UK MOD Invests about USD 60.6 Million in New Air Defence Missile

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: million Equipment & technology View post tag: about View post tag: Missile View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK This will fund an Assessment Phase that will demonstrate the adaptation and evolution of core weapon system subsystems (e.g. command & control) for the land environment, and prepare for the transition from Rapier Field Standard C (FSC) in British Army service. TheFLAADSLandsystem will provide the British Army with a world leading Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) system that will be one of the most advanced and capable in its class, providing operational, logistical and cost benefits.At the heart of the FLAADSLandsystem is MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and its weapon command and control system, contracted for installation onto the Royal Navy’s (RN) Type 23 Frigates as Sea Ceptor. This approach leverages the existing investment to deliver the UK MOD with an affordable but highly capable air defence system for both the Army and Royal Navy, with a shared support and future upgrade path across both services.The opportunity to exploit a CAMM-based air defence system on land and sea also provides potential international customers with the opportunity to share in the benefits that the UK is reaping from the multi-service adoption of the missile.MBDA is delivering the FLAADSLandprogramme under the Portfolio Management Agreement (PMA). The PMA provides the UK Armed Forces with Freedom of Action and Operational Advantage thereby allowing them to maintain an edge over adversaries now and in the future. The PMA also ensures the skills and technologies critical for this are maintained in theUK.Antoine Bouvier, Chief Executive Officer of MBDA, welcomed the news saying, “This new contract further demonstrates the value of the partnership strategy that MBDA is advancing with its domestic customers. By extending the FLAADS programme to land applications, the British MOD is showing that MBDA continues to be its Complex Weapons company of choice and recognises its ingenuity in maximizing cost benefits through modularity and the re-use of existing technologies. Made possible through the PMA framework established with the British MOD, CAMM-based missile systems offer advantages in terms of capability and through-life costs which I’m sure will interest many armies and navies around the world”.[mappress]Press Release, May 2, 2014; Image: UK MoD View post tag: News by topic UK MOD Invests about USD 60.6 Million in New Air Defence Missile A £36M (USD 60.6M) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has been placed with MBDA for the Land variant of the Future Local Area Air Defence System (FLAADSLand). View post tag: air View post tag: MoD View post tag: 60.6 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK MOD Invests about USD 60.6 Million in New Air Defence Missile View post tag: Defence View post tag: New May 2, 2014 View post tag: invests View post tag: USD Share this articlelast_img read more

New Zealand’s new dive support vessel gets Cougar XT ROV

first_img View post tag: ROV View post tag: HMNZS Resolution HMZS Resolution is scheduled to be delivered to Devonport Naval Base in May 2019. It will feature a 100t salvage crane and a contemporary dynamic positioning system which will allow Navy’s specialist divers to achieve greater levels of effectiveness and safety, in a greater range of conditions.The New Zealand Navy was initially scheduled to receive a custom, new-build vessel but an NZ$148 million cost blowout in the country’s frigate upgrade project forced the government to consider a used vessel.Defense officials identified the MV Edda Fonn, owned and operated by Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi, as the most suitable option from an initial list of over 150 candidate offshore and subsea support vessels.Once delivered, final modifications will be undertaken in New Zealand. It is expected that New Zealand industry will be involved in this part of the project. The ship is expected to be in service with the Navy by November 2019.The NZ$103 million project budget is for the purchase, modifications and introduction into service. Photo: The ship is expected to be in service with the RNZN by November 2019. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new multi-purpose support vessel will receive the Saab Seaeye Cougar XT underwater robotic vehicle before it is transferred to New Zealand.Norway-based Østensjø Rederi is contracted to deliver the future HMZS Resolution (formerly known as ‘Edda Fonn’) to the New Zealand Ministry of Defence in 2019 with an integrated ROV and dive system amongst its upgrades.The ROV system that will be delivered by Saab includes a control room and a launch and recovery system (LARS).The ability to safely launch the Cougar in sea states specified by the Royal New Zealand Navy mandated the positioning of LARS inside the vessel, with the Cougar launched from a mezzanine deck inside the vessel’s ROV hangar.Along with the LARS, the complete system includes a standard Cougar XT with minor modification to include three cameras and sonar system, together with its tether management system and three individual tool skids with manipulators, cutters and water jetting system.Saab photo of the Cougar XT ROVcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Saab View post tag: RNZNlast_img read more

