our industry,” says John Farley, Director of Marketing at Pasternack. “With over 40,000 products in-stock, it was our mission to develop a site that allowed users to easily locate, research and order any of those products in the most efficient way possible.”

The new Pasternack website is live now. You can view the new site by visiting http://www.pasternack.com directly. Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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About Pasternack

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

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LOCKHEED MARTIN POWERS ON SECOND GPS III SATELLITE IN PRODUCTION — Press Release

DENVER, Jan. 29, 2014 – The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) recently turned on power to the bus and network communications equipment payload of the program’s second satellite designated GPS III Space Vehicle 2 (SV-02).

The successful powering on of GPS III SV-02, on Dec. 19, 2013, at Lockheed Martin’s Denver-area GPS III Processing Facility (GPF), is a major production milestone which demonstrates the satellite’s mechanical integration, validates its interfaces, and leads the way for electrical and integrated hardware-software testing.

“The GPS III SV-02 bus power on is a significant milestone, positioning SV-02 in line with the Air Force’s first GPS III space vehicle, SV-01, in our GPF, where both satellites are progressing through sequential integration and test work stations specifically designed for efficient and affordable satellite production,” explained Mark Stewart, vice president for Lockheed Martin’s Navigation Systems mission area.

On Nov. 11, 2013, the propulsion core module for SV-02 was delivered to the GPF from Lockheed Martin’s Space & Technology Center, in Stennis, Miss., where the core was manufactured. The structural backbone of the satellite, the core contains the integrated propulsion subsystem that allows the GPS III to maneuver on orbit immediately after launch, as well as to conduct repositioning maneuvers throughout its mission life.

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian user connectivity.

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract for production of the first six GPS III satellites (SV 01-06), the first four funded under the original contract and the fifth and sixth recent fully funded by an exercised Air Force option on Dec. 13, 2013. Lockheed Martin had previously received advanced procurement funding for long-lead components for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth satellites (SV 05-08).

The first GPS III satellite (SV-01) was powered on in Feb. 28, 2013. GPS III SV-01’s spacecraft bus and antenna assemblies were delivered to Lockheed Martin’s GPF this summer. SV-01 is now in the integration and test flow leading to delivery “flight-ready” to the Air Force.

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the GPS III prime contractor with teammates Exelis, General Dynamics, Infinity Systems Engineering, Honeywell, ATK and other subcontractors. Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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U.S. Marine Corps Begins Testing Oshkosh Defense P-19R — Press Release

oshkosh p19rOshkosh exhibiting Marine Corps’ new firefighting vehicle this week at Marine West

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Jan. 29, 2014) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), has delivered three Oshkosh P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle prototypes to the U.S. Marine Corps to undergo testing. The Marine Corps selected the Oshkosh P-19R in May 2013 to serve as the Marines’ off-road firefighting vehicle of the future. Oshkosh will display the P-19R at Marine West, Jan. 29-30, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“We delivered three P-19R prototypes in December and will support them as they undergo rigorous government testing through this summer,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh P-19R will replace the fleet of Oshkosh P-19A ARFF vehicles, which were first fielded with the Marine Corps in 1984 and are reaching the end of their service lives. With this vehicle, we’ve rolled into one platform our decades of experience producing military and ARFF vehicles to give Marines more advanced firefighting capabilities.”

The next-generation Oshkosh P-19R is based on the proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform. It incorporates the latest tactical wheeled vehicle technologies to support fire emergency missions at military bases and expeditionary airfields.

The Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system – today’s gold standard for heavy, medium and light tactical wheeled vehicles that are required to operate off-road – gives Marines greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies. The Oshkosh Command Zone™ integrated diagnostics and automation system helps crews carry out firefighting missions with increased situational awareness.

Oshkosh Defense leveraged the expertise of the Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, to equip the Oshkosh P-19R with the advanced Striker® firefighting systems. The P-19R also meets the modern requirements of the NFPA 414 standard, which sets the design, performance and acceptance criteria for ARFF vehicles.

Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the P-19R and the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services at Marine West at booth #8.

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.

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Honeywell And The U.S. Army Team Up To Tackle Infrastructure Improvements At Largest U.S. Arsenal — Press Release

Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center to Receive Extensive Building Upgrades Expected to Provide $5.3 Million in Annual Savings

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and the U.S. Army today announced a $61-million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (JMTC). The project will support critical infrastructure improvements at the industrial facility that will cut energy use by approximately 35 percent, and generate up to $5.3 million in annual energy and operational savings.

The Army launched the technology center upgrades through a 20-year energy savings performance contract with Honeywell that was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala. Honeywell guarantees the improvements will generate the target savings, which should repay the investment used to fund the work. As a result, the project requires no capital or additional taxpayer dollars upfront.

“We have been providing the best products and services to our armed forces for more than 150 years,” said Col. David J. Luders, commander for RIA-JMTC. “This project lets us tackle our aging infrastructure head on — a difficult task in light of budget cutbacks — so we can operate as efficiently as possible and support mission readiness.”

The 1.5-million-square-foot JMTC manufactures a wide variety of metal parts and systems for the Department of Defense, and is part of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison located in Rock Island, Ill., the largest government-owned and operated Arsenal in the U.S.

JMTC accounts for two-thirds of the Garrison’s overall energy consumption. So along with the immediate savings, the project will help the Garrison meet the requirements of a Presidential Executive Order that calls for federal facilities to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015.

As part of the project, Honeywell will implement a variety of facility improvements,
which includes installing high-efficiency HVAC systems, such as on-premise natural-gas heating that will allow the facility to disconnect from the Garrison’s central coal-fired steam plant. Another major upgrade is new plating and paint systems for the technology center. Almost 90 percent
of the parts produced at the facility go through plating and paint, receiving the surface coatings necessary to build hardened, durable components for Army equipment.

“Why pay bills that are higher than necessary because of energy waste?” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “By improving overall efficiency, we’re able to use part of the current utility spend to solve complex infrastructure challenges. JMTC is a cornerstone of the community, and its aggressive approach to energy management will help ensure its legacy of service and support to the military and country.”

The project will save nearly 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year — enough energy to power almost 490 homes on average. In addition, the Honeywell work is expected to deliver environmental benefits. As a result of transitioning to natural-gas heating, for example, annual coal use at the central plant will drop by approximately 12,000 tons.

With one of the largest Environmental Protection Agency air permits in Illinois, this will significantly reduce the Garrison’s eco-footprint, cutting an estimated 63 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of removing more 6,300 cars from the road.

Honeywell and the Army will begin the project this month and expect to complete the upgrades by the first half of 2017.

A global leader in energy-saving technology and services, Honeywell has completed more than 5,000 guaranteed savings projects in buildings across the globe, work that will trim energy and operational costs by more than $5 billion. This includes upgrades to 150 U.S. government facilities.

For more information, follow @HoneywellBuild on Twitter or visit Honeywell Building Solutions on the Web.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

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Sea Giraffe Radar now AN/SPS-77(V)1 in U.S. — Press Release

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Saab Defense and Security USA (SDAS) announced today that Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy.  The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system’s official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.

Partnering with General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal, SDAS is responsible for integrating the AN/SPS-77 radar into the USS Independence and other ships of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Independence variant program.

The AN/SPS-77 is multi-role medium-range 3D surveillance radar system for naval applications. It provides medium range, simultaneous air and surface surveillance and can be employed in a weapon designation role. The SPS-77 is suitable for demanding naval environments from the littorals to blue-water operations.

The radar system is being adapted for U.S. operations by the Sensor Systems division of SDAS. The division, located in Syracuse, New York, is also responsible for the integration, installation, and testing of the AN/SPS 77 systems as well as for providing in-service sustainment and repair services.

