The Royal Thai Navy has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government to purchase nine Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles for its two Naresuan frigates currently undergoing overhauls and upgrades. This LOA increases the total ESSM user community to 13 nations.The Royal Thai ESSMs will be fired from an MK 41 eight-cell vertical launch system using an MK 25 Quad Pack canister. This capability will allow for up to 32 ESSMs on each ship.“This agreement brings the enhanced kinematics of the ESSM to the Royal Thai Navy’s inventory and provides unsurpassed defense against a new generation of threats,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. “The addition of the ESSM will provide the Royal Thai Navy an unmatched ship self-defense capability, as well as allowing the fleet to take advantage of future spiral evolutions of the missile.”About ESSMWith 18 industrial partners representing 10 nations, ESSM is the world’s premier international cooperative missile production program. ESSM is a key component of Raytheon’s portfolio of products that provides a global layered defense capability to meet the needs of diverse platforms, combat system design and theaters of operation. Recently a ground-launched version of ESSM was introduced to apply the same solutions against late-detect and highly capable threats on land as found in the sea-based missile. Testing is under way on this ground-launched variant.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2013; Image: Raytheon View post tag: purchase Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval View post tag: Royal View post tag: Evolved January 15, 2013 Share this article Royal Thai Navy to Purchase Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Thai View post tag: Navy View post tag: Missiles Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Thai Navy to Purchase Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles View post tag: SeaSparrow
Press Association Fulham boss Martin Jol would jump at the chance to sign Emmanuel Frimpong on loan again next season. “It is quite a nice position to be in, to get a loan player you don’t have to pay a transfer fee. It is a good way of doing things.” Frimpong joined Arsenal at nine-years-old and impressed during his progression through the youth ranks, helping the Gunners to FA Youth Cup glory in 2009. He made his debut for the north London club in August 2011, but two serious knee injuries, plus a lack of discipline on and off the pitch, have hampered his progress. The Ghanaian was sent off during his first full appearance for Arsenal and was involved in a tunnel bust-up with Samir Nasri when the Gunners played Manchester City last season, but Jol has no problem with the midfielder’s attitude. “We spoke about (discipline),” Jol said. “In my day you could tackle, but now you have to stay on your feet. “I was impressed with him from the start. Two years ago I saw him and he is the type of player you would like as a manager because he is versatile and he has got this mentality. “But he can play as well, he is an Arsenal player. He is one of the few players who has been at Arsenal since a young age. “I think Sunderland away would suit him. His fitness is getting better and better. He did well when he played for us against Norwich. He is fully fit now so I can play him from the start if I want to.” Frimpong has made only one appearance for the Cottagers since he arrived on a six-month loan from Arsenal, but it appears the combative midfielder has made quite an impression on Jol. The 21-year-old, who looks set to start at Sunderland on Saturday, is due to return to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but Jol would like to keep the Ghanaian for longer. “He is on loan at the moment and it would be quite expensive to take him (permanently), but if there was an opportunity to take him on loan again, I would probably do that,” the Fulham manager said.
After the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s thrilling 77-76 victory over Michigan State last weekend, there was a familiar feel in the postgame press conference.After both Spartans head coach Tom Izzo and UW interim head coach Greg Gard answered questions in the postgame press conference, three Badger players strolled in with an air of confidence, happiness and pride that they hadn’t been able to show for the majority of this disappointing season.Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ — all of whom had just completed their most memorable performances of the season — sat behind the microphones with giant grins on their faces, realizing what they had just accomplished as they waited to be questioned.Happ was asked what his emotions were after hitting the game-winning layup and celebrating within a crowd of his teammates at half court.“Just pure joy, really,” Happ said.Pure joy. An emotion these Badgers had grown so used to last season after their historic run to the national championship game, but a feeling they have lacked in this 2015-16 season where they are off to just a 10-9 start.But now, that joy brings to light who these Badgers are, and it appears they are starting to figure that out as well. Last season, everyone was out to get the top-ranked Badgers, but this season, the tables have turned, and they are out to get everyone else.Expectations are now lower than they have ever been since Bo Ryan took over as head coach, and now, instead of accepting defeat and disappointment, they’re embracing their underdog status.This team is playing with nothing to lose.It started against one of the nation’s most talented teams in then-No. 3 Maryland Jan. 9. The Badgers hung with the Terrapins for nearly all 40 minutes until All-American guard Melo Trimble hit a game-winning three as the buzzer sounded. While moral victories don’t count for anything, the game showed the Badgers could compete.But just three days later, when the Badgers traveled to Northwestern, expectations dropped even lower again, as UW lost an ugly game to the Wildcats.No one believed in this team, as no one really had a reason to do so. They had lost three conference games in a row and four of their last five. It was the low point of an already poor start to the Big Ten season, and now, this team really had nothing to lose.Enter No. 4 Michigan State, a team led by one of the country’s best all-around players in Denzel Valentine, and a team that matches the Badgers’ size and overmatches their talent. But they were also a team with so much to prove after falling 76-59 to Iowa just three days prior.With nothing to lose, Wisconsin gave Michigan State, who had everything to lose, all they could handle, and in the end, more than they could handle. And those smiles, that confidence and that overall sense of joy came as a result.Men’s basketball: Happ’s game-winning layup pushes Wisconsin over No. 4 Michigan StateIt was another game for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and another down-to-the-wire finish, and for the first time in Read…Now, with a road win at Penn State giving them two conference victories in a row and a 3-4 record in the Big Ten, the Badgers appear to be in a groove, and they’re looking to turn this season around, behind their nothing to lose mentality. This mentality puts all the pressure on their Big Ten opponents and leaves the Badgers at ease, knowing they have an opportunity to play spoiler.And those opportunities will not be few and far between as they hit the final stretch of the regular season. They still have games against Maryland, Iowa and Michigan State, all of which currently find themselves in the top 10 and will feel the pressure of defending their home courts against a now-dangerous Wisconsin team.With nothing to lose, it will allow preseason All-Big Ten players Koenig and Hayes to play to their best ability. It will allow for young players like Happ and freshman Alex Illikainen to develop in a year where they aren’t expected to contribute on a championship level.Simply put, expectations aren’t at the degree they were last season, and the team is starting to adapt to that and embrace who they are.Because while this year’s team may not have the talent or the resume of last year’s, the personality and culture of the program remains the same, and these Badgers are finding a way to enjoy themselves and look to be finding their stride at the perfect time.
New Ajax Amsterdam signing Kudus Mohammed has described his move from Danish side FC Nordsjælland to the Dutch champions as ‘dream come true’.On Thursday, the soon to be 20 year old signed a 5-year deal reportedly worth €9 million.In his first interview with Ajax TV, the former Right to Dream opened up on his style of play, the opportunity to play champions league football and how speaking to Ajax goalkeeper André Obama could help him adjust to life in the Dutch capital.WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW: