Sunday, October 4, 2009

Congressman McCaul and BAE Systems Recognize Texas' Support of National Defense Through Combat Proven FMTV Program

BAE Systems ~ October 2, 2009,
SEALY, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX 10) and BAE Systems today recognized the people of Texas for 17 years of dedicated support to the nation’s defense through the successful production of the U.S. Army’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) program.
During a special FMTV Community Day celebration held at BAE Systems’ 200-acre production facility in Sealy, Texas, Rep. McCaul thanked BAE Systems’ employees who have built more than 56,000 FMTVs and trailers with associated protected cabs and are currently producing more than 40 vehicles a day to support military personnel operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and worldwide.
“BAE Systems has been a reliable partner for the United States Army in defending democracy,” said Rep. McCaul. “The men and women who build the FMTV here in Sealy have a direct connection to our men and women on the battlefield. Their commitment to quality helps ensure our military’s safety and success, which in turn is vital to our national security.”
The FMTV program is an important economic driver for the state of Texas. BAE Systems’ FMTV production employs 3,000 Texans and contributes more than $500 million to the state’s economy each year through employee salaries, contractor costs and vendor partnerships. With nearly two decades of experience, BAE Systems’ employees have made the FMTV one of the safest, most reliable medium tactical vehicles available for American servicemen and women.
“BAE Systems is proud to be in Sealy and partner with the people of Texas who share our commitment to America’s men and women in uniform,” said Dennis Morris, BAE Systems Global Tactical Systems President, who addressed a crowd of 700 employees during today’s event. “At BAE Systems in Sealy our motto is, ‘We Protect Those Who Protect Us,’ and today we want to acknowledge everyone in this Texas community who has helped us make that motto a reality.”
The BAE Systems-built FMTVs are used by military personnel to perform a variety of missions from cargo and troop carrier, to shop and cargo van carrier, to artillery and air defense missile weapons carrier. They have proven to be among the most reliable vehicles used in Iraq and Afghanistan today and their success prompted the Army to coin the term “ultra-reliable” to describe BAE Systems’ FMTVs. A derivative of FMTV called the Caiman Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was also produced in Sealy. This program, in response to an urgent need deployed almost 3,000 vehicles to our troops.
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SAAB: Enhanced Gripen proposal to Brazil

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
Saab has submitted an update on the proposal offering 36 Gripen Next Generation (NG) to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
The updated proposal fulfils all the requirements stated by Brazil to develop, manufacture, operate, maintain and upgrade an independent multi-role fighter, together with an extensive industrial package with full transfer of technology. This will give Brazil the opportunity to be involved in the development as well as to include a significant number of Brazilian suppliers in Gripen NG aircraft.
“This will be a perfect match built on complementing abilities and technological excellence. A commitment from Sweden to Brazil delivers independence and not dependence. The unique industrial offset package means a direct involvement for Brazilian companies in the development, production and maintenance of Gripen NG. This will create and maintain high technology work opportunities in Brazil,” says Saab CEO Åke Svensson.
The updated proposal outlines its advantages for the Brazilian Air Force and Brazilian industry and includes:
A comprehensive Technology Transfer
*Full access to and complete involvement in the Gripen NG development programme.
*Complete Technology Transfer through joint development of the Gripen NG, giving national autonomy and independence in the design, development, manufacture and through-life support of Gripen NG and future generation fighters.
*Independence in terms of choice of weapons and systems integration.
*Production in Brazil of up to 80% of Gripen NG airframes.
*Creation of a full Gripen NG assembly line in Brazil.
*Full maintenance capability in Brazil for the Gripen NG engine.
A unique competitive partnership
*Brazil will have the sales lead for Gripen NG in Latin America with joint opportunities for the rest of the world.
*Sweden’s commitment to take deliveries of Gripen NG aircraft in line with Brazilian time frames. Sweden’s intention to evaluate the KC-390 transport aircraft for long-term tactical air transport needs.
*Saab’s ambition to join the transport aircraft KC-390 development programme as a strategic partner, including support in international marketing.
*A commitment from Saab to deliver over 175% of the total value in industrial co-operation to Brazilian industry.
*Saab proposes to replace the Swedish Air Force fleet of SK 60/Saab 105 trainers with the Super Tucano.
A cost-effective solution
*A firm and highly competitive proposal for a long-term financing for the full FX-2 contract value from the Swedish Export Credit Corporation, a financial institution wholly owned by the Swedish Government.
*Significantly lower acquisition, support and operating costs compared to the competition due to the optimised design, highly efficient manufacturing processes and ease of maintenance and support.
About Gripen Next Generation When entering operation, Gripen NG will be one of the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world utilizing the latest technology. Gripen NG is the next generation Gripen, an enhanced version of the well established multi-role fighter which has proven low acquisition, operation, and support costs. The Gripen NG programme covers development of avionics and all major sensors, including AESA radar. The aircraft will have increased thrust, increased payload, and extended range in excess of 4 000 km, whilst maintaining the lowest cost of ownership.
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Raytheon Delivers First Ground Soldier System Prototypes

