Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brazil in talks to buy French Rafale jets-source

BRASILIA, Sept 8, 2009 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva authorized final negotiations to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets made by France's Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA), a Brazilian presidential source said on Monday. The announcement coincides with a visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who participated in Brazil's Independence Day celebrations on Monday.
The other two finalists in the tender to supply next-generation fighter jets worth as much as $3 billion were Boeing Co (BA.N) and Saab AB (SAABb.ST).
(Reporting by Raymond Colitt; Editing by

Environmental Tectonics Corporation's BioMedical Systems Division Announces the Sale of a Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., September 8, 2009, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC - News; "ETC" or the "Company") BioMedical Systems Division today announced the sale of a BARA-MED(®) XD Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber to Dr. Garrett Post, a family practitioner serving the Atlanta, Georgia area.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a non-invasive therapy. In its clinical applications, the patient breathes 100% oxygen while fully enclosed in a specially designed chamber at ambient pressures up to three time's normal atmospheric pressure. HBOT is used to promote and support healing in the management of conditions in which oxygen transport to the tissues has been disrupted by traumatic injury, infection, inflammation, or edema.
Dr. Post commented, "The decision to acquire the ETC BARA-MED(®) XD hyperbaric chamber was based largely on its computer operating system. ETC's Operating System for Control And Recordkeeping ("O.S.C.A.R."(TM)) is the only chamber on the market that provided both electronic medical records (EMR) and automation of the chamber, saving us time and money."
ETC is the manufacturer of the BARA-MED(®) and BARA-MED(®) XD, computerized monoplace hyperbaric chambers. O.S.C.A.R.(TM) is based on a 4(th) generation Windows(TM) based operating system, which produces a comprehensive EMR of each HBOT treatment. This automated system eliminates the need for operator dive time management and paper recordkeeping while ensuring comprehensive documentation of the treatment.
Don Webber, Vice President of Sales for ETC's BioMedical Division, stated, "The hyperbaric community is turning to ETC for automated hyperbaric chambers that provide patient comfort and safety. Our chambers reflect the latest in technology from ETC, a leader in mechanical and software engineering."
ETC was incorporated in 1969 in Pennsylvania and this year we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. Our core technologies include the design, manufacture and sale of Training Services (TSG) which includes (1) software driven products and services used to create and monitor the physiological effects of flight; (2) high performance jet tactical flight simulation, and; (3) driving and disaster simulation systems, and Control Systems (CSG) which includes: (1) steam and gas sterilization; (2) testing and simulation devices for the automotive industry, and; (3) hyperbaric and hypobaric chambers. Product categories included in TSG are Aircrew Training Systems (ATS) and flight simulators, disaster management systems and entertainment applications. CSG includes sterilizers, environmental control devices and hyperbaric chambers along with parts and service support.
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on ETC's current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about ETC and its subsidiaries that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.
These forward-looking statements include statements with respect to the Company's vision, mission, strategies, goals, beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates, intentions, financial condition, results of operations, future performance and business of the company, including but not limited to, (i) potential additional funding by H.F. Lenfest, a member of our Board of Directors and a significant shareholder, and PNC Bank, (ii) the trading of the Company's common stock on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (iii) projections of revenues, costs of materials, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, capital expenditures, growth prospects, dividends, capital structure, other financial items and the effects of currency fluctuations, (iv) statements of our plans and objectives of the Company or its management or Board of Directors, including the introduction of new products, or estimates or predictions of actions of customers, suppliers, competitors or regulatory authorities, (v) statements of future economic performance, (vi) statements of assumptions and other statements about the Company or its business, (vii) statements made about the possible outcomes of litigation involving the Company, (viii) statements regarding the Company's ability to obtain financing to support its operations and other expenses, and (ix) statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words, "may," "could," "should," "looking forward," "would," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "plan," or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties which are subject to change based on various important factors. Some of these risks and uncertainties, in whole or in part, are beyond the Company's control. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a material difference include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10 K for the fiscal year ended February 27, 2009, in the section entitled "Risks Particular to Our Business." Shareholders are urged to review these risks carefully prior to making an investment in the Company's common stock.
The Company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Except as required by federal securities law, the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.
Duane D. Deaner, CFO
Tel: 215-355-9100 (ext. 1203)
Fax: 215-357-4000
ETC - Internet Home Page:

North Carolina Highway Patrol Converts to Smith & Wesson M&P357 Pistols & M&P15 Tactical Rifles

