jueves, 31 de enero de 2019

Cebu Pacific Takes Delivery of its First A321neo Aircraft Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ Engines

MANILA, PhilippinesJan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) and Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) celebrated delivery of the airline's first Airbus A321neo aircraft, powered by the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine.
Pratt & Whitney will also provide Cebu Pacific with a 10-year EngineWise® service agreement to support engine performance services and maximize aircraft availability.
"We are very excited to add the first GTF-powered A321neo to the Cebu Pacific fleet. The aircraft will enable us to increase capacity on popular routes, while at the same time benefiting from the lowest operating costs in this size category," said Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific.
Cebu Pacific, a leading carrier in the Philippines, has 31 remaining A321neos on firm order and eight options. To support expansion plans, Cebu Pacific has also leased five Airbus A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.
"Cebu Pacific previously flew DC-9 aircraft with Pratt & Whitney's JT8D engines, and we are proud to be powering the airline's next generation aircraft," said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney. "We are confident that the clean, fuel-efficient geared fan technology will provide Cebu Pacific with economic and environmental advantages for many years to come."
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.

Coast Guard, partner agencies continue search for overdue aircraft near Kake, Alaska

MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Sitka ©US Coast Guard Lt. Kellen Browne (archive)

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard, partner agencies and volunteers continue the search for the overdue aircraft near Kake, Alaska, Wednesday.
It was reported that debris from a plane was located in the water approximately 22 miles west of Kake, near the south tip of Admiralty Island in the Chatham Strait. The Coast Guard cannot confirm the debris is from the overdue aircraft.
The Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, Cutter Bailey Barco​ and an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew continue the search.
Also assisting in the search are:
  • Petersburg Search and Rescue
  • Alaska State Troopers
  • Kake Search and Rescue
  • Wrangell Search and Rescue
  • Alaska Marine Highways Ferries
  • Good Samaritans
“We have received reports of debris in the water and are concentrating search efforts near that area,” said Capt. Stephen White, Coast Guard Sector Juneau commander. “Through our coordinated efforts with all involved we continue to actively search, we are thankful for the assistance rendered.”
Weather in the area is reported as a rain and snow mix with overcast skies, 7 mph winds and an air temperature of 39 degrees. The water temperature is 42 degrees with 1-3 foot swells.

Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing vessel 40 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska

MH-60 Jayhawk USCG Air Station Kodiak ©Lt. Daniel Beshoar (archive)

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, forward-deployed to Cold Bay, medevaced a 35-year-old man from the 305-foot fishing vessel Golden Alaska, 40 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Wednesday morning.
The Jayhawk aircrew launched, conducted the medevac from the Golden Alaska and safely transported the man to the Cold Bay clinic. He was reported to have been in stable condition upon transfer.
At 10:54 p.m., Tuesday, Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received notification from Health Force Partners requesting a medevac for a man aboard the Golden Alaska who was reported to have been suffering from severe leg pain. The watchstanders directed the launch of the Cold Bay aircrew to conduct the medevac.
“Our forward operating locations are critical to mission success in Alaska,” said Lt. Jeff Mistrick, a Jayhawk pilot on the medevac. “Alaska has more than 47,300 miles of shoreline and encompasses more than 3.8 million square miles of land that we are responsible for covering. Had it not been for our close proximity to this man, we may not have been able to hoist him as quickly as we did.”
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew is forward-deployed to Cold Bay during the Alaska winter fisheries season in efforts to reduce response times for search and rescue cases.
On-scene weather was 12 mph winds, 2 to 3-foot seas with 12 miles visibility.

miércoles, 30 de enero de 2019

Lockheed Martin And Royal Netherlands Air Force Celebrate Rollout Of The First Dutch Operational F-35

