Company sponsors cyber-focused UAE Security Forum and university Cyber Academy

DULLES, Va., Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will conduct a week of cybersecurity events in the United Arab Emirates as it partners with government leaders to help build the nation's cyber defense expertise.

"As a global leader in cybersecurity with more than three decades of experience, I believe we have the responsibility to help address this international security challenge," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "Our partnership in the United Arab Emirates joins our larger effort to further aid allies of the United States to secure their cyber space by developing the next generation of cybersecurity experts and leaders."

Cybersecurity experts from government, academia and industry will gather for the Raytheon-sponsored UAE Security Forum on Feb. 21 in Abu Dhabi. The forum, hosted by the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, will drive dialogue on building cyber expertise in the UAE.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UAE Marcelle M. Wahba, president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, said one of her organization's key strategies is "to bring together policymakers and experts from the United States and our Gulf partners to foster understanding and solutions to a myriad of complex problems and challenges."

Given the increasing, global threats of cyber crime and cyber warfare, "we understand the high importance placed by UAE leaders on establishing a world-class cyber defense capability," she added.

Raytheon will also launch its Cyber Academy, a global initiative to help create the next generation of cybersecurity talent. The four-day workshop, which begins Feb. 22 at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, will provide students with new skills and knowledge to secure cyber domains. Instructors from the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas - San Antonio will be at Khalifa University to conduct the Raytheon workshop. The University of Texas - San Antonio is home of the top-rated cyber education program in the U.S.

"Khalifa University is a great partner in this effort as they are UAE's leading university in science and technology, and increasing their emphasis in cyber programs," said Dwayne Williams, director of the annual CIAS-led National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, which is sponsored by Raytheon. "Building this partnership is a great first step because cybersecurity is truly a global problem. Universities need to evolve curriculum constantly to keep up with threats and innovation in cyber solutions."

More details on The UAE Security Forum: Bridging the Cybersecurity Talent Gap are available at www.uaesf.org.

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JSOW C-1 adds moving maritime target capability and the two-way strike common weapon datalink to the combat-proven weapon.

Test validates Raytheon-built JSOW performance against varied targets

CHINA LAKE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Navy have conducted a successful operational test of the new Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 gliding, precision-guided weapon. Conducted in a challenging flight environment, the test further demonstrated the capabilities of JSOW C-1 against a broad set of land targets.  

Launched from an F/A-18F Super Hornet at approximately 29,000 feet, the JSOW C-1 flew a flawless, preplanned route before destroying its intended land target with precision accuracy. The challenging battlefield scenario included a well-defended target that used tactical countermeasures. 

"This test demonstrated yet again JSOW's ability to deliver decisive battlefield effects with precision stand-off capability against some of the most challenging land targets facing our warfighters," said Celeste Mohr, JSOW program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Naval aviators also recently employed JSOW C in a tactically realistic, cave-defeat scenario that included heavy radio frequency countermeasures. The result was two direct hits."

The new JSOW C-1 combines the proven, precision, standoff land attack capabilities from JSOW C, with the new, state-of-the-art Link 16 data link to also engage moving maritime targets. The JSOW C-1 variant adds a two-way Link 16 data link to engage and destroy moving targets, as well as stationary land targets. 

This initial operational test shot was preceded by seven-for-seven, equally successful employments against both stationary land targets and maritime moving targets during the developmental and integration test phases.  It paves the way for the next phase of operational testing against large and small maritime moving targets.

JSOW C and C-1 are designed to provide fleet forces with robust and flexible capability against high-value targets, at launch ranges exceeding 100 kilometers.

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Terrier® Armoured Combat Engineer Vehicle

Widely regarded as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of combat engineering vehicles, BAE Systems’ Terrier has been fitted with new technologies and systems by its defence engineers. The updated vehicle offers a new telescopic investigation arm and the ability to wade through two metre wave surges.

The telescopic investigation arm extends over 8m from the vehicle – one of the longest in the world available for such a vehicle - allowing crews to probe and unearth buried devices from a safe distance. Additionally, the vehicle can now be exported with a rock hammer, ripper and earth augur – hugely extending its capabilities. The hammer can split rocks and penetrate concrete, while the ripper can tear up roads or runways, preventing their use. The earth augur can drill holes for use in combat engineering.
Terrier with mine ploughTerrier with mine plough

Terrier will also be able to wade through significantly deeper waters, withstanding up to two metre wave surges. Rory Breen, Export Sales Manager for BAE Systems Land (UK) said: “The greater wading depth and surge protection will make Terrier even better suited for use in coastal or low-lying areas, where it can play an important role in disaster relief as well as combat situations.