MCKINNEY, Texas, Oct. 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN - News) delivered 10 Ground Soldier System (GSS) Increment 1 prototypes Sept. 16, 2009, supporting a significant program milestone in the rapid development of a wearable computer that links the dismounted warfighter to the netted battlefield.
"Our team is focused on the soldier and a flexible mission solution that weighs less, uses less power and takes up less space," said Dave Treichler, Raytheon GSS Inc 1 capture manager. "We understand the need for an affordable, long-enduring, reliable system that gives actionable situational awareness and command and control capabilities."
The Raytheon GSS Inc 1 team, which includes key partners Black Diamond Advanced Technologies and CHI System, Inc., will next support Army limited testing prior to incorporating refinements for final prototype delivery in March 2010.
"An Army liaison team has been working with us from the start to provide lessons learned from the field and support GSS rapid development," noted Treichler. "This daily engagement is setting a standard for industry and Army collaboration to develop a low-risk, producible solution that is field-ready."
Raytheon GSS Inc 1 links the dismounted leader to the battlefield network for real-time tactical situational awareness. The soldier system incorporates human factors engineering and analysis for a comfortable fit made to endure harsh environments and long warfighter missions.
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.
Note to Editors:
The U.S. Army announced the GSS Inc 1 (formerly Ground Soldier Ensemble) contract awards April 15, 2009, and Raytheon is providing one of three GSS Inc 1 solutions selected.
The U.S. Army's TACOM Contracting Center awarded Raytheon $11.8 million to provide a GSS Inc 1 technology demonstration.
Dave Desilets

Papua New Guinea orders 2 Bombardier planes

* Order worth $60 million
* Deal includes option for additional plane
* Bombardier shares down 1.4 percent on the TSX (In U.S. dollars unless noted)
TORONTO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) said on Friday that Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop airliners, worth about $60 million.
The airline also took an option for an additional Q400 NextGen airliner, which would increase the value of the order to about $92 million if the option is exercised.
"Air Niugini has been a respected customer since the early 1980s when the airline acquired three 50-seat de Havilland Dash 7 aircraft," Gary R. Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said in a statement.
The company said it has now recorded firm orders for 363 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft and that, as of July 31, 257 had been delivered to customers.
Bombardier shares were down 7 Canadian cents, or 1.4 percent, at C$4.81 on the Toronto Stock Exchange early in session. Prior to the announcement of the order, the shares were down about 2.5 percent.
($1=$1.08 Canadian)
(Reporting by John McCrank; editing by Rob Wilson)

MDFPs Deploy to Turkey and Greece; Defenshield President Returns to Iraq

INCIRLIK, Turkey, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Air Base at Incirlik Turkey has issued an order for 14 Defenshield Mobile Defensive Fighting Positions (MDFPs) to be used at entry control points throughout the base. Units will be fitted with Bridgeport accessories to allow the MDFPs to be used in conjoined pairs, providing greater protection and visibility for checkpoint and overwatch personnel. Delivery is expected in November.
"Each military base has unique protection requirements," said Collins White, President of Defenshield. "The Defenshield MDFP line has a variety of accessories to meet the individual needs of our customers."
MDFPs are deployed globally at military bases and police departments throughout the United States, Mexico and the U.K. The Mexican Federal Police have purchased 4 units for use in drug interdiction programs along the U.S. border. The U.S. Consulate in Greece also recently installed an MDFP at their location in Thessaloniki. Over 900 MDFPs are deployed in the Middle Eastern Region in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and now Turkey.
Mr. White will return to Iraq later this month after meetings earlier in the year with several Iraqi ministers regarding the equipment needs of the Iraqi Army as it establishes its own public security infrastructure. Meetings were held in June with Raid Fahmi Jahid - Minister of Science and Technology, Fawzi Hariri - Minister of Industry and Minerals, and Dr. Sami Al-Araji - Chairman of the Iraqi National Investment Commission to discuss the feasibility of establishing assembly facilities in Iraq for Defenshield product lines. Conversations will continue in mid-October when White returns to meet with additional security organizations and industry representatives.
Defenshield is currently exhibiting the MDFP and several of its other armor systems at military expositions in Quantico, Virginia (Modern Day Marine) and Washington, DC (Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting).
Defenshield Inc. is a veteran-owned, SBA-certified small business specializing in armor systems for law enforcement, public security, homeland defense and the military. The Defenshield product line offers the highest level of security, defeating armor-piercing weaponry, assault and sniper rifles, as well as handgun and shotgun rounds. For more information, visit or call (800) 650-2921.
Bombardier Aerospace ~ October 2, 2009,
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 10/02/09) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop airliners. The airline has also taken an option for an additional Q400 NextGen airliner.
Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately $60 million US which could increase to $92 million US if the option is exercised.
Air Niugini's current fleet includes two Bombardier Dash 8-100 aircraft (one configured as a freighter), three 36-seat Q200 and three 50-seat Q300 aircraft. Formed in 1973, the airline serves 23 domestic points plus ten international routes in Asia, Oceania and Australia.
"The Q400 NextGen aircraft follows in the footsteps of a long line of robust and reliable de Havilland and Bombardier turboprops that have served our airline very well over the years," said Wasantha Kumarasiri, Chief Executive Officer, Air Niugini. "The aircraft's 'hot and high' capabilities and its ability to operate on shorter runways are especially important for our route network, while its speed, fuel-efficiency, low emissions and comfortable cabin were also key factors in our selection."
"Air Niugini has been a respected customer since the early 1980s when the airline acquired three 50-seat de Havilland Dash 7 aircraft," said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "We are naturally delighted that the airline continues to be loyal to our products."
Bombardier has now recorded firm orders for 363 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft. As of July 31, 2009, 257 of these had been delivered to customers. Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft are in service with, or have been ordered by more than 30 operators in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at
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B.E. Meyers Introduces the GLARE® MOUT Plus, a Next-Generation Non-Lethal Laser with Wide Operational Temperature Range

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. ~ October 2, 2009,
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--B.E. Meyers announces the new GLARE® MOUT Plus visual disruption laser® that raises the bar for ground force non-lethal lasers. This new laser is based upon the highly successful GLARE® MOUT that has become the standard non-lethal laser used at vehicle checkpoints in Operation Enduring Freedom. The new GLARE MOUT Plus is equipped with variable power settings, including a training mode, and is operational over a wide temperature range. Low temperature compatibility is essential for forces transitioning from desert to mountainous conditions. These features are packed into a rugged, waterproof housing that is even smaller and lighter than its predecessor.
GLARE® lasers meet critical first-stage escalation of force (EOF) requirements by providing a clear visual signal to bystanders and combatants alike. The glaring green beam sends an obvious message to halt or move away. At closer distances, the laser output can temporarily disrupt the vision of an approaching enemy, causing difficulty in driving a vehicle or firing a weapon. In theater, GLARE lasers have been proven to save lives of both civilians and soldiers by providing a rapid warning method across cultural and linguistic barriers. GLARE lasers are effective both night and day for “hail & warning” as well as for visual disruption. “Soldiers and Marines who have used our GLARE MOUT have been highly satisfied because the laser saves lives,” notes Bruce Westcoat, Vice President of Business Development. “Anticipating the transition from Iraq to Afghanistan, the GLARE MOUT Plus will now meet the demands of a more diverse environment to provide soldiers with the right equipment for their escalation of force needs.”
B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified developer, manufacturer and systems integrator of electro-optical and related products used for defense, security and law enforcement applications. The company's core competencies include targeting and illumination systems; weapon-mounted, hand-held and integrated lasers; non-lethal lasers; night vision and surveillance systems; and other weapon accessories. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ corporate offices, R&D, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington. For further information, please contact Nancy Kawai at 425-250-4026.
B.E. Meyers

Marketing Manager
Nancy T. Kawai,

B.E. Meyers Introduces the IZLID® Ultra, a Compact and Lightweight 1-Watt IR Laser for Long-Range Target Marking and Illumination

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. ~ October 2, 2009,
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--B.E. Meyers announces the new IZLID® Ultra infrared (IR) pointing and illuminating laser. The IZLID Ultra packs a full watt of laser power into a compact, lightweight package that is ideal for signaling aircraft and marking targets at night. Its ultra-bright IR beam allows the laser to visually communicate with high altitude aircraft and can cut through tough night-vision conditions such as rain, fog, dust and high ambient lighting conditions. The new IZLID Ultra offers the same long-range superiority as B.E. Meyers’ renowned IZLID® 1000, but in a significantly smaller housing with less than half the weight. Now, even soldiers equipped with small arms can have immediate, long-range pointing and illuminating capabilities with the IZLID Ultra mounted to their weapon.
As with all IZLID® products, the IZLID® Ultra offers excellent performance characteristics and rugged design for reliability under battlefield conditions. The continuously adjustable zoom between narrow (pointer) and wide (illuminator) equips the warfighter with the right tool for nighttime operations. The IZLID Ultra produces a one-watt IR beam for long-range pointing, while less-powerful lasers fade into the background. Targets can be clearly marked out to 43 km, leaving no room for ambiguity. “Our customers rave about the tremendous power of the IZLID 1000 to communicate with fast-moving aircraft,” says Bruce Westcoat, Vice President of Business Development. “We challenged our engineers to develop a smaller laser with the same long-range capabilities, and they exceeded our goals. The new IZLID Ultra is significantly more compact and 60% lighter than the IZLID 1000.”
B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is an ISO 9001-certified developer, manufacturer and systems integrator of electro-optical and related products used for defense, security and law enforcement applications. The company's core competencies include targeting and illumination systems; weapon-mounted, hand-held and integrated lasers; non-lethal lasers; night vision and surveillance systems; and other weapon accessories. Established in 1974, B.E. Meyers’ corporate offices, R&D, and manufacturing operations are located in Redmond, Washington. For further information, please contact Nancy Kawai at (425) 250-4026.
B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc.

Nancy T. Kawai,
Marketing Manager,

Rapiscan Systems Receives $25M Order from U.S. Transportation Security Administration for Advanced Imaging Technology

Order is First Placed Against Multi-Year $173M IDIQ Contract Awarded for Deployment of Secure 1000 Single Pose
TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a leading provider of security screening solutions, today announced that it has received an order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration valued at approximately $25 million for multiple units of its Secure 1000 Single Pose advanced checkpoint security screening solution. The order is the first to be placed under the terms of Rapiscan’s recently awarded, $173M Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration for Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) solutions.
The Secure 1000 Single Pose uses advanced backscatter technology and proprietary image processing software to rapidly detect potential threats that may be concealed on passengers at aviation checkpoints. Following rigorous testing, TSA selected the Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Pose to be the first and to date only system qualified under the AIT program. The Secure 1000 Single Pose systems will be manufactured at OSI’s facility in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Rapiscan Systems President Ajay Mehra stated: “We appreciate the confidence that TSA has demonstrated not only in the Secure 1000 Single Pose but also in Rapiscan’s program management, manufacturing, service and logistics capabilities by placing this significant first order.” Mr. Mehra continued: “Rapiscan Systems is now the only security solution provider that can offer its customers a TSA qualified advanced screening system, the Secure 1000 Single Pose; a TSA qualified Advanced Technology checkpoint baggage screening system, the 620DV (Dual View) AT; and a TSA qualified walk-through metal detector, the Metor 200 HDE.”
The Secure 1000 Single Pose is designed to help security officers detect potential threat objects concealed on passengers. Using backscatter imaging technology and proprietary image processing software, the system offers advantages over alternatives such as metal detectors and hand searches, because it can rapidly help security officers comprehensively detect non-metallic threats and explosives, as well as metal objects. In addition, the system, which complies with all U.S. government passenger privacy and safety requirements, is configured to improve overall checkpoint efficiency: to complete the scan, a passenger faces the Secure 1000 Single Pose while front and back scans are generated and within seconds, a computer-aided image is presented for inspection, thereby streamlining the screening process.
Deepak Chopra, the Chairman and CEO of OSI Systems, Rapiscan’s parent company, stated: “We are pleased to receive this first order for deployment of the Secure 1000 Single Pose solution at multiple airports throughout the United States.” Mr. Chopra continued: “We look forward to assisting TSA in fielding the Secure 1000 Single Pose to improve checkpoint security and efficiency.”
About Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of high performance security inspection and screening solutions. The company’s products are sold into four market segments: Baggage and Parcel Inspection, Cargo and Vehicle Inspection, Hold Baggage Screening, and People Screening. The company has sold more than 70,000 security and inspection systems worldwide. The Rapiscan Systems product line is manufactured at four locations and supported by a global support service network. For more information on Rapiscan Systems, please visit
This press release contains 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. Such statements include information regarding the company's expectations, goals or intentions about the future, including, order that may be placed under the IDIQ contract issued to Rapiscan Systems. The actual results may differ materially from those described in or implied by any forward-looking statement. In particular, because the contract is an IDIQ arrangement, the Government may not ultimately place orders with Rapiscan Systems for the full contract amount. Other important factors are set forth in the Securities and Exchange Commission filings OSI Systems, Inc. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
Rapiscan Systems, Inc.

Andrew Goldsmith,
Vice President, Global Marketing

Media Advisory: EADS North America Will Hold a Press Briefing to Discuss Developments on Its Armed Scout 645 Helicopter Program

Media Advisory: EADS North America Will Hold a Press Briefing to Discuss Developments on Its Armed Scout 645 Helicopter Program
ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - 10/02/09) -

What: EADS North America will hold a press briefing
to discuss developments on its Armed Scout 645
helicopter program.
Who: Speakers:
-- Mr. David Haines
EADS North America, Vice President of Rotorcraft programs
-- Mr. Gary Bishop
EADS North America, Vice President and Program Manager,
Armed Scout 645 program
When: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009
10:30-11:30 a.m. eastern
Where: EADS North America exhibit # 3131, Hall C
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20045

Raytheon Awarded $73 Million U.S. Army Contract for Excalibur Ia-2 Rounds

TUCSON, Ariz., Oct. 2, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN - News) received a $73.3 million U.S. Army contract for the production of Excalibur Ia-2 155 mm precision-guided projectile rounds.
Excalibur Ia-2 is the next generation of precision-guided projectiles for U.S. Army and Marine Corps artillery. Using GPS precision guidance technology, Excalibur rounds provide warfighters with an accurate first-round, fire-for-effect capability in urban settings.
"Instead of focusing on CEP (circular error probable) that allows for target misses up to 60 meters (196 feet), we're redefining what precision means to the warfighter today," said Steve Bennett, Raytheon's Excalibur program director. "Precision means consistently impacting the target within 10 meters (32 feet). Excalibur provides the warfighter with precision that is essential to the protection of civilians and combat forces."
Raytheon recently demonstrated the success of the Excalibur Ia-1's new inertial measurement unit by firing nine shots with a 100 percent success rate. Recent Excalibur Ia-2 testing demonstrated precision well within 10 meters (32 feet) of the target.
"Excalibur rounds are important to the success of our warfighters in Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Mike Milner, U.S. Army Excalibur product manager. "They deserve the kind of precision capability Excalibur can deliver."
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.
Heather Uberuaga

IBM, Northrop Grumman, Bell Helicopter, Mentor Graphics and Leading Industry Analyst to Speak at IESF 2009 Military and Aerospace Conference in Dallas

WILSONVILLE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT - News) today announced that leading industry analyst Richard Aboulafia and representatives from major aerospace companies will speak at the 2009 Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) for Military and Aerospace. The event will take place on October 28, 2009 at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, Texas. Registration is available at
IESF is a full, one-day, free event that has been very successful in past years and now regularly occurs throughout the USA, Europe, Japan and Korea. Now in its eighth year, IESF has become one of the leading forums for electrical and electronic systems design, modeling, simulation and analysis within the aerospace and military industry.
Mentor Graphics’ worldwide technical director, Wes Ryder, will deliver a keynote presentation on “Reducing Development Program Risk,” which discusses the value a model-driven development process can bring to military and aerospace programs. Leading industry analyst and vice president of the Teal Group Corporation, Richard Aboulafia, will deliver a guest keynote presentation called “Coping with the Downturn: Aviation Markets and Companies Enter Uncharted Territory.” Also on the main agenda is Chuck Ratigan, Business Unit Executive, IBM, who will talk about military and aerospace trends in ECAD, MCAD and PLM.
The agenda comprises over 25 industry presentations including speakers from Northrop Grumman, Patmos Engineering Services, and Bell Helicopter. The program also includes a solutions exposition, software demonstrations and technical breakout tracks focused on electrical design and simulation, design data integration, DO-254 safety critical systems and virtual prototyping for military and aerospace applications.
About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT - News) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:
(Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)
Mentor Graphics

James Price,
Suzanne Graham,

Integral Systems Announces Continued Partnership With the US Air Force on RAIDRS Block 10

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integral Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq: ISYS - News) today announced its continued partnership with the US Air Force on the Rapid Attack, Identification, Detection and Reporting System Block-10 (RAIDRS RB-10) program. On September 25, the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center obligated $27,740,754 to implement the restructure of the program from a 6 fixed and 3 deployable site configuration, to a 5 transportable system construct. The Air Force has approved the system restructure under a contract modification with a ceiling of $77,662,446.
RB-10, managed by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) through its Space Superiority Systems Wing, detects, identifies, locates, classifies, and reports interference events against our military space assets. It includes automated detection sensors, information processors, and a reporting architecture.
"Integral Systems is proud to continue our partnership with the Air Force to provide the Warfighter with this important and highly anticipated capability," said Jeff Benesh, Vice President of Air Force Programs, Integral Systems.
Integral Systems, Inc., of Columbia, MD, applies more than 25 years experience to provide integrated technology solutions for SATCOM-interfaced networks. Customers have relied on the Integral Systems family of companies (Integral Systems Inc., Integral Systems Europe, Lumistar, Inc., Newpoint Technologies, Inc., RT Logic, and SAT Corporation) to deliver on time and on budget for more than 250 satellite missions. Our dedication to customer service has solidified long-term relationships with the U.S. Air Force, NASA, NOAA, and nearly every satellite operator in the world. Integral Systems is listed in Forbes' Top 200 Small Companies in America for 2008. For more information, visit
Company Contact:
Kathryn Herr
Vice President, Marketing and
Integral Systems, Inc.
Phone: 443.539.5118

Lockheed Martin Awarded $31M Research Contract to Develop Cyber Information Assurance for Military Networks

Protocol Will Enhance User Authentication, Provide Information Assurance
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and security of military networks is the goal of a new contract that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News). Under the workscope of this $31 million Military Network Protocol contract, Lockheed Martin's team will develop new cyber assurance procedures to improve security, dynamic bandwidth allocation, and policy-based prioritization levels at the individual and unit level.
"With systems from land, air and space connected to the Global Information Grid, cyber security is vital to every aspect of military operations, and new network threats and attacks require revolutionary protection concepts," said John Mengucci, President of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services-Defense. "Through this project, as well as our cyber Mission Maker initiatives, we are working to enhance cyber security and ensure the warfighter can fight on despite cyber attacks."
The increasing dependence on information technology has pushed cyber security to the forefront as one of the most urgent challenges facing the military. In developing this new protocol for military networks, Lockheed Martin's team will develop router technologies that include strong authentication and self configuration capabilities to improve security, reduce the need for trained network personnel and lower overall life cycle costs for network management.
Lockheed Martin is teamed with Anagran, Juniper Networks, LGS Innovations, and Microsoft to develop the new Military Network Protocol. Stanford University will also support the development effort.
Lockheed Martin is the largest information technology provider to the federal government and also one of the most experienced in cyber security. By delivering secure and resilient solutions on thousands of programs, Lockheed Martin enables customers to share and securely manage information from citizens on the street, to soldiers on the battlefield, to intelligence analysts wherever they reside.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.
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Japan jet business gets boost with big US order

