Monday, January 11, 2010

Virgin confirms order for 10 Airbus A330 aircraft

Defense News ~ PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Virgin Atlantic Airways [VA.Ul] confirmed an order for ten Airbus A330 aircraft, European planemaker Airbus (EAD.PA) said on Monday.
Virgin Atlantic has bought six A330-300 long-range aircraft from Airbus, and is leasing a further four from AerCap.
The contract was completed on Dec. 30, 2009, following an initial announcement in June.
Industry analysts say Airbus could surpass its 2009 target of 300 orders after a scramble to firm up provisional orders or book new ones in time for the year's closing amid signs some airlines are starting to look beyond the downturn. [ID:nLDE60A0MD]
British based Virgin Atlantic Airways, has bought six A330-300 long-range aircraft from Airbus, and is leasing a further four from AerCap. The contract was formally completed on December 30th, 2009, following an initial announcement earlier in June. The aircraft are Virgin Atlantic's first A330s, and underscores a commitment by the carrier to invest in today's most eco efficient aircraft.
The aircraft will strengthen services between the United Kingdom, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, for both business and leisure markets. Virgin's A330-300s will seat up to 270 in Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy, and will be the launch aircraft for revolutionary onboard cabin innovations in every class.
"The A330s are adding immense operational flexibility to Virgin's modern fleet and at the sametime fit in with our commitment to invest in today's most environmentally efficient aircraft," said Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive, Virgin Atlantic Airways.
"Coming from one of Airbus' most valued customers, this significant order is a thumbs up for our A330," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "The A330 is a leader in aircraft reliability, comfort, and low fuel burn making it the most eco-efficient aircraft in its class." Virgin Atlantic Airways became an Airbus operator in November 1993.
To date, Virgin operates six A340-300s and 19 A340-600 aircraft. Virgin is also a customer for six A380s. The twin engine A330 is one of the most widely used wide body aircraft in service today.
To date, Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the various versions of the aircraft. More than 600 A330s have already been delivered and the aircraft is currently flying with over 80 airlines worldwide.

DASSAULT AVIATION: Press release Dassault Aviation

Defense News ~ SAINT-CLOUD, FRANCE--(Marketwire - 01/11/10) - Following the Central Works Council meeting of 7 January 2010, Dassault Aviation's net earnings forecast for 2009 was disclosed by staff representatives although the information was confidential.
Dassault Aviation states that the figure was an estimation made in July and related only to the Parent Company's earnings.
The market is informed that the consolidated and Parent Company's financial statements for 2009 will be published on 18 March 2010 after the Board of Directors' meeting held on 17 March 2010 to approve the accounts for the year.
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Electronic Control Security & Balinor International Announce an Exclusive Distribution and Marketing Agreement With UK-Based Operational Security Ltd

