Monday, March 8, 2010

KaZaK Composites to Work with Boeing on Miniature Weapon Technology

Boeing Receives Government Contract for $500,000

Defense News ~ WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KaZaK Composites, Inc., a premier provider of high value-added composite engineering and design, today announced that they are a key supplier to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems for the first phase of a program to demonstrate miniature weapon technology for use on unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV). KaZaK engineers will be building the airframe for the UAVs, which will provide the housing for electrical and other components within the weapon.

"By working with Boeing KaZaK expands upon our relationships with the primes, which now includes most major defense contractors," said John Schickling, EVP/COO of KaZaK Composites, Inc. "Inclusion in this exciting contract continues to demonstrate KaZaK's talent and experience in producing advanced, creative engineering to any number of projects across a wide range of aerospace applications."

As the prime contractor during the initial nine-month program, Boeing will use its experience on the Joint Direct Attack Munition and Small Diameter Bomb programs to develop the system integration, seeker, avionics, guidance and control, and mission planning systems. KaZaK's contribution to the overall design is derived from technology already in development.

"The initial aspects of the design were developed under an SBIR contract," said Steve Schoenholtz, senior mechanical engineer working on the project. "With modifications to the original design we can enable our advanced technology to meet the warfighters' needs in a variety of targets and also generate very low collateral damage."

The two-year second phase of the program, if awarded, is valued at $6.5 million.

About KaZaK Composites

Headquartered in Woburn, MA, KaZaK Composites, Inc. integrates engineering design and low-cost manufacturing to produce high performance composites for the aerospace, military and commercial markets. With specialization in large and unusual pultrusion processing, KaZaK Composites, Inc. provides product value in the area of material sciences that has enabled engineers to develop new and creative ways to build structures. KaZaK Composites, Inc. has a manufacturing facility in Hudson, NH. For more information, please visit


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Aircraft MRO Provider Sabreliner Corp. Selects IFS Applications to Support Government Prime Contractor Growth


Defense News ~ ITASCA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announced today that Sabreliner Corp., of St. Louis, Missouri, selected IFS Applications to support its aviation services organization, which is recognized worldwide for aircraft manufacturing support and for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of existing aircraft.

As a diversified aviation services company, Sabreliner supplies other aviation organizations and the U.S. military with aircraft MRO services. Sabreliner also manufactures airframe assemblies, parts, components and tooling for use in new fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft production. Some of Sabreliner’s customers includeAirbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Sikorsky Aircraft.

Sabreliner plans to implement IFS Applications components for Financials, Distribution, Manufacturing, Engineering, Maintenance, Sales and Support, and Human Resources.

IFS Applications was selected to consolidate several ancillary, stand-alone systems at Sabreliner into one enterprise solution. It was also chosen to provide management with timely information to ensure informed decisions are made regarding staffing, working capital management, and future planning.

“We were looking for an ERP solution which would position us for future growth and provide Sabreliner with the infrastructure needed to better support our work on behalf of both prime contractors and directly for the military services,” Sabreliner CIO Steve DeBarry said. “We needed a system that provides management with information quickly, easily, and in a timely fashion. IFS Applications offers Sabreliner the additional tools to meet our current and growing program management needs.”

“IFS Applications is one of the most advanced and comprehensive solutions for MRO operations available on the market today,” IFS North America President and CEO Cindy Jaudon said. “It covers everything from quotation handling, maintenance planning, and tracking of open service bulletins (SBs) and airworthiness directives (ADs) to maintenance execution, warranty management, supply chain logistics, cost tracking, and invoicing.”

Aerospace and defense is one of IFS’ targeted market segments. IFS customers in the aerospace and defense industry include the United States, British and Norwegian defense organizations as well as the Eurofighter consortium. Commercial MRO shops, manufacturers and operators include Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, K&L Microwave, Hawker Pacific, Ensign Bickford, Todd Pacific Shipyards and Jet Turbine Services. In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, Saab Aerosystems, and GE Aircraft Engines.

About Sabreliner Corp.

Sabreliner Corp. is a proven provider of a wide variety of civilian and government aviation services, as well as an acknowledged leader in aviation production support. The company has nearly 500 employees and more than 425,000 square feet of aviation maintenance, manufacturing, processing and repair facilities at three service locations in Missouri and one in Kansas. Its headquarters are in St. Louis. More information is available at

About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on agile businesses where any of four core processes are strategic: service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. More information on IFS is at


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World Airways First to Transport Six Mine-Resistant Vehicles to Afghanistan Aboard Boeing 747 Freighter

Defense News ~ PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- World Airways, a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., has successfully completed the first mission to transport six life-saving, mine-resistant vehicles (M-ATVs) to U.S. troops in Afghanistan aboard a World Boeing 747-400 freighter. World is the first and onlyBoeing 747 operator to successfully load and deliver six M-ATVs on one aircraft. This is another milestone in World's record of more than 55 years of continuous service to the U.S. military.

