Thursday, August 27, 2009

Boeing sees 787 flight this year, expects charge

ATLANTA (Reuters) On Thursday August 27, 2009, 10:40 am EDT - Boeing Co (NYSE:BA - News) said on Thursday its 787 Dreamliner would make its first flight by the end of this year, with initial delivery expected in the fourth quarter of 2010, and its shares shot up 8 percent. Reuters - The Boeing company's first 787 Dreamliner is readied for its first test flight, scheduled for June, at the ...
Alex Hamilton, an analyst with Jesup & Lamont Securities, said Boeing's statement helped ease some questions that have surrounded the carbon-composite 787.
"There was a lot of uncertainty and a lot of the chatter on the street was 'would this aircraft ever fly?'" he said. "It sort of ends the uncertainty."
Boeing, the No. 2 plane maker behind EADS (Paris:EAD.PA - News) unit Airbus, also plans to take a third-quarter charge. The manufacturer said it has concluded that the initial test-flight planes of the long-delayed 787 have no commercial market value because of necessary modifications that have been made.
It added that costs previously recorded for the first three test planes would be reclassified as a research and development expense, resulting in an estimated pretax charge of $2.5 billion, or $2.21 a share, against results for the third quarter.
Analysts were expecting a profit of $1.21 a share for the third quarter, according to Reuters Estimates.
Hamilton said the updated outlook likely meant Boeing would post a loss for the third quarter.
"This is money that was already spent and this is money that they're reclassifying as an R&D expense ... The message should be clear -- it's still an economically viable aircraft," Hamilton said.
The date of the first test flight has been delayed repeatedly because of production problems and a two-month labor strike.
The latest delay was in June, when Boeing said the plane would not fly as scheduled during the second quarter so it could address a structural problem.
The company, which had said earlier this year that the first 787 deliveries to customers could occur in the first quarter of 2010, also said it projects achieving a production rate of 10 airplanes per month in late 2013.
Boeing shares were up 8 percent, or $3.79, at $51.61 in morning New York Stock Exchange trading. Shares of 787 suppliers such as Spirit AeroSystems Holdings (NYSE:SPR - News) and Rockwell Collins (NYSE:COL - News) also gained.

Rolls-Royce to Begin Construction in Virginia

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va.-- On Thursday August 27, 2009, 3:18 pm EDT (BUSINESS WIRE)--Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is ready to begin construction at Crosspointe, its new aerospace facility in Prince George County, Virginia. Following a rigorous and competitive selection process, the company has selected the design-build firm of Haskell to undertake construction of the first building on site. Representatives from Rolls-Royce and design-build firm Haskell gather for the first time at Crosspointe. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)
This first building at Crosspointe will be a 140,000 square foot disc manufacturing facility. Discs, the part of a turbofan engine that contains the blades, are considered one of the most critical components of the engine. Discs manufactured at Crosspointe will be used in some of the company's newest civil aerospace products - the Trent 1000, Trent 900 and Trent XWB - optimized for the Boeing 787, Airbus A380 and A350 XWB respectively. Construction on this facility is expected to begin in late September or early October.
This initial phase of work - disc manufacturing - will support roughly 140 jobs. Disc production at Crosspointe will begin as soon as possible once the site is operational, currently expected in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Tom Loehr, Rolls-Royce Executive Vice President, Crosspointe said: "Our improving market position and significant growth in the past few years have delivered a record order book. Despite these challenging economic times, we are confident in our long-term growth and determined to maximize the opportunities provided by our technologies, people and global reach. Thanks to our partners, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince George County, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, Crosspointe will be a world-class aerospace facility and will play a key role in our future. We're delighted to be growing our footprint in Virginia and bringing the economic benefits associated with high value added manufacturing to the region."
Plans are also proceeding for the second building on site - a blisk manufacturing facility. Blisks, or bladed discs, incorporating fan blades and discs into a single piece, are designed for use in the next generation of gas turbine engines. Blisks manufactured at Crosspointe will be used in the F136 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, the world's largest ever fighter program.
Crosspointe will be the largest Rolls-Royce site by area in North America, with ample space to accommodate suppliers' and partners' co-location in the future. It is also the first Rolls-Royce site built from-the-ground-up in the US.

