Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation Executive Becomes Chairman of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group

Fujito to lead the Industry Group reporting to NATO's Conference of National Armaments Directors

Defense News:
ARLINGTON, Va., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Wayne Fujito, President, International Division, DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation (DAC) was installed on Monday as Chairman, NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) after having been unanimously elected by the NIAG Heads of Delegation at the February NIAG Plenary at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He succeeds Robert Bell, formerly of SAIC, who became the Defense Advisor, US Mission NATO effective April 19, 2010.

The NIAG, first established in 1968, is a high-level consultative and advisory body of senior industrialists from NATO member countries, reporting directly to NATO's Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD). Its responsibilities include providing a forum for the free exchange of views on industrial aspects of defense research, development and procurement within the Alliance; providing the CNAD with industrial advice on how to foster better government-to-industry and industry-to-industry armaments cooperation; and assisting NATO's Main Armaments Groups in exploring opportunities for international collaboration.

Mr. Fujito was selected by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) in 2005 to be its representative to the US NIAG delegation. In 2007, he became the Chairman/ Head of the US NIAG Delegation. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the NDIA International Division and is a Life Member of NDIA. Mr. Fujito served for 28 years with the US Army, specializing in air defense and ballistic missile defense R&D, with his final assignment as the Chief of Staff of what is today, the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command. He was an Army member to the NATO Nuclear Planning Group and has assisted the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the Defense Cooperation Initiative for NATO and a number of other NATO related efforts. He is recognized as a specialist of US-Japan security relations, especially as relates to missile defense cooperation. Mr. Fujito joined DAC in January 2002 and oversees both its International Division and Huntsville Operations.

"Wayne brings to this critical leadership position a wealth of experience in dealing with international defense issues. More importantly, he is a superb communicator with an uncommon ability to work with diverse groups to bring focus and consensus," said John Donnellon, President of DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation.

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Winchester Systems and Dot Hill Deliver Rugged Storage for Military and Mobile Data Storage Applications

Defense News:
BILLERICA, MA--(Marketwire - 04/21/10) - Winchester Systems, a leader in rugged disk arrays for military and mobile applications, and Dot Hill Systems Corp. (NASDAQ:HILL - News), a provider of world-class storage solutions and software for OEMs, open storage partners and system integrators, today announced that Winchester Systems will leverage Dot Hill's R/Evolution™ architecture to deliver ruggedized, high-density, high speed storage solutions to Winchester Systems' base of U.S. military and commercial customers.

Winchester Systems provides network-attached storage, direct-attached storage, tiered-storage, storage area network and enterprise data storage solutions for commercial,industrial, healthcare, education, government and military applications. These solutions include high performance iSCSI, SAS, SCSI, SATA and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays; disk backup devices and other high performance commercial and military grade data storage for mid-range servers including Windows, Windows Clusters, Linux, Linux Clusters, and UNIX.

The new RR Series Rugged RAID Disk Arrays from Winchester Systems builds on Dot Hill's MIL-STD-810F/NEBS Level 3 certified/compliant Fibre Channel and iSCSI networked storage and SAS direct-attach compact, high density, high speed storage solutions, Winchester Systems broadens its portfolio of ruggedized storage offerings. Along with its line of rugged servers, Winchester Systems is marketing the rugged 4Gb Fibre Channel 2722 and 2732, 8Gb Fibre Channel 3720 and 3730, and 8Gb Fibre Channel/1Gb iSCSI hybrid 3920 and 3930, and 2522 and 2532 SAS attached storage arrays to its military and commercial markets for a wide range of applications including emergency response, video and broadcast, field exploration, data acquisition and other mobile data collection efforts.

"Dot Hill and Winchester Systems both share strong reputations for delivering dependable, high performance storage for rugged environments," said Joel Leider, CEO, Winchester Systems. "The vertical drive placement of the 2722 and 2522 is highly conducive to better storage densities, and improved vibration and shock characteristics, and was one of the reasons we selected Dot Hill as our go-to-market partner for this line."

"With so many years of experience in the ruggedized market, Winchester Systems' selection of the R/Evolution platform is a strong validation of Dot Hill's technology," said Andy Mills, vice president of marketing, Dot Hill. "Customers who acquire one of our 4Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel or SAS-based solutions from Winchester Systems will benefit from the collective expertise of two major innovators in this field."