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"Until this mission, shippers were able to load only five of these heavy armored vehicles on a 747-400," saidCharlie McDonald, President of Global Aviation. "The World Airways operations team recognized that with minor modifications, they could speed up the important flow of these vehicles to support U.S. troops by adding an additional vehicle per shipment. If continued, this process could increase the rate of deliveries by 16 percent, which would be a significant improvement, while decreasing overall shipping costs for the Air Mobility Command."

World Airways, a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., is a U.S.-certificated air carrier providing customized charter transportation services for major international passenger and cargo carriers, international freight forwarders, the United States military and international leisure tour operators. Founded in 1948, World Airways operates a fleet of wide-body aircraft including the MD-11 and B747-400 to meet the specialized needs of its customers. For more information, go to

Park Electrochemical Corp. Announces Introduction of Aeroglide Surfacing Film Product Line for Aircraft Composite Parts Fabrication

Defense News ~ MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE: PKE - News) announced the introduction of its new Aeroglide™ surfacing film product line for aircraft composite parts fabrication. Aeroglide™ surfacing film is available globally.

Aeroglide™ surfacing film is designed to improve the surface finish of aircraft composite parts and reduce or eliminate secondary surface finishing operations prior to painting. Aeroglide™ surfacing film is compatible with most epoxy prepregs, including many of Park’s advanced composite material products. Aeroglide™ surfacing film is designed for processing with 250°F or 350°F cure epoxy prepregs in autoclave and oven applications.

For information regarding Aeroglide™ surfacing film in North and South America, contact Park Aircraft Technologies Corp. at +1-316-283-6500; for information regarding Aeroglide™ surfacing film in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, contact Neltec, S.A. at +33-562-985290; and for information regarding Aeroglide™ surfacing film in Asia and Australia, contact Nelco Products Pte. Ltd. at +65-686-17117.

Park Electrochemical Corp. is a global advanced materials company which develops and manufactures high-technology digital and RF/microwave printed circuit materials principally for the telecommunications and internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets and advanced composite materials, parts and assemblies principally for the aerospace markets. Park’s core capabilities are in the areas of polymer chemistry formulation and coating technology. Park also specializes in the design and manufacture of complex composite aircraft and space vehicle parts. The Company’s manufacturing facilities are located in Singapore, China, France, Connecticut, Kansas, Arizona, California and Washington.

Additional corporate information is available on the Company’s website at

A400M bailout reaction mixed on eve of EADS loss

* European govts rescue A400M after prolonged negotiations

* EADS to report 2009 loss on Tuesday before markets open

By Matthias Blamont

Defense News ~ PARIS, March 8 (Reuters) - Investor jitters over the health of underlying EADS (EAD.PA) earnings due out on Tuesday took the shine off a long-awaited international deal to refinance the delayed Airbus A400M military transport plane, analysts said.

Shares in Airbus parent EADS rose 0.7 percent before slipping into negative territory to trade 1.25 percent lower at 15.75 euros at 1015 GMT, lagging the rest of the market.

The builder of Europe's over-budget military transporter said on Friday it would report a 2009 loss as it clinched a 3.5 billion euro ($4.79 billion) bailout deal with buyer nations. [ID:nLDE6241P1]

The deal aims to preserve 10,000 jobs but will leave the Airbus parent taking 1.8 billion euros in fresh provisions for its share of the cost haemorrhage, according to a statement.

The charge was seen at the lower end of market expectations, but investors fretted after EADS said it would push the firm into the red at both operating and net income level for 2009.

In November EADS had predicted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of 2 billion euros excluding any such one-offs.

"It is positive that EADS has finally reached an agreement. The additional provisions of 1.8 billion euros are around 200 million euros less than we had anticipated," said Markus Turnwald, analyst at DZ Bank in Frankfurt.

"Nevertheless the underlying business seems to be running worse than expected. EADS has guided (for a pre-exceptional) EBIT ... of 2 billion euros. Now EADS expects the EBIT to be negative including the additional provisions of 1.8 billion."

Analysts said EADS also faces potential charges against high production costs on its largest civil project, the Airbus A380 superjumbo. The company said in November that A380 costs were higher than expected and the financial impact was under review.