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 8, 2009, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: SWHC - News), parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 157-year old company in the global business of safety, security, protection and sport, announced today that the North Carolina Highway Patrol has chosen to equip all of its officers with Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P) Series pistols and with M&P Series tactical rifles. The M&P357 pistols and M&P15 tactical rifles will be issued respectively as the primary duty firearms and standard issue patrol rifles.
M&P357 Polymer Pistols
The North Carolina Highway Patrol has purchased 2,000 Smith & Wesson M&P357 polymer pistols chambered in .357SIG. The new duty sidearm will replace non-Smith & Wesson pistols that were previously issued by the department. The M&P pistol's reliability, ambidextrous operating controls and three interchangeable palm swell grip sizes were noted by officials within the agency as key reasons for the selection of the new duty sidearm. The North Carolina Highway Patrol added that the polymer pistol's accuracy, reliability during testing and ability to disassemble the firearm without pressing the trigger were all primary factors in their decision-making process.
Colonel Randy Glover, Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said, "The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is confident that the M&P357 will prove to be a reliable service weapon for our officers."
M&P15 Tactical Rifles
The agency has also purchased 1,000 M&P15 tactical rifles. The semi-automatic rifles will be issued to select officers upon the completion of a certification course. While reviewing new options for patrol rifles, the North Carolina Highway Patrol compared the M&P15 against other competitive patrol rifles. After an extensive evaluation process, the M&P15 was acknowledged for its accuracy, ability to perform in diverse field applications as well as for the training and support services offered by Smith & Wesson.
During the last fiscal year, the Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Series and Tactical Rifle Series experienced significant growth. To date, 570 domestic law enforcement agencies have adopted or approved the M&P for duty use while 251 domestic law enforcement agencies have approved or adopted the M&P15 rifle. Currently, the company offers over five different configurations of the M&P pistol, incorporating four caliber options. The M&P Rifle Series has also continued to evolve and is today offered in 16 variants. The enhanced design and flexibility of each M&P firearm has played a crucial role in the popularity of the M&P Series, as well as its ability to adapt to a wide variety of applications and requirements.
"As the M&P Series of pistols and tactical rifles expands its reach, we continue to receive new contracts as well as positive reports from the field," said Leland Nichols, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smith & Wesson. "Not only is the M&P Series being adopted by state and federal agencies, but it is also being selected extensively by college and nuclear security agencies as well as by elite groups such as the United Nations Security Force, the Ministry of Interior Agencies and the U.S. Armed Services."
Nichols continued, "As part of our support network with each of these agencies, Smith & Wesson has remained committed to the highest level of service by providing essential elements to help facilitate the transition to the new firearms. Each member of our law enforcement sales team is cross-trained as a certified armourer in order to provide on location instruction and our international sales staff has continued to grow in order to meet the needs of the marketplace. In addition, the Smith & Wesson Academy has also played an important role in our success by conducting a wide array of classes designed specifically for military and law enforcement professionals."
About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, a global leader in safety, security, protection and sport, is parent company to Smith & Wesson Corp., one of the world's largest manufacturers of quality firearms and firearm safety/security products and parent company to Universal Safety Response, a full-service perimeter security integrator, barrier manufacturer and installer, as well as parent company to Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc., a premier designer and manufacturer of premium hunting rifles, black powder rifles, interchangeable firearms systems and accessories under the Thompson/Center brand. Smith & Wesson licenses shooter protection, knives, apparel, and other accessory lines. Smith & Wesson is based in Springfield, Massachusetts with manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Tennessee. The Smith & Wesson Academy is America's longest running firearms training facility for law enforcement, military and security professionals. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com. For more information on Universal Safety Response, log on to www.usrgrab.com. For more information on Thompson/Center Arms, log on to www.tcarms.com.
Industry Contact: Matt Rice
Blue Heron Communications
(800) 654-3766
Liz Sharp, VP Investor Relations
Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.
(480) 949-9700 x. 115

AeroMechanical Services Ltd. Announces Fuel and Emissions Grant and Emissions Trading Scheme Contract

CALGARY, Alberta-- September 8, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroMechanical Services Ltd. (AMA) is pleased to announce that it has received confirmation of a contribution from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). The NRC-IRAP contribution, in the amount of $320,000 CAD, will be used to augment AMA research and development funding toward the development of AMA’s next generation UpTime Fuel and Emissions Management Tools. The Company also is pleased to announce that it has received a contract modification from a customer for the provision of a compliance plan for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.
NRC-IRAP provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with potential financial support to qualified innovative Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises. Financial assistance for this project is a direct result of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
AMA’s Fuel and Emissions Management Tools are leading edge tools utilizing AMA’s patented afirs™ UpTime™, and FIRSTTM products. These toolsare industry leading products that help customers reduce fuel consumption and meet reporting requirements for the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme regulations. In a related development, AMA is also pleased to announce that it has signed our first engagement with a customer to establish an ETS compliance plan for a Canadian Carrier flying in European airspace. The contract is for US$17,000 to develop an initial compliance plan for the ETS, which includes improved accuracy through use of afirs-UpTime data. This agreement confirms AMA’s lead in helping customers comply with regulations as they evolve.
About AeroMechanical Services Ltd.
AeroMechanical Services Ltd. provides proprietary technological solutions and services designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the aviation industry. The company has successfully commercialized three products and associated services currently marketed to airlines, manufacturers and maintenance organizations around the world. Its premier technology, afirs™ UpTime™, and FIRSTTM allows airlines to monitor and manage aircraft operations anywhere, anytime, in real-time.
afirs, UpTime, FLYHT and aeroQ are Trade Marks of AeroMechanical Services Ltd.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

AeroMechanical Services Ltd

Tom French, CFO,
The Howard Group Inc.
Bob Beaty
Toll Free: 1-888-221-0915

Harris Corporation Adds Broadband Satellite Capability to Falcon III(R) RF-7800M Multiband Manpack Radio

