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

Biden’s Commerce pick, Raimondo, voices tough line on China

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee the Commerce Department has taken a tough line on China in her confirmation hearing. But Gina Raimondo stopped short of singling out which Chinese companies should remain on a list that limits their access to advanced U.S. technology. Raimondo is the first woman elected governor of Rhode Island. She says China’s actions have been anti-competitive and hurtful to American workers and she will use all tools at her disposal to level the playing field for American workers. Raimondo also focused her testimony Tuesday on the need to help those sectors of the economy and the workers hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Small Dog customers vote with feet — and paws

first_imgThe numbers are just coming in for Small Dog Electronics’ new flagship store and by all measurements, it’s an undisputed winner.The Apple Specialist (#1 in New England, #3 in the nation) opened its doors in Burlington, Vermont and it was clear that customers voted with their feet – and their wallets.”We knew that the Burlington store would blow all earlier records we had ever set for retail,” says Don Mayer, founder and CEO of the online Apple reseller, “but the pent-up demand was even bigger than we projected.” Small Dog Electronics ( is external)) started its internet enterprise in 1995 and added an adjunct retail outlet a few years later, nestled in the outlying mountainside village of Waitsfield, Vermont. Four months ago, a retail space in the busiest shopping intersection in Chittenden County opened up. “We knew if we were ever going to grow the retail side of the business, it had to be the perfect location,” Mayer describes, “and suddenly – it just appeared.” The store occupies 3700 sq. ft in a highly trafficked shopping center just south of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city and most populated county. It opened on October 28.”Twelve days into the new Burlington store, sales are trending more than two and a half times the volume of its counterpart in Waitsfield.” Mayer reports. “Heck, if I had a dollar for every person that said ‘thank goodness you’re finally here,’ it would be triple.”Between the flurry of ribbon-cutting festivities, and a blitz of special theme days for students, photographers, and other professionals, more than 2000 people visited Small Dog Electronics in its opening week. Over $10,000 worth of iPods, computers and other prizes were given away in special events and promotions with the help of vendor attendees including MacWorld, Canon, Olympus, LaCie, and Apple.The opening of the flagship store catapults Small Dog Electronics into new territory. One, Mayer describes as “very Mac-friendly and Mac-sophisticated. “Vermont has grown considerably in the past twenty years,” Mayer explains, “and Burlington is the epicenter for thriving national businesses like Ben & Jerry’s as well as a popular college town. Vermonters have been our online customers for years and they let us know in this first stretch, how happy they are with our new, more accessible location.”Dogs, too, are always part of the mix at Small Dog Electronics, and the new store is no exception. Dogs are welcome and christened the store in a variety of ways. “There’s a reason why we chose hard wood floors,” says retail store manager, Hannah Parfitt. “They’re nice looking and so easy to clean.”last_img read more

Fiji beat Georgia to claim first win of Rugby World Cup

first_imgFIJI claimed their first win of this World Cup as six second-half tries saw them ease past Georgia in Higashiosaka.The Pacific Islanders took the lead through Waisea Nayacalevu but Soso Matiashvili’s penalty reduced the deficit to four points at halftime.However, second-half tries from Frank Lomani, Josua Tuisova, Semi Kunatani, Api Ratuniyarawa and two from Semi Radradra gave Fiji a bonus-point win.Mamuka Gorgodze got a consolation for Georgia as Fiji moved second in Pool D.Fiji were humbled by Uruguay in their last outing – albeit after only a four-day turnaround following the loss to Australia – but the backs, who scored five of their seven tries, ruthlessly took Georgia apart after the interval.They could have scored more but Nayacalevu dropped the ball with the line at his mercy as Georgia fell to their first tournament defeat to a Tier 2 nation. Their second biggest win at a World Cup means Fiji are likely to finish at least third in the pool – and with that gain qualification for the 2023 World Cup.The Islanders face Wales in their final pool game on Wednesday, October 9, (10:45hrs BST), while Georgia conclude their campaign against Australia on Friday, October 11 (11:15hrs). (BBC Sport)last_img read more