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92 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2021 facturing capability in support of a sovereign national guided weapons enterprise. FTG Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results E Firan Technology Group Corporation has an- nounced financial results for the first quarter 2021. FTG's long-term market diversification strategy enables the company to mitigate the dramatic downturn in the commercial aero- space market through its involvement in the defense market and other aerospace sectors. Absolute EMS Completes 2021 for AS9100 Rev D SAE International Aerospace Standard E Absolute EMS, Inc., a leading provider of turn- key and consignment manufacturing services, is pleased to announce that it has completed its 2021 recertification audit for the AS9100 Rev D SAE International Aerospace Standard. Sensors Collect Crucial NASA Data on Mars Environment With Perseverance Landing E MEDLI2 was one of the crucial technologies onboard the rover's protective aeroshell that helped document the entry, descent, and land- ing of the spacecra. UK Ministry of Defence Awards $21M to Support Common Missile Warning System E BAE Systems has received a $21 million con- tract from the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence to support the Common Missile Warn- ing System over the next four-and-a-half years. Defense Speak Interpreted: Industrial Base Evaluation E So, what is an "industrial base" to the Defense Department? And wouldn't we expect a "bat- tle plan" from Defense, not an "industrial strat- egy"? We want to review the Defense Industri- al Strategy in the January 2021 Report to Con- gress from the Acquisition and Sustainment section of the Department of Defense. Standard of Excellence: Finding the Right PCB Partners E e pandemic and also recent shis in our geo- political view of the world have changed the way we look at offshore PCB vendor partners, especially those in China. ese two factors alone—increase in new technology, and an on- shoring trend for buying more PCBs domesti- cally—have caused a significant paradigm shi in choosing your PCB/vendor partners. Elbit Systems of America Completes Acquisition of Sparton Corporation E Elbit Systems of America, LLC has completed the acquisition of Sparton Corporation from an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., for $380 million, subject to customary price adjustments, resulting in a significant expansion of Elbit Systems of America in the United States. Lockheed Martin, Thales Australia to Develop Sovereign Weapons Manufacturing Capabilities in Australia E Lockheed Martin and ales Australia have fi- nalized a teaming agreement advancing the de- livery of an Australian guided weapons manu-

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