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© 2010 FrontLine Defence (Vol 7, No 6)

British-trained Afghan soldiers start to take over the IED fight
In an important milestone in the development of the Afghan security forces, the ANA counter-IED team conducted a textbook operation under the oversight of their British partners from the Counter-IED Task Force.

Using controlled explosions, they neutralized Taliban traps which threatened the lives of British and Afghan soldiers, as well as local civilians. The deadly devices had been discovered earlier during a joint patrol by Afghan National Army soldiers and C Company of 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment.
 
In a partnered operation, British and Afghan soldiers from the patrol worked together with the Afghan National Civil Order Police to provide an outer cordon, establishing a safe area around the devices for the Afghan counter-IED team to work within. Adhering to correct safety procedures, the newly-trained Afghan bomb disposal experts set to work, using a loudspeaker throughout the operation to update inhabitants of the nearby village.

Navy Destroyers Join USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group
Three Arleigh Burke class destroyers (USS Halsey, Momsen and Shoup) will contribute to maritime security, bringing the capability to share a common tactical maritime picture through their AEGIS and link systems, and adding six helicopters and numerous surface, air and subsurface elements to maritime security operations. The three ships will rotate through different duties during the coming months, and their overall focus will be supporting regional stability, suppressing piracy and improving maritime security.

Shoup will be initially assigned to counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea; Momsen will be initially assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 152 in the Arabian Gulf; and Halsey will be initially assigned to CTF 50, supporting Abraham Lincoln Strike Group operations.

MBDA’s Aster, 1st European missile to successfully carry out ballistic intercept
MBDA announced the total success of an Aster missile firing carried out on 18 October 2010 by the DGA EM (Direction Generale de l’Armement – Essais de Missiles) in the Landes region of France. This firing deployed the Aster 30 Block 1 missile variant developed for the French Air Force’s Mamba medium range air defence system (also known as SAMP/T or Surface Air Moyenne Portee Terrestre) and optimized for the interception of aerial as well as ballistic threats.

The Aster missile family (including the naval variants Aster 15 and Aster 30) constitutes the most important missile programme ever launched in Europe. Having been taken up by three European countries and two export countries, today, the Aster family offers the largest installed base of European missile systems. The MBDA/Thales order book for this system includes a total of 55 naval and ground-based systems and more than 1,700 missiles scheduled for delivery.
 
The Aster missile’s flexibility enables it to counter saturating attack scenarios against low radar signature targets with the same probability of success.

Curtiss-Wright Controls provides turret drive stabilization system
Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. has received a contract from Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI) Defence to provide a turret drive stabilization system for a U.S. foreign military sales contract.

Curtiss-Wright’s Motion Control segment will design, develop and manufacture the turret stabilization units, featuring its Digital AC Servo (DACS) III system, at the company’s facility in Neuhausen, Switzerland. Contract duration: 2010 through 2013.

Oshkosh Technologies Tackle 1,000-Mile Off-Road Desert Race
Oshkosh Corporation’s Extreme Racing team has completed the 43rd Annual Tecate Baja 1000 off-road race course in Mexico, running its Light Concept Vehicles (LCV) through the rugged 1,061-mile desert course. One of its two contenders crossed the finish line in La Paz.

“Off-road racing teams compete in the Baja 1000 to push the limits, and we’re absolutely thrilled to see our vehicle overcome the difficult desert terrain,” said Chris Yakes, Oshkosh Corporation vice president of Advanced Products Engineering and Oshkosh Extreme Racing team leader. “Our team’s performance on this world-renowned course speaks to both the quality of our technologies and the expertise of our drivers and technical crew. I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
 
The two Oshkosh Extreme Racing vehicles, numbered M1 and M2 for the race, were driven by members of California Gold Racing (CGR), led by legendary race driver Glenn Harris. M2 reached speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour and completed the course at 4:20 p.m. PST.

According to Harris, “There are so many unknowns going into the SCORE Baja 1000 race because of the extreme nature of this event. By finishing one of the toughest off-road races, Oshkosh is demonstrating that this new powertrain and suspension technologies are ready for almost anything.”
 
“Approximately 58 percent of all vehicles that start the race, are able to finish the race,” said Sal Fish, SCORE International’s President and CEO, which has sanctioned and produced the event since 1975. “I know I speak for the entire SCORE staff and race officials when I say we are

impressed with how well the Oshkosh Extreme Racing team performed during their inaugural run.”
 
