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13 Apr 06. MAN receives major order from German army. MAN, the German engineering and utility vehicles group, has received an order for 681 trucks from the German army. It has not been disclosed how much the contract is worth. Last year, MAN received an order for 5,200 trucks from the UK army. The group is benefiting from the high demand for trucks in Europe and aims to close 2006 with record profits. (Source: Abstracted from Borsen Zeitung/FT.com)

Apr 06. Plextek has won a contract from SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems. As part of a consortium led by Vector Fields Ltd for Ofcom, Plextek has designed and built a 5GHz wireless LAN adaptive antenna demonstrator. The aim was to understand the benefits that a smart antenna approach might bring at 5GHz, within the constraints of limited antenna size and cost.

19 Apr 06. Raytheon Company has been awarded a $57m contract to produce 16 Phalanx Block 1B upgrade kits for the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. The contract was signed between Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (DRDL), the U.K MOD’s prime contractor for Phalanx, and Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL), the U.K subsidiary of Raytheon Company.

13 Apr 06. CORDA (Centre for Operational Research & Defence Analysis), a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, has been awarded a new enabling contract by the UK MOD Research Acquisition Organisation to lead the delivery of the Maritime Surface Effects research programme for Defence Equipment Capability (Above Water Effects) (DEC(AWE)). The work involved could be instrumental in shaping military thinking over the next 20 years. The £5m contract will involve CORDA leading the programme as the prime contractor and provide advice to inform future capability planning, including equipment procurement planning decisions and to de-risk technology to support early procurement activity. In addition, CORDA will work closely with academia and 23 industrial partners. The scope of this initial 3-year enabling contract is to undertake research in the following areas: Technology Assessment & Maturation for Defensive and Offensive Surface Warfare; Military Benefit Assessment of Coastal Suppression Options; The impact of Net enabled capability on Surface Warfare; Operator involvement in effects based Surface Warfare operations; Unmanned Surface Vehicles. To deliver the contract, CORDA has developed an innovative management approach which will draw on specialist expertise from the UK’s industrial knowledge base, to provide best in class facilities and advice. Joint teams involving members from all industrial partners will be developed for each research task and outputs delivered to the Research Acquisition Organisation with defined routes for exploitation of these outputs across MOD and the UK defence industrial base.

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13 Apr 06. Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected to provide a radio frequency (RF) simulator system that will be used to test an improved version of a radar warning and jamming system to be deployed on Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft. Under a contract with Microwave Electronic Systems, Inc. (MiKES), the Ankara, Turkey-based prime contractor for the Self-Protection Electronic Warfare Suite (SPEWS II) upgrade program, Northrop Grumman’s Amherst Systems business unit will supply an RF simulator consisting of a multi-RF channel configuration that produces radar threat signals associated with surface-to-air missile systems and anti-aircraft artillery. Designed to enable testing and verification of the F-16’s onboard self-protection electronic warfare suite, the Amherst Systems RF simulator is capable of generating thousands of simultaneous threat signals in a moving (dynamic) simulated 3-D scenario which includes ground terrain and atmospheric effects.

Apr 06. Eurocopter to deliver 12 Bo105 helicopters to the Albanian Defense Ministry. With aid from the German Government, the Albanian Defense Ministry and Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH have rece

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