Software Upgrade Extends Range to Beyond-Line-of-Sight Communications through Integration with Harris RF-7800B Broadband Global Area Networking (BGAN) Terminals
LONDON, Sept. 8 /2009, PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (DSEI Booth # 823, USA Pavilion) -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS - News), an international communications and information technology company, today announced the addition of a broadband satellite capability to its Falcon III® RF-7800M wideband networking radio that will enable global-area high-data-rate communications between senior military commanders and personnel at the tactical edge.
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090908/FL71629)
Integration of the RF-7800M radio with the Harris RF-7800B family of ruggedized Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satellite terminals provides warfighters with a unique end-to-end secure beyond-line-of-sight network connectivity.
"The integration of the RF-7800M with our tactical BGAN terminals creates a powerful system that will provide our customers with capabilities they cannot get anywhere else," said Hal McDougall, vice president and acting general manager, International Business, Harris RF Communications. "Our integrated system provides high-speed, secure communication links between the first tactical mile and strategic infrastructure, providing voice relay, ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) data and a common operating picture."
The RF-7800M currently provides advanced voice and data wideband line-of-sight networking capabilities through the Harris-developed Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2). The ANW2 waveform provides warfighters with secure voice transmission, as well as streaming video, biometrics, classified Internet access and other intelligence applications.
The new software upgrade will allow users to extend the range of ANW2 data to beyond-line-of-sight by linking the radio to the BGAN network through the RF-7800B. The combined system offers throughput rates of up to 2 Mbps over the BGAN network when using embedded TCP/IP acceleration and compression, thus reducing INMARSAT costs. It is the only integrated, military-rugged, wideband SATCOM on-the-move system capable of seamlessly maintaining high-speed encrypted IP data across an extended battle space. The RF-7800M is available to international customers.
The RF-7800M integration with the RF-7800B will also provide the reach-back capability on a global scale, connecting operators at the tactical edge with commanders at the highest levels. This functionality allows for faster and more informed decision-making, improved mission efficiency and troop safety. Harris has developed both a Class 2 Land Portable BGAN terminal for dismounted applications and a Class 10 Land Mobile BGAN terminal for vehicles on the move. Both terminals utilize the Inmarsat-4 BGAN satellite constellation and are currently available to domestic and international customers.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III® is the next-generation of radios supporting network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets, with products including the most advanced IP voice and data networks and single- and multiband radios.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

Siemens to Showcase Joint PLM and Production Systems Solutions for Machine Tool Industry at EMO Milano 2009

Connecting Virtual to Real: Siemens to Demonstrate How PLM Software Meets Shop Floor Systems and Equipment for Part Manufacturing
Virtual Machine Tool Solution Helps Reduce Setup Time by up to 90 Percent

PLANO, Texas--September 8, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens will exhibit an exclusive combination of PLM software and production systems and equipment at EMO Milano 2009. The combined solution will be presented by Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and Siemens Drive Technologies Division, the world's leading supplier of products and services for production machinery and machine tools.
EMO, a trade fair held once every two years for the world production of machine tools, systems, robots and automation products, will be held from Oct. 5 – 10 in Milan, Italy.
The software portfolio of the Siemens PLM Software presentation at this year's EMO focuses on the workpiece-oriented process chain between the initial idea for the product and the finished piece. The software fully covers the requirements for sophisticated PLM tasks across a range of industries, beginning with product development using CAD/CAM systems and the generation of programs for parts via optimization of the post processor and the CNC parameters, and extends to online and offline simulations for controlling and optimizing the manufacturing process on the PC.
“Siemens PLM Software and Siemens Drive Technologies are leading the way by bringing the virtual and the physical worlds together to provide significant competitive time-to-market and productivity advantage to our customers – the machine tool builders and the machine end users,” said Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, president, Siemens PLM Software. “Now more than ever, manufacturers across all industries need tools to enhance productivity, competitiveness and profitability, and Siemens’ solutions, which connect the virtual and physical worlds, deliver the tools to enable right the first-time manufacturing, improved utilization of equipment and enhanced product quality.”
“From a machine tool user perspective, this enables the manufacturer to accurately emulate the characteristics, features, and nuances of the machining process in a virtual environment prior to physically producing the finished part, eliminating the iterative approach on the shop floor,” said Florian Güldner, Analyst Automation, ARC Advisory Group. “Virtual emulation is defining the future competitive advantage for manufacturers by providing a means to maximize the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) the utilization and productivity of high value production equipment, thereby conserving capital resources.”
Virtual Machine
Siemens PLM Software will exhibit its Virtual Machine technology, a complete one-to-one copy of a machine tool on a PC with full virtual Sinumerik® controller functions and machine tool simulation that will provide added value to both the end-user and the machine tool builder. This new technology will maximize machine tool productivity by eliminating the need to use the physical machine for non-production tasks. The Virtual Machine delivers the next generation of shop floor NC programming validation and off-machine set-up preparation and checking which reduces the errors and setup time while transforming the way in which machine tools are built and utilized.
For complex machining operations it can take a day to a day and a half to setup a machining tool for a new work piece which has a negative effect on the overall productivity of the machine.
INDEX Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of CNC turning machines, wanted to increase the efficiency of multi-function production center setup, programming, and validation. INDEX implemented Siemens PLM Software’s innovative Virtual Machine technology to increase machine tool utilization for production work, eliminate collision and reduced setup times by up to 90 percent without any additional need for training.
“The main idea of the virtual machine was to install a one-to-one copy of the machine tool on a personal computer and make it available as a tool to the machine operator,” said Eberhard Beck, Head of Electronic Control Systems, INDEX. “Virtual machining is just the beginning. In cooperation with Siemens, we will continue to optimize the process chain from engineering through to production so we will be able to produce even more economically in the future.”
To view a video case study of INDEX Group’s innovative implementation visit www.siemens.com/plm/emo.
For more information on INDEX Group visit www.index-werke.de.
Connecting Virtual to Real and Part Manufacturing
In addition to the Virtual Machine, Siemens PLM Software will demonstrate examples of extending engineering process chains from product design right to the machine tool, connecting the virtual world of engineering design and planning to the real world of the shop floor; and part manufacturing solutions that can be applied to a range of industries including aerospace, machinery, medical devices and automotive.
Optimized CAM-CNC connection with advanced post processing is a key example of connecting virtual to real. NX™ CAM software provides enhanced output to drive advanced functions on the Siemens’ Sinumerik controller for higher quality surface finish, advanced tool axis control and faster machining.
To illustrate the PLM to shop floor process chain, a mold and die theme will include demonstrations of NX tool design for injection molding, high speed machining using NX CAM for NC programming, and machining simulation and advanced post processing for the Siemens Sinumerik controller. The second theme will focus on a complex part, representative of aerospace or power generation machining, with a process spanning the software functionality of NX CAD for part design and NX CAM for five axis programming. Example parts will be machined at the EMO booth using a 5-axis high speed cutting machine tool equipped with a Sinumerik 840D sl controller.
For more information regarding Siemens’ presence at EMO visit www.siemens.com/plm/emo.
About Siemens PLM Software
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly six million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
About the Siemens Drive Technologies
The Siemens Drive Technologies Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of products and services for production machinery and machine tools. Drive Technologies offers integrated technologies that cover the entire drive train with electrical and mechanical components. This includes standard products but also encompasses industry-specific control and drive solutions for metal forming, printing and electronic manufacturing as well as solutions for glass, wood, plastic, ceramic, textile and packaging equipment and crane systems. The services provided by the Division include mechatronics support in addition to online services for web-based fault management and preventive maintenance. With around 39,900 employees worldwide Siemens Drive Technologies achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.9 billion.
About the Siemens Industry Automation Division
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.
Note: Siemens, the Siemens logo and Sinumerik are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. NX is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