Defense News ~ CLIFTON, NJ--(Marketwire - 01/11/10) - Electronic Control Security, Inc. (OTC.BB:EKCS - News) (ECSI) and Balinor International, LLC announced today that they have entered into marketing and sales agreements with Operational Security Ltd. to market ECSI's advanced perimeter security technology and leading-edge maritime Anti-Piracy Technology, APT, in India, Africa and the Middle East. ECSI's perimeter security technologies include state-of-the-art surveillance, monitoring and access control systems. The APT System Solution provides automated, seamless integration of the most advanced small-target radar, ECSI-exclusive long range day/night cameras and optional thermal imaging systems, and American Technology Corporation's Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), with new water jet and "dazzle" laser deterrent options now available.
"I believe these represent some of the most exciting security-related technologies available today," said Peter Earnshaw, Managing Director of Operational Security Ltd. "ECSI's perimeter security systems have been proven time and again to offer the most effective intrusion detection and perimeter control available in a range of applications. With respect to the anti-piracy realm, we believe APT is the only really comprehensive and effective anti-piracy solution available to the maritime community, offering 24/7 protection with automated and integrated long-range detection, identification, tracking, recording, communication and non-lethal deterrence. We feel privileged to have this opportunity to participate in bringing these technologies to market."
Norman Barta, CEO of Balinor International, said, "It is with great pleasure that we engage with Operational Security Ltd. to support Balinor's marketing and sales efforts in India, Africa and the Middle East. Combining ECSI's technologies with our new leading-edge deterrent options, I believe we have an unbeatable product in the maritime security and anti-piracy realm, given APT's suitability to both ports and vessels. With their knowledge and experience in the maritime domain, Operational Security is the right partner to support bringing this powerhouse to market in the coming year."
Arthur Barchenko, President and CEO, stated, "We're pleased to be joining forces with Operational Security for our perimeter security technologies, as well as having them partner with Balinor International in offering APT to the maritime marketplace. Operational Security offers a strong presence in their marketing space that I believe will be extremely valuable to us in 2010 and beyond."
About ECSI
ECSI is recognized as a global leader in perimeter security and an effective quality provider for both the Department of Defense and Homeland Security programs. The Company designs, manufactures and markets physical electronic security systems for high profile, high threat environments. The employment of risk assessment and analysis allows ECSI to determine and address the security needs of government and commercial-industrial installations. The Company has teaming agreements with major system integrators in both the United States and overseas to support installation and aftermarket. ECSI is located at 790 Bloomfield Avenue, Bldg. C-1, Clifton, NJ 07012. Tel: 973-574-8555; Fax: 973-574-8562. For more information on ECSI and its customers, please visit
About Balinor International
Balinor International is a global technology company with offices in the United States and Greece, and affiliates throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. Balinor's focus is on leading-edge solutions that represent new frontiers in their respective areas and offer substantial added-value. Balinor International's current endeavors include ECSI's state-of-the-art anti-piracy and anti-terrorist technologies, and high-performance, life-changing water filtration systems for Third World and disaster environments. For more information about Balinor International, please visit
About Operational Security Ltd.
Operational Security Ltd. (trading as OPSEC) is a UK-based company with proven success in developing and managing security assessments, systems integration, risk management and global systems sourcing. The company offers extensive knowledge of maritime and aviation security, having advised on projects including ports in Nigeria, Valencia, Morocco, Tallinn and elsewhere in Europe, and managed infrastructure projects including ports and airports in the UK, Middle East and West Africa. OPSEC has also consulted extensively on enterprise risk, security systems and procedures at power and petrochemical plants as well as research and government facilities worldwide. For additional information, please call +44 7876 385683.
ECSI INTERNATIONAL, INC. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial uncertainties and risks. These forward-looking statements are based upon our current expectations, estimates and projections about our business and our industry and reflect our beliefs and assumptions based upon information available to us at the date of this release. We caution readers that forward-looking statements are predictions based on our current expectations about future events. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including but not limited to changes in economic conditions generally and in our industry specifically, changes in security technology, legislative or regulatory changes that affect us, the availability of working capital, changes in costs and the availability of goods and services, the introduction of competing products, changes in our operating strategy or development plans, our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, changes in our acquisition and capital expenditure plans, and the risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "RISK FACTORS" in Item 1 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement for any reason.
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Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Successful Patriot Test Firings

Defense News ~ TEWKSBURY, Mass., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise.
The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating tactical ballistic missiles.
The exercise was observed by senior officials from the Kuwaiti and U.S. governments, including Kuwait Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.
"This test firing showcased the lethal capabilities of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles, as well as the strong alliance among the Kuwait Air Defense Forces, the U.S. government and Raytheon in maintaining the readiness and effectiveness of Patriot in Kuwait," said Skip Garrett, vice president and deputy for Patriot Programs, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).
"To support our 12 partner nations globally, Patriot continues to add capabilities to counter emerging threats, while providing increased system reliability and reduced life-cycle cost," Garrett said.
Raytheon IDS is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.
Integrated Defense Systems is Raytheon's leader in Global Capabilities Integration providing affordable, integrated solutions to a broad international and domestic customer base, including the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Homeland Security.
Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