Aero-Instruments Begins Delivery of FAA-Approved Replacement Pitot Probes for Airbus-Manufactured Aircraft

Company's air data sensors now available to address immediate needs on all A320, A330 and A340 aircraft
CLEVELAND, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Aero-Instruments announced today that it has begun customer deliveries of Federal Aviation Administration-approved replacement Pitot Probes for installation on Airbus S.A.S.-manufactured aircraft. After 18 months of testing and evaluation, including stringent anti-icing and de-icing testing, the FAA approved Aero-Instruments' 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe for installation on the more than 4,500 Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340 series aircraft in operation worldwide. Aero-Instruments is one of only three companies in the world whose Pitot Probes are approved for Airbus commercial aircraft.
The availability of the new Aero-Instruments devices helps meet increased worldwide demand for replacement Pitot Probes for Airbus-manufactured aircraft.
"The testing and approval of these precision-engineered parts was an appropriately rigorous process, and, now, we are ramping up our manufacturing quickly to help meet the increase in demand for replacement Pitot Probes," said Ryan S. Mifsud, Vice President / General Manager, Aero-Instruments. "Our ability to deliver such a high-performance product and superior customer service is essential to our customers. Products are being shipped as ordered, and we are building our inventory to help meet the needs of the Airbus fleet."
In granting Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for the Aero-Instruments 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe, the FAA concluded that the part meets or exceeds the agreed upon certification plan, which was based on the requirements of TSO C-16A, including the anti-icing requirements outlined in SAE AS393, AS8006, and BS2G.135.
With this new FAA-PMA approval for Airbus-manufactured aircraft, Aero-Instruments is able to supply replacement Pitot and Pitot-Static Probes for after-market installation on the majority of aircraft the world's airlines operate. In addition to the certification for Airbus aircraft, Aero-Instruments is one of only two companies in the world with approval for replacement probes for Boeing-manufactured aircraft. Aero-Instruments received its first FAA certification for replacement parts for Boeing-manufactured commercial planes in 2006.
Aero-Instruments also manufactures Pitot Probes and related devices and systems for the general aviation, rotorcraft, defense, business jet and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle markets.
About Aero-Instruments
Aero-Instruments is one of the most trusted names in the design and manufacture of Air Data Sensors for aerospace applications. Founded in 1925, the privately held company based in Cleveland, Ohio, produces electrically heated Pitot Probes, Pitot-Static Probes and Static Pressure Ports for the aerospace and defense industries. Aero-Instruments' products are flying on tens of thousands of aircraft around the world, including commercial aircraft, military aircraft, business jets, general aviation, rotorcraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. For more information, visit

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Delivers HELOTRAC RL(R) Enhancements for U.S. Army Light Utility Helicopter Program

STRATFORD, Conn., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced it has delivered enhancements to the HELOTRAC RL(®) maintenance management system for the U.S. Army's UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program. Sikorsky Aerospace Services provides Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) to the LUH program and is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The HELOTRAC RL maintenance management system enhancements include improvements to three primary features requested by the U.S. Army: safety, an operating and support management information system, and fleet management capabilities. The software update was recently launched into production.
"The HELOTRAC RL maintenance management system offers a low cost, commercial off-the-shelf solution that helps reduce the maintenance costs of the fleet, and enables additional fleet management opportunities," said David Adler, President, Sikorsky Aerospace Services. "The system has been well received by the units and we will continue to improve it to ease the maintenance burden on the warfighter."
The safety enhancement will provide the customer with improved message reporting, including airworthiness directives, alert service bulletins, service bulletins, service letters and service instructions. It allows the customer to generate reports based on aircraft selections and date ranges.
"Sikorsky designed, tested, and installed the U.S. Army-requested enhancements to the HELOTRAC RL software over the past year, meeting or exceeding the performance requirements of EADS North America and the U.S. Army," said John Burke, EADS North America's Vice President and Program Manager of the LUH program.
The OSMIS will allow the customer to perform quarterly comprehensive cost analysis reporting. The system report provides detailed information on discrepancies, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, impact to non-mission capability, maintenance man hours, and repairable/consumable parts consumed for the LUH fleet.
The fleet management module will provide additional fleet management data to allow the customer to determine timely fleet and aircraft readiness.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its Sikorsky Aerospace Services business designs and applies advanced logistics and supply chain solutions for commercial rotary, military rotary and fixed wing customers. 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 worldwide.

