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QinetiQ in Exploratory Talks to Support South Korean Aircraft Programs

QinetiQ is in exploratory discussions to explore new opportunities in the Korea Aerospace Industries’ aircraft program such as developing advanced data processing methods. QinetiQ said the collaborative effort will also study the application of its testing, trials, training and evaluation expertise to support the aerospace and defense company’s projects. According to KAI President Kang Goo-young,...


Thales Collaborates With Edge Group’s EPI for Precision Engineering

The Thales Group and EPI, an entity under the Edge Group, have signed a letter of intent to explore procurement opportunities for industrial parts and engineering services.  EPI is a precision engineering company supporting the aerospace, defense and oil and gas industries across the United Arab Emirates. The company provides manufacturing engineering, surface treatment, coating, repairing and...


Idemia Showcases Biometric System at Redstone Arsenal

Redstone Arsenal hosted a recent demonstration of Idemia National Security Solutions’ new biometric access control technology, ID2Access, for the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense. The pilot project, awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center, includes testing remote enrollment capabilities. This allows the facility to verify visitors’ identities...


Arctic Extends Broadband Connectivity With Completed Viasat Spacecraft Test

Thermal vacuum testing has been completed on the second satellite for Viasat’s forthcoming Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission, which aims to provide high-speed broadband to the Arctic region by the second half of 2024. Viasat announced the test completion on Tuesday, saying that the two satellites will be deployed in the mission led by Space Norway’s...


Marine Corps Veteran Chris Tsirlis Joins Airbus DS-GS as VP of Business Development, Product Innovation

Chris Tsirlis has taken on the role of vice president of business development and product innovation at Airbus DS Government Solutions.  The U.S. Marine Corps veteran confirmed his new position on LinkedIn.  Prior to his appointment, Tsirlis served as a technical product manager at Microsoft. He also worked as a solutions architect with a focus on...


UK’s Virtual ‘Hangar’ for Tactical Aircraft Concepts Enters Beta Testing

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory said Tuesday that it will start conducting initial operational analysis of the Aviation Concepts Environment in December. The ACE was developed in collaboration with QinetiQ Training and Simulation to provide a virtual “hanagar” as a centralized repository of concepts from across the Ministry of Defence and industry to address challenges...


India Clears Saab as First Foreign Firm to Fully Own Local Arms Plant

The Indian government has approved Saab’s 100 percent foreign direct investment to manufacture the Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle in India, marking the first wholly owned foreign venture in the country’s defense sector. In its statement Thursday about the approval, Saab said the shoulder weapon will be manufactured in partnership with Indian sub-suppliers and fully compliant with...


Sopra Steria, Idemia to Develop Modern Fingerprint Management System for French Government

European tech companies Sopra Steria and Idemia will update the French government’s fingerprint database.  The two companies secured the contract to redesign and install a fingerprint management system for France’s ministries of Justice and the Interior.  The project is dubbed FAED 3 to replace the nation’s existing fingerprint database that has been in use since...


QinetiQ Appoints William Blamey as UK Defense Interim Chief Executive

QinetiQ, headquartered in Hampshire, London, has appointed William Blamey as interim chief executive for the defense sector.  In his new role, Blamey will lead the defense technology company’s efforts to meet the needs of the U.K. Ministry of Defence and international allies.  Blamey, who announced his transition to the new role on LinkedIn, is an...


Accenture Acquires UK Government Digital Transformation Firm 6point6

Accenture has agreed to acquire technology consultancy firm 6point6. The acquisition, once completed, will expand Accenture’s presence and capability to support customers in the United Kingdom. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. London-headquartered 6point6 was founded in 2012. It offers digital transformation, cybersecurity and data services to the U.K. central government. Among its major...

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