Oshkosh Extreme Racing ran two vehicles in the 1,061-mile off-road race. The Oshkosh LCV M1 was unable to meet a checkpoint time requirement, causing the vehicle to receive a “did not finish” result.

Bell Helicopter Textron scores with 429
The San Juan Regional Medical Center will add the world’s most advanced light twin helicopter, the Bell 429, to its air ambulance fleet. The purchase supports the Center’s AirCare unit based out of Farmington, New Mexico. “Our hospital and the AirCare program have depended on Bell helicopters for more than 18 years to safely transport patients,” said Mike Berve, AirCare and trauma manager, San Juan Regional Medical Center. “After nearly 13,000 flight hours in the Bell 222, we look forward adding the 429 to our fleet.”
 
Chosen for its exceptional performance capabilities in demanding environments, the 429 also offers advancements in cockpit technology, speed and versatility, spacious cabin, and excellent maintainability.

Pratt & Whitney Canada president named Chair of Aerospace Association, AIAC
26 October 2010 – The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) announced that John Saabas, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, has been named Chairman of the association’s Board of Directors for 2010-2011. Mr. Saabas succeeds Marc Parent, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE Inc., who held the position for the past year.

Cassidian funds Detection Technology Chair at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University
Cassidian, the recently renamed defence and security division of EADS, joins EADS Innovation Works, the corporation’s central research establishment, in funding an endowed chair of detection technology at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The two units will provide one million euros over the next five years.
 
“Explosives and hazardous substances such as incendiary devices are by far the most common instruments of terrorist attacks,” explains Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Cassidian Electronics. “By delivering more efficient solutions for early detection of these hazardous substances, we are making a significant contribution to the protection of our citizens.”

Outstanding Aerospace Visionary
Dr. Wagdi George Habashi
26 October 2010 – AIAC hosted a tribute to Dr. Wagdi George Habashi for his exceptional contribution to Canada’s aerospace industry, awarding him the very first AIAC/James C. Floyd Award. The career of Dr. Habashi is true success story in both academia and industry. His scientific contributions and industrial collaborations with CAE Inc., Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bell Helicopter and Textron have revolutionized the field of in-flight icing by decreasing incidences of in-flight accidents, contributing to Canadian international visibility in the area of aerospace technology.
 
As President and CEO of Numerical Technologies International, Dr. Habashi’s university-industry effort has created a model for computational fluid dynamics, one of Quebec’s most important aerospace exports.
 
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Habashi called on the government for greater collaboration in order to maintain Canada’s global leadership position in aerospace. “It is now time to stop internecine regional fighting, roll up our sleeves and focus on how to maintain and grow Canada’s enviable position. It will take a coordinated industry-government-academia action to do so, prodded by proactive government actions and not reactive ones,” he concluded.

WESCAM awarded Ontario aerospace grant
The Government of Ontario is helping a Burlington aerospace ­business design the next generation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems for the aerospace sector.
 
The province is supporting L-3 WESCAM to develop leading-edge technologies in airborne imaging systems that will provide clearer images, from greater distances and under harsh conditions, using lighter and smaller equipment. These innovations will help the company improve its business outlook in a highly competitive and technology-driven marketplace.
 
Ontario is providing a grant of $17.5-million to L-3 WESCAM to support research and development of this technology. This ­support will help create 375 highly-skilled jobs, while retaining 555 existing positions at the business over the next five years.
 
Partnering with local business organizations is a key component of the five-year Open Ontario plan to create new job ­opportunities and promote economic growth.

Rheinmetall Canada supplies CASW Systems
Rheinmetall Canada Inc. has been awarded a $95M contract for the supply of 304 Close Area Suppression Weapon (CASW) systems to the CF, with an option for additional system and ammunition quantities. This is the first sale of a fully integrated CASW system for the Rheinmetall Group worldwide and will be the first modern 40 mm support weapon system deployed with the Canadian Army.

The CASW system is used to engage targets at a range up to 2.2 km and, in a secondary role, to perform surveillance and target acquisition under all weather conditions. An integrated Fire Control System (FCS) provides high-performance day and night capability along with direct and indirect firing solutions to targets. Combined with powerful airburst ammunition capable of suppressing hidden targets, and a new generation of high-explosive, dual-purpose ammunition, the CASW system is the most technologically advanced in its class.

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