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EUROPE

LAND

23 Mar 06. British Army to receive 50 Panthers by 2007. BAE Systems Land Systems has confirmed that it will deliver 50 production Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles (CLVs) to the British Army by January 2007, in order to meet the army’s required in-service date (ISD). The ISD requires BAE Systems to supply 50 fully supported Panther CLVs, with trained personnel in position, for one brigade in 3 Division. The UK Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) selected the Panther following
tests involving five competing 4 x 4 vehicles submitted by three contractors, with the £140m ($245.7m) production contract finally being awarded late in 2003. An order for 401 units was subsequently placed with integration of the vehicles to start in mid-2006. Of the 401 vehicles, 326 are Group 2, which are fitted with the Selex Enforcer 7.62 mm remote-controlled weapon station and surveillance and target acquisition (STA) with the remaining 75 fitted for but not with the SDW/STA. Production will average 13 vehicles a month with final deliveries in 2009.

SEA

28 Mar 06. DML awarded Phalanx major upgrade contract. DML Group, the prime contractor for Phalanx Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) support, has secured a substantial contract amendment to upgrade 16 Phalanx systems, valued at over £35m. The contract amendment was signed by the UK Ministry of Defence (Maritime Gunnery and Missile Systems IPT) on 17 March 2006. Under this significant amendment, which follows the 10 year Phalanx support contract awarded in December 2005, DML will upgrade in-service Phalanx system capability to enable Royal Navy ships to meet the ever-changing threat.

AIR

23 Mar 06. EADS Defence & Security Systems has received a contract from the European Purchasing Authority OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération matiere d’Armement) for the adaptation, production investment phase and supply of the mission computer “EuroGrid” for the Spanish/French Tiger combat helicopter variant. The contract which has been signed with EADS Defence Electronics has a volume of nearly €20m.

28 Mar 06. Thales’ new multimode receiver (MMR) has been selected to equip the Airbus A400M next-generation military transport aircraft. The contract encompasses the 180 aircraft in the A400M programme ordered by the Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation OCCAR. The first flight is planned for late 2007, with series deliveries over a ten-year period between late 2009 and 2020. The Thales multimode receiver (MMR) will provide crews with an all-weather landing guidance capability compatible with all ground guidance systems. The MMR incorporates several navigational and landing functions (ILS (1), MLS (2), GBAS (3), FLS (4) and GPS (5), as well as WAAS (6) and EGNOS (7) capabilities). This radio-navigation system, suitable for all mission types and all runways, is an indispensable tool for military pilots.

29 Mar 06. QinetiQ wins £800k contract to support Swedish Armed Forces. Long-term commitment to the programme recognised. QinetiQ has just been awarded a £800k contract, the next phase in a successful ongoing programme, to provide to FMV (the Swedish equivalent of the British Defence Procurement Agency) with verification and validation support on its Link-16 tactical datalink, electromagnetic compatibility assurance, secure voice and identification ‘friend or foe’ (IFF) programmes. Over the past three years QinetiQ has successfully supported FMV on the concepts and planning phases of its interoperability programme through a succession of contracts worth over £1m. During this time QinetiQ has demonstrated its independent and impartial expertise in all aspects of achieving interoperability across various platforms. As FMV now moves into the acquisition phase, QinetiQ has been engaged to help in test planning and preparation.

USA

LAND

28 Mar 06. Harris Corporation has been awarded a five-year, $41.6m Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the

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