Thursday, August 5, 2010

DTN News ~ Defense-Technology News ~ SPECIAL APPEAL TO THE WORLD on Humanitarian grounds to support the effected flood victims in Pakistan.

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DTN News: iRobot Receives $20.3 Million Order From NAVSEA

Defense News: DTN News: iRobot Receives $20.3 Million Order From NAVSEA
DTN News: iRobot Receives $20.3 Million Order From NAVSEA
Source: DTN News / iRobot Corp.
(NSI News Source Info) BEDFORD, Mass. August 5, 2010: iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT - News), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that it has received a $20.3 million order from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).
The order has been issued as a standalone contract. It calls for the delivery of 125 PackBot Man Transportable Robotic System (MTRS) robots, spare parts and repairs. The PackBot MTRS is modeled after the iRobot 510 PackBot.
The iRobot 510 PackBot is one of the most successful battle-tested robots in the world. The robots are currently being used by warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct dangerous missions from safe distances. The 510 PackBot can be used to identify and neutralize roadside bombs, car bombs and other improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It is also ideal for other missions, including reconnaissance and route clearance.
“Robots have consistently proven their worth on the battlefield,” said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot’s Government and Industrial Robots division. “As roadside bombs and similar devices remain a constant threat in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is crucial that we continue outfitting our troops with tools to ensure they stay as safe as possible. The iRobot PackBot is saving lives, and we are honored to be providing this technology to the military.”
iRobot has delivered more than 3,500 unmanned ground vehicles to the military and public safety organizations worldwide.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people with smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware® robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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DTN News: Air Force Heron Detachment Deployed To Afghanistan Assisting Australian Soldiers On The Ground

Defense News: DTN News: Air Force Heron Detachment Deployed To Afghanistan Assisting Australian Soldiers On The Ground
Source: DTN News / Australian Department of Defence; issued Aug. 5, 2010
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 5, 2010: The Australian Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is a key asset in the conduct of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. The vehicles are flown by a small contingent of Royal Australian Air Force, and Australian Army personnel from the coalition airbase at Kandahar. They have been operating in theatre since July 2009
Heron missions principally support Australian efforts on the ground by providing intelligence information on insurgent activities directly to commanders in the tactical situation. Heron have the capacity to carry a number of capabilities on any single mission and can therefore provide a versatile array of information depending on the requirements of the customer. They are operated from a ground base control by trained pilots and can withstand a range of weather conditions. Heron is a medium altitude asset that is designed to compliment the other reconnaissance assets in theatre.
Information is analysed and processed in real time. The commander has the benefit of not only having eyes and ears on a target but also a wide range of specialist imaging and sensory information to build a more accurate picture of the battlespace.

DTN News: Alenia Aeronautica, Avio And Lockheed Martin Sign Five-Year Contract To Support Italian Air Force’s C-130J fleet

