Jul 06. QinetiQ has been successful in winning in excess of £5m of business in support of elements of the UK MOD’s FRES Technical Demonstrator Programmes, to be delivered over the next 18 months. FRES is the MODs largest land systems programme ever undertaken and it appointed Atkins last year as the lead Independent Systems House (ISH) for the 24 month initial assessment phase.
12 Jul 06. Thales UK will play a major role in the Future Lynx helicopter programme following the award of a ten-year contract worth over £60m from AgustaWestland for avionics systems for the 70 aircraft being procured by the UK MoD.
14 Jul 06. TEAC Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (TAT) announced receipt of a multi-year contract award from Eurocopter España, S.A, an EADS Company, for MDR-80 solid state digital Mission Data Recorders to support over 60 of the Tiger HAD helicopters. The Eurocopter Tiger HAD aircraft will be deployed by both Spain and France. TEAC contract delivery will commence with qualification units to be delivered in fall 2006 followed by production units in 2007.
03 Jul 06. FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that its Star SAFIRE III, Star SAFIRE QWIP and BRITE Star multi-sensor thermal imaging systems have been selected in multiple programs for a wide range of mission objectives. The Compañia Aeronautica Española, S.A. (CAESA) has selected the Star SAFIRE III for installation on Spanish Air Force (SAF) P-3 and Super Puma aircraft. The SAF P-3 installations will be upgrades of three earliergeneration FLIR Systems SAFIRE thermal imagers. Even though these SAFIRE installations are more than a decade old, the latest generation Star SAFIRE IIIs will be able to operate over the existing cable and mount infrastructure. The installation of seven Star SAFIRE III systems on the SAF’s Super Puma aircraft is part of that platform’s evolution from a purely SAR role to that of CSAR in preparation for its deployment to Afghanistan. The Star SAFIRE IIIs will provide a nearly 4X improvement in range and resolution compared to the legacy systems, in addition to color TV and laser capabilities. The Star SAFIRE QWIP, selected by the Polish Border Guard and Dutch Coast Guard, provides high-definition, fully digital, multi-sensor capabilities with a longwave Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP). The QWIP imager is optimized for performance through dust, smoke, and other common battlefield obscurants. The Dutch Coast Guard will use the Star SAFIRE QWIP on its Dornier DO-228 aircraft in an anti-oil pollution monitoring program. The Polish Border Guard’s Aviation section will install the Star SAFIRE QWIP on their fixedwing Skytruck-Bryza aircraft for use in maritime patrol and surveillance roles. The first system has been delivered to PZL Mielec, Poland.
14 Jul 06. DRS Technologies, Inc. recently received a new $8.5m order to produce M989A1 Heavy Expanded Mobility Ammunition Trailers (HEMATs) for the U.S. Army. The HEMAT is a key transport system extensively used to transport Multiple
Launch Rocket System (MLRS) pods, conventional ammunition and other equipment on paved, secondary or cross-country roads to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
13 Jul 06. DRS Technologies, Inc. recently received a $36m contract, including options, to produce Refrigerated Container Systems (RCS) for the transport and storage of perishable food and other items, including temperature-sensitive cargo products and medical supplies, for U.S. Army troops worldwide. Initial funding of approximately $4.6m was received by DRS from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Acquisition Center, Soldier Systems Center, in Natick, Massachusetts. For this award, DRS will produce and integrate an 8- by 8- by 20-foot insulated refrigerated container. An electrically-driven 9,000 BTU refrigeration unit, 10 kW tactical quiet generator and other ancillary equipment will be integrated into each Refrigerated Container Sy