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June 7, 2023 | International, Land

Rheinmetall reinforcing NATO partner nation: Norway orders almost 300 more trucks worth over €150 million

The contract was signed on 31 May 2023 in Oslo by Gro Jeare, director of the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, and Michael Wittlinger, chairman of the board of management of...

https://www.epicos.com/article/764004/rheinmetall-reinforcing-nato-partner-nation-norway-orders-almost-300-more-trucks

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  • Northrop Grumman Contracted to Provide DevSecOps Capabilities for US Air Force

    February 3, 2021 | International, Aerospace

    Northrop Grumman Contracted to Provide DevSecOps Capabilities for US Air Force

    San Antonio, Texas – February 1, 2021 – The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as one of multiple companies competing for task orders under the five year Software Development Security Operations (DevSecOps) Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) contract. Under the BOA, Northrop Grumman will support the Air Force's LevelUP Code Works Platform One team's product development by providing full-stack DevSecOps engineers, cloud engineers, infrastructure engineers and other key personnel to include developers, trainers and consultants. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the U.S. Air Force and delivering expanded DevSecOps tools, services and talent to support current and future Department of Defense cyber missions,” said Dedra Bonner, program manager, Unified Platform system coordinator program, Northrop Grumman. “Through the BOA, we'll provide leading-edge DevSecOps and Lean-Agile services to ensure the U.S. Air Force continues to operate, pivot and adapt faster than our adversaries.” LevelUp is the cyber software factory for the Air Force. With the help of industry partners, LevelUp is developing the next generation of advanced cyber tools for the Air Force and Department of Defense by leveraging military compliant Lean-Agile and DevSecOps methodologies. Northrop Grumman is currently providing Lean-Agile and DevSecOps services to the U.S. Air Force as the Unified Platform system coordinator, a contract the company was competitively awarded in 2018. Work awarded under the BOA will be performed in San Antonio, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ogden, Utah; and in other locations throughout the United States. Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 97,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services. Media Contact James Drew Manager, Global Media Relations Mission Systems 703-556-1520 j.drew@ngc.com View source version on Northrop Grumman: https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-contracted-to-provide-devsecops-capabilities-for-us-air-force

  • As Manufacturing Reshapes After COVID-19, Size Will Matter

    May 21, 2020 | International, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

    As Manufacturing Reshapes After COVID-19, Size Will Matter

    Michael Bruno May 20, 2020 If you like the cadre of big aerospace and defense companies now, you are going to love them later. Among the major trends the novel coronavirus is expected to catalyze within aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing is that the big will get bigger by gobbling up others or taking back more work. In the next few years, vertical integration should pick up momentum, according to several executives and consultants. After decades of OEMs, primes and top-tier companies outsourcing major work on their programs, many see the pendulum swinging back to bringing more of it in-house. “We've already seen signs of more vertical integration coming through the industry and potentially where some of that could be accelerated as we work through the crisis,” says one advisor. Boeing started this a few years ago as it insourced avionics and other niche segments. Major consolidation picked up last year with the mergers of Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. and L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. Now, whether it be protecting profits or securing supply, the reasons to own more of the work are burgeoning as industry is refashioned in the COVID-19 crisis. For starters, aerospace suppliers are facing diminished economies of scale but a greater share of fixed-cost in production, with a likely loss in profitability and competitiveness, say Roland Berger advisors Robert Thomson and Manfred Hader. So-called organic top-line increases, through insourcing and acquisition of additional work packages, are possible but only to a limited degree. A fixed-cost reduction likewise is only feasible up to a certain level due to equipment and overhead structures. So consolidation is an important lever to consider. Part and parcel to that will be the financial distress into which suppliers in Tier 2 and below fall—and the opportunity to roll them up. Top CEOs are watching. Speaking May 13 to an investor conference, Honeywell International Chairman, CEO and President Darius Adamczyk cited an inflection point. “For a couple of years now, I've been talking about how it is a seller's market, not a buyer's market,” he told Goldman Sachs. “But that calculus may change in the second half of the year, and I think it could become a bit more of a buyer's market, and the valuations may be better and different. That's something that we want to partake in.” Feeding the phenomenon could be a desire to bring supply closer to home, both for reliability and geopolitical reasons. Suppliers overseas once were revered for their low-cost footprint, but suddenly they are seen as vulnerable to pandemics, economic stress and global trade wars. In turn, consultants expect industry leaders to take another look at favoring local regions. Even in the defense realm, which for now is considered safer during this downturn, there is talk of larger firms becoming even more powerful. “Large pure-plays should come through the pandemic relatively unscathed but may be looking at lower spending growth outlooks,” Capital Alpha Partners Managing Director Byron Callan noted May 13. “Mergers and acquisitions may thus be more important in delivering growth—even though it's not organic growth—in 2021-25.” So where to look for vertical integration and consolidation from the top? Clues are already emerging, according to advisor presentations. First, look at niches where top suppliers already are prevalent—environmental and flight-control systems, landing gear, electrical power and interiors—and others where they are not there yet, including maintenance, repair and overhaul, logistics, aerostructures and engines. Next, look at the supply base from the perspective of a top supplier. Who is distressed or drawing down credit lines? What revenue mix do certain potential targets have—e.g., commercial vs. defense, products vs. services or aging vs. next-generation platforms? Finally, consider where the new nucleus of consolidation will be. Will more “super Tier 1s” such as Raytheon Technologies emerge, or will conglomeration occur among Tier 2 and 3 providers? The first would allow rationalization of capacity for detailed part production from Tier 1 to 3, for instance, with the super Tier 1s able to secure through-value-chain control and prevent subtier supplier failure, according to Roland Berger. The latter likely would be opportunistically driven rather than following any overarching industry logic. For smaller suppliers, the questions are more concise, as one consultant says. Do you want to be a buyer, a seller or risk it as is? A simpler question, for sure, but no less difficult to answer. https://aviationweek.com/aerospace/manufacturing-supply-chain/manufacturing-reshapes-after-covid-19-size-will-matter

  • Lockheed contracts for two solid state radar SPY-7 sets for Aegis Ashore Japan

    November 22, 2019 | International, Aerospace

    Lockheed contracts for two solid state radar SPY-7 sets for Aegis Ashore Japan

    By Christen McCurdy Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday that it has contracted with the Japanese Ministry of Defense to produce two solid state radar antenna sets for Aegis Ashore Japan. The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System is a U.S. program designed to provide missile defense against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The system is designed to detect, track and engage ballistic missile threats and engage multiple targets simultaneously. The Aegis system was recently designated by the federal government as AN/SPY-7(V)1, and provides several times the detection range and sensitivity of previous Aegis systems. Japan decided to deploy its own Aegis missile defense system in June 2017 and spent $2.15 billion to purchase two Aegis systems at the beginning of this year. Japan's defense minister, Takeshi Iwaya, has argued Japan needs Aegis Ashore for national security. But the program has been controversial. In June, Japan's defense minister admitted the government's decision to deploy the missile defense program, and its chosen locations, had been based on faulty data. Japanese lawmakers and residents of the Akita prefecture, where the interceptors are set to be deployed, have also expressed concerns about the effects of the program's radar on the health of the city's 330,000 residents. Variants of the SPY-7 radar will also be utilized through partnerships with the U.S. Government, Spain and Canada. To date, the technology has been selected for a total of 24 systems. https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2019/11/21/Lockheed-contracts-for-two-solid-state-radar-SPY-7-sets-for-Aegis-Ashore-Japan/5151574361029/

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