SiemensSalim Rahimi,


Allegheny Technologies Announces New Long-Term Agreement

PITTSBURGH-- September 8, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI - News) announced that it has signed a ten-year sourcing agreement with Rolls-Royce plc for the supply of nickel-based superalloy disc-quality products for commercial jet engine applications. The agreement covers products sold by ATI Allvac, an ATI operating company, to the customer’s first tier suppliers (forgers). Potential revenue is estimated to be between $750 million and $1 billion.
“We are pleased to be developing a long-term strategic relationship with this important customer to supply the critical metallics needed for aeroengine disc-quality products,” said L. Patrick Hassey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allegheny Technologies. “ATI has consistently invested in unsurpassed manufacturing capabilities to position ATI as the premier specialty metals company. In addition, ATI brings new products with unsurpassed quality and support systems to continue to benefit the customer and its supply chain. Our new titanium and superalloy forging facility located in Bakers, NC is being completed in 2009. This facility should enable ATI to achieve ever higher standards to meet the demanding fuel efficiency requirements of the jet engine market.”
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Certain statements in this news release relate to future events and expectations and, as such, constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include those containing such words as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “would,” “should,” “will,” “will likely result,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “projects,” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which we are unable to predict or control, that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to materially differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include: (a) material adverse changes in economic or industry conditions generally, including credit market conditions and related issues, and global supply and demand conditions and prices for our specialty metals; (b) material adverse changes in the markets we serve, including the aerospace and defense, construction and mining, automotive, electrical energy, chemical process industry, oil and gas, medical and other markets; (c) our inability to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, synergies, growth or other benefits anticipated by management, including those anticipated from strategic investments and the integration of acquired businesses, whether due to significant increases in energy, raw materials or employee benefits costs, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, or other factors; (d) volatility of prices and availability of supply of the raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of our products; (e) declines in the value of our defined benefit pension plan assets or unfavorable changes in laws or regulations that govern pension plan funding; (f) significant legal proceedings or investigations adverse to us; (g) other risk factors summarized in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and in other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no duty to update our forward-looking statements.
Building the World’s Best Specialty Metals Company™
Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is one of the largest and most diversified specialty metals producers in the world with revenues of $5.3 billion during 2008. ATI has approximately 8,700 full-time employees world-wide who use innovative technologies to offer global markets a wide range of specialty metals solutions. Our major markets are aerospace and defense, chemical process industry/oil and gas, electrical energy, medical, automotive, food equipment and appliance, machine and cutting tools, and construction and mining. Our products include titanium and titanium alloys, nickel-based alloys and superalloys, grain-oriented electrical steel, stainless and specialty steels, zirconium, hafnium, and niobium, tungsten materials, and forgings and castings. The Allegheny Technologies website is www.alleghenytechnologies.com.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