“Along with the new telescopic arm and other attachments , Terrier remains the most technologically advanced and flexible combat engineer vehicle in the world. Due to the modular nature of the vehicle, it could also be quickly adapted for a range of other situations, such as clearing paths through jungle or thick foliage.”


Terrier’s existing capabilities include complete remote control from up to 1km away, along with a variety of lifting, grabbing and moving capabilities. Its front loader system can lift weights of up to five tonnes and can shift 300 tonnes of earth per hour. In addition, its recently trialled sub-surface mine plough can penetrate to recognised safe depths while travelling at up to 15km/h, quickly creating a path free of mines and improvised explosive devices.

Terrier was designed to provide the British Army with maximum flexibility from a single vehicle, allowing them to reduce their equipment and logistic footprint.  BAE Systems’ engineers continue to develop new modular attachments, meaning that Terrier customers can upgrade their vehicles to meet new requirements without changing platforms.

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Further trials of the Storm Shadow deep strike missile and Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile have been successfully completed as part of a programme of improvements which will further enhance the powerful swing-role capability of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet.

It has been confirmed that a new operational release of the Storm Shadow missile was carried out in the UK Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides range in Scotland. The release - from the Italian Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 2 - is part of work conducted to expand the safe weapon trajectory data envelope of the missile. The test, which was led by Finmeccanica – Aircraft Division, with the support of Eurofighter, BAE Systems, Airbus Defence and Space, and MBDA, follows the completion of ground trials on the weapon and a successful release of Storm Shadow in November 2015.

It was followed by another firing of a Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile using UK Typhoon aircraft IPA6, also at the Hebrides range. Led by BAE Systems with support from MBDA, Selex, QinetiQ and UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Eurofighter teams. The firing follows trials held in late 2015 which saw the Typhoon aircraft conduct guided Meteor firings against real air targets in pre-planned scenarios.

The Storm Shadow and Meteor firings are part of the flight test campaign for the Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) programme which will introduce a range of new and improved long range attack capabilities to Typhoon.

Commenting on the Storm Shadow tests, Enrico Scarabotto, the Italian Chief Test pilot who flew the IPA2, said: “The integration of the weapon further enhances Typhoon’s potent multi-role and swing-role capabilities, adding new capability to strike in day or night, in all-weather conditions. Storm Shadow adds attack stand-off capability to Typhoon which now really accomplishes every possible role in the combat scenario. The aircraft retains excellent performance in an incredible low pilot workload cockpit environment, essential for a single seat multirole aircraft.” 

Steve Greenbank, Director of Aircraft Programmes for Military Air & Information, BAE Systems, said: “These latest Meteor firing trials are another step forward in the integration of the missile onto the Typhoon aircraft, demonstrating they can operate safely, accurately and effectively.

“2015 was a hugely exciting 12 months for Typhoon, with contracts placed for new capabilities and enhancements. The integration of Meteor further enhance the aircraft’s abilities to ensure Typhoon maintains its position as the most capable, agile and enduring swing role fighter in the international market. These trials also form important maturity points for the UKs Project CENTURION plan, which will see Typhoon provide the continuous delivery of key combat air capabilities as Tornado moves towards its out-of-service date.”

In addition to Meteor and Storm Shadow, the integration of MBDA’s Brimstone, part of the Phase 3 Enhancements (P3E) programme, is on contract for Eurofighter Typhoon. Brimstone is a precision attack missile with proven capabilities against both static and moving/manoeuvring targets.

Eurofighter Typhoon release first Storm Shadow Missile


Meteor missile firing from Typhoon

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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASA Global Hawk will conduct several missions to collect detailed data over the Pacific Ocean from complex El Niño weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures across the equator.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) NASA Global Hawk missions will take place from February to March as part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led missions. The multi-year missions, called Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT), will provide detailed meteorological measurements from a region in the Pacific that is known to be particularly critical for interactions linked to West Coast storms and rainfall.

"With the ability to fly at 65,000 feet for 30 hours, the NASA Global Hawk allows us to study intense and remote weather conditions that were previously unreachable," said Dave Aguinaldo, program manager, NASA Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman.

