Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Universal Detection Technology Working with U.S. Department of Commerce to Market Anthrax Detection Equipment in Australia

UNDT’s Agreement with Will Supply Country with Equipment for Combating the Growing Threat of Bioterrorism
Defense News ~ LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Universal Detection Technology (OTCBB:UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies and counter-terrorism training programs to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats, announced today that through its agreement with U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Service, the company is promoting its handheld assays, used for detection of up to five bioterrorism agents, in Australia. UNDT is to be listed as a Featured U.S. Exporter on Commercial Service's Australia website.
UNDT's 5-agent bioterrorism detection kits have been used extensively by first responders and private industry throughout the United States. Testing of the kits by the U.S. DoD as well as the United Kingdom military show that the kits demonstrate no cross-reactivity with near neighbor species and no false positives with commonly encountered "white powders". The kits are designed to test for anthrax, botulinum toxin, ricin, plague (Y. Pestis) and SEBs in as little as three minutes.
“Through our relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce, we are working to expand our bio-weapons detection equipment offerings in countries that have been targeted by terrorists,” said Universal Detection Technology CEO Jacques Tizabi. “We will continue to expand our international network through our relationship with the Department of Commerce,” continued Tizabi.
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About Universal Detection Technology
Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, the company, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bacterial spore detector that detects certain biohazard substances. The company is also a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems, and antimicrobial products.
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LORD Corporation Awarded Contract for MR Suspension Installation and Test on U.S. Army LMTV