IDO Security Wins Tender to Install MagShoe(TM) Units in Chinese Airports

Defense News ~ TEL AVIV, ISRAEL--(Marketwire - 01/11/10) - IDO Security, Inc. (OTC.BB:IDOI - News) (, developer of the innovative MagShoe(TM) "shoes-on" weapons metal detection system, announced today that the company has won a tender in China for installation of new MagShoe(TM) units.
Mr. Dani Werber, International Marketing Manager of IDO Security Ltd., stated, "We have won a tender in China to install MagShoe(TM) units in all of Xinjiang province's international and regional airports. There are 12 Airports in Xinjiang province, including Urumqi, Kashi, Yining, Korla, Aksu, Hetian, Altay, Kuche, Tacheng, Narati and Qiemo, all are to be equipped with the MagShoe system."
Mr. Werber further stated, "Out of the 12 airports, the largest installation of MagShoe(TM) units is in Urumqi International Airport -- the Central Airport of Xinjiang province and one of China's six major airports. This airport alone has connections with more than 60 large and medium cities nationwide and many cities in Central Asia, the Middle East, Russia and other countries."
"This tender was won together with our local Distributor, Hwan Technology and Trade Co. with whom we have a long and fruitful cooperation. Hwan Co. alone has already installed dozens of MagShoe(TM) units in 16 airports across the North and West of China. Taking into account more than 130 major airports, 1200 routes and more than 130 million passengers per year, the potential in China's Aviation market is enormous. There is still a lot to do in China but not only in the Aviation market. Among others, we are focusing our efforts on some of China's upcoming international events over the next two years, like the World Expo in Shanghai and the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou."
Mr. Werber concluded, "This last major tender we were awarded in the Xinjiang province, together with the recent installations in Honk Kong airport and Macau's major sport facilities, will definitely help and serve as a point of reference in all other segments as well, it is another step forward in our efforts to broaden our presence in this very large and important market."
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About IDO Security:
Headquartered in New York with a subsidiary in Israel, IDO Security designs, develops and markets the patented, UL-certified MagShoe(TM) weapons metal detection system. MagShoe(TM) fills a critical void in today's metal detectors by extending screening to the lower body and feet. MagShoe's unique "shoes-on" design maximizes security, thoroughness and accuracy while eliminating the need to remove shoes for increased convenience and safety. Ideal for security and loss prevention at virtually any facility, MagShoe(TM) is currently in use at international airports, cruise lines, government agencies, prisons and more.
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Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems Selects DDC-I's DO-178B RTOS and Tools for Airbus A350 Program

DDC-I’s Deos Real-Time Operating System to Power A350’s External Cameras and Cockpit Video System
Defense News ~ PHOENIX--January 11, 2010, (BUSINESS WIRE)--DDC-I, a leading supplier of software and professional services for safety-critical applications, today announced that Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems has selected DDC-I’s time and space partitioned Deos™ real-time operating system (RTOS), OpenArbor™ development tools and DO-178B certification artifacts for use in the Concentrator and Multiplexor for Video (CMV), which is part of the Airbus A350’s External Cameras and Cockpit Video (ECCV) System. Goodrich made the selection after an extensive evaluation of COTS DO-178B RTOSes.
“We are extremely pleased that Goodrich has selected our certifiable RTOS and tools for this important program,” said Greg Rose, vice president of marketing at DDC-I. “Deos represents the culmination of hundreds of person-years of engineering investment, and provides the lowest risk, lowest cost and fastest path to avionics certification of any COTS RTOS. Deos has already been certified to DO-178B Level A in dozens of programs and flies on more commercial and military airframes than any other certifiable COTS RTOS.”
Deos is the industry’s most robust, highest performance RTOS for the safety-critical market. Featuring deterministic real-time response, the memory-protected RTOS employs patented “slack scheduling” to deliver higher CPU utilization than any other safety-critical COTS RTOS. Deos is the only certifiable time and space (T&S) partitioned COTS RTOS built from the ground up for safety-critical applications. Deos also provides the easiest, lowest cost path of any COTS RTOS to DO-178B Level A certification, the highest level of safety criticality.
Development support for Deos includes DDC-I’s Eclipse-based, mixed language OpenArbor IDE, which features C and C++ optimizing compilers, a color-coded source editor, project management support, automated build utilities, and a mixed-language, multi-window, symbolic debugger. OpenArbor also provides broad run-time target options, from the robust Deos RTOS through minimal bare-board run-time systems.
About DDC-I, Inc.
DDC-I, Inc. is a global supplier of real-time operating systems, software development tools, custom software development services, and legacy software system modernization solutions, with a primary focus on safety-critical applications. DDC-I's customer base is an impressive "who's who" in the commercial, military, aerospace, and safety-critical industries. DDC-I offers safety-critical real-time operating systems, compilers, integrated development environments and run-time systems for C, C++, Ada, Fortran and JOVIAL application development. For more information regarding DDC-I products, contact DDC-I at 1825 E. Northern Ave., Suite #125, Phoenix, Arizona 85020; phone (602) 275-7172; fax (602) 252-6054; e-mail or visit
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VSE Leads Key Industry Team in Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR)

