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23 May 06. Nuclear Waste: Storage Contract. The British Nuclear Group announced that it had been awarded a 36-year MoD contract worth £230m for the receipt and storage of fuel which had been used to power nuclear submarines (SSBN & SSN).
Comment: 13 nuclear-powered boats have been decommissioned: six SSN are stored afloat at Devonport while three SSN and four SSBN are stored afloat at Rosyth. Fuel from the boats has been transported to Sellafield for long-term storage. A further 10 SSN are due to be decommissioned over the next 16 years. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0621, 29 May 06)

01 Jun 06. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $12,248,326 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the United Kingdom Technical Services in support of the TRIDENT strategic weapons systems. Work will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif., and is expected to be completed March 2007. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Strategic Systems Programs, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (N00030-06-C-0038).


31 May 06. QinetiQ secures key role in ESA’s Galileo programme delivering RF propagation analysis, and receiver security and validation for the Test User Segment. QinetiQ has signed a €7.3m, four year contract, covering its contribution to the European ‘Galileo InReach’ Consortium for Phase CDE1 of the European Galileo system. The Consortium, led by the Belgian company Septentrio Satellite Navigation (SSN), is contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop the Galileo second source Test User Segment (TUS). This will play a crucial role in the end to end evaluation and performance validation of the Galileo system during the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase.

02 Jun 06. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Marshall Aerospace a
£1.52bn contract to support its fleet of Hercules transport aircraft. The contract will guarantee improved availability of aircraft to the RAF over the next 24 years. This programme delivers on the Defence Industrial Strategy. As prime contractor, Marshall Aerospace will work in partnership with the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), the Royal Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce to deliver the Hercules Integrated Operational Support (HIOS) programme. The contract will see up to 60 new jobs created in Cambridge and will help secure work for the future for around 500 staff at Marshall Aerospace who are currently employed in the support of the Hercules fleet. The contract covers all aspects of Hercules support. Depth maintenance will be provided by Marshall Aerospace at Cambridge. The Royal Air Force will continue to provide frontline forward maintenance. These will both be supported by the Lockheed Martin-led supply chain and propulsion system support from Rolls Royce. Together, the Royal Air Force’s Hercules fleet will be kept available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year world-wide.

24 May 06. C-17A Globemaster III Aircraft: Tender Invited. The Defence Contracts Bulletin recorded the issue of an invitation to tender (ITT) to The Boeing Company “for the purchase of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft…”. The ITT had been issued on 24 Apr 06 and was due to have been returned by 22 May 06. Comment: The MoD’s intention for C-17 aircraft has been clarified by the above notification, following confusing remarks by the Defence Procurement Minister. The MoD is expected to buy the four leased C-17 already in RAF service at the end of the initial seven-year lease period in 2008. A fifth aircraft, the subject of the above ITT, is expected to be bought in the 2010/11 financial year. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0621, 29 May 06)

31 May 06. Level D qualification for AVIOR. Lufthansa Flight Training and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics agree upon cooperation on flight simulator training. Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH (LFT) has signed a coopera

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