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SHAW AFB SELECTED AS PREFERRED LOCATION TO HOST NEW RPA UNIT
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Source: U.S. Air Force


MQ-9 Reaper

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WASHINGTON - The Air Force has selected Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, as the preferred location to base a new MQ-9 Reaper group, including mission control elements.

Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona; Moody AFB, Georgia; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Offutt AFB, Nebraska, were named as reasonable alternatives and will be considered as part of the environmental impact analysis process.

"Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance continues to be the number one most requested capability of combatant commanders and I believe adding additional RPA locations will help our efforts to retain experienced RPA operators that contribute to this vital mission," said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

The desire for additional locations for MQ-9 assignments was identified during surveys of officers and enlisted Airmen as part of Air Combat Command’s Culture and Process Improvement Program. CPIP is a series of initiatives designed to address challenges and stressors affecting the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 communities.

"Shaw AFB was selected because it was the best option to help us diversify assignment opportunities for personnel within the MQ-9 enterprise, provide increased opportunities for leadership from within the community, and provide flexibility to enhance integration with other organizations and capabilities," James added.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein echoed those sentiments, noting "remotely piloted aircraft and associated intelligence operations are and will remain a vital component for the national security of the United States and our allies. Providing additional RPA basing locations can provide greater development and quality of life opportunities so we can provide combatant commanders with the best trained operators to perform this critical mission."

The first Airmen assigned to the new group are expected to begin arriving there in fiscal year 2018 although no RPAs will be based at the location as a result of this action.

In addition to this action, the Air Force is also considering another location to host an MQ-9 wing that includes up to 24 MQ-9s, launch and recovery elements, a mission control element, a maintenance group and support personnel.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Associated URL: http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/1048679/af-selects-shaw-
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
CANADIAN DELIVERY SERVICE USING UAVS TO START IN 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
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OTTAWA - Drone Delivery Canada will begin operations before the end of 2017. The company is expected to start testing out its fleet in Alberta. The company has chosen Alberta as its testing ground due to the wide open spaces.

So far, the company has been trying out deliveries with 10-pound packages with UAVs that can remain in the air for an hour. The company hopes it will soon be able to move to making commercial deliveries.

Source:  Ubergizmo
Associated URL: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2017/01/drone-delivery-service-canada-2017/
Source Date: January 16, 2017
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
AIRBUS SELLS SHARE OF ATLAS ELEKTRONIK TO THYSSENKRUPP
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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MUNICH - Airbus Defence and Space has entered into an agreement to sell its 49 percent share in Atlas Elektronik Group to ThyssenKrupp AG based in Essen, Germany.

With this acquisition, ThyssenKrupp, which to date has held a 51 percent share in the company, will become the sole owner of Atlas Elektronik. The sale of its shares in Atlas Elektronik, a supplier of maritime technology, is part of Airbus Defence and Space's divestment program which will allow it to focus on its core business.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/press-release-airbus-12012017-eng.pdf
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Posted: 01/16/2017

 

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