Defense News ~ CARY, N.C., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, motion and noise – has teamed with World Technical Services, Inc. (WTSI) for the integration, test and evaluation of a suspension upgrade including their Magneto-Rheological (MR) semi-active damping system for a US Army M1078 Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV).
The contract is part of a larger effort by the prime contractor, WTSI, to improve mobility performance of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). LORD is one of several suppliers of suspension enhancements being evaluated in this effort. Â The Government does not endorse or support one supplier over the others and will be evaluating all equally. Â LORD has not to date been chosen for production product. The purpose of the 12-month LORD contract is to install and test the MR Damping system as well as to fully optimize the system control algorithms, while determining optimal leaf spring and torsion-bar configurations. On- and off-road as well as durability testing will be conducted by third-parties including half-rounds, various profiled Root Means Square (RMS) courses, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) lane change maneuvers. Â These tests are designed to determine actual performance improvements compared to the baseline configuration and will include up to 10,000 miles of endurance and durability testing.
LORD is the technical lead on the MR Suspension project, with responsibility to perform modeling and simulation analyses, hardware build, design integration, installation and testing oversight. Suspension optimization support also will be provided by MillenWorks, a privately-owned small business serving the defense, automotive OEM, and entertainment industries. Further, LORD will provide maintenance support during the vehicle testing of the MR suspension system hardware, which will be subjected to endurance tests per the vehicle mission profile and as defined in the vehicle specification.
According to Steve Hildebrand, LORD Engineering Manager for MR Suspension systems, the system will incorporate LORD Corporation's latest refinements with respect to the magneto-rheological controllable damping system. The system includes a controller, dampers, sensors, and software that is customized for a vehicle's characteristics and customer's performance requirements.
The MR controllable damping systems have been demonstrated as original and retrofit equipment for various military and commercial utility vehicles. Current vehicle applications for the Department of Defense (DOD) and OEMs include several Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), the HMMWV and other confidential customer platforms.
"LORD MR Active Damping Systems are well-suited for a broad range of military applications, from lightweight tactical vehicles to line-haul tractors and heavy MRAP vehicles," said Hildebrand. "These systems have already been demonstrated on a wide variety of military vehicles and the results are positive. Vehicles outfitted with our system experience less wear and tear, leading to longer vehicle life without reducing fuel efficiency. Our product enables greater stability and vehicle body control, allowing increased safety for the driver and occupants, and significantly improved ride quality."
Unlike traditional passive dampers with fixed characteristics, LORD Corporation's MR Dampers with patented self-adapting control algorithms are fully adaptive and react nearly instantaneously to changes in terrain, vehicle maneuvers and payload. Further, MR Controllable Damping Systems enable simplified suspension geometries with weight reduction and increased payload without reducing mobility. In fact, according to Hildebrand, one recent application demonstrated doubling of the payload.
"The resulting improved dynamic stability and ride quality have demonstrated significant benefits to our warfighters," said Jesse DePriest, LORD Business Development Manager.
Proven Technology
LORD Corporation's MR technology has been proven through the licensing and broad intellectual property portfolio used in developing Delphi's MagneRideâ„¢ suspension system. First introduced on the 2002 Corvette, the system now appears on more than 500,000 devices in more than a dozen models from multiple OEMs including Audi, Acura, Ferrari, GM, Holden and Honda. The rapid acceptance of the technology by a wide range of manufacturers, from high-performance sports cars to SUVs, demonstrates the confidence the automotive industry has in the performance, reliability and durability of LORD MR technology.
In recent lab tests conducted by LORD, MR dampers for the HMMWV and other military vehicles surpassed 5-million cycles of durability testing, greatly exceeding the U.S. government's requirement with no degradation of the MR fluid. Â In addition, up to 30,000 miles of off-road durability testing has been demonstrated through the full vehicle temperature range, also without degradation of the MR fluid.
In a related effort, LORD has completed qualification testing of the MR Damper System Controller. The full MIL-Spec rated controller is designed to accommodate any vehicle, wheeled or tracked, 4x4 up to 8x8 wheel-ends with one standardized box. The controller is ruggedized to meet harsh environmental conditions for both military and demanding commercial applications including MIL-STD-1275 Power Quality, MIL-STD-461 EMC/EMI and MIL-STD-810 Environmental Factors. Further, the controller is capable of a 60-inch vehicle fording depth, the connectors are MIL-DTL-38999 compliant, and the system is J1939 data bus compatible. Â
LORD has been designing and testing production-intent MR damper systems built for the needs of military and heavy commercial vehicles for several years. Â According to DePriest, support from the Michigan and North Carolina Congressional Delegations as well as the U.S. Army's Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) organizations has been critical in transitioning this commercial dual-use, strategic technology to address the military's ground vehicle mobility needs. Further, in response to market interest for their MR suspension system, LORD recently completed the expansion of a 1,000-square-foot production cell within their Cambridge Springs, Pa. plant. The cell is believed to be the first of its kind related to heavy-duty MR dampers for military and heavy trucks in the world.
LORD is currently completing initial performance testing with excellent results and will enter durability testing next month. Lord expects to complete up to 15,000 miles of durability testing before the end of the summer.
About LORD Corporation
LORD MR technology is based on commercial proprietary and patented fluid, damper, mount, brake and clutch designs and sophisticated computer-controlled algorithms. When exposed to a magnetic field, MR fluids change from liquid to near solid instantaneously, with complete reversibility. As a result, MR technology provides fast and infinitely variable control of energy dissipation for industrial and automotive devices. As the only provider of commercial MR fluids with more than 110 MR fluid, device, and controller algorithm patents worldwide, LORD is the largest manufacturer of MR devices and systems. For information about LORD MR applications, visit
With headquarters in Cary, N.C., USA, and sales in excess of $700-MM, LORD Corporation is a privately-held company that designs, manufactures and markets devices and systems to manage mechanical motion, and control noise and vibration; formulates, produces and sells general purpose and specialty adhesives and coatings; and develops products and systems utilizing magnetically responsive technologies. With manufacturing in nine countries and offices in more than 15 major business centers, LORD Corporation employs more than 2,500 worldwide. Visit for more information.