FORT WORTH, TexasJan. 30, 2019/PRNewswire/ -- Dutch and American officials celebrated the roll out of the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating a transformational leap in capability for the future of the Netherlands' national defense.
"Receiving this F-35 at Leeuwarden Air Base later this year is going to be a huge driver for change for our Air Force and will have tremendous impact on the relevance of our Air Force as part of the coalition," said Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Commander, RNLAF. "We want to be among the best air forces of the world, and the platform of F-35 allows us to do that." 
Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson; State Secretary, the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs Mona Keijzer; and Special Envoy F-35, the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs Maxime Verhagen.
"From the very beginning of the F-35 program, the Netherlands has been a key partner in developing, testing, improving, and maintaining this remarkable aircraft," said Hewson. "Dutch suppliers have provided high-volume production, structural-design support, and advanced technologies, and Dutch aircraft and personnel continue to support ongoing testing and operations for the worldwide F-35 fleet. As we look to the future, the Netherlands will serve as a sustainment hub in the European region for maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade projects."
Following the ceremony, the aircraft is scheduled to ferry to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where F-35A pilot training takes place. The aircraft is the first operational F-35 and the third Netherlands jet delivered to date. The first two Dutch F-35s were delivered in 2013 and are at Edwards AFB, California, supporting operational testing. The RNLAF plans to acquire 37 F-35As.
F-35 Program Economic Impact in the Netherlands
Dutch industry, including 25 suppliers to date, have benefitted from the F-35 program with contracts awarded for high technology work. As estimated by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, the F-35 program has already generated more than $1 billion USD in contracts for Netherlands industry, creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the Netherlands over the life of the program.
To date, more than 360 F-35s have been delivered and are now operating from 16 bases worldwide. Ten nations are flying the F-35, seven countries have F-35s operating from a base on their home soil, five services have declared Initial Operating Capability, and two services have announced their F-35s have been used in combat operations.
With stealth technology, supersonic speed, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and increased range, the F-35 is the most advanced, survivable and connected aircraft in the world. More than a fighter jet, the F-35's ability to collect, analyze and share data, is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace enabling men and women in uniform to execute their mission and return home safely.

Republic of Korea Air Force receives first Airbus A330 MRTT

Busan, 30 January 2019 – The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.
The new-generation A330 MRTT extends the endurance and range of the ROKAF’s fighter aircraft, and provides the service with strategic transport capability for passengers and freight.
In South Korean service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, be equipped with the Airbus Refuelling Boom System, and can be configured in a variety of layouts to carry passengers and freight or for medevac purposes.
South Korea becomes the seventh member of the worldwide family of A330 MRTT operators and is one of 12 nations to have ordered the aircraft. This latest delivery brings the total in-service fleet to 35.
Fernando Alonso, Executive Vice President, Airbus, said: “The A330 MRTT has clearly established itself as the world’s premier tanker and strategic transport aircraft, and has been widely praised by the current operators. It will be a critical asset of the ROKAF and leading air forces worldwide for many decades.”

martes, 29 de enero de 2019

The Florida Keys Area Maritime Security Committee to Conduct Full-Scale Exercise

KEY WEST, Fl. – Coast Guard Sector Key West and the Florida Keys Area Maritime Security Committee will host a full-scale exercise with multiple local agencies on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The exercise is part of the Area Maritime Security and Training Exercise Program. The event will require federal, state, local and industry partners to respond and recover from a simulated active shooter threat at the Key West Ferry Terminal. The primary purpose of the exercise is to test agencies' response policies, plans and procedures to an active shooter incident within the maritime domain.

The exercise will take place at the Key West Ferry Terminal located on 100 Grinnell Street, Key West. All exercise play will be transparent to the public. There will be approximately 100 participants including representatives from multiple law enforcement agencies, local fire departments, medical/emergency medical service personnel, emergency management personnel, water treatment facilities, the maritime industry, Coast GuardFederal Bureau of Investigation and others participating.
“When a significant event takes place, federal, state and local agencies establish a unified command to oversee the response," said Capt. Francisco Rego, Coast Guard Federal Maritime Security Coordinator. "Exercises like this build cohesiveness between agencies within the port, strengthen our ability to form a coordinated response, and ultimately improving response times and effectiveness.”

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Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger 55 miles east of Savannah

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah hoists an 80-year-old woman Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, after she suffered a head injury after falling on board the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy 55 miles east of Savannah, Georgia. The woman was transported to the Memorial University Medical Center Savannah. (U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Savannah)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced an 80-year old woman Sunday 55-miles east of Savannah, Georgia.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 9:15 p.m. from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy stating a passenger suffered a head injury after falling and was in need of medical attention.