Mr. Erik Smith, Vice President of Sensor Systems Division within SDAS, sees the new designation of the radar as a key milestone in Saab’s growing support of the U.S. Navy and the LCS program. “The AN/SPS 77 has proven to be the most capable and adaptable medium range multi-mission radar asset available to the LCS program and future U.S. maritime security platforms.  The radar system is able to efficiently incorporate new capabilities through Saab’s modular architecture and Rapid Technology Insertion process.”

“Receiving this U.S. Navy system designation means that Sea Giraffe is now formally acknowledged by the U.S. Navy as part of the U.S. Navy standard inventory. Saab is very proud to deliver this new and highly-advanced surveillance capability to the U.S. Navy,” said Smith.

To date, the AN/SPS 77 has been installed on LCS 2 (USS Independence), LCS 4 (USS Coronado), and LCS 6 (USS Jackson). Five additional AN/SPS-77 radar systems are in various stages of manufacturing and test to meet LCS construction schedules with four more systems under contract to complete the current deliveries under the LCS Block Buy contract.

Saab Defense and Security USA LLC delivers advanced military technology and systems to United States armed forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Sterling Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

 

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U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $84 Million Contract For Production Of paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds — Press Release

ARCHBALD, Pa., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received an $84.5 million contract on Dec. 23 from the U.S. Navy to produce paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR).

Under the four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics and product support to the U.S. Navy.

“Lockheed Martin remains committed to providing U.S. Navy aircrews with the most innovative, advanced and cost-effective training solutions,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We are nearing completion of multi-carriage ELGTR development, which will further increase training efficiency, proficiency and flexibility.”

This contract extends delivery of ELGTRs to the U.S. Navy through 2018. Lockheed Martin has produced advanced training solutions for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international customers since Laser Guided Training Round production began in 1992, and has delivered more than 130,000 training rounds to date.

ELGTR emulates cockpit indications, release and terminal characteristics of the paveway II laser guided weapon systems to provide affordable, high-performance aircrew training without depleting paveway II laser guided bomb (LGB) tactical inventory. Recognized worldwide as the only live-fire training solution for warfighters, the ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various international aircraft.

In addition to paveway II ELGTR, Lockheed Martin’s 350,000-square-foot production facility in Archbald, Pa., designs and manufactures combat-proven paveway II Plus LGB kits. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 70,000 LGB kits and 7,000 Dual Mode LGB kits to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and international customers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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Oshkosh Defense Canada Delivers MSVS SMP Bid with Next-Generation Capabilities for Canadian Armed Forces — Press Release

image004Industry team members and a growing network of more than 700 Canadian suppliers set to return exceptional value to the Canadian economy

OTTAWA, Ontario (Jan. 8, 2014) — The Canadian Government is taking important steps in modernizing its logistics vehicle fleet by advancing the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. Oshkosh Defense Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), responded to the Government of Canada’s MSVS SMP Request for Proposal (RFP), offering a high performance, low risk solution to meet the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) mission requirements and protect Canadian Soldiers for decades to come.

“Working closely with our Canadian industry partners and a growing network of Canadian suppliers, our Oshkosh MSVS SMP offering provides superior vehicle performance, sustainment across six continents, and ultimately, the best overall value for Canada,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh MSVS SMP family of vehicles is the next generation of the world’s most trusted, battle-proven military platform in the field today. We are proud to present the Government of Canada with our MSVS SMP bid that meets or exceeds all project requirements, and most importantly, provides Canadian Soldiers with the modern logistics vehicles they need to perform their missions.”

The Best Value for Canada

Oshkosh, in collaboration with its Canadian team members and suppliers, will return 100 percent or more of the MSVS SMP contract value to the Canadian economy. Oshkosh’s strategic team members for the project include DEW Engineering and Development, General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, and Link Suspensions of Canada – Raydan Division.