EADS also said future A400M cash flow -- a key issue for company analysts -- must be negotiated, but said all parties hoped to "mitigate negative cash impacts" as far as possible.

An audit commissioned by buyer nations, a draft of which was obtained by Reuters in January, expressed concern over the EADS cash position in 2013 in the absence of a deal. [ID:nLDE60K0N5]

Rating agency Moody's said the A400M agreement announced on Friday would have no impact on its A1 credit rating, however.

Sources close to the talks said the company was also still pushing to renegotiate a key inflation-adjustment clause.

Analysts polled by Reuters before the A400M deal was finalised expected a 2009 operating loss before one-offs of 694 million euros, down from 2.83 billion euros in 2008. They predicted a net loss of 43 million euros. [ID:nLDE623236]

In January, EADS said it expected a drop of some 4 percent in group sales to 41.7 billion euros.

U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N), whose profits for 2009 topped market forecasts said last month it was seeing an improvement in demand for jetliners. [ID:nN26103777] [ID:nN11250405] (Additional reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sharon Lindores) ($1=.7307 Euro)

IvySys Technologies Breaks the Code on Real-Time Intelligence Analysis(TM)

Revolutionary Intelligence Processing and Exploitation Capabilities Improves Decision Advantage Against National Security and Cyber Threats

IvySys' Real-Time Intelligence Analysis transforms signals intelligence into an automated dashboard that enables any user to identify, localize and neutralize a potential threat, such as an enemy aircraft.

IvySys' Real-Time Intelligence Analysis transforms signals intelligence into an automated dashboard that enables any user to identify, localize and neutralize a potential threat, such as an enemy aircraft.

Defense News ~ ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - 03/08/10) - IvySys Technologies today announced Real-Time Intelligence Analysis™, a comprehensive suite of advanced engineering services and technology, to extend the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community's (IC) abilities to rapidly respond to and mitigate national security and cyber threats. IvySys improves decision advantage by arming non-technical individuals with an unprecedented capability to "connect the dots" and affect mission outcomes in real-time. Historically, the intelligence processing and exploitation capability has been limited to highly trained analysts and applicable only after the threat occurred.

"IvySys' expertise and cutting-edge engineering capabilities put us at the forefront of intelligence analysis. With advanced signal processing algorithms detecting potential threats as they surface, it gives us the ability to proactively protect," said L. Reggie Brothers, Ph.D., former Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Advanced Technology and Strategic Technology Offices and IvySys Advisory Board member.

IvySys Technologies' Real-Time Intelligence Analysis methodology provides the DoD and IC with the following key benefits:

-- End-to-end services includes signals collection, analysis and
dissemination, new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance R&D
program formulation, technology evaluation, military utility assessments
and program management;

-- Real-time intelligence processing and exploitation (P&E) capabilities
enable rapid response to and mitigation of national and cyber security

-- Automated multi-sensor fusion dashboard for non-technical operators
displays user-friendly, actionable information across multiple assets as
threats occur;

-- Rapid prototyping leverages commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to
produce unique, innovative and cost-effective solutions; and

-- Deep domain expertise in signals intelligence (SIGINT), measurement and
signature intelligence (MASINT) techniques and its application to cyber

IvySys has leveraged its Real-Time Intelligence Analysis technology to create the Next-Generation Exploitation Optimization System™ (NEOS). The core components of IvySys' NEOS are the Intelligence Processing Unit™ (IPU) and the Coherent Processing Engine™ (CPE). The IPU compresses vast amounts of data into channelized spectral information using advanced signal processing algorithms, whereas the CPE aggregates information from a number of IPUs, draws correlations (i.e. "connects the dots") and presents intelligence in an actionable format.

Extending Advanced Intelligence Analysis Techniques to the Cyber World

Cyber security tops the agendas of U.S. defense and intelligence agencies with greater importance than ever before. "Malicious cyber activity is occurring on an unprecedented scale with extraordinary sophistication," said National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, during his annual threat assessment delivered to the U.S. Congress.

By applying its expertise in optimized signal processing algorithms, IvySys can adaptively detect anomalies in network traffic for real-time Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS). The simplicity of the automated dashboard enables any user to identify a threat type, localize the threat and then be able to neutralize it, turning intelligence analysis from reactive to proactive.

Rapid Development for Rapid Threat Adaptation

The ability to quickly develop and implement is mission essential in making defense and intelligence decisions. IvySys' Real-Time Intelligence Analysis methodology bypasses the costly development cycle and delivers innovative capabilities to customers quickly. The key to IvySys' rapid prototyping is the company's unique ability to leverage commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware in unique and novel ways, thereby minimizing non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs for customers. This strategy allows for concept-to-implementation in less than six months, while many competitors take years before the technology is complete.