Oxford’s electric bus plan may be scuppered by costs

first_imgHowever, in a statement read by the Council’s Cabinet Memberfor Environment, Yvonne Constance, it was revealed that the combined bid forthe two operators would exceed the £50 million offered by the government. The statement continued: “Officers are working closely withthe bus operators to address this as quickly as possible, although it may beafter the deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest on June 4. Business modelling showed a shortfall of £6.3 million thatwould influence “the potential success of the bid” if unable to be resolved. In February, Oxford City Council announced its intent to apply for funding to upgrade or replace all the buses run by Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus Company. The Council agreed to submit their bid, called an “Expression of Interest”, at a virtual cabinet meeting on 26 May. Oxford has bid to become Britain’s first all-electric buscity. However, the plan may be scuppered by costs, says the Council. “While we believe there may be a positive solution in timefor submission […] should affordability become an issue as the business casedevelops requiring us to withdraw the Expression of Interest then the cabinetwill receive a further report at that time. An expression of interest for the bid is expected to besubmitted at the beginning of June.center_img The bid comes despite the termination of the on-demand Pick Me Up bus service in June. Ms Constance said that “the Pick Me Up service has caught two blows”, referring to the combined effect of congestion in central Oxford and the impact of the coronavirus on passenger numbers. The Council also agreed to bid for £20 million from the DfTto support on-demand bus services in rural and suburban areas. Both funds arepart of the government’s £220 million package ‘Better Deal for Bus Users’. “For now however we remain hopeful of a positive resolutionand are working hard alongside the operators to that end.” The Department of Transport (DfT) funding would make thecity the first to have all buses powered by electricity. Image credit to Arriva436/ Wikimedia Commons.last_img read more

Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption

first_imgYOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano has erupted with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing down its slopes. A monitoring official says the lava flow is Mount Merapi’s longest since the mountain’s danger level was raised in November. Authorities at that time evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain but most have since returned. A warning for people to keep at least 3 miles from the crater is still in effect. Merapi is on densely populated Java island near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes.last_img read more

SGA tickets announced

first_imgJuniors Rachael Chesley and Laura Smith will be facing off against junior Meg Griffin and sophomore Emily Skirtich for student body president and student body vice president, respectively, during the election that runs from 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday.Both tickets say they want to improve campus relations between students and the Student Government Association (SGA) during the 2010-11 academic year. Rachael Chesley and Laura SmithChesley has served as a member of the Student Activities Board (SAB) as well as on Dance Marathon and the Class Gift Campaign. Smith has been also participated in Dance Marathon and has served on the first year, sophomore and junior boards. Although both have never sat on SGA boards, they said they think that provides them with a “fresh perspective.”One of the ticket’s main goals, Chesley said, is working to connect campus clubs and SGA to create a better relationship.“We want to see more integration of the clubs on campus, more support, more open communication,” Chesley said.Smith said this would include members of SGA going out to meetings of other clubs when possible as well as holding events that bring together club leaders to encourage dialogue.The ticket would also like to increase knowledge and communication with the alumnae network, Chesley said.“This College is built on the foundation of tradition and one of the things that attracted me to this college is the alumnae base,” she said.Chesley said she and Smith would like to increase the “presence of alumnae on campus.”The two said they recognize that their opponents’ experience may appear to place them at an advantage, however they believe they bring an “unbiased view.”“Sometimes you just need to shake things up a bit with an outside perspective,” Smith said.Chesley agreed, saying their view is “exactly how a student would see student government from the outside.”“We have an understanding of the student body,” Chesley said. “We would be thrilled to dive in and learn SGA.”Chesley and Smith said their main goal can be summed up in two words: community and integrity.Both have studied abroad and hope to bring those lessons back to campus.“Everybody is involved in some way, and we want to encourage students to be the face of Saint Mary’s, this community, this integrity, this acceptance,” Chesley said. “We want them to be this face of Saint Mary’s whether they are here on campus or off campus and even after they graduate.”Meg Griffin and Emily SkirtichGriffin, who currently serves as student body vice president and previously held the post of  sophomore class president, and Skirtich, who is currently executive secretary for SGA, said their overreaching goal for the next academic year will be to “invigorate the student body with a sense of unity and school spirit.”The pair hope to continue the work of the current SGA administration and hold more all-campus events, like the Navy Ball.The team also wants to work to connect students with the heritage of the College, improve communication with students, faculty and administration, and improve campus life overall, Griffin said.In order to help improve student’s connection with the heritage of the College, Griffin said she hopes to continue the work she did this year with Jenny Hoffman, current student body president, including planning the creation of an academic course on Saint Mary’s heritage.“Since it frequently takes more than one academic year to create a new course, we are still in the midst of the process and look forward continuing the process next year,” Griffin said.Ideas to improve communication between the student body and its government include closer ties between SGA and campus clubs.“Some of our plans are to refine the allotment process, hold club officer orientation sessions, make the SGA Web site a working tool for clubs, open a club workspace in the SGA office and release a 2010-11 Club Handbook that will serve as a reference tool and answer frequently asked questions,” Griffin said.Club changes would be part of their short-term goals for the end of this academic year. To improve campus living for students, Griffin and Skirtich say they hope to connect with Notre Dame’s student government and try to get nearby off-campus restaurants to get “campus currencies accepted,” Griffin said.Griffin said their experience makes them best suited for the job.“With our progression […], we are in a better position to serve the student body, to diagnose from afar potential mistakes and avoid them,” Griffin said. “Even with that experience, we will still make some mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, but we will have the experience to better react and address them.”last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Constellations Continues to Shine Bright

