Tech Com Forces Thu, 19 May 2022 22:13:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tech Com Forces 32 32 Tribute to the work of James Newton, eminent music teacher, on May 20 at UCLA Thu, 19 May 2022 22:13:36 +0000

For over forty years, James Newton has been one of the world’s most versatile and celebrated musicians. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will honor the distinguished music teacher with “A Tribute to James Newton” at Schoenberg Hall at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20.

Newton played a leading role in the development of UCLA’s Global Jazz Studies program and has taught many students in the areas of jazz composition and styles, history, and music. ‘analysis. He is a legendary Blue Note artist on the Jazz Flute and Critics’ Choice for Best Flutist for 23 consecutive years in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics’ Poll.

“Professor James Newton has had a major impact on our Global Jazz Studies program,” said Steve Loza, President of Global Jazz Studies. “He designed the proposal for the new program and the new structure.” He was also loved. “Professor Newton was one of the most popular and prolific teachers in the School of Music during his ten years of teaching. He left an indelible mark on our students, the academic quality and the artistic vision of the school.

As a composer in both classical and jazz styles, Newton’s music has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. His works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Ballet, the Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Toino and all over the world.

Friday’s concert will feature Newton’s sacred music, including performances by The image of the invisible and Elisha’s Gift performed by the Lyris Quartet. Aron Kallay, pianist, will perform Looking above, Joseph’s faith. by Newton Mass for four voices and chamber ensemble will also be executed; the play had its world premiere in Italy and its US premiere at Disney Hall in Los Angeles with Grant Gershon conducting the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The final performance of the concert will be Newton’s arrangement of Amazing Grace. This spiritual anthem has its genesis in the world’s first human rights movement, the movement to abolish slavery. It has long resonated within spiritual communities and holds a special place in the African-American church. Newton was moved to mark the arrangement after President Barack Obama sang the hymn during a service for slain parishioners at Mother Emanual AME Church in Charleston in 2015. amazing Grace premiered at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston as part of Grace NotesNewton’s collaboration with renowned visual artist Carrie Mae Weams.

On Friday, Newton’s lavish arrangement of “Amazing Grace” will be performed by the Lyris Quartet with Eric Shetzen on double bass.

“The concert represents a wide range of my works in sacred music, which is very dear to me,” Newton said. “I was lucky enough to be an educator, but my true calling is to compose music to glorify God.”

The performance is free and open to the public. RSVP and find more details here.

Media Advisory: FreeWire Technologies to Host Grand Opening of New Global Headquarters, R&D and Manufacturing Facility in Newark, CA Thu, 19 May 2022 14:30:00 +0000

NEWARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tuesday, May 24, 2022, FreeWire-Technologies will host the grand opening of its global headquarters, R&D and manufacturing facility in Newark, California. This event will provide an inside look at the facility and demonstrate next-generation power technology fundamental to the global energy transition. In addition, the event will include a speaker program presented by California Energy Commission (CEC) Chairman David Hochschild, notable industry leaders, federal agency representatives and elected officials.


Inauguration of the new global headquarters, R&D and manufacturing plant of FreeWire. FreeWire will deploy its Boost Charger live during the event to demonstrate how an in-battery solution can accelerate infrastructure deployment by increasing power output.


1:00 p.m. PT, Tuesday, May 24, 2022


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Arcady Sosinov, founder and CEO of FreeWire; David Hochschild, Chairman, California Energy Commission (CEC); Mark McNabb, former CEO of Electrify America and COO of Volkswagen; Betony Jones, Senior Advisor, Department of Energy (DOE); Alan Nagy, Mayor of Newark, California; other notable EV industry leaders; and federal, state and local elected officials.


FreeWire continues to disrupt the rapidly evolving electric vehicle charging market and was recently named to the prestigious annual list of The world’s most innovative companies for 2022.

The new 66,000 square foot research, manufacturing and test facility will be fully operational by fall 2022, positioning FreeWire at the center of the San Francisco Bay Area’s transportation technology hub. As the nation’s leading producer of in-battery charging solutions, this new facility will galvanize FreeWire’s leading role in supporting the construction of charging infrastructure across the country and providing charging and power solutions. reliable power to electric vehicle drivers and FreeWire customers.