"To the war fighter, staying one step ahead of a terrorist or an enemy can mean the difference between life and death. In an industry where threats are constantly developing and evolving, the ability to quickly adapt is mission critical," said LCDR (Ret.) Steve Vogel, a former Director of Information Operations with Naval Special Warfare.

Mission Possible

IvySys focuses on solving critical tactical situational awareness challenges for the DoD and IC, whether the mission is disrupting a terrorist plot, identifying an illicit account, or halting the proliferation of sensitive technology. The company is currently supporting ISR efforts with some of the U.S. Government's most advanced research and development agencies, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and DARPA.

"IvySys is dedicated to our customer's mission. To that end, we are continually investing in our highly knowledgeable staff and R&D to bring forward innovative techniques and technologies," said IvySys founder and president, Dr. James A. DeBardelaben. "We see incredible opportunities to extend the capabilities of theDoD and U.S. Intelligence Community and strengthen our country's national security."

About IvySys Technologies

IvySys Technologies provides advanced signals collection, processing and exploitation systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and cyber security to the U.S. Government's most advanced research and development agencies. IvySys specializes in signals intelligence (SIGINT) and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) techniques and its application to cyber security. With an expertise in optimized signal processing algorithms, IvySys can adaptively detect anomalies in network traffic for Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS).

Founded in 2005, IvySys is an 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business located in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, visit

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Saab Serves Notice of 70 Redundancies in Karlskoga

Defense News ~ STOCKHOLM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:

Due to reduced order volumes, Saab (STO:SAABB) Bofors Dynamics will be giving notice to 70 employees in Karlskoga.

"Despite having received several important orders during the current recession, our order volumes have decreased. We are therefore forced to implement these measures," says Tomas Samuelsson, who heads Saab Bofors Dynamics AB, while noting that the company has not lost any market shares.

Those affected are persons employed under a collective agreement at Saab in Karlskoga, working with support weapons. This downscaling will be made during 2010. The public employment office has been notified and discussions with the concerned union organisation have begun.

"We are now focused on securing new orders and at the same time helping those that has to leave Saab to find alternatives for the future," says Tomas Samuelsson.

The lay-offs will not in any way affect Saab Bofors Dynamics' capability to make deliveries to its customers.

This information is made available to the public by Saab AB in accordance with the Securities and Clearing Operations Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information has been released for publication 8 March at 13.00.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and personnel on all continents and constantly develops, adapts and improves new technology to meet customers' evolving needs.

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Boeing and Turkish Airlines Finalize Order for 20 Next-Generation 737s

Airplanes to be fitted with 737 Boeing Sky Interior
Turkish Airlines  Next-Generation 737-800 (Neg#: K63134 )

Defense News ~ SEATTLE, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Turkish Airlines have finalized an order for 20 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The order includes 10 737-800s and 10 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The 737-900ER will be the latest 737 family member to join the Turkish Airlines fleet. The order is valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices. Turkish Airlines currently operates a fleet of 66 Boeing airplanes, including 58 Next-Generation 737s. The order was posted previously to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site as an unidentified customer.

The 737-900ER is the newest member of the 737 family, combining aerodynamic and other design changes to provide more room for up to 215 passengers while retaining the high performance that gives the Next-Generation 737 family world-class flexibility and efficiency.

"The 737-800 is the backbone of the Turkish Airlines fleet and proves its value on a daily basis offering unmatched levels of efficiency and reliability," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737-900ER will fit seamlessly into Turkish Airlines' operations, sharing the same pilots, systems and nearly 100 percent spares commonality with the airlines' current Next-Generation 737 fleet. We are also very proud to provide Turkish Airlines' new 737s with the Boeing Sky Interior, which will be a perfect complement to the carrier's high levels of service and passenger comfort."

All of the new Turkish Airlines' Next-Generation 737 airplanes will be fitted with the latest 737 Boeing Sky Interior. Based on the cabin design of the 787 Dreamliner, the all-new Sky Interior features soft blue overhead lighting, contemporary sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers' eyes to the airplane's windows, giving passengers a greater connection to the flying experience. The new design offers larger, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin. The bins give more passengers room to store carry-on luggage near their own seats, adding both extra convenience and extra legroom.

Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing and prosperous airlines in the world. It carries approximately 25 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 120 international and 37 domestic destinations. The airline was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947.


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