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Govt faces Brexit revolt from carmakers

Govt faces Brexit revolt from carmakers

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The Government faces a growing revolt from carmakers in Britain unhappy at the slow pace of clarity over post-Brexit customs arrangements crucial to their business model.Sky News has been shown internal industry memos, circulating at the Frankfurt Motor Show, expressing exasperation at the state of preparedness for changes to customs - which could come in in March 2019 and for which immediate investment and staffing is required.A recent meeting with Government was described as "disillusioning" because of a "lack of detailed information and blocking of our questions".Officials were described as having "no concrete idea of how to apply [customs] proposals".Instead of communicating detailed proposals, the meeting was taken as a "desperate attempt" to find out basic information and "get the in...
General Dynamics begins manned live-fire testing of AJAX armored vehicle

General Dynamics begins manned live-fire testing of AJAX armored vehicle

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- General Dynamics Land Systems U.K. has begun manned live-fire trials for its AJAX armored vehicle program, using the vehicle's CTA International 40mm autocannon, chain gun and smoke grenade launchers.The trials will last five months beginning with static firing positions against immobile point targets and gradually progress to a moving vehicle engaging moving targets. The testing will occur in West Wales, Great Britain."The start of the CT40 cannon manned industry firing phase is a significant milestone in the AJAX programme," Kevin Connell, vice president of General Dynamics Land System U.K., said."This cutting-edge capability that enables AJAX to pack a significant punch, alongside its wide-range of best-in-class sensors that makes it an Information Age platform, ensure...
Logos Technologies gets DARPA contract for SilentHawk motorcycle

Logos Technologies gets DARPA contract for SilentHawk motorcycle

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Logos Technologies is receiving a second Phase 2 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the development of the SilentHawk hybrid electric motorcycle.The motorcycle combines a RedShift MX racing bike produced by Alta Motors with a front-wheel drive system and range extender developed by Logos. It is designed to produce minimum engine noise for use by soldiers behind enemy lines."In 'silent' mode, when the range-extension genset is off, SilentHawk is about as loud as a normal office conversation," said Dale Turner, SilentHawk program manager."When the rider is out of harm's way, and the range-extension system is engaged to charge the motorcycle's propulsion battery and to provide auxiliary power for equipment, it's still only as loud a vacuum cleane...
Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

Ryanair to cancel 40-50 flights per day for six weeks

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Ryanair is to cancel 40 to 50 flights every day for the next six weeks, in a bid to improve punctuality of flights. The budget Irish-based airline announced the plan on Friday, saying that it was "unacceptable" that its punctuality had fallen below 80% in the first half of this month.It also said it had to clear a backlog of staff leave by the end of the year.The move could affect up to 285,000 passengers, who will be offered alternative flights or refunds.Ryanair said that less than 2% of its flights would be cancelled and the move would help it hit its annual punctuality target of 90%.But passengers have complained about the short notice of the cancellations.Ryanair plane makes emergency landing at East Midlands AirportRyanair cuts cabin baggage limit to speed up boardingGary Cummings wa...
Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone

Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin is investing in Ocean Aero alongside Teledyne Technologies for the development of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.The Submaran S10 is an autonomous unmanned submarine that is powered by solar and wind energy, giving it virtually unlimited endurance and letting it operate for months at a time. It can raise a small sail that can propel it at over 5 knots to conserve power."Ocean Aero represents the next generation of environmentally powered, autonomous ocean systems," said Chris Moran, executive director and general manager of Lockheed Martin Ventures. "Our investment will allow us to better respond to customers' maritime needs with technology solutions for a diverse set of missions."The Submaran can mount a sophisticated suite of sensors for long-ter...