BAE Systems has received a Block 4 Modernization contract award from Lockheed Martin to enhance the offensive and defensive electronic warfare (EW) capabilities of the F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Under the contract, BAE Systems will modernize its AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare/Countermeasures (EW/CM) system to address emerging threats and maintain U.S. and allied warfighters’ ability to safely conduct missions in contested airspace.BAE Systems has been the EW supplier for the F-35 program for the past 14 years, successfully designing and developing the Block 1, Block 2, and Block 3 configurations, and delivering production units for each of the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 1-11. The Block 4 program is a multi-year, multi-contract design and development effort that will add eleven new capabilities to the EW system. These improvements will be made as part of the new F-35 agile contracting and development paradigm called Continuous Capability Development and Delivery (C2D2). The C2D2 construct is one in which capabilities are continuously being developed and fielded in 6-12 month intervals, providing warfighters with incremental enhancements to keep pace with the evolving threats.The company has delivered more than 500 F-35 AN/ASQ-239 EW/CM ship sets to date, and is currently matching aircraft production with continual on-time delivery as the program ramps to full-rate production. As part of its rigorous development process, the company invested in process automation, facility optimization, quality assurance, human capital, and supply chain excellence to deliver capabilities to the warfighter with speed and agility.Click here to learn more about the F-35 AN/ASQ-239 EW/CM system.
Asif Nawaz Production is celebrating its 20th year of existence in fine style on Saturday, July 29 at the Guyana National Stadium with an event called “Chutney Evolution 2K7”.Kavita MaharajThe event will be done in three segments – the first will be a kid’s fun park and will feature amazing and engaging activities for the entire family such as face painting, bouncy castle, trampoline and there will be several cartoon characters to add to the excitement. This commences at 14:00h.The second part will be a concert featuring some of the best in the chutney business. These include reigning International Chutney Monarch, Ravi B, Bollywood singing sensation Bindu Kohli, Trinidad’s superstars Kavita Maharaj; Chutney ambassador D Hitman; singing sensation Jesh Ramnanan, De Sexy Reshma Ramlall; rising star Aykeel Ali, sexy Shelia, Joel Gansham, Celia Samaroo and the Shakti Strings Crossover Band.Bindu KohliAdding some flavours to the show will be the Eshara Dance Troupe and the Shelita Dancers. Crown Vibes will be in charge of the sounds and lighting. However, the third segment will be the grand fireworks at the stroke of midnight followed by a champagne toast that will epitomise the promoter’s heartfelt gratitude and vehement respect for all its supporters – past, present and future.Asif NewazThere will be a special VIP section as well as a VVIP setting for sponsors and special guests, as well as the typical economy category for those thrifty concert-goers. Meanwhile, tickets for the event cost $1000 for general admission and $3000 for the VIP experience. Tickets for the event can be uplifted at regular ticketing locations.