Global Maritime Partnership Team Expands Capabilities
Defense News ~ ALEXANDRIA, Va.--January 11, 2010, (BUSINESS WIRE)--VSE Corporation’s (Nasdaq GS: VSEC) GLOBAL Division announces additional industry leaders who have joined its Naval Ship Transfer and Repair (N*STAR) team. New team members include HEBCO Incorporated, Valkyrie Enterprises, LLC; Atlantic Ordnance International; Delex Systems, Inc; and DRS Technologies, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A.
The new teammates join some of the top industry leaders, such as Raytheon, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Thales Naval, Inc., General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), BAE SYSTEMS and American Systems Corporation.
The team is structured to provide full life cycle support not only to ex-US Navy ships and systems transferred to foreign clients, but also to the foreign clients’ indigenously acquired ships and systems. In addition to extensive industrial capability in Hull, Mechanical and Electrical systems, the N*STAR Team brings to its clients the industry leaders in Complex Systems Integration, Combat Systems repair and modernization, and overseas logistics support.
International Group President Mike Hamerly said, “Our goal is to build a team that has the capacity, capability and flexibility to satisfy the full range of FMS requirements over the period of the new contract. This team has those attributes as well as the established domestic and foreign networks and relationships necessary to ensure the success of projects with any FMS customer.”
VSE Corporation President/CEO/COO Maurice “Mo” Gauthier commented, “Over the 14 years VSE has been the prime contractor for this effort, we have perfected the processes necessary to ensure optimal customer support whether it is rebuilding a transferred ship, conducting complex depot-level availabilities in overseas locations or installing a coastal surveillance system in Eastern Europe.”
VSE has been the lead firm performing ship transfer work for the Naval Sea Systems Command under the Foreign Military Sales (“FMS”) Program since this function was initially outsourced in 1995. During that time, VSE has managed the successful transfer of 42 ships. The transfer services have included a large variety of ships/systems, from guided missile destroyers to floating dry docks. VSE is currently supporting the transfer of ex-USNS Andrew J. Higgins to Chile at the Atlantic Marine shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
VSE International Group
International Group provides global engineering, industrial and logistics services for foreign military sales. GLOBAL Division provides assistance to the U.S. Navy in executing its Foreign Military Sales Program for surface ships sold, leased or granted to foreign countries by providing program management, engineering, technical support, and logistics services for ship reactivations, transfers, and follow-on support. For more information about International Group’s services please see the VSE Corporation website at or contact Donald Babcock at (703) 329-4683.
About VSE
VSE is Federal Services Company of choice for solving issues of global significance with integrity, agility and value. VSE marked its 50th year as a government contractor in January 2009 and is dedicated to making our clients successful by delivering talented people and innovative solutions for program management, logistics, engineering, IT services, construction program management and consulting. For additional information on VSE services and products, please see our web site at or contact Randy Hollstein, Corporate Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at (703) 329-3206.
VSE encourages investors and others to review the detailed reporting and disclosures contained in VSE public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further information and analysis of VSE’s financial condition and results of operations. The public filings include additional discussion about the status of specific customer programs and contract awards, risks, revenue sources and funding, dependence on material customers, and management’s discussion of short and long term business challenges and opportunities.

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SAIC Launches Enterprise-Wide Initiative To Support K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Company Forms Strategic Relationships to Support STEM Initiatives, Pledging $1 Million Worth of Sponsorships to FIRST(R), Project Lead The Way
Defense News ~ MCLEAN, Va. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today that it has launched an enterprise-wide program to help inspire, engage and educate students in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. To help kick off this long-term nationwide effort, the company has formed strategic relationships with two leading non-profit organizations with demonstrated results in the STEM arena. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) received a $600,000 sponsorship, and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) received a $400,000 sponsorship from the company.
FIRST works to inspire students from kindergarten through high school to be science and technology leaders. The organization hosts events including robotics competitions at local, regional and national levels, engaging students in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, and encourage innovation. PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to prepare students to be productive by engaging them in a hands-on, project-based curriculum that emphasizes innovation and critical thinking. PLTW's program shows students how what they are learning in math and science class applies to real-world problem solving. Its students benefit greatly from mentorships and internships with its corporate and philanthropic partners, as they are able to see firsthand the relevance of the concepts that they are learning in the classroom.
Through participation in these programs, employee volunteers across the nation from SAIC and other companies can encourage the development of problem solving, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning skills in students K-12, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college, and career success in STEM-related fields.
"The number of students entering STEM disciplines is too low to meet future U.S. needs," said Walt Havenstein, SAIC chief executive officer and FIRST board member. "Industry can play a critical role in helping address this shortfall. Not only does SAIC rely on a STEM-educated workforce, our customers and our nation do, as well. It is what drives our economy."
As part of SAIC's initiative, the company is also launching a more robust employee volunteerism program that will help SAIC reinforce and enhance its existing STEM activities and participate in new STEM efforts across the United States.
"Many SAIC employees have been donating their time and talents helping to inspire, engage and educate students in STEM-related activities. I applaud those actions and I have committed SAIC to redoubling our effort," said Havenstein. "We also look forward to helping our FIRST and PLTW partners work closer together as we combine efforts to coach and encourage our future science and technology leaders."
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from one of every three FORTUNE® 500 companies and more than $11 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC™) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6- to 9-year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to
About Project Lead The Way
PLTW is a national, non-profit organization that provides rigorous and innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for middle schools and high schools. The PLTW comprehensive curriculum, which is collaboratively developed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators, emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success in STEM-related fields. PLTW began in 1998 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a program designed to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level and has grown to a network of almost 3,400 middle and high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in PLTW courses. For more information, visit
About SAIC
SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 45,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. Headquartered in McLean, Va., SAIC had annual revenues of $10.1 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2009. For more information, visit SAIC: From Science to Solutions®
Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in SAIC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2009, and other such filings that SAIC makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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General Kinetics Engineering Corporation acquires Active Shock Incorporated

