100505 AOS newsletter

May 5, 2010  – Atlantic Organization for Security – www.aofs.org





US Navy’s Dual Band Radar Achieves X- and S-Band Milestone For the first time, the U.S. Navy has successfully tracked targets with a multiband radar featuring a common radar suite controller. This milestone, which took place at the Navy’s Engineering Test Center, Wallops Island, Va., was accomplished through the use of an engineering development model of the Dual Band Radar (DBR) developed by the Navy’s prime […]

US Navy Awards NGC 41.4 M$ as part of a five-year 281.5 M$ contract for Shipboard Multimission Radar Systems Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a follow-on order from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for additional AN/SPQ-9B shipboard radar systems. Under the fixed-price $41.4 million contract option, Northrop Grumman’s Maritime Systems facility in Melville, N.Y., will supply six radar shipsets, including the third radar of a three-system procurement for the Royal Australian Navy’s Air Warfare Destroyer, […]

NY plans 24M$ for new Security Programs The Police Department has been planning a high-tech security network for Midtown Manhattan involving surveillance cameras, license plate readers and chemical sensors, although it was not clear whether it could have prevented the attempted car bombing in Times Square on Saturday night.   The network, patterned after one under development in Lower Manhattan, would eventually use public […]

Fincantieri and Boeing Strengthen Their Team in Bid for US Navy Hovercraft Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), Fincantieri’s US subsidiary, and Boeing have announced that Oceaneering International are to enter the team set up a year ago with a view to competing for the imminent tender for the “Ship-to-Shore Connector” (SSC) program which provides for the construction of 80 new generation hovercraft for the US Navy. The announcement […]

Finmeccanica warms to UK alliances The head of Italy’s largest defence group says his country should co-operate with the UK on a new generation of unmanned aircraft, helicopters and warships. Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, chief executive and chairman of Finmeccanica, argues the two countries are the best fit in Europe given their similar foreign policies and common defence equipment programmes. “All the focus […]

Cobham to upgrade and support Air Defence and Air Traffic Services for UK MoD Cobham will upgrade and support key air traffic control systems and operations for the UK Ministry of Defence through to at least 2015, after being awarded three contracts totalling GBP12 million. The contracts include the Watchman Radar Viewing Unit and Airfield Radar Integration projects, where Cobham will continue to support existing installed equipment and the […]

US DHS Critical Infrastructure: Chemical Security Update The chemical security laws and regulations (click to download) information has been updated to reflect compliance activities related to the paperwork reduction act for the Chemical-Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). In particular, the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) has provided a link to a notice soliciting comments for 30 days of an information collection request that will enable […]

Cuban Aliens Rescued from Monito Island Federal authorities rescued a group of approximately twelve Cubans left by migrant smugglers on the inhospitable Monito Island. The migrants were allegedly smuggled into Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic aboard an unidentified boat. A Park Ranger from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources called the Ramey Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol […]

About the need for increased rail security Report of the hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, chaired by senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), to examine the security of our nation’s railroads and other surface transportation networks. In light of a bombing on a commuter train in Russia that left 40 dead last month, Lautenberg called the hearing to […]

DoD Proposes Conflicts-of-Interest Rule for Procurements The U.S. Defense Department on April 22 released a long-anticipated proposed rule outlining how it will police conflicts of interest in procurement. The proposed rule on organizational conflicts of interest is part of the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, made law in May 2009. The act directed DoD to create consistent guidance on conflicts resulting from […]

SSI: KRONOS Radars will equip Peruvian “Aguirre” class frigates SELEX Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract with the Military Navy of Peru to supply two multifunctional surveillance radars KRONOS NV to be installed on board of the “Aguirre” class frigates (former-Lupo), once belonging to the Italian Navy. The system refers to a multifunctional radar, KRONOS NV, which can interface a Combat […]

French navy (EU NAVAL FORCE) captures six pirates Six pirates have been arrested after they launched an attack on a French military supply ship by mistake off the coast of Somalia, the EU’s naval force said Wednesday. Pirates in two skiffs attacked the Somme ship overnight on Monday, about 300 kilometres off the coast of Somalia. The French fired back and the speedboats fled. No one […]

Arming Commercial Vessels to Combat Piracy ? Navy Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald, commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa and of NATO’s Allied Joint Task Force Command Naples, told Pentagon reporters that the scope of the piracy problem is too great to be policed by military vessels alone and suggested  that commercial vessels should arm themselves when traveling through pirate-infested […]

DRS system for Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier DRS Consolidated Controls Inc., a DRS Defense Solutions LLC business unitn a Finmeccanica Company, announced that it has been awarded a contract by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding to design, qualify and manufacture the Gate Valve Actuator Controllers (GVAC) for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). These controllers will operate gate valves used in the United States Navy’s next-generation […]

Sikorsky, Lockheed team to bid for US presidential helicopter Lockheed sees possible US Navy award in 2011 or 2012 Lockheed still negotiating termination of VH-71 (AgustaWestland/Finmeccanica) with Navy Former rivals Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) said they would join forces in a follow-on U.S. Navy presidential helicopter competition even as Lockheed continued to negotiate a settlement over termination of the previous program. Under the teaming agreement, […]

Dutch ATC Systems integrated COMSOFT’s ARTAS, RMD and RRR into their Air Operation Control Station (AOCS) Last month the Royal Air Force of The Netherlands (RNLAF) integrated further innovative COMSOFT equipment into their existing topology. The replacement of the affected predecessor systems are part of the customer’s drive to modernise their two ATC systems primarily used for monitoring and coordinating military flight operations of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. All new […]

DHS: Improved Standards to Protect Federal Facilities Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced two enhancements to federal facility security—initiatives that further strengthen the Department’s ability to protect thousands of government buildings across the United States one week prior to the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. The DHS-led Interagency Security Committee (ISC) released new standards establishing baseline physical security […]

Joint Maritime Enforcement Efforts Stops Smuggling Attempt U.S. Border Patrol agents, with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine and U.S. Coast Guard assets, stopped a maritime human smuggling attempt at a North County beach resulting in 20 arrests. A panga boat carrying 18 undocumented aliens and two smugglers was stopped off the coast of Southern California.  At about […]

Volcanic ash drifts over Europe – Monitoring from Home Flights via ADS-B All flights into and out of the UK have been suspended because of a cloud of volcanic ash high up in the atmosphere. And Mike Butcher at Tech Crunch Europe has written a little piece about it that graphically illustrates the situation. FlightRadar24 has a network of 100 ADS-B receivers around the world that picks up info […] 

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