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.
Source: DTN News / iRobot Corp.
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.
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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
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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’.
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
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
Legacy: Benazir Bhutto with Bilawal, 10, and daughters Itty, 9, and Asifa, 6, together in Britain in 1999
Source: DTN News / WASHINGTON (AFNS)