Rockwell Collins selected as contractor for $68 million Australian program
Rockwell Collins has been selected as the prime contractor for the Australian Defence Force Land 17 Digital Terminal Control Systems (DTCS) program. The company will be delivering a total of 152 systems valued at $68 million.
The DTCS allows Special Forces and artillery forward observers to identify targets with greater accuracy through the use of precision targeting software.
Based on the FireStorm solution developed by Rockwell Collins, the DTCS is a mission configurable suite of hardware and software comprised of a tablet PC, laser range finder, laser target designator, real-time video downlink receiver and manpack radio.
The contract is part of the Project Land 17 mission system, which addresses the tactical joint fires artillery command and control systems, indirect fire system delivery platforms and other indirect fire system elements. As part of the contract, Rockwell Collins Australia is also responsible for a comprehensive through-life support program including training and integrated logistics support.
Northey comments on crops, weather
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey yesterday commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.
"The lack of significant rainfall for much of the state remains a concern," Mr. Northey stated in a press release. "In general, the crop remains in fairly good condition but will need more moisture as it continues to develop."
The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at www.iowaagriculture.gov or on USDA's site at www.nass.usda.gov/ia. The report follows here:
Warm, dry conditions are beginning to stress Iowa row crops. Although crops continue to be rated mostly good to excellent, crop conditions declined slightly for the third straight week. The week's activities included spraying crops and cutting hay, with some farmers starting their second cutting.
There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, compared to 5.2 days the previous week. Topsoil moisture levels dropped to 26 percent very short, 40 percent short, 34 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. South Central Iowa is the driest with 97 percent of the topsoil moisture rated short to very short. Subsoil moisture also decreased and is now rated 20 percent very short, 39 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
There are scattered reports of corn silking, primarily in the eastern part of the state. Corn condition is reported at 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Ninety-four percent of the soybean crop has emerged, ahead of last year's 88 percent and the five-year average of 84 percent. Soybean condition is rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.
The Iowa preliminary weather summary, by Harry Hillaker, the state's climatologist, stated:
It was a warm and dry week across Iowa. Temperatures averaged from near normal over far southeastern Iowa to 6 to 8 degrees above normal across the west. The statewide average temperature was 4.4 degrees above normal which at this time of year results in about 15 to 20 percent more evaporation than normal. The mildest weather came on Wednesday and Thursday with Elkader reporting the lowest temperature at 45 degrees on Thursday morning. Highest temperatures came on the weekend with Dakota City reaching 93 degrees on Saturday and Des Moines, Guthrie Center and Red Oak also reaching 93 on Sunday.
Rainfall was minimal with just a few scattered thunderstorms across the northeast one-third of Iowa on Sunday night into Monday. Isolated storms dropped rain on a few areas in central Iowa on Tuesday and from northwest into central Iowa on Thursday. Many areas, especially in the southwest and south, reported no rain for the week while Lake Park reported the most with 0.86 inch. The statewide average precipitation was 0.07 inch while normal for the week is 1.19 inches. This was Iowa's driest week since in 17 weeks. Thunderstorms brought welcome rain to all but extreme northwest Iowa Sunday (10th) afternoon into Monday morning. However, this rain came too late to be reflected in the crop condition and soil moisture reports and the rain totals will be included in next week's summary. The late weekend rain averaged about one-half inch. Substantial rains of an inch or more from Sunday night were mostly across western Iowa, roughly bounded by Spencer, Creston, Shenandoah and Council Bluffs.