Sikorsky Sales in China Continue to Grow


STRATFORD, Conn., Nov. 20, 2008 – China Southern Airlines’ Zhuhai Helicopter Company this week accepted two Sikorsky S-76C++™ helicopters to support offshore oil projects in the South China Sea and Bohai Bay. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

The acceptance follows a trend of civil aircraft sales into the region for Sikorsky. Last month, Sikorsky signed an agreement with the Rescue and Salvage Bureau of China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) for four S-76C++ helicopters to enhance the MOT’s maritime and search and rescue capabilities, bringing the fleet’s total to eight and making it one of the largest operators of Sikorsky S-76® SAR helicopters in the world.

Royal Netherlands Navy Launches Harpoons From New Frigate


ST. LOUIS, Nov. 25, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the Royal Netherlands Navy has successfully test-launched two Boeing Harpoon missiles from air defense and command frigate (LCF) HMS De Zeven Provinciën. The exercise, which was the first LCF launch of a Harpoon, was held off the coast of Virginia on Nov. 8.

In the exercise scenario, a hostile ship attacked the Dutch frigate, which responded with a salvo of two Harpoon Block IC missiles, marking the first time the Dutch Navy has launched multiple Harpoons on a single target. Both Harpoons hit and destroyed the target. The Netherlands has been a Harpoon customer since 1975.

JDAM ER Weapon System Successful in Royal Australian Air Force Flight Tests


ST. LOUIS, Nov. 25, 2008 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) weapon system successfully completed testing with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in August.

The tests at the Woomera Test Facility in South Australia were led by the Australian Department of Defence with support from Boeing and Boeing subsidiary Hawker de Havilland, developer of the wing kits for the 500-pound JDAM ER.

G4S 4teen wins top industry accolade at ESA European Sponsorship Awards


The G4S 4teen with Nick Buckles, Haile Gebrselassie and Debbie McGrath, at the launch in June 2007.

G4S’ groundbreaking global sponsorship programme – G4S 4teen – has been recognised with a top award at the European Sponsorship Association’s annual prize-giving ceremony in Brussels on Thursday. G4S 4teen, which provides support to 14 young aspiring Olympic athletes from emerging international markets, won in the Best Sponsorship in the Business to Employee category at the ESA European Sponsorship Awards.

The G4S 4teen programme was launched in June 2007, conceived to nurture and support a new generation of young stars from around the world in their pursuit of the dream of competing at London 2012. Young athletes from Bangladesh, Botswana, Colombia, Chinese Taipei, Estonia, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Macau, Nigeria, South Africa, and Thailand were brought together under the G4S 4teen banner, covering a mix of Olympic sports including BMX, sailing, track and field, weightlifting, table tennis, swimming, cycling, shooting and archery.

The unique initiative has also attracted the support of legendary two-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete, Haile Gebrselassie, who acts as a mentor for the young sportsmen and sportswomen. Over the course of the programme’s first year the progress of the 14 athletes has been astonishing, not least with five of them competing ahead of schedule at this summer’s Olympic Games.



ECOVER 3 along with the rest of the leading pack are having to try and avoid the windless blocks! of sea as they continue along the South Atlantic. Speaking to a fatigued Mike this morning he explained that it had been a long and busy couple of days. “It’s been really dreadful conditions for making progress down the track”. Sleep has been broken due to constantly trimming the boat in squally conditions. The big variations in the strength and direction of the wind speed meaning Mike is constantly in stand-by mode. “It was difficult to know how to tackle it last night because for a long time I was not actually making any VMG, so I ended up having to tack. I think everyone’s playing that game but it’s very tricky conditions. Big shifts and big variation in wind speed, so I just had to muscle through with big sail plans and ballast. I had to tack just to reposition to find the thinnest part of the ridge, and so I’m in the right place now. There’s not much difference side to side, I’d say.”

Prochaines 48 heures déterminantes


Au fil des heures le groupe de tête se rapproche des hautes pressions de Sainte-Hélène et comme prévu les écarts se resserrent à la faveur des poursuivants. Alors qu’hier les 9 premiers bateaux se tenaient en 61 milles seulement, fait rarissime après près de 3 semaines de course, que dire des 40 petits milles qui les séparent aujourd’hui ? Et si l’on devine que certains des leaders doivent accueillir ce regroupement de la flotille avec un certain agacement, le barrage de Sainte-Hélène fait merveille quant il s’agit de ménager tout son suspense à la course. Ces dernières 24 heures, c’est près d’une trentaine de milles que Temenos II a repris au nouveau leader British Telecom.