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew launched to assist.

The Dolphin crew rendezvoused with the vessel, hoisted the woman with a nurse and transported them to Memorial University Medical Center Savannah at 10:20 p.m.

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lunes, 28 de enero de 2019

La temporada 2019 de la Red Bull Air Race despega en Abu Dabi

Por décimosegunda temporada consecutiva, la búsqueda del Campeonato del Mundo de la Red Bull Air Race, a 370 km/h sobre las cristalinas aguas de la famosa Corniche de Abu Dhabi, comienza los días 8 y 9 de febrero de 2019.
Martin Šonka, ©Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool
Se ha convertido en una cita tradicional en el calendario de la Red Bull Air Race. La capital de los Emiratos, amante de los deportes de motor, velocidad y baja altitud es dónde se celebrará la carrera inaugural de la temporada, que servirá para que el checo Martin Šonka (Campeón del Mundo de 2018) se enfrente a los 13 mejores pilotos y defender asi su título.
El Campeonato del Mundo de la Red Bull Air Race es un deporte de motor que exige una enorme combinación de velocidad, precisión y habilidad. Utlizando los aviones de carreras más rápidos, más ágiles y con más alto rendimiento, los pilotos compiten en lugares icónicos alrededor del mundo sobre el agua y tierra. La alta velocidad, la baja altitud y la extrema maniobrabilidad posibilitan que únicamente puedan acceder a esta competición los pilotos más excepcionales del mundo.
Volando a pocos metros del suelo, los 14 pilotos de la Master Class compiten contra el reloj alcanzando velocidades de hasta 370 km/h, para lo que es necesario disponer de una gran combinación de precisión y habilidad, sin igual en el mundo de la aviación. Los pilotos deben encontrarse en las mejores condiciones físicas, para soportar fuerzas de hasta 12 Gs, mientras recorren unos circuitos muy técnicos formados por columnas con pilones rellenos de aire.

Boeing Receives $2.4 Billion P-8A Poseidon Contract From U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy orders next group of P-8A aircraft; 19 jets support world-wide customers

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 28, 2019 — The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a $2.4 billion production contract for the next 19 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The contract includes 10 aircraft to add to the current inventory of P-8As in the U.S. Navy fleet, all five jets currently under contract for Norway and the four aircraft remaining for the existing United Kingdom contract, bringing the total United Kingdom acquisition to nine aircraft.
The United Kingdom and Norway are acquiring the Boeing aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales process and will receive a variant designed and produced for the U.S. Navy called the P-8A Poseidon. The United Kingdom will receive their first aircraft in 2019 and Norway will begin receiving aircraft in 2021.
The P-8 is a long-range multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. A military derivative of the Boeing Commercial Next-Generation 737 airplane, the P-8 combines superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the battle space.
The P-8 is militarized with maritime weapons, a modern open mission system architecture, and commercial-like support for affordability. The aircraft has been modified to include a bomb bay and pylons for weapons – two weapons stations on each wing – and can carry 129 sonobuoys. The aircraft is also fitted with an in-flight refueling system. With more than 180,000 flight hours to date, P-8 variants, the P-8A Poseidon and the P-8I, patrol the globe performing anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; humanitarian; and search and rescue missions.

LORD Corporation Becomes a $1 Billion Company

Global Company Achieves Financial Milestone in 2018

Positioned for Continued Growth in 2019

CARY, N.C. – LORD Corporation, a global diversified technology and manufacturing company, has achieved $1 billion in sales.

“Becoming a $1 billion company is a significant milestone for LORD. We appreciate the collaborative relationships we have with our customers and partners – relationships that have enabled us to achieve new heights,” said Ed Auslander, President and CEO, LORD Corporation. “Every team member at LORD is dedicated to creating innovative solutions and technologies that add value for our customers. This is our passion and will continue to position us for additional growth in 2019 and beyond.”

For 95 years, LORD has developed solutions that move every person in the world. What began as a small family business, sparked by the need for problem-solving inventions, has grown into a global enterprise with more than 3,000 employees in 26 countries. Through ever-changing marketplaces and economic climates, LORD has persevered, pivoting its strategy when needed to align with customer expectations, as well as industry trends. This has enabled significant growth for the company in key industries such as aerospace, automotive, oil & gas, and industrial.

