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EUROPE

14 Sep 05. Rheinmetall, € 151 million order for special armoured vehicles for the Bundeswehr – comprehensive protection for German troops Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH of Kiel will supply the Bundeswehr with 181 new armoured vehicles specifically designed to provide German troops with greater protection when deployed in harm’s way. The contract for this € 151 million procurement package has just been signed in Koblenz. Rheinmetall Landsysteme is a subsidiary of Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall AG. Specifically, the order encompasses 81 BV 206 S command and transport vehicles, costing a total of € 67 million, and 100 DURO lightweight armoured personnel carriers worth € 84 million. The vehicles will enter service from 2006 through 2009.

07 Sep 05. EADS has been awarded a contract by the Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr (IT-Amt Bw) to equip the German elements of the multinational NATO Response Force 7 (NRF7) with approximately 150 FAUST equipment sets. These are to be installed in various types of vehicle, including WOLF, DURO and FUCHS, which will then be delivered to the Franco-German Brigade for the implementation of their NRF7
assignment in 2006. The German acronym FAUST stands for ‘tactical command and control equipment’ and the system is designed to increase the safety of troops on a mission through information superiority. This is achieved by providing operations command with an exact and automatically updated picture of the situation and troop positions, enabling command and control decisions to be made with greater accuracy and efficiency. The FAUST mission proven command and control system, is a joint development by EADS and the Bundeswehr, and has already been successfully deployed in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. FAUST has been designed for international assignments, with integration of a gateway to ensure interoperability with external command and control information systems. A standard feature is the German, English or Hungarian user interface, selectable at system start-up.

15 Sep 05. EDO Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide its ES 3701 Tactical Radar Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Surveillance System on the new Danish Flexible Support Ships and Patrol Ships. The contract was awarded in an international competition by the Naval Material Command of Denmark and is valued at approximately $10m.

13 Sep 05. BAE Systems has been down-selected as preferred supplier for phase one of the new Maritime Composite Training System (MCTS) programme, valued in the region of £100m. MCTS will provide the Royal Navy with a new shore based Warfare Operator Training capability to meet the needs of the new Type 45 destroyer and current in-service surface platforms. MCTS offers a more flexible approach to training than is currently available and supports the aims of the Royal Navy’s versatile maritime training concept.

13 Sept 05. BAE Systems has been awarded a contract from VT Shipbuilding Limited for the supply and integration of the combat management system and air surveillance radar for the new Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel (Helicopter) (OPV(H)). BAE Systems is prime contractor for the supply of the combat management system (CMS-1) and air surveillance radar (Terma SCANTER 4100), which will provide the system design, development and integration that will ensure the vessel optimises its role as part of the Falkland Island patrol force.

USA

08 Sep 05. Thales Communications, Inc. has made delivery of an AN/URC-143 HF Radio System to the U.S. Navy under its contract with the Naval Air Warfare
Center, Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Maryland, for replacement of the legacy AN/URT-23 HF systems aboard the Navy’s Avenger Class (MCM-1) Minesweepers. With this recent delivery aboard the U.S.S. Champion (MCM-4), Thales has successfully completed its initial contract with the Navy for the design, development, and delivery of the firs

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