HENSOLDT, a leading independent sensor solutions supplier, will equip the new Arctic Coast Guard Vessels in the P6615 Program of the Norwegian Coast Guard with the latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 I IFF System. The TRS-3D and IFF Systems are currently in operation onboard the three “Nordkapp” offshore patrol vessels. The systems will be decommissioned, upgraded and then re-installed on the Arctic Coast Guard Vessels. Furthermore the contract includes an option for the upgrade of the TRS-3D and IFF Systems of the “Svalbard” vessel.Under a contract worth more than € 20 Million awarded by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA), HENSOLDT will deliver three TRS-3D radars including the latest solid-state technology and signal processing software and will deliver them from 2021, in parallel to the building program of the new vessels. The TRS-3D includes a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for Identification-friend-or-foe (IFF). It operates all current IFF modes, including the latest “Mode S / Mode 5” standard which is a precondition for joint operations with NATO and allied forces.TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with the MSSR 2000 I identification system for automatic identification of vessels and aircraft which is essential to avoid friendly fire and to establish a comprehensive situation picture. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets and safe guidance of on-board helicopters. Thanks to its signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of low flying or slow moving objects under extreme environmental conditions.More than 50 units of the radar are in operation with naval forces around the world. Among the ships equipped are frigates and corvettes of the German Navy, the US Coast Guard National Security Cutters and the “Squadron 2000” patrol boats of the Finnish Navy.
For the third year in a row, the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships’ Class Two 100-metre hurdles record has fallen. On Saturday, March 30, Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High School advanced the standard to 12.91 seconds. Her victory and high levels of participation in hurdling events has Excelsior head coach David Riley seeing bright days ahead. “You can’t bank on hurdles, but when your top hurdler comes through, it’s great, and we continue to develop in that area”, Riley reviewed after Nugent had sped home in 12.91 seconds to rewrite the mark set last year by Ray-Donna Lee of Hydel High at 12.95. “We do have the technical expertise, and it’s good that a lot more coaches are coaching the event and more athletes are being exposed,” he said of his Excelsior coaching staff and of Jamaica in general. The victory marked a remarkable rise for Nugent, who had not won at Champs before. Confident after gaining a silver medal at last year’s Youth Olympics, Nugent had set a world Under-18 best of 12.87 seconds earlier this season. Before Saturday, her best Champs result was silver in the 2017 Class Three 800-metre hurdles behind St Jago’s Crystal Morrison. Morrison was second to the Douglas Williams-coached Nugent in Saturday’s record race. PARTICIPATION SURGE Reminded that Brittany Anderson, then of Vere Technical High School, set the record at 13.04 seconds in 2017, Riley agreed that the movement means Jamaica is on the move in the sprint hurdles. “Yes, and most of these kids don’t have a full flight of hurdles to train with, you know, so hurdle endurance is not something that they practise a lot and so it’s all positive, all positive stuff.” Riley pinpointed a surge in participation in hurdles by the boys. “That just speaks to the number of persons that are participating and once you have numbers, you must have somebody rising to the top.” The continued surge saw Vashaun Vascianna of St Jago High School lowering his own Class Two 110-metre hurdles record to 13.26 seconds, and Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College clipping the Class One record down to 13.06 seconds. In addition, all seven of the Boys and Girls’ Championships sprint-hurdling records were broken in 2017. Each of the records for boys were shifted in 2018, with Pinnock’s fine performance advancing the Class One record for the third time in a row, as Calabar’s Dejour Russell had moved the record to 13.21 in 2017 and 13.10 seconds in 2018.
The family-friendly festival, set within the stunning Somerset countryside, boasts a beautiful backdrop of Chew Valley Lake and has been running since 2014.Sustainability, provenance of food and caring for the land are key ingredients of the event, which takes place on a working organic farm.As well as live music from the likes of Rae Morris, My Baby and St Paul and the Broken Bones, children and adults can meet the farm animals, pick vegetables, take part in cookery workshops and learn skills such as fermenting.Sharing food together is part of the ethos, with a fancy dress banquet on Friday night, a giant Midnight Feast on the Saturday and a Sunday Picnic involving Michelin starred chefs like Josh Eggleton.Full adult weekend tickets cost just £110, little ones aged two and under go free, and kids’ tickets start at £15.To find out more about the event, that takes place between 3-5 August, click here.