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

Women of Troy can salvage season, future

first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team came into this season with one of the program’s youngest rosters in recent history, with 16 freshmen and only four seniors on the 34-member squad.Bright spot · Junior midfielder Jordan Marada, a transfer from Saint Mary’s College, leads USC in all major offensive statistical categories. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan“For sure, this is the youngest team I’ve had here, and we’ve had growing pains,” said USC coach Ali Khosroshahin, who has coached the team for six years. “We’ve had inconsistency by individuals in the group … it’s something we’ve been talking quite a bit about.”Last weekend was a microcosm of the team’s inconsistency; USC (5-8-3, 2-4-2) snapped a five-game winless streak on Friday by beating Utah, which was in fifth place in the Pac-12 before the match and is riding the bubble of the NCAA tournament.But the Women of Troy followed that up with a disappointing loss Sunday to last-place Colorado.Had the Women of Troy beat the Buffaloes, they would have moved into a tie for fourth place in the conference. Instead, they sit in eighth.“Result-wise, [this season has] definitely not been what I expected,” junior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy said. “I was hoping for a lot more wins and better soccer, bottom line.”USC’s season isn’t quite in the books yet — but the remaining schedule is daunting, and if the team won any of its last three games, it’d be a major upset.On Friday, No. 1 Stanford (14-1-1, 8-0-0), the defending national champion, comes to town to play the Women of Troy at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Two days later, USC faces off against No. 21 California (14-3-0, 7-1-0), winners of eight straight matches, at McAlister Field.Then, to close out the regular season, USC will host No. 3 UCLA (14-0-2, 7-0-1) next Friday. The Bruins have ony allowed six goals this season.Even if the team reeled off three wins against those powerhouses, USC’s record would still sit at 8-8-3. Last year, five Pac-12 teams received berths to the 64-team NCAA tournament, and Cal had the worst record at 12-6-2.And though victories over the Cardinal, Golden Bears and Bruins would surely impress the selection committee, USC’s losses to unranked Minnesota, San Diego and Portland would serve major causes for concern — and those are just the bad results from nonconference play.Because of those reasons, plus the fact that USC has a ratings power index of just 126, the Women of Troy will probably watch postseason play from their couches for the second straight season.But the squad is still holding out hope.“Mathematically, yes, we have a shot,” Khosroshahin said. “But we have to get results from here on out. We’d have to win out, then sit and wait on selection day.”Even if they don’t end up qualifying for the NCAA tournament, the team has shown that there’s plenty of hope for next season and beyond.Junior midfielder Jordan Marada, who transferred from Saint Mary’s before this season, leads the team in nearly every offensive category — goals, assists, points, shots, shots on goal — and is one of only two players to start every game this year.The other is freshman forward Jamie Fink, who combines with fellow freshmen Katie Johnson and Megan Borman to give USC a formidable offensive unit for years to come.“Fink has been very consistent for us throughout the year,” Khosroshahin said. “Borman shows flashes of what she’s capable of, and [Johnson] shows flashes as well … That experience is going to pay off really well.”Despite giving up a conference-worst 1.88 goals per game, the Women of Troy have some bright spots on defense, too.USC leads the conference with 5.69 saves per game, which means sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Stanley has done her fair share to keep opponents from scoring.The rest of the defense has been crippled by injuries all season long; senior Kristina Noriega (concussion), redshirt sophomore Mia Bruno (quad strain) and sophomore Alex Quincey (foot) have all missed at least six games, and the trio hasn’t been on the field together during a match this season.As a result, freshmen defenders Marlee Carrillo and Erin Owen have been relied on more than was expected.“I think they’ve done really well,” Khosroshahin said. “Erin Owen has solidified herself as a solid, dependable defender, and Marlee Carrillo has really come on over the past five or six games and improved herself.”There’s little question that the Women of Troy have gone through some growing pains this season. But Khosroshahin thinks the last two years have just been bumps in the road, not a sign of a program in decline.“This year, it’s just rebuilding because of the number of new people we had to bring in,” Khosroshahin said. “We’re excited about the group that we have [for next year]… I think if we get a full spring with them, it’ll bode really well for us.”USC has a few opportunities coming up to build some major momentum towards next year.But if this young team is going to take advantage of them, they’ll have to start growing up — fast. “Chin Music” runs every other Thursday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Will at [email protected]last_img read more