“LORD had a momentous year in 2018,” shared Auslander. “Not only did we win our biggest contract in company history with Boeing; we also celebrated growth across the globe, including an $80 million investment to expand our Saegertown, Pa. facility and the opening of a $12 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pont de l'Isère, France.”

As a leading player in booming industries, like Electric Vehicles for which its Thermal Management product line is key, LORD has set itself apart from competitors through a deep understanding of customer desires and challenges. “We are proud of reaching $1 billion,” added Auslander. “But this is just the beginning of making the impossible real for our customers.”

For more information on LORD’s milestone, and to view an interactive experience about who LORD is and how its solutions are weaved into everyday life, visit innovatingtogether.lord.com.


LORD Corporation is a diversified technology and manufacturing company developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies that significantly reduce risk and improve product performance. For 95 years, LORD has worked in collaboration with our customers to provide innovative oil and gas, aerospace, defense, automotive and industrial solutions. With world headquarters in Cary, N.C., LORD has approximately 3,000 employees in 26 countries and operates 19 manufacturing facilities and 10 R&D centers worldwide. LORD actively promotes STEM education and many other community engagement initiatives. For more information, visit www.lord.com.

domingo, 27 de enero de 2019


Looking back on how Leonardo has helped protect the Royal Air Force Tornado and its crews

It all started with the Radar Warning Equipment on-board the Tornado GR.1. Perhaps foreshadowing the Anglo-Italian character of today’s company, the very first equipment that Leonardo developed for Tornado was actually a collaboration between the company in the UK (at the time known as Marconi Space and Defence Systems) and Italy’s Elettronica. However, with electronic countermeasures considered of special national importance, it was Marconi alone which went on to develop the RAF Tornado’s self-protection jammer, being contracted in 1972 to provide a pod that could defend the aircraft from lethal Soviet surface-to-air missile systems. In 1978, that pod was formally named ‘Skyshadow’ and in 1981 Leonardo commenced deliveries, for the first time providing Tornado with a way to delay radar acquisition or, in concert with chaff and flares, break a radar lock.

By the time Skyshadow was being delivered, Leonardo’s engineers in Stanmore had already been working for years in parallel to develop the next generation of the original Radar Warning Equipment. The resulting Radar Homing and Warning Receiver (RHWR), which was installed on the Tornado GR.1, used clever signal processing techniques to improve the handling of multiple threats and provide more accurate threat clarification, capabilities that were well-received by Tornado crews.

By the mid-1980s, it was clear to the RAF that a complete upgrade of the Tornado’s protective systems would be needed if it was going to stand up to increasingly high-tech threats in theatre. In 1988, Leonardo (now called Marconi Defence Systems) was awarded the contract for ‘project Thor’, which entailed upgrading both the RHWR and Skyshadow equipment. Leonardo project teams subsequently worked alongside the RAF to develop combinations of jamming, chaff and manoeuvres that kept these systems effective throughout the 1990s.

The Falklands conflict saw the first operational use by the Royal Air Force of laser-guided bombs which relied on a forward air controller using a ground designator. It was soon apparent that an airborne system was required. In the late 1980s, Leonardo’s thermal imaging business (then GEC Ferranti Defence Systems) started the development of the Thermal Imaging Airborne Laser Designator targeting (TIALD) pod. The pod was manufactured by Leonardo (GEC Marconi) in Basildon in the 1990s and was first used by the Tornado in the first Gulf War.

Following the Gulf War, development of protection against threat radar systems slowed as the Tornado was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and InfraRed (IR) threats posed the most pressing concern to crews. However, in 2011, operations in Libya drew attention back to the now-formidable radar-guided RF (Radio Frequency) systems which posed a real threat to freedom of operation. Leonardo’s electronic warfare business (then known as Selex ES and based in Luton) was asked to evaluate the Skyshadow to make it fit-for-purpose to protect against modern threats, leading to the development of the Common Jamming Pod.

