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US Navy’s EASR radar tracks first targets

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first_img Photo: Photo: Raytheon View post tag: EASR View post tag: Raytheon The Raytheon-developed SPY-6(V)2 Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar that will be deployed on US Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious warfare ships has been put to its first test.In a test conducted at the Surface Combat System Center at Wallops Island, the radar searched for, detected, identified and tracked numerous targets – including commercial aircraft, Raytheon said.In a second exercise, the maturity of EASR integration enabled the radar to track multiple targets continuously for several hours during a test event involving another system.EASR, the newest sensor in the Navy’s SPY-6 family of radars, provides simultaneous anti-air and anti-surface warfare, electronic protection and air traffic control capabilities.Two variants of EASR are being built: a single-face rotating array designated AN/SPY-6(V)2 for amphibious assault ships and Nimitz class carriers, and a three fixed-face array designated AN/SPY-6(V)3 for Ford class aircraft carriers and the future FFG(X) guided missile frigates.Both versions of EASR are built on scalable radar modular assembly, or RMA, technology. Each RMA is a self-contained radar in a 2′ x 2′ x 2′ box. These individual radars can integrate together to form arrays of various sizes to address any mission on any ship. EASR also adds air traffic control and weather capabilities to the mature SPY-6 software baseline.“Moving quickly from radar installation at Wallops Island to ‘tracks on glass’ in less than three months is a major accomplishment,” said US Navy Captain Jason Hall, Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. “The EASR program is progressing extremely well. We are now one step closer to production and delivering the radar’s unmatched capability to the surface fleet.”Upon completion of system-level testing in Q4 2019, EASR will shift from the engineering and manufacturing development phase to the production phase.The 1st delivery of AN/SPY-6(V)2 will be to America-class amphibious assault ship USS Bougainville (LHA-8). View post tag: AN/SPY-6(V)2 View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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Sweet bakery goods enjoy buoyant exports

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first_imgUK exports of cakes and sweet biscuits increased significantly in 2008, according to the latest report by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), as the low value of the pound made UK products more competitive overseas. The data, supplied by Leatherhead Food International, showed exports of UK biscuits shot up 15.3% to £203.9m and cakes were also buoyant, up 12% to £156.5m.Canada, Australia and The Netherlands were some of the biggest importers of sweet biscuits, seeing export growth of 35.7%, 38.9% and 26.7% respectively. Fifty-seven per cent of all UK cake exports were to Ireland, up 5.8%, and cake exports to The Netherlands and France rose by 25.5% and 34.7% respectively.Following an upturn in its exports in 2008, United Biscuits has launched its McVitie’s Digestives brand in France for the first time. Four products will be available – McVitie’s Original, McVitie’s Chocolate, McVitie’s HobNobs, McVitie’s Caramel – and marketing support will kick off this month. The brand saw the most growth in Saudi Arabia (+25%), Greece (+23%) and Australia (+18%), achieved through a variety of measures, including customising the McVitie’s range for individual overseas retailers, raising awareness through TV advertising and successful promotions, said a spokesperson for the firm.Berkshire-based Handmade Cake Company has also noticed its export orders have been ramping up. “Exports are an increasingly important part of our business – we have certainly noticed that the recent decline of sterling versus the euro has made our cakes an even more attractive proposition to potential customers within the euro zone,” said sales director Simon Law. “In the past month, we have made our first delivery to one of Europe’s largest catering companies, based in France.”Bulgaria and Poland have also both significantly increased their imports of bakery, cakes and biscuits, by 302.2% and 225.7% (£3.6m) respectively.last_img read more

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Emiliano Sala: Body identified as Cardiff City footballer