Dan L. Greenfield, 412-394-3004

Marotta Continues to Equip the US Navy with MPACT

MONTVILLE, N.J.--September 8, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Marotta Controls is proud to announce that it has received an additional order for over 450 MPACT-3000 high-pressure pure air generation systems (PAGS) from the US Navy.
MPACT (Pure Air Compression Technology) is a complete airborne compression system that provides a continuous on-board supply of high-pressure pure air required for the cryogenic cooling of infra-red missiles. Consisting of three main components, an electronic controller, micro-compressor and valve/manifold assembly, the MPACT-3000 is installed in either the LAU-7 or LAU-127 missile launcher as a direct replacement for the nitrogen receiver assembly.
The MPACT system increases the efficiency of infra-red missile seeker cooling systems as well as reduces maintenance and logistics costs further down the supply chain. Since MPACT provides a continuous supply of pure air, running out of coolant is one less worry for the warfighter. The ground crew also benefits by eliminating the manual filling and replacing of gas bottles, directly improving the turnaround time for the aircraft on the flight line.
“We are pleased to continue to supply the Navy with complete MPACT systems for use in the LAU-7 and LAU-127 launchers on the F/A-18A/F,” said Michael Leahan, vice president and chief sales officer of Marotta. “This follow-on order reflects our efforts to become a key supplier of high-pressure pure air generation systems to the US Navy, and we look forward to working with NAVAIR on future projects.”
Production of the MPACT system is ongoing in Marotta’s new dedicated lean manufacturing cell featuring state-of-the-art fixtures and procedures, with first deliveries having commenced in early August.
The integration of MPACT technologies into other platforms is proceeding at a rapid pace and on many fronts. Marotta is working with the Boeing Company to integrate its MPACT system into the P-8A Poseidon Navy reconnaissance aircraft, and will provide the high-pressure compressed air required for weapon ejection on both the forward fuselage and wing pylon weapon stations. The MPACT is also under consideration for future programs such as Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) and Multi Purpose Bomb Rack (MPBR).
About Marotta Controls
Marotta is a contributor to today’s most significant military, marine, commercial aerospace and space programs, including the F-18, F-22, F-35 and P-8A Poseidon. Additionally, Marotta contributes to several international commercial programs. Marotta offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including Electronic Control Systems, Pneumatic Weapon Ejection Systems, IR Missile Seeker Cooling Systems, High Pressure Pure Air Generation Systems, Satellite Propulsion Systems, Surface and Undersea Warfare Systems, and Intelligent Composite Systems.
Marotta Controls, Inc.

Tara Castorina,
Buzz up! 0

Finnair adjusts fleet to cope with weak demand

* Says leaning towards buying 3 Airbus 330s in 2010
* Says to withdraw 3 Boeing 757s from leisure traffic
* To loan 2 planes to domestic rival
(Releads, adds details, quotes)
By Eva Lamppu
HELSINKI, Sept 8, 2009 (Reuters) - Finnair (FIA1S.HE) said it may buy three new aircraft rather than lease them, and would also cut leisure and domestic route capacity, in an effort to cut costs in the face of weak demand.
Finland's Finnair is set to receive its fifth Airbus 330 (EAD.PA) aircraft this November, and is scheduled to get two more 330s in the first quarter of next year and a third in the last quarter, as it upgrades its fleet.
Spokesman Taneli Hassinen said that as leasing prices had risen by up to a fifth in the wake of the credit crunch, it was becoming more cost-efficient for Finnair to buy the three aircraft due next year.
"There is no final decision yet, but based on current knowledge we will with great probability take them onto our balance sheet," Hassinen told Reuters. "We have the situation that we can get financing."
Hassinen said the planes are worth around 100 million euros ($143.4 million) each. The company has flagged capital expenditure of below 300 million for next year.
Like other airlines, state-controlled Finnair has been hit as the economic slowdown throttles demand and pressures ticket prices. The firm has forecast a clear operating loss in the current quarter and said its 2009 result would be in the red.
Scandinavian rival SAS (SAS.ST) said earlier on Monday its August passenger traffic slid 17.1 percent from a year ago [ID:nL7592712].
The industry has had to cut capacity to keep pace, and Finnair said earlier in a statement it would withdraw three leased Boeing 757 aircraft from its leisure traffic next summer.
Hassinen confirmed Finnair would also cut capacity by loaning two Embraer planes to domestic rival Finncomm Airlines, confirming a report by national Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat.
Finnair shares were flat at 4 euros at 1200 GMT. ($1=.6973 Euro) (Reporting by Eva Lamppu; editing by Simon Jessop)

New Aircraft Procurement Offers Sizeable Potential in the European Air ISR Command and Control Market, Says Frost & Sullivan