As FreeWire leads the way in battery-integrated electric vehicle charging, investors have taken notice. Last month, FreeWire has raised an additional $125 million in new capital led by asset manager BlackRock Inc.

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Founded in 2014, FreeWire-Technologies is the leading manufacturer of Buy America compliant battery-integrated electric vehicle power and charging solutions in the United States. . The Boost Charger’s combination of proprietary battery and power conversion technology enables ultra-fast charging of electric vehicles at any location, freeing customers from the costs of providing fast charging using the energy directly from the power grid. FreeWire has deployed in-battery chargers with Fortune 100 companies, commercial customers, fleets, retail outlets and gas stations across the United States and has partnered with bp pulse to deploy Boost Charger in its operations across the UK.

Air Ambulance Services Market to Reach USD 10.30 Billion by 2029 Wed, 18 May 2022 09:02:00 +0000

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The companies covered in the Air Ambulance Services market are Methods Corporation (USA), Global Medical Response Inc. (USA), Acadian Companies (USA), PHI Inc. (USA), REVA Inc. (USA), Express Aviation Services (USA), European Air Ambulance (UK), Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (Sweden), Air Charter Services Pvt. ltd. (UK), Gulf Helicopters (Qatar) and other key players

Pune, India, May 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world air ambulance services market The size is expected to reach USD 10.30 billion by 2029 and grow at a CAGR of 8.56% during the forecast period. Rising instances of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and others are expected to fuel the growth of the market. Fortune Business InsightsMT presented this information in its report entitled, “Air Ambulance Services Market, 2022-2029”. The market size stood at USD 4.89 billion in 2021 and USD 5.79 billion in 2022.
Furthermore, the adoption of modern technologies and the implementation of rapid technological developments in these services are expected to boost the market growth in the coming years.

Impact of COVID-19-

air ambulance Services have experienced a rapid recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by mid-2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on several markets and industries. However, the demand for services has increased during the pandemic. Several health insurance and assistance companies, independent end-users, and hospital helicopter emergency medical services have created a vast demand for air ambulance services and helped the market flourish. Optimizing response time by establishing more bases of operations is likely to drive market growth in the coming years.

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List of major market players

  • Air Methods Corporation (USA)

  • Global Medical Response Inc. (USA)

  • Acadian companies (United States)

  • PHI Inc. (USA)

  • REVA Inc. (USA)

  • Express Aviation Services (United States)

  • European Air Ambulance (UK)

  • Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (Sweden)

  • Air Charter Services Pvt. ltd. (UK)

  • Gulf Helicopters (Qatar)

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Report attribute


Market size value in 2021

$4.89 billion

Revenue forecasts in 2029

$10.30 billion

Rate of growth

CAGR of almost 8.56% 2022-2029

Year of reference


Historical years

2018 – 2020

Forecast years

2022 – 2029

Segments Covered

By product type, by application and by geography

Forecast units

Value (USD billion) and volume (units)

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD Million/Billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2029

Regions covered

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa, and Rest of the World

Countries covered

United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, GCC countries and South Africa, among others

Number of companies covered

Methods Corporation (USA), Global Medical Response Inc. (USA), Acadian companies (USA), PHI Inc. (USA), REVA Inc. (USA), Express Aviation Services (United States), European Air Ambulance (UK), Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (Sweden), Air Charter Services Pvt. ltd. (UK), Gulf Helicopters (Qatar) and other key players

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Market Growth Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, PEST Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, Regulatory Landscape, Market Attractiveness Analysis by Segments & Region, Market Share Analysis business and analysis of the impact of COVID-19.

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Based on the service operator, the market is trifurcated into government, independent and hospital. Based on application, the market is segmented into neonatal and pediatric transport, infectious disease service, overweight patient transport, organ transplant logistics, rescue helicopter service, inter-facility and others. On the basis of aircraft type, the market is bifurcated into rotary wing and fixed wing. Geographically, the market is categorized into Europe, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Report cover-

  • It analyzes individual segments such as service operator, application, aircraft type and regions.

