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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Dec 18, 2012

AAI AAI has unveiled the Shadow M2, a significantly larger and heavier version of its RQ-7B Shadow, the US Army's standard tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The wingspan of the Shadow M2 grows from 20ft to 25ft (6.1m to 7.6m), and the aircraft is heavier by 120lb (54.4kg). It also features a redesigned fuselage, replacing the signature box with a streamlined, lift-generating structure. These changes extend the flight duration to 16h. "Basically the internal guts are the same internal guts that are in the upgraded RQ-7B," said Steven Reid, senior vice-president of AAI. "It's just that we can now carry additional payload and make use of that increased bandwidth that the TCDL [tactical common datalink] gives us." With the M2 upgrades, Shadow M2 can carry two separate payloads instead of the standard single EO/IR turrets. Dec 15, 2011

Airborne ISR Enhancing ISR Capability to Ensure Total Domain Awareness. Over the last 8 years, Airborne ISR has become Europe's foremost event for the Airborne ISR industry. Directors and operators of Air ISR technology from both military and industry will be coming together to discuss the most prevalent issues of the time, with an in-depth asset analysis and examination of how best to achieve future ambitions the event will give both requirement and operational updates. Bringing together leaders and those at the forefront of the industry from both military and the private sector "Aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities are crucial to coalition operations both in conflict and in response to natural disaster. It is incumbent on the U.S. and allied nations to ensure future ISR systems are interoperable with one another, flexible in responding to a multitude of problem sets, and inclusive of a variety of collection methodologies. Forums like this are essential to fostering the dialogue that gets us there." - Major General Blair Hansen, Deputy Commander. One of the main keynote speeches will be given by Air Marshal Mark Green , Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Air Command from RAF will be briefing delegates on "The Future of ISR in the UK Armed Forces" and how ISR provision will be met after 2015. In addition, from the US Air Force, Brigadier General John Horner , Director of ISR Capabilities will brief on - Balancing ISR Capability: Future Ambitions of the USR Air Force: [yen]Existing capabilities and the future requirements to provide increased domain awareness [yen]Current methods of information sharing between allied nations [yen]Future application of UAVs Dec 12, 2011

Altus Capital Partners, Models & Tools McGladrey Capital Markets Advises Models & Tools on the Sale of Majority Ownership to Altus Capital Partners. Models & Tools, a premier designer and manufacturer of close tolerance, large geometry, complex assembly tooling systems used in the aerospace and defense industries, sold a majority ownership to Altus Capital Partners, a middle market private equity group. The senior management team of Models and Tools will remain in place and maintain a significant equity stake in the company going forward. McGladrey Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to Models & Tools. Transaction terms were not disclosed. "The number one challenge facing aerospace today isn't getting aircraft orders, the commercial order books are full. The struggle is getting these planes made on schedule. Models & Tools' business addresses the industry's number one issue -- factory floor output," said Paul Weisbrich, senior managing director of McGladrey Capital Markets' Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group. "Altus is bringing 'new money' into the production tooling industry. This investment underscores that commercial and select military programs are entering a multi-year up-cycle driven by the pent-up demand of aging aircraft fleets...

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