DCNS picks Dassault Systèmes for software solutions

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today DCNS picks Dassault Systèmes for software solutions DCNS picks Dassault Systèmes for software solutions View post tag: DCNS February 8, 2016 Equipment & technologycenter_img French defense contractor DCNS has selected a platform from Dassault Systèmes for the design, engineering, construction and lifecycle services of naval defense solutions.Dassault Systèmes, a French company developing 3D design software, digital mock up and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, will provide DCNS with their 3DEXPERIENCE platform which will help manage the lifecycle of DCNS products, from new generation submarines to frigates, patrol vessels, aircraft carriers and landing platform docks (LPDs).The design and engineering of naval vessels require an integration of complex systems and infrastructure such as nuclear and conventional propulsion systems, radars, missiles and communications materials.Herve Guillou, President and Chief Executive Officer, DCNS, said: “Agility—the capacity to provide timely, reliable and efficient answers to our clients’ demands while insuring world-class system integration and operational, cost-effective lifecycle solutions—is a significant competitive advantage. Our cooperation with Dassault Systèmes and their transformational marine solutions provide a practical roadmap to achieve our ambitious goals from now on.”Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systèmes, said: “The marine and offshore industry at large is going through a new dynamic of innovation as the open seas are becoming more strategic than ever. The DCNS decision to adopt the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create a virtual twin of their products across all lifecycles will set a new level of performance in the naval sector. “Our partnership with DCNS echoes our recent announcement with the world leader in cruise vessels Meyer Werft. Together we are inventing and putting in operation marine and offshore platforms that illustrate the industry of the future in a sector which calls for highly integrated systems to deliver unique experiences to its clients.” Share this article View post tag: Dassault Systèmeslast_img read more