  • It presents the latest developments in the industry.

  • It includes a detailed analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market.

  • It offers a SWOT analysis of the major players in the market.

  • It highlights various strategies adopted by the major market players to witness the growth.

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Drivers and Constraints-

Rising prevalence of chronic diseases to fuel market growth

Rising instances of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and others are expected to be a key factor in driving the global market. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases is fueling the demand for services, primarily in stroke cases. Additionally, the global pandemic has provided significant demand for these services and boosted the growth of the market.
Growing technological developments in air ambulance services and improvements in air ambulance communication technologies are expected to drive the market growth.
Moreover, the growing demand for security measures and real-time data is fueling the demand for real-time data tracking software. Real-time data can help pilots make appropriate decisions when needed during flight. Additionally, the integration of advanced technologies, such as Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, to provide streamlined operational activities is expected to supplement the market growth.
However, high prices for air medical services might restrain the market growth over the forecast period.

Regional outlook-

North America will have the lion’s share

North America is expected to achieve the largest air ambulance services market share. The large helicopter fleets present in the United States and the large number of helicopter pilots in the region are expected to fuel the growth of the region’s market. Additionally, key players present in the region such as Acadian Companies, PHI Air Medical, Air Methods, and others are driving the growth of the market.
Asia-Pacific is expected to show tremendous growth over the forecast period. Improving economic conditions in India and China and expanding aviation industry are expected to support the growth of the air ambulance services market.
Europe is expected to experience substantial growth due to the rise of aircraft and leasing facilities based on modern technology.
The rest of the world is expected to show considerable growth due to an expanding healthcare sector and improving economic conditions in the region.

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Detailed Table of Contents:

  • Introduction

  • Summary

  • Market dynamics

    • Market factors

    • Market constraints

    • Market opportunities

  • key ideas

    • Major Industry Developments – Major Contracts and Agreements, Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships

    • Latest technological advances

    • Analysis of the five forces of carriers

    • Supply chain analysis

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Competitive Landscape-
Key Players Form Partnerships to Drive Growth
Major market players are investing heavily to provide advanced air ambulance services. They emphasize strategic mergers, contracts, partnerships and the like to improve their market penetration. For example, Air Methods signed the largest Hcare maintenance support contract with OEM in February 2021.

Key industry development-
February 2021: Reva and GainJet Ireland have formed a partnership to set up a European hub at Shannon Airport. They also aim to provide employment for nine staff and a mix of flight and medical personnel.

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China will grow its digital economy by 10% in 2025 – OpenGov Asia Tue, 17 May 2022 23:33:00 +0000

Under the Energy Efficiency Fund (E2F), Singapore’s National Environment Agency has increased its grant for energy-efficient technologies to up to 20% from last month, with the maximum supported increased 50% to 70% of eligible expenses per project.

This reduces the barriers for industrial companies, including SMEs, to adopt energy-efficient solutions that will help them save money on energy and reduce their carbon emissions. The E2F grant application and payment process has been simplified to save applicants time and money.

The Energy Efficiency Technology Center (EETC), which provides low-cost energy assessments to SMEs, will also be developed in conjunction with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). These policies will help manufacturing SMEs identify and finance energy efficiency projects, as well as prepare for a low-carbon future.

The E2F was introduced in April 2017 and is administered by the NEA. It helps industrial organizations, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to increase their energy efficiency. The E2F supports a variety of energy efficiency and low-carbon activities, including energy assessments and the design of resource-efficient facilities. Currently, the E2F grant program co-finances up to 50% of the eligible costs of these projects.

The E2F funded 27 energy-efficient technology initiatives in January 2022. LED lighting, high-efficiency air conditioning systems, variable-speed air compressors, and boiler systems are among them. These projects have saved around 1,600 tons of carbon every year, which is equivalent to taking 500 cars off the road.