LONDON, Sept. 8, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Spurred by EDA (European Defence Agency) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) requirements, Europe's armed forces continue to upgrade and expand their defence systems. Because C2 systems are vital troop components that require regular procurement and consistent upgrades, the highly competitive air intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) command and control (C2) market will continue to grow, both in Europe and globally.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO)
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.aerospace.frost.com), European Air ISR Command and Control (C2) Market Assessment, finds that the market earned 79 units in 2008 and estimates this to reach 88 units in 2017. The countries covered in this research are Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece.
"Partnerships and joint ventures are the key trends in this market because they facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas and encourage the development of unique and novel products," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Harish Balasubramanian. "In turn, the growing demand for reciprocal operability among EU an NATO members characterises all defence-related markets."
However, this demand for better interoperability in the wake of increasingly frequent multinational operations hinders the establishment of specified standards. To achieve network-centric capabilities, countries would have to ensure the interoperability, if not the uniformity, of the products procured. This, coupled with shrinking budgetary allocations for R&D, poses a major challenge. Shrinking budgets across Europe are buckling under the high costs of defence R&D, especially since all the money invested does not always reap dividends.
"Investing in R&D for new technology and products would be of great value to industry participants as the objective of end users is to surpass their adversaries in all defence-related products and services," concludes Balasubramanian. "Collaborating on these R&D activities would result in information sharing amongst industry participants and yield a better product for end-users while paving the way for enhanced business opportunities."
European Air ISR Command and Control (C2) Market Assessment is part of the Defence Growth Partnership Services programme, which also includes research in the following markets: Global Commercial Aviation Electrical Power Systems Market, European Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Market, Middle East Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Market, and European Land-based ISTAR Vehicle Electronics market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides a brief synopsis of the research and a table of contents, please e-mail Monika Kwiecinska, Corporate Communications, at monika.kwiecinska@frost.com, with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state and country. Upon receipt of the above information, a brochure will be sent to you by e-mail.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best in class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 35 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.
European Air ISR Command and Control (C2) Market Assessment
Monika Kwiecinska
Corporate Communications - Europe
P: +48 22 390 4127
F: +48 22 390 4160
E: monika.kwiecinska@frost.com

Frost & Sullivan: Biofuels an Important Step in Achieving a Greener Aviation Industry

SINGAPORE, Sept. 8, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Aircraft emissions, ground transportation and related travel in the airline and airports business contribute to air pollution and global warming, and carbon reduction in this area has long been an area of research. In 2008 alone, U.S. passenger and cargo airline operations required 16.1 billion gallons or approximately 382.4 million barrels of jet fuel.
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO)
Commercial aviation consumes 3.0 million barrels of jet fuel every day, which is close to 3.4% of entire global liquid fuel consumption. This is only going to increase with 21,400 new aircraft to be delivered and included in the future fleet that will consist of 27,720 passenger aircraft and 4,280 freight aircraft. In order to curb CO2 emissions of this large fleet, a cleaner fuel is indispensable.
Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Consultant of Aerospace & Defense Practice Amartya De says that an A380 consumes less than three liters per 100 seat km, averaged across all OECD countries, and that for the average car is 8 liters per 100 km. "A Boeing 737 burns about 3,000 liters of fuel and emits 6.5 tons of CO2 every flight hour. This is as good as the pollution caused by 1,540 small cars for a day. This is just a rough estimate as under actual conditions, fuel consumption depends on a number of factors including fuel usage during take-off and landing, winds and jet streams that affect an aircraft's fuel efficiency."
"A one way flight between Hong Kong and London would dump 1 Ton of CO2 per passenger into the atmosphere for the 9,600 km journey and if there is no definite way to offset this amount of carbon very soon, we are surely not far from the tipping point" he continues.
Presently the airline industry contributes only 2.0% of the overall man-made global CO2 emissions compared to other forms of transport that contribute 16.0% of the global manmade CO2 emissions. However, this 2.0% contribution to CO2 emissions is likely to touch 3.0% by 2050.
Amartya says that this large volume of jet fuel needs to be replaced by an alternative fuel as the financial impact and CO2 emissions are set to increase in the future. "This is due to the ever increasing commercial aircraft fleet numbers which are expected to almost double from its present strength of 16,800 to reach 32,000 by 2025", he explains.
"Green Aviation is all about efficiency gains as well as reducing the absolute emissions by aircraft. Hence part of the solution to the problem is to find alternative fuels which would not need any modification to existing aircraft designs or fueling infrastructure in the short run, emit less carbon than traditional crude oil based kerosene and yet prove to be more economical than fossil fuels," he says.
Amartya says that Green Aviation is a continuous process, milestones can be achieved only by collective efforts from various spheres such as better aerodynamics in aircraft design and manufacturing; alternative and greener fuel sources such as fuel cells and biofuels; efficient engines; route optimization and network development; efficient air traffic management; coercive legislative policies; and positive economic measures.
"Technological advances over the last forty years in the commercial aviation sector have reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 70%, noise by 75% and unburned hydrocarbons by 90%," says Amartya.
He also identified biofuels as an important step in achieving a greener aviation industry as biofuels are the only fuel type which plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere when they are burnt to derive energy, helping to offset the emissions produced.
"The solution does not solely lie in providing an alternative, clean biofuel and showing the world that the concept works. Rather, the solution lies in evaluating its marketability and economic feasibility over the long run," Amartya says.
He adds, "Another important aspect of biofuels is that it should not compete with food crops because if they do so then it will lead to increased clearing of rain forests and that would in fact aggravate global warming. Biofuels such as jatropha do not compete with food or fresh water resources or cause deforestation and can be grown on marginal land in arid conditions. Alternative green fuels could be derived from algae or halophyte, which are known as second generation biofuels."
The International Air Transport Association's target for the certification of sustainable biofuels is by 2010.
Amartya says, "For biofuels to become prevalent in aviation, the existing supply chain needs to be incorporated rather than develop a new one. Biofuels will not replace traditional jet fuel within the next five years and the use of biofuels will continue to be complementary to petroleum fuels for a reasonable time to come. The sustainability, efficient distribution, and cost effectiveness of these alternative fuels will be key determinants of their market acceptability. Frost & Sullivan envisages that we will be using a biofuel and regular fuel mix by 2014."
Other green trends include the inclusion of the aviation industry in the European Emissions Trading Scheme and for trading to start in 2012. Frost & Sullivan examines that paying for carbon emissions post 2012 will not make great business sense; rather, it would be wiser to investigate lower carbon alternatives to existing technologies and fuel sources.
"Imposing overly stringent climate legislation on the aviation industry in a difficult financial climate will not move business, jobs or markets to other countries. Rather, earlier acceptability by major value chain owners will ensure their long term existence in the aviation market," Amartya concludes.
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best in class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best practice models to drive the generation, evaluation and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 35 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.
Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications - Asia Pacific
P: +603 6204 5832
F: +603 6201 7402
Carrie Low
Corporate Communications - Asia Pacific
P: +603 6204 5910

Research and Markets: Battlefield UAS: Market Analysis and Outlook (2009-2019) Report States That Market Remains in a Fulfillment Phase

DUBLIN-- September 8, 2009, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/44989d/battlefield_uas_m) has announced the addition of the "Battlefield UAS: Market Analysis and Outlook (2009-2019)" report to their offering.
This report is a detailed 11-year world acquisition spending analysis. The report cuts through Nano, Micro, Mini and Close Range Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) categories, with the intention of forecasting UAS that could readily contribute to forward deployed situational awareness during the forecast period. In compiling the research G2 Solutions downselected to 98 UAS from a preliminary list of more than 950 acknowledged programs.
The downselect process took into account variables such as: host government support, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) endurance, range and MTOW, domestic and international sales potential, technological risk, payload modularity, system status, confirmed and pending orders, system growth potential and finally its ability to contribute to Platoon or Company level situational awareness.
The market remains in a fulfilment phase, with programs such as RQ-11, RQ-14 and RQ-16 accounting for hundreds of millions of acquisition revenues through 2019. With these three programs, U.S. based AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV - News) has a commanding market presence, with close to 60 percent of installed-base revenues. "Programs such as Raven, Wasp, Dragon Eye and Puma have made AeroVironment the defacto incumbent on a wide range of U.S. DoD battlefield UAS," said Ron Stearns, Research Director for G2 Solutions. "The recompete cycles for these programs, in addition to UAS requests that fell under Future Combat Systems will have a profound effect on market share and deliveries through 2019."
DoD deliveries on programs of record will ebb after 2011, with the exception of the Honeywell (NYSE:HON - News) RQ-16 MAV. This report forecasts a new DoD acquisition cycle with deliveries commencing in 2017, assuming a continuing presence in Southwest Asia.
Key Topics Covered:
Title Slide
Executive Briefing
Considered UAS
Distribution of Installed Base UAS by Takeoff Weight: 2009
Number of Installed Base UAV by Takeoff Weight: 2009
Battlefield UAS Market Forecasts Title Slide
Battlefield UAS: Total Market Revenues: 2009-2019
Forecasted UAV Deliveries: 2009-2019
Forecasted UAV Revenues: 2009-2019
Forecasted Ground Control Station Units: 2009-201
Forecasted Ground Control Station Revenues: 2009-2019
Average Price, UAV and GCS: 2009-2019
Installed Base By Region: UAS Dollar Value, 2009
Typical Mass Distribution in 20-50 lb. FW UAV
Battlefield UAS: Installed Base Market Shares: 2009 (Title Slide)
Tier One Installed Base Leaders by Dollar Value (2009)
AeroVironment Installed Base by Dollar Value (2009)
Tier Two Installed Base Leaders by Dollar Value (2009)
Tier Three Installed Base Leaders by Dollar Value (2009)
Battlefield UAS: Forecast Market Shares(2009-2019) Title Slide
Tier One Forecast Leaders by Dollar Value(2009-2019)
Tier Two Forecast Leaders by Dollar Value(2009-2019)
Other Major UAS Dollar Values (20019-2019)
Major Program Dollar Value, Winner TBD (2009-2019)
Top-Level Findings
Battlefield UAS: Drivers
Battlefield UAS: Restraints
Defense Customer Requirements and Trends (Title Slide)
DoD ISR Demand Continues to Rise
Organic ISR at Company and Platoon Levels Increases Situational Awareness
Global ISR Demand and Supply
DoD UAS Flight Hours Over Time
For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/44989d/battlefield_uas_m
Laura Wood

Senior Manager
Fax from USA: 646-607-1907
Fax from rest of the world: +353-1-481-1716

International Launch Services and Eutelsat Announce Launch of the W7 Satellite in Mid-November 2009

PARIS--September 8, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE)--International Launch Services (ILS) and Eutelsat, a leading provider of satellite telecommunications, announced a contract today for the launch of the W7 satellite on an ILS Proton. The W7 satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space and is currently in preparation for delivery to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ILS and Khrunichev are implementing a mission integration schedule to support a mid-November 2009 launch.
The W7 satellite was built on the Spacebus 4000 C4 platform with a launch mass of approximately 5600 kg and has a 15 year life expectancy. Situated at 36 degrees East, the spacecraft will replace Eutelsat’s SESAT 1 satellite, launched on ILS Proton in early 2000. It will also double the capacity available within a key neighborhood among the fleet of geostationary satellites and provide enhanced coverage for Central Asia and Africa.
The Proton vehicle is Russia’s premier heavy-lift launcher and is built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center, the majority owner of ILS. Earlier this year, ILS celebrated its 50th ILS Proton launch milestone with the launch of Eutelsat’s W2A satellite. The award of W7 is the ninth new award for ILS this year.
Frank McKenna, president of ILS said, “ILS is uniquely suited to meet demanding customer requirements and we are committed to providing real business value to our customers. Meeting Eutelsat’s critical schedule requirements with our leading edge integration and robust production capability allowed us to schedule the W-7 launch within a timeframe that is simply unmatched in the industry.”
About ILS and Khrunichev
ILS is a world leader in providing mission and launch services for global satellite operators and offers a complete array of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. ILS has exclusive rights to market the Proton vehicle and is a U.S. company headquartered in Reston, Va., near Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.ilslaunch.com.
Khrunichev, which holds the majority interest in ILS, is one of the cornerstones of the Russian space industry. Khrunichev manufactures the Proton system and is developing the Angara launch system. The Proton launches from facilities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and has a heritage of over 345 missions since 1965. Khrunichev includes among its branches, a number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation. For more information, visit www.khrunichev.com.
International Launch Services

Director of Communications
Karen Monaghan, +1-571-633-7549
Mobile: +1-571-282-5195

Oberthur Technologies and Comex Electronics Sign a Partnership Agreement

PARIS, September 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oberthur Technologies SA and Comex Electronics AB have agreed to a strategic partnership that will boost companies' business activities in the growing market of authentication and logon systems with smart card solutions. Oberthur will provide world leading products and services in smart cards and Comex will include Oberthur Technologies products and services in their solutions with card readers and smart cards.
"We see this partnership as a very strategic channel for providing security for authentication and logon solutions up to the highest level of security criteria's in the world. For example Comex is very excited about Oberthur Technologies validated fingerprint comparison technology embedded on smart card chip like the ID-ONE COSMO(TM). It provides a very secure way of authenticating the card holder with exceptional performances in terms of interoperability, accuracy and speed, while maintaining an error rate lower than the defined thresholds. Oberthur is enthusiastic about integrating with the Comex BioSec Reader(TM)," says Curt Svinge, Business Manager of Oberthur Technologies Sweden.
"We see this partnership as a very important step to strengthen Comex position as a highly recognized supplier of data security at a level approved for national security. This will improve our joint marketing possibilities throughout the world within this segment of highly secured products." says Mikael Aronowitsch CEO of Comex Electronics AB.
The companies' first joint marketing effort will be at Defence Systems & Equipment International 2009 (DSEI) fair 8-11 of September in London, you can visit us on booth 705
About Oberthur Technologies
With sales of 882.7 million Euros in 2008, Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies. Innovation and high quality services ensure Oberthur Technologies' strong positioning in its main target markets:
- Card Systems: One of the world's leading providers of security and
identification based on smart card technology and associated services
for mobile, payment, transport, digital TV and convergence markets.
- Identity: International player for the manufacture and personalization
of secure identity documents such as passport, identity card, driving
license or health care card - traditional and electronic â and
associated services for both governmental and corporate markets.
- Fiduciary printing: World's third largest private security printer
specialized in high security for the production of banknotes, checks
and other fiduciary documents in more than fifty countries.
- Cash protection: World leader in the emerging market of intelligent
systems to secure cash-in-transit and ATM.
Close to its customers, Oberthur Technologies benefits from an industrial and commercial presence across all five continents.
Oberthur Technologies S.A. is a limited liability company (societe anonyme) registered in France with its registered office at 50 quai Michelet 92300 Levallois Perret, France. Oberthur Technologies S.A.'s corporate registration number is 340 709 534 R.C.S. Paris.
website: http://www.oberthur.com
About Comex Electronics AB
Comex Electronics AB was established in 1988 and is located in Stockholm, Sweden. Comex is a well-known supplier of data security for the Swedish Armed Forces, authorities, and organizations with high information security demands.
Comex is one of the leaders in the field of developing and manufacturing anti-eavesdrop protected computer systems and access control systems. In cooperation with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, Comex has developed a Common Criteria certified combined smart card and biometric reader, for strong identification of users in the modern defense.
The software department at Comex specializes in developing high-security solutions based on Public Key Infrastructure, such as solutions for secure electronic communication and computer/networklogon.
One of Comex logon systems is BeThere®, a product that combines physical and logical access control. A user cannot logon to the computer network before having been successfully authenticated by the physical passing system. For instance, a rule can be set to only allow logon to a computer network like R&D, if there are at least two people in the room. This reduces the insider and social engineering threats.
Website: http://www.comex.se