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TSA Awards ID/IQ Contract for L-3 ProVision Checkpoint Screening System

Defense News ~ NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL - News) announced today that it recently was awarded a $164.7 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply the agency with millimeter wave (MMW) advanced imaging technology (AIT) systems to screen for explosives and other threats at security checkpoints. This contract vehicle makes L-3 eligible for future delivery orders for its ProVision™ MMW system.
“TSA’s award of this contract follows the recent designation of ProVision as a qualified checkpoint screening system,” said Thomas M. Ripp, president of L-3 Security & Detection Systems. “In use at U.S. airports since 2007, our ProVision millimeter wave system offers an effective, efficient and safe screening technology.”
The technology used in the ProVision system utilizes safe, harmless radio waves to detect threats which may be hidden under a passenger’s clothing. Threat substances made from a wide variety of materials can be found with the ProVision, including both metallic and non-metallic threat items.
Mr. Ripp continued, “L-3 is currently testing software upgrades and continues to enhance L-3’s checkpoint screening technology to detect an even broader range of potential aviation threats.”
L-3’s ProVision offers multiple levels of privacy protection that can be customized to support customer-specific operational procedures. Security analysts see a 3-D black and white silhouette that makes it virtually impossible to determine the identity of the scanned individual. Also, images are viewed in remote locations separate from the checkpoint, so that analysts cannot see the passenger being scanned. Privacy is further ensured with options that allow for blurring of facial features.
More than 200 ProVision systems are deployed worldwide to protect critical airports and other facilities, including federal and state courthouses, correctional institutions, embassies and border crossings.
With a broad range of systems and technology and an installed base of more than 20,000 systems worldwide, L-3 Security & Detection Systems offers screening technologies for numerous security applications that include aviation systems for hold-baggage explosives detection and checkpoint screening, cargo and air freight screening, port and border inspection, and facility protection. L-3 Security & Detection Systems’ customer base includes the U.S. military and numerous government agencies, major airports and airlines, national and local authorities, and high-risk commercial enterprises throughout the world. To learn more about L-3 Security & Detection Systems.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 66,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, subsystems and systems. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.
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Shalom Bresticker Receives Accellera's 2010 Technical Excellence Award

Award Recognizes Efforts to Improve Quality of Verilog, SystemVerilog and Verilog AMS Standards
Defense News ~ NAPA, CA--(Marketwire - 02/23/10) - Accellera, the electronics industry organization focused on electronic design automation (EDA) and Intellectual Property (IP) standards, announced today that Shalom Bresticker, Senior CAD Engineer, Intel, is the 2010 recipient of its 7th annual Technical Excellence Award. The Award recognizes Mr. Bresticker's volunteer contributions to Accellera's SystemVerilog, Open Verification Library (OVL) and Verilog Analog/Mixed Signal (AMS) standards.
Accellera's chair, Shrenik Mehta, will present Accellera's Technical Excellence Award at 3pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, during the organization's Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition (DVCon) at the Doubletree hotel in San Jose, California before the Panel, What Keeps You Up at Night?
"Shalom Bresticker's achievements are important for the industry because they provide clarity and improve the quality of existing and future Verilog-related design and verification language standards," said Shrenik Mehta, Accellera's chair. "Because of Shalom's expertise, contributions and understanding of the language and its place in the electronic design and verification ecosystem, we have better quality standards."
Mehta continued, "Shalom has a long standing devotion to the development of a quality specification for the Verilog and SystemVerilog languages. He has scrutinized the standards at every step in the process for completeness and accuracy. Tool developers and users of the language for design and verification have better standards because of his constant attention, and devotion to producing quality standards. He is someone whom many should look to emulate."
"It is an honor to be recognized by Accellera for my work on the Verilog standard and its related language standards," added Shalom Bresticker.
About Shalom Bresticker
Shalom's in-depth knowledge of the Verilog standard and the requirements of the industry have been immensely helpful in delivering EDA standards that significantly improve silicon design quality and productivity. His thorough review of the Verilog standards and his attention to detail have significantly improved the quality of Accellera's language standards. In addition to his contributions to Verilog, Shalom reviewed the Verilog Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) standard in order to improve Verilog AMS and Verilog standards alignment and the Verilog or IEEE 1364™ Language Reference Manual (LRM).
Since 2005, Shalom Bresticker has been a Senior CAD Engineer in Intel's LAN Access Division (LAD) in Jerusalem, Israel. In this role, he works on and supports logic design and verification tools and methodologies. Previously, he was a VLSI engineer at Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor Israel, where he was a key contributor to Motorola's Semiconductor Reuse Standards (SRS). Shalom started participating in the Verilog standards committee in 1995, has been active in the SystemVerilog, Verilog-AMS and OVL technical committees, and has edited the Verilog or IEEE 1364™ -2001 (Version C) and IEEE 1364-2005 LRMs.
Shalom earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
About Accellera's Technical Excellence Award and Technical Subcommittees
Each year, Accellera's Technical Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a Technical Subcommittee member. Candidates are nominated by the industry at large, and nominations are endorsed by participants in Accellera's Technical Subcommittees. All of Accellera Technical Subcommittee members are eligible for the award.
Accellera's Technical Subcommittees produce effective and efficient standards for today's advanced IC designs. Participation comes from Accellera member companies, industry contributors and independents. Technical contributors typically have many years of practical experience with IC design and developing and using EDA tools.
About Accellera
Accellera, an industry organization formed in 2000, provides design and verification standards for quick availability and use in the electronics industry. The organization and its members cooperatively deliver much-needed EDA standards that lower the cost of designing commercial IC and EDA products. As a result of Accellera's partnership with the IEEE, Accellera standards are transferred to the IEEE standards body for formalization and ongoing change control. For more information, please visit