The amount of money given to projects will depend on the amount of carbon saved. Higher financial funding is available for projects that achieve a greater reduction in carbon emissions. From April 1, 2022, E2F applications accepted by NEA will be eligible for this higher support cap. The sector is encouraged to take advantage of the increased funding and invest in energy efficient solutions as soon as possible.

NEA also makes it easy for businesses to use E2F to save time and money. The procedure for measuring and verifying energy savings will be simplified, as will the grant application and payment processes for conventional retrofit projects involving LED lights or small energy-efficient air conditioners.

Companies just starting their energy efficiency journey should take advantage of EETC’s affordable energy ratings, which have been available since 2020 through a collaboration between the NEA and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

Energy assessments will help businesses get an accurate view of their current energy profile, allowing them to make informed decisions about what energy efficiency improvements they can make.

In addition to energy assessments, EETC also strives to develop Singapore’s workforce, including training a pipeline of engineering students in industrial energy efficiency and upskilling engineers or practitioners in existing energy efficiency.

As Singapore transitions to a low-carbon economy, NEA will work with SIT to build the next phase of the EETC, which will focus on building human capacity in energy efficiency. The EETC will be enhanced by the creation of a Training and Simulation Center, which will allow learners to study and practice their craft in a controlled and safe environment while simulating real-world settings.

The grant aims to encourage manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, to invest in energy-efficient equipment or technologies by co-financing up to 70% of eligible costs, such as labour, equipment or external technology, as well as services.

The award is available to all Singapore-registered owners or operators of existing or planned manufacturing facilities with an annual group turnover of less than S$500 million. The project implementation facility must be located and operational in Singapore.

The project must include the installation and use of energy efficient equipment or technology in an industrial facility with a documented history of energy savings. The project must result in measurable and verifiable energy savings.

CBO Releases Improved Interactive Tool for Analyzing Army Forces and Assets Tue, 17 May 2022 19:00:37 +0000

Today, CBO released an enhanced version of its interactive tool for analyzing the force structure of the US military and understanding how that structure influences defense spending.

What new features does the tool provide?

The improved tool allows users to modify the overall defense budget (annually or in total for 10 years) to see the possible effects on military forces; or to add or subtract brigades, ships, aircraft squadrons and other units to see the effects on the defense budget; or explore any combination of these approaches. It shows the estimated effects on Department of Defense (DoD) costs and the size of the military. (Learn more about CBO’s approach to calculating these costs.)

Additionally, CBO now offers a tutorial to help users understand how to use the tool’s new functionality to explore different types of policy choices. The tutorial, combined with the ability to edit total defense spending, makes the tool more widely accessible by reducing the amount of specialist knowledge users need to have about the military or defense budget.

How can people use the tool?

The new features will allow congressional staff, defense researchers, members of the media, educators and others to use the interactive tool in different ways.

For budgeting, the tool helps people explore alternative policy choices and generate results that include standard 10-year costs. They can do this by looking at potential changes to the total size of the defense budget, changing phase-in timelines, and exporting detailed data files that show costs over 10 years as well as the deflators needed to convert real dollars to nominal dollars for budgeting. purposes.

For force structure analysis, the tool provides a way to analyze the effects of proposed changes to forces, taking into account reductions or expansions of different sizes and focusing, if desired, on particular types of units. The tool also provides information on the major combat units that currently make up the US military, including their number, size, functions, and average costs.

For education, the tool—in conjunction with the CBO’s periodic report The US Military’s Force Structure: A Primer—can continue to help instructors at military academies, war colleges, and security studies programs deliver an introduction to US forces and to engage in “what if” analysis of possible modifications to those forces.

To be transparent, the enhanced tool follows CBO’s practice of showing raw cost factors and quantities used in the agency’s cost model for the U.S. military, allowing other researchers to view, d use or modify this template. Additionally, CBO will continue to update cost factors and quantities in the tool as DoD releases new budget plans. The enhanced tool also includes the ability to export more detailed data files for users who want to perform deeper analysis than the tool itself allows. These data files include documentation of all cost drivers and CBO’s cost model default parameters, as well as technical factors such as phase-in rates, deflators, and projected army costs at course of the next decade.

