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Average 20 people a day - makes you wonder how they handle the crowds.  What a terrible waste.
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This is right in my neighborhood.  These reports on this clown Murtha make me laugh.
 
Clearly there is a lot of excess spending here, however, everything is not completely disclosed in these reports.  I have yet to see a complete report from a news organization on this airport issue.  I would love to see one.
 
1. There is a helo base right adjacent to this airport.  I can't speak to exactly how that ties in, but I do know that this airport is part of the national defense network.
 
2. There is a rather large concentration of government military contractors about 1 mile from this airport.  Nobody outside the facilities knows what goes on in those buildings... but one of the contractors is Lockheed Martin.  The airport is tied into this "arrangement".  Not that we see strange experimental aircraft or something, but obviously there are some conditions that were laid out for these defense contractors that happened behind the scenes.  I don't think that those defense contractors would be located here if the airport didn't have a "qualified" runway.
 
That is all I can think of right now about this "situation", but if I remember to comment on anything else I will post it.
 
Surely there is excessive spending here, but everything is not quite what it seems either... and a lot of it is not supposed to be talked about.  I know some of the people that work there, and they won't tell you what brand of paper they use in the copier everything is so hush-hush.  Top clearance is required to even enter the buildings.
 
 


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Hmm, now that is interesting.  Sounds like it might be a bit more of the media twisting things again.  Thanks for the info Ick
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TWO articles appeared in our local paper TODAY about exactly what goes on in these buildings adjacent to the airport.  How about that for timing?
 
Looks like two things they are working on include a remote cannon AND the new Presidential helo.  Do you remember the presidential helo discussion from the past election debates?
 

Kongsberg lands $22.4 million weapons contract

By MIKE FAHER
The Tribune-Democrat

While it stands only 30 inches high and weighs less than 400 pounds, officials say a weapons system dubbed the “CROWS II” can be a lifesaver for soldiers in battle.

And now the Army wants more of the Johnstown-produced equipment.

On Wednesday, Kongsberg Defense Corp. announced a $22.4 million Army contract that means additional CROWS systems will be built at the company’s manufacturing facility in Richland Township.

The systems “are among the most versatile and cutting-edge products in the Army inventory,” company administrators said Wednesday.

In the acronym-filled language of the defense industry, CROWS stands for “common remotely operated weapon station.” It is part of a Kongsberg program called PROTECTOR.

The weapon stations are mounted on military vehicles. With assistance from cameras, they allow soldiers – without leaving the safety of the armored vehicle – to find and fire on targets.

“Soldiers’ lives are put at risk in complex conflict areas, and the (remote weapons system) is saving lives by putting them out of harm’s way,” a Kongsberg executive has said.

In August 2007, Kongsberg Protech Systems – the parent company based in Norway – won a $1.4 billion agreement with the Army to produce the CROWS product. The Army since has ordered more than 3,800 of the systems.

They’re produced at Kongsberg Defense Corp.’s 130,000-square-foot facility off Industrial Park Road.

Kongsberg officially opened its manufacturing operations in the former Bestform building in August. At the time, the company had more than 50 employees there.

On Wednesday, the company said more than 100 people now work there.

That falls in line with the expansion predictions of Kongsberg executives, who last year said the Richland facility was ideal because there was ample room for expansion.

“The weapon-station business is the quickest-growing part of our company,” Kongsberg President Tom Gerhardsen said in August.

Murtha urging White House to rethink copter program

By KIMBERLY HEFLING
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WASHINGTON Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, said Wednesday he hopes at least some of the $3.2 billion spent for a new fleet of presidential helicopters can be salvaged.

The military stopped production of the heavily over-budget VH-71 helicopter program, estimated to now cost $13 billion, at the White House’s request.

The Navy is reviewing options to restart the process.

Murtha, who is chairman of a the House subcommittee that oversees the military, told defense writers that he and other lawmakers are trying to persuade the administration to use at least some of what’s already been spent. Murtha said he thinks the White House was responding to bad publicity about the project, but that it made a decision that doesn’t make sense financially.

Murtha, who heads the Appropriations defense subcommittee, said: “$3.2 billion spent on the VH-71 and we get nothing out of it? That’s unacceptable.”

Several Johnstown employers have been involved in the presidential helicopter project.

Lockheed Martin, which has a growing program in Richland Township, is making the helicopters in its Owego, N.Y., plant, where Kimball Inc. of Ebensburg designed the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Integration Facility under a $1.3 million contract. The facility opened in June 2006.

Later that month, MTS Technologies, with offices in the Greater Johnstown Tech Park, received a $1 million contract to provide information assurance and security-systems engineering support for the program.

The new fleet was ordered by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 terrorist attacks because of security concerns.

As new requirements were added, the project became six years behind schedule and the price tag of the heavily equipped helicopters doubled to $13 billion.

Nine of the presidential helicopters out of a planned fleet of 28 have been delivered so far to the Navy. To salvage what’s already been used, some options discussed by lawmakers include using some of the technology in a new fleet or further developing the aircraft already made.

In May, the military halted production of the helicopters at the Lockheed Martin helicopter plant in Owego, N.Y.

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Ed, you deserve a break today.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: June/28/2009 at 17:17
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Ed, that would be an INCREASE in activity.... not a break bud.
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