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  • AirAsia X to launch Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Narita service

    Date: 08/22/2019 04:16 PM

    AirAsia X to launch Kuala Lumpur-Tokyo Narita service [email protected] Thu, 08/22/2019 - 14:16

    Malaysian LCC AirAsia X will introduce new direct service from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita starting Nov. 20.

    AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail announced the route via social media, writing the new route will allow passengers the ability to access Tokyo “either through Narita Airport or Haneda Airport, giving them more flexibility on flight times and connectivity ... these new services are in response to overwhelming consumer demand and ahead of what will be a big year for Tokyo tourism in 2020.”

    The 4X-weekly Tokyo Narita flight will complement AirAsia X’s existing daily flight to Tokyo Haneda and will add 156,000 seats to the route annually. The Haneda flights depart the Malaysian capital in the afternoon while the Narita flight departs at midnight.

    “Operating from two airports in Tokyo with different flight times will also entice more fly-thru guests connecting from other cities within our global network, whilst at the same time, providing Malaysians more flight options to travel to Japan’s capital and largest city,” Benyamin added.

    The airline did not specify if the route will use the new Airbus A330-900. Its Thai affiliate AirAsia X Thailand operates 3X-daily flights to Narita, with one of the daily flights using an A330-900, of which AirAsia has 66 on order.

    “AirAsia recently took delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A330neo aircraft, which flew its maiden flight from Bangkok’s Don Mueang [International Airport] to Narita on Aug. 15,” AirAsia X told ATW. “Future deliveries of additional A330neo aircraft to be based in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur will be announced in due course.”

    Chen Chuanren, [email protected]

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  • Selected U.S. Military Contracts for the Week of March 6 - March 10, 2017

    Date: 03/15/2017 02:41 AM

    Selected U.S. Military Contracts for the Week of March 6 - March 10, 2017 [email protected] Wed, 03/15/2017 - 01:41

    Selected U.S. military contracts for March 6, 2017

    U.S. ARMY

    Blue Storm Associates Inc., doing business as Pemdas Technologies and Innovation, Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $49,500,000 order dependent contract for the Atmospheric Sensing and Prediction System. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the contracting activity (W911NF-17-D-0001).

    Selected U.S. military contracts for March 7, 2017


    Kelly Aviation Center LP, San Antonio, has been awarded a $1,001,978,024 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for KC-10 engine contractor logistic support. Contractor will provide engine teardown and overhaul, on-wing support/contract field teams, and engine parts and logistics. In addition, the contractor will provide all support required to fulfill this requirement, including but not limited to labor, materials, tools, equipment, parts, and transportation. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity (FA8105-17-D-0002).

    U.S. NAVY

    Avian LLC, Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded an $11,402,443 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide support for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Integrated System Evaluation Experimentation and Test Department (AIR-5.1). Services provided will include flight test engineering, programmatic, administrative, design, execution, analysis, evaluation, and reporting of tests and experiments of aircraft, unmanned air systems, weapons and weapons systems. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00421-17-C-0049).

    Selected U.S. military contracts for March 8, 2017

    U.S. NAVY

    Sierra Nevada Corp., Rancho, California, is being awarded a $30,995,905 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-09-D-0003) to extend the ordering period and exercise Option Year 6 for the procurement and support of the transmitting set, countermeasures AN/PLT-5, to support explosive ordnance disposal personnel.  The AN/PLT-5 is a man-portable system in support of the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare program. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

    Vector Planning and Services Inc., San Diego, is being awarded a potential $17,910,070 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide cyberspace science, research, engineering, and technology integration. Support includes innovative technology assessment and development; rapid software development and prototyping; enabling capability training; security engineering; and cybersecurity risk management.  This is one of four multiple-award contracts. All awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period.  The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0117).

    Selected U.S. military contracts for March 9, 2017


    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, California, was awarded a $53,052,807 competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a 36-month period with no options for the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle Technology Risk Reduction (TRR) effort. This contract represents part of the Missile Defense Agency’s technology risk reduction strategy to improve performance and reduce risk for a gimbaled seeker assembly, integrated avionics assembly, component integration and testing, and an advanced seeker. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-17-C-0002).

    U.S. NAVY

    ViON Corp., Herndon, California, is being awarded a $34,790,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Capacity as a Service support to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (Spawar) Headquarters, Spawar System Center Pacific and Spawar System Center Atlantic. The Capacity as a Service acquisition model allows Spawar to more accurately scale, up and down, its information technology (IT) infrastructure to meet evolving mission requirements. Savings are realized through no up-front costs and a “pay as you go” acquisition model, reducing waste usually associated with overbuying of IT equipment to eventually meet an expectation of mission requirement. Under this contract, ViON is responsible for providing on-demand, on-premise computing, networking and storage solutions for a variety of systems and applications for the command’s research, development, testing and evaluation core infrastructures, laboratory and data center environments. This contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the maximum contract value to $49,990,000. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity (N00039-17-D-0003).