Phillip L. Swagel is the director of CBO.

Kia Sportage packed with new technologies Tue, 17 May 2022 10:04:36 +0000

THE Kia Sportage is a car that, although it has been around since the mid-90s, has evolved at high speed in recent years.

The new 2022 Sportage I drove this week is the fifth generation of this best-selling compact SUV.

Of course, this new version is light years away from the original, for example, it was once sold as a three-door SUV or convertible.

But as you’d expect from Kia these days, the latest Sportage is packed full of new 21st century technology. There are petrol, diesel, mild hybrid, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

There’s also a mind-boggling choice of 18 different versions of this car, all ‘fully equipped’.

I can vouch for that in the Kia Sportage 1.6 GT-Line S (£40,255 on the road) that I drove. The GT-Line S is the “crown” of the new Sportage range

This is a car that will suit many as it has just about everything you need for a satisfying family driving life.

Since 2006, more than two million of this car have been produced in Slovenia, which made it possible to meet the demand for this car from European customers. The Sportage is the best-selling Kia in the UK and Europe.

There are five model categories – 2, GT-Line, 3, 4 and GT-Line S, all designed specifically for the European market.

Why has it proven so popular? I think, as I said, first and foremost because of its size. The new Sportage is truly a size that fits all.

So this dedicated European version has greater luggage capacity, headroom and legroom compared to the outgoing model, with impressive legroom for second-row passengers.

The all-new fifth-generation Sportage debuts a high-tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) variant and a gasoline-powered Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) powertrain. The latest petrol and diesel internal combustion engines are also available.

The diesel engine can also be paired with mild-hybrid technology, further reducing emissions and improving overall fuel economy.

GT-Line specification brings a dynamic appearance, including 19-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lamps and rear combination lamps, rear privacy glass, gloss black grille, side sills and moldings wheel arch bodywork.

GT-Line models feature a 12.3-inch touchscreen with navigation system and a 4.2-inch instrument panel, plush suede and leather upholstery, lumbar support for the driver, a D-shaped sport leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and the GT-Line logo.

There’s also a black headliner, sport pedals, an aluminum pattern finish on the center fascia and door trim, and an engine start/stop button with smart entry system.

Finally, a seven-year subscription to Kia Connect (formerly UVO Connect) is included free of charge.

Crowning the all-new Sportage range is the GT-Line S variant, combining the sportier silhouette of the GT-Line Edition with equipment levels in line with
grade 4. This includes a gloss black grille, side sills and wheel arch mouldings, body colored door and radiator upper garnishes and a chrome front and rear skid plate.

Uniquely, the GT-Line S model has the option of a black two-tone roof, accentuating the car’s sporting profile and highlighting the dynamic C-pillar. In addition, front occupants benefit from standard 10-way electrically adjustable front seats for the driver and 8-way, with ventilation and a smart power tailgate.

With the Sportage’s smart key in the driver’s pocket as they approach the rear of the vehicle, the system recognizes the key and automatically opens the tailgate, allowing convenient access to the trunk.

Kia’s new Terrain Mode feature is fitted to the Sportage for the first time and is standard on all AWD hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

The new Sportage is a car that will continue to evolve with the times: it is already well prepared for whatever the future of the automotive world has in store for us.

]]> creator expects to turn a profit soon Mon, 16 May 2022 10:11:00 +0000

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JERUSALEM, May 16 (Reuters) – (WIX.O), which helps small businesses build and run websites, said it would soon start turning a profit on its bottom line, after announcing a bigger than expected loss in the first quarter.

Since its inception in 2006, the Israeli company has been in the red, with company officials citing the need for significant investment to build the company for long-term growth.

“Now we’re going to see the fruits of that,” chief financial officer Lior Shemesh told Reuters. “We’re not going to be making the same investments we’ve made in the past, so you can definitely expect more profitability in the near future.”