The NASA Global Hawk is one of several assets being used by scientists from NASA and NOAA to advance understanding and predictions of tropical storms, winter storms and major floods. The unmanned high-altitude, long-endurance NASA Global Hawk aircraft will work alongside air, land and sea platforms to gather data. Scientists will use this information to better understand El Niño's impacts on the U.S. and to improve NOAA's observational systems, models and predictions.

NASA and Northrop Grumman are partnered under the Space Act Agreement, which allows for shared use of the NASA Global Hawk system to conduct scientific experiments and explore new mission capabilities. Previous NASA Global Hawk missions have included hurricane research, examining the effects of greenhouse gasses and conducting cutting-edge autonomous aerial refueling trials.

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F-35 airframe begins third phase of structural testing
A third phase of durability testing on an F-35 Lightning II airframe is due to begin at our Military Air & Information site in Brough, East Yorkshire.
Each phase of testing, lasting a total of 8,000 hours, is equivalent to an entire lifetime of the airframe once it enters service. Two complete ‘lifetimes’ of the airframe – equivalent to 16,000 hours - have already been completed on a Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) variant airframe at the Company’s structural test facility and the third set of tests will commence in early 2016. These tests prove the airframe will be able to safely handle a variety of flying conditions it could experience when in service.
The 350-tonne airframe structural test rig at the Brough site was built to ‘fly’ the F-35 Lightning II through a series of flight scenarios.  More than 20 miles of wiring, 2,500 strain gauges and 160 loading actuators are designed to subject the aircraft to a range of loads that it could typically encounter in actual flight.  
Andy Prendergast, Operations Manager for Structural and Dynamic Test, BAE Systems, said:
“Reaching two complete lifetimes of testing is an important milestone for our structural test facility at Brough, and demonstrates the proven endurance of the F-35 airframe. We have pushed the testing to the limits, ensuring that the F-35 Lightning II aircraft will fly safely and effectively throughout its lifetime of service. We will further qualify this by starting a third lifetime of testing.”
The structural test team at Brough are experts in their field having rigorously tested a dozen different aircraft types since the 1970s, including Buccaneer, Harrier, Tornado, Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon. Last year, three lifetimes of testing – the equivalent of 24,000 hours of flight – took place on the vertical tails of the F-35 Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) and Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variants at Brough. The structural test facilities for the vertical tails, made up of a vertical tail manoeuvre rig and a vertical tail buffet rig, are both designed to simulate the loads that the component would undergo during actual flight.
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The alliance will foster continued collaboration with industry partners

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Feb. 4, 2016 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced the addition of Solutionary, a security services provider focused on delivering managed security services, professional security services and global threat intelligence, to the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance.

“Sharing best practices has proven to be an effective way of defending against cyberattacks,” said Angie Heise, vice president, Lockheed Martin Commercial Cyber. “We have been working with Solutionary to do just that. Solutionary’s managed security services provider capabilities complement our service offerings, providing customers an even higher level of security. Now, we can formally welcome them into the alliance and take that relationship a step further.”

Formed to create an environment where leading technology providers can collaborate, combine strengths and share best practices, the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance identifies and implements solutions that help provide early threat detection and protection to solve customers’ growing cybersecurity needs and meet future challenges. The Alliance members engage in customer-focused scenarios, experiments and pilot programs that enable them to provide improved, more efficient and tested services.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Cyber is focused on developing, implementing, maintaining and securing critical infrastructures for Fortune 1000 and Global 1000 companies. The organization’s approach is based on an Intelligence Driven Defense® philosophy that focuses on harnessing information from those who seek to attack, and using it against them.

As a monitoring and security device management provider, Solutionary protects traditional and virtual IT infrastructures, cloud environments and mobile data.

“Being a part of the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance allows Solutionary to not only broaden its current capabilities but to be part of an organization that aligns with the same ideology, one hundred percent focused on protecting our clients,” said Rob Kraus, director of Security Research and Strategy, Solutionary. “Collaborating with some of the world’s greatest security minds will help Solutionary continue to address threats with the latest methods and technology advances, resulting in a heightened capability to detect, deter and mitigate advanced attacks.”

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Designed to be integrated into both the MC-130J Commando II and the AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft, the RFCM system will support the varied and critical missions of Special Operation Forces.

BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop a new electronic warfare system for the fleet of C-130J aircraft. The contract, worth more than $20 million, is the first phase of a multi-phase program to upgrade aircraft system survivability and the capability to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat threat systems in operational significant environments. The life cycle value of the contract is expected to exceed $400 million.

The Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) system offers fully integrated, precision geo-location, and radio frequency countermeasure capabilities. The advanced system will significantly enhance the electronic threat protection capability of the C-130J, increasing the aircraft’s ability to detect and defeat both surface and airborne threats in signal-dense and highly contested environments.

“This award is a significant milestone as it not only builds on our strong electronic warfare legacy, but also extends our proven electronic warfare capability to a large platform aircraft,” said Brian Walters, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our all-digital RFCM system will ensure the mission-critical C-130J fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest environments.”

Designed to be integrated into both the MC-130J Commando II and the AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft, the RFCM system will support the varied and critical missions of Special Operation Forces. These missions include the use of C-130Js for armed over-watch and refueling of helicopters in denied territories, and for close air support and interdiction missions in the most sensitive and hostile of territories.

Under the terms of the contract, BAE Systems will provide product development and platform integration work over the next 12 months. Additional information regarding the company’s RFCM solutions can be found at www.baesystems.com/C130-RFCM.

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Extension of the operational envelope (degraded visual environment, wind, etc.)

H225 in flight (Ref. EXPH-0453-8583, © Copyright Lorette Fabre).

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225, it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160.

Rig’N Fly uses a combination of sensors (GPS, barometric altimeter, radar altimeter, weather radar, etc.) to provide enhanced flight precision and situational awareness for automatic VMC and IMC rig approaches. The system reduces workload for pilots, allowing them to focus on monitoring flight parameters and the outside environment.

This new mode also includes offset approaches, which can be tailored according to weather conditions and oil rig environment for the safest, standardized approach, placing the helideck in the most easily visible position for the crew.

“Rig’N Fly procedures are of the utmost importance to ensure reliable operations and the safest flight conditions possible, and this is an area where Airbus Helicopters continues to focus its developments,” said Marie-Agnes Veve, head of the Super Puma and H225 programme. “With the Rig’N Fly, almost the entire approach procedure is automated, a key element in ensuring that our customers have the right technologies for safe, smooth and efficient flights.”

Using the Digital MAP (DMAP) and the Enhanced Cursor Control Device (ECCD), the pilots will have the possibility to easily modify the approach.

The DMAP brings an essential safety element as the flight plan map can be merged with additional environmental factors, including weather radar and wind data, platform locations. It also includes the Automatic Information System (AIS) that alerts the pilot if a ship is about to interfere with its planned trajectory and allowing the pilot to plan a hold to the approach or a rerouting if necessary.   

The ECCD, which will also be available on the H175 and the H160, is a new, ergonomic, easy-to-use control device which allows for a quick and efficient way to fine-tune the flight plan.

The H225’s upgraded avionics also includes the introduction of Required Navigation Performance approaches (Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) and Lateral &Vertical Navigation (LNAV/VNAV).

The H225, an 11-ton, twin-turbine rotorcraft, combines the ability to carry 19 passengers with heavy-lift capacity and excellent range to meet the energy industry’s most demanding needs. Approximately 70 percent of the worldwide Super Puma fleet is operated for personnel transport in support of the offshore oil & gas industry, including H225s in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Africa, Asia and South America. The in-service fleet includes 181 H225s for 32 customers in 22 countries, with some 20 deliveries in 2015.

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An international customer has awarded Rheinmetall a multimillion-euro order to modernize its Skyguard air defence systems. The order is worth €390 million. Delivery will take place between 2017 and 2020.

A key element of the modernization programme consists of equipping the missile/gun air defence systems with advanced radar technology. The customer country’s air defence corps will thus have at its disposal the most advanced version of the tried-and-tested Skyguard system, which is designed to engage aerial targets at medium to very short ranges.

Besides a new search radar, the Skyguard systems will be outfitted (among other things) with a new target tracking radar, a latest-generation friend-foe identification system as well as cutting-edge electronic warfare components. The missile launcher will be upgraded with a new state-of-the-art electronic pod, which will enhance the system’s missile capability. Furthermore, logistical support will also be improved.

Just awarded, the contract underscores on the one hand the importance of the Skyguard system in high-performance air defence networks, and on the other the high regard enjoyed by Rheinmetall as a centre of excellence for ultramodern air defence solutions.

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