Fullpower Introduces MotionX-GPS(TM) 7.0 for the iPhone

New Cool Course and Direction Up Maps Optimized for 3GS
SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - 08/27/09) - MotionX(TM)-GPS, the top selling navigation application for the iPhone, launches an updated version with expanded features and functionality. MotionX-GPS V7 embeds the functionality of an advanced handheld GPS unit into a simple and intuitive iPhone application that is ideal for outdoor activities such as cycling, running, sailing, skiing, kayaking, flying, motorcycling and even hot-air ballooning! Marketwire - MotionX-GPS V7 now with new course-up and direction-up maps optimized for the iPhone 3GS ...
For example, hot-air balloon pilot Tony Cochran uses MotionX-GPS to create tracks for sharing with clients and maintaining a logbook of flights. Using MotionX's One-Click Share feature, he can e-mail track stats to clients with a link to view the track in Google Maps, as well as post directly to Facebook or Twitter to share with friends. He uses the GPX file from the e-mail to create graphic elevation profiles using uTrack and to post stunning 3D flight profiles in Google Earth. For more on Cochran's story click here.
"I use Fullpower's MotionX-GPS app for tracking pleasure balloon flights in Colorado," said Cochran. "Most of our clients like to know how high and how far we traveled during the flight, and MotionX-GPS makes it easy to share the flight specifics. I post the flight track to my Facebook page before we have even packed up the balloon. If you are looking for an app for any outdoor activity, MotionX-GPS is for you."
New Features in MotionX-GPS V7:
Direction-up maps and tracks are integrated with the 3GS compass, so you can orient the map to the direction of travel or to where the iPhone is pointing to enable easy navigating of saved tracks.
MotionX-GPS takes you more places than ever with the addition of three new Bing map types -- road, aerial and hybrid. For increased flexibility, the Bing maps integrate with the other MotionX map types including MotionX Open Road, MotionX Open Terrain and Google road, satellite and hybrid maps.
An optimized compass gives you the most accurate navigation whether you are using MotionX-GPS to find and mark new places or to retrace your steps.
For optimum performance, the new auto compass for the iPhone 3GS switches automatically between magnetic and satellite mode.
Now you can save your travels via a track on the map page even if you haven't used the stopwatch/track recorder feature.
Embraced by more than 2 million outdoor enthusiasts, MotionX-GPS 7.0 for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is available for $2.99 for a limited time through the Apple App Store.
Fullpower's MotionX technology platform is the leader for mobile sensing solutions. MotionX solutions span navigation, imaging, life-sciences and energy management. Today the iPhone is the premier showcase for MotionX solutions, with more than 3 million App store downloads.
About Fullpower/MotionX
Founded in 2003 by Sonia Lee and Philippe Kahn, Fullpower's mission is to put motion-sensing in every mobile device. As the leader in mobile sensing solutions, Fullpower is building on its expertise in wireless sensor technology to deliver unique, interactive motion-sensing applications. MotionX solutions are designed and developed in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Raytheon Awarded $7 Million Phase 2 Contract From the Office of Naval Research

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Aug. 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN - News) was awarded a $7 million follow-on contract from the Office of Naval Research for work on the Compound Semiconductor Materials on Silicon (COSMOS) program.
Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, this phase two contract will focus on improving the yield and integration density of compound semiconductor and silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) transistors fabricated on the same silicon wafer.
"The COSMOS program focuses on integrating high-performance compound semiconductors, such as Indium phosphide or Gallium arsenide, with low-cost silicon transistors to achieve superior cost benefits and performance than what is available today," said Michael Del Checcolo, vice president of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). "These technological advances allow us to provide more complex and highly sophisticated solutions for our warfighters."
During phase one, the Raytheon-led team demonstrated that high performance compound semiconductor devices (InP HBTs) can be directly grown and fabricated on silicon substrates and monolithically integrated with Silicon CMOS transistors on the same substrate. The team will use these findings in phase two to design and fabricate high speed, low power consumption digital-to- analog converters whose performance cannot be realized with today's existing semiconductor technology.
Using its OpenAIR(TM) business model for assembling talent and capabilities, Raytheon IDS is partnering with Raytheon Systems Limited, Glenrothes, Scotland; Soitec, Bernin, France; Teledyne Scientific Imaging Company, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.; Paradigm Research LLC, Windham, N.H.; IQE, Bethlehem, Penn.; and Silicon Valley Technology Center, San Jose, Calif.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 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. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