Acquisition creates a technology and manufacturing leader in military vehicle suspensions
Defense News ~ TORONTO, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ - General Kinetics Engineering Corporation (GKE) of Brampton, Ontario, Canada announces that on December 29 2009, it completed a transaction to buy Active Shock, Inc.(ASI), from its founders.
The combination of GKE and ASI creates a unique supplier with a broad range of highly reliable and technologically advanced damping systems for vehicle and seating applications. The joint product portfolio positions GKE as the clear choice for customers seeking ride control solutions that improve performance within the "iron triangle" of Payload, Protection and Performance, whether for new platforms or for upgrades to the legacy fleet.
"The acquisition of Active Shock makes a great deal of sense for us", said Chuck Williamson, President of General Kinetics. "The Active Shock system expands our product line to include a proven, high performance ride control solution. Many of our customers are searching for advanced damping and ride height control solutions to achieve mobility targets, deal with variable armor configurations, reduce life cycle costs and improve operator safety, and we can now provide the resolution to many of these problems." "In addition, ASI establishes a US base for Business Development, allowing us to improve our already high standard of customer service while remaining ITAR-compliant."
"We are excited about the exceptional opportunities this acquisition provides to the customer", said Bill Larkins, CEO of Active Shock. "We have created a single damping system supplier who can provide the best solution for the customer whether their performance goals dictate a passive or semi active damping solution. We also provide a single source upgrade path for current customers needing enhanced performance."
The new entity, known as "Active Shock, LLC" will continue to operate in Manchester, NH, and be the center for Business Development and semi-active technology advancement.
About GKE - Since 1981, General Kinetics ( has designed and manufactured a broad range of suspension system and damping components exclusively for military vehicles. GK products are found on most tactical and combat vehicles in the fleet.
About ASI - Active Shock (, founded in 2001, has developed industry-leading semi-active damping technology with broad applications from construction and mining to military vehicles.

Tishman-AECOM joint venture wins US$16-million construction-management services contract for Phase 1 of U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS)

