General Atomics Expands International Collaborations and Partnerships With Japan in Critical and Emerging Technologies

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / February 19, 2024 / General Atomics, a defense and diversified technologies company with affiliates operating on five continents, is expanding its collaborations and partnerships across Japan with new investments in the nuclear energy and rare earth elements sectors.

Numerous teaming arrangements are in the late stages of discussion and are set to be announced in early 2024. These partnerships will complement the company’s existing relationships as a long-term partner collaborating with Japanese industry and government agencies.

"General Atomics is committed to collaborating with its Japanese partners to advance the development of cutting-edge technologies in the maritime security, nuclear energy, and rare earth elements sectors," said Dr. Vivek Lall, chief executive at General Atomics Global Corporation. "Building on a legacy of successful collaborations, we have held a series of strategic engagements with government officials, industry leaders, and research institutions in Japan. These engagements have laid the foundation for future partnerships aimed at advancing the development of critical and emerging technologies."

In 2023, Japan’s Kyoto Fusioneering announced an agreement with GA to supply two advanced gyrotrons to the U.S. Department of Energy’s DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, California.

Currently, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are testing and deploying the MQ-9B SeaGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). SeaGuardian is a long-endurance maritime surveillance aircraft that can be used for a variety of missions, including search and rescue, disaster response, and maritime law enforcement.

GA-ASI’s MQ-9B aircraft is revolutionizing the global RPA systems market by providing true all-weather capability and full compliance with STANAG-4671 (NATO UAS airworthiness standard). This feature, along with GA-ASI’s operationally proven collision avoidance radar, enables flexible operations in civil airspace.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable RPA systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than eight million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness. The company also produces a variety of sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.

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Avenger, Lynx, Predator, SeaGuardian, and SkyGuardian are registered trademarks of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

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Kien Giang fishermen urged to keep IUU fishing fight

Kien Giang: A working group from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Rach Gia City Fisheries Association in the southern province of Kien Giang on February 18 visited local fishermen before their first voyage in the Lunar New Year 2024.

The group gave the fishermen life jackets and buoys, wished them a good fishing trip, and conveyed a message from the chairman of the provincial People’s Committee calling for fighting illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

At the new-year meeting with fishermen and vessel owners, the agriculture department called on them to be determined to improve the productivity and quality of seafoods and protect the sovereignty of the sea and islands of the country.

Director of the department Le Huu Toan highlighted that as a key fishing ground of the country, Kien Giang has been developing its fisheries strongly for a long time, creating jobs for nearly 70,000 workers.

Truong Van Ngu, Chairman of the Rach Gia City Fisheries Association, called on
fishermen to continue working hard to contribute to the socio-economic development of the province and their families.

The association will continue to coordinate with the province’s agencies to implement the fishery guidelines and policies and support them to exploit seafood lawfully./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

2 NPA rebels surrender in Quezon town

CALAMBA CITY: Two communist rebels operating in forested areas around the town of General Nakar, Quezon abandoned their armed struggle and returned to the fold of the law over the weekend.

Brig. Gen. Cerilo Balauro Jr., commander of the Philippine Army’s 202 Brigade, and General Nakar Mayor Eliseo Ruzol announced on Monday that the two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered in Barangay Umiray on Saturday, and turned over a cache of firearms to authorities.

‘This is the result of the collective efforts of the village officials, local government unit of General Nakar, Philippine National Police, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in maintaining the peace and order in our country,’ Balauro told reporters in Filipino.

He said the unnamed rebel returnees will be temporarily accommodated at an undisclosed halfway house and will be provided security to ensure that their former comrades cannot harm them over their change of heart.

Ruzol said they will try to address the supposed social inequities that l
ed some people of his town to take up arms against the government.

‘All the departments in our municipality will go to every barangay to bring services such as free birth certificates, free medicine and dental, distribution of crop seeds, and addressing problems in the real property taxes,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Noel Wamil, 1st Infantry Battalion commander, appealed to village folk not to be duped into joining the NPA because rebellion carries serious legal consequences and puts their lives in extreme danger.

He told Barangay Umiray residents that government troops will continue to patrol their environs to ensure that those using violence to perpetuate their ideology are kept from harming the town’s peace-loving citizens.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Upgrade to dairy breed to boost income, farmers told

The National Dairy Authority (NDA) on Monday urged goat and cattle raisers in Western Visayas to upgrade to dairy breeds for higher income.

‘Dairy should stand as a main source of livelihood and not just a source of extra income,’ NDA OIC Assistant Manager for Western Visayas Vicente Bitolinamisa III said in an interview.

In Western Visayas, dairy goats came second to cattle in inventory, with more than 4,000, while cattle had 2,300.

Bitolinamisa said one of the strategies to encourage farmers to go into dairy is to present the income generation opportunity of the industry, especially since it is not the main industry of Western Visayas.

He said the milk they produce provides an opportunity for farmers to convert them to cash daily, aside from meat.

‘For the past three years, the dairy industry in Western Visayas has shown remarkable growth. Actually, there was a 6 percent year-to-year growth in terms of milk production and herd inventory,’ he said.

The upgrade to the dairy breed can be done through ar
tificial insemination. Farmers can approach any NDA office to ask about it, he said.

NDA has satellite offices in Tigbauan town for Iloilo, Belison in Antique, and Bacolod for Negros Occidental.

Source: Philippines News Agency

PEZA approvals up 19% to P12-B in Jan-Feb 2024

MANILA: The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) reported Monday that its investment approvals in the first two months of the year increased by 18.66 percent to PHP12.10 billion from PHP10.19 billion in the same period in 2023.

These projects came from 28 new and expansion projects that will contribute USD661.1 million in exports revenues and will create additional 3,850 jobs.

‘The significant upswing in our investment performance within two months underscores our commitment to achieving our target of PHP250 billion investments for this year,’ PEZA Director General Tereso Panga said.

For February alone, the PEZA Board approved a total of 16 projects including nine ecozone enterprises, three IT enterprises, one domestic market, two ecozone logistics services, and one ecozone developer.

Investments of these 16 projects have a total value of PHP9.88 billion.

Projects that were approved this month alone are expected to add USD591.48 million in exports and generate 2,243 direct jobs once operational.

ource: Philippines News Agency

Himamaylan City develops housing project for gov’t employees

The City of Himamaylan in Negros Occidental has proposed a collaboration with National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (NHMFC) to finance the ongoing development of housing units for government employees in Barangay 3 Poblacion.

Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson Jr. said in a statement on Monday that he has met with NHMFC president Renato Tobias to discuss partnership opportunities for the implementation of the Himamaylan Socialized Housing Project.

‘I’m looking forward to a positive development for our proposal. This collaboration will definitely help pay back our untiring government employees for ensuring that we deliver quality service to Himamaylanons,’ he said.

The project, which involves the construction of 500 duplex-type housing units, has been inspected by representatives of the NHMFC on Feb. 8.

On the same site will also rise the city government’s housing project under the Pambansang Pabahay Para sa Pilipino Housing (4PH) Program in partnership with the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Developm
ent (DHSUD).

Last month, Tongson said the first phase of the project would amount to about PHP5.5 billion, with 3,000 condominium-type housing units to be initially constructed.

‘The groundbreaking is expected within the year,’ Tongson said.

Last October, Tongson signed a memorandum of understanding with DHSUD Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar to express the city government’s intention to implement the 4PH program.

Source: Philippines News Agency