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Shemesh declined to give a timeline at this time, noting that the company will provide details of its three-year plan at an analyst day on Thursday. However, he said Wix expects its free cash flow margin to reach 20% by 2025, from around 5% currently.

The company announced on Monday that it lost 72 cents per share excluding exceptional items in the first quarter, against a loss of 56 cents a year earlier. Despite what Shemesh called headwinds of “volatility and uncertainty” from weaker global economic growth, revenue rose 14% to $342 million.

Wix, whose shares have fallen 55% so far in 2022, forecasts revenue growth of 10-13% in 2022 as long as the macro environment does not deteriorate further. He also sees “headwinds” of $20 million in revenue due to a yearly change in exchange rates.

Revenue was $1.27 billion in 2021 and analysts expect $1.45 billion in 2022, a gain of around 14%.

Nir Zohar, president of Wix, noted that there is a slowdown in internet business after two years of strong growth, but businesses will still need to build websites and continue to do business online. “We believe this will continue to grow over the next few years,” he said.

Wix has ceased doing business in Russia and parts of Ukraine, which the company says will reduce revenue by $3 million this year.

For the second quarter, Wix estimated revenue of $342-346 million, an annual growth of 8-10% but lower than analysts’ forecast of $356 million. The forecast included a negative impact from the closure of operations in Russia and parts of Ukraine as well as currency effects.

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Australia must learn defense lessons from Ukraine Mon, 16 May 2022 01:07:54 +0000

The military lessons of the war in Ukraine are rapidly being absorbed in Asia. The message for democracies arming themselves against the threat of authoritarian regimes is to choose simple, available weapons over a small number of expensive and complex ships, planes and vehicles that may not survive the first hours of war. ‘a conflict.

The well-connected Washington news service Politico revealed last week that the US State Department had rejected requests from Taiwan to buy MH-60R Seahawk submarine-hunting helicopters. The view reported by the Biden administration is that “these big-ticket items, while suitable for peacetime operations, would not survive an all-out assault from the [Chinese] continental”.

The United States is urging Taiwan to buy low-cost sea mines capable of blunting an amphibious assault, as well as smaller mobile weapons such as drone swarms, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles.

The U.S. State Department told Politico, “Strengthening Taiwan’s self-defense is an urgent task, and the most effective approach to accomplishing this is to invest in credible, resilient, mobile, distributed, and cost-effective asymmetric capabilities.”

Ukrainian forces have given the world a masterclass in battlefield asymmetry: you don’t need a tank to destroy a tank if you have well-targeted five-kilogram bombs dropped by commercial drones.

Similarly, two Neptune cruise missiles, designed and developed by kyiv at a reported total cost of US$40 million ($57.7 million), sank the Russian flagship. Moscowestimated by Forbes at $750 million.

One of the most effective weapons used by Ukraine is the Turkish armed drone Bayraktar TB2, with reported costs of between US$1-2 million each.

Contrast that with the six high-altitude unarmed MQ-4C Triton “unmanned aircraft” that Australia is considering buying. The total budget approved so far is $2.5 billion, but that’s only for the first three aircraft and ground control and support systems and facilities. It is acceptable to predict the loss of a $2 million drone in combat, but it is better not to fly a drone in danger if they each cost several hundred million.

State Department’s message to Taipei calls for urgent action. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine accelerates the timeline for a possible Chinese attack on Taiwan, as Xi Jinping can choose to strike while a distracted America focuses on Russia, attacking before Taiwan is better armed.

The Australian Defense Force is anything but asymmetrical in design. In the words of the State Department, the ADF is not “credible, resilient, mobile, distributed, and profitable.”

Take the P-8 Poseidon aircraft, which then Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said in 2020 that it would provide “one of the world’s most advanced maritime patrol and response capabilities. “.

According to ASPI senior analyst Marcus Hellyer, Australia has acquired 14 P-8 aircraft for a total approved budget of $6.575 billion. That includes facilities, but let’s call it $479 million per plane.

P-8s are at the heart of our maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare capability. They are by no means the only military platforms that can play this role, but they are a central part of it.