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Airbus A400M partners reach financing deal -source

Defense News ~ PARIS, Feb 23 (Reuters) - European governments have struck an outline deal with Airbus parent EADS (EAD.PA) over a rescue package worth 3.5 billion euros ($4.76 billion) to save the A400M military transporter, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
The agreement will result in a political declaration of support expected to be issued by the seven countries, including non-EU Turkey, on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union defence ministers in Spain on Thursday, the source said.
"The basis of an agreement has been reached," the source told Reuters following lengthy talks to save a project threatened by overspending and employing 10,000 staff.
Under the deal, the group of purchasing nations -- which also include Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain -- have agreed to a roughly 10 percent increase in the price of each plane for a total boost of 2 billion euros.
A further 1.5 billion will be made available in such a way that EADS can set this sum, as well as the core aid of 2 billion, against A400M losses and thus reduce the amount of provisions it needs to take in 2009 results, the source said.
New charges are expected to be less than 2 billion euros.
The two sides have also agreed to hold further discussions later on a disputed price inflation clause, the source said.
The source declined to be identified because the discussions remain confidential ahead of any public announcement.
A spokesman for aerospace group EADS declined to comment. ($1=.7361 Euro)
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; editing by James Mackenzie)

Sikorsky Global Helicopters Sees Strong Sales in 2010

Defense News ~ HOUSTON, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., is seeing a resurgence of interest in its S-300Câ„¢ and S-300CBiâ„¢ helicopters, with sales activity for the beginning of 2010 showing a 50 percent increase over the same time period in 2009. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX - News).
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All incoming orders so far in 2010 have been fleet orders of two to four helicopters each for flight training, patrol, agricultural and wildlife work, and other diverse operations in the United States and around the world.
"In lean economic times, more operators have come to recognize S-300â„¢ series helicopters as reliable, economic solutions to their mission requirements," said David Oglesbee, director, Sikorsky Global Helicopters Light Helicopter Division. "Low operating costs and a strong safety record also have encouraged customers to add S-300 series helicopters to their fleets to grow and diversify their businesses in a soft market."
In the United States, Sikorsky has seen colleges expanding their current rotary fleet or diversifying their aviation programs to include rotary training. Many of these institutions are choosing Sikorsky light helicopters to meet their needs.
The University of North Dakota's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, for example, currently operates six Sikorsky light helicopters in its flight training program and has four S-300C helicopters on order for delivery in 2010. UND Aerospace has operated S-300 series helicopters in its training program since 1983.
Emerging international markets also have been a source of growth for a variety of missions. Shanghai Sikorsky has 10 civil helicopters on order: eight S-300C helicopters and two S-300CBi helicopters. These aircraft will be used for training, agriculture, and other missions. Shanghai Sikorsky is the distributor for Sikorsky light helicopters in China.
After delivering the first Sikorsky light helicopter into Kenya, North East Helicopters of South Africa has placed orders for two more helicopters, which are currently scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2010. There are more than 50 S-300 series helicopters now operating in southern Africa, where North East Helicopters is the distributor for Sikorsky light helicopters.