first_img UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Mamma Mia! ($413,270) 4. On the Town ($407,366) 3. On the Twentieth Century ($377,072) 2. The Heidi Chronicles ($305,345)* 1. Honeymoon in Vegas ($284,648) *Number based on eight preview performances **Number based on seven preview performances ***Number based on nine regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 1: FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.50%) 2. Fish in the Dark (101.58%)* 3. The Audience (100.39%)** 4. Constellations (98.34%)*** 5. Aladdin (97.59%) View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. It’s Only a Play (63.05%) 4. Mamma Mia! (60.39%) 3. The Phantom of the Opera (56.61%) 2. Honeymoon in Vegas (48.37%) 1. On the Town (40.61%) The skies might not be totally clear yet, but the stars are certainly visible on Broadway. Constellations, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and recent Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson in their Broadway debuts, played its first of three Friday late-night shows this weekend, and with nine performances, the play celebrated an impressive 98.34% capacity. The top five by capacity also included two long-running favorites (The Book of Mormon and Aladdin), as well as two shows that will open soon (The Audience and Fish in the Dark). Fish in the Dark, The Book of Mormon and Aladdin also appeared in the top five shows by gross, joining perennial box office hits The Lion King and Wicked. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,490,989) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,433,408) 3. Wicked ($1,204,467) 4. Aladdin ($1,198,904) 5. Fish in the Dark ($1,159,537)* Source: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Pingali Talk

first_imgBy Denise HortonPrabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell University Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition, will speak April 7 at 4 p.m. in the Georgia Museum of Art as part of this year’s International Agriculture Day on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.Sponsored by the UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the day will include Pingali’s on “Addressing Persistent Malnutrition in the Developing World—Getting Beyond the Focus on Increasing the Pile of Food Grains.”The world has the means to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, Pingali said, but accomplishing this task requires convincing international policymaking groups to focus their energies on that common goal.Pingali will discuss a range of topics related to agriculture and nutrition. In a recent interview published by Creating Chemistry magazine, Pingali said a disconnect occurred during the original Green Revolution, when there was a focus on increasing the production of staple grains, such as rice, maize and wheat.“There was very little understanding at that time of the overall food system and of the importance of building up a diversity of food available to consumers,” he said. “That’s been the big change over the last three decades: moving away from this focus on staples to looking more broadly at the food system from farm to plate.”Pingali was named director of the Tata-Cornell initiative soon after it was established in 2013 with a $25 million endowment from the India-based Tata Education and Development Trust. The goal of the initiative is to solve the problems of poverty, malnutrition and rural development in India.Prior to joining the initiative, Pingali spent five years as deputy director of agriculture development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He began his career as an economist with the World Bank in 1982, followed by stints as an agricultural economist at the International Rice Research Institute, director of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.In addition to Pingali’s talk, the event will include presentation of the CAES Undergraduate Global Citizen Award, the Edward T. and Karen Kanemasu Global Engagement Award and the Global Programs Graduate International Travel Award.Attendees will vote for their favorite of the five finalists in this year’s Agriculture Abroad Student Photo Contest. The winners will be announced at the end of the reception.For more information on International Agriculture Day and the Office of Global Programs, see http://www.global.uga.edu/internationalagricultureday .last_img read more

Deng Honored

first_imgUniversity of Georgia food scientist Xiangyu Deng has been awarded the Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The award recognizes excellence in food safety and was presented to Deng at the IAFP meeting held July 8-11 in Salt Lake City.The IAFP presents the Beuchat award to a young researcher who is an active member and has shown outstanding ability and professional promise as a researcher in food microbiology and/or food safety in the early years of his or her career. Sponsored by bioMerieux Inc., the award includes a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.The IAFP named the award in honor of UGA Distinguished Research Professor Larry Beuchat, a retired College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food microbiologist at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. Deng is also a researcher at the center, where Beuchat still actively participates in research projects.Last year, Deng’s work in the emerging field of bioinformatics led to his selection as a UGA Creative Research Award winner. The medal is one of the prestigious honors bestowed annually by the UGA Research Foundation to outstanding faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in recognition of excellence in research, scholarly creativity and technology commercialization at UGA.Deng was recognized for creating a cloud-based software tool that quickly classifies strains of salmonella, one of the most prevalent foodborne pathogens in the United States and worldwide. The SeqSero system identifies serotypes, or distinct strains of salmonella, from infected humans, animals, foods and the environment using whole genome sequencing. This system allows for accurate, fast fingerprinting of any salmonella strain in minutes rather than days and replaces a complicated, time-consuming laboratory protocol.“Dr. Deng’s unique set of multidisciplinary skills combined with his enthusiasm for developing better methods for characterizing foodborne pathogens is a dynamic combination that has already produced impressive results,” said Francisco Diez, director of the CFS.IAFP also presented UGA Regents’ Professor Michael Doyle, now retired, its Honorary Life Membership Award. This award recognizes IAFP members for their dedication to the high ideals and objectives of IAFP and for their service to the association.last_img read more