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  • Product Realization Pop Quiz

    Date: 04/18/2016 07:42 PM

    Product Realization Pop Quiz [email protected] Mon, 04/18/2016 - 17:42

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  • DARPA Eyes New Weapon Concepts In 2021 Program Plans

    Date: 02/17/2020 10:45 AM

    DARPA Eyes New Weapon Concepts In 2021 Program Plans [email protected] Mon, 02/17/2020 - 09:45

    A multi-target air-to-air weapon and gun-armed close-support missile are among new projects DARPA plans to launch in fiscal 2021. New approaches to communicating in contested environments, attacking signals and countering laser weapons are also on the list.

    The Defense Department is seeking $3.57 billion in funding for its advanced research projects agency in 2021, an increase of just over 3% from 2020.

    Among the projects planned for initiation in 2021 is LongShot, for which DARPA is seeking $22 million. LongShot will demonstrate an air-launched weapon system that will use a slower-speed, longer-range air vehicle for transit to the engagement zone where it will launch multiple air-to-air missiles.

    The weapon will be carried externally on existing fighters or internally on bombers. Multi-mode propulsion will significantly increase engagement range while allowing air-to-air missiles to be launched closer to their targets, reducing reaction time and increasing terminal energy and kill probability.

    LongShot appears to be a follow-on to the Flying Missile Rail concept revealed by DARPA in 2017. This was a device carrying a pair of AIM-120 air-to-air missiles that could remain under the wing of and F-16 or F/A-18 or fly away from the host aircraft, acting as a booster to extend the range of the missiles.

    “LongShot will explore new engagement concepts for multi-modal, multi-kill systems that can engage more than one target,” according to DARPA budget documents. Fiscal 2021 funding would take the program through to a preliminary design review for the demonstration system.

    DARPA is seeking $13.3 million for begin the Gunslinger program to demonstrate a tactical-range weapon that will combine the maneuverability of a missile with ability of a gun to engage different types of target. Envisioned missions are close air support, counter insurgency and air-to-air engagements.

    Metrics for the system are total range, including transit, loiter and engagement, as well as effectiveness, according to the documents. Development of such a missile system will require vehicle concepts that have the aerodynamic, propulsion and payload to enable a wide operational envelope, says DARPA. 

    Gunslinger will also require “algorithms that support maneuvering and target recognition to enable expedited command decision making for selecting and engaging targets, and approaches to incorporating modularity of design to reduce cost,” the documents say.

    DARPA is seeking $15.1 million in 2021 for another new project, Counter High Energy Lasers (C-HEL), which aims to develop a system to detect, locate and disrupt energy laser weapons before they can inflict irreversible damage.

    The project will study novel sensors, protective materials and obscurants as well as optical and kinetic defeat systems. Fiscal 2021 funding would take the project through the conceptual design review for an initial operational C-HEL system and field testing of protective coatings.

    Developing small photonic terminals that can establish high-bandwidth communications links between microsatellites and mobile platforms is the goal of Portable Optical Integrated Network Transceivers (POINT), a new project for which $9.2 million is sought in 2021.

    Existing optical terminals with gimballed telescopes are too large for microsatellites, and POINT will leverage the recent developments in optical phased-array transmitters to develop transceivers with no moving parts, dramatically reducing their size, weight and power requirements.

    Providing tactical beyond-line-of-sight communications in an anti-access/area-denial environment by deploying low-cost expendable repeaters ground vehicles, unmanned aircraft, high-altitude platforms and low-orbiting satellites is the goal of the new Resilient Networked Distributed Multi-Transceiver Communications (RNDMC) project, for which $7.4 million is sought in 2021.

    Proportional Weapons, for which $6 million is sought in 2021, is a new project to develop a real-time capability to tune the effects of families of munitions to be able to breach a structure, or clear an area, while minimizing collateral damage. “Novel approaches are needed that are absolutely effective from the air or ground against several scales of primarily urban, concealed threats while not being catastrophically destructive,” say DARPA budget documents.

    Other new projects for fiscal 2021 include: Dynamic Airspace Control ($13.7 million), to develop ways to surveil and manage local airspace without using high-power radar; Non-Kinetic Effects ($7.5 million), to develop new electronic-warfare systems to sense, attack and also protect signals; and Port Defense ($7.4 million), to use expendable unmanned undersea vehicles for mine countermeasures.