The Ukrainian experience demands that we ask ourselves how vulnerable our ships, planes and military vehicles are to destruction in battle. The answer is that they are significantly exposed to a range of lower cost missiles and weapons as part of Chinese military service.

In February this year, an Australian P-8 was “lased” – targeted by an onboard laser – while following two Chinese warships transiting the Arafura Sea. Prime Minister Scott Morrison called it “unprofessional and dangerous military conduct” by the People’s Liberation Army Navy. P-8s were also used last week to monitor the Chinese intelligence collection vessel Dongdiao off the northwest coast of Australia. The P-8 is a very valuable asset to use for relatively routine surveillance work.

In real combat, the P-8 could never be so close to a Chinese warship. Several kilometers before being within visual range, the plane would risk being shot down.

The only thing more valuable than a fighter jet is its crew. I understand that when the Russians target a Ukrainian plane they fire two missiles, one to bring the plane down and the second to target the ejection seat if the pilot survived the first hit.

Pilots and aircrew are even more difficult to replace than complex combat aircraft. Australian officials are rightly tight-lipped about the number of crews trained and available, but they are hardly overcapacity.

Indeed, the ADF is designed around such expensive rigs and so few operators that we cannot afford to risk deploying them in high-risk areas. It’s as if the Defense buys this expensive equipment without ever expecting to fight with it or suffer any casualties.

The most capable surface ships the navy operates are our three air warfare destroyers, which together cost about $8.5 billion. The starting cost of the third AWD was around $2 billion.

How would Australia use these ships in wartime? The latest defense white paper, published in 2016, said: “We cannot effectively protect Australia unless we have a closer secure region, encompassing maritime Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. ” The policy focused on “increasing the ADF’s ability to make contributions to such operations”.

Having seen how the Moscow was sunk by a land-launched truck-launched cruise missile 100 miles from the target, is our government or the ADF really going to deploy an AWD in the South China Sea?

In a conflict, no ship would deploy without the support of submarines and air cover, but China has turned the South China Sea into one of the most potentially dangerous places on earth with many options at its disposal. provision for air, land and sea. -surface-launched and submarine anti-ship cruise missiles.

China made that point to Australia during its February naval deployment, which included a modern guided-missile destroyer with a large arsenal of long-range weapons and an amphibious landing craft. The flotilla’s destination was the Coral Sea near the Solomon Islands. Point taken?

Against this backdrop of regional rearmament and the bloody realities of war in Ukraine, we desperately need to rethink Australia’s defense planning priorities. The government, the opposition and the Defense itself know that the risk of regional war is increasing rapidly, but our defense decisions do not catch up with this reality.

The budget decision to abandon a plan to purchase the SkyGuardian armed drone is the worst in a series of force structure mistakes. In recent weeks, the Japanese Coast Guard has announced that it will operate the SeaGuardian version of this drone from October, with the possibility that the Maritime Self-Defense Force will follow suit.

Earlier this month, the US Marine Corps confirmed that it would acquire 18 of these drones, known in their system as the MQ-9A, and plans to double that number.

Australia could have chosen to be part of a coalition of countries operating a relatively inexpensive drone that is available now, with the ability to stay airborne for 20 hours and the ability to perform a variety of missions, from surveillance maritime support to ground troops with missiles.

The defense rightly says that difficult priority judgments must always be made, but there was something there that added combat power, supported our closest partners, and could be put at risk without risking aircrew this year – not 2032, not 2042.

The most urgent defense task for the next government is clear: we need a comprehensive, high-priority emergency effort to redesign the ADF and determine how it can be outfitted with available equipment over the next two to next three years.

Governments need to start reading the international signs. Xi’s international belligerence and military buildup, his track record in the South China Sea and Hong Kong, and the strategic deal with the Solomon Islands all point to the direction of the traffic.

To this we can add the State Department’s urgent directive to Taiwan to arm itself more quickly with simple but effective weapons. Australia’s strategic geography is different – we need range, not just home defense – but the timing is no different.