Available in a compact, 2U form factor with support for 24 2.5-inch disk drives, Dot Hill's Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel/iSCSI hybrid and SAS arrays feature intelligent, fully redundant enterprise-class controllers and a variety of drive options including SAS, SATA and SSD. Dot Hill RAID arrays are based on the highly modular, highly dynamic Dot Hill R/Evolution Architecture, which is designed to rapidly evolve and support OEM technology and enable OEMs to quickly achieve sustainable, competitive advantage in the volume storage market. The R/Evolution Architecture delivers high levels of performance, storage density, time-to-market leadership and configuration flexibility. Using modular and bladed components, the R/Evolution Architecture provides OEMs with a "configure-to-product" model supporting both product differentiation and rapid time-to-market for volume storage market solutions.

Photo available: RR Series Rugged RAID Disk Array

About Dot Hill
Delivering innovative technology and global support, Dot Hill empowers OEMs and resellers to bring unique storage solutions to market, quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Offering high performance and industry-leading uptime, Dot Hill's RAID technology is the foundation for best-in-class storage solutions offering enterprise-class security, availability and data protection. The company's products are in use today by the world's leading service and equipment providers, common carriers, advanced technology and telecommunications companies as well as government agencies. Dot Hill solutions are certified to meet rigorous industry standards and military specifications, as well as RoHS and WEEE international environmental standards. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. For more information,

About Winchester Systems Inc.
Winchester Systems provides high performance FlashDisk data storage plus servers and system integration services for VMware, Windows, Linux and UNIX platforms plus Windows, Linux and Oracle Clusters. Storage offerings include Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions for commercial, healthcare, government, military, security, surveillance and educational applications. These tiered storage solutions include iSCSI, SAS, SATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays. For more information visit:

Digital Ally Receives International Contracts From South America and Middle East

Company Also Reports Receipt of Statewide Contracts From Texas and Minnesota

Defense News:
OVERLAND PARK, KS--(Marketwire - 04/21/10) - Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ:DGLY - News), which develops, manufactures and markets advanced video surveillance products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial security applications, today announced the recent receipt of a major contract from a South American country and an initial pilot order from a Middle Eastern country. The Company also reported the receipt of two statewide contracts during March and April 2010.

A Digital Ally sales agent in South America recently received a contract for 700 DVM-750 Digital In-Car Video Systems from the Highway Patrol Division of a South American country. The name of the country was not disclosed. The Company expects to ship between 100 and 200 systems per month over the next four to six months in accordance with the installation and training schedule of the Highway Patrol in such country.

"Our systems will be deployed in Highway Patrol vehicles throughout the country, and we expect additional orders from municipalities once they become aware of the DVM-750 systems in Highway Patrol vehicles," stated Stanton E. Ross, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Ally, Inc. "Our South American sales agent also expects additional orders to be forthcoming from two of the country's other Federal Agencies later this year. In total, we believe over 1,000 of our in-car video systems could be supplied to law enforcement agencies in this country during 2010, representing the largest deployment of systems to a single country in South America to date."

The Company also announced that one of its sales agents in the Middle East has received an initial order forDVM-500 Plus Digital In-Car Video Systems from the Ministry of Interior of a Middle Eastern country for a pilot project involving that country's Highway Patrol Department. This will represent the country's first deployment of digital in-car video systems in its Highway Patrol vehicles. The systems will be used for evidence gathering and the documentation of criminal activities in a manner that is similar to the manner in which in-car video systems are used by law enforcement agencies in the United States. "We believe that a key factor in our being awarded this contract involves our development last year of software architecture for Arabic and other languages that enables our products to be more competitive in foreign markets," noted Ross. "If the pilot project is successful, our sales agent believes that a significant follow-up order for DVM-500 Plus units could be forthcoming later this year."

In the United States, Digital Ally reported that it has received two statewide contracts since the beginning of March 2010.

Last month, the Company was selected by the Texas Department of Information Resources as an approved supplier of in-car video systems to state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Such purchases will be at pre-determined prices, thereby eliminating the requirement that each agency or institution independently negotiate the terms of its purchases. The contract supersedes and expands upon an earlier contract between Digital Ally and the Texas State Procurement and Support Services Division. Among the 50 states, Texas is the largest purchaser of in-car video systems. Agencies outside the State of Texas, including public education organizations, can also purchase in-car video systems at comparable prices, under the terms of an inter-agency agreement. The initial Texas contract expires in March 2011 and includes renewal options for three additional years.

In April, Digital Ally was awarded a statewide contract for in-car video systems by the State of Minnesota that allows all state and local law enforcement agencies to purchase equipment at pre-determined prices and under similar terms and conditions. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has indicated that 500 to 600 in-car video cameras will likely be purchased from authorized suppliers, through a federal grant process, during the first nine months of 2010. The initial Minnesota contract expires in April 2010 and includes renewal options for three additional years.

