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CONTRACT NEWS IN BRIEF 04 Aug 03.

04 Aug 03. INSYS Ltd has been awarded a £9m Assessment phase (AP) contract for the Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapon Systems (LIMAWS) by thee UK DPA. INSYS will utilise the new SUPACAT HMT vehicle to produce a system demonstrator with a self-loading launcher mechanism from Lockheed Martin. Weight plays a crucial factor in this requirement with each system segment required to weigh no more than 9000lbs to enable lift by helicopter.

05 Aug 03. United States Special Operations Command, USSOCOM, has placed an order with Saab Bofors Dynamics for weapons and ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf system amounting to approx 165 MSEK.

04 Aug 03. Thales Underwater Systems (TUS) has been awarded a contract by DCN to supply an integrated Sonar system for France’s new SSBN (Nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarine) “Le Terrible”. Le Terrible, the fourth of the French Navy’s new generation SSBNs, is under construction at Cherbourg, France under the overall Prime Contractorship of DCN.

04 Aug 03. Alvis OMC has received an order worth ZAR 32.4 million Rand (approximately US$ 4.4m) for the supply of Wasp Rapid Deployment Reconnaissance Vehicles (RDRV) to Armscor, the acquisition agency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). The Alvis OMC Wasp will replace the BAT Rapid Response Vehicle currently in service with the SANDF. The order is for 25 vehicles, 25 weapon mounts, 50 demountable rear platforms, support documentation and training. The first Wasp prototype will be delivered in March 2004 and will undergo further user evaluation. Delivery of all the vehicles and platforms will be completed in May 2005, and the support package in June 2005.

05 Aug 03. The Lockheed Martin-led Team WIN-T is set to begin the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) competition. During this second and final phase of the 3-year, $75 million downselect period, the team will devise a prototype WIN-T system for operational testing by the government users in preparation for the low rate initial production (LRIP) contract award, slated for late 2005. The Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) approved the WIN-T program’s transition to the SDD phase on Wednesday, July 31, enabling the Army to proceed. The Army is expected to officially begin the SDD phase on Friday. The DAB approval follows successful completion of the 12-month Phase I, during which the team defined the architecture for the WIN-T system and conducted industry studies on technology readiness.

06 Aug 03. Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp., has recently received a $2.0m order for installation and support services. This order relates to Comtech Mobile Datacom’s Movement Tracking System, or MTS, contract with the U. S. Army’s Logistics Command. This order, when combined with other recently received orders, brings the total orders on the contract to-date to $71.3m.

01 Aug 03. The Boeing Co. has announced a contract with the military to develop systems for the U.S. Air Force’s airborne warning planes. Boeing said the work represents the most significant upgrade ever to the U.S. fleet of AWACS planes. The contract is thought to be worth about $1bn.

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