* Trans States Holdings orders up to 100 regional jets
* Second customer after All Nippon Airways
* Mitsubishi Heavy shares up 3.4 pct vs Nikkei 2.5 pct fall
(Recasts headline)
By Yuko Inoue
TOKYO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T) unit said on Friday that it had won an order for up to 100 regional jets from a U.S. airline, breathing life into Japan's nascent aircraft industry.
Trans States Holdings (TSH), America's second-biggest independent regional carrier, placed an order for up to 100 jets with Mitsubishi Aircraft, becoming its second customer following All Nippon Airways (ANA) (9202.T) and its first client overseas.
TSH said fuel efficiency and other economic advantages over rivals led the company to choose Mitsubishi's jets.
Mitsubishi said it would deliver the first jet to TSH in 2014. The remaining 99 planes will be delivered in the five to six years after the initial delivery.
The order provides a tailwind for Mitsubishi Heavy, which is chasing Canada's Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO) and Brazil's Embraer (EMBR3.SA) in its $2 billion project to build Japan's first passenger jet.
It aims to sell 1,000 of its jets over the next 20 to 30 years, but has so far only won one order from ANA for up to 25 of its 70- to 90- seat planes, which analysts have estimated to be priced at 3 billion yen to 4 billion yen ($33 million - $45 million) each.
TSH comprises Trans States Airlines, which operates as US Airways Express for US Airways (LCC.N) and GoJet Airlines, which operates as United Express for United Airlines (UAUA.O).
Trans State Airlines has a 48-plane fleet of 50-seat Embraer ERJ145 jets. GoJet's 15-plane fleet consists of 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700 planes. Together, they run 350 flights a day between 50 cities.
Mitsubishi Heavy said last month that it would delay delivery of its first passenger jet by three months to the first quarter of calendar 2014 as it switches to aluminium wings instead of carbon fibre for better fuel efficiency.
Shares in Mitsubishi Heavy, which hopes to beat its rivals by marketing fuel efficient jets, closed up 3.4 percent against the benchmark Nikkei average's .N225 2.5 percent fall. ($1=89.41 Yen) (Additional reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo, Colin Parrott, Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Joseph Radford)

How UK Conservatives would tackle key issues

LONDON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives would face a series of thorny issues if they beat the ruling Labour Party in a national election due by next June.
They include:
If elected, the centre-right Conservatives would inherit what leader David Cameron calls a "catastrophic" budget deficit. Public borrowing is forecast to reach a record 175 billion pounds ($279 billion) this year, more than 12 percent of Britain's economic output.
The Conservatives have taken the lead in calling for spending cuts to cut the deficit, warning that if markets lose faith in Britain's commitment to cut public spending, it could have "truly devastating" consequences.
However, they have given few details on specific cuts.
George Osborne, the Conservatives' finance spokesman, said in June his party would protect health and international development spending. Cameron has said he would save money by scrapping a planned national identity card scheme.
The Conservatives would cut the salaries of government ministers and look at changing the system that allows wealthier families to receive tax credits.
The Conservatives -- traditionally committed to cutting taxes -- say they would keep Labour's planned 50 percent income tax rate for higher earners, at least initially. However, Cameron told The Spectator magazine the tax could go "at an early stage" if it turns out to raise no extra revenue.
A Conservative government would face tough decisions on defence spending when troops are fighting in Afghanistan. That could leave ministers focusing on big-ticket items such as planned replacements to the Trident nuclear weapons system, Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, two new aircraft carriers or the Airbus A400M (EAD.DE) military transporter project.
A Conservative government would face the problem of high unemployment even if the economy had begun growing.
The number of Britons out of work rose by 210,000 to 2.47 million in the three months to July, taking the jobless rate to 7.9 percent, the highest since November 1996.
Policymakers have warned unemployment will continue to rise even as the economy emerges from recession. Some expect the jobless total to hit three million next year.
A Conservative government would also face the problem of finding new engines of growth since the financial services sector has been badly hit by the credit crisis.
The Conservatives say the financial crisis exposed the failure of a system of regulation introduced by Labour.
They say the Financial Services Authority regulator should be abolished and the Bank of England put in full charge of supervising financial institutions.
Britain has 9,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan. Heavy recent losses among British troops have led to questioning of the mission in Britain. Polls show a majority of Britons want the troops brought home.
The Conservative position on the war is little different to that of the Labour government.
Conservative defence spokesman Liam Fox said in September that his party wanted Britain to play a long-term role in the war. He said the Conservatives would consider sending more troops to Afghanistan but only to train Afghan forces.
The Conservatives have promised a British referendum on the European Union's Lisbon treaty if they take power and the treaty is not in force across the entire EU.
If Irish voters approve the treaty on Friday, as expected, only Poland and the Czech Republic would still have to ratify.
The treaty has already been ratified by the British parliament, but the Conservatives say they would reverse that decision if British voters rejected it in a referendum.
If the treaty is already in effect across Europe, Cameron says "we would not let matters rest there". He has refused to be more specific.
For a preview of the conference, click on [ID:nL1487893] (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Michael Roddy)