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    If ANY of these systems are being developed on ANY type of computer with access to the internet, or data is sent over the internet to any subcontractors, regardless of supposed security we might as well publish it openly to the enemies of democracy, as they will not only have all the design and mfg data, but will be able to get it operational years ahead of us. When will we learn that we are our own worst enemy, and face up to the need to REALLY keep things proprietary and off the internet!
    Gunslinger sounds like a program where Metalstorm may re-emerge as a viable technology. Forget about a magazine, just install a bunch of pre-loaded barrels, and hey presto you have the ability to achieve rates of fire up to 1,000,000 rounds per minute!
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  • New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections (Feb. 10, 2020)

    Date: 02/07/2020 10:00 AM

    New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections (Feb. 10, 2020) [email protected] Fri, 02/07/2020 - 09:00

    Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. has hired Phil Brownnett as managing director. He had been UK managing director of geointelligence at Airbus Defense and Space. He succeeds Sarah Parker, who has left the company. Brownnett has extensive experience in oil exploration and infrastructure engineering and construction.

    NASA has promoted Dennis Andrucyk to director of the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, from deputy associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, Washington, where he fostered cost-saving collaboration with related U.S. and international entities. Andrucyk has held several engineering and technologist executive positions since joining NASA in 1988. He also worked at the National Security Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Westinghouse, Northrop and General Electric.

    Ashmita Sethi has been hired as Pratt & Whitney managing director for India. Sethi joins the company following extensive experience in corporate and public affairs and communications, with Boeing and Rolls-Royce. 

    Lynn M. Bamford has been promoted to president of the defense and power segments at Curtiss-Wright Corp. from defense solutions senior vice president/general manager, and Kevin M. Rayment has been promoted to president of the commercial/industrial segment from senior vice president/general manager of the industrial division.

    Top Aces has promoted Russ Quinn to president from chief commercial officer. He was L-3 Technologies vice president of U.S. Air Force business development. The company also has hired Kevin Fesler as vice president of business development. He was executive director of U.S. Air Force Programs at Aerojet Rocketdyne and before that deputy director of F135 Sustainment at Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.

    headshotsEngine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business iAero Thrust has hired Tommy Mitchell as president, Mike Wilson as production manager and Sebastien Maury as vice president for commercial. Mitchell has 27 years of supply chain management experience. Wilson has 30 years’ experience, including 22 years at Delta Air Lines. Maury brings 21 years of aviation sales experience

    Barfield Inc., an AFI KLM E&M subsidiary, has promoted Gilles Mercier to senior vice president based in Doral, Florida. His prior AFI KLM E&M positions include engineer, cost and pricing manager, engine-shop manager and Air France transformation leader. 

    BridgeComm has hired Michael Abad-Santos as senior vice president of business development and strategy. Abad-Santos was Trustcomm chief commercial officer and before that LeoSat senior vice president for the Americas. 

    Danette Bewley has been promoted to president/CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority from president of operations/chief operating officer.  

    General Dynamics Land Systems has named Danny Deep president, a promotion from chief operating officer. He succeeds Gary L. Whited, who will retire in April. 

    Virgin Galactic has promoted Enrico Palermo to chief operating officer in addition to his role as president of The Spaceship Co., Virgin Galactic’s wholly owned aerospace manufacturing and development subsidiary. 

    Consolidated Analysis Center International (CACI) has hired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Nagata as senior vice president and corporate strategic advisor. He was director of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Directorate of Strategic and Operational Planning. CACI also has hired Marlin Edwards as senior vice president of business development. He had overseen business development at ManTech. 

    Copenhagen-based Infare, an airfare-pricing data service, has hired Fredrik Palm as chief technology officer. Palm was Qlik vice president of research and development and before that Zaplox chief technology officer. 

    CAG Holdings has appointed Ginger Evans as chief strategy officer. She was CEO of Reach Airports, a CAG/Munich Airport joint venture, and before that was commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation. CAG also has named Krystal Brumfield chief of staff. She was Reach president and CEO of the Airport Minority Advisory Council.  

    The Aerospace Industries Association has named Alison Lynn vice president of communications. She was senior director for product communications at the American Chemistry Council.

    Nano Dimension has hired veteran turnaround executive Yoav Stern as president/CEO. Cofounder and former CEO Amit Dror will become customer success officer and continue to serve as a director on the company’s board.  

    Airbus Helicopters has promoted Laurence Petiard to head of external communications. She has managed external communications for several civil and military helicopter programs.

    Commercial Jet has hired R. Rick Townsend as vice president of sales and marketing. Townsend has held senior positions at Avianor, Lufthansa Technik and AAR Aircraft Services. 

    Gulfstream has promoted Matt Baer to regional vice president of sales for the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada. He was northeast regional sales manager.

    Aircraft Propeller Service (APS) has hired Marcell Fitzgerald as customer service manager. He was senior account manager with Magnetic Inspection Laboratory. Maciej Paszkowski-Sikorski is rejoining APS as global military sales manager after a stint with SL-Montevideo Technologies.

    Pentastar Aviation has hired Mike Peterson as maintenance sales representative. He was senior avionics sales specialist for Gulfstream Aerospace.

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