"We are very pleased to announce these new statewide contracts, which bring to a total of 12 the number of states that have entered into similar purchasing contracts with Digital Ally," concluded Ross. "Texas was our largest customer during 2009, in terms of sales, and Minnesota came in at number six. On a combined basis, over 13% of last year's U.S. sales were generated by law enforcement agencies in these two states. We expect these new contracts to significantly increase our sales in both states in 2010 and in future years, if the contracts are extended as expected."

About Digital Ally, Inc.

Digital Ally, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets advanced technology products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial security applications. The Company's primary focus is Digital Video Imaging and Storage. For additional information, visit

The Company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, and its shares are traded on The Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "DGLY."

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations or forecasts of future events, can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, and are subject to various business risks and known and unknown uncertainties, a number of which are beyond the control of management. Therefore, actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. A wide variety of factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the Company's ability to deliver its new product offerings as scheduled and have them perform as planned or advertised; its ability to increase revenue and profits in the current economic environment; the degree to which the Company's new products may increase revenue and earnings in 2010 and enhance its ability to make further inroads into large domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies; the ultimate size of the orders that the Company receives from the South American and Middle Eastern countries, as well as from the states of Texas and Minnesota; its ability to continue to expand its share of the in-car video market in the domestic and international law enforcement communities; whether there will be a commercial market, domestically and internationally, for one or more of its new products; its ability to commercialize its products and production processes, including increasing its production capabilities to satisfy orders in a cost-effective manner; whether the Company will be able to adapt its technology to new and different uses, including being able to introduce new products; competition from larger, more established companies; its ability to attract and retain customers and quality employees; its ability to obtain patent protection on any of its products and, if obtained, to defend such intellectual property rights; the effect of changing economic conditions; and changes in government regulations, tax rates and similar matters. These cautionary statements should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission as to the adequacy of the Company's disclosures. The Company cannot predict or determine after the fact what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or other statements. The reader should consider statements that include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "plans," "projects," "should," or other expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends, to be uncertain and forward-looking. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional information respecting factors that could materially affect the Company and its operations are contained its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Stanton E. Ross, CEO at (913) 814-7774
RJ Falkner & Company, Inc., Investor Relations Counsel at (800) 377-9893

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The Allied Defense Group Announces Further Postponement of Special Meeting of Stockholders

Allied Defense Group

Defense News:
VIENNA, Va., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Allied Defense Group, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ADG) today announced that, after consulting with Chemring Group PLC, it has postponed the date of its special meeting of stockholders to approve its pending merger with Chemring currently scheduled for April 22, 2010 toMay 6, 2010.

As previously disclosed in the proxy statement mailed to stockholders on March 11, 2010, ADG received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") on January 19, 2010requesting that ADG produce documents relating to its dealings with foreign governments. As also previously disclosed, ADG has initiated an internal review of the matters raised by the DOJ's subpoena and the indictment of a former employee of Mecar USA. The internal review is being conducted by ADG's Audit Committee with the assistance of independent outside counsel.

The special meeting was originally scheduled for April 6, 2010 and was postponed until April 22, 2010, in order to provide ADG stockholders with additional time to review our recently filed Form 10-K, to provide ADG with additional time to produce documents requested by the subpoena to the DOJ, and to continue ADG's internal review.

The special meeting has been further postponed in order to provide ADG with additional time to produce documents previously requested by the subpoena to the DOJ, to continue ADG's internal review, and to respond to additional requests for information from Chemring. ADG has been providing regular updates to Chemring on the progress of the internal review and has been cooperating with Chemring with respect to these matters. In addition, Chemring has requested additional information as part of its ongoing review. ADG intends to continue to cooperate with Chemring with respect to these matters.

The special meeting is now scheduled to be held at ADG's executive offices located at 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 260, Vienna, Virginia 22182 at 9:00 a.m., local time on May 6, 2010. The record date for the meeting remains March 10, 2010.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be a solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of ADG (the "Company") in connection with the proposed merger with Chemring. The Company has filed a definitive proxy statement and relevant documents concerning the proposed merger with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The proxy statement was mailed on or about March 11, 2010 to the stockholders of record of ADG as of March 10, 2010. Investors and security holders of the Company are urged to read the proxy statement and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC because they contain important information about the Company and the proposed transaction. The proxy statement and any other documents filed by the Company with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's web site at In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company by contacting Investor Relations, The Allied Defense Group, Inc., 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 260, Vienna, Virginia 22182, telephone number (703) 847-5268. Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This communication, and other statements that the Company may make, including statements about the benefits of the proposed merger, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, with respect to the Company's anticipated financial performance, business prospects and plans and similar matters. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "will," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "forecast" and other words and terms of similar meaning.