Of course the story didn’t end there. Threat technology continued to evolve, and advanced enemy radar systems started to be able to outwit traditional chaff countermeasures. With this growing threat in mind, Leonardo’s engineers began working with the UK MOD to develop the next generation of expendable decoy, looking beyond clouds of aluminium foil to the latest digital jamming techniques. The result was BriteCloud, a world-first technology which packs a digital RF jammer into a package the size of a drinks can, fitting into a standard 55mm dispenser.

An accelerated development and testing programme, in partnership with the RAF’s new Rapid Capabilities Office, saw BriteCloud go into service in early 2018. The RAF’s Tornado GR.4 was the first aircraft in the world to go on operations with this new protective technology, a proud moment for the electronic warfare team at Leonardo and the latest in a long line of firsts for one of the UK's genuinely historic aircraft.

El operador peruano Los Andes recibe un segundo H145

- Realizará transporte de pasajeros y carga externa en soporte del principal gaseoducto del país

- La aeronave fue adquirida a través de Waypoint Leasing

Donauwörth, Alemania - Airbus ha entregado un segundo helicóptero H145 a Servicios Aéreos Los Andes, operador peruano especializado en transporte logístico para la industria energética. Es la segunda aeronave de este modelo que Los Andes recibe bajo un contrato de leasing con Waypoint Leasing. El nuevo helicóptero estará basado en Kiteni, cerca de Cuzco, y realizará misiones de transporte de pasajeros y carga externa en soporte del principal gasoducto peruano. 

“Hace dos años iniciamos operaciones con un primer helicóptero H145 en las más duras condiciones de los Andes peruanos y estamos extremadamente satisfechos con las prestaciones de la aeronave, que ya ha acumulado 900 horas de vuelo con una disponibilidad cercana al 95%”, declaró Luis Aurelio Fontenoy Miranda, Gerente General de Servicios Aéreos Los Andes. “Este segundo H145 entrará en operación en la selva amazónica en condiciones operativas igualmente exigentes, no sólo debido al ambiente sino también a la naturaleza de la misión de carga interna y externa”.

“Agradezco la confianza de Los Andes en el H145. Por su versatilidad, potencia para operar en condiciones de altas temperaturas, altitud, eficacia operacional y económica, es el helicóptero ideal para las variadas operaciones que Los Andes realiza bajo condiciones extremas”, señaló Jerome Ronssin, Managing director de Airbus Helicopters para el Cono Sur. “Los Andes podrá contar en el soporte de Airbus para continuar disfrutando de una gran disponibilidad del helicóptero”.

Cuando recibió su primer H145 en 2017, Los Andes se convirtió en el primer operador de este modelo en América Latina. Hoy, además de los dos H145 de Perú, este modelo está en servicio en Argentina, Brasil y Chile, y se confirma como la nueva referencia en la región para operaciones en condiciones de temperaturas y altitudes elevadas.

El H145 es el helicóptero más potente de su categoría e incorpora innovaciones tecnológicas de última generación como el piloto automático de cuatro ejes y la nueva aviónica Helionix de Airbus, diseñada para ofrecer una mayor flexibilidad de misión y mejorar la seguridad de vuelo.

sábado, 26 de enero de 2019


The Bell V-280 Valor successfully achieved its namesake optimal cruise speed of 280 knots on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at our Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX.

24 January 2019

Building on a full year’s worth of testing and more than 85 hours of flight time, Bell’s V-280 Valor reached its namesake cruising speed of 280 knots true airspeed this week.

Bell and Team Valor continue to methodically and very successfully expand the flight envelope. The aircraft continues to prove its performance is well beyond legacy rotorcraft and will deliver revolutionary capability for warfighters as part of the Future of Vertical Lift (FVL) program.