Defense News: DTN News: Alenia Aeronautica, Avio And Lockheed Martin Sign Five-Year Contract To Support Italian Air Force’s C-130J fleet
Source: DTN News / Alenia Aeronautica
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 5, 2010:Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, the leader of an industrial team with Avio and Lockheed Martin, signed a five-year contract with the Italian Air Force to provide technical and logistical support services to their C-130J airlift fleet.
The contract is worth €155 million and covers a fully integrated service to improve full efficiency and availability of the Italian Air Force's C-130J fleet.
Alenia Aeronautica will be responsible for the supply of spare parts, the management of the supply chain and the equipment maintenance (landing gear included), the maintenance of the Air Ground Equipment (AGE) and engineering support activities, including the C-130J flight simulator based at the 46th Air Brigade of Pisa.
Avio, world leader in aerospace propulsion, will be in charge of the complete propulsion system, including overhaul and technical/logistical and engineering assistance to the 92 AE2100D3 engines of the Italian military fleet.
Lockheed Martin, which designed and built the aircraft, will be responsible for the supply of repair components produced in the US and for any modifications.
With this contract, the Italian Air Force had reconfirmed its trust in Alenia Aeronautica, Avio and Lockheed Martin, companies that have been providing support and technical and logistical assistance to the C-130J fleet since 2007.
The Lockheed Martin C-130 is the US Air Force principal tactical cargo and personnel transport aircraft, and the C-130J Hercules is the latest model, featuring a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller.
The C-130 has been in continuous production since 1954 and over 2,300 Hercules have been built for 67 countries. The improvements built into the C-130J, which entered production in 1997, have enhanced the performance of the aircraft in terms of range, cruise ceiling time to climb, speed and airfield requirements.
A stretched version, the C-130J-30 has been developed and is designated CC-130J by the USAF. The first C-130J-30 for the UK RAF (the launch customer) was delivered in November 1999.
The C-130J entered active service with the USAF at Little Rock Air Force Base in April 2004 and was first deployed in December 2004.
The first combat airdrop for the USAF was in July 2005. The US Air Mobility Command declared initial operating capability for the C-130J in October 2006.
C-130J orders
186 C-130J and C-130J-30 aircraft have been ordered and over 150 delivered. Orders are : US Air Force, Air National Guard, Marine Corps and Coastguard (89 C-130J and C-130J-30 and 20 KC-130J tankers), UK (ten C-130J, 15 C-130J-30 all delivered), Italian Air Force (12 C-130J and ten C-130J-30 all delivered), Royal Australian Air Force (12 C-130J, all delivered), Kuwaiti Air Force (four C-130J-30) and the Danish Air Force (four C-130J-30 all delivered).
In April 2004, the US Marine Corps formally accepted the first KC-130J tanker / transport into service. The aircraft was first deployed in combat in April 2005 in Iraq. By the end of 2006, 24 aircraft had been delivered.
In December 2006, an additional order was placed for three C-130J-30 for the USAF and one KC-130J for the USMC, for delivery in 2010.
In May 2007, India requested the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six C-130J aircraft. The contract was placed in February 2008.
In November 2007, Norway paced an order for the purchase of four C-130J aircraft. One aircraft was delivered in November 2008, one will be delivered in 2009 and two in 2010.
In January 2008, Canada placed an order for 17 C-130J aircraft. First deliveries are planned for the end of 2010.
In June 2008, the USAF ordered six HC/MC-130J special operations variants of the C-130J for delivery from 2011.
In July 2008, the government of Israel requested the sale of nine C-130J-30 aircraft. Also in July 2008, Qatar ordered four C-130J-30 aircraft with deliveries to begin in 2011. In August 2008, Iraq requested the sale of six C-130J-30 aircraft.
The C-130J is crewed by two pilots and a loadmaster. The new glass cockpit features four L-3 display systems multifunction liquid crystal displays for flight control and navigation systems.
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DTN News: North Korea Deploys Anti-Aircraft Missiles As Wargame Tensions Mount

Defense News: DTN News: North Korea Deploys Anti-Aircraft Missiles As Wargame Tensions Mount
Source: DTN News / AFP
(NSI News Source Info) SEOUL, South Korea - August 5, 2010: South Korea on Thursday began its largest-ever anti-submarine drills near its disputed sea border with North Korea, a report said, as Pyongyang threatened "strong physical retaliation" for the exercise. South Korea has warned North Korea it will not tolerate provocations during the five-day naval drill in the Yellow Sea. The exercise, which Yonhap news agency said got under way in the early morning, is a response to the North's alleged torpedo attack in March on a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, which killed 46 sailors. Military officials from the South said 29 ships, 50 fixed-wing aircraft and 4,500 army, navy, air force, marine and coastguard personnel would take part. North Korea moved long-range anti-aircraft missiles close to the border with South Korea as tensions rose over the sinking of one of Seoul's warships, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Chosun Ilbo quoted a military source as saying the North moved some SA-5 missiles from the southwestern province of Hwanghae to areas near the border, where they pose a potential threat to South Korean jets.
The missiles were repositioned around the time when the corvette sank in March, it said. A Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman declined to comment on what he called military intelligence matters.
The aim seems to be to prevent South Korean planes from launching precision strikes on strategic targets in the North in any emergency, the source told the paper.
"When SA-5 tracer radar is activated, our fighters have to fly low to avoid detection. Their activities are consequently somewhat restricted," the source was quoted as saying.
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DTN News: Pakistan President Snubs Cameron's Invitation To Chequers

Defense News: DTN News: Pakistan President Snubs Cameron's Invitation To Chequers
Source: DTN News / Dailymail.co.uk By Jason Groves
(NSI News Source Info) LONDON, U.K. - August 5, 2010: Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has turned down an offer of hospitality at David Cameron’s coun try retreat Chequers.

