06 Jun 06. Launch of an interdisciplinary European Research Project leading by THALES to enhance the dependency of critical information systems. The European Commission has signed a research agreement for a three-year project named ‘DESEREC’ (Dependency by Enhanced Reconfigurability) with a consortium of 19 partners to address information systems dependability issues. The integrated project DESEREC, supported by the European Union with 9,25M€ funding and co-ordinated by Thales, develops a framework applicable to both new and existing information systems that brings a major leap upward to trust and confidence in ITC. To tackle those issues, DESEREC addresses three research domains: systems modelling and simulation, reconfiguration of services, applications and networks, and detection of intrusion and incidents. The outcomes of DESEREC will allow early detection of malfunctions, fast containment of incidents or intrusions, quick reconfiguration of the systems to sustain or resume critical services, and will support full recovery with a suite of modelling and simulation tools.
Jun 06. Over-snow Reconnaissance Vehicles (ORV): Possible Procurement. The Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) has called for ‘expressions of interest’ in the future possible supply of 49 ORV (i.e. Snowmobiles) and sleds (or trailers). The ORV are to be capable of operating on deep snow and on compacted snow tracks as well as at a high altitude (over 5,000 metres above sea level). It is anticipated that invitations to tender could be issued in September 2006, for return the following month. The estimated value of the procurement is in Category G (£500,000 to £1m).
Comment: The DPA is also considering an option for a full Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) package, whereby the prime contractor would store and maintain the ORV and sleds until required by the MoD. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0622, 05 Jun 06)
06 Jun 06. Tadiran Electronic Systems announced that its TCC/IP Tactical Communication Controller has been selected as a common platform for the integration of the Swiss Army’s today tactical radios. According to Itzhak Beni, Tadiran Electronic Systems President and CEO, “this success is proof of Tadiran’s cutting-edge communication solutions that meet, and even exceed, the most challenging demands. We believe it will pave the way to future business from other advanced armies worldwide.” The contract for Tactical Communication Systems is not the first time that Tadiran has been the preferred choice of the Swiss Army. The company was previously selected for a major, large-scale contract to supply advanced C4I systems to the Swiss artillery, an ongoing project comprising totally integrated systems linking different applications and levels of command to real time battle information.
May 06. Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC): Production. The DPA reported (Preview, May 2006) delivery of the first ORC to 539 Assault Squadron, Royal Marines.
46 ORC and associated in-service support are being procured from Holyhead Marines Services, under a contract valued at over £10m. ORC are replacing the Rigid Raiding Craft, Mark 3.
Comment: The ORC is primarily designed to ‘fast-transit’ 10 fully equipped Marines from over the horizon onto a beach, at speeds of over 35 knots. By removing the seats, adding bullet-proof panels and fitting weapon mountings the ORC can be converted into a fire support platform in under two hours. The ORC’s secondary role evolved from Royal Marines’ experience in Iraqi rivers. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0622, 05 Jun 06)
Jun 06. Ministry Of The Interior Of Latvia Orders A109 Power Helicopters for Border Guard. AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Latvian State Border Guard representative, Gen. Eriks Ivanovs, Chief of Central Board of the Border Guard, belonging to the Ministry of the Interior, has signed on June 2nd 2006 a co