11 janvier 2022 | International, Terrestre, C4ISR

The US Army sees a future of robots and AI. But what if budget cuts and leadership changes get in the way?

Four years into Army Futures Command, experts say the effort is on track, but they warn that leadership changes, potential budget cuts and a few contracting and technological hiccups could put it at risk.


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  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Recapitalization Contract to Provide Continuous Secure Communication in Polar Region

    4 juillet 2019 | International, Aérospatial, C4ISR

    Northrop Grumman Awarded Recapitalization Contract to Provide Continuous Secure Communication in Polar Region

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – July 3, 2019 –  Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded an $82 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to facilitate military satellite communications in the Earth’s north polar region through its Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) program. Northrop Grumman is the provider for all three major components of the EPS-R CAPS program demonstrating the company’s industry-leading end-to-end capabilities. The U.S. Air Force's EPS provides secure, jam-resistant satellite communications coverage to forces in the North Polar Region (above 65 degrees north latitude) in support of national objectives. CAPS is a next-generation ground system that receives telemetry and supplies configuration commands, mission planning and cryptographic planning for the EPS and EPS-R polar-orbiting payloads. Northrop Grumman successfully developed, built and delivered the EPS CAPS for the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate (MILSATCOM) on a previous contract. The Authority to Proceed granted by this contract award includes the development of software for the EPS-R CAPS taking the program from requirements analysis to test and delivery. The contract also addresses international host accommodations provided by Space Norway for new out of band link functions, cyber architecture, orbit planning, and the capability for controlling two additional EPS-R Payloads on a single software baseline in addition to the two existing EPS Payloads. “Northrop Grumman is committed to delivering the critical ground segment technologies that support the important mission of U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command," said Rob Fleming, vice president, strategic force programs, Northrop Grumman. “We demonstrate through this contract and in close collaboration with Space and Missile Command that existing ground design and software can be successfully modified to support new and advancing mission requirements, an important strategic priority for our customer.” Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2023. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-awarded-recapitalization-contract-to-provide-continuous-secure-communication-in-polar-region


    7 décembre 2018 | International, Aérospatial


    (December 3, 2018) Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first law enforcement-configuredBell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department. “The Bell 505 delivers best-in-class visibility, and the aircraft’s advanced avionics and cost of operations make it the choice aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said jay ortiz, SENIOR vice president, the Americas. “bell is proud to support THE SACRAMENTO police department and provide reliable aircraft for the important mission of global law enforcement agencies.” Bell outfitted the Sacramento Police Department’s Bell 505 with several law enforcement provisions, including high skid gear and forward/aft hard points for mounting equipment. The aircraft also features additional equipment including a 15” monitor with moving map system, loudhailer, MX-10 EO/IR Sensor and Trakka Beam Searchlight. “The Bell 505 will be invaluable in critical calls for service when minutes matter and will allow us to best protect the citizens of Sacramento,” said Sergeant Randy Van Dusen of the Sacramento Police Department’s Air Operations Team. “The ergonomic seats allow the pilot and tactical flight officer to fly for hours comfortably, and the large windows allow for greater visibility that makes searching for suspects and missing persons easier.” With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), the Bell 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator. The customer-driven design of the aircraft places safety, performance and affordability at the forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek, modern design. Press Contact  Blakeley Thress +1 817‐280‐2968 mediarelations@bellflight.com https://investor.textron.com/news/news-releases/press-release-details/2018/Bell-Delivers-First-Law-Enforcement-Configured-Bell-505-Jet-Ranger-X-to-Sacramento-Police-Department/default.aspx

  • Rafaut Group, nouveau champion européen de la défense

    3 décembre 2021 | International, Aérospatial

    Rafaut Group, nouveau champion européen de la défense

    Rafaut Group, sous-traitant du Rafale de Dassault Aviation, aspire à grandir à l’échelle européenne. La PME française pèse désormais 160 M€ de chiffre d’affaires pour 640 salariés, et ambitionne d’atteindre les 250 M€ de chiffre d’affaires en 2025. Basée à Villeneuve-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine), Rafaut Group est spécialisé dans les systèmes d’emports et d’éjection, mais aussi les réservoirs carburants et d’autres équipements. Après une réorganisation et une modernisation de ses sites, le groupe veut devenir un fournisseur de premier rang. Soutenu par le fonds d’investissement HLD (actionnaire majoritaire avec 55% du capital), aux côtés d’ACE (Tikehau), d’Etoile Capital et de BNP Paribas, le groupe a acquis différentes entreprises depuis trois ans : AEds, Secapem, Alkan... Des acquisitions qui lui ont permis de renforcer ses compétences dans les hélicoptères, systèmes d’entrainements pour pilotes ou encore des systèmes d’emport et d’éjection. Mais le groupe tient à maintenir une stratégie duale, et pourrait viser prochainement une acquisition dans le secteur civil. Le groupe s’intéresse également aux drones, et travaille à la numérisation de ses sites comme ceux de Villeneuve-la-Garenne et Vitry, dans le cadre du programme Industrie du Futur chapeauté par le GIFAS.  L’Usine Nouvelle de décembre 2021 

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