Mr Zardari rejected an invitation to spend a night at the Buckinghamshire mansion, saying he was too busy as the diplo matic row continued over his coun try’s approach to tackling terrorism.

But he will visit Chequers for dinner this evening for informal talks with the Prime Minister, which are set to be dominated by Mr Cameron’s assertion last week that Pakistan is ‘exporting terror’.

He will then travel back to his hotel in London before returning to Chequers tomorrow for for mal talks with the Prime Minister, who also accused Pakistan of ‘looking both ways’ on terror.

Casual: Asif Ali Zardari, daughter Asifa and son Bilawal (striped top) arriving at Heathrow last night

Casual: Asif Ali Zardari, daughter Asifa and son Bilawal (striped top) arriving at Heathrow last night

Mr Zardari will on Saturday address a rally in Birmingham at which he is expected to launch his son with Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal, onto the political stage.

Bilawal, 21, is the young heir to the most important political dynasty in Pakistan and has been at his father's side in France and the UK this week.

He became chairman of the Pakistan People's Party after his mother's assassination and has just graduated from Oxford and will now take to politics full-time.

Mr Cameron’s comments, made during a visit to India last week, have unleashed fury in Pakistan and angered some members of Britain’s million-strong British Pakistani community.

Pakistani sources have said Mr Zardari will use this week’s talks to ‘educate’ Mr Cameron on the suffering that terrorism has caused to his country.

Earlier this week Mr Zardari suggested that Mr Cam eron’s words could even undermine inter national efforts to tackle terrorism.

Downing Street yesterday denied Mr Zardari had snubbed the Prime Minister. A source said the decision not to stay at Chequers was due to a ‘diary clash’.

EnlargeDavid Cameron shakes hands with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during a meeting at Chigi palace in Rome last night

David Cameron shakes hands with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during a meeting at Chigi palace in Rome last night

But Mr Zardari is under intense pres sure at home to demonstrate his anger over Mr Cameron’s comments.

He is already facing fierce criticism over his decision to continue his tour of Europe at a time when Pakistan has suffered dev astating floods.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan said the president should have postponed his ‘lavish’ visit during which he has stayed at a family chateau in France and a five-star hotel in London.

Yesterday there were protests by some British Pakistanis outside his hotel.

Mr Zardari yesterday met with the Con servative Party chairman Baroness Warsi for private talks in London. The Cabinet Office refused to comment on the talks.

Today Mr Zardari will hold talks with the home secretary, Theresa May, which are expected to include discussions about co-ordinating counter-terrorism efforts. He is also expected to meet the educa tion secretary, Michael Gove.

In a further diplomatic slight it emerged that Mr Zardari had telephoned Gordon Brown yesterday, before speak ing to Mr Cameron.

Flood victims: People walk through mud while salvaging their belongings from their destroyed village in Pabbi, located in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province yesterday

Flood victims: People walk through mud while salvaging their belongings from their destroyed village in Pabbi, located in Pakistan's northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province yesterday

A statement on the former Prime Minister’s website said the two men had discussed the flooding crisis in Pakistan.

David Cameron will return to Britain for dinner with Mr Zardari after last night flying out to Rome for talks with contro versial prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The meeting comes as the Italian leader finds himself embroiled in yet another damaging sex scandal, with claims he had four-in-a-bed romps with prostitutes.

Unusually, there was no press confer ence after the meeting - reflecting con cerns that the event could turn into an embarrassment for both leaders.

BENAZIR BHUTTO'S SON PREPARES TO STEP UP

Heir: Bilawal Bhutto, centre, with Nicholas Sarkozy and his father Asif Ali Zardari in France this week

Heir: Bilawal Bhutto, centre, with Nicholas Sarkozy and his father Asif Ali Zardari in France this week

The Pakistan President is expected to use his trip to Britain to launch his son into the political limelight.