The Company cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance. In addition to factors previously disclosed in the Company's documents filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this communication, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives and strategies; changes in political, economic or industry conditions, the interest rate environment or financial and capital markets, which could result in changes in demand for products or services; the impact of increased competition; the unfavorable resolution of legal proceedings; the impact, extent and timing of technological changes and the adequacy of intellectual property protection; the impact of legislative and regulatory actions and reforms and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of governmental agencies relating to the Company; terrorist activities and international hostilities, which may adversely affect the general economy, financial and capital markets, specific industries and the Company; the occurrence, geographic areas impacted and severity of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes or other natural disasters; the ability to attract and retain highly talented professionals; the stockholders of the Company may not approve and adopt the merger agreement at the special meeting of the Company's stockholders; the outcome of the internal review and the matters raised by the DOJ's subpoena and the indictment of a former employee of Mecar USA; Chemring and the Company may be unable to complete the proposed merger because, among other reasons, conditions to the closing of the merger may not be satisfied or waived; and the outcome of any legal proceedings to the extent initiated against the Company and others following the announcement of the merger cannot be predicted.

The Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's subsequent reports filed with the SEC and accessible on the SEC's website at discuss certain of these factors in more detail and identify additional factors that can affect forward-looking statements.

About The Allied Defense Group, Inc.

The Allied Defense Group, Inc. is a multinational defense company focused on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of ammunition and ammunition-related products for use by the U.S. and foreign governments. For more information, please visit the Company's web site:

DTN News: Royal Malaysian Air Force To Fully Man SU-30MKM Flanker Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

Defense News: DTN News: Royal Malaysian Air Force To Fully Man SU-30MKM Flanker Multi-Role Combat Aircraft
Source: DTN News / Int'l Media
(NSI News Source Info) GONG KEDAK AIRBASE, Malaysia - April 21, 2010: By September, operations at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base here are expected to be an all-Malaysian affair. Gone will be the 50-odd Russian and Indian technical crew, engineering officers and instructor pilots following the end of their two-year service tenure.
RMAF chief Gen Datuk Seri Rodzali Daud said the departure of the expatriates would pose a strong challenge to the local airmen and women to stand on their own and operate the Sukhoi SU-30MKM flanker multi-role combat aircraft.
"We are confident (that we can) run the base and flight operations by ourselves, by which time there will be proper 'life support' maintenance and support facilities available," he said following a visit there by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on April 10.
During the visit, Zahid went on a demonstration flight on the Flanker, piloted by 11th Squadron executive officer Lt Col Muhamad Norazlan "Giro" Aris.
It is learnt that the RMAF will still utilise the services of 300-odd staff from local maintenance company ATSC Sdn Bhd to support a similar strength of its own crew to continue running the base.
The New Straits Times understands that two dozen RMAF pilots will by then be fully trained to fly the SU-30MKM.
"These pioneer RMAF crew members will train younger batches to replace them," said Rodzali. This will pose a stiff test for RMAF base commander Col Mohd Faudzi Ahmad, 11th Squadron commanding officer Col Suri Daud and their team.
While the Indians provided flight instructors, engineering officers, technical experts and administrative staff here, the Russians provided their test pilots and engineers to verify, certify and standardise the Flanker.
The base here is now Malaysia's foremost jet-fighter facility.
It was established in 1993, with nearby Bukit Puteri housing an air defence tactical radar for the RMAF's 321st Squadron.
By 2009, the ground-based 402nd air defence squadron and 11th Sukhoi Squadron were established.
To date, there are more than 1,000 servicemen and civilians stationed at the base, which is divided into two entities that nestle in an area straddling Kelantan and Terengganu.
The section housing the runway, technical and flight operations sits in Kelantan.
Across the border in Terengganu are the base administrative headquarters, staff quarters and other facilities like the flight simulator and meteorology station.Security is watertight, with double high-perimeter barbed fencing and closed-circuit cameras around the 1,400ha base, which is believed to have been developed at a cost of RM200 million ($86.04 million).
The base itself is equipped with giant hangars and hardened aircraft shelters to shield the jets from the scorching sun or in which to carry out maintenance work.
There is also the armaments and ordnance depot, and underground piping facility for aircraft refueling.
Zahid confirmed there were plans to expand the base to accommodate a new terminal for the arrival and departure of large transport aircraft, like the C-130 Hercules and VVIP jets.

