General Dynamics Developes New Version of Highly Successful 20mm PGU-28 A/B SAPHEI Round


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has recently developed a mechanically fuzed version of its highly effective, battle-proven 20mm PGU-28 A/B SAPHEI round. The new 20mm semi-armor piercing, high-explosive incendiary cartridge matches the combat capability of the PGU-28 A/B SAPHEI while offering different safety features for air-to-ground and air-to-air missions.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems developed the 20mm PGU series to replace the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy’s M56 high explosive incendiary round for use in all fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The PGU-28 A/B provides superior performance, lethality and safety over the M56 and has a more aerodynamic shape, increased velocity and effective range. The additional range allows pilots to engage and fire from farther away while the pyrotechnic delay feature improves target performance and increases pilot and aircraft safety. The PGU-28 A/B can defeat a full spectrum of air-to-air and air-to-ground targets in one common combat round.

General Dynamics .50 Caliber Ammunition First to be Qualified for NATO Interchangeability

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – General Dynamics announced today that its 12.7mm (.50 caliber) C162 Ball and C163 Tracer cartridges are qualified for NATO interoperability, according to the NATO International Panel on Standard Small Arms Ammunition. The designs meet the 12.7mm NATO Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) requirements, ensuring full interchangeability between all NATO troops using NATO-qualified weapons.

The two cartridge designs were produced at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ Canadian operations and submitted for qualification to NATO by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). The NATO North American Regional Test Center (NARTC) in Independence, Mo., performed the Exhaustive Qualification Testing of the two cartridge samples.

General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million Contract for 155mm M795 Metal Parts Ammunition Production


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The U.S. Army Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Management Command (JM&L LCMC) at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a $23.8 million contract for the first year of a multiple year contract with a total potential value of $151.8 million for the production of M795 projectile metal parts. Work on this contract will be performed at the company’s Scranton Operations in Pennsylvania.

The M795 is a 155mm High Explosive/High Fragmentation artillery projectile that is employed in an active combat role. These rounds are fired from the Paladin, M-198 and the M-777 howitzers and are used by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Gulfstream Signs $1.9 Billion Agreement with NetJets


FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has reached an agreement with NetJets to supply a total of 40 new Gulfstream aircraft. The agreement is valued at approximately $1.9 billion. Four Gulfstream G450s and four Gulfstream G550s will be delivered to NetJets each year from 2012 through 2016. This deal also includes a long-term maintenance support agreement.

CJR Propulsion appoints IT specialist


Nick Groom has been appointed as IT Manager at CJR Propulsion. Nick is a fully qualified software engineer with an extensive background in the implementation and design of effective IT programmes. No stranger to the marine industry, Nick joins the company from Lewmar where he was employed as Senior Developer. Nick will be based at CJR Propulsion’s purpose designed engineering and design centre in Southampton.

Applicants from all ESA Member States to become a European astronaut


ESA began its search for new astronauts on 19 May, calling for applications from talented individuals who wish to join the European Astronaut Corps. Almost 10 000 individuals registered to begin the application process. At the close of the application phase which lasted a month, 8413 aspiring astronauts provided a medical certificate and finalised the online application form. This qualifies them for the next step in the selection process.

Global space industry to meet in Scotland


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The world’s biggest space show – the 2008 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) – takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, between 29 September and 3 October 2008.

With more than 2000 delegates and a large supporting exhibition, IAC 2008 will provide an international focus for the space industry.

It will bring together scientists, engineers, business leaders and students to debate the latest ideas, current activities and future ambitions across a diverse range of space-related topics.

Atlantis, Crew Prepare for Hubble Servicing Mission

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A view of the flame trench on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where damage occurred during the May 31 launch of space shuttle Discovery. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Crews at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida continue preparing space shuttle Atlantis for its upcoming STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Telescope. Work to install an insulator in one of the reinforced carbon-carbon, or RCC, panels on the left wing has been completed. An adjustment of an RCC panel on the right wing is nearly complete.

Rescued fishermen praise RNLIs lifesaving satellite system


The Guyonas crew. Left to right: Leo Piper, Tristan Northway, David McMurdo pictured in Brixham in front of the Torbay lifeboat on Thursday, June 26, 2008

Three UK fishermen saved off the coast of Sark have said they owe their lives to a new RNLI-designed safety alert system.

On Tuesday (24 June 2008) evening, the three men aboard the ill-fated Guyona were forced to abandon ship as their fishing boat sank with no time to deploy the liferaft. They were forced to tread water until the vessel fully submerged allowing the liferaft to release.

The vessel had the RNLIs unique MOB Guardian man overboard and vessel locater alert system aboard. The RNLI was alerted to the plight of the crew at 6pm via one of MOB Guardians many alerting channels. The alert was transferred to the agencies responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue, who then requested the assistance of the RNLI St Peter Port lifeboat from Guernsey to search for the missing vessel and her crew.

Boeing 737 Component Services Program to Help Caribbean Airlines Cut Costs


SEATTLE, June 26, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has welcomed Caribbean Airlines, Ltd., into the Boeing 737 Component Services Program (CSP), a materials management and supply-chain solution designed to help airlines reduce costs, enhance efficiency and improve spare parts availability.

Under the new agreement, Boeing will manage spare parts and components inventory for the Trinidad and Tobago-based airline until the parts are needed. Boeing guarantees that Caribbean will have working replacements for failed parts within 24 hours without having to stock up on spares or pay long-term holding costs.

The Component Services Program can help airlines save as much as 30 percent on inventory, repair and administrative costs.