Asif Ali Zardari will address thousands of British Pakistanis in Birmingham on Saturday with son Bilawal at his side.

Bilawal, 21, the young heir to the most important political dynasty in Pakistan, was with his father in France this week.

And he was there last night with his sister Asifa as the entourage landed in Heathrow for its five-day visit

He has just graduated from Oxford University with a 2:1 in history, two and a half years after his mother was assassinated in December 2007 during the presidential elections.

Bilawal, whose name means 'one without equal', was named as his mother's successor as chairman of the Pakistan People's Party after her death despite his inexperience.

At the time, he took her name and vowed to 'lead the party as my mother wanted me to' once he returned to Pakistan.

Studying at Oxford followed a family tradition - his mother read PPE at Lady Margaret Hall and was President of the Union in 1976.

His grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's first PM who was executed in 1979, was also at Christ Church College where Bilawal studied.

Bilawal, although still too young to stand for election in his country, has been groomed to succeed his grandfather - although he has spent most of his life in London and Dubai.

He was born in 1988, a mother before his mother won an election under military dictator Ziaul-Haq to become the first female PM in the Muslim work.

She nominated Bilawal as her successor in her will before returning to Pakistan. His father took over as caretaker chairman while he finished his studies.

Saturday's event in Birmingham is being seen as his formal launch into politics. It is thought Mr Zardari could hand control of the party to his son.

Bilawal has already met Barack Obama, on a trip to the U.S. last year, and met Nicholas Sarkozy earlier this week.

A senior PPP member told the Independent: 'It is not going too far to say that we consider him to be the best hope for Pakistan's political future.'

Legacy: Benazir Bhutto with Bilawal, 10, and daughters Itty, 9, and Asifa, 6, together in Britain in 1999

Legacy: Benazir Bhutto with Bilawal, 10, and daughters Itty, 9, and Asifa, 6, together in Britain in 1999


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DTN News: Air Force Facebook Page Reaches 100,000

Defense News: DTN News: Air Force Facebook Page Reaches 100,000
Source: DTN News / WASHINGTON (AFNS)
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON, U.S. - August 5, 2010: The official United States Air Force Facebook page reached new heights over the Aug. 1 weekend when the number of fans who "like" the page topped 100,000. The page went live in mid-2009 as a way to share the latest Air Force news and to network with current Airmen, veterans, family members, potential recruits and the Air Force enthusiasts.
"Having a large fan base is nice, but the real accomplishment is the interaction of the community," said Paul F. Bove, social media strategist for the Air Force. "Numbers don't mean anything if people aren't active. Luckily, we have a great group of fans who ask questions, share stories and express their support for the Air Force and all the service members who serve."
Many of the posts on the page involve young adults in the process of joining the service, or those expressing interest on how to join.
"In an ideal world, we'd have a team of Airmen to help answer all the questions that people pose, but monitoring Facebook 24/7 isn't realistic. Instead, our community members, who perhaps served or serve in the Air Force, help answer questions," said Mr. Bove. "We check out the information and help with further details if necessary or to correct erroneous facts. It's the same thing on all our social media channels, whether YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, it's the community that makes them worthwhile."
Even senior leaders and their spouses recognize the power of Facebook. Recently, Mrs. Suzie Schwartz, the wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, went live with her own page geared toward communicating with Air Force families.
Mrs. Schwartz said she decided to take the plunge after getting feedback that today's Airmen and families are relying more and more on digital communication.
"I have been thinking about this for a long time," she said. "I hope to use this as an information tool for Air Force spouses."
Her welcome message on the page encourages fans to "use this forum to communicate and meet other spouses on your base and around the world."
This type of networking is one of the reasons Air Force leaders recently authorized Facebook access on government computers at most military locations. Those without access are encouraged to stay connected from their personal computers.
To view the Air Force Facebook page, click the F (Facebook) icon in the lower right corner of the AF.Mil home page under the social media banner.
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