“Our MSVS SMP team aligns core Oshkosh design, production and sustainment strengths with Canada’s finest technology, manufacturing and services capabilities,” said John Lazar, senior director of Global Strategic Initiatives for Oshkosh Defense. “We are committed to supporting MSVS SMP and future Canadian vehicle modernization programs by working with companies across Canada and creating new economic value in the process.”

Exceptional Performance, Without the Risk

Oshkosh designed, extensively tested and built its MSVS SMP solution to bring the latest ground vehicle technologies to the Canadian Armed Forces. The Oshkosh MSVS SMP vehicles and trailers are built to serve a full range of logistics missions from disaster recovery at home to major conflicts abroad. Key vehicle subsystems, including a high-performance drive train, advanced suspension and braking systems, and a state-of-the-art armour protection system, allow the Oshkosh MSVS SMP to achieve a 70 percent off-road mission profile and a 98 percent mission reliability rate – both of which will enable Canada’s ground forces to more safely operate in a vast array of threat levels, climates and terrains.

The Oshkosh MSVS SMP builds upon decades of in-theatre experience around the globe and more than one billion real-world operational kilometres accumulated on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform. The acclaimed HEMTT platform is a purpose-built military vehicle that has been chosen by the United States Department of Defense and more than 20 allies worldwide – consistently outperforming commercial vehicle derivatives in competitive scenarios.

Canada’s MSVS SMP RFP also includes five years of In-Service Support (ISS). With Canadian troops more frequently mobilized around the world for defence and humanitarian missions, complete life cycle sustainment is increasingly important to ensure mission readiness.

The Oshkosh team’s ISS offering leverages decades of performance based contracting and major repair/overhaul programs experience to minimize MSVS SMP life cycle costs while maximizing reliability and readiness rates. “Our ISS plan is based on a robust global supply chain and a mature logistics system that spans six continents,” added Lazar. “By applying our logistics supportability analysis methodology to manage fleet health, Oshkosh has helped reduced military vehicle fleet life cycle costs as much as 70 percent.”

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 defence 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, log on 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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TrackingPoint Announces New AR Series Rifles With “Lock And Launch” Technology At CES ShowStoppers 2014 — Press Release

Three new precision guided firearms allow the novice shooter to engage long range targets with semi-automatic rifle speed.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ShowStoppers @ CES, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas TrackingPoint ™, creator of the world’s first Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) system, today announced the debut of the TrackingPoint 500 Series ARs for the modern sporting rifle market at ShowStoppers @ CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The three PGF rifles, offered in 7.62, .300 BLK and 5.56 calibers, incorporate the company’s ground breaking TTX (Tag Track Xact) technology, accurately locking onto and hitting moving targets at distances up to 500 yards.

With stabilized target selection, target tracking and guided firing the 500 Series semi-automatic AR products enable anyone to be an expert marksman out to the 500 yard effective range of the firearm, even from difficult firing positions, such as kneeling, standing or even lying beneath an automobile.

“TrackingPoint is excited to be able to expand and adapt its TTX technology for the AR semi-automatic market. For the first time, AR enthusiasts will be able to make fast and accurate shots on moving targets out to five football fields away,” said John Lupher, TrackingPoint CEO. “We expect not only strong demand for the 500 Series AR products, but also a growing demand for our technology across the industry.”

Introductory pricing of the 500 Series models begin at $9,995. Orders are currently being taken for TrackingPoint AR products, with delivery starting in October 2014.

ShowStoppers @ CES 2014 is being held Tuesday, January 7, from 6-10PM in the Lafite Ballroom of the Wynn Hotel. To learn more about TrackingPoint’s PGF technology, Download the PGF Whitepaper; additional information about the new TrackingPoint AR products can be found at www.tracking-point.com .