DTN News: UAE TODAY April 21, 2010 ~ Iran's Occupation Of Gulf Islands ‘Shameful', Says Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed

Defense News: DTN News: UAE TODAY April 21, 2010 ~ Iran's Occupation Of Gulf Islands ‘Shameful', Says Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
Source: DTN News / The National By Mahmoud Habboush
(NSI News Source Info) ABU DHABI, UAE - April 21, 2010: Iranian control of three islands in the Gulf is a“shameful occupation” rather than a “misunderstanding”, the Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, said yesterday.
Iran occupied Abu Musa near the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, along with Greater and Lesser Tunb, on the eve of the UAE’s independence in December 1971.
The issue has been a point of contention between the nations ever since.
“They like to call it misunderstanding, but we call it occupation,” said Sheikh Abdullah, adding that the situation was made worse because hundreds of Emirati families on Abu Musa have been cut off from basic health and education services available to the rest of the Emirates’ citizens.
“There are hundreds of families in Abu Musa under occupation,” Sheikh Abdullah told members of the FNC in his first appearance in the chamber since he was appointed Foreign Minister in 2006.
“Communication between them and the rest of their compatriots is almost non-existent, delivering aid or construction materials is impossible. Iran refuses that we send teachers, doctors, and nurses to them. There are few who know the daily suffering of our citizens in Abu Musa,” Sheikh Abdullah said.
“This is a burden that we should all deal with, not only as a Government but as a nation.”
For two decades, Iran has pursued a policy of fait accompli in the three islands.
In 1992, Iranian authorities forced Emiratis sailing to the islands to apply for Iranian visas. In 1996, Iran built an airport on Abu Musa and a power station on Greater Tunb.
In August 2008, the official Iranian media reported the construction of a marine rescue centre and a registration office for ships and sailors on Abu Musa.
“The occupation of any Arab land is only called occupation rather than misunderstanding, be it Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights, south Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza,” Sheikh Abdullah said.
“I am not comparing Iran to Israel … but I should be sensitive about the occupation of my land more than about that of others.”
UAE leaders, including the late Sheikh Zayed, the nation’s founder, have on many occasions urged successive Iranian governments to end the dispute through talks or international arbitration.
These calls, however, have been consistently rejected by Iranian officials.
Last month, Nasser Sudani, the deputy speaker of the Iranian parliament, declined an invitation by Abdul Aziz al Ghurair, the FNC Speaker, to form a joint parliamentary committee to discuss the islands.
“We don’t see any dispute,” Mr Sudani told the FNC Speaker during a meeting at an international parliamentary conference in Bangkok.
Yousef al Nuaimi, a member of the FNC from Ras al Khaimah, scoffed at the notion that it was a “misunderstanding”.
“What kind of misunderstanding [is] initiated with a military offensive and followed by evicting the residents and teachers by fishing boats?”
Mr al Nuaimi accused Iran of stealing oil from around the island in violation of a memorandum of understanding signed with the Government of Sharjah in 1971.
“No matter how long this goes on, the Emirati rights will be retained,” Sheikh Abdullah said. “Not only the Emirati land but also the draining [of our resources] as pointed [out] by one of the members. We cannot allow this.”
Sheikh Abdullah praised the FNC for drawing international attention to Iran’s occupation of the three islands.

DTN News: Boeing Team Delivers C-130H Aerial Refueling Tanker To Japan

Defense News: DTN News: Boeing Team Delivers C-130H Aerial Refueling Tanker To Japan
Source: DTN News / Boeing
(NSI News Source Info) GIFU, Japan, - April 21, 2010: The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and partners Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and Cobham Mission Systems todayannounced that they have delivered a C-130H aerial refueling tanker to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). The JASDF took delivery in late February at KHI Gifu Works after the aircraft completed modification and acceptance for testing at the KHI facility in Gifu.
KHI modified the C-130H, originally designed as a transport aircraft, to incorporate Cobham air-to-air refueling pods and Boeing design modifications affecting the structure, wiring and fuel system. The tanker currently provides aerial refueling for the UH-60J, a search and rescue helicopter. It now will move into operational testing with the JASDF.
"The Boeing Company has more than 80 years of experience in aerial refueling, and each member of our team feels great pride carrying on that tradition for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force," said Ken Hill, Boeing director of Special Operations Programs. "To work with people who have such dedication and commitment is an honor."
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.