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first_imgThe body recovered from the wreckage of a crashed plane is that of Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala, Dorset Police have said.Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a plane piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on 21 January.The body was recovered late on Wednesday after the wreckage was found on Sunday morning.Dorset Police confirmed the identification on Thursday night.In a statement, the force said: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.”The body was spotted in the wreckage of the plane on Monday and the authorities were able to recover it two days later, despite “challenging conditions”.The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said the operation had been carried out “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout.The Geo Ocean III, which was involved in finding the wreckage, took the body back to the nearest port of Portland in Dorset, where the body was formally identified.The Piper Malibu N264DB was en route from France to Cardiff, after the Argentine striker made a quick trip back to his former club Nantes two days after his £15m transfer to Cardiff was announced.Cardiff City, issued a statement shortly after identification was confirmed, saying: “We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”Some of the club’s players reacted via Twitter. Full back Joe Bennett wrote “RIP Emiliano”, while centre-half Sol Bamba posted a black-and-white image of the team-mate he never got to play alongside.Stars from the wider footballing world also paid tribute.Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger wrote: “Heartbreaking to hear the news about Emiliano Sala. Rest in peace! Thoughts go out to the family and friends of Emiliano and the pilot.”And Arsenal’s Mehmet Ozil tweeted: “No words to describe how sad this is. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also to the family of the pilot.”Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, was at the controls when the flight lost contact with air traffic controllers on 21 January.He is yet to be found.An official search was called off on 24 January after Guernsey’s harbour master said the chances of survival were “extremely remote”.But an online appeal started by Sala’s agent raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for a private search led by marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns.Working jointly with the AAIB, his ship and the Geo Ocean III, began combing a four square mile area of the English Channel, 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey, to make best use of the available sensors.Mr Mearns said the plane was identified by sonar, 67m (220ft) below the surface, before a submersible with cameras was sent underwater to confirm this.During the recovery operation, the AAIB used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to aid the search, with no divers involved.The body was moved first, and separately from the wreckage, to maximise the chances of it being successfully brought to the surface.It said efforts to recover the crashed plane as a whole proved unsuccessful, before being abandoned due to poor weather.“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close,” the AAIB said in a statement.However, the AAIB said video footage captured by the ROV would provide “valuable evidence” for its safety investigation.Meanwhile, it has emerged that Sala’s former club, French Ligue 1 side Nantes, has demanded Cardiff City pay his £15m transfer fee.Sala was Cardiff’s record signing but never played for the club.The fee was due to be paid over three years but Cardiff have withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation. –Source: BBClast_img read more

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Angels hope Joe Maddon’s recruiting – and a higher payroll – can lead to roster upgrade