EDRA Aeronautica of Brazil has two S-300CBi helicopters on order for law enforcement in Brazil. EDRA is another distributor for Sikorsky light helicopters. Seven state police agencies in Brazil operate a total of 11 S-300CBi and S-300C helicopters. EDRA has trained about 75 percent of the police pilots in Brazil and is pursuing future sales to support upcoming international sporting events in Brazil over the next few years.
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, produces the S-76®, S-92®, and H-92™ helicopters as well as the S-300C™, S-300CBi™, S-333™, and S-434™ light helicopters. Its subsidiaries include Keystone Helicopter Corp. and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG).
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

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DTN News: Pakistan TODAY February 24, 2010 ~ Pakistan Got $18 Billion Aid From US Since 2001

Defense News ~ DTN News: Pakistan TODAY February 24, 2010 ~ Pakistan Got $18 Billion Aid From US Since 2001*Source: TOI(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - February 24, 2010: Post 9/11, Pakistan has received nearly $18 billion as aid from the United States, including $11.5 billion as military assistance, according to Congressional documents.
A Congressional compilation of US aid to Pakistan says Islamabad has received $6 billion in civilian aid after the September 11 terrorist attack in New York.
The Obama Administration in its latest annual budget has proposed $1.6 billion in military assistance and about $1.4 billion as civilian assistance to Pakistan.
This takes the total US aid to Pakistan to more than $20.7 billion post 9/11, according to the data compiled from information received from the Departments of Defence, State and Agriculture and US Agency for International Development.
Of the military assistance, the maximum amount $7. 345 billion has gone to Pakistan as Coalition Support Fund (CSF), which many do not consider as foreign assistance as this is reimbursement that Pakistan receives for its support of the US military operations in Afghanistan.
This is followed by $2.164 billion as foreign military assistance.
After coming to power, the Obama Administration has so far provided $1.1 billion ($400 million in 2009 and $700 million in 2010) for Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund/ Counterinsurgency Capability Fund.
For the year 2011, Obama has proposed to the US Congress $1.2 billion for Pakistan under this category.
Non-military assistance to Pakistan has increased considerably to Pakistan under the Obama Administration, which is mainly attributable to the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill which grants $7.5 billion to Pakistan in five years beginning 2009.
Post 9 /11, Pakistan has received $6 billion as civilian assistance, most of which -- $4.7 billion - is under the category of Economic Support Fund.
In the year 2011, Obama has proposed to the Congress to give $1.322 billion to Pakistan.
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Oshkosh gets $640 mln truck order from US Army

Defense News ~ WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Oshkosh Corp (OSK.N) said on Tuesday it had received an additional $640 million order from the U.S. Army for 1,460 more all-terrain armored vehicles for use in Afghanistan.
The contract follows a decision in late January by the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer, Ashton Carter, to approve the purchase of more than 2,800 additional armored vehicles.
To date, Oshkosh said it has received awards valued at $4.74 billion for 8,079 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles, as well as spare-parts kits and in-theater support.
Oshkosh said the newly developed MRAP-ATV was specifically designed to operate on Afghanistan's harsh mountainous terrain and unimproved roads while providing protection levels equal to or better than those of legacy MRAPs.
Oshkosh has also provided kits to retrofit more than 2,400 existing MRAPs with its patented TAK-4 independent suspension system.
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(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; editing by Gunna Dickson)