Thailand plans 1GW of floating solar generation

first_imgThailand plans 1GW of floating solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:State-run utility Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is planning to facilitate 1GW of hybrid floating solar-hydro projects across eight dams throughout the country. Thepparat Theppitak, deputy governor, power plant development and renewable energy, EGAT, announced the plans at the ASEAN Solar + Storage Congress & Expo in Manila, the Philippines, organised by Leader Associates.The first two projects, located in the Northeast, are already in the development phase, including 45MW(AC) of contracted capacity at Sirindhorn Dam, with a commercial operation date expected in 2020. A second 24MW(AC) project at Ubol Ratana Dam is due to come into commercial operation in 2023.Theppitak told PV Tech that building of the first project should get underway in January next year. The plans also complement the fact that Thailand already has a hydropower plan and the country wants to have a test bed for floating PV, he added. EGAT sees a potential water surface area of 16km2 across the eight dams earmarked for this first phase.The Thai government is also working on tests for battery energy storage with two big projects standing at 22MWh and 16MWh capacity being used for frequency regulation and to enhance system flexibility. Moreover, Theppitak suggested that once battery costs come down far enough, EGAT will also consider having batteries at the hybrid floating solar-hydro projects.Franck Constant, president of PV developer and investor, Constant Energy, said that the announcements showed perhaps the most prominent change in the Thailand renewable energy space over the last year – the fact that a state-run utility like EGAT is starting to buy into new energy solutions like storage and floating solar.More: Thailand utility eyes 1GW of floating solar on hydro dams, pilots energy storagelast_img read more

The Dangers Of Beef Exports For The Bolivian Amazon

first_imgBy Erick Foronda / Diálogo November 12, 2019 On August 28, Bolivia shipped 96 tons of beef to China, its first shipment to the Asian country. Bolivian President Evo Morales, Chinese officials, and representatives of Bolivian livestock companies celebrated the event as the start of a promising business relationship.The inauguration was held amidst a national crisis, while wildfires ravaged the Bolivian Amazon. Environmental organizations blamed Morales’ government for the fires, after passing a series of laws beneficial to the agricultural sector but detrimental to natural areas. Activists attended the event in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz department, with signs that read: “killer cattle farming.”During two months, more than 7,000 members of the Armed Forces, the Police, and firefighters fought the flames in the Amazon with international support. The heavy rains of early October put an end to the fires that had already destroyed nearly 10 million acres of forest, according to official government data.The Amazon covers 24 percent of the entire Bolivian territory and extends across five departments, including Santa Cruz department, which leads in livestock production with 43 percent of the 10 million total herd, according to Bolivia’s National Institute of Statistics. Before Bolivia started to export beef to China, the country only exported to Peru and Ecuador. According to official data, only 18,000 of the 250,000 tons of beef produced in 2018 were bound for the international market.The beef export agreement signed with China in April 2019 raises great expectations for the Andean country. With a population of 1.4 billion, China is the fastest growing beef market in the world, importing more than 1 million tons in 2018, indicated international market researcher Indexbox.During the event inaugurating the first beef shipment to China, Óscar Ciro Pereyra, head of the Confederation of Cattle Ranchers of Bolivia, provided details about the country’s goal for 2030: to produce more than 200,000 tons of beef for export, which would mean revenues of $800 million in foreign currency.Between 2013 and 2015, Morales’ government passed three laws that granted pardons to people committing illegal deforestation for agricultural use. In September 2015, the government also passed a law authorizing the clearing of up to 20 hectares (instead of 5 hectares) on small properties. The decree signed in July 2019 authorizes controlled fires in Santa Cruz and Beni departments — which were both affected by the wildfires— to increase beef production and exports.The government’s agricultural frontier expansion plan seeks to increase the surface of cultivated areas from 8.4 million acres to more than 24.7 million acres in 2025.Environmental activists stress that the plan does not address the issue of deforestation. According to a report from the Friends of Nature Foundation, an environmental group based in Santa Cruz, cattle grazing is responsible for more than 60 percent of forest loss in Bolivia.last_img read more