Leonardo inks OCEAN2020 grant agreement

first_img March 28, 2018 View post tag: Leonardo Authorities View post tag: OCEAN2020 Italian defense company Leonardo has signed a grant agreement for OCEAN2020, the first European Defence Fund’s initiative project aimed at boosting Europe’s defense research.The project – which will be funded by a grant totaling around EUR 35 million – will be led by Leonardo, which will coordinate a consortium composed of 42 partners from 15 Europeancountries.“OCEAN2020 will make it possible to promote technological research in a sector of great interest and relevance for Europe and for the Mediterranean area in particular, such as maritime safety,” Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said.Leonardo, within the scope of the “Preparatory Action on Defense Research”, was selected as part of GOSSRA project, led by Rheinmetall, which is working to standardize soldier equipment that will improve the interoperability during joint operations conducted by forces of European countries.The company said it supports the commission’s proposal, aimed at providing the European Defence Fund with a budget of EUR 1.5 billion a year from 2021 onwards. Of this amount, up to EUR 1 billion a year will support the joint development of defense capabilities by the European Union’s Member States. An amount of EUR 500 million will be earmarked for research activities, essential for the growth and competitiveness of the European defense industry.The OCEAN2020 project will see the integration of unmanned platforms with the command and control center of the naval units, providing for the data exchange via satellite with command and control centers on the ground.As informed, the project will involve two live demonstrations of maritime surveillance and interdiction operations, conducted by European fleets using unmanned aircraft, surface vessels and underwater systems.The first demo, scheduled to take place in the Mediterranean Sea in 2019, will be coordinated by the Italian Navy and will see Leonardo’s Hero and Solo unmanned helicopters operate from Italian naval units alongside other European partners.The second demonstration, which will take place in 2020 in the Baltic Sea, will be coordinated by the Swedish Navy. The data collected by various systems during these two demos will be processed and sent to a prototype European command and control center in Brussels.Companies which have so far announced the participation in the project include UMS SKeldar, ECA Group, Safran (with its Patroller UAV), Qinetiq and Terma, among others.center_img Share this article Leonardo inks OCEAN2020 grant agreement Back to overview,Home naval-today Leonardo inks OCEAN2020 grant agreement last_img read more

Stateside Manufacturing No Longer a Pipe Dream

first_imgPale Morning Media — a PR firm specializing in outdoor, ski, hunting, fishing, and natural products — launched a Made-in-America news portal this month called www.GearMadeHere.org. The website seeks to strengthen the community of American gear manufacturers and provide a sense of monitoring towards the topic and our consumer experiences.A survey from the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards — an award program created and administrated by Pale Morning Media, originally co-branded with their client Kokatat — reported that more than 40 percent of American outdoor gear companies have been established in the last 10 years, with more than 70 percent of their products made within U.S. borders.PMM_VertLogo_RGBPale Morning Media surveyed a large collection of Made-in-America brands this year, citing that 30 percent of them believe “quality” is an enormous benefit of their domestic production, while 25 percent of them decided to manufacture stateside for the enhanced “control” of how their products are made and distributed. This means better products for the consumer.Social media and a sense of community are also growing for American manufacturers. “Like many American manufacturing initiatives, GearMadeHere.org is a small first step toward a larger goal down the road,” said Drew Simmons, founder, Pale Morning Media. “We hope people will check it out, enjoy it, and send us their own inspiring stories so we can share them.”Over the last six years, Pale Morning Media has built a base contact network and body of work for the active promotion of domestic manufacturing brands. With groups like these and a rise in U.S.-made manufacturers, outdoor products and their quality show an unparalleled level of promise for upcoming years.last_img read more