About TrackingPoint
TrackingPoint, based in Austin, Texas, created the first smart rifles known as precision guided firearms.  Smart rifles utilize jet fighter lock-and-launch technology enabling anyone to engage targets at extreme ranges.  Smart rifles dramatically enhance the hunting and shooting sports experience while delivering a powerful tactical advantage to military and law enforcement organizations. www.tracking-point.com

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Frost & Sullivan: Military Helicopter Industry to Decline by Almost Half while Civil Market Flourishes — Press Release

While DoD budgets are slashed, civil helicopter purchases will grow to support a broader range of industries

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support civil helicopter purchases. The improving U.S. economy has allowed for recapitalization of old aircraft as well as new purchases to support growing demand from industries such as emergency medical services, oil and gas.

Frost & Sullivan finds the DoD spent $12.41 billion on military helicopters in 2012 and estimates this to decrease to $6.70 billion in 2018. The U.S. civil helicopter purchases, on the other hand, generated about $0.89 billion in 2012, and this is estimated to increase to $1.07 by 2020.

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The need to replace equipment that is worn from years of constant deployment and harsh environments is the top driver in the military helicopter market, while recapitalizing a fleet with an average age of 24 years is what is driving the U.S. civil helicopter market.

“Due to constant use in combat, combat support operations, and humanitarian missions, many existing military airframes will reach their service lives between 2030 and 2040. Some Vietnam Era aircraft, like the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-1 Huey fleets, are nearly 50 years old,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades. “The civil fleet is not nearly as old as the military fleet, but a lack of used aircraft is driving the sales of new platforms.”

The most significant challenge the U.S. DoD helicopter market faces is future budget constraints and threat of a prolonged period of sequestration. Likewise, though the market is projected to grow, overall uncertainty in the U.S. economy is restraining the country’s civil helicopter market.

“Upgrades and remanufactured platforms will continue to dominate spending for the military helicopter market, and new programs will favor modifying commercial-off-the-shelf aircraft rather than developing aircraft from the ground up,” observed Blades. “In both the civil and military markets, end users will stress on total life cycle costs rather than acquisition costs.”

Therefore, helicopter manufacturers are focusing more on efficiency and ease of maintenance in order to reduce repair costs and logistical tails.

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Raytheon receives 1,000th AMRAAM rocket motor delivery — Press Release

Raytheon, Nammo achieve major milestone

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received the 1,000th AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-To-Air Missile (AMRAAM®) rocket motor from Nammo Group, a leading propulsion products company based in Raufoss, Norway. The motor is scheduled to be installed in a production AIM-120C7 missile later this month.

“Our partnership with Nammo is another example of the close relationship Raytheon enjoys with our supplier-partners,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “The teamwork between Raytheon and Nammo has contributed significantly to our shared success.”

Following a lengthy qualification process in October 2012, Nammo was certified as an AMRAAM rocket motor supplier for Raytheon and has been delivering motors at the rate of approximately 90 motors per month.

“The Raytheon-Nammo partnership has been a model of success throughout the past year,” said Ronald Krebs, AMRAAM program director with Raytheon Missile Systems. “Raytheon has worked extremely hard to make certain our end-user customers continue to receive AMRAAM missiles on schedule.”

About AMRAAM
AMRAAM is a combat-proven missile that has demonstrated operational flexibility in both air-to-air and surface-launch engagement scenarios and provides today’s warfighter with enhanced operational capability, cost effectiveness and future growth options and solutions.

Procured by 36 countries, the combat-proven AMRAAM has been operational and integrated on the F-16, F-15, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier and F-4, and integration is ongoing in the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. It is also the baseline missile for the NATO-approved National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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ATK Receives Orders for Small-Caliber Ammunition Under New Production Contract at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant — Press Release

Orders Total Approximately $387 Million

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 11 , 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received orders for approximately $387 million for small-caliber rifle ammunition to be produced at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. The orders fall under the plant’s new production contract, which began Oct. 1, 2013, and include a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm and .50-caliber high-quality military ammunition.