It is a remarkable achievement to hit this airspeed for the V-280 Valor in just over a year of flight testing. Beyond the exemplary speed and agility of this aircraft, this significant milestone is yet another proof point that the V-280 is mature technology, and the future is now for FVL capability set 3.
Keith Flail, vice president of Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell
Purpose-built to conduct long range assault at twice the speed and range of existing medium lift helicopters, the V-280’s technical maturity demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver transformational capabilities in a rapid and sustainable process.
Cruising at twice the speed of legacy helicopters, with double the range, really changes the way the U.S. military can enable multi-domain operations. By eliminating forward refueling points alone, leaders can focus on operational goals while minimizing logistical burdens.
Ryan Ehinger, V-280 program manager at Bell
Additionally, Bell’s digital design and design-as-built methodology for the V-280 focused on creating a sustainable and affordable aircraft. The team took great care to simplify designs and advance technology readiness to inform requirements for FVL CS3. 
As the program moves into 2019, V-280 flight testing will continue to prove out Bell’s key performance parameters and reduce FVL risk in the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)program. The next stages will expand the performance envelope highlighting further low-speed agility maneuvers, angles of bank and autonomous flight.
These milestones continue to demonstrate that the V-280 Valor is ready and that the Future of Vertical Lift is now.The latest flight statistics include:- Forward flight at 280 knots true airspeed- Over 85 hours of flight and more than 180 rotor turn hours- In-flight transitions between cruise mode and vertical takeoff and landing- 45-degree banked turns at 200 knots indicated airspeed- 4500 feet per minute rate of climb and sustained flight at 11,500 feet altitude- Single flight ferry of over 370 miles- Demonstrated low and high-speed agility with fly-by-wire controlsTo see updates on the V-280 Valor and learn more about the new capabilities, please visit https://www.bellflight.com/military/bell-v-280, and follow us on YouTubeLinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Coast Guard medevacs man 219 miles south of Nassau, Bahamas

Crew members aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater transport a 43-year-old man Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 to Doctor's Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas. The man was medevaced from a from a cruise ship 219 miles south of Nassau, Bahamas after suffering an injury to his esophagus. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medevaced a 43-year-old crewmember Friday from the Princess Cruises Caribbean Princess cruise ship approximately 219 miles south of Nassau, Bahamas.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a phone call from the cruise ship requesting a medevac reporting a crewmember had an object lodged in his throat.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, deployed to the U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) in Andros Island, arrived on scene, hoisted the crewmember and safely transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services, which transported him for further care to Doctor’s Hospital in Nassau.

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viernes, 25 de enero de 2019

Northrop Grumman Authorized to Build SEWIP Block 3 Low Rate Initial Production Systems Following Successful Milestone C Decision

Production to begin on game-changing electronic warfare capability for U.S. Navy fleet

BALTIMORE – Jan. 24, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received authorization to proceed with low rate initial production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 3 systems following a successful Milestone C decision for the SEWIP Block 3 AN/SLQ-32(V)7 program.

Northrop Grumman has continued to invest in advanced capabilities in Electromagnetic Maneuver Warfare (EMW). With the Navy elevating the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain, SEWIP Block 3 is the cornerstone capability that will meet the urgent operational needs of the Fleet.

Milestone C is a government led review to assess a program’s performance and readiness to enter the production and deployment phase. The successful Milestone C decision for SEWIP Block 3 recognizes the accomplishments of the Northrop Grumman and Navy team in demonstrating the capability of this groundbreaking electronic warfare (EW) capability.
“Milestone C approval and the start of LRIP are significant milestones for the SEWIP Block 3 program,” said Captain Seiko Okano, the Navy’s Major Program Manager of Above Water Sensors. “SEWIP Block 3 is a critical capability that the Fleet needed yesterday to pace the evolving anti-ship cruise missile threat. We must continue to push to deliver this critical electronic warfare improvement to the Fleet on schedule and cost.”
SEWIP Block 3 is the third in a series of block upgrades of the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare (EW) system which provides electronic attack (EA) capability improvements required to pace the evolving anti-ship missile threat. Northrop Grumman has provided electronic warfare expertise to the legacy AN/SLQ-32 EW system for over four decades. With the Navy elevating the electromagnetic spectrum as a warfighting domain, SEWIP Block 3 is a cornerstone capability that will meet the urgent operational needs of the Navy in that domain. SEWIP Block 3 provides game changing improved capability for non-kinetic electronic attack options.
“I am very proud of the entire team in achieving this significant engineering milestone despite the complexities of pursuing such a demanding technological goal,” said Ingrid Vaughan, vice president and general manager, navigation & maritime systems division, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. “The relentless commitment of the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) and Northrop Grumman team in developing this revolutionary electronic attack capability will dramatically assist our Fleet in pacing 21st century threats.”
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