`We need everyone on board as one team to achieve lasting success’ – Forde

first_imgQUALIFYING for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the collective achievement of everyone who has contributed to Guyana’s football and it will take a further joint effort to reap the full benefits, according to GFF President Wayne Forde.The Golden Jaguars, with goals from Neil Danns and Emery Welshman, defeated Belize 2 – 1 in their final CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier at the National Track and Field Centre on March 23.With the win, Guyana finished 7th on the 34-team table and will make their first appearance at the June 15 – July 7 CONCACAF showpiece; something Forde said belongs to the entire nation. “So many great football servants have gone before us and we stand on the shoulders of those giants.It is truly a very humbling experience for me to be at the helm of the sport at this time and to share this extraordinary accomplishment with the other dedicated members of the GFF Executive Committee, who contribute in equal measure to the intense work and many sacrifices this qualification campaign demanded of us all. I feel a deep sense of pride for the sport, in particular, which has had its challenges both on and off the field for many decades,” Forde said.According to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) boss, “the sum of all tourism promotion and advertising cannot surpass the global visibility that the Concacaf Gold Cup will bring to Guyana. When our boys walk out on to the pitch for their first game, the millions of people that will be watching either live or on television around the world will Google ‘Guyana’.” Forde made a plea to stakeholders– from politics to business – to appreciate the magnitude of this opportunity and to work with the GFF to embrace its potential.Meanwhile, despite the success, the GFF president made it clear that it’s not business as usual, since he believes that there are still a tremendous amount of work required in order to lay a robust and lasting foundation for the sustainable development of football in Guyana.“We are finally moving in the right direction, but we need everyone on board as one team to achieve lasting success. The GFF cannot overhaul football without the help of corporate Guyana, the Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders. A well-run sport will produce well rounded men and women,” the GFF president posited.last_img read more

Clarke emerges as leader for the Mountaineers

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Being a lineman isn’t football’s most glamorous job. In fact, it can be grueling.But Will Clarke, a redshirt junior at West Virginia, loves the challenges that his position presents. “You have to learn to be tough out there,” the 6-foot-6, 269 pound Clarke said. “You see those big fullbacks and tight ends out there and they’re about to run in at your throat. You have to be ready to take that on at all times.”He’ll represent West Virginia—a newcomer to the conference– this week at the Big 12 media day in Dallas, TX.“He’s been a great leader for us in the spring,” West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the hard work that he’s put in over the summer and the progress that he’s made for when fall camp starts up.”DeForest came to WVU from Oklahoma State with current Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen and has moved Clarke from his natural of defensive end position to tackle, this season.“We feel like if his athleticism is applied as an interior lineman, we’ll get some matchups in which (Clarke) will have an advantage,” DeForest added.He started 11 of his 13 games in 2011 for WVU and recorded a sack in their 70-33 romp of Clemson in the Orange Bowl. This year, he wants to further his reputation as a humble leader.“I understand my role on this defense and take great pride in it,” Clarke said. “I want to be able to do the things that people did for me when I was a young player.”Majoring in criminal justice, Clark plans to graduate next spring. With the fifth year of eligibility he earned by redshirting, he plans to begin graduate courses.“Not only is it important for me to achieve on the field, I know I need to show people how it’s done in all aspects,” he added.Jay Barlow, the reigning Courier defensive MVP, is preparing for his first season at Division-II California (PA). He recalled his first day at camp as a freshman in 2008 at Allderdice when he faced Clake, a then-senior, in drills.“He put me flat on my back,” Barlow said. “It was something that I wasn’t used to. I’d always been the best hitter up to that point.”Since, the two have kept in touch and Barlow attributes much of his success to Clarke’s mentorship.“He’s been in my ear the whole time he’s been in college,” he said. “He educates me as to what it’s like and what to watch out for when I get there. But, what’s really special about Will is that he’s always himself. He always remains his true humble self at all times.”Clarke admits that his daily schedule can be a bit overwhelming.“Typically, my days can start as early as 5:30 and can end as late as 10:00pm,” Clarke said. “I wake up that early to be in and out of the gym so that I can be on time for class. After that, there’s usually practice. Not to mention, I must dedicate the necessary time that I need in order to study. I can’t lie, it gets pretty hectic.”Yet, he swears by being a good example.“Doing the right thing is a great motivator for me in dealing with different challenges,” he said.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) WILL CLARKElast_img read more

Trib Total Media buys stake in Pittsburgh Power indoor football team

first_imgLynn SwannPITTSBURGH (AP) – Trib Total Media has purchased a multi-million dollar stake in the Pittsburgh Power indoor football league team.In a Monday press release Arena Football describes the transaction as a large stake of the franchise, which is entering its fourth season in Pittsburgh.The league says the new ownership group consists of Matt Shaner, Trib Total Media, and former NFL star Lynn Swann. Trib Total Media owns the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and other regional media properties.The Pittsburgh Power play spring and summer season games at Consol Energy Center.last_img read more