In 2012, the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island (ACC-RI) selected ATK to continue production of small-caliber ammunition and operation and maintenance of the Independence, Mo., plant under new contracts. The contracts initially cover the next seven years through FY19, with a potential award term for a total contract term of up to 10 years.

“Our vision for Lake City is a highly-efficient production facility that is lean, scalable and sustainable for the next generation of the nation’s warfighters,” said Kent Holiday, vice president and general manager of ATK’s Small Caliber Systems division.

“ATK is giving greater value to our government customer through the new operations contract at Lake City,” said Mike Kahn, president of ATK’s Defense Group. “Our ammunition has no equal in its quality and reliability, which is the standard we set for our support of the warfighter. Our ATK-wide focus on efficiency, quality and affordability allows us to deliver an excellent value to our military customers.”

ATK Defense Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable ammunition, precision and strike weapons, electronic warfare systems, and missile components across air-, sea-, and land-based systems.

ATK is an aerospace, defense and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk or on Twitter @ATK.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company’s competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Sikorsky Completes Initial Tests of First Rotor Blades for CH-53K Helicopter — Press Release

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION ROTOR BLADESSTRATFORD, Conn., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Sikorsky Aircraft has successfully completed the initial phase of testing for the first-ever main and tail rotor blades manufactured for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter program. Designed specially to help meet the Marine Corps requirement to lift the aircraft’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 pounds, the all-composite blades are the largest and most technologically advanced ever produced by Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“These new blades are an important feature of the CH-53K helicopter’s ability to lift almost three times the payload compared to the CH-53E Super Stallion™ aircraft it will replace later this decade,” said Mike Torok Sikorsky’s CH-53K Program Vice President. “Advanced geometric shaping, high strength composite materials and a flaw tolerant design all come into play to provide unmatched performance, reliability, and survivability.”

At 35 feet span length, and almost three feet chord width, the CH-53K main rotor blade has 12 percent more surface area than the CH-53E blade. A 4th generation aerodynamic design developed by Sikorsky adds unique airfoils, twist and taper to the new blade so as to accommodate 71 percent greater power generated by the CH-53K aircraft’s three 7,500-shaft-horsepower GE38-1B engines.

Included in the span length is an advanced blade tip to improve hover performance, and a composite cuff attachment feature that will allow maintainers to quickly attach each of the seven CH-53K blades directly to an elastomerically-articulated titanium rotor head without the need for specialized tools or multiple redundant fasteners. When attached to the nearly nine-foot-diameter main rotor hub, the blade radius extends to 39.5 feet.

The four 10 ft. long CH-53K tail rotor blades have 15 percent more surface area compared to the same tail rotor blades on the CH-53E helicopter. On the CH-53K aircraft, the tail rotor blades collectively produce as much thrust as the main rotor blades on Sikorsky’s 11,000-pound S-76™ helicopter.

Both main rotor blades and tail rotor blades are now undergoing qualification testing at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Conn., headquarters. Tests completed to date include spinning of the blades on whirl towers to measure balance, and initial fatigue tests to determine structural strength. Blade qualification testing will continue over several years to include stress and fatigue tests, and additional whirl tower testing to validate aerodynamic stability, tip deflection, and rotational twist along each blade’s length.

This first set of blades will be attached to the CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle at Sikorsky’s Developmental Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Marine Corps pilots and Sikorsky test engineers will spin the blades on the GTV as part of the Shakedown Light-Off, a term used to describe the test of engines, transmissions, and blades running together for the first time.

Sikorsky began fabricating composite rotor blades in the early 1970s for the UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter. Composite blades made by Sikorsky are flaw tolerant to ensure that any small anomalies present in the blade during its initial fabrication will not grow into larger problematic anomalies.

The 4th generation blade design is part of a long chain of Sikorsky rotor systems innovations and investment to improve blade aerodynamics.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC)

Photo courtesy of SAC

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