The final event of the five regatta 2008 Audi Sailing Series at the Circolo Vela Erix in Lerici has attracted the largest entry so far and up to fifteen boats are expected to come to the startline. Stuart Simpson?s UK entry Team Barbarians with North Sails Ireland boss Nigel Young calling tactics will be making their first appearance on the European circuit. Also travelling from the UK is Joe Woods?s Red team who are fresh from their last Melges 32 outing at the San Francisco Big Boat Series.

Harris Corporation Highband Networking Radios Selected by U.S. Army for First Battlefield Deployment of System to Iraq


MELBOURNE, Fla., Sept. 30 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announced today that its Highband Networking Radio(TM) system will be deployed to the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Assault Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team currently assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in its role as Multi-National Division-Baghdad (MND-B). The 4th Infantry Division was responsible for the contracting and acquisition process and will play a critical role in supporting the integration of the Highband Networking Radio(TM) into the MND-B network architecture. Harris will supply the radios to contract holder GTSI Corporation, an IT services supplier to the U.S. government. Terms of the Harris contract were not provided. The Highband Networking Radio(TM) system was co-developed with BAE Systems.

G.222 sale to Afghan Air Forces


“The American choice to re-equip the Afghan Air Forces confirms that the G.222 can still be considered today pride of “made in Italy” and “father” of one of Alenia Aeronautica’s main programs, the C-27J Spartan”, said Giovanni Bertolone, Alenia Aeronautica’s CEO. “This achievement, 30 years after the entry into service of the aircraft, proves the projects’ validity: specifically conceived for military uses, the G.222 still stands out with its excellent performance, reliability, robustness and capability of carrying out the required missions in the most critical operational scenarios; at the same time, Alenia Aeronautica demonstrates itself as “global” leader within the tactical transport aircraft field.”

Antarctic DOCTOr to speak at the Maritime Museum


PROVIDING medical back-up for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a challenging task – but it’s also a chance of a lifetime to experience one of the most beautiful places on earth.

In November this year Dr Susanna Gaynor will be joining the BAS Medical Unit in Antarctica and you can hear about the challenges facing her in a fascinating talk at the Maritime Museum on 9 October at 2pm.

During her time at the BAS’s Halley Base, Dr Gaynor will be involved in medical and climate change research that has been conducted at the base since it was first built in the 1950s. The BAS carries out vital research in the coldest, most inhospitable environment in the world. In this uninhabited continent with no GP surgeries or hospitals, where accidents and illnesses are inevitable, the BAS team needs medical back-up, 24-hours a day.

For Sale – ”Aros Viking” (ex. ”Haverö”)

Aros Viking

Multipurpose transport vessel, ex line ferry

The vessel was aquired by current owners in May 2007 and has since been extensively rebuilt. The major works include moving the port engine room to aft. New boarding ramps have been manufactured, they ae five metres long and can take a maximum axle load of 18 tons. Vessel is fitted with a very sturdy 6 meter spud leg with 400 mm sides.
The working deck is 6.5 meters wide and has a total area of about 120 sq m. Small wheelhouse on sb side with controls, VHF and a Raytheon R20 radar. Two engine rooms aft in separate compartments.
Classification: Currently being brought in under Swedish Maritime Administration classification, some minor work remains. A stability booklet has been produced and lists conditions such as a 40 ton truck on deck with 14 passengers or 8 cars, 14 pax and a truck carrying 22.5 tons liquid cargo. The vessel is likely capable of higher loads with current load line (620 mm).

Three shouts for Appledore’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew


Date: 29/09/2008

Author: Amy Caldwell

Reference: 056 South
Appledore’s ALB

Appledore’s, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2008) with three shouts over the two days. As people enjoyed the welcome sunshine and calm seas, Appledore’s two RNLI lifeboats were called out to rescue people who found themselves in trouble at sea in very different circumstances.

The volunteer crew received their first call on Saturday at 13.44, to a report of two people with two dogs who were stranded on a sandbank off Northam Burrows, at the estuary end of Westward Ho! beach, on an incoming tide. Two RNLI lifeguards from Sandymere paddled out to the couple on their rescue boards and stayed with them until Appledores RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) the Douglas Paley arrived. They were helped aboard the ILB with the two dogs and brought safety back to the lifeboat station.

Korry Selected for HondaJet Control Panels

KDM 1040

SEATTLE, September 29, 2008 –[ASDWire]– Korry has been chosen by Honda Aircraft Company to supply cockpit control panels for the new HondaJet advanced light jet. The control panels will feature innovative human interface design, complementing HondaJet’s state-of-the-art all-glass flight deck. Each panel will integrate Korry’s 5/8″ LED switches with lightplates and other components, providing a compact, ergonomically efficient solution. Korry will supply 12 control panels per aircraft beginning in 2008.

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8B Fire Scout Receives U.S. Navy Contract Award for Second Year of Low Rate Initial Production


SAN DIEGO, Sept. 29, 2008 — Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) system demonstrates maturity as it moves into the second year of low-rate initial production (LRIP) with a $32.9 million contract award from the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command. The company received the award recently for the second of three planned LRIP buys.

A U.S. Department of Defense Acquisition Decision Memorandum for Milestone C authorized LRIP 1 for the Fire Scout VTUAV. A series of program milestones needed to be met in order for Fire Scout to qualify for the LRIP 2 award. Key requirements included a demonstration of Fire Scout electro-optical/infrared capability using a Tactical Common Data Link, which was successfully completed in August.

Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production-Line High-Power, Solid-State Laser to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory At Kirtland AFB


Vesta II, a standalone, compact high-energy laser from Northrop Grumman

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sept. 29, 2008 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered a compact, standalone, 15kW high-power, solid-state laser developed for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

Called Vesta II, the laser was a sole source add-on to the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) program contract and leverages Northrop Grumman’s scalable technology architecture.

The transportable, push-button laser is a reproducible product that takes advantage of compactness to broaden the potential range of uses by military services. The reduced size, long run time, high beam quality and power level allow for a wide range of use, compared with other military lasers being developed. The modular design enables manufacturing repeatability at Northrop Grumman’s laser factory, in turn enhancing reliability and affordability.

U.S. Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $125 Million Contract to Produce Fourth Lot of Airborne Electronic Attack Systems


BETHPAGE, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2008 — The U.S. Navy has ordered a fourth lot of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Improved Capability (ICAP) III airborne electronic attack systems for its fleet of EA-6B Prowlers under a firm, fixed-price, 31-month contract potentially valued at more than $125 million. This order is for nine complete systems, plus associated parts and spares. The first kit will be delivered in the third quarter of 2010.

To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered two lots of kits to modify the Navy’s Prowlers with the new ICAP III system. Northrop Grumman is currently on contract to build and deliver the third lot of seven kits plus associated parts and spares. The Lot 3 and Lot 4 kits will outfit U. S. Marine Corps Prowlers based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.