Super Tucano in Service in U.S. Air Force

first_imgBy Kaiser Konrad/Diálogo October 24, 2017 Located in the state of Georgia, Moody Air Force Base has been home to the 23rd Wing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command since 2006. Three main units are based there. The 23rd Fighter Group brings together two squadrons and the largest fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt II in the USAF, with more than 90 pilots serving as a stand-by unit capable of being deployed to any part of the world on short notice. The 347th Rescue Group, comprising three squadrons—one equipped with HC-130P Combat King aircraft, another with HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, and Guardian Angel, the oldest USAF unit, which is devoted exclusively to combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) missions. In 2015, the U.S. government selected Moody Air Force Base to receive the 81st Fighter Squadron (81st FS). The base would serve as the headquarters for the Light Aircraft Support (LAS) program and the new A-29 Super Tucano, a light turboprop attack and training plane. 81st Fighter Squadron The activities begin early at Moody Air Force Base. Gathered in the auditorium of the 81st FS, Afghan Air Force pilots train with experienced USAF fighter pilots. One morning, the objective was to identify from aerial images the exact location of a target, which troops on the ground had failed to detect. It would be no easy task. The target was in an urban area and seen from above, buildings all looked very much the same. The exercise was akin to finding a needle in a haystack, but pilots completing ground-attack missions have to be able to identify their target. The lives of their colleagues, who are under enemy fire on the ground, depend on immediate close air support. For these pilots, avoiding collateral damage and knowing how to choose the correct weapon, while using it with the most precision, are of the utmost importance. Troops calling for air support as well as civilians who live in the area are fellow citizens or allied forces whose protection must be assured. The 81st FS was established January 15th, 1942 and took part in World War II. In 1988, upon receiving F-16 Fighting Falcon planes, it became the first USAF unit to use two different aircraft in the same combat element. Known as “the Panthers,” the 81st FS was the first USAF combat unit to receive the powerful and versatile A-29 Super Tucano counterinsurgency aircraft for a training program. The U.S. government selected the aircraft for its LAS program. Initially, the goal was to provide 20 aircraft to the Afghan Air Force. Among the requirements of the LAS program the aircraft had to be light, reliable, and highly resilient—a complete and authentic combat platform, but with a substantially lower operating cost than the fighters in service. Such an aircraft needed to be capable of carrying out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions; performing attacks using a wide array of conventional and intelligent weapons; operating in treacherous terrain and in extreme conditions; and being able to fight and win in low intensity and counterinsurgency combat settings. Training Afghan pilots The daily routine at Moody consists of classroom study, flight simulator activities, and at least 10 sorties per day. Each pilot does a sortie in the morning and another in the afternoon. Generally, six months are needed for a pilot to make the shift from one aircraft to another. With the Super Tucano, however, making that shift is quite easy, as just 19 sorties suffice. The A-29 avionics are very similar to those of the F-16. The panel has big, colored, multifunctional displays with a very user-friendly system, allowing pilot and copilot to access information from various sensors. USAF is learning a lot with this aircraft and all of its capacities. “Training consists of repeating tasks in order to meet the standard of expected performance,” said Colonel João Alexandro Vilela, a reservist fighter pilot with the Brazilian Air Force. “So, as a trainer plane, the Super Tucano turboprop allows the fighter training tasks to be operationalized at a lower cost. Additionally, its sophisticated cockpit creates a technological environment that hones the pilot’s judgment capacity and decision-making process, in real time, together with the motor coordination skills demanded by 4th generation fighter cockpits. With regard to conditions in the operational situation, as a light attack plane, it allows for the accurate and efficient use of its weapons system.” The LAS program will train 30 Afghan fighter pilots and will deliver 20 A-29 planes—most have already been delivered to Afghanistan. “The students are from diverse backgrounds, but they are the best from their places of origin,” stated U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Hill, commander of the 81st FS. “Some of them received initial training in the T-6 here in the U.S., while others trained in Afghanistan. Many of our students have prior experience in the Cessna 208, flying CASEVAC [casualty evacuation] and transport missions all over Afghanistan.” At least 17 USAF instructors,—most with combat experience from the A-10, F-16, and F-15E squadrons—are assisting with training the Afghan pilots. The training phase includes formation flying, low-altitude navigation, tactical maneuvers, and attack modes using various types of weapons, with a focus on close-air support missions. While at Moody, students use training munitions, including BDU-33 bombs, rockets with dummy warheads, and non-incendiary 12.7 mm machine gun ammunition. Back in Afghanistan, pilots will go to a firing range near Kabul to train on live fire before using their skills in combat. The Super Tucano in combat The first four Super Tucanos arrived in Afghanistan in early January 2016 at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, their base of operations, in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Their first combat sortie came soon after. On January 15th, three night air raids were carried out in the Khostak Valley in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. Since then, Afghan fighters have carried out two to four missions per week. Throughout 2016, the aircraft flew 320 combat sorties and used their weapons in 138 of them. The Super Tucano has bolstered the Afghan government’s strategic air power and strengthened the country’s rekindled air force. The aircraft has a longer range and greater response and firepower capacity than other weapons systems. Due to its flexibility, low cost, and accuracy, the A-29 has been tasked with carrying out two of the main attack modes in the Afghan theater. Close-Air Support is carried out when a forward air controller in a convoy or patrol under direct attack or ambush calls in and coordinates immediate fire over an enemy close to their own position—the controller is in charge of the strike. Close-Combat Attack is similar with a caveat. Pilots called to provide close-air support carry out a deliberate attack against the target using weapons of their choice. They are in charge of the strike and responsible for its consequences. The A-29 has been used to attack preselected targets, vehicles, and training camps, and to kill insurgent or terrorist leaders, as was done successfully in Colombia. Another important duty is convoy escort. These planes have shown to be more efficient than armed or actual attack helicopters. In this case, planes do route reconnaissance within a radius of 4 to 6 miles to maintain the convoy in visual sight at 25 to 30 degrees, in the position of the left wing machine gun. In the event that contact with the vehicles is lost, the pilot must fly low over them to be seen. To always think like the enemy is critical. If the convoy is attacked or ambushed, the A-29 must raise the force level by showing its presence. The objective is to make the enemy abandon hostile intentions. Therefore, the aircraft needs to be seen and heard. “The pilots have been quite successful. They work in direct coordination with the ground forces, and they’ve managed to have extreme precision in their use of arms against enemy forces,” Lt. Col. Hill said. Afghanistan has 407 districts, of which 133 are disputed and 41 are under Taliban control, which has resulted in an enormous amount of work for the country’s security forces. To make matters worse, the Islamic State has advanced into that region. As a result the Super Tucano has been called on more. The aircraft can respond to a convoy attack three times faster than a helicopter, and carry a larger amount and variety of precision or saturation weapons, a decisive factor. “The Super Tucano was the right choice for Afghanistan,” Lt. Col. Hill said. “The pilots we train here in the 81st FS have achieved immediate battlefield success. This aircraft has performed well in a hostile environment, providing a reliable and efficient weapons platform for Afghan service members. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to train the Afghans on this platform and help them build their combat air force. Also, as we learn more about how the Super Tucano can be used, we have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with Brazilians and Colombians. Those relationships are important to us, and provide some optimal ideas and techniques. We plan to maintain those relationships in the future,” he concluded.last_img read more