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first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros “Payroll will go up next year,” Moreno said. “I’m not going to say how much.”Moreno didn’t say what inspired the increase in payroll, besides alluding to the team’s revenues and expenses allowing it.Moreno added that: “Our target is to win another World Series. We need to get back on the winning train. The last few years have been tough.”Moreno was frustrated by the Angels’ fourth straight losing season, so much so that he felt the Angels needed a new manager.“If you’re not really performing at the level you need to be performing at, you make changes,” Moreno said. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousNew Angels manager Joe Maddon does an interview with MLB Network following his introductory news conference on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels General Manager Billy Eppler, left, and team owner Arte Moreno, right, introduce Manager Joe Maddon during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels General Manager Billy Eppler, left, and team owner Arte Moreno, right, help new manager Joe Maddon don a jersey during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsAngels Manager Joe Maddon address the media and Angels employees during a press conference introducing him at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon address the media and Angels employees during a press conference introducing him at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon points put General Manager Billy Eppler during a press conference introducing him at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon address the media and Angels employees during a press conference introducing him at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Past Angels player, including Rod Carew, center, Mike Witt and Jim Abbot, attend a press conference introducing Joe Maddon as the team’s new manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels manager Joe Maddon chats with Albert Pujols after a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels owner Arte Moreno after a press conference introducing Joe Maddon as the team’s new manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon does an interview with MLB Network after a press conference introducing him as the new team manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon chats with visitors to a press conference introducing him as the new team manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon does an interview with MLB Network after a press conference introducing him as the new team manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon after a press conference introducing him as the new team manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon address the media and Angels employees during a press conference introducing him at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Manager Joe Maddon address the media and Angels employees during a press conference introducing him at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Angels manager Joe Maddon speaks to the media during his introductory news conference on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels Manager Jaye Maddon, left, wife of new Angels Manager, Joe Maddon, General Manager Billy Eppler and Angels owner Arte Moreno during a press conference introducing Joe Maddon as the team’s new manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)Jaye Maddon applauds as her husband Joe Maddon is introduced as the new manager of the Angels during a press conference on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels Manager Joe Maddon after a press conference introducing him as the new team manager at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 24: Joe Madden walks on to the field for a press conference to be introduced as the new manager of the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on October 24, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)New Angels manager Joe Maddon takes more questions from the media after his introductory news conference on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)New Angels manager Joe Maddon takes more questions from the media after his introductory news conference on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)New Angels manager Joe Maddon does an interview with MLB Network following his introductory news conference on Thursday at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Angels General Manager Billy Eppler, left, and team owner Arte Moreno, right, introduce Manager Joe Maddon during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 26Angels General Manager Billy Eppler, left, and team owner Arte Moreno, right, introduce Manager Joe Maddon during a press conference at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, Oct 24, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — Joe Maddon stood on a podium in the center of the diamond at Angel Stadium, in front of former and current Angels players, the media, a handful of team employees and sponsors, and dished out all of the optimism and good feelings you’d expect.“I’m not going to sugar coat it or pussyfoot around it,” Maddon said during his introductory press conference on Thursday. “My goal is to be playing (in the playoffs). I don’t like watching this crap on TV right now. I don’t like it. It’s much more fun to be involved.”As everyone knows, however, it will take more than Maddon’s folksy anecdotes or motivational stories to turn around a franchise coming off its worst season in two decades.The Angels will need some better players, and on that point, owner Arte Moreno and Maddon gave Angels fans some tangible hope. Moreno had known Maddon since 2003 when he bought the team and Maddon was still a coach. They had kept in touch over the years, and Moreno said his first thought to hiring Maddon was a year ago after Mike Scioscia stepped down. Maddon, however, was not available until this year, when the Chicago Cubs did not renew his contract.Maddon, 65, certainly could have had his choice of several jobs, but he said the Angels were his top choice.“This was the place I wanted to be, and I let Arte know that,” Maddon said.And Moreno let Maddon know that he and General Manager Billy Eppler had firm plans to upgrade the roster.“Arte was very adamant about being all in regarding getting this whole thing done and trying to get the right people here,” Maddon said. “He’s always been that guy. Billy is really great to work with already. He’s wide open. He’s already thrown at me some things he’s envisioning. I’m waiting to hear about all that and if some of that stuff comes to fruition, I’ll be very happy.”The Angels have maintained a payroll around $170 million to $180 million over the past few years. Last year they spent more than $34 million of that on free agents Matt Harvey, Trevor Cahill, Cody Allen, Justin Bour and Jonathan Lucroy.“We spent about $35 million last year and really did not get the productivity that we should have had,” Moreno said.The Angels currently have about $114 million committed to Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton and Zack Cozart. Their arbitration-eligible players and the pre-arbitration players figure to add about another $26 million, bringing the total to about $140 million.The gap between that and whatever Moreno sets as the payroll is how much the Angels have to bring in help from outside.Certainly, the Angels need at least a couple of starting pitchers. They are considered the industry favorite to land Orange County native Gerrit Cole, the Houston Astros ace who figures to command an average salary of $30 million or more.The first step toward luring Cole or the other players the Angels want is having Maddon to recruit them.“I think he could be pretty good,” Eppler said. “It seems like he’s pretty good in the room. When you have somebody with that kind of resume, and players start to understand what it’s like to play for that guy, his reputation’s really strong with the people I checked with in Tampa that have been able to play for him. People that played for him in Chicago. You don’t find people that have not flourished under him or thrived under him. I think that’s going to be beneficial for us as we head into the free agency process.”Related Articlescenter_img Maddon was instrumental in helping the Cubs sign Jon Lester in the first winter after he was hired as the manager there.Asked what makes him an effective recruiter, Maddon said: “Honesty. Just being honest. See if these guys really want to come here. Players talk. Players will talk to the guys I’ve had in the past and they will draw conclusions irregardless of anything else. They’ll draw their conclusions based on peer contact, and I’m wide open with that. The more peer contact guys have regarding what I’ve done in the past and how I’ve interacted with them, I’ll take it.”Maddon, of course, built his reputation while managing two franchises to successful turnarounds. The Tampa Bay Rays had never even had a winning season before Maddon arrived, and he led them to the World Series. The Cubs had not won a World Series in 108 years before Maddon led them to the 2016 title.Maddon seemingly had an amicable parting with the Cubs after their disappointing finish this season. He said he wishes nothing but the best for that franchise.In fact, he hopes they make the World Series.“My ultimate pipe dream is that we play them in the World Series,” he said, “and beat them.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

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