Orbit International Receives Additional Awards from NAVICP for Color Plasma Entry Panels

Potential for Retrofit Program Could Exceed $20 Million
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--On Thursday August 27, 2009, 8:45 am EDT (BUSINESS WIRE)--Orbit International Corp. (NASDAQ:ORBT - News), a defense electronics manufacturer, systems integrator and software solution provider, today announced that its Electronics Group continues to receive additional retrofit awards that now exceed $540,000 since January 2009. These awards are released from the U.S. Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), Mechanicsburg, PA. for the manufacture of its Color Plasma Entry Panels (Color PEP). The Color PEPs were designed to replace older Orbit Plasma Entry Panels currently supporting UYQ-21 Naval console requirements. Deliveries under this contract are expected to commence in the fourth quarter 2009 and be completed by the first quarter 2010.
These continuing contract awards from NAVICP for the Color PEP are significant in that they represent further evidence that NAVICP is committed to a program under which soon to be obsolete Plasma Entry Panels will be replaced by the Color PEP, which was specifically designed as a low cost, enhanced capability end-of-life replacement for the Plasma Entry Panels originally designed by Orbit. The new Color PEPs, once installed, significantly upgrade the functionality and capabilities of all UYQ-21 consoles for U.S. and foreign fleet service.
These Color PEPs will continue to support an ongoing replacement program funded for the purpose of removing hardware that is too costly to repair, refurbish, or in some instances, older components are no longer procurable, making the Plasma Entry Panel obsolete to manufacture. The Company can now provide state-of-the-art hardware with enhanced capabilities as form fit replacement for the UYQ-21 consoles on board most U.S. Naval surface ships.
Dennis Sunshine, Orbit’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our older Plasma Entry Panels, initially designed and installed since 1982, continue to support computer display systems for UYQ-21 Naval Surface shipboard fleet requirements as well as land based test facilities. The Company has previously delivered in excess of 3,500 of the originally designed Plasma Entry Panels to a number of prime defense electronic contractors, including Hughes Aircraft Company, Raytheon Company, DRS, Lockheed Martin, and directly to Naval Procurement Offices supporting UYQ-21 console testing facilities. These units have had a successful history of providing the console operator with critical real time data for the Command Information and Control Room, as well as the Fire Control areas, for all U.S. Naval Cruisers, Destroyers, and Fleet Carriers utilizing the UYQ-21 console systems.”
Sunshine stated, “Since all of the UYQ-21 consoles currently on board each ship platform will remain operational on an extended deployment basis, this cost reduction retrofit initiative is aligned with the cost saving policies announced by the current administration. Our Company has the potential to replace these older units for the navies of the U.S., Spain, and Japan. The CG-47 Ticonderoga class AEGIS cruisers, DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyers, and the FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates are just some of the U.S. surface vessels equipped with the UYQ-21 system.”
Finally, Sunshine stated “Up to this point in time, our Company has provided Color PEPs as ’seed units’ for selective naval platforms. These latest Color PEP awards which began in January 2009, although small in dollar amount, take the replacement initiative to the next level. Our Company is now replacing older Plasma units on a one for one basis, as the UYQ-21 console continues to support our Naval presence throughout the world. By extending the useful life of a previously commissioned ship by some 15-25 years, the Company anticipates a potential requirement for a significant number of Color PEPs. Since the awards are designed to replace older Plasma Panels with Color PEPs on a ship by ship basis, our Company will report the number of future awards on a semi-annual basis. Based on the number of units previously delivered since 1982, we view this color PEP replacement program as a significant long term opportunity, with the potential to generate in excess of $20 million revenue subject to future funding of the program.”
Orbit International Corp. is involved in the manufacture of customized electronic components and subsystems for military and nonmilitary government applications through its production facilities in Hauppauge, New York, and Quakertown, Pennsylvania; and designs and manufactures combat systems and gun weapons systems, provides system integration and integrated logistics support and documentation control at its facilities in Louisville, Kentucky. Its Behlman Electronics, Inc. subsidiary manufactures and sells high quality commercial power units, AC power sources, frequency converters, uninterruptible power supplies and associated analytical equipment. The Behlman military division designs, manufactures and sells power units and electronic products for measurement and display.
Certain matters discussed in this news release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company including, but not limited to, statements regarding any acquisition proposal and/or the potential sale of the Company and whether such acquisition proposal, potential sale or a strategic alternative thereto may be considered or consummated; statements regarding our expectations of Orbit’s operating plans, deliveries under contracts and strategies generally; statements regarding our expectations of the performance of our business; expectations regarding costs and revenues, future operating results, additional orders, future business opportunities and continued growth, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Federal securities laws. Although Orbit believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon 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. Many of these factors are beyond Orbit International's ability to control or predict. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially and that could impact Orbit International and the statements contained in this news release can be found in Orbit's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, annual reports on Form 10-K and its other periodic reports. For forward-looking statements in this news release, Orbit claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Orbit assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Unisys Wins Encore II Award to Support Evaluation of New Data Protection Technology at US Joint Forces Command