U.S. Middle District Bar membership renewal grace period kicks in

first_img U.S. Middle District Bar membership renewal grace period kicks in While the deadline for renewal of membership in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Bar was June 30, there is a grace period built into this process so all forms and fees related to the annual renewal of membership which are postmarked on or before July 30 will continue to be accepted by the court.Forms and fees received after August 1 will be returned to the sender and may result in loss of membership. An attorney whose membership has lapsed must apply for new membership and the attorney will be required to pay an admissions fee of $165 and attend an admissions ceremony before practicing in the Middle District of Florida.All forms must be completely and legibly filled out and mailed in the pre-addressed envelope provided, to the post office box indicated on side two of the renewal form, along with a check for $10. No renewal forms or checks will be accepted at the courthouse.More information about attorney renewals, including a Frequently Asked Questions Page, Renewal Forms, MDFL Attorney Admission Clerk contact information, and Attorney Admissions Applications, may be found on the court’s Web site at www.flmd.uscourts.gov in the Attorney Resources section. July 15, 2005 Regular News U.S. Middle District Bar membership renewal grace period kicks inlast_img read more

Prosecutors: Feces-Covered Dog Neglected by Owner

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Syosset man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly neglecting his Shih Tzu dog. Found covered in feces and smelling of urine, the friendly canine was picked up outside the owner’s house and impounded as a stray, Nassau County prosecutors said.Patrick Benjamin, 30, was arraigned Wednesday on a single charge of failure to provide proper sustenance. Benjamin was conditionally released on probation. He faces a maximum one-year sentence, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office said.The dog had been seen hanging around outside Benjamin’s home on May 27, prompting calls to local animal control officials. Veterinarians who had treated the Shih Tzu discovered several signs of severe neglect: a lack of nutrition and hydration, poor hygiene and virtually no dental and veterinary care for at least six months, causing the dog to develop rotted teeth, which had begun to fall out, prosecutors said.The 10-year-old dog’s nails had grown so long that they had curled back and cut into the dog’s paws, the DA’s office said.“Animals have no means to defend or provide for themselves in the face of severe criminal neglect like that in this case, which is why tips from the community and the cooperation of local officials are so important,” acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.Benjamin visited the local shelter where the dog was taken and identified himself as the owner, prosecutors said. He surrendered to the Animal Crimes Unit on Wednesday.last_img read more

Sorting thru the EMV chip card confusion

first_img continue reading » Credit unions are all too aware that there is a consumer revolution in how credit cards are used at point-of-sale (POS) terminals. Over the 2015 holiday shopping season, consumers armed with new EMV chip cards faced a situation at checkout that was often confusing. Most terminals didn’t accept chip cards and still required the cardholder to swipe. Other checkout systems had a slot for chip cards and a swipe mechanism, but it was up to the clerk to point out which to use. The terminal may have had the ability to insert an EMV card, but was not yet enabled to accept the EMV payment. Other POS machines still allowed for the swipe, but beeped loudly at consumers who had chip cards to use the slot instead.  The result was confused consumers, confused clerks, and an overall sense of annoyance (not to mention increased transaction time).In our December blog article, “Who Really Pays When it Comes to EMV,” we noted that 36% of credit unions don’t anticipate full EMV functionality until at least the end of 2016. Further, 60% of CUs will rely on a rolling reissue as magnetic stripe cards expire, and another 27% elect for a complete, simultaneous reissue. Credit unions understand the importance of EMV from a security standpoint, and are committed to the technology, no matter how they plan to roll it out. From the terminal side, merchants want to avoid taking responsibility for chargebacks (how nice for them), and are also committed to EMV – some slower than others, but still on board.  It is your members who have the least amount of knowledge and understanding as to why EMV is important, but with a little education, can be shown they stand the most to gain from EMV… Security!The security that EMV provides is proven in other markets as a huge benefit that protects all parties involved, especially the consumer.  In addition to the US, China is also playing catch up to Europe and Canada, who started using EMV over a decade ago. And the past decade has shown us that the EMV push is a good thing for reducing credit card fraud and improving security. In nations that have adopted EMV, credit card fraud for Card Present Transactions has decreased dramatically. The United Kingdom, for example, saw a 32.5 percent reduction from 2004 to 2011 after the introduction of the chip-based cards. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

4 things Michael Scott taught us about managing people

first_imgI watch ‘The Office’ more than I care to admit…Because of my slight obsession, here are some management takeaways…Don’t take yourself too seriously“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”Remember when Michael Scott started a dance party in the office? This might not work for all companies when it comes to managing, but the success of his team allowed it.Compliment and encourage your employees.“Never, ever, ever give up.” – Michael Scott to Jim Halpert on the Booze CruiseThere are many good examples of Michael Scott supporting his staff, but one that stands out the most is Michael’s support for Pam in her art endeavors. Michael always fosters Pam’s love for art, which in the end created one of the greatest working relationships in the office. His encouragement really helped her succeed.Spend time on company culture“The people that you work with are, when you get down to it, your very best friends.”Michael may not have always been the most appropriate (I blame Toby), but his intentions were to teach his employees important lessons. The more your employees feel they can lean on one another the better.Stay confident in everything you do.“Business is a doggie dog world. And I am a shark, who eats doggie dogs.”There may be nothing Michael thought he couldn’t do. He may have had some nervous moments, but overall he believed in himself. His confidence helped his team remain confident and helped him deliver quite a few uplifting speeches. 216SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Players worried about Premier League restart: PFA deputy chief

first_img“There are players who have voiced genuine concerns,” the Professional Footballers Association’s Barnes told the Times.”You’ve got players who’ve got young children, players with pregnant partners, people with underlying health conditions.”Some of the young black players I’ve spoken to have read what’s in the press and want answers to that (government study). ‘Am I more affected in my demographic and if so why?'”My stance with the Premier League from day one has been it’s all very well those of us in suits saying what our opinions are but we’re not going to be out there on a Saturday afternoon and we’re not going to be going back to our family.”A third first team player at Brighton & Hove Albion tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, sparking fresh concerns about the league’s proposed restart.Clubs are due to meet later on Monday to further discuss how to complete the remaining 92 matches of the season.Topics : Players have genuine concerns about their health as the Premier League considers resuming fixtures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, players’ union deputy chief Bobby Barnes has said.The league’s “Project Restart” envisages a return to play in June at neutral venues, once given the green light from the government, but players are worried about transmission when sharing the pitch with others in a contact sport.A British government study said black people are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than whites and Barnes said young black players were apprehensive.last_img read more

De Roon: ‘Italy deserved to win’

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists BaffledCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Netherlands midfielder, Marten de Roon, has admitted Italy ‘deserved to win’ their Nations League clash in Amsterdam. ‘They played like a great team.’ Nicolò Barella got the only goal just before half-time, peeling away from defenders for a rare header. “Italy did very well in the first half and I think they deserved to win,” confessed De Roon to RAI Sport. “They always managed to have a man free in the first half, especially down their left. We did better after the break, but still struggled.”Advertisement read also:Mancini: ‘Italy have room for improvements’ Holland had won their opening Nations League game, beating Poland 1-0, but Roberto Mancini’s side are now top of the Nations League group with four points. “Italy played like a great team and I think they ought to continue like this. We’re trying to follow a similar path, playing as a team more than individuals. I congratulate the Azzurri.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Wilson tops stout Boyd field for Texas Sprint Series win

first_imgZane Lawrence and Jeb Sessums completed the top five. Thirty-six cars vied in the second TSS show of the season.  The lower line kept him there.  BOYD, Texas (May 29) – The higher line took Chad Wilson to the front of the Texas Sprint Series feature field Friday at Boyd Raceway. Feature results – 1. Chad Wilson; 2. Lucas Scherb; 3. Logan Scherb; 4. Zane Lawrence; 5. Jeb Sessums; 6. Cody Whitworth; 7. Austin Burkham; 8. Brandon Howle; 9.Casey Merrell; 10. Cale Cozad; 11. Justin Melton; 12. Josh Harner; 13. Austin Saunders; 14. Jordan Rupe; 15. Jett Hays; 16. Michelle Parson; 17. Jerrad Warhurst; 18. Chase Brewer; 19. Gary Floyd; 20. Trey Burke. Chad Wilson collected his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers of the season Friday night, when the Texas Sprint Series traveled to Boyd Raceway. (Photo by Debbie Johnson)center_img He moved to lower grooves from that point and won ahead of Lucas Scherb and Logan Scherb.  “It was a stout field for sure and definitely one of the most fun races I’ve been in,” Wilson said following his first win of 2020.  Wilson started the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car 20-lapper from ninth, found a line to his liking higher up on the oval and passed Brandon Howle for the lead before midway. last_img read more