CREW: Helping Defeat IEDs

first_imgBy Dialogo November 01, 2011 “If it’s on it’s going to work. So it’s 100 percent effective,” explained Eddi Bowers, the Regional Support Center-Kandahar (RSC) site lead, about the Counter Radio Electronic Warfare system. CREW systems are helping Soldiers to defeat deadly improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, by blocking radio signals that can be used by insurgents to detonate the devices remotely. The jammers were developed in 2006, when insurgents in Iraq were using cell phones to remotely detonate roadside bombs. The equipment developed by military scientists is basically equivalent to a transmitter on steroids, said Bowers. “It takes a little more than an off the shelf item to do that,” he said. CREW has been highly effective in preventing the remote detonation of IEDs by cell phones said Bowers. “There are still radio controlled ones out there, but nowhere near as many as there used to be because they know we have it figured out,” he explained. “They [Soldiers] love it,” Bowers said. “It gives them the boost of confidence to know that anything that’s radio operated out there, they’re going to jam it.” An average installation takes between two hours and four hours. The RSC at Kandahar averages about 10 installations per day and every field service representative there usually does about four or five maintenance calls a day as well. The team also has 9 FSRs out at various locations in Southern Afghanistan. “The biggest challenge for us is probably the kits for different vehicles.” Bowers said. “There is such a menagerie of vehicles at Kandahar (airfield). It’s unbelievable. There are loads of different types of vehicles compared to Bagram (airfield) and you have to have a special kit for each one of these vehicles. “And it’s a monster logistically wise. You have to have a special kit. And four or five of them [vehicles] will come in and then you’re out of kits and you have to wait to get more kits,” he said. Despite the challenges, RSC-Kandahar has the best production rate in Afghanistan. About fifty percent of all the theater provided jammers are installed here. The team started out with 52 guys working out of single office container with two computers. “We have come a long, long way,” said Bowers.last_img read more

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TRIG Notes Further Offshore Wind Investment Opportunities

first_imgThe Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG), which entered the offshore wind market with the recently acquired 14.7% indirect equity interest in Sheringham Shoal, sees further investment opportunities in the sector, according to its annual results for 2017.TRIG said that previously commissioned UK renewable energy capacity still owned by developers is expected to continue to provide deal flow for the company for several years ahead. Future acquisition opportunities that TRIG sees lie in areas which may include further offshore wind and storage, as well as projects that may become commercially viable without subsidy, such as onshore wind projects and solar PV as deployment costs continue to fall.Discussing the renewables growth opportunities, the company said that the rapidly growing offshore wind sector in the UK is likely to match the capacity of onshore wind and solar once current construction is built out. Looking at the capacity of operational projects, TRIG pointed out that UK operating offshore wind farms now have a combined 5.1GW of generating capacity with further build-out being projected, and Germany has a further 5.3GW of operating projects.The company’s investment policy allows investment in sectors other than onshore wind and solar PV of up to 20% of portfolio value. Last year’s investments in the Broxburn battery storage project and Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm amounted in aggregate to approximately 9% of TRIG’s portfolio value at 31 December 2017.last_img read more

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Neville to join Moyes at United

first_img Press Association Phil Neville is set to become the latest recruit to David Moyes’ coaching team at Manchester United. Although there has been no official confirmation, it is understood Neville was at the renamed Aon training complex on Thursday morning for the first full day of training since Moyes was installed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement. It would represent yet another switch from Everton following the earlier appointments of Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden. However, in Neville’s case it also brings a vast amount of experience of life at United. Neville made 386 appearances in 11 seasons as a first-team player with the Red Devils. center_img During that time he won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League before leaving to join Everton in 2005, where he overcame some initial scepticism to become a crowd favourite. Neville confirmed his intention to retire at the end of last season, although new Everton boss Roberto Martinez had claimed he intended to speak with the 36-year-old about a coaching role. However, a return to the club he supported as a boy was always likely to prove attractive and it is no surprise Moyes has opted to build on the close working relationship he developed with Neville during their time together at Goodison Park. Neville has never made any secret of his desire to push forward with a coaching career and this summer was part of Stuart Pearce’s backroom team at the European Under-21 Championship. In addition to bringing a sense of continuity following the departures of not only Ferguson but also his assistants Mike Phelan, Eric Steele and Rene Meulensteen, Neville will provide a useful link between the dressing room and the manager. There has still been no word on Wayne Rooney’s status though, with the formal talks that had been anticipated on Wednesday apparently put on hold. Rooney has returned for pre-season in good condition though, which, by his own admission, has not always been the case. And despite the massive upheaval at Old Trafford this summer, that has also seen the exit of chief executive David Gill, the atmosphere is said to be upbeat ahead of the new campaign, which begins next Wednesday when United head off on their five-match summer tour of the Far East and Australia. last_img read more

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Indian Premier League Simon Katich calls for better umpiring in IPL

first_imgKolkata: Though Katich was not forthcoming, he pointed out the contentious decision which went in favour of Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan in Friday’s match against KKR.The southpaw, who survived a review on 11, went on to seal the match for the Capitals with an unbeaten 97.“I don’t want to get into trouble. I will give a stock standard answer: It’s a tough job. Obviously last night, there was a contentious one (Dhawan) and unfortunately it didn’t go away,” Katich in a roundabout manner said what he intended to.The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far leading to top players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli coming down heavily on the standard of umpiring.While Dhoni’s latest conduct has not been above board, Katich was all praise for his leadership skills and ability to take the game deep.“It will be interesting to see what the master in Dhoni goes with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time. He is so well prepared. There’s a lot of thought put into the team. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, his field positions,” said Dhoni.“We got completely outplayed in Chennai. But we feel our team suits our wicket as well with the quality spinners we’ve got. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the conditions in Chennai. We thought it was a 180-wicket and it took us probably four overs to realise that and the game was done and dusted.”The Australian cited the CSK skipper’s decision to drop Harbhajan Singh in favour of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner against Rajasthan Royals. The New Zealander did well with the bowl as well as sealed the match for CSK with a six off the final delivery.“He did not play his in-form bowler Harbhajan because they (RR) had five right handers in top order. He brought in Santner, who did a good job for them. He’s very clever in the way he goes about it and we probably need to take a leaf out of that book,” Katich said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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