Unisys to Support Tests of Transformational Technology to Safeguard Sensitive Data on Shared Information Networks
BLUE BELL, Pa.--On Thursday August 27, 2009, 8:00 am EDT (BUSINESS WIRE)--Unisys (NYSE:UIS - News) was awarded a firm fixed price, task order to support the testing and evaluation of a new encryption and “bit-splitting” technology at the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) to ensure that data is secure and readily available to those authorized to view it. The project will test the Unisys Stealth Solution for Network, an innovative secure information sharing solution for government and commercial organizations.
Under the one-year task order, awarded through the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Encore II contract, Unisys will provide technical support at the USJFCOM site in Norfolk, Va., and at its subordinate Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence (JTC-I) site in Suffolk, Va.
The commands will test the ability of cryptographic bit-splitting technology to help converge various Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid (GIG) networks operating at different security levels into a single network infrastructure where virtualized communities of interest can co-exist, while still maintaining complete isolation from each other.
The technology would help to protect each community’s data, allowing the controlled sharing of information between communities, while dramatically reducing infrastructure and associated costs.
The data protection capability is essential to the DoD, which must secure its data from unauthorized users, while allowing data to be shared with those who need it, such as essential users from various agencies and military services, as well as authorized partners such as contractors or coalition nations.
To carry out this transformational prototyping effort on behalf of USJFCOM, Unisys will draw upon its extensive experience working with the Unisys Stealth Solution for Network. The Stealth solution encrypts data, “cryptographically bit-splits” that data into multiple packets as it moves through the network, and then reassembles the information packets for delivery exclusively to authorized users.
Among its missions, USJFCOM leads efforts to integrate military capabilities among the various DoD commands and agencies and to develop solutions to allow the DoD systems to interoperate. The JTC-I operates the Joint Intelligence Lab to experiment with and assess processes and technologies that can assist DoD programs to better gather, share and use intelligence data.
“This technology can address a longstanding challenge for the Department of Defense and other government agencies: how to simplify their networks without sacrificing security, while delivering significant cost savings,” said Jim Geiger, managing partner, Department of Defense, Unisys Federal Systems. “Unisys will draw upon its extensive experience with the Unisys Stealth Solution for Networks to support the Joint Forces Command and the Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence in this pioneering effort to promote secure data and information sharing among various communities within the DoD. This solution is now the double-encryption security mechanism protecting the Unisys Secure Cloud solution.”
About Unisys
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 26,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit
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Northrop Grumman gets billions in military contracts