Finally, the tragic experience of Ukraine shows that a small, determined country working with the support of allies can mount a powerful defense against the greatest of tyrants.

Australia can change their fortunes on defense but it will take lateral thinking of the type that doesn’t happen in official circles. Our story is that we ignore the obvious international signs and let ourselves be surprised when conflict calls us.

The first and biggest test of the next Australian government will be whether we can do better than this today.

FreeWire Technologies Announces New DC Charger Sun, 15 May 2022 14:28:08 +0000

FreeWire Technologies has launched its newest ultra-fast and flexible DC fast charging offering, the Boost Charger 200. The charger reaches peak power levels of 200kW.

In addition to charging capacity, the Boost Charger 200 has a battery capacity of 160 kWh and needs only one eighth of the input power required by conventional charging equipment, and can charge all models of EVs by providing up to 950 volts of power, according to the manufacturer.

FreeWire also claims that the Boost Charger 200 “has the highest power output in an integrated battery-powered charging station delivering 200 miles of range in 15 minutes and reaching peak power levels of 200kW.”

“The global movement towards electrified transport is accelerating. We must continue to make electric vehicle charging faster, more convenient and more affordable than ever before without sacrificing performance,” said Arcady Sosinov, CEO and Founder of FreeWire. “The Boost Charger 200 is our most powerful and flexible charging solution yet, and we’re particularly excited about its use case for cost-effective fleet electrification.”

FreeWire Technologies recently embarked on an expansion path, fueled by a $125 million investment in January, which was preceded by a $50 million investment in January of last year. The company is also actively engaged in cooperation with Polar & BP, as well as with Volvo, which invested as early as 2018., (product page)

Israeli program will ‘revolutionize’ combat soldiers Sat, 14 May 2022 15:40:00 +0000

Israel earlier this week unveiled an innovative program, called “Edge of Tomorrow,” which is expected to revolutionize the concept of combat soldiers.

The Defense Research and Development Directorate (DDR&D) of the Ministry of Defense developed the program with Elbit Systems, one of the leading companies producing defense electronics in Israel.

The program integrates networked warfare technologies for each soldier on an infantry team and aims to improve the combat team’s modern urban warfare, according to the Department of Defense.

“‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is an innovative program that is extremely unique thanks to our shift in perspective,” Lt. Col. Shlomi Buskila, head of the DDR&D LWSOF branch, said in a statement.

“The program aims to enable optimal operational value for combat soldiers of the ground forces by enhancing the synergy between them and their team. The program integrates a wide range of advanced technologies used by the soldiers and their teams, leading to a well greater than the sum of its parts.”

Mayan Lazarovich, spokesperson for the Department of Defense, said the program was “a multi-year effort that has continuously improved soldiers’ lethality, survivability, situational awareness, endurance and more. of infantry”.

An industry source, who provided a detailed explanation of the plan, described it as a combination of a collection of wearable technologies with many connected subsystems.

He said there will be specialized suits for each type of soldier on a team. “There are different roles within a team, so everyone has their specific suit and everything is connected. There will be a soldier costume, a commander costume, a sniper costume, etc.,” said he declared.

The source added that this set of technologies includes many different devices such as display glasses, a sleeve that helps transmit information within the group, computerized rifles, night vision systems, a component that can help to carry weight and fire detection capability. “The soldier can wear a very small device that can sense the direction of hostile fire so that it can be generated very quickly and very effectively,” he said.

He added that looking back between 50 and 100 years, there were only incremental changes in the technological capabilities provided to an infantry soldier.

Now, he said, “what we’re talking about is actually radical change trying to bring about, you know, real transformation technologically speaking. We look at the infantry soldier and at the team level.

He said the plan will improve the individual infantry soldier and the team as a whole: “Not just a better rifle, a better weapon, better night vision goggles, but we look at it as an overall capability.”

Lazarovich said the plan is still being worked on and the timing of the program’s launch is still uncertain.

“The Edge of Tomorrow is a development-oriented program. Decisions about launching the program will be made in the future,” she said.

The story is written by Debbie Mohnblatt and reproduced with permission from the media line