Defense News ~ Tishman-AECOM joint venture wins US$16-million construction-management services contract for Phase 1 of U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) new headquarters in Washington, D.C.
DHS office consolidation is one of the largest government facilities programs in the U.S.
Defense News ~ WASHINGTON--January 11, 2010, (BUSINESS WIRE)--Tishman-AECOM, a joint-venture of Tishman Construction Corporation of D.C., one of the nation’s premier construction managers, contractors and owner representatives, and AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, today announced that it has been awarded a $16-million federal contract. The “indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity” contract covers construction-management services for Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new headquarters at the former St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital campus, a National Historic Landmark in Washington.
Daniel R. Tishman, chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction Corporation, said: “Together, Tishman and AECOM have a range and depth of experience unlike any other team in the business, and we’re looking forward to working with the GSA and DHS on what is one of the most important projects in our nation in the coming years.”
“AECOM is excited to manage this expansive, high-profile program in concert with our partners at Tishman Construction,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to partnering with Tishman to deliver a state-of-the-art, sustainable headquarters facility to DHS.”
The Phase 1 construction program involves multiple, interdependent projects that Tishman-AECOM will manage, beginning with the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters building, parking structure, 80+ megawatt co-generation plant, and infrastructure projects.
The overall DHS headquarters consolidation is the largest current construction project in the U.S. and the largest federal project since construction of the Pentagon. All phases of the construction program, estimated to be US$3 billion to US$4 billion, are scheduled for completion during 2016.
About Tishman Construction
In business for 111 years, Tishman Construction ( is a privately held firm headquartered in New York City and having operating units located across the United States and in the United Arab Emirates. Known for successfully managing the complexities of construction, innovative approaches to building, and sustainable-building leadership, Tishman is responsible for the construction of more than 450 million square feet of space, incorporating facilities of every size and type, including arts and culture, commercial, convention centers, education, gaming, government, healthcare, hospitality, residential, retail, sports and leisure, technology and transportation. TCC ranks # 2 in the nation on Building Design & Construction’s Top Construction Managers list.
Tishman’s current and recent projects in and around the Washington, D.C. area include 5.3 million square feet of new construction for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, Md.; on-going general contracting assignments for the National Institutes of Health at its Bethesda, Md., campus; and the American Pharmacists Association Headquarters on The National Mall.
TCC’s current projects nationwide include One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, which will be New York’s tallest building at 1,776 feet, and MGM MIRAGE’s and Dubai World’s 18-million-square-foot resort/casino/retail/entertainment complex, called CityCenter, which recently opened in Las Vegas.
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EADS North America Delivers UH-72A Lakota Helicopters to the Alabama Army National Guard

Defense News ~ New Lakota Aircraft Will Improve the State's Homeland Security Mission
Defense News ~ BIRMINGHAM, AL--(Marketwire - 01/09/10) - The Alabama Army National Guard's ability to perform homeland security operations and carry out support missions within the state will be significantly enhanced with the introduction of four UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters delivered by EADS North America.
These aircraft are being based at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Birmingham, where the initial two Lakotas were formally unveiled during a ceremony today.
The Alabama Army National Guard's Lakotas are assigned to Detachment 1, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment. The unit's federal level missions include aerial command, control and reconnaissance in homeland security operations; and it also is tasked with state-level support for Alabama's governor and community-based organizations.
"It is particularly appropriate that the Lakota has come to Alabama, which has developed a very strong relationship with EADS," said David R. Oliver, Jr., EADS North America's chief operating officer. "Our company has an important industrial presence in the state -- with a growing engineering center and a recently-expanded aircraft service center in Mobile. We also look forward to the day when EADS can establish in Mobile a manufacturing center of excellence to support the Northrop Grumman KC-45 Tanker, as well as the production of A330 commercial freighters."
The UH-72As are to replace Detachment 1's aging OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, and are the first new aircraft coming directly to the Alabama National Guard in many years.
"We are extremely excited to be one of the states receiving the UH-72 aircraft," said Alabama National Guard State Army Aviation Officer, Col. Charles A. Bonasera. "This aircraft brings the Alabama National Guard a much greater capability than its predecessor in the conduct of our homeland security/support mission requirements. The aviators that now fly this aircraft are also very excited and absolutely love what it does for their mission."
EADS North America has delivered 93 Lakotas to the U.S. Army and five to the U.S. Navy. The Army aircraft are based at active duty Army and Army National Guard locations throughout the United States, as well as in Puerto Rico. Future deployments of UH-72As are anticipated in the Pacific, Europe and Japan.
The UH-72A is a key element in the U.S. Army's rotary-wing fleet modernization effort, and the program represents one of the most rapid introductions of an aircraft in the service's history. The Light Utility Helicopter contract was awarded to EADS North America in June 2006, followed by the company's startup of UH-72A deliveries in November of the same year. Operational service began in early 2007.
A total of 345 Lakotas are expected to be acquired through 2015 for U.S. Army and National Guard operations in missions that range from homeland security and drug interdiction to general support, logistics and medical evacuation flights. The aircraft enable aging National Guard OH-58 and UH-1 rotary-wing aircraft to be retired, while UH-72A deliveries to the active component of the U.S. Army free up UH-60 Black Hawks for assignment to warfighting missions.
EADS North America has delivered five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for use in training test pilots from the U.S. military and allied countries. In addition to the current production of H-72As and UH-72As, EADS North America is offering the Armed Scout 645 variant for the U.S. Army's armed aerial scout requirement.
Production of the UH-72A helicopter family is performed at a state-of-the-art facility in Columbus, Miss., which has created new job opportunities in the southern United States and throughout the country. The facility is operated by the American Eurocopter business unit of EADS North America.
About EADS North America
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

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