WASHINGTON ~ August 27, 2009 - The U.S. Air Force has boosted the potential value of Northrop Grumman Corp's (NYSE:NOC - News) contract to support the radar-evading B-2 bombers by more than 50 percent to $9.5 billion. It raised the ceiling on the contract which was originally set at $6.1 billion by $3.4 billion, the Defense Department said on Wednesday.
At the same time, Los Angeles-based Northrop said it had received a U.S. Navy contract valued at roughly $2.4 billion for the refueling and overhaul of the Theodore Rossevelt, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
The Pentagon, in its daily contract digest on Wednesday, did not specify the previous ceiling value of Northrop's bomber contract. The United States deploys 20 B-2s.
Work on the aircraft carrier is scheduled to last more than three years and will be the ship's one and only refueling and complex overhaul in a 50-year life span, Northrop said.
The Roosevelt is the fourth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo this major milestone.
More than 3,800 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding employees would be working aboard the carrier during peak periods of the project, the company said.
Northrop shares closed down 46 cents to end the day's trade on the New York Stock Exchange at $48.90.

Saab Delivers Camouflage Net Systems to the U.S. Department of Defense

Saab~ On Thursday August 27, 2009, (STO:SAABB) has been awarded two production and delivery contracts with an order value of MUSD 18.4 (appr. MSEK 130) for Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems by the U.S. Department of Defense.
In August Saab won two Department of Defense contracts to produce and deliver Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems (ULCANS) for use by the U.S. Army. Delivery of the systems will begin in December 2009 and continue through the summer of 2010.
“We are pleased to see the U.S. Department of Defense continued trust in our ability to deliver. We are committed to continue providing the best signature management products available to the U.S. Armed Forces now and in the future,“ says Dottie Womack, President of Saab Barracuda LLC. ULCANS are used for hiding military objects to achieve protection against visual as well as near infrared, thermal infrared and broadband radar threats, while in a static position. Saab manufactures multi-spectral signature management and heat reduction products for the Department of Defense as well as other U.S. Government agencies and customers worldwide.
Signature management is mainly a military term for providing an object or a person with characteristics that makes detection and identification more difficult for different types of sensors.
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.
The information is that which Saab AB is required to declare by the Securities Business Act and/or the Financial instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on August 27 at 10.50.
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Over One-Third of Americans Believe Fewer Troops Should be Committed in Afghanistan

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--On Thursday August 27, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--As the situation in Afghanistan, especially in the wake of the current elections and the vote-counting, continues to deteriorate for U.S. troops on the ground, Americans may be thinking of this situation in a similar manner as they once thought about Iraq. In the past six months, even fewer U.S. adults believe more troops should be committed to the war there and more Americans believe fewer troops should be committed.
These are some of the results of a new BBC World News America/The Harris Poll® of 2,004 adults surveyed online between August 12 and 14, 2009 by Harris Interactive®..
In January, President Obama proposed sending an additional 30,000 or more troops to support the U.S. and allied troops there. At that time, just one-third (33%) of all adults supported this increase. Many people thought we should either keep the same level of troops (21%) or cut the number there (27%).
Currently, just one-quarter (25%) of Americans support sending more troops to Afghanistan while one in five (20%) want to keep the level of troops the same and 37% want to commit fewer troops. Among women, almost half (45%) want to cut the number of troops while 37% of men say they want to commit more troops to the war in Afghanistan.
There is also an age difference on this issue – the older one is, the more likely they are to say they want to commit more troops. Just under one-quarter of those aged 18-34 (23%) say they want to commit more troops compared to 44% of those aged 55 and older. The reverse is true with sending fewer troops as almost two in five of those aged 18-34 (38%) say they believe the U.S. should commit fewer troops while 14% of those aged 55 and older say the same. Educational levels also show a difference. Two in five of those with a high school or less education and college graduates (41% and 39% respectively) say they believe the U.S. should commit more troops in Afghanistan while two in five people with some college (39%) say the U.S. should commit fewer troops.
So What?As there is more violence there, and more U.S. casualties there as well, Americans are hearing more about Afghanistan and, therefore, paying more attention to the conflict. And, as such, it is clear that Iraq may not be far from their minds as Americans are saying that they would prefer to see fewer troops in Afghanistan. President Obama has a lot on his plate domestically, but this is an issue that is moving to the forefront of Americans’ minds and he can’t afford to let this slip.
The Harris Poll® #95By Regina A. Corso, Director, The Harris Poll
MethodologyThis BBC World News America/Harris Poll® was conducted online within the United States August 12 and 14, 2009, among 2,004 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. Full data tables and methodology are available at
These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
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Mundus Group, Inc. Announces AirStar Weather Systems to Continue VTOL UAV Patrols for Government Agencies in Gulf Coast States Providing Real Time....

Mundus Group, Inc. Announces AirStar Weather Systems to Continue VTOL UAV Patrols for Government Agencies in Gulf Coast States Providing Real Time Data on 'Lookout' for Hurricane Bill
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Mundus Group, Inc. announced AirStar Weather Systems will continue VTOL UAV patrols for government agencies in the Gulf Coast States, providing real time data on "lookout" for hurricane Bill.
Why AirStar Weather Systems was called to Service
After Ike in 2008, AirStar delivered 12 Weather System Drones, state of the art unmanned air vehicles, to Texas, Louisiana and Gulf coast government agencies for hurricane observation and early warning systems. Ike was blamed for at least 195 deaths. Of these, 74 were in Haiti, which was already trying to recover from the impact of three storms earlier that year: Fay, Gustav, and Hanna. In the United States, 112 people were killed, and 34 are still missing. Damages from Ike in US coastal and inland areas are estimated at $24 billion (2008 USD), with additional damage of $7.3 billion in Cuba, $200 million in the Bahamas, and $500 million in the Turks and Caicos, amounting to a total of $32 billion in damages.
AirStar Weather Systems (AWS) is a dual-purpose service provider, primarily marketed as an advanced meteorological technology drone. AirStar's remote controlled UAV VTOL is equipped with technologies providing real time analysis information, that when used with regional and county wide weather network services, provides a cost effective solution for gathering enhanced real time data for weather systems predictions with greater accuracy.
AirStar Weather System's greatest strengths and appeal are in its protection of life and property with unmanned performance as an early warning system during national emergency weather alerts for severe thunder storms and hurricanes to coastal cities and across the "tornado alley" from Oklahoma and Texas panhandle through Kansas and Nebraska and the world.
Just as important, AWS' second mode or purpose is provided after the storm to search for survivors and observe and protect against looters and report fires, floods and damage to infrastructure while providing visual inspection and life saving information to rescue teams in areas that would be impossible to reach by ground.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Service Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that there could be as many as three major hurricanes during this year's 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters at the Center said there's a 70% chance of having nine to 14 named storms, of which four to seven could become hurricanes. One to three of those could become major hurricanes, defined as Category 3, 4 or 5 storms.
Following its plan to maximize the commercial technological potential of its patented state of the art VTOL UAV Drone technology, parent company Mundus Group and subsidiary AirStar International have formed the AirStar Weather Systems division to provide a dedicated service to coastal communities, offshore oil and gas interests, as well as to meteorological agencies world wide. AirStar Weather Systems can function as part of an enhanced weather systems' analysis network or a "stand alone" severe thunderstorm, tornado and hurricane early warning and patrol system. The AirStar Weather Systems division will support those AirStars currently in service with government agencies on Gulf Coast patrol since Hurricane Ike.
About The Mundus Group, Inc.
The Mundus Group, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MNDP - News) is an advanced aerospace technology consortium providing patented Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology for experimental aircraft and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) since 1990 through its fully owned VTOL division, Roadable Aircraft International (RAI). Newly acquired subsidiary AirStar, has been an innovator and world leader in Unmanned Air Vehicles and Remote Controlled Vertical Take off and Landing technology for the past 20 years in the design, engineering, development, production and sales of cutting edge remote controlled (RC) unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) for US military, international government and civilian surveillance services, fire and rescue departments, as well as world renowned aerial cinematography for movie and commercial production, aerial photography and laboratory / product data testing.
Mundus is at the cutting edge of jet turbine-ducted fan technology and fuses state of the art design engineering and a prototyping facility with computer assisted auto flight technologies, Remote Controlled (RC) and composite technologies industry segments.
From US Navy co-developed UAVs for aerial observation and environmental testing to advanced VTOL aerospace technology for civilian and military uses, Mundus Group, Inc. is developing revolutionary products with